Richard meehan

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The Life-Changing Magic of These 13 Free Books

Yes, I said “<i>Life-Changing Magic.</i>” :D<p>There is no shame in my game.<p>Why?<p>Because if you actually read some of the books listed below…<p>They will change …

Peter Thiel

The 7 Habits that Books and Reading Help You Build

“Books are the training weights of the mind” –Seneca<p>The most useful definition of technology I’ve heard is simply, “the ability to do more with less.”<p>…

Self-improvement

The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

<b>Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?</b> Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the …

4 Things You Should Know About Focal Length and Composition

Lenses are the eye of your camera. The focal length of a lens (and your point of view) determine how much of the subject your camera sees.You may …

Cameras

6 Practical Tips to Instantly Make Travel Photography Easier

If you like to travel but hate the hassle of hauling all your gear - try following these 6 tips to help make travel photography easier.

Photography

Prime Lenses: Can you really zoom with your feet?

You may have heard the phrase "zoom with your feet" but is it the same as zooming with your lens? Here's an example of prime lenses compared to zooms.

Digital Photography

Seneca on The Shortness of Time

<i>“A man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of his life.”</i><br>—Charles Darwin<p>If we see someone throwing money away, we call …

Root Cause Analysis

How to Be a Stoic

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus was born a slave, around 55 A.D., in the Greco-Roman spa town of Hierapolis—present-day Pamukkale, Turkey. I first encountered his teachings in 2011, shortly after moving from San Francisco to Istanbul. I lived alone on a university campus in a forest. In the midst …

Mind

Tip: The Snack That Shrinks Love Handles

Snack on these in the late afternoon and lose fat around your waist. Really. Check out the science.<p>Almonds and Waist Size<p>If you eat a handful of …

The 10 Traits of Mentally Tough People

And four things they do to make themselves even tougher.<p><i>"How do I become mentally strong?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Dean Yeong, entrepreneur and writer on DeanYeong.com, on</b> …

Success

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.<p>The dread of asking your boss for a raise is paralyzing and can last months.Yet, once you get yourself to finally do it, it’s over before you know it. The excitement of …

Self-improvement

This Video Shows You How to Hold a Camera to Avoid Camera Shake

A shaky camera means blurry photos, and while some cameras and lenses come with built-in stabilization, it doesn’t hurt to make sure you’re holding …

Cameras

Capturing the Golden Hours: How to Photograph Sunrises & Sunsets

Everyone reading this has likely shot a sunset in their lifetime. And if you don’t mind getting up early, you’ve probably tried to capture a sunrise …

Photography

18 Books That Stay with You Your Entire Life

There are those books that stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them. These are the books that evoke powerful emotions, whose characters …

Literature

16 Must-Read Books Recommended by Stephen King

<b>King’s recommendation</b>: “Terrific novel of escape, sacrifice, and redemption.”<p><i>Darktown</i> by Thomas Mullen<p>In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense …

Stephen King

How Practice Actually Changes Your Body

Muscle memory isn't quite what its name suggests, but practice does make perfect.<p>Many projects here on Popular Mechanics involve getting your hands messy and building something yourself. The hardest skills can be the ones you do for the first time, but repetition often makes things easier. Why is …

Exercise

Science Just Discovered a Dead Simple Trick to Boost Concentration

Actually, some types of multitasking might be a good idea after all, according to the latest research.<p>You've probably heard that multitasking will rot your brain. I've written plenty of posts on the subject myself. Here's one saying that doing two or more things at once makes you as dumb as being …

Productivity

The 25 Essential Books for the Well-Read Explorer

Hey, we're with you. Given half a chance, we'd much rather hit the road than the armchair. Nothing can replace the intensity of authentic experience. Yet experience needs shape and wisdom and behind every great adventure are the stories that inspired it. We read before we go; and after we arrive, …

Literature

How to Read A Book

“<i>Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.</i>”<br>— <b>Edgar Allen</b> …

Publishing

Coaching With Unconditional Positive Regard

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of central NY based strength coach, Justin Kompf. Justin’s written several guest posts for this site and I always …

Psychology

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline

Like everything else that brings progress, the greatest struggle is always with ourselves.<p>It may be hard to believe when you’re facing a hot-fudge sundae or the prospect of sleeping in versus hitting the gym, but studies show that people with self-discipline are happier.<p>People with a higher degree …

Self-improvement

Hard Core Chicks: Eight Self Defense Tactics Every Women Should Know

Society seems to dictate that women should be delicate, passive and always polite. In many cases, we give our power away because we feed into these …

Self Defense

3 Basic Krav Maga Moves That Can Save Your Life

Krav maga is the official combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces and an excellent system of self-defense for men and women. “It’s taught and …

Workouts

Krav Maga's Behavioral Code

• Good citizenship.<br>• Treat your fellow-citizens with respect and obey the law. Imi sought to instill “a sense of self worth.”<br>• Train properly to avoid …

Citizenship

The 11 Items Expert Survivalists Always Have on Hand

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Cool Stuff

7 Survival Skills You Should Know

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This post was contributed by</i> <i>Dean Hanson. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly</i> <i>win a $300</i> …

Vision, Perception, Combat, and Court

At Popular Mechanics, Jack Baruth writes a little about what research has determined about cognitive perception of the visual field, and its …

Crime

The Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts

<b>The dunes that inspired Dune: Agate beach sand dunes.</b> (Photo: Kevin McNeal)<p>For a mere 20 years or so, I refused to read fiction. Read something that …