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By Glen Stansberry

Customised Ikea Billy

Materials: Billy, Paint Description: We didn't want a plain white shelf in our living room as we were afraid that it appeared to 'cold'. So the goal was to choose a background colour that underlined the warm colours of our room but still made a modern impression.

Hacker help: Can you ID this coffee table?

Can someone please give me the name of this coffee table, I bought it in 2007. Hope the pictures help. Thanks! ~ plo

Reader Mailbag: The “Making It All Work” Series

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. Stuck between goals 2. Dealing with partner’s student loans 3. Preparing for involuntary job loss 4. Replacing a vehicle 5. Jack of all trades 6. Using sleep as “mental downtime” 7.

Creative, Inc. Book Tour

Interview w/authors of: Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business.


Novelist William Gibson on the “dark, dark world of marketing, advertising, and trend forecasting.”

Schools: The Disaster Movie

Why our education system is failing. A new documentary throws fuel on the fire.

Can Excellence Be Scaled?

Chipotle’s famous simple menu. It’s often our nature to want to be the best at everything. If we can do many things well, we should be able to see profits. “Diversify, diversify, diversify”. Yet for whatever reason, sprawling out into multiple markets doesn’t necessarily mean success.

Getting your child out the door in the morning, on time

If you have school-age children, you’re well aware that some mornings can be difficult. Even highly organized children have a few mornings each month where there is a melt down and things fall apart. Here are a few tips to help get your children (and you) out the door on time: Is your child getting enough sleep?

Disclose This!

Last year, the blogosphere lit up when the FTC issued new disclosure guideliness. “OMG,” everyone said, “This is soooo unfair! Now everyone’s going to know when we’re pimping other peoples’ stuff.

A mirror fit for a Princess

Materials: Myken table mirror, a plier, a 1m silk ribbon, rose corsage, plastic princess crown, hammer and  nail Description: So I hacked an IKEA mirror (Myken table mirror) which has been under-utilized at home, took out the centre leg, tied some ribbons and hammered a hook on the wall. I finished it with details of a rose corsage and a princess crown.

Capitalist Kids: Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs

Saturday, I posted what I thought was an amusing anecdote. I told how I’d bought some treats from a young girl’s bake sale, but she’d been woefully unprepared to take my money and give me change. I meant the story to be comic relief, but quite a few GRS readers found it unamusing — and, in fact, thought I came off as something of a jerk.

The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men

A few weeks ago, we published an article on the Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook. For that piece, we dug through old books to find references to how pocket notebooks had been used this past century by men in different walks of life.

7 Instant Ways to Boost Your Energy

It’s three pm. You’re feeling undeniably sluggish. You keep trying to focus on what you’re supposed to be doing … but somehow you’ve ended up looking at amusing pictures of cats. Again. At least you’ve got your eyes open. Just about. It’s a warm afternoon and you wish you could take a nap. In fact, your desk looks quite inviting.

Elle Muliarchyk: The Allure of Executing the Impossible

Belarus-born artist Elle Muliarchyk was named a finalist for Miss Czech Republic at age 14, “discovered” by famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier at age 16, and disillusioned with her modeling career by age 21.Fortunately, reinvention comes naturally to Muliarchyk.