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The Four Things Your Accountant Did Not Tell You Before Starting Your Business

The Four Things Your Accountant Did Not Tell You Before Starting Your Business<p>By: Rita Balian Allen, Rita B. Allen Associates, January 2017<p>Executive Coach, Author, Trainer, Speaker, Leadership Development, Management Training and Career Development …

Herodion Hotel: Your Home Away From Home in Athens

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been continuously inhabited for at least 7,000 years. I most enjoy the fall season in Greece, as the city is perhaps less crowded and one sees the true, hospitable and open, Athenian. It would be on a seasonably warm mid-October night that I …

The 10 best beaches in the world, according to travelers

With temperatures below freezing in much of the northern hemisphere, it's the perfect time to escape to one of the world's most beautiful beaches.<p>TripAdvisor has just released its 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards, which ranks the best beaches in the world based on millions of reviews from real …

Beaches

Cool Off-Season Beach Resorts

Leave your bathing suit behind, and embrace the pleasures of winter at the beach.<p>An ocean view is an ocean view -- and in winter, it comes with a much lower price tag and a certain moody romantic appeal.<p>Travelers practically have the beach to themselves during the off-season. The crashing waves and …

Swimwear

Risto’s Helsinki

Avid traveler <b>Risto Kuulasmaa</b> has explored monasteries in Bhutan, trekked across deserts in the Middle East, hiked across Iceland, and then some. Despite his wanderlust, the Scandinavian television producer has proudly called the “hassle-free, pocket-size metropolis” of <b>Helsinki</b> home for the past 12 …

In the Details: Building a 3D Sketchpad That Lets You Draw Objects in Midair

With the rise of augmented reality (AR) technology, virtual reality headsets like the much buzzed-about Oculus Rift aren't just for playing games in …

Everyday Objects Hilariously Redesigned in Ridiculous Ways

At first glance, you might not think twice about a pot with two handles or a chair with a curved seat. But if you actually imagine using any of these products, you may find yourself laughing at the impracticality of it all. Created by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, <i>The Uncomfortable</i> is an …

Modern Architecture: The JKC2 House by ONG&ONG

Modern Architecture Design.<p>The beautiful JKC2 House in Bukit Timah, Singapore was designed by ONG&ONG. This luxurious residence consists of three …

Architecture

A Hand-Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water | Colossal

<p>This little wood automaton is meant to mimic the effect of a water drop hitting a body of water, all using concentric rings cut from wood that are …

Urban Culture: Meet Jos Vulto, NYC’s Newest Cheese-World Legend

Jos Vulto is a paragon of urban cheesemaking. “Extraordinaire” is how Matt Spiegler — a cheese hobbyist who runs the blog Cheese Notes — describes …

UN warns of food crisis in CAR

A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of violence, a UN humanitarian official warned on Sunday.<p>Funds pledged to help the crisis in January have not materialised, Abdou Dieng, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator said, with only one-fifth of the $500m …

Romanian PM, president at odds over forming new government

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Victor Ponta urged Romania’s president on Monday not to block his attempts to form a new governing coalition as a new standoff loomed between the two bitter rivals, threatening to unnerve investors.<p>Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta speaks during a joint news …

Lobstercycle: Motorcycle Sculpture Made From Lobster Shell

Photo: orzzs.com - via Daily Picks and Flicks<p>Remember that centipede crab that John posted yesterday? When it needs to go somewhere fast, it doesn't …

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Installation Stuns Toronto

Last night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible <i>Forever Bicycles</i> installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used …

Toronto

Listen to Daft Punk's Hand-Selected Favorites via Spotify Playlist

Ever wonder what Daft Punk listen to in their spare time? The ever elusive and secretive duo, composed of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de …

Gravity Is an Unprecedented Achievement

It's the rare actual must-see movie that lives up to the hype<p><b>Already, two weeks before its release,</b> the hype surrounding Alfonso Cuar<i>ó</i>n's new film, <i>Gravity,</i> appears to be the sort that no movie can possibly live up to. I saw it for the first time (and not by any means the last) at the Toronto …