Steven Brandel Arriaga

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The Most Common Surnames In Every European Country

Among the thousands of surnames being used by families here in the United States there are tons of truly ancestral last names and a bunch of fakes …

This Photographer Spent Two Years on the Streets of Paris

Photographer Ludgero Filipe recently spent two years living in Paris, shooting tourist portraits to make money while roaming the city for street …

It’s OK to Be Mad at Games Journalism, But Don’t Be a Moron About It

"Games journalism is a joke," says the internet, without much to back up its claim, coming across as a jealous brat, tilting at the windmills of a blinkered hive mind.<p>I was on holiday last week. It was okay. I saw some beaches, some monkeys, and ate a burrito that was bigger than my head. Could …

The Conundrum of Introversion and Leadership

We live in a nation that rewards the outgoing, but the ranks of effective introverted CEOs are legion.<p>In her book <i>Killosophy</i>, poet and aphorist Criss Jami says, "Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to hell."<p>I'm an introvert. I like to write. I like to read. I like to …

The unapologetic introvert: I had to leave the U.S. to stop pretending to be an extrovert

<b>(lkemilai via iStock)</b><p>America values the bold and gregarious, but when I moved to Switzerland, I found my people—no fake smiles required<p>Chantal Panozzo<p>May 30, 2016 10:00pm (UTC)<p>Sometimes people ask why I work from home. Well, if you must know, I work from home to avoid a lot of things: the average …

Personality

The Secret Trick Kanye West Uses To Keep His White Sneakers Clean

<i>For GQ by Jake Woolf.</i><p>GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images<p>As the guy behind the Yeezy Boost, you might think Kanye West has an unlimited supply of the highly coveted kicks. Yet that doesn't seem to be the case. (In fact, even back when Kanye was making Yeezys for Nike, he admitted to buying his own shoes off …

Don DeLillo - a beginner's guide

Don DeLillo is one of the greatest living American novelists. Over the last forty-five years he has produced fifteen novels and three plays, many of …

9 signs you're successful, even if it doesn't feel like it

If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.<p>We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the '<i>He who dies with</i> …

37 Fun Facts About France You Really Ought To Know

Did you know the guillotine was in use until 1977?<p>1. The word "France" comes from the Franks, a Germanic people whose name in itself is derived from the Frankish "frank", meaning "free".<p>2. France spans twelve different time zones - more than any other country in the world - thanks to its overseas …

There's a Way to Test if Immortality Is Real: Lock Yourself in a Room With a Nuke

Don't try this at home.<p>Oh, quantum physics. Just when we think we've got you all figured out with your Schrödinger's cat experiment and your hologram …

The Evolutionary Power of Loneliness

The pain of isolation may be what motivates people to make friends.<p>As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and thrive. “We have survived as a species not because we’re fast or strong or have natural weapons …

Neuroscience

These gorgeous paintings combine pop-culture icons with Van Gogh's most iconic works

Sometimes, accidents end up creating the most beautiful masterpieces — just ask Aja Kusick.<p>After posting one of her paintings online — an image of the Eiffel Tower in the thick, impasto style of a Van Gogh — an education blog soon posted it on its site and mistakenly attributed it to him.<p>Kusick …

Art

12 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books to Read: May 2016

We couldn’t be more excited for the month of May, as it will see several spectacular-looking debut novels, continuations of a few popular series, and …

How to identify any language at a glance

Thanks to globalization, it's very likely that at some point you've found yourself faced with a line of text written in a language you couldn't quite …

Short Film Tells a Touching Story About a Father and Son's Relationship with Video Games

People leave memories in the most unexpected ways and when you run into them, you want to hold onto it forever because you don’t know when you’ll …

Reader Discussion: Which Video Game Storylines Had A Lasting Impression On You?

Video game storytelling can be told in several different ways, but they're best done when they use the medium's interactivity to their …

Four centuries after his death, Cervantes intrigues and enchants

Cervantes -- whose death on April 22, 1616 will be commemorated in Spain this week just as Britain marks the passing of Shakespeare 400 years ago -- survived a sea battle, capture by pirates, five years of captivity in Algiers and stints in prison.<p>"What gives such power to Cervantes' literature is …

Literature

How I Mastered Photoshop

Processed using Photoshop Layers & Masks – Glen Eilt, Scotland<p>When I was just entering into the world of landscape photography, I would look at …

This essay got a high-school senior into 5 Ivy League schools and Stanford

She also got into Stanford, which has an acceptance rate of 4.69% — a lower rate than any of the Ivy League schools.<p>"I'm sort of still in shock. I don't think I've processed everything yet," she excitedly told Business Insider.<p>The Ivy League is notoriously hard to get into, as the hundreds of …

College & University

5 Secrets Every Photographer Should Learn

<i>Pedro Quintela is a history teacher, talented photographer, and one of the most motivational people on 500px. His latest piece of advice is for</i> …

Watch this ridiculous, epic new trailer for Final Fantasy XV

If you were on the fence about <i>Final Fantasy XV</i>, the latest trailer might just change your mind. The new clip shows the game at its most epic and bizarre, jumping back and forth between awe-inspiring battles and strange, personal moments. There are familiar <i>FF</i> sights like chocobos and airships, but …

Trailers

5 Motivational TED Talks That Can Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever

These 5 inspirational videos can help you make this the best year of your life.<p>TED talks can inspire you to do your best work, reach for the stars, or even try a new way of tying your shoes. With the 2016 TED Conference wrapped up last month, the folks at TED have gone to work putting some of the …

Confessions of a Happy Introvert

I like you, but the whole talking thing freaks me out.<p>I’ve always had a hard time “going out.” Don’t get me wrong. My love of travel has taken me all …

The Disturbing Truth About Anxiety and Depression in College

Much has been written about the epidemic of anxiety and depression on college campuses. This guest post by college-aged Jake Heilbrunn sheds light on …

Mental Health

What It's Really Like To Be a Virgin in Your 20s

"Newsflash: some of us want to have sex, but are just waiting for a time that feels right, and not scary."<p>Female virginity is often regarded so highly in our culture, but only up to a certain age that some people deem acceptable. In this week's Sex Talk Realness, Cosmopolitan.com spoke with three …

Go from Amateur to Pro Photographer with 30 Hours of Technical Online Learning

Ever wondered what it takes to be a professional photographer? Whether you want to be a paparazzo or a wedding photographer, this bundle teaches you …

30 Fresh new Photoshop tutorials from 2016

The key to success and evolving your design skills is always constantly seeking out new ways to evolve those skills. One of the best ways is learning …

Graphics

Column: This is what happens when you take Ayn Rand seriously

“Ayn Rand is my hero,” yet another student tells me during office hours. “Her writings freed me. They taught me to rely on no one but myself.”<p>As I …

Ayn Rand

No We're Not All Equal and No You Can't Be Anything You Want to Be

We've had it instilled in us since we were young children. Everyone is equal, everyone is the same and we should treat them as such. No child left behind and all that hoo-ha.<p>I think by using this broadened definition of equal that we have overlooked and undermined what makes humans so special, one …