The bookstore that inspired JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series

Livaria Lello is the name of the notable bookstore in Porto, Portugal that inspired JK Rowling in writing the Harry Potter series.  Known as a reader and writer hangout since its inception in 1906, the bookstore includes the fantastical twisting stairwell reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.    Find out more about the intricate staircase and beautiful […]

Everything we can’t describe in music, Vans legacy, Taking notes by hand, new tunes, and more

Arts & Culture Everything We Can’t Describe in Music Timbre isn’t just the sound of music. It’s the guts, the unique frequencies. No two instruments will ever sound the same. The differences in timbre are subtle like the diversity of grapes that make wine. It’s a term that has no precise definition. In fact, he […]

How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity

the whoosh of espresso machines and caffeinated chatter typical of most coffee shops creates just the right level of background noise to stimulate creativity. Try Coffitivity, a website that provides ambient coffee house sounds to increase creativity. Coffee shops inspired J.K. Rowling in writing Harry Potter. Note:  silence is required for more focused moments: The benefits of […]

Rowling is not “JK” on her New Book Pricing

I love how JK Rowling flat out declared that her new book would be twice the price as typical retail. Only she could do this. Rowling doesn’t even need a publisher and she certainly doesn’t need a retailer. She can sell everything at the highest price on her Pottermore website, take all the margin and […]