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Hanami Is Japan’s Annual Obsession with Cherry Blossoms There are a lot of places to be curious about, so we started a Curiosity Travel Instagram. Where will your curiosity take you? Follow us! The blooming of Japan’s cherry blossoms is not only a delightful welcoming of springtime — it’s a national obsession. Bucket list! To Hug, or Not to Hug? There’s a thing that happens on blind internet dates. I’ve never liked it. This kind of thing is alien to me. Surely you ask before touching someone! The Art of Not Working at Work At first, the ability to check email, read ESPN, or browse Zappos while on the job may feel like a luxury. But in time, many crave …

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Public Place Meditation Exercise Excited to share my all-time favorite thing to do on the subway, or other public transportation. It’s also one of the best empathy exercises I’ve thought of and really helps to remind me to feel the moments of love and pain we all go through. Tried this a few days this week (identify the person and you can close your eyes or look away, staring is creepy!) and… it kinda works. Turkish Delight For all the haters. Turkish Delight is a thing of wonder. Who has time for that? Above: art-making advice from our 40-year-old ovens. You always have more time than you think. Twenty years ago, Netflix.com launched. The movie business has never been the …

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Africa is splitting into two after tear in Kenya’s Rift Valley [Video] After heavy rains and seismic activities on Monday, the earth has split open at Kenya’s Rift Valley leaving a huge tear that is more than 50 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide weaving through the arable land in Narok County. And here we all are worrying about Trump, meanwhile in Africa… Drawing is back in fashion as British Museum offer pencils and paper for new blockbuster exhibition It was once the staple of every artist’s practice, before falling out of fashion at the hands of conceptual art, formaldehyde cows and unmade beds. What a great idea! What About “The Breakfast Club”? Earlier this year, the Criterion …

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13 Tips For Losing Weight Without Going Broke If you think you need to spend a lot of money to lose weight, you can blame the expensive juice detoxes and plans that call for super powders and other uncommon ingredients. While you can spend a ton of money on such plans, you don’t have to. Step 1, stop following a ‘plan’? ‘As if’ Some movies have a way of infiltrating our everyday conversations. “Clueless,” for example, influenced the way an entire generation of kids talked. In the mid-1990s, suddenly every teen was dishing out a blase “whatever” when they weren’t totally buggin’ or Audi. I’d love a British version of this, although most of our cultural influences are from the …

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The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. So many diets, so many foods to eat, to avoid… this pretty much nails it all. (for now at least). Lift your way to strength – and help your body stay young Weightlifting isn’t just the preserve of musclebound hulks. Now women of all ages are increasingly turning to barbells as a way of staying healthy and warding off the effects of getting older Any woman can be strong. …

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Breaking with tradition, here’s a link to a wonderful newsletter. It’s only a few issues old but so far it’s made me pause and think each time. quotemail Words. Daily. Because finding good words to think on (or use for calligraphy practice or journal pages) takes time and effort. Let me share my time and effort with you. Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for the above link, I just happen to like it and happen to know the wonderfully talented person who has created it. Alexandra Burke: UK has ‘massive problem’ with confident women Alexandra Burke has battled more than her fair share of criticism in the last year – something she says is partly down to the way …

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Extra long list today as I was too busy wandering the streets of Barcelona last week! Stephen Hawking obituary The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. A sad day. ‘Remember to look up at the stars’: the best Stephen Hawking quotes The British physicist and author had a way with words. Here are a collection of some of his greatest quotations Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, combined a soaring intellect and a mischievous sense of humour that made him …

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How to get yourself out of a funk On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes. For those of you suffering a bit of Cabin Fever thanks to all the snow… Soderbergh’s thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. Interesting thoughts on the impact of …

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Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→ Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page. And this, amongst other reasons, is why I use Spotify. Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web: kottke.org, founded in 1998. “Sometime in …

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In Conversation: Quincy Jones In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do. Quite the interview this, to say he’s not shy about revealing secrets is… well just go read it. String Theory Says We Have At Least 10 Dimensions, But That’s Not The Weirdest Thing About It Okay, well, maybe string theory isn’t all that simple. For one thing, it requires the universe to have at least 10 dimensions to work (and some versions require as many as 26). You know, some of us struggling in just one of these dimension things. Calm down, science, …

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