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By Tim Ferriss

The Follies of Fortune Telling

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I grew up watching “60 Minutes” Sunday evenings, so like many people, I was saddened to hear of the death of commentator Andy Rooney last month.

Seeing the Skimra in a New Light

Materials: Skimra, Smycka, Torka, Florera and packaging tape Description: I turned the Skimra lamp shade into a vase. Take the Skimra lamp shade upside down. Remove the plastic cap on the metal frame. Start taping inside the lamp edge to edge securing it to the metal ring in the middle. Make sure there are not gaps.

Improving Your Finances by Gaining Control Over the Person in the Mirror

You have more power over your financial destiny than perhaps you have given yourself credit for. No one can stop you from being extraordinary, well almost no one. The truth is there is one person who holds the keys to your success or failure, your poverty or riches, your freedom or imprisonment.

The 4-Hour Chef iPad App: iOS from Amazon Publishing? (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)

Screenshot from The 4-Hour Chef iPad app The 4-Hour Chef app, first available only on Kindle Fire, is now available for the Appleverse (iPad)! Check it out here. It’s rated 12+ for “Mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references” and “mild profanity or crude humor.” Fun stuff, in other words.

99% Music Mix - Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Need a little something to help you get in "the zone"? Check our latest 99% music mix - now with 200% more productivity power!

Bekvam stool turned into chair for a child

Materials: Bekvam stool Description: Because it is the right height for a 2 to 6 years old chid, I decided to put something around the top to prevent falling. The chid now can get on and off the "chair" all by himself. ~ Helene Gourdeau, Quebec City, Qc prov. Canada

Fast Food, Convenience, and Money

Jane Black recently wrote a fascinating article for The Atlantic entitled “Fast Food’s Dirty Little Secret: It’s the Middle Class Buying Burgers“: For years the conventional wisdom has been that fast food is poor people’s food; that, thanks to government subsidies that ensure cheap calories, the drive-through is where people who can’t afford the “good̶

How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party-Part III: A Simple and Jolly Dinner Menu

This post is part of a series brought to you by Heineken.

Quashing the Self-Improvement Urge

Post written by Leo Babauta. One of the driving forces of my life for many years was the need to improve myself. It’s one of the driving forces for people who read my work as well. It’s an incredibly pervasive urge: we are always trying to improve, and if we’re not, that’s something we should improve. It’s everywhere. Where does this urge come from?

Movember 2011 Wrap-Up: Team AoM Raises $49,346 and Takes 12th Place in the US!

Well, another Movember is on the books here at AoM. For those of you who are new to the site, during the month of November, the Art of Manliness participated in Movember, an annual fundraiser in which participants grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues.

Industrial Loft Ceiling

Materials: Broder Shelves, Hex Bolts Description: My laundry in the basement has a open unfinished ceiling. I wanted to cover some of the pipes, wiring etc. without the hassle of a drop ceiling or sheet rock. I also wanted it fairly accessible because I am always running cable or wires for my home theater systems. I really don't know how I got the idea.

2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate generosity

Every year we have written the Unclutterer Gift Giving Guide, we have picked a gift that we believed to be the most generous gift you could give (or ask to receive) to an unclutterer. In 2007, we recommended the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac). In 2008, we chose the Kindle. In 2009, it was my book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week.

The Key to Happiness: Know Yourself.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! For the last month of this year, instead of tackling a theme, I'm going to discuss a question: What is the key to happiness?

Make a wine rack out of an IKEA bed frame

Materials: MALM bed frame Description: How to repurpose a discarded MALM bed frame into a 60-bottle wine rack! This is not mine; I saw this on LifeHacker this morning, and had to share on your great site! See more of the Ikea bed turned wine rack by Jeremy S Walworth [via Lifehacker]. ~ Stephen Haley, Dallas, TX

Keyboard Tray for Expedit Desk

Materials: Expedit desk, Billy Shelf, Keyboard Tray Slides, screws included with the slides, drill, drill bit, screw driver, hand saw, masking tape, stud finder Description: They said it couldnt be done but I did it! What: I wanted to put a keyboard tray on my expedit desk but every forum I read said it couldnt be done due to the desk being built with a cardboard honeycomb core.