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Pimpin’ ain’t easy; neither is self-critique. If you are passionate about what you create, it is impossible to completely disassociate yourself from your work in order to objectively evaluate and then improve it. But the ability to achieve “artistic distance”—that is, to attain a place that allows you to contemplate your design on its own merits—will enable you to improve your own work immeasurably and, ultimately, to cast off the immature shackles of ego. Learn to let your work shine by letting go of it. Acquire the knack of achieving artistic distance.

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Created for Ludum Dare 22, DeepNight's Last Breath is a sleek, polished take on the theme and one that might extract a tear or two from the more sentimental members of audience. The premise here is fairly simple. A rather adorable-looking dog has fallen through a hole in the ground and unlike most humans in similar circumstances, he's not particularly consternated by his situation. Unfortunately, things aren't going to be easy for our pixelated pooch. He's not completely alone in this subterranean world. His Shadow, a separate entity that loathes him to no end, is also present. This would not be an issue were it not for the fact that the thing wants our canine compatriot dead.

Most of your time in Last Breath will be divided between the collection of self-levitating red balls and the avoidance of your homicidal doppelganger. As is often the case, this is easier said and done. Fortunately, however, the controls are rather smooth. My only qibble with the game is the fact that it can periodically lag for no reason whatsoever but that might just be my hardware.

You can check out the game here.

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From the uprisings across the Arab world to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there was no lack of news in 2011. Reuters photographers covered the breaking news events as well as captured more intimate, personal stories. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

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A helicopter that crashed in the East River Tuesday afternoon was lifted out of the water by a crane. The helicopter carrying five people on a private tour crashed shortly after takeoff from a riverbank heliport, killing one passenger and injuring three others. (Andrew Burton for The Wall Street Journal)

Chris Ferguson, 24, who works near Zuccotti Park, read signs on display at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City on Thursday. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Jhaidith Hernandez decorated a batch of petit fours at Duane Park Patisserie in Tribeca. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal )

News anchor Chuck Scarborough sat at his desk in his office at NBC Studios in Manhattan. Mr. Scarborough, 67, has been a TV news anchor at WNBC Channel 4 since 1974. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

The case that used to sit in Sophie Flack’s dressing room, full of her ballet materials, at her home in Manhattan. Ms. Flack, a former New York City Ballet dancer, used her experience to write the young adult novel ‘Bunheads.’ (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Dancers in animal costumes performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue after the Feast of St. Francis service Sunday in Manhattan. Worshipers bring their pets for a special blessing for animals at the annual ceremony. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

A server cooked meat at the table during lunch at the New York Tom Kang House. (Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal)

Saxophonist Greg Wall at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, where he has been the rabbi since 2009. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal )

Mr. Peanut got into the Planters Peanut Nutmobile on the Lower East Side Monday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

People visited the New York Transit Museum bus festival during Atlantic Antic in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal)

Participants dressed up in costumes during the medieval festival at Fort Tryon Park in New York on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

Composer Anthony Braxton conducted his Tri-Centric orchestra during a rehearsal at the Roulette performance space in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

Dr. Martin Blaser attempted to open a tube containing spores of bacterium from the 19th century. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

Soprano Kristin Sampson, right, stabbed baritone Guido LeBrón during a rehearsal of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at Dicapo Opera Theatre on the Upper West Side. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

Bartenders and owners Justin Olsen, left, and Patrick Britton mixed drinks at their new bar in Brooklyn, Bearded Lady. (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal)

A group of women dressed as the actress Audrey Hepburn in the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ gathered outside Nino’s Restaurant on First Avenue and 73rd St. on Wednesday for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film’s release. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

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How do you define fun on the web? Fun means different things to different people. Debra Levin Gelman says that to create fun, we need to allow users to create, play, and explore. Learn how to help your client define fun, rank its importance on their site, and user test it to create a delightful experience, regardless of whether you're designing for suits and ties or the sandbox crowd.

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The Damm family in their car,Los Angeles, California 1987

The cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest posing for their picture on location at the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon 1974

Johnny Depp with Helena Bonham Carter rehearse on the set of Sweeney Todd,Pinewood Studios, England 2007

Johnny Depp

Dustin Hoffman at the resevoir in Central Park between takes, Marathon Man, Manhattan, New York, 1975

Mona at a Table Blowing Smoke, 1976

Catherine Deneuve

Laurie on Pike Street.Seattle, Washington, 1983 (left), Heroin Addict on the Toilet,London, England, 1969 (right).

Jeanette Alejandro Looking Out Her Window in Brooklyn, 1978

Rat and Mike with a Gun,Seattle, Washington, USA, 1983

Gypsy Camp, Barcelona, Spain 1987

Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, Washington, 1983

Sue Gallo Baugher et Faye Gallo,Twinsburg, Ohio, 1998 (left), Street Child,Trabzon, Turkey, 1965 (right)

Boy with his Pet Cockatoo, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, 1989

The Man Who Loved His Tree, Uttar Pradesh, India, 1989

Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant Shyama.Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, 1990

Jennifer, Tiffany, and Carrie,Portsmouth, Ohio, 1989

Pro-Vietnam Demonstration, NY 1968

Henry Miller and Twinka,Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, 1975

Helena Bonham Carter

Director Francis Ford Coppola shelters himself from the driving rain that added to the troubles of an already beleaguered shoot for Apocalypse Now, 1979

Lilja wrapped in a towel after swimming.Safamýrarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2006

Ingibjörg and Arna, best friends, during recess. Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2005

Alexander at home with a paper bag on his head. Reykjavik, Iceland 2006

Johnny Depp

Marlon Brando & Jack Nicholson on the set of The Missouri Breaks,Billings, Montana 1975

Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital,Salem, Oregon, 1976

Mona in Bed With Photo, 1976

Mona Dancing With a Man, 1976

Mary Ellen Mark by Anestis Diakopoulos

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