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By Leo Babauta

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver in 6 Different Situations

You’re in a restaurant enjoying a dinner with friends, when all of a sudden you hear a woman shriek: “He’s choking!” You calmly excuse yourself from the table and dash with effortless cool towards the source of the loud yell. You find a man with a look of terror in his eyes, gripping his throat, indicating that something is lodged within.

The Finalists for the Art of Manliness Put Up Your Dukes Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

We’ve finished up judging the entries in our Art of Manliness pose contest, and boy, was it a good time! So many creative, funny, and of course, super manly entries. Who knew so many Art of Manliness readers already had such great mustaches, which were simply ready and waiting to be called up for action? You can see all the entries here and here. A big thanks to all of you who entered.

Nobody's Perfect: Why We All Need A Margin For Error

You can’t control the universe. But you can anticipate the unexpected and build the necessary wiggle room into your schedule.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Unplugging the Microwave

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Some Great Links from Guiding Tech

Guiding Tech is a blog that focuses on technology with an emphasis on online productivity tools. It is worth checking out.

Exercises for the Terminally Busy

Post written by Leo Babauta. I’ve been out walking all day in New York City with my daughter, and haven’t found any time for my usual workouts in between museums and fabulous restaurants. And yet fitness doesn’t require hours of your time every day. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite quick exercises.


Materials: Klubbo Nesting Table, 1" wood screws, 2x4s, wood stain, polyurethane Description:  Step 1: Remove top of Klubbo Nesting Table Step 2: Measure area where you want 2x4 surface. Step 3: Got to Home Depot or Lowes and purchase 2x4s, screws, and wood stain/ polyurethane of your choice. Step 4: Get 2x4s cut to your liking.

Do I Contradict Myself?

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” ~ Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” My brother’s incredible Walt Whitman tattoo. This month marks the five year anniversary of this blog and this Walt Whitman quote is one of my favorites of all time.

Secrets of Adulthood...For a Family Vacation.

Good-bye, I'm off for vacation! Right now, I'm in that stage where it feels like so much work to get away, I'd rather just stay home.

Rast 4 x 4

Materials: Rast, wood, white paint Description: I needed a lot of drawers and the Ikea Rast was the only piece of furniture I could find with the right depth to fit my wall. Then I simply assembled 4 Ikea Rast all together. Placed 2 normally and 2 bottom-up.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, August

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Reading and Blurbing

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. Recovering from abysmal credit 2. Handling debt collection 3. Preparing for a layoff 4. Starting with web design 5. Repaying loans now or later 6. Deciding whether to become contractor 7.

Four sanity restoring strategies for the over-committed

If you’re constantly pressed for time, it could be because you think you have more time in your day than actually exists or you can’t stop saying, “yes,” to every commitment that comes your way.

Fantasy Shade

Materials: Ikea ENJE Roller Shades Description: I first came up with the idea of the Fantasy Shades when I moved to New York City from San Francisco. I created the Fantasy Shades to create illusory shadows, giving the impression of a fantasy world outside your window. Imagine an alternate reality beyond your window with a view of cherry blossoms, tree branches or even a city that you miss.