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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

"It Was an Intense Time with Lots of Sadness, But...I Came Into the Real Me."

Happiness interview: Emily McKhann. I love meeting people I know from the internet in real life. In the great debate about whether technology brings people closer, or driver them further apart, I'm firmly in the first camp (though I also see the drawbacks of all this technology, too). I'm a fan of TheMotherhood, so was happy to get the chance to meet Emily McKhann in person.

Guilt and the Choices of Others

The other day, I had a really interesting discussion with a former reader. He told me that he had stopped reading The Simple Dollar because the articles made him feel guilty about being a spendthrift and an occasionally poor manager of his money.

Hacker help: Any ideas on how to turn the Mala into a menuboard?

Materials: Mala Description: Ok. So I bought a Mala Tabletop paper holder and paper roll for our son to draw on. I then saw this Junction Paper Holder (see pic, right) and want to hack my Mala into this expensive wall board. Any ideas on how to do this? Thanks. ~ KJD, MA

Completing a mid-project review

Taking a break mid-way through a large project to review what you’ve already accomplished can often help you to reach your end goal more smoothly and efficiently.

Color Wheel Sunburst Skoj Clock

Materials: Skoj wall clock, tempera paint, acrylic paint, brushes Description: I just moved into a new art studio, and needed a new clock since my Rusch wall clock has been through the ringer and was a little damaged by a previous hack. Also I'm trying to go for a cleaner, more professional design studio look this time, and that beat up old thing was looking awful.

Reader Mailbag: Reaching Out

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. Secured credit card? 2. Contacting credit card companies 3. Concerned about Mom 4. Time to switch cars? 5. Mint or Thrive? 6. Consolidate now or later? 7. Re-fi with PMI 8. Building credit (or not) 9.

Handling Clients Who Just Aren’t That Into You

Photo credit: baileyraeweaver/Flickr Last month’s post, Are You Dating Your Client?, covered the stages of commitment from flirting to marriage.

How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

Materials: HEMMA Cord Set, Wooden Dowels, Spray Paint Description: My friend Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

Save disk space by using bestcompress to select the best compression program

As part of my job, I often need to archive and retain copies of very large files for my clients. To help save disk space, I compress these files before they are archived.

5 Amazing Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian.

Credit Cards That Grow Your Assets

My better half and I are two days into the process of re-evaluating our credit card, contemplating switching to a card with better rewards. For us, it comes down to which one provides the most cash back; if it provides a way to get that money invested automatically, all the better.

5 Ways To Work Smarter

As much as workaholics like to claim that they’re superior because they work more hours, don’t listen to them. Workaholics do work more hours than the rest of us, but they don’t work smart hours. They may sit at their desks forever, but that doesn’t mean that they’re using their time well 100% of the time.

The 12 Most Infamous Mustaches of All Time

As many of you know, AoM is taking part in the Movember contest to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Our team has over 300 fearless members who will be growing mustaches and raising money during the month of November. One week into the contest and the AoM Team has already raised over $13,000 to fight prostate cancer!

The Men of Easy Company-Part III: Ron Speirs

Editor’s note: Tomorrow marks the US observance of Veteran’s Day. In the weeks preceding this holiday, we have published a series of short profiles written by Marcus Brotherton about the men from WWII’s Easy Company. Today’s final installment covers the life of Ron Speirs. The Art of Manliness would like to thank Mr.

10 Common Happiness Mistakes.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 10 common happiness mistakes. To delay to do something important until you have some “free time,” because you may never have any free time To retreat into isolation when you’re unhappy To neglect to make a small change because you think a big change is necessary To refuse to consider a big change because you assu