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Robin Gnista doesn't talk much, but then again, the most prolific artists have never really relied on speech. 

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REFINERY 29

Why should you give up the “break” part of “cigarette break” just because you gave up the “cigarette” part? 

And though you might be totally up for making the next cocktail party with your friends a bit more interesting, you’re not about to relive your frat row days and set up a beer pong table. So, we rounded up five very-adult and very-interesting games to play next time your rounds with buds could use some spicing up.

Tried-and-true men's luxury footwear brand The Generic Man has definitely got a case of spring fever. 

When NYC social-marketplace startup The Cools partnered with makeup-maven Bobbi Brown to make a hot-pink skateboard, we got a severe case of the gimmies. 

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MOGO FINANCIAL

Oh great. It’s a new year. A time when we humans have decided to thrust a stake in the ground and declare the many ways we shall improve in our  very core humanness in the year to come. No pressure or anything.

Tune up your inner Rosetta Stone, because if you want to fit in with these groups you better talk the talk, tweet the tweet and feel the burn. 

 

Much like Christian to Ana, your confidence had been waning when that credit card reared its gaudy head into your life. It was flashy and adult, and you were vulnerable, intrigued by this mysterious piece of plastic and the unfettered feeling of spending on borrowed cash.

You’ve been inundated with “Lover’s Packages” at hotels, “Sweetheart Specials” at restaurants, and countless “True Love Diamond Collections” at the jewelers, but, you’re not the kind of person to do what *everyone else *expects you to do for Valentine’s Day. Afteral, you’re something of a romance renegade, with your own ideas of what to do for your one-and-only this year. Here’s five of those clever ideas to cancel immediately.

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Leaf Commercial Capital

Ah, holiday season at the office. There’s an increase in sales, a rush of new customers and who can concentrate with all of those cookie trays?! Keeping your employees focused and motivated to move ahead with so many distractions can be a difficult task. But, with the right tricks, you can weather the seasonal buzz and keep their eyes on the prize.

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BRIT + CO

new study published in the journal Science shows that sleepytime can be the best time to cement your learning of a wide range of skills.

Turns out, the skin of our favorite portable snack is highly dense in nutrients, making the lowly banana peel a verified superfood

Beating pain, staying fit and feeling good can seem like a Herculean set of tasks to keep up with when most of us are just trying to get through the day. Who can think about hitting the gym when you’re mentally exhausted from a full day of work? Ongoing research suggests that when it comes to your health, it’s a mind-over-matter game.

Stress is a constant in life that we’ve come to expect, even if it’s not our favorite feeling. But often, it’s the stress that takes you by surprise that can actually do the most harm to your brain.

Ugh, that boring report that needs to be written. Drat, that mystery drawer that needs organizing. Sigh, that phone call that has to be made. If a task feels like absolute torture to do (and those time tracking apps aren’t cutting it), well, that’s because it is.

The brain loves novelty. Learning a new skill, trying an exotic meat, figuring out a new subway line: These all build brain “muscle,” or stronger connections. The more connections you acquire, the more unstoppable you become. 

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VICE/CREATOR'S PROJECT

Listeners can hear the album for free by downloading the Sound Graffiti app and visiting one of the hundred-plus locations around the world tagged with the Tempest artwork stencil to unlock a track. 

While the human heart has been the inspiration for many songs in the past, it's a new phenomenon for a musician to use his own ticker as the direct source of a song's notes and rhythms.

 Their latest installation, Quartet, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a bio-reactive, plant-controlled work of aural art, wherein participants can create original quadrophonic compositions based on their interactions with plants. 

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THE A.V. CLUB

Rolling Stone’s first photographer on Jerry Garcia’s missing finger, why press photos are boring, and the 27 club.

 

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INKED MAGAZINE

Some say the best writing descends from despair, longing, elation, love; the same old drill. But, as Liam Wilson, bassist of Dillinger Escape Plan, will tell you, the only reason to write an album is out of revenge—sweet, sweet revenge.

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HYPERINK BOOKS

Ah, the power of the inspirational quote. A great inspirational quote can stimulate images and feelings in people's brains that drive them to power through, power up and go the distance. It's the power of positive imagery, like a little cheerleader in your head, building confidence and belief in your work. 

Whether you’re taking the plunge and switching to a new, raw food lifestyle or just want to detox and de-bloat after a period of overindulgence, the raw food diet can be a very effective tool in recharging the body.

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