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How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet

At the height of the Harry Potter novels' popularity, I asked a number of people why those books in particular enjoyed such a devoted readership. …

Five-Spice Chicken Soup | Williams-Sonoma Taste

The formula for aromatic five-spice powder, and sometimes even the spices, varies depending on the<br>manufacturer, but it usually contains cloves, star anise, fennel, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and sometimes ginger. Here, it flavors a Southeast Asian–inspired soup that is topped with crunchy bean …

Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments

What if, instead of climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Moses had turned to the Israelites and asked: Hey, what do you guys think we should do?<p>Considering the Hebrews' bad behavior in the Bible, what with the coveting of neighbors' wives and murdering their own brothers, …

7 Most Challenging Shooting Scenarios and How to Make the Best of Them

We photographers love a challenge. Whether it is contorting ourselves into strange positions to get a macro shot, or trying to soothe a screaming …

Landscape Photography

Dragon Age: Inquisition is too big, and that's almost just right (review)

<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition had issues with Sony’s PlayStation 4 2.0 firmware update. GamesBeat’s review does not render any judgments on the co-operative campaign or mutliplayer because of this. –Ed.</i><p><i>Check out our</i> <i></i><i>Reviews Vault</i> <i>for past game reviews.</i><p>Dragon Age: Inquisition feels almost too big to exist …

Keira Knightley Posed Topless to Protest Photoshopping

D Dipasupil—Getty Images for Extra<p>Loic Venance—AFP/Getty Images<p>Anthony Harvey—Getty Images<p>Joe Scarnici—Getty Images<p>Jason Kempin—Getty …

Hipster Portland: Family Edition

<b>Portland</b> may be best known for its beer, bicycling locals, and street food, but—as unlikely as it sounds—many of the city’s seemingly “grown-up” attractions can be geared towards kids with just a little tweaking.<p><b>Here’s the rundown on how to give hipster Portland a family-friendly spin:</b><p><b>Instead of</b> …

5 Packing Tips for a Cold Weather Getaway

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be packing suitcases and driving or flying to visit family. But let's face it: packing for cold winter weather is no easy task. Here are five packing tips to maximize space when headed for cooler temps.<p>1. Invest in quality clothing<p>Functional …

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

National Parks

Meet Nördlingen, The Little Town In A Crater

Well this place is a <i>hole</i> bunch of fun.<p>The town of Nördlingen -- a stop on Germany's Romantic Road -- sits entirely within a crater, made when a half-mile-wide meteorite smacked into Earth about 15 million years ago.<p>The town's founders likely weren't aware they were settling in such a phenomenon -- …

20 free things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne is consistently voted the world’s most liveable city and Melburnians are quick to tell visitors what makes this city such a great place to live from their favourite restaurants (‘400 Gradi makes the world’s best margherita pizza, you know!’) to the laneway bars and cafes (‘better than …

Walking guides: the UK’s long-distance footpaths in easy stages

Long-distance footpaths can be seductive things. You gaze at them on a map – the greater and lesser squiggles on the Ordnance Survey’s snakes-and-ladders grid. If the air and your step feel full of spring, the temptation is to set off for the start of one of these routes and mentally project …

AdviceIQ: Getting the most from a 401(k)

The 401(k) retirement plan, which your employer sponsors, is now ubiquitous in U.S. workplaces, with 51 million people signed up. But too few investors understand these vehicles. Here is an owners' manual, vital for your financial well-being.<p>Once, most employees counted on a pension from employers …

5 Tips for Doing Photography from the Hip

Photographing from the hip is, quite literally, having your camera near or resting on your hip and pressing the shutter button. This photography …

The best travel photography at Cortona on the Move 2014 – in pictures

Cortona on the Move is an annual event dedicated to travel photography. The small town in Tuscany is transformed with visitors attending exhibitions, workshops and portfolio reviews from professional photographers. Here is a selection of the best pictures on show – from Mongolia to Minnesota. The …

‘Cities at Night’ as Captured by Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

Since 2003 astronauts have been snapping up photographs of our beautiful planet from the International Space Station. All of these photographs have …

Vivian Maier: mysterious and eccentric nanny who took stunning photographs

Vivian Maier was a mysterious and eccentric nanny who spent a lifetime looking after other people's children while harbouring a rather lovely secret: she was an astonishingly accomplished photographer.<p>The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday publishes rarely seen photographs by a woman now considered one …

Nine Brazilian Photographers You Need to Follow

From the series Bodies and Souls, a documentary work on a community of transvestite in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.<br>Ana Carolina Fernandez<p>1 of 34<p>I see Brazil …

Let's Talk About Gear

It was at a party a few weeks ago here in Istanbul that I asked a working photojournalist what she shoots with. Given that she’s worked in conflict …

My Monsters: an innermost fairy tale

Project info<p>Looking back, running down<br>my monsters are coming to pick me from ground<br>Rushing home as far as I can<br>but darkness surrounds me all over there<br>And differently from before<br>not even the sky to struggle for<p>This is a mere representation of one of my deep dark moment, when everything is happening …

Groynes and Seascapes

Skin

Project info<p>I had a wonderful feeling when looking at a photograph of the abdomen of an elephant whose picture was taken somehow in the zoo.<br>I felt that I was seeing the skin of an elephant for the first time, and,on the other hand,also felt that I knew this before.<br>It is an animal which I look at in …

The Girls Are Sleeping Upstairs

Project info<p>At a time when girls have had little or no access to education, a boarding school run by nuns in a small Aegean island was accepting the girls of aristocratic families from Europe and the Middle East, along with local students and orphans regardless of their religion and doctrine. Over …

Photographer Dives Into Crashing Waves To Capture Their Raw Power From Within

The sea is a captivating subject for artists because of its inconceivable size and raw power. Clark Little, a surfer and photographer based in …

US Government Says the 4th Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Online Storage

Earlier this year, a New York judge ruled that US search warrants applied to digital data, even if the data wasn’t stored domestically. The ruling …

Breathtaking Wedding Photographs Make a Great Case for Eloping in Iceland

We don’t know Ohio couple Sarah and Josh personally, but we like the way they think. Because when wedding planning got to be a bit too much and they …

South Korea Funnels Its Chinese Tourists to a Single Island

Chinese tourists are heading to South Korea more than any other destination this year, according to travel agency Ctrip. That’s because political …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

Japan’s bullet train dream team

With 150 million passengers every year, the cleaning crew on Japan's bullet train must use near-military precision to keep it running on schedule.<p>With 150 million passengers every year, the cleaning crew on Japan's bullet train must use near-military precision to keep it running on schedule.<p><i>BBC's</i> …