1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – A controversial story of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression.
2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – The story of an old man and his agonizing battle with a giant marlin out in the Gulf Stream.
3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – A classic tale about a group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted island.
4. Animal Farm by George Orgell – A satire about a group of farm animals who fight back against their oppressive farmer and revolutionize the system.
5. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells – A science fiction classic about an inventor and his mysterious time machine.
6. The Stranger by Albert Camus – The story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach.
7. Flatland by Edwin Abbott – The story of the two-dimensional world of Flatland, where women-thin, straight lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and where men may have any number of sides, depending on their social status.
8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – The spiritual journey of one man’s life.
9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – The magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.
10. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell – A haunting classic short story about a hunter becoming the hunted.
1. NewsMap.jp – News categorized by topic and country.
2. News.Google.com – Google aggregates the top stories from sources across the world.
3. TrendsMap.com – A map of the things trending on Twitter across the world.
4. SmashFuse.com – Search trending terms and find out what people are saying.
5. PopURLs.com – A place that aggregates the top headlines from your favorite websites like Reddit, Digg, and Buzzfeed.
6. SoloStop.co – A live stream of the latest news.
7. NewsScale.com – View the most engaging news on the web.
8. VeryQuiet.com – Get only the headlines from various news outlets.
9. NewsAtlas.io – An interactive map showing the latest news stories.
10. GoodNoows.com – Discover and share the latest news on your favorite topics from the sources you trust.
1. Use StartPage.com instead of Google Search. StartPage.com will give you the same search results as Google, without tracking you like Google does. For another alternative to Google, check out DuckDuckGo.com.
2. Install KeePass to save and encrypt your passwords. KeePass allows you to make long, complex, and unique passwords for all your accounts and stores them in a place that cannot be accessed by anyone but you.
3. Encrypt uploaded files with BoxCryptor. If you back up files to the cloud, make sure they are encrypted so nobody else can access them.
4. Use StartMail.com instead of Gmail. Smartmail.com claims it’s the “world’s most private email.” The program is still in beta, so you might run into a few bugs, but unfortunately there aren’t many alternatives out there.
5. Use a VPN. A VPN will encrypt your connection and give you an anonymous IP address. If that is too much for you, download Chromium and tinker with the privacy settings.
7. Use Piwik.org instead of Google Analytics. If you have your own website, use piwik.org to track your traffic statistics. Piwik allows your readers to keep their IP addresses private. It’s also free and open source.
8. Visit TOSDR.org before registering an account. If you are worried about online accounts stealing your information, check out TOSDR.org to read an abbreviated version of your terms of service.
9. Switch up your usernames. Use different usernames for different online accounts. No two accounts should have similar names. Do not post your personal information to your online accounts.
10. Consider downloading Tor or the PirateBrowser. Tor allows you to browse the web anonymously. The PirateBrowser is a bundle of stuff that the guys from Pirate Bay put together (it also includes Tor). Read more about Tor here.
1. Hammock – Lay back underneath a tree somewhere.
2. Sketchbook – Let your creativity take over.
3. Portable Grill – Grill it up at the beach or at the park.
4. Sunglasses – It’s bright out.
5. Sandals – Let the sun touch your toes.
6. A Good Book – What is better to read on a relaxing summer day than a book about America’s pastime?
7. Swimsuit – Go for a dip.
8. Picnic Cooler – Take advantage of the wonderful weather by spending the day at the park.
9. Ladderball – Nothing says summer like lawn games.
10. Flask – Quench your thirst.
1. Get a boring, nine-to-five job. Don’t bother trying to start your own business because it will fail. Side projects are too much work. Stick to the job you know. Better to be safe than sorry.
2. Live paycheck to paycheck. You never get sick. Emergencies don’t happen. Retirement is a thing of the past. Plus, you definitely need that new phone upgrade.
3. Fall in love with the first person to give you attention. It’s better to be in a bad relationship than to be alone. You might not be perfect for each other now, but things will get better. People always change.
4. Avoid meeting new people. People are weird. Companionship is overrated.
5. Live vicariously through your couch. Why leave your living room when your television has all the entertainment you could possibly need? These fictional people live far more interesting lives than you could ever live.
6. Avoid risk. Do what makes you comfortable. Stick to your routine. You don’t have the money to take any chances right now. Don’t travel; new places are scary.
1. ExpertVagabond.com – Stories, beautiful images, and useful tips from an adventure travel addict and photographer.
2. NomadicMatt.com – Proven tactics and advice for traveling on a budget.
3. LegalNomads.com – A former lawyer chronicles her account of living and eating around the world.
4. ThePointsGuy.com – Make the most of your travel points.
5. Everywhereist.com – Random musings on one woman’s world travels.
6. FluentIn3Months.com – Unconventional language hacking tips from an Irish polyglot.
7. MatadorNetwork.com – The web’s largest travel magazine, featuring travel writing, photography, & film.
8. HalfwayAnywhere.com – Tyler’s writing is insightful and entertaining, and sometimes offensive and wildly inappropriate.
9. NomadicSamuel.com – A culture vulture in search of food and adventure.
10. WanderingEarl.com – The life of a permanent nomad.
11. ALuxuryTravelBlog.com – For those who enjoy the finer things in life.
12. AdventurousKate.com – Learn how you can travel the world on your own – easily, safely, and adventurously.
13. Twenty-SomethingTravel.com – Don’t wait to see the world.
1. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Listen to the unconventional Dan Carlin take his outside-the-box way of thinking and apply it to the past.
2. Welcome to the Night Vale – Get twice-monthly updates on the creepy, mysterious town of Night Vale.
3. The American Life – True stories about everyday people.
4. Radio Lab – A show about curiosity where the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
5. The Joe Rogan Experience – Listen to the loud and vulgar comedian have long discussions with very interesting and accomplished people.
6. Stuff You Should Know – Learn how science explains the world around us.
7. The Nerdist – A podcast for those with nerdy passions.
8. The Tim Ferriss Show – Author and life hacker Tim Ferriss talks with innovators and life experts.
9. NPR Fresh Air – A show featuring intimate conversations with today’s luminaries.
10. NPR How to do Everything – Learn how to find a date or how to find water in a desert.
11. TED Radio Hour – A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create.
12. Edumucation – The podcast of director Kevin Smith.
13. NPR Planet Money – A podcast about all things business and finance.
14. The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – A weekly science podcast discussing science news, especially controversial and fringe claims from a skeptical point of view.
15. Star Talk Radio – A popular show about all things space hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
16. America’s Test Kitchen – A food podcast meant to illuminate the truth about real home cooking.
17. Rooster Teeth – The Rooster Teeth crew discusses gaming, films and projects that they are currently working on.
1. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson – The man did it all. He was a writer, an inventor, a scientist, and a diplomat, but he also had his flaws.
2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – Jobs was a passionate man who changed the landscape of technology with his drive for perfection.
3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – The brutally honest memoirs of a petty criminal turned political activist.
4. Truman by David McCullough – A story filled with vivid characters and some of the most dramatic events in the world’s history.
6. Hurricane by James Hirsch – The story of a boxer who was wrongfully convicted of triple murder and how he ultimately found his freedom.
7. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook – Born into a family of alcoholics, Roosevelt overcame debilitating roots to fight against racism and for the rights of women. Also check out the second volume.
8. Titan by Ron Chernow – The story of history’s first billionaire.
9. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman – The outrageous exploits of one of this century’s greatest scientific minds.
10. Going Solo by Roald Dahl – The action-packed tale of author Roald Dahl’s exploits as a WWII pilot.
1. Recognize you made a mistake. Admit to yourself you screwed up, and you need to fix things. It’s time to apologize.
2. Use the words “I’m sorry.” Do not tip-toe around an apology. If you do not say the words, no one will feel better about the situation.
3. Address why it was a mistake. Where did you go wrong? Show you have an understanding of why the person’s feelings might be hurt.
4. Actually feel bad about what you did. Show some remorse, otherwise the apology means nothing.
5. Don’t make excuses. Do not ruin a good apology with an excuse. It was your fault, so take the blame. Do not blame the victim or anything else for your screw up.
6. Try to help them understand why you did what you did. Put it into context. Was it ignorance, selfishness, or something else that caused you to act this way?
7. Say what you will change in the future and actually change. Talk about what precautions you will take in the future to prevent this from happening again.
1. AtlasObscura.com – The definitive guide to the world’s curious and wondrous places.
2. MusicFestivalNation.com – Find popular music festivals based on location.
3. NerdyDayTrips.com – Find nerdy places to explore across the world.
4. WikiVoyage.org – A wiki for the world traveler with details about destinations across the globe.
5. LonelyPlanet.com – Find tours, sightseeing spots, festivals, and more.
6. RoadsideAmerica.com – An online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.
7. WheresCool.com – A budget travel community your mom probably wouldn’t find useful.
8. Timeout.com – A worldwide guide to art and entertainment, food and drink, film and things to do.
9. Yelp.com – Find reviews for the best food, shopping, events, and more anywhere in the United States.
10. Meetup.com – Meet and do things with people who share your interests.
12. AllTrails.com – Find the best hiking trails anywhere in the United States.
1. Allen Edmonds Shoes – They are not cheap, but they are about as well made as shoes come, and they look damn good.
2. Orion Leather Belt – Always make sure your belt matches your shoes.
3. Timex Weekender – They are affordable and classy.
5. A Tailor – Fit is the most important aspect of fashion. Everyone has a slightly different body type, so to get perfect fitting clothes, you need to go to a tailor.
6. Clippers – Avoid the homeless look. A little bit of mousse won’t hurt either.
8. Nose Hair Trimmers – Stay well groomed. Take care of that gnarly nose and ear hair.
9. A Gym Membership – Okay, you might not notice this one as immediately as the others, but exercise will improve your posture and increase your self confidence.
1. Cook your own food.
2. Avoid processed junk.
3. Eat breakfast.
4. Take your time when you eat.
5. Use a small plate.
6. Only buy real food: vegetables, fruits, breads, and raw meats.
7. Never eat fast food.
8. Try not to snack.
9. Drink more water.
10. Drink less alcohol.
11. Do some type of exercise every day, even for just a little.
13. Get a gym membership.
14. Lift weights.
15. Squats and oats.
16. Take care of your knees.
17. Get a full night’s sleep.
18. Stop drinking soda.
19. Always take the stairs.
20. Walk your dog.
21. Park in the back of the lot.
22. Shower regularly.
23. Floss daily.
24. Wear sunscreen.
25. Don’t smoke.
26. Practice safe sex.
27. Don’t text and drive.
28. Wear a seatbelt.
29. Wear a helmet when appropriate
32. Don’t let life stress you out.
33. Invest in a good mattress.
34. Read plenty of books.
35. Exercise your brain.
1. HabitRPG.com – A free habit building app that treats your life like a game.
2. Chains.cc – An online motivational tool based on the “don’t break the chain” method.
3. Lift.do – Reach your goals by tracking your progress and staying motivated with guidance.
4. Beeminder.com – Track quantifiable goals, and follow the Yellow Brick Road to stay motivated. Put up real money to keep yourself on course.
5. Wunderlist.com – Create lists and share them with friends.
6. StrikeApp.com – Set up tasks and knock down pins one at a time.
7. Fitocracy.com –– Reach your fitness goals and level up your life.
8. MapMyRun.com – Map out your run, log your food, and motivate your friends.
9. MyFitnessPal.com– Lose weight by keeping track of the food you eat.
10. CharityMiles.org – Earn money for charity when you walk, run, or bike.
11. ZombiesRunGame.com – Join other runners on an epic adventure that motivates you to run further and faster than ever before.
1. The Intellectual Devotional – 365 short lessons, meant to invigorate the reader every day of the year.
2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – Author Bill Bryson attempts to understand, and answer, the oldest and biggest questions about the Universe.
3. The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs – Follow Esquire editor AJ Jacobs as he recounts his attempts to read an entire 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica.
4. An Underground Education by Richard Zacks – Author Richard Zacks shares fascinating facts, stories, photos, and images guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp, and occasionally shudder.
5. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay – A book that explains how all this technology in the world works in a way even a child would understand.
6. An Incomplete Education – Brush up on the subjects you learned in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew, and catch up on major developments in the world today.
7. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor – Take a close look at one hundred man-made objects which signify a crucial turning point in history.
8. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader – A book overflowing with incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else.
9. Mental Floss Presents a Condensed Knowledge – A mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories.
10. The Book of General Ignorance – A comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes, and misunderstandings in common knowledge.