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By Jules

Learning to Ride Your First Motorcycle

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Michael Reid. So you’ve already read up on how to buy your first motorcycle.  What about learning to ride it? If you’re like most men, you may be thinking, “How hard can it be? I’ve had that two-wheeled thing down since, what, age 6?” But a motorcycle does not suffer fools.

Taking the Long Road

When I woke up this morning, the biggest thing I wanted to do was to just curl up in a comfortable chair somewhere and finish the novel that I’ve been reading for the past several days (A Feast for Crows by George R. R.

RAST Nightstand Speaker Stands

Materials: 2 RAST Nightstands, 16 spikes, Drill, Stain of your choice Description: I refurbished a pair of Bang & Olufsen Beovox M70 loudspeakers from the 1970's and needed a pair of speaker stands. I went to my local IKEA for the express purpose of finding something to convert into speaker stands and found the RAST Nightstand, an unfinished pine mini-shelf about a foot tall. Perfect.

Expedit + Vika Amon desk to fit my office perfectly

Materials: 3 Expedit 2x2s, 1 Expedit drawer, 1 Vika Amon Tabletop, 8 Ekby Stödis brackets, optional: two Vika Kaj legs Description: I was looking for a desk that would fit the width of my home office (2.4 meters wide, the desk ends up at 2.3 meters) perfectly so that I don't waste to much space.

Expedit nightstand

Materials: Expedit drawers Description: I have a tiny space between the bed and the wall but I needed a nightstand on my side of the bed. I've been looking for something that fits my 30cm space for a while but I wanted something with drawers or a door. At least I bought the insert with 2 drawers and screwed it directly to the wall so you can tidy up easily.

Uncluttering the American dream

I grew up in a part of the country where land is comparatively inexpensive and housing prices are tame. In my hometown of Topeka, Kansas, you can buy a decent single-family home on a nice lot in a low-crime neighborhood for around $100,000. This isn’t a new phenomenon resulting from the downturn in the U.S.

When Competition Stifles Innovation

Competition, it’s said, it good. Especially for innovation.True, up to a point. But, there’s a problem with leaning too heavily on competition as a core driver of innovation.

Reader Mailbag: Filling in Weekends

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. Fundraising for starting a nonprofit 2. Thoughts on tiny homes 3. Financial benefits of marriage 4. Cell phone options 5. Student loan question 6. College savings 7. How I make money 8.

"When My Mother Died, She Basically Told Me To Try to Enjoy My Life More."

Happiness interview: Meghan O'Rourke. Meghan O'Rourke is a writer in many incarnations -- an essayist, poet, critic, and editor. I got to know Meghan during the time that this blog appeared on Slate , and I was very eager to get my hands on her new book. The Long Goodbye is a memoir of her mother's death from cancer in 2008, at the age of 55, when Meghan was 32 years old.

The New World versus the Old World: Are You Being Left Behind?

The second or third question in virtually any introduction is, “So, what do you do?” What’s your answer to that question? For most people it has something to do with their career, job title, or the company they work for. It makes sense.

Estate Planning Done Right: How to Help Your Family from the Great Beyond

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks.

Interview with Digital Nomad Cody McKibben

Advertise here with BSA Cody McKibben isn’t your ordinary freelancer. After he quit his job in 2007 to begin freelancing, McKibben took off from Northern California and headed for Asia.

The Benefits Of Meditation

There have been several scientific studies that have revealed that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain ion a positive way.

So You Want My Job: Olympic Hopeful

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Daah daah duh don don don da. That was the Olympic “fanfare and theme.” So hard to convey in writing.

Unitasker Wednesday: Eggies

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This week’s unitasker is far from being the worst contender we’ve ever featured. In fact, if you don’t eat egg yolks, I could see its usefulness.