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Favorite Snacks of the Great Writers - Interactive Feature When I sit down to work, I keep a small bowl of garlic croutons on my desk. These are little rewards for good ideas and strong lines, Pavlovian pellets to keep my spirits up. Recently, I began to wonder what fuel writers have relied on, and the answers turned out to be all over the culinary map. Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat, while Gustave Flaubert started off with what passed for a light breakfast in his day: eggs, vegetables, cheese or fruit, and a cup of cold chocolate. The novelist Vendela Vida told me she swears by pistachios, and Mark Kurlansky, the author of “Salt” and “Cod,” likes to write under the influence of espresso, “as black as possible.”

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From by Maria Popova “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.” “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,” painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. “Show up, show up, show up,” novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, “and after a while the muse shows up, too.” Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky put it similarly in an 1878 letter to his benefactress: “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” Indeed, this notion that creativity and fruitful ideas come not from the passive resignation to a muse but from the active application of work ethic — or discipline, something the late and great Massimo Vignelli advocated for as the engine of creative work — is something legions of creative luminaries have articulated over the ages, alongside the parallel inquiry of where ideas come from. I don’t have a clue. Matisse does a drawing, then he recopies it.

Cutest Paw Gives You the Cutest Animal Pictures Around the World Carat: The Brilliant App That Increases Your Battery Life By Showing What Other Apps To Kill “Kill Pandora – Expected Battery Life Improvement: 1 hour 50 minutes” This is what you’ll learn from Carat, an incredibly useful free new iOS and Android app that’s the first to give you personalized mobile battery life-saving recommendations. Carat quietly takes measurements from you device, does some math, combines it with other people’s anonymized data, and sends back tips on if you should update your OS, kill or restart apps, and how many more minutes of tablet or phone fiddling you’ll gain. As battery tech is expected to improve slowly, some say increasing life just 5% a year, and as we get faster processors, more powerful apps, and brighter screens, everyone could use a Carat in their pocket. The guys that built Carat? Carat’s recommendations break down into killing off bugs and hogs. Hogs are apps that just naturally use of ton of power or needlessly run in the background, like streaming music apps. Some things Carat has discovered: With Carat, knowledge really is power.

How To Do Stuff The Quest For Every Beard Type | Jon Dyer's Blog I’ve been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. So far, over 2.4 million people have been following along. Listed below are descriptions of 44 facial hair types including examples of the 39 42 variations that I’ve been able to attain so far. Enjoy! A La Souvarov A sideburn / mustache combo where the sideburn curves downward toward the corner of the mouth and then curves upward into the mustache. Status: Complete (2008) The Anchor A beard without sideburns that extends along jawline and is styled into a point. Status: Complete (2007) Balbo A wide version of the goatee accompanied by an unconnected mustache. Cantinflas The complete opposite of the toothbrush, this mustache is comprised of the two ends of a typical mustache. Status: Complete (2013) Chin Curtain Status: Complete (2004, 2011) Chin Strap Status: Complete (2011) Chin Puff Copstash Standard Dali Ducktail El Insecto

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!} You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim

- StumbleUpon Why didn’t I think of that? You’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems... some you never knew you had! Hull strawberries easily using a straw. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40. Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.. Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.. Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.. Add this item to your beach bag. Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.. Look up! Gotcha! Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.. Forever losing your bathroom essentials?

An Architect's Dress Code An Architect’s Dress code (Revised 9-12-11) Employees contribute to the culture and reputation of the SVEHN JØSSANG ATELJE in the way they present themselves. An Architectural appearance is essential to a favorable impression with clients, and company shareholders (ie. Managers may exercise good discretion to determine appropriateness in appearance. Management may make exceptions for special occasions (ie. Architectural casual dress will be permitted on Fridays. Acceptable shirts: Black shirts, Black turtlenecks, Black T-shirts, Black long sleeve T-shirts, Black tunics. Inappropriate shirts: White T-shirts, shirts with slogans, tank tops, muscle shirts, crop tops, Plaid shirts, Striped shirts, shirts with patterns or mixed-patterns, anything with flower prints, or birds or lighthouses on it, non-black color, neon, hairshirts, anything with a visible logo or label, anything that brings to mind the word “polo”. Acceptable Pants: Black slacks, Black Jeans, Prada.

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