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By Trent Hamm

Friending Aaron Sorkin

Profile of Aaron Sorkin, the man behind the new Facebook movie.

Reader Mailbag: Sick Daughter

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. Future self and children 2. Blog as passive income 3. Transitioning to self-employment 4. 401(k) rollover worries 5. Repair or replace a car 6. Preserving books while taking notes 7. Preparing for fasting 8.

I’m a Freak. And So Can You

Way back in college, I owned a mobile disk-jockey company. Started it with my bud, Larry. You can’t really have a better job than being a DJ in college.

Freelance Freedom #175: Client Types

Small but spacious condo

The website Freshome recently featured a beautifully designed studio condo in New York City’s East Village. The space is only 500 square feet, and the architecture firm JPDA found a way to take advantage of every inch of it: I truly love the storage in the risers of the stairs.

Want to Boost Your Happiness? Start a Happiness-Project Group.

One of the happiness-project resolutions that I’ve found to be most effective – and also the most fun – is to Join or start a group.

Swapping Convenience for Low Costs

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The other day I was walking down the street when a young man approached me and asked directions to the nearest Tube Station. I live in Boston, not London. Our subway is called the T.

8 Steps to Free Up More Free Time

We are always looking for ways to make more productive use of our time. Do you always seem to be playing catch up? Do you end your day with a longer to-do list than you started? Are you stressed over how you spend your time? Here are eight steps you can take right now to help regain control of your clock. Eliminate time wasters. At the top of the list is television.

7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like Minded People

Have you ever felt that it's hard to meet like-minded people? Such as, people with the same interests. Or, people with common goals and aspirations. And last but not least, people with whom you can build a rapport and camaraderie with.I do, sometimes. While I love and appreciate every single one of my friends, sometimes I wish they share some of my passions, so we could bond over them.

M.A.P.S.: The Four Pillars of Creative Job Fulfillment

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Where Is the Grass Greener? The Economics of Happiness

Men have a certain innate restlessness. We’re always looking for a new adventure, wanting to feel like we’re progressing in life, and wondering if the grass might be greener somewhere else. Our ever-searching nature can be a good thing if it’s channeled into pursuits that really lead to greater happiness and satisfaction.

M.A.P.S.: The Four Pillars of Creative Job Fulfillment

Don't fall asleep at the wheel when it comes to your creative future. A quickstart guide to developing the career you want from the ground up.

M.A.P.S.: The Four Pillars of Creative Job Fulfillment

Don't fall asleep at the wheel when it comes to your creative future. A quickstart guide to developing the career you want from the ground up.

Review: Confessions of a Butcher

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I didn’t expect that I would like this book. A few weeks ago, I got an email from Vickie Smith, the wife of John Smith (the author of Confessions of a Butcher). She had stumbled across The Simple Dollar and had read through some of the site’s archives.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Free time-tracking applicationsLifehacker recently reviewed and rated the Five Best Time-Tracking Applications and awarded Klok (free and usable on all platforms) as the top application Unitasker Wednesday: Even more elaborate butter cuttersI am 100 percent serious when I say that I don’t understand why someone would prefer to use one of these butter cutting devices instead of a knife.