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By Chanpory Rith

In Defense of Solitude (Part I)

— “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to ourselves.” - Michel de Montaigne — In his 1848 work Principles of Political Economy, John Stuart Mill observed: It is not good for a man to be kept perforce at all times in the presence of his species. A world from which solitude is extirpated is a very poor ideal.

How Do You Do Self Promotion?

Ed. Note: Earlier in the week we looked at articles around the web on promotion and marketing strategies. Today, we’ll be exploring tips from our very own Patrik Larsson. Self promotion is something we all do in one way or another, some of us do it by blogging (like me), some do it via communities and some even do it while walking down the street.

Assorted links for June 30, 2010

Articles we’ve been reading this week: In the comments to “Programs for reading online content off-line” a number of readers highly recommended Read It Later to the list of Evernote, Instapaper, and ToRead off-line viewers. J.D.

Notes from San Francisco

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. So we’re off on our great adventure. My wife Eva and I sold and gave away all our stuff over the last couple of months, packed our bags and took our kids and left Guam. We’re now in San Francisco and looking for a home. We arrived in the Bay Area last week Tuesday, to a chilly, foggy, windy city.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Cable clutter at Insuracare in The IncrediblesThe art directors at Pixar know just how uncomfortable cable clutter can be. What matters most to you?

21 Lbs of Technology: Behind The Bali Workflow Project

By the time you read this, I’ll be in a plane to Hong Kong… The great Bali Renegade Workflow Project has officially launched.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Very Short Hair Edition

I’ve officially decided to start clippering my hair very short – and doing it at home. I used to do this in college, but since then I’ve had my hair somewhat longer.

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Chip Conley's TED Talk outlines a business model based on happiness.

Review: The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets

Finding good online markets to write for is like panning for gold. When you dip your pan in the waters of the Web, instead of gold, you often get lots of rocks. Not a great way to find leads. So when The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets was published, I was intrigued, but skeptical.

Unitasker Wednesday: Pet Highchair

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 comes to us from the Los Angeles Times. I would assume that a manufacturer has to know their product is doggone-goofy when the mainstream print media is poking fun at it. Yes? At least a little?

Slow and Steady: More Thoughts on Physical and Financial Fitness

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last week, Robert Brokamp lamented about his not-ready-for-prime-time bikini body, asking GRS readers “whether it might make sense occasionally to engage in some extreme fiscal or physical fitness in order to see bigger results sooner, which could serve as encouragement to keep going.” Brokamp’s post was highly entertaining to be s

Vika Curry speaker stand

Materials: Vika Curry leg, Ekby Statlig shelf Description: The goal was to make a pair of cheap and simple speaker stands. Vika legs are just suitable height to bring the speaker to the ear level when I'm sitting down, and in black they will match the legs of my desk. For the base plate I used an Ekby Statlig solid wood shelf in 19cm width.

What’s your Productivity Personality Type?

Image courtesy of William Steig/NY Magazine I have a confession to make: I’m not a planner and I don’t have any real productivity system to speak of. I’ve tried systems like David Allen’s Get Things Done and after a month of I gave up on them.

Computers Learn to Listen, and Some Talk Back

Are robots more efficient at being doctors and personal assistants than humans are?

The Key to Creating Remarkable Things

No one likes the feeling that other people are waiting – impatiently – for you to get back to them. At the beginning of the day, faced with an overflowing inbox, a list of messages on your voicemail, and the to-do list from your last meeting, it's tempting to want to “clear the decks” before you start on your own most important work.