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The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Are You Making These 5 Common User Onboarding Mistakes?

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This article originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Getting people to sign up for your software is tough. It requires a lot of time, energy, and money, yet many companies are losing most of those hard-won users …

The Power of Less: Remove Inessential Things From Your Site

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>When I built my first website a little over three years ago, I had no idea …

5 Data-Driven Ways To Get Your Facebook Post Seen

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>If you’ve been struggling with Facebook lately for your brand page, don’t think you’re alone.<p>Between changes to the layout of brand pages, News Feed algorithm adjustments, and countless other tweaks and changes, marketers are constantly on their toes …

New From Tudor: The Heritage Black Bay In Black And Blue

Here’s something useful for the guy who must switch between navy daytime suits and evening black: The Tudor Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel, new this spring as a handsome update to the original version presented in Switzerland for 2012.<p>Tudor has made divers since 1954, but this edition looks …

How To Talk To People Who Don’t Want To Talk To You

To really catch the attention of decision-makers who are busy (and don’t want to talk to you), you need to be one step ahead.<p>“You’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is,” said <i>60 Minutes’</i> Andy Rooney.<p>Do any of these sound familiar?<p>“I’m busy. Can you come back later?”<p>“Thanks. …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Responsive Design Won’t Fix Your Content Problem

I spoke to a digital team at a large corporation a while back, and outlined some of the many challenges they were likely to face in creating, …

Web Design

How to Stay Totally Focused on What Matters Most | Inc.com

As a social media entrepreneur and author, I get contacted by dozens of people each week who want my help or want to work with me. I put myself out there, and since responsiveness is so important to social media--as well as one of my personal core values--I reply to each and every person who asks …

Business Planning

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

Why you're not making sales

Derek Sivers tells a great story about trying to make it in the music business. He hustled for years as a musician, but his career never really took …

Music Industry

Home | Dark Patterns

What are dark patterns?<p>Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The …

Li-Fi Turns Every Lightbulb Into an Ultra-Fast Wireless Network

Current wireless networks have a problem: The more popular they become, the slower they are. Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai have just …

9 Examples Of Real Mind-Blowing Technology That You Haven't Heard Of Yet

While it's easy to lose yourself in daydreams of teleportation and interplanetary travel, already we can do amazing things, like turn the ocean into a big glass of drinking water.<p>A cancer-killing computer chip can run wild in a patient's bloodstream and wreak havoc on cancer cells.<p>NASA's even …

Can't code but want an app? DIY.

Developers are highly-sought after in today’s app-centric world, but increasingly there are other options for businesses or individuals who want to design an app themselves. One service catering to that desire, Singapore-headquartered Infinite Monkeys, just became a very significant force today …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

Online CSS Extractor

extractCSS is a JavaScript library and an online tool that lets you extract element ID, class and inline styles from HTML document and output them as …

6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists

While it may appear simple, the to-do list is a many-splendored thing. Here are half a dozen ways to make yours splendid.<p>Just as there’s a difference between typing and writing, convulsing and dancing, and noshing and tasting, there’s a difference between emailing yourself about every project …

How to Create Websites Without Learning to Code

In May, Scroll Kit, a New York-based startup that lets users create websites without learning a single line of code, attempted to showcase its skills …

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do | Inc.com

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the …

Body Language

Everything you know about the brain is wrong

What does Einstein’s brain size say about his IQ? Is the left-brain/right-brain divide a myth? There’s new research<p>Within a few hours of Albert Einstein’s death in 1955, the great scientist’s brain had been surgically removed from his skull and placed in formalin. The autopsy and the events …

Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies

• Author: John Bohannon. John Bohannon Science<br>• Date of Publication: 07.16.13. 07.16.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Zhao Bowen is late for a …

map² - The Zoomable Map on Paper

<b>UPDATE: 196 comments, 73 suggestions for new cities, 3 new rewards, 1 stretch goal...</b> Find out more<p><b>Even if your city is not available yet, please</b> …

15 Steps to Start your Own Tech Business: Part 1

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This is a guest post by Christian Reber, CEO and co-founder of Berlin-based 6Wunderkinder. Today he begins a series, cross-posted from his own blog, in which he draws on his experience to offer advice for aspiring entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. You can follow him on Twitter,</i> …

How to Make Cheesy Pull Apart Bread - Cooking

What you need:<p>Tools:<p>Knife<br>• Cutting Board<br>• Foil-lined Baking Sheet<p>Supplies / ingredients:<p>Sourdough bread<br>• Cheese<br>• Green onions<br>• Poppy seeds<br>• Butter<p>1<p>Cut the bread …

Webcam-based gesture recognition with reveal.js

What is this?<p>This is what I got when I combined <b>webcam-based gesture recognition</b> with Hakim El Hattab's <i>reveal.js.</i><p>It took me a while to write and fine …

Google Chrome