Saturday, October 17, 2015

Albert Einstein's fascinating rise

Albert Einstein is revered for his scientific intellect, which laid the foundations for modern-day physics and earned him introductions with some of the most exclusive people on Earth.

His opinions on race, politics, and war were also incredibly progressive for their time. Some even say that we will never see the likes of another Einstein again.

Here's how a man, who "had no understanding of how to relate to people," became history's most beloved scientist.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Badass prosthesis... - The Meta Picture


Monday, September 7, 2015

How to simplify your life

Question: In a world of falsely titled articles such as "5 simple steps to become an entrepreneur," it makes me wonder: Is there really anything that is truly simple that can improve my life while I run my company? Or am I stuck in chaos?

Answer: Ah, simplicity. My strategy to simplify life involves taking a look at the two ends of the spectrum: things that are non-negotiable and those I can't live without. All the stuff in the middle will make the most noise, because they involve circumstantial decision making. I don't mess with those things, but when thinking about the two ends there's no ambiguity at all. Here's a plan that will help you sort it out.

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How to Change Your Self-Perception to Leverage Your Hidden Strengths

Our self-perceptions are often instilled in us before we have a say in them. Learning to change how we see ourselves helps us find our hidden strengths, or improve weaknesses we didn't know we had, to get along better in life.

Accurate self-perception is a necessary component of self-improvement. If you don't know where your strengths or weaknesses lie, you don't know what areas you need to work on. Or how to leverage your assets! Self-perception is simply being aware of who you are, what you're like, and what you're capable of. Your self-perception goes beyond positive self-esteem, though. It may involve acknowledging your shortcomings ("I suck at playing the violin, and that's okay"), adjusting how you view your skills, ("This skill I thought was boring is actually useful and neat!"), or recognizing your problem areas ("I'm not as hard working as I like to think").


Salvador Dali Illustrates 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'

A classic of such imagination, complexity and inventiveness could have only found its artistic representation through the mind of Salvador Dali. These were done in 1969, and became one of Dali's most sought works.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark Cuban on raising his kids

If you've ever watched "Shark Tank," the ABC reality TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of famous investors, you'll notice that each judge is referred to as a "self-made" billionaire.

This idea of being "self-made" is something that show regular Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and creator of the chat app Cyberdust, instills in his children.


Flashback: The nitty-gritty of how Sean Combs became Diddy

The artist formerly known as Sean Combs/Puffy/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy announced 10 years ago today that he would henceforth be known as just plain Diddy. Stunningly, the name stuck. The evolution of Diddy:


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Astronauts photographed 2 incredible light shows from space

Astronauts have captured two jaw-dropping Earth-based light shows from their lofty perch in space.

One of them is incredibly beautiful, the other incredibly rare.

In case it isn't obvious, the beautiful one is up there. It's an aurora that astronaut Scott Kelly photographed on Saturday evening, or whatever time of day an astronaut calls it. One full "day" on the International Space Station lasts 90 minutes, half in darkness and half in daylight.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Artists total cars to make a salamander

This giant salamander is part of Bordallo II's animal series, curated by MISTAKER MAKER. The video shows how they made this large scale art.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata

Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata (previously) currently has two new sculptural paintings on view at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore. Ohata places vibrantly painted figurative sculptures in the foreground of similarly styled paintings that when viewed directly appear to be a single artwork. In some sense it appears as though the figures have broken free from the canvas. These artworks, along with several of his other paintings, join works by Yoddogawa Technique, Enpei Ito, Osamu Watanabe, and Akira Yoshida, for the Sweet Paradox show that runs through August 10th. (via F*ck Yeah Painting, My Modern Met)


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vibrant Macro Photographs of Coral by Felix Salazar

LA-based photographer and composer Felix Salazar recently captured some wonderful macro photos of several inhabitants in his salt water aquariums. The shocking variety of color makes the coral look like digital renderings, but Salazar assures me each is a unique photo selected from hundreds of attempts to get just the right shot as he experimented with focus and light. You can see many more on his website. (via my modern met)


Joni Niemelä’s Macro Photographs Capture Carnivorous Plants’ Alien-Like Structures

Joni Niemelä captures the moments within nature often looked over, the extreme details seen best through macro photography and an imaginative eye. One of Niemelä's photographic obsessions is the carnivorous plant Drosera, more commonly known as the "Sundew," a nickname which refers to droplets that collect on the plant similar to morning dew.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

This gigantic LEGO American flag will give you all the patriotic feels

Because it's July 4 weekend, we're giving you this really, really big LEGO American flag. You're welcome.

Measuring 9½ feet tall and 14 feet wide, the ginormous, 546-pound red, white and blue monster — the largest LEGO American flag ever, by the way — was built Wednesday by more than 15,000 visitors at Washington's National Museum of American History using 100,000-plus LEGO bricks. (The build was created to celebrate the grand opening of the museum's brand-spankin'-new Innovation Wing but also because, hey, YAY AMERICA.)


Friday, July 3, 2015

Artist Drills Coconuts into Lamps That Shine Gorgeous Patterns of Lights

Artist Vainius Kubilius carefully crafts lamps that project visually exciting and exotic patterns of light on adjacent walls. Unlike your typical light designer, Kubilius doesn't simply work with metals and manmade materials. Instead, this creative innovator incorporates coconuts into his products, which he designs under the label Nymphs. "The head of the lamp is made out of coconut," Kubilius tells us, "but after careful shaving, waxing, and drilling, it shines like some sort of jewel."


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Picasso and Giacometti Artworks Top $120 Million Each at Christie’s Sale -

To a medley of whoops, hollers and gasps on Monday night, Pablo Picasso's 1955 painting "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')" sold for $179.4 million including fees at Christie's "Looking Forward to the Past" sale of artworks spanning the 20th century. The price was the highest on record for a work of art sold at auction, the company said, and was well over its estimate of $140 million.


A Rothko Tops Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction

It was a hard act to follow. Just one day after Christie's raised $705.9 million from its experimental auction of cherry-picked 20th-century masterworks, Sotheby's responded with a mainstream evening sale on Tuesday that aimed to remind the art world that there is more than one auction house in New York.

Sotheby's auction of American-oriented contemporary pieces raised $379.7 million with fees from the 63 lots offered, seven of which failed to sell. The company had predicted a total of $320 million before fees. The total was a marginal improvement on the $364.4 million the company achieved at its equivalent sale last year.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Barbie's New Adjustable Ankles Mean That She Can Finally Wear Flats

She's coming down to Earth!

After spending her entire existence in high heels, Barbie will soon have the option of rocking flat feet, which means she'll also be getting a whole new line of flat shoes to choose from, Mattel announced on Thursday, June 4.

The iconic, hourglass-shaped doll, who made her debut in March 1959, has always been known for her impeccable sense of style. (Bob Mackie, Versace, Burberry, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton, to name just a few, have designed threads for the blonde stunner.) But her permanently pointed toes have forced her to stick to heels, sandals, and boots.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

How Jessica Alba Built A $1 Billion Company, And $200 Million Fortune, Selling Parents Peace Of Mind

It's Kombucha Thursday at the Santa Monica headquarters of The Honest Company, which means that groups of young, stylish workers gather at communal tables in a converted toy factory to slurp fashionable fermented tea. Jessica Alba, Hollywood star and company cofounder, sits in the adjacent room. She'll join her troops shortly, but for now she's transfixed by a box of tampons that looks more like it holds an expensive candle than Kotex. "Dope!" she declares, approvingly.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Expensive art owned by tech billionaires

Last week, a Picasso painting called "The Women of Algiers (Version 0)" fetched $179.4 million minutes before a bronze statue by Alberto Giacometti called "Man Pointing" sold for $141.3 million. 

The buyers were anonymous, though a recent New York Times article narrowed the potential Picasso buyers down to 50 suspects — some of whom made their fortunes in tech.

Tech titans have a taste for expensive art. We've rounded up some of the biggest purchases here.


'ARTillery' explores gun imagery, through 8/16 in Mesa

It may be true that Americans love their guns, but Annie Adjchavanich, curator of the "ARTillery" exhibit at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, notes that the fascination with weaponry goes back to the hunting spears painting on cave walls tens of thousands of years ago.

With works by nearly three dozen artists, most from California and Arizona, "ARTillery" explores guns and other sorts of firepower both as physical objects and cultural symbols. Images range from paintings of soldiers and outlaws to an assault rifle gussied up in Hello Kitty pink.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Surprise! Women trump men on CEO pay

What glass ceiling? The gender gap appears to be closed: At least when it comes to CEO pay.

So far, 21 of the 22 current female CEOs in the Standard & Poor's 500 have reported their latest compensation, including Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer, defense contractor Lockheed Martin's (LMT) Marillyn Hewson and CEO Carol Meyrowitz of retailer TJX (TJX), and they were paid an average of $18.8 million during their latest fiscal years, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ and Bespoke Investment Group. That far exceeds the average $12.7 million paid to the 455 current male CEOs in the S&P 500 that have reported compensation data for the same time period.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lost Art

Sotheby's Unveils 100-Carat Diamond

A Sotheby's employee shows The Graff Vivid Yellow at 100.09 carats, one of the rarest yellow diamonds of its size, which was sold for about $16 million at auction in Geneva, Switzerland, May 13, 2014.


Picasso's Women of Algiers smashes auction record - BBC News

Eleven minutes of prolonged bidding from telephone buyers preceded the final sale - for much more than its pre-sale estimate of $140m.

The final price of $179.3m (£115m) includes commission of just over 12%.
The sale also featured Alberto Giacometti's life-size sculpture Pointing Man, which set its own record.

It is now the most expensive sculpture sold at auction, after going for $141.3m (£90.6m). Both buyers chose to remain anonymous.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Perfect Your Sales Pitch to Convert More Customers

For the budding entrepreneur, the path to success is filled with roadblocks. What might seem like surefire strategies often flame out quickly. The challenge of attracting and keeping customers requires extensive research of your market and attention to detail. There may be false starts along the way, but this seven-step process will help you perfect your sales pitch and seal the deal:


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mark Cuban: 19 Inspiring Power Quotes for Success

While many people know Mark Cuban from his role as a "shark" investor on the popular TV show Shark Tank, Mark is a fabulously successful entrepreneur and investor who owns the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures.

Consider these powerful words that can lead you to success.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Success Check In Time

The second quarter of 2015 is fast approaching, making now a great time for a success check-in. Here are six suggestions to help you achieve your goals this year.

1. Limit time with toxic people. Negativity and dissension will suffocate your drive, perhaps more than anything else. Do whatever possible to avoid spending time with people who aren't on the same trajectory as you.

2. Keep learning. If you never learn anything new about your field, it will be nearly impossible to have big breakthroughs in work or in life. Take time out for a class, a book, a seminar or events that will help you keep growing.

3. Write down your vision. A clear statement about where you are and where you want to be later this year can help you stay on track.

4. Stop wasting time. Don't be afraid to say "no" to any activities that will hinder your productivity.

5. Communicate more effectively. Don't use email when a phone call would be more effective. This will speed up your day and free up time you can spend on profit-making activity or even relaxation.

6. Say thank you more. Gratitude can have a big impact on your motivation, and ultimately on your success. Keep track of things you are thankful for in life and never let a good deed go unrecognized.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chameleons change colour by shifting crystals around inside their skin cells

Chameleons rearrange crystals inside special skin cells to change their bright colours, new research has found.

The reptiles shift around the cells to change which wavelengths of light are reflected by their skin, Swiss researchers have found. They tune a complicated collection of tiny crystals that are in skin cells called iridophores to choose how they will appear.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Vince Vaughn and Co-stars Pose for Idiotic Stock Photos You Can Have for Free

By now, you've probably seen Fox and Getty's wonderful promotion for the movie Unfinished Business, with Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson posing for boringly clever stock photos.

Well, it turns out the images were Photoshopped from real stock photos. We've done you a solid by pairing the originals with the spoofs and turning them into GIFs.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coca-Cola bottle as art? Atlanta’s High Museum takes a look

ATLANTA (AP) — The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

"The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100″ opens Saturday at Atlanta's High Museum and is set to run through Oct. 4. Visitors can see original design illustrations, a prototype of the 1915 design and the work of artists who have been inspired by the now-classic design.


7 Steps To A Truly Effective Leadership Style

If you've ever been led by a Mushroom (everyone's in the dark), a Seagull (swoops in, squawks and dumps), or a Kipper (two-faced and gutless), you'll be all too aware of the leadership style you don't want to be known for.

Fortunately, the simple fact that you are reading this article instantly places you in an elite minority that is actually thinking about what you do want your leadership style to be known for. The vast majority just go to work and get on with it, in whatever style comes to them by default.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Year of the Goat: Chinese zodiac matchmaking guide

The year of the ram (also known as goat or sheep) begins on Feb. 19. As Asian American communities across California welcome the lunar new year, many turn to the centuries-old tradition of consulting the zodiac, a cycle featuring 12 animals that embody unique personality traits. As the folklore goes, certain animals are better suited for one another while other pairings could lead to conflict.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015!! Year of the Goat/Sheep!!

Year of the Goat/Sheep: Chinese Zodiac Sign for 2015, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 1955, 2027

The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example 2015 is a year of the Goat.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Best Inspirational Quotes From US Presidents

Monday is President's day, when we honor those who have held America's top civilian office.

These leaders probably had the toughest job in the world. Here are a few of the things they learned from it.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Must haves" for negotiating deals

"What do we really need in almost every agreement, from a negotiation perspective?" This critical question points to the core of many negotiations. After all, if you can't achieve your "must haves" in a negotiation – you're usually better off walking away and not doing the deal.

So what should be a "must have" in most, if not all, of your deals?


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up?

This post is a curmudgeonly look at the current state of landscape photography.

I was in Munich yesterday, munching on some bratwurst and drinking a beer in a place where a huge TV monitor on the wall was playing a slideshow of landscape photos. I couldn't keep my eyes away from it, as the photos ...


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