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By John Wesley

Ways to Get Paid Around the World

The more clients I get, the more amazed I am at the way the world is shrinking as the internet grows.  I have clients in the US, Australia, the UK, India, and right here in Canada, on the other coast and within my humble city. I love freelancing, but it’s not something I would choose to do for free – despite what the clients think!  I’ve had to explore some of the available ways to get pa

The Empty Chamber

Just how broken is the Senate? Why the US Senate gets so little done.

Slate presents its own pre-college reading list.

Summer School: Slate's offbeat pre-college reading list.

The N+1 Theory

"I have found that most of the time, there is always more where you think there is nothing left." Fred Wilson on N+1.

Identify the Problem.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. My Eighth Personal Commandment is to Identify the problem.

Ask Unclutterer: What should I do with old awards?

Reader Shannon submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Hello! Thanks to your great blog I have been working hard at decluttering my house. In sorting old memorabilia, I have found my large collection of award ribbons from the many fairs and shows that I competed in as a youth. There are some that I plan to keep that really meant a lot to me.

Overcoming Severe Social Anxiety

Chris emailed me with the following question. I originally planned to include it in a reader mailbag, but I felt such strong sympathy for his situation and others in that type of situation that my answer to him kept growing and growing until I realized that it was a full post all its own. I am 34/ male. I feel very awkward in public.

Do You Need Professional Help? The Limits of Doing It Yourself

Until recently, I seemed to prefer to always do things the hard way.  If a website needed to be created, I would learn how to code it, populate it, and then publish it.  During renovations of my home I learned how to do my own electrical, dry wall, plumbing, and first aid.  I nearly had to learn how to handle my own divorce, but luckily that was avoided.  We justified learning these thing

Workspace of the Week: Homework helper

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ThatTrain’s simplified workspace. To give you an idea of the work invested in the transformation, start with the … Before: And now, the After: The calm I feel looking at the second picture is noticeable, I can only imagine that serenity is tenfold for ThatTrain. An amazing improvement.

Is Your Schedule Packed With Bottom-Feeder Bait?

For a while now, I’ve had a section on my whiteboard wall called “Minor Commitments,” tasks, requests, small, one-time things I’d committed to doing. What harm could these do?

Biltong box

Materials: Samla and Bygel Description: Building a Biltong box with parts from Ikea is quite straight forward. I had to buy Samla Box 57x39 with cover, some Bygel (10 items pack, just buy 4 or 5 packs). And 3,6m of knotted-link chain. A fan from an old PC, an old power supply, some fly screen, some strip of wood (20x40mm), a broomstick, a handful of screws.

Do Credit Cards Steal from the Poor and Give to the Rich?

My philosophy on credit cards has changed completely in the last five years. I’ve gone from anti-credit-card to pro-credit-card — but only for those who can use them responsibly. I think they’re a great convenience, and I like getting cash back when I use mine. But not everyone thinks this cash-back feature is a good thing.

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Jump Start Your Day

Sometimes a little motivation is all you need to get you “pumped-up” for your day, or to get you through your day.  But some people try to discount motivation; however motivation is necessary in order for you to succeed.  I like what Jim Rohn said about motivation, he said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.

23 Bodyweight Ring and Strap Exercises

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Hashey, CSCS. Every lifter must first be able to control their bodyweight before they progress onto weighted movements. Even after months or years of training, there are always bodyweight exercises in our program.

Building Skills for Free

As I’ve mentioned a few times on here, I’ve been taking piano lessons since early February. When I come home, though, my materials are mostly books I’ve been gifted or printed out from various places and I practice on an old electronic keyboard or by walking to a local church and practicing on the older piano in their basement.