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Pick the Brain

By John Wesley

For Creative Fulfillment, Beware of “Wisdom”

— I heard the Hollywood gospel, but it didn’t save me — Conventional wisdoms are sneaky things.

Degu disc playground

Materials: SNUDDA Description: Remember the good old turning disc on the playground? You can have the same for your Degus or other rodents now: 1. Buy the SNUDDA ("Lazy Susan", Drehscheibe) at Ikea! 2. Remove the lower part (foot) so that you can access the inner part. Take care of the balls in the bearing. Dont't loose them.

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

Ted Talks: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos speaks at Princeton's commencement on gifts vs choices.

What the Great Recession Has Done to Family Life

Judith Warner considers the changes to the nuclear family and "the definition of living well" in the great recession.

The Savior of Condé Nast: Scott Dadich Is The New It Boy of the Mag World

How the creative director of Wired is re-imagining the magazine industry (via the iPad).

Graduate School Options

Graduate school is the next academic step after getting a bachelor’s degree.  Graduate schools award masters and doctorate and several other types of recognition.  In this post, we are going to look at some of the different types of graduate school options and talk about what each one entails and how it benefits you in the job market. Graduate Citation A graduate citation isn’t a de

Hide cables in rain gutters

Reader Geogriaberry tipped us off to a terrific cable clutter solution by Jonathan Crossman. Crossman reclaimed wood to build a desk, and then outfitted the desk to specifically hide cables.

Reader Mailbag: When Do I Write Mailbags?

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. Netflix for family bonding 2. Guilt over income 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Cancelling a new card 5. Pushy parents and hotel rooms 6. Trust money for college 7.

Shedding new light on the bedroom

Materials: IKEA Orgel Pendant Lamp Shade, IKEA Hemma Cord Set, IKEA Anno Inez Panel Curtain, Glue Gun, Command 3M Wire Hooks, Command 3M Small Picture Hanging Strips (Velcro), 4 wooden shims, Scissors Description: My last hack detailed the construction of the loft bed frame. This hack adds lighting, and makes the room warmer. Instructions: 1. Assemble Orgel and Hemma light. 2.

Are You Wed To Your Market, Or Your Model?

Not long ago, I posted about the lament of a local optometrist and how taking a much broader view of that industry and the role the internet might play could redefine how he solved his customers problems and potentially reinvigorate his business. I’ve never stopped thinking about that example, because it was indicative of a wide swath of industries that sell a product bundled with either a p

Hedonic adaptation: Why buying more won’t make you happy

A Sunday New York Times discussing the happiness benefits associated with simple living in its article titled “But Will It Make You Happy?” The main point of the article is that people can easily adapt to living with less, without suffering many negative consequences, but that when we are constantly pursuing more, we have to get even more to stay happy: Another reason that scholars con

Who’s Spying on (and Profiting from) Your Browsing Habits?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. One of the fastest-growing businesses on the Web is tracking data about your Internet use — everything from comments you leave on websites to health information and financial status — and selling it to companies that want to target ads to specific customer profiles.

Interview with Featured Freelancer: Mike Vardy

Like I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m still a bit new to freelancing.  One of the things that I love about FreelanceSwitch is the interaction and feedback from you, the readers.  No matter what the article, the comments are positive, encouraging, and for the most part – useful!  I probably spend more time reading the comments and checking out your links than I do on actual work.  Maybe I

Create a Fantastic Lifestyle by Busting the Routine

“The less routine the more life.” – Amos Bronson Alcott “I travel a lot and I hate having my life interrupted by routine!” – Caskie Stinnett When should you put a wrench in your routine – the routine that ultimately creates your lifestyle? The answer is simple – all the time and more than once.