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Journey Through the Largest Cave in the World. Sơn Đoòng Cave — the largest in the world— wasn’t discovered until 2009. *** How to be confident with the school of life. *** What makes art valuable? Is it love? Rivalry? Or just big business?

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Branding once meant logos. Today it means everything. The brand is undergoing a paradigm shift. It’s no longer a mark. It’s not even a voice. It’s an intelligent entity, a personality, an algorithm capable of learning. *** People are storytellers by nature, but we’re discrete in the ways in which we tell those stories. Something in the way each of us developed has enabled us to share our perspective in unique ways.

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No matter how refined your palate may be, a cook who lacks good basic knife skills is a liability in the kitchen. These videos will help.*** Why I travel alone as a married woman. I do wonder if the roles were reversed, would my husband receive the same level and intensity of questioning? I imagine not. Extended business trips are par for the course for men, from seafaring Vikings to modern-day executives. People are not yet accustomed to women occupying the same roles, and I suppose it undermines their expectations of how a wife should behave.

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Together with my best friend, I started a new blog for strong women looking to conquer the world. Have a look, it’s called Alpha Women Rule. *** Surf photography: hold your breadth. *** Vietnam’s breathtaking caves. *** April wallpapers by Smashing Magazine. *** Finally watched Pulp Fiction. We’re gonna be like three little Fonzies here. *** Mario Testino photographing men. *** Logos and calligraphy meetup. *** Coffee vs. religion in the Netherlands.

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“It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.” The body in Ancient Greece. ***  “No one owes you a good career. You need to earn it.” So Good They Can’t Ignore You *** US Government surveillance. John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden. *** Michael Moore takes on capitalism and its inherent flaws, with a specific focus on the US.  *** Marxist theories and Game of Thrones. *** Museums all over the world are selling masterpieces despite fears that they’ll never be seen in public again.

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There’s a new book about my favorite Swedish habit, Fika. *** Het diner, an interesting thriller (in Dutch). *** Fashion is becoming more egalitarian, at least in the New York Times. *** Adding superheroes to boring office walls. *** Growing plants from seeds. 

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Constantin Brancusi – Muse endormie [I], 1910

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Albino animals look incredibly beautiful. Different is sometimes better. *** Wild trailer. Eat pray love, but with an atonement perspective. *** Cats and books go together so well. It’s a match made in photography heaven. *** Travel and books come together in this beautiful blog.  *** Constantin Brancusi‘s muse – Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer.

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Finland is considering abandoning school subjects for themes in teaching. Teachers are of course uncomfortable with the idea, but could it be a better approach for children? *** The power of storytelling. *** It’s time to stop comparing women’s bodies to shapes of fruit: “What’s meant as a “dressing guide” usually serves to reinforce the notion that some shapes are more desirable than others.” *** An incredibly interesting documentary on a very important question: what makes art so valuable? Is it technique, painter, historical context, previous ownership, or combinations of these factors? *** The most powerful women in business.

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“Necessity is the mother of invention,” and other phrases introduced by Aesop’s fables. ***  Lancôme’s Absolu Au Naturel Palette, is absolute beauty perfection. *** A day in the life of Isabel Marrant. *** Cleaning your vinyl records takes a bit of work. *** How to paint trees. A simple tutorial with useful tips.

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Photograph by Ana Yturralde

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Spotify unveils a new brand identity. *** 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Competition. *** Beautiful pictures of Ireland (it was St. Patrick’s day this week after all). *** Planetary trailer.

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What would homes look like in 2020? Ikea has some ideas, including higher fluidity, more multi-functional pieces, more transparency, smarter furniture, and of course personalization. *** Some of the biggest business comebacks of the past 20 years. *** Being a woman in Iran – a place where women are in every measure equal to men, and in every measure not. *** The complex role of data in start-ups.  “I don’t believe that an early startup should be driven by data. It should be assisted by data, using it as one of a number of inputs when making tactical decisions. Data shouldn’t guide strategic decisions.” *** Can human-resources analytics do enough to capture the behavior and preferences of its endlessly complex subjects: humans? *** Good enough might be best? Settling might just make people happier in the long run than constantly striving for an impossible perfection. *** The story of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Adults like coloring too. *** Another reason to visit London: so you can pet owls while sipping your coffee. *** Wall trophies for an animal-cruelty free home. *** Ben Howard – Every kingdom. *** People who use Firefox or Chrome are better employees. *** Funky wall lamp made out of a sheet of paper.

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Urban IconoMythology by Pichi & Avo.

 

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Victor Hugo produced more than 4000 drawings. Hugo worked only on paper, and on a small scale; usually in dark brown or black pen-and-ink wash, sometimes with touches of white, and rarely with color. *** The Dutch National Ballet. *** Dreamy ads from Oreo. *** People living outside the system. *** The kids museum of glass. *** Hex ring.

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Why do we shake hands? It might well be so we can [unconsciously] sniff each other. *** Degrees don’t matter anymore. Skills do. *** Universal millennial truths: being transparent, authentic, immediate and versatile. Mobile marketing to millennials. *** The rise and fall of Marie Antoinette. “With the possible exception of the Corsican-born Napoleon, another outsider who overstayed his welcome, no one haunts French history like the Hapsburg princess.” *** Is there a travel gene? In conclusion, the motivations behind travelling can be explained through our genes (DRD4-7R) and also through our imagination which is fueled by play and childhood.

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Make a digital font of your own handwriting. Personalization at its best. *** Paris free travel guide. So many museums. *** Icelandic babies are taught to sleep outside. “Most Icelanders have come to feel that their children also take longer and better naps when they sleep outside, undisturbed by noises from inside the house.”*** There’s a new website dedicated to female extreme adventurers. Finally a place for all the climbers, skaters, cyclists and surfers. *** What if you could do this at home and track EVERYTHING you do? How many cups of coffee do you drink? How many hours of sleep do you get? How many times do you water your plants? So many trackable actions… so many possible insights on how to improve your life. Quantify your life. Wouldn’t that be geeky? *** Mount Center-Berlin. It’s like Donkey Kong, but real. ***Best bouldering hall I’ve visited so far. Very dynamic, challenging and lots of fun! Stuntwerk, Koln. 

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Nautilus – Rafael Araujo

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Van Gogh inspired wallpapers would make any home beautiful. *** The next black and the future of fashion: innovation, sustainability, tech, and biology. *** The beautiful portfolio of Mick de Lint. *** Dr. Seuss meets climbing. *** An ongoing examination of the complexity of life told through an imagined mathematical framework. Poster by Rafael Araujo. *** Coca Cola bottle turns 100.

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When the weather’s bad outside, workers are more productive at their jobs inside. And 22 degrees Celsius is the perfect productivity temperature in the office. *** The history of the five day workweek, and why it might be time to change it: “Beyond working more efficiently, a four-day workweek appears to improve morale and well-being.” *** Illusions in data visualization. *** 7 segments of outdoor consumers: 1. Achiever, 2. Outdoor Native, 3. Urban Athlete, 4. Aspirational Core, 5. Athleisurist, 6. Sideliner, 7. Complacent. Would love to get my hands on this report.

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A simple creative vase project from Pierre LOTA. Estimated time to make: 5 seconds. *** And a slightly longer one that could finally put my glue gun to good use. *** This week’s indulgence: Double chocolate banana bread. *** Creative new travel website, inspiring you to book a flight and explore the world’s offbeat destinations. Still in beta. *** Cocktails to try with a great whiskey. On the list: Tiny Riot.

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Beautiful new bookstore in Bucharest. Playing with light and whimsy. *** The Creators – behind YouTube’s vloggers and their relationship with their audience. *** Take me to church.***

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“Print and other media have still got high circulations, but that point will tip soon, particularly with the younger generation who haven’t grown up reading a glossy magazine every month.” The shift from print to digital. Digital marketing may appear to be about technology, but it only works when the human interaction underlying it is right, especially for luxury brands that seek to engage our emotions. *** The real Marlboro man. “I choose to smoke, and it’s an expression of my freedom,’ is something that, again, the companies have worked for a long time to reinforce, and it’s something that they know has resonance.” *** The stats on showering across the world. ***

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I love ritual and repetition. Without them, I would be a balloon with a slow leak. *** “You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.” #Girlboss ***Life in Iran is not that much different than life anywhere else. “But for others like Sima, Sepideh, and Olliyah, life goes on in much the same way it does in the rest of the world. There was nothing overtly political about these women’s lives when I encountered them in 2010. The prospect of new sanctions imposed on their country didn’t seem an immediate concern.” ***