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By Mark Shead

Reader Mailbag: Listening

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Handling surprise bonus 2. Reporting suspected crimes 3. Car purchase difficulties 4. Diversification question 5. Protein in diet 6. Investing in vintage sports cards 7. Roth TSP? 8. Recovery in multiple ways 9.

Return of the console television

This week, Ikea announced that it will be selling a new television with an attached cabinet that has DVD and BlueRay players and stereo speakers built into it. It’s called the Uppleva: The purpose of the Uppleva is to get rid of the cable mess and lack of visual uniformity that often comes with televisions and components today.

I Run My Errands, Too! (And Other Ways to Spend Less)

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I was cleaning the kitchen and listening to NPR (my default state) when A.J. Jacobs came on, discussing the various diets he’d committed to for Drop Dead Healthy, his latest stunt journalism book — this guy practically invented the genre.

3 Insights You Can Learn About Your Freelance Business from Google Analytics

As a solo freelancer, you probably don’t have the budget to conduct big market research studies like the big guys to learn how to improve your business – things like how to improve your sales process, or where your customers are coming from, or a million other market research questions. I’m here to tell you that you have a little tool (well maybe not so little) to give you the answ

Low Lack attack TV stand

Materials: LILLANGEN leg frame x 2, Lack side table top x 2, Malm dressing table top Description: This is an adaption of a previous Ikea hack we did. Simply follow the same steps and place either a Malm dressing table top or a Lack wall shelf on-top and voila, it's now a beautiful TV stand!

A little tweak

Hi The site may look a little wonky today. Just doing some minor tightening, just as IKEA recommends you do with their furniture from time to time.  So keep one or two of those hex keys handy. The main content area should be available but the side bars and stuff may get moved around. Just hang in there. It should be over soon. (Keeps fingers crossed). 

5 Ways to Combat Bad Moods and Mild Depression

Luckily most bad moods and even mild depression attacks can be dealt with if people knew the right actions to take. Most people deal with bad moods incorrectly by either escaping from them or by acting as if they are not there while in fact bad moods are just signals sent by the brain to motivate... Read more at PickTheBrain.com

A History of the American Bachelor: Part III — The 20th and 21st Century

Welcome back to our series on the history of the American bachelor. In Part I of the series, we took a look at the bachelor during colonial and Revolutionary War America. In Part II, we discussed the emergence of a distinct bachelor culture at the turn of the 20th century.

Milton Glaser: We're Always Looking, But We Never Really See

A peek behind the scenes at iconic designer Milton Glaser's creative process from Jonah Lehrer's new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.

Lillangen corner vanity hack

Materials: Lillangen cabinet and sink, Marginal shelf Description: I had enough room for the 31" Lillangen vanity, but wanted more shelf/counter space instead of such a wide sink. I also wanted to put it right up against the wall in the corner of the bathroom.

Borrow Stuff You’ll Only Use Once or Twice (108/365)

Last year, one of our younger neighbors was having some difficulty with her bicycle. She got on it, rode for a little bit, and would hop off, telling everyone around that there was something wrong with her bike.

MELODI upgrade

Materials: MELODI + some wood Description: I gave my MELODI lamps a little upgrade. I took a bunch of green colored wooden sticks and drilled some holes into the shade to hold the sticks. It now has this nice nest like look. Important is to not follow a pattern with the holes or sticks.

What’s Your Ten-Point Manifesto?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Lists of manifestos. I love a good manifesto.

What's Your Ten-Point Manifesto?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Lists of manifestos. I love a good manifesto. I love Bob Sutton's manifesto about work, and Madame X's manifesto about money, and Frank Lloyd Wright's manifesto for his apprentices. Somehow, I'd never come across Google's Ten things we know to be true manifesto, and I found it very interesting.

BYGEL flowers

Materials: BYGEL + NJUTA + some nuts and bolts Description: Some day I noticed that the hook of the colorful BYGEL cups fits exactly on the guard rails in front of my window. First I planned to fill them with real flowers but I do not particularly have green fingers. So I needed a more durable solution.