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11 Creative Breakthroughs People Had in Their Sleep

You know what visions I get in my dreams? Visions of falling off of buildings (and doing the full body spasm thing when I hit the ground). These 11 people, on the other hand, had dreams that changed the world. Let’s hope that my visions take a turn toward genius sometime soon. Until then, I’ll [...]

Jim Carrey Once Wrote Himself a $10 Million Check

Photo: nonu photography/Flickr Actor and comedian Jim Carrey was a born entertainer. In school, his teacher let him perform his comedy routines for his classmates at the [...]

The Missing Links: Internet-Use Disorder

Tim Burton GIFs Galore Jack Skellington, Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Pee-wee, Ichabod Crane and a slew of other characters from Burton’s iconic catalog, captured in moving pictures. * Thinking Back On That Place Where Everybody Knew Your Name The creators of Cheers participated in this fantastic oral history of the show. * Is Steve Jobs Still Alive? [...]

At the Libraries: BEA Buzz

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Since it’s summertime, why not visit an outdoor bookstore for a change? * It’s also BEA time (anyone there? Say hello!), and the hottest titles generate lots of [...]

Tea Time Links: Pampering the Stressed-Out Kindergarten Set

The Complex Mathematical Calculations Behind Matchmaking Websites Are Less Than Perfect Scientific American took up the cause of finding what goes wrong when people are matched up. * That Old Write-a-Book-and-Bury-it-for-Discovery-by-a-Mogul Ploy Is the Oldest Trick in the Book Kathy Hepinstall wrote a book that she wants Oprah to read. So she buried it on a mountain and took [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabbles

There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples. 1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Iconic Movie Costumes Owned By Debbie Reynolds

Long before it was popular to do so, Debbie Reynolds collected Hollywood memorabilia. When costume departments were cleaning out their closets or repurposing garments for a new movie, Reynolds would swoop in and purchase items for her personal collection. Along the way, she has amassed more than 3,500 costumes and thousands of props and costume [...]

Opera will Miss Oprah

The Norwegian browser company Opera has received emails for years that were intended for Oprah Winfrey. Now that Oprah has concluded her daily talk show, Opera executives posted some of the best letters as a tribute to her. Link -via Boing Boing

How Does One Become a Life Coach?

Few individuals have done more to promote the field of personal life coaching than Oprah Winfrey. A virtual life coach to many in her own right, Oprah has introduced a slew of personal life coaches and motivators to her viewers over the last 25 years. Today, life coaching is as popular as ever, with an [...]

Concensus Cloud on Books Everyone Should Read

Should Twilight be among the books that everyone should read? It is according to this infographic by David McCandless of great books (according to popular surveys): Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics? I scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s. Both popular [...]