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By John Wesley

Floating Lack Media Unit (Inspired by Taylor's Idea)

Materials: BRODER System and LACK Wall Shelves. Description: Starting with Taylor's idea. (Thank You Taylor! :)) I made this wall system for TV, media center and/or Cd's/DVDs/books. Click to read the rest of the post >>

The other cat tree

Materials: STOLMEN, LACK, ANTONIUS, BORRIS Description: Searching the internet for a cat tree, which did not look like one, I landed on ikeahackers.net An I found the tree of Maria and Jan Ove Gjerde Strand, Norway. I was immediately impressed and inspired by this tree, because it is easy to clean and defective parts can be changed easily. Now you can see here the German version.

Roger McNamee: Six Ways to Save the Internet, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Six Ways to Save the Internet by Roger McNamee. In this video The next big shift is now, and it’s not what you think: Facebook is the new Windows; Google must be sacrificed.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #55

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action How do you inspire others to take action in their own lives?

Excellence: What It Is and How to Achieve It

We’re taught that ancient literature is great art, but that it doesn’t have anything to do with living our lives. The truth is that literature which has stood the test of time is great art exactly because it is about living our lives. The best of these ancient works attempted to answer one question: How should you live your life? And that makes sense.

Want To Feel Happier? Enjoy Childish Pleasures.

My children make me happy for many reasons, of course. But it strikes me that one reason that they make me happy is that they encourage me to engage more deeply with the physical world. Left to my own instincts, I’d drift absent-mindedly through the apartment, reading, writing, and eating cereal for dinner every night.

Reliability Is the Most Important Feature (12/365)

Far and away, reliability is the most important feature when buying a product you’re actually going to depend on regularly in your life. From washing machines to televisions, from kitchen knives to media players, reliability is an incredibly valuable feature. To be honest, I put reliability first with almost everything that I buy. The catch is that reliability is boring.

Life as a Conscious Practice

‘Everything is practice.’ ~Pele Post written by Leo Babauta. When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer … we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly.

Workspace of the Week: Organized, elegant, and keeping a secret

This week’s Workspace of the Week is SimonaVysinova’s office of surprise: This is a really great space, organized well. However, this office has an amazing secret — there is a piano hidden in there: The piano was so unexpected that when I saw it I may have shrieked with joy at decibels that only dogs can hear. It makes me incredibly happy and is such a terrific storage solution.

Shorthand Words to Eliminate From our Vocabulary…Now

I’m a writer. I like words. I also hate words. What people say in daily conversation rarely makes sense on paper. Using acronyms and emoticons are infuriating—especially to an editor. Here’s an example: I teach undergraduate journalism courses at a couple of universities in the area.

It's here! Vote for the Best Hack of 2011

It took some time to wade through the more than 1,000 hacks I received and posted this year! It's definitely a bumper year for IKEA Hackers. My initial shortlist was 82 hacks. Boy, was it tough to whittle my list down to 10. I know, some of your favourites may not be on the list. Do tell me your other favourites in the comments section.

Changing Dreams

Claymont Mansion, near Charles Town, WV. Photo courtesy of Troy Tolley. The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus When I was younger, I spent a lot of time visiting my aunt and uncle, who lived within walking distance of our house. My aunt was always a barrel of fun.

Discovering and Focusing on High Leverage Business Tasks

OK, I know, “high leverage” is a cliché, and I am sorry for using this term.

Ask the Readers: How Much Should I Save (and What Should I Save For)?

Many of the reader questions I get here at Get Rich Slowly follow a familiar formula. The person sends me a breakdown of her income and expenses, also sharing how she’s allocating her savings. From these figures, my correspondent wants to know if I’d make changes to her budget. Unfortunately, I’m not qualified to answer questions as specific as these.

10 Quotes To Change Your Momentum

We’ve all been there. We’re out of ideas and nothing new is coming to our tired and weary minds.