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By Tim Ferriss

Andrew Zuckerman: On Curiosity, Rigor, and Learning As You Go

Curiosity is an essential part of the creative's condition. But it's even more powerful when combined with rigorous technique.

Review: Buy, Buy Baby

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the most powerful books I’ve read since starting The Simple Dollar is Juliet Schor’s Born to Buy.

1950's Bathroom revamp with Akurum

Materials: Akurum, Numerar, Fullen, Perfekt, Metrik Description: I wanted to update my 1950's bath with modern fixtures that would mirror the style in the rest of the house (plus the sink faucet would no longer turn off). Before Our kitchen was being remodeled with Ikea components and we scored 20% off our kitchen purchase.

User Centric software development teams

Last week I wrote about the importance of strategic User Experience design and a transformation toward a user centric organization.

Postered Poang

Materials: Poang armchair, posters Description: My Toronto School of Art collage class was collecting posters from telephone poles, when I spotted an old Poang armchair in the alleyway. The wood was split and the back support and cushions were gone, but I grabbed the chair and cleaned it up. So I ripped up the posters and glued them to the chair, with acrylic gel medium.

Manvotional: A Letter from General George S. Patton to His Son

On June 6, 1944, General George S. Patton wrote this letter to his twenty-year-old son, George Jr., who was enrolled at West Point. Patton Sr.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: The bananarama continues We’ve written in the past about the Banana Saver and the Banana Slicer, but did you know you could also get your hands on so many more banana unitaskers? Simplifying packed lunches Reader Jon wrote to us asking if we had any tips for preparing lunches at home that he can take to eat at work.

Deciding When It’s Okay to Spend Money

Earlier this week, Sarah and I stopped by one of the Borders “Going Out of Business” sales and browsed through the decidedly picked-over book selections there. At the one we visited, roughly half of the store’s stock had been sold, which meant that you had to really look around for deals in the remaining books on the shelves. We left the store with four books.

Linkswitch #82, Reputation Monitoring, Free Fonts, Your Brand

7 Free Tools for Monitoring Your Freelance Reputation Honest freelancers keep their word to get work done on time. They value their reputation and their strong work ethic pays dividends. An enthusiastic customer recommendation about a freelancer’s performance can bring a number of new offers and better income. It’s important to have several positive reviews in your profile.

Turning new tables into vintage farmhouse finds

Materials: MARKOR sofa and side tables Description: To make my Ikea Markor sofa and side tables have a little more character I decided to distress paint them to take them from new to vintage farmhouse. 1. First lightly sand the tables. 2. Next, paint the table tops in Sherwin Williams Creamy and the legs in a very light blue called Tradewind. 3.

Reader Story: Geographic Arbitrage in Real Life

This guest post from Alice is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

How Healthy Are You? My Vegan Diet Personal Redemption

Recently I wrote about how you can start closing the gap between the life you are living and your best life . . . but I received some reader complaints. Desire to live their Miracle Question life? Check. Ideas and solutions to start closing the gap? Check. Energy to get their plan (and butt) into action? Not so much. And this is a valuable lesson.

Don’t Just Know, Do

No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Simple Dollar, like any worthwhile internet resource, is about knowledge. The entire purpose of the site is to get your mind thinking about your money, your time, and your career.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #33

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Randy Pausch on time management An awful lot of people have seen Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” but I actually found his talk on time management to be at least as compelling. Every moment is a choice.

Strange Business: Corporate Creativity That Doesn’t Suck

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Strange Business: Corporate Creativity That Doesn’t Suck by Aaron With Editor in Chief Groupon Inc. In this video Aaron discusses the strange uncomfortable social experiments they perform in their marketing.