Bad Science

“Studies suggest that literally everything causes cancer” “Are bagels killing your kids?” “Brain scans reveal that tiny demons are to blame for ADHD” Everyone wants to write a good headline. A catchy headline drives clicks, ad views, and thus revenue and recognition for the writer. And nothing catches the eye like a well placed scare …

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The Gap: Developing Taste into Skill

Ira Glass’ advice on creative work has been gaining momentum for months, but even if you’ve read or heard the advice before, these two gorgeous typographical videos are worth a look. Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. One of the most resonant things that Glass addresses is “The Gap”. Creators usually …

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Subtle Patterns & Transparent Textures

Patterns and textures are fantastic ways to add a little depth to any project, but they can become overwhelming. From this problem comes a simple solution: subtlepatterns.com. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and with a library 377 patterns strong (and growing) there’s sure to be something to your taste. Plus, the website is absurdly …

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Free Fonts You Can Actually Use

Free fonts are awesome, but it’s so easy to end up with a computer full of fonts you’ve only used once. To avoid this trap, it’s preferable to stick to high quality, versatile font families with full character sets and multiple weights. With this in mind, check out the free fonts below, handpicked with an …

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Use Reddit to Get Free Stuff

Companies and individuals offer to give out freebies online every day, but it can be pretty impossible to be at the right place at the right time. Luckily, you can find a lot of this free stuff using reddit. The site is organized into “subreddits” which serve as categorization for particular communities. The larger reddit …

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Books Without the Burden

Books are expensive; textbooks are outrageously expensive. And heavy. So even if you’re a die-hard print lover, this list of free books available online can ease your burden (both financially and physically). The first and most obvious is the heavy hitter: Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg runs off of donations and impressively manages to provide over 42,000 …

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Imagination Library

80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children (Source). These same children often go without age-appropriate books available at home as well. This can set them up at a disadvantage from their very first moments in the education system. Dolly Parton is out to change that. Imagination Library is …

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Trial by Fire

Being controversial on purpose won’t get you invited to a lot of parties, but it might make you a better writer. Defending your ideas can be terrifying; most people instinctively avoid confrontation. But debate sharpens both your ideas and your rhetoric. Early rhetoricians studied the subject for the express purpose of speaking in the public …

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Expresso (not espresso)

Stop that eye twitch, it’s not misspelled. I’m talking Expresso – the writer’s style tool, not espresso (the writer’s coping tool). Forging an honest, unique voice is one of the biggest struggles for many writers. Unfortunately, outside of a trusted editor, available tools can be noticeably lacking. Expresso is great because it admits upfront that style …

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People, Upgrade Your Slideshows

Tedx Kyoto hosted a fascinating talk by Garr Reynolds about professional speaking. Professional speaking is crucial in many fields, and it turns out that most people just aren’t very good at it. Reynolds emphasizes improving your speaking skills by focusing on having compelling, useful visual communication, and presenting as much of your information as possible …

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750 Words

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” “In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” Whether you believe in 10,000 bad drawings, 11 lifetimes, or 10,000 hours, it’s commonly agreed: Practice makes perfect. 750words.com seeks …

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Off the Beaten Path: Professional Writers as Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and More

Professional Writing is an undeniably unique program. This uniqueness is manifested in many wonderful ways, but it can be hard to explain, even for a practiced rhetorician. Thanksgivings and family Christmases come around and the less up-to-date family members invariably ask “How is school?” and “What are you studying?”. Then, if you’re particularly unlucky, you …

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