Chineasy is a more pictorial way to learn the complexities of Chinese symbols, designed to bridge the gap between the East and West. Wish this had been invented circa 2009. Would have made that summer trying to learn Mandarin in Jinan much more fruitful.

Botswana from Above

Photographer Zack Seckler has created a series of aerial images shot in Botswana, showcasing the country’s well-documented wildlife in an unprecedented way. The photographs are on exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York until 23rd February.

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Nat Geo Turns 125

National Geographic turns a whopping 125 this year and, in recognition of the magazine’s history of brilliant, awe-inspiring travel photography, Taschen has published a beautiful book celebrating the most pertinent images. The result is a retrospective of the world, captured with interest and beauty regardless of the year of publication. I especially love the two boat-dwelling jaguars, rocking out as if they are extras in Life of Pi.

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Better Than Free

"How do you compete with free? How does a wedding photographer or a travel agent—someone who used to make a good living performing a task that was hard to do without them—compete against ubiquitous free alternatives?

There’s only one way: Sell something better than free. Make a product or provide a service that’s worth paying for.

You don’t need a better way to talk about what you do, or a better gimmick, or a better social media strategy. In fact, you need to reinvent and rebuild what you make for a new reality, a reality where paying for something is an intentional act of buying something way better than the free alternative.

I’m sorry if this seems obvious. It’s apparently not obvious to all the frustrated people I encounter who are still trying to sell the old thing in a new market.”

- Seth Godin’s latest blog post