10 Quotes to Inspire You to Do Great Things

by Johnny Webber

1. “You live only one life, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

2. “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. “Life is either daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

4. “I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when they start hurting, because they’re the only ones that count.” -Muhammad Ali

5. “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” -Hunter S. Thompson

6. “Do one thing that scares you every day.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “A ship is safe in a harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” -William Shedd

8. “In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts, its the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

9. “Action expresses priorities.” -Gandhi

10. “One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all.” -Giacomo Casanova 

10 Quotes to Inspire You to Do Great Things

9 of the Best Websites to Teach You Art Skills

by Johnny Webber

1. pencilkings.com — Video courses to teach you drawing, painting, and digital art.

2. ctrlpaint.com — A free learning resource dedicated to the basics of digital painting.

3. exposureguide.com — Photography news, tips, and tutorials.

4. cambridgeincolour.com — A learning community for photographers.

5. khanacademy.org — Learn art history basics from cave paintings to contemporary art and everything in between.

6. googleartproject.com — Collections of famous artworks.

7. photography.bastardsbook.com — An open source guide to working with light.

8. artgraphica.net — Learn to sketch, draw, and paint with free lessons.

9. enliighten.com — Learn digital painting using Photoshop.

10. drawspace.com — Online drawing lessons and tutorials.

Check out favoriteandforget.com for more of my favorite websites.

9 of the Best Websites to Teach You Art Skills

10 Historical Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

by Johnny Webber

1. In what was called the Dancing Plague of 1518, numerous people took to the streets of France and danced for days at a time, many until their death.

2. In the 1950s, the CIA abducted and tortured random American citizens for experimentation. These activities were given the code name MKULTRA.

3. The Sacred Band of Thebes was an army of 300 men in 4th century Greece consisting completely of male homosexual couples. The idea was the soldiers would fight harder to protect their lovers.

4. Oral sex was illegal in Canada until 1969. 

5. A plan to attack American cities to justify war with Cuba was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962 only to be rejected by President John F. Kennedy. This proposal was called Operation Northwoods.

6. Astronaut Gordon Cooper used only a wristwatch, knowledge of star patterns, and math estimations to find the correct pitch for re-entry when his capsule lost power.

7. Andrew Jackson was the only United States president to ever pay off the national debt in full.

8. French mathematician Joseph Fourier believed wrapping himself in his blanket was beneficial to his health. He died after tripping on it and falling down the stairs.

9. In the 1500s, Mapuche warrior Galvarino had both hands cut off as punishment for defying the Spanish. He returned home, raised an army, and fought the Spanish with blades tied to the stubs of his arms. 

10. The love life of Roman Emperor Claudius was considered unusual at the time because he only liked women, not men. 

10 Historical Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

11 Links for Game of Thrones Nerds

by Johnny Webber

Warning: You probably should not click any of these links unless you have already read the books.

1. grrm.livejournal.com – Get updates and insights about past and future ASOIAF books from the man himself, George R.R. Martin.

2. quartermaester.info – A detailed map of the seven kingdoms with interactive character paths.

3. reddit.com/r/asoiaf – News and discussions relating to A Song of Ice and Fire.

4. winteriscoming.net – A blog for Game of Thrones show news.

5. awoiaf.westeros.org – A wiki of ice and fire.

6. historyofwesteros.com – A podcast to give you more from the stories.

7. westeros.org – Forums, resources, and more.

8. wiki.dothraki.org – Learn the tongues of the ice and fire universe.

9. bryndenbfish.wordpress.com – In depth analysis of the ASOIAF books.

10. youtube.com/user/JaiWbio – Tinfoil ASOIAF theories explained.

11. wherehaveallthewildlingsgone.com –  Take a look at character alliances, the geography of the world, and the timeline of the rulers.

11 Links for Game of Thrones Nerds

10 Websites for the Travel Hacker

by Johnny Webber

1. skiplagged.com – It’s so good at finding cheap flights that airline companies are trying to sue it.

2. kvstool.com – A simple tool for searching airline award availability.

3. awardwallet.com – Keep track of your reward programs such as your frequent flyer miles, hotel and credit card points.

4. webflyer.com mileage calculator – Calculate the number of miles you will earn on your next flight.

5. flightaware.com – Live flight tracking.

6. expertflyer.com – Get notified when the exact seat you want become available.

7. wikivoyage.org – A wiki travel guides for nearly every travel destination.

8. Matrix Airfare Search – Filter and compare flights.

9. awardmapper.com – Find places to take your hotel points.

10. seatguru.com – Find the most comfortable seat on any flight.

10 Websites for the Travel Hacker

20 Completely Pointless Websites to Waste Your Time

by Johnny Webber

1. sometimesredsometimesblue.com
2. cat-bounce.com
3. staggeringbeauty.com
4. zombo.com
5. giantbatfarts.com
6. chickenonaraft.com
7. imaninja.com
8. nullingthevoid.com
9. drunkronswanson.com
10. iamawesome.com
11. beesbeesbees.com
12. crouton.net
13. muchbetterthanthis.com
14. nelson-haha.com
15. wutdafuk.com
16. pleaselike.com
17. patience-is-a-virtue.org
18. colinsgiraffe.com
19. fallingfalling.com
20. heeeeeeeey.com

20 Completely Pointless Websites to Waste Your Time

50 Ways to Make Yourself a Happier Person

by Johnny Webber

1. Appreciate everything.

2. Stop caring about what other people think about you.

3. Get some physical exercise.

4. Laugh.

5. Fake it until you feel it.

6. Smile at everyone.

7. Find people who make you happy.

8. Accept yourself for who you are.

9. Don’t compare yourself to others.

10. Don’t live by others’ expectations.

11. Don’t pursue happiness.

12. Start making yourself a better person.

13. Give back.

14. Forgive.

15. Don’t think about yourself so much.

16. Build relationships.

17. Stop taking things so seriously.

18. Go on more walks.

19. Stay busy.

20. Be polite.

21. Be happy with your choices.

22. Have no expectations.

23. Eat well.

24. Enjoy art.

25. Take your time.

26. Breathe.

27. Sleep.

28. Fall in love.

29. Avoid social media.

30. Get some sun.

31. Go on vacation.

32. Don’t work too hard.

33. Enjoy many hobbies.

34. Avoid the things that bring artificial happiness.

35. Don’t worry about things you can’t control.

36. Stop finding reasons to be sad.

37. Go on adventures.

38. Meet new people.

39. Communicate your feelings with others.

40. Exercise your brain.

41. Drink if you want but not too much.

42. Don’t hold back.

43. Give someone something thoughtful.

44. Don’t sit so much.

45. Put your health before your career.

46. Try something new.

47. Be curious.

48. Take care of problems when they arise.

49. Be generous with compliments.

50. Take some risks.

50 Ways to Make Yourself a Happier Person

22 Websites for the Voracious Reader

by Johnny Webber

1. bartleby.com – The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse.

2. librivox.org – Free public domain audiobooks.

3. poemhunter.com – Search poems, poets, and quotations.

4. gobookyourself.co – Book recommendations by humans.

5. bookriot.com – Geek out about books.

6. brainpickings.org – Books dissected.

7. page99test.com – Turn to page 99 of any book to find out if it’s worth reading.

8. literaturepage.com – Read classic books, plays, essays, speeches, and more.

9. literature-map.com – Map out authors based on their similarities.

10. tastekid.com – Get author suggestions based on the ones you already like.

11. tldr.le1.ca – Classics in 180 characters or less.

12. openlibrary.org – Browse, borrow, and read classic ebooks.

13. thegreatestbooks.org – A ranked list of the greatest books of all-time.

14. outofprintclothing.com – Clothing to help you represent your favorite literature.

15. librarything.com – Rate and collect books.

16. whatshouldireadnext.com – Get book recommendations based on your favorite books.

17. authoralcove.com – Discover books based on a short description.

18. paperbackswap.com – Trade your used books with others.

19. wattpad.com – The world’s largest community for readers and writers.

20. fictionpress.com – Read and share stories.

21. spreeder.com – Enter any text to speed read it.

22. eyercize.com – Online speed reading training.

22 Websites for the Voracious Reader

10 Ways to Improve Yourself Right Now

by Johnny Webber

1. Read a book. I suggest something to blow your mind.

2. Sign up for a class. You can take a class directly from your couch. Check out coursera.org for more.

3. Make a to-do list. Make a list in Evernote, and start checking things off.

4. Exercise. Go to your gym, or do the seven minute workout in your home.

5. Break a bad habit. Spend less time on your phone. Block social media. Quit smoking

6. Automate your finances. Set up autopay for your bills and credit cards so you never miss a payment again.

7. Watch something insightful. Watch a short video to teach you something new.

8. Listen to something insightful. Listen to a podcast that gets you thinking and learning.

9. Write a gratitude list. Take time to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It improves happiness and makes you appreciate your life a little more.

10. Perform a random act of kindness. Cheer up someone’s day.

10 Ways to Improve Yourself Right Now

12 Useful Websites to Help You Search the Web

by Johnny Webber

1. duckduckgo.com – Search the web anonymously. 

2. unlistedvideos.com – Search YouTube for unlisted videos.

3. topsy.com – Search every tweet since 2006. 

4. millionshort.com – A search engine that removed the one million most popular websites from its index.

5. popuparchive.com – Search sounds.

6. edspire.com – Search the web for the best online learning resources.

7. stingycoin.com – Search the hottest deals from around the web.

8. canistream.it – Search for streamable movies and television shows.

9. redditcommentsearch.com – Search Reddit comments.

10. torrentproject.se – Search torrents.

11. search.creativecommons.org – Find content you can share, use, and remix.

12. wikisummarizer.com – Search and summarize Wikipedia articles.

12 Useful Websites to Help You Search the Web

15 Self Improvement Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

by Johnny Webber

1. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy – 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get things done in less time.

2. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene – A primer for those who desperately want to reach the top.

3. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane – Master the art and science of personal magnetism.

4. Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina – The “how to” for learning a meaningful life.

5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz – Acquire the secrets of success, and achieve everything you have always wanted.

6. No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover – Stop seeking approval and start getting on with your life.

7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Learn why habits exist and how to go about changing them.

8. Simplify by Joshua Becker – Principles to help anyone declutter their home and life.

9. People Skills by Robert Bolton – How to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflicts.

10. 6 Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden – The definitive guide for self-esteem.

11. The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill – Learn what gives certain people the edge over others.

12. The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin – Learn how to learn things efficiently and effectively.

13. 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman – Change your life in under a minute.

14. Mind Gym by Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black – Achieve more by thinking differently.

15. Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe – Maybe not a self-help book in the classical sense, but working out will drastically improve your self esteem, health, and life.

15 Self Improvement Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

20 Life Rules Everyone Should Live By

by Johnny Webber

1. If a dog drops a ball at your feet, throw it.

2. Get your heart pumping every day.

3. Don’t make fun of people for things they can’t change.

4. No soda.

5. Always make an effort to remember acquaintances’ names.

6. A different opinion is not a wrong opinion.

7. The other guy is probably having a bad day, so let it go if you can.

8. Use your turn signal.

9. Don’t film in portrait mode.

10. Never lend money to friends.

11. If you see a kid running a lemonade stand, stop to buy a cup.

12. Don’t linger in the doorway.

13. Don’t complain about something you do not need to subject yourself to.

14. Never litter.

15. No fast food.

16. No more zero days. Every day you should be doing something to work towards your goals.

17. If you moved it, move it back.

18. Never go grocery shopping when hungry. 

19. Wear sunscreen.

20. Always arrive early.

20 Life Rules Everyone Should Live By

9 Tips to Improve Your Writing

by Johnny Webber

1. Vary the length of your sentences to create rhythm and flow. Keep it short. But then make it a little bit longer. Then go short again. Then you can go really long, and people won’t get bored in the middle of the sentence.

2. Stop using thought verbs (i.e. thinks, knows, understands). Instead, show the reader what characters are thinking by their actions.

3. Read your work out loud. Your ears will catch mistakes your eyes won’t.

4. Never use adverbs after the work said. She said stoicly. He said angrily. You wrote terribly. The intent should be clear in the dialogue.

5. Just start. Write something down, even nonsense. 

6. Read. Read everything you can. Read more classics. Read work that inspires you.

7. If you do not know a word, do not use it. Looking it up isn’t good enough.

8. Copy a piece you love. Re-type a novel or story that you think is beautifully written to get a feel for the rhythm and language.

9. Keep a pad with notes. Take notes throughout your day, whether you are inspired or not.

9 Tips to Improve Your Writing

10 Browser Games to Get You Addicted

by Johnny Webber

1. Curvy – A puzzle game where you connect the lines.

2. gameaboutsquares.com– Push squares around to reach their destinations.

3. geoguessr.com – Guess where on Earth the Google street view shows you.

4. findtheinvisiblecow.com – The cow keeps mooing until you click it.

5. 2048 – Combine the numbers to reach 2048 without filling the entire square.

6. 0hh1.com – Fill the grid to the specifications.

7. cursors.io – Guide your mouse through the maze to the green zone.

8. Drench – Cover the squares with the same color.

9. Futilitris – Played just like tetris, except it never ends.

10. it’s adoorable – A game that takes a minute to play with a message from me to you.

10 Browser Games to Get You Addicted

7 Tips to Make Your Life a Little Less Gross

by Johnny Webber

1. Never pass up gum or a mint. Keep your breath fresh.

2. Wash your pillowcase regularly. A dirty pillowcase is a common cause of acne.

3. Sneeze inside the crook of your elbow. It’s a lot easier to pass on germs when you sneezed into your open hand.

4. Clean off you cellphone every once in a while. You take that thing everywhere, and touch it with dirty hands constantly.

5. Scrape your tongue. It helps significantly with bad breath. Make sure to get in the back.

6. Clean behind your ears. It’s an easy spot to overlook and a place where dirt likes to build up.

7. Drink water instead of soda. Soda wears down the enamel of your teeth and makes your breath stink.

7 Tips to Make Your Life a Little Less Gross