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By John Wesley

8 Features that Make Google+ Better than Facebook and Twitter

Numbers can tell a story. As of December 2011, Facebook had 845 million monthly active users. As of September 2011, Twitter had 100 million active users. As of January 2012, Google+ had more than 90 million active users. Facebook and Twitter reached those numbers in years. Google+ reached the 90 million mark in less than 7 months despite accepting only invited members when it launched.

"I Can't Get Rid of My Stuff."

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader.

Transportation: Friction Versus Finance

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Though I have been car-free for years, I was recently left to ponder how we make transportation decisions when my local transit authority unveiled a new plan to fill a $17 million budget hole by making a pretty major series of changes to its fare structure.

WordPress for Photographers: Top Tips and Professional Resources

Believe it or not, there was a time when WordPress was regarded as a great blogging platform, but that was all. Build an entire site on it? No way! Well, that was then, this is now. These days, WordPress is powering some of the biggest names in news, music, fashion, business, politics, and sports.

Vendôme Lack

Materials: Lack side table Description: Here is a table made with 6 Lack tables, I have used trays. A foot was retained to maintain the table horizontally. All plates were glued back to back with wood glue. The other art were screwed on the inside The second part can move (under the top is the FIXA skates, to avoid scratching) Successful completion.

The Art of Nothingness: Why Balance Matters

It would come as no surprise to describe our culture as one that is obsessed with doing, consuming and achieving. These active roles are very important, as they are the ways in which we navigate our physical world. The ego enjoys these outward expressions because they help to sustain its identity. With so much focus on the doing, we sometimes forget to simply be.

Freelance Training from Tuts+ Premium

Are you a passionate freelancer, or looking to make the leap into freelancing full time? We’re excited to announce that FreelanceSwitch has partnered with Tuts+ Premium to offer in-depth video courses and eBooks for freelancers as part of a monthly membership. What you’ll get: Freelance Bootcamp video course from James Clear of PassivePanda.com.

How to Experience Las Vegas Like a Gentleman

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber of Dappered.com.  First, a word on the word “gentleman.”  To some, it sounds a bit snooty.  Like some stuck up Victorian-looking fellow who would never get his hands or clothes dirty.  But for the purpose of this article, know that the term is really in reference to that large swath of men who want to experience Las Vegas without fe

Time Sinks and Passion: More Thoughts on Time Management

One advantage of bringing back the short afternoon posts here at Get Rich Slowly is it’ll give me a chance to carry on more of a dialogue with you, the readers. For instance, there was a good conversation over Friday’s post about how I’ve become a magician of time.

Extend the Life and Value of Crayons (72/365)

For Christmas, my children received an interesting gift: a Crayola Crayon Maker. It’s a cute little device. All you do is break up some crayons (they come with the crayon maker) and put them on a little tray in there, flip on the switch, and wait for a bit. The crayons melt, then you tip the tray over and the melted wax pours into some crayon molds.

Recent updates and notifications from the Unclutterer staff

A few items of note about things at Unclutterer: Unclutterer is now on Pinterest. You can find our pinned items at http://pinterest.com/unclutterer/. If you’re not a member, you don’t have to join to see the images and inspiration we find from around the web.

Besta Goes Mod

Materials: Besta bench unit in walnut, Ikea Rull knob, 4-8" round tapered table legs & 4 steel angled top plates (ordered from Home Depot), Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut, vinyl wall decals in Matte White Description: - I started with a Besta unit in walnut color and took off the plastic feet that came with it. Click to read the rest of the post >>

The Pull of Procrastination

I try very hard not to procrastinate. I’ve been this way my whole life. In college, I’d work ahead of the syllabus just so I knew I would get everything done. For my job at the magazine, I work months, maybe a good year, ahead of time to plan and execute some feature stories. I chalk this up to being a busy person. In college and grad schools, I worked a lot.

FAKTUM sideboard

Materials: Faktum, Perfekt, Rationell Description: My hunt for a decent size sideboard for the dining room was not fruitful, so I decided to make my own out of Ikea kitchen cabinets and some timber.

Bigger, better, cheaper drawers for Expedit

Materials: Expedit, MDF cut to size, felt , glue etc Description: Yes, of course IKEA sells drawer sets for its Expedit but Pippa DIYs cheaper ones that maximizes your storage space in the Expedit cubby.