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By Jules

Uncertainty Book Trailer Goes Live

IT’S ALLLIIIIVVVVE!!!I wasn’t going to do a trailer for my next book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance.Because, with the exception of Tim Ferriss’ trailer for the Four Hour Body and Gretchen Rubin’s trailer for The Happiness Project, I’d never seen one that engaged, entertained and, at the same time, made their precise target demographic re

Quick and easy wardrobe

Materials: Billy Bookcase, Stolmen and Division Description: This is a hack that anyone can do even those with no building skills. I moved into a new flat and wanted to take my Pax wardrobes, but soon discovered that they were too large and even the smaller version would not fit in my bedroom due to the low ceilings.

Unrealistic Returns in Personal Finance Writing

This is an issue that I’ve discussed a few times in reader mailbags, but I continue to receive so many questions about it that I think it needs to be thoroughly discussed. Over and over again in personal finance writing, you’ll find references to investment returns on the order of 10% to 12% per year (and sometimes even higher).

Top 5 Apps to Edit Documents Online

Good communication means a lot for freelancers. When you work on a project with several team members, you need good collaboration apps. Nowadays there are plenty of online document processing apps that make group work on documents much easier. Let’s explore the top 5 online document editors: Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Central Desktop, TeamLab, Zoho.

Planning a vacation in an orderly fashion

I’m a little strange in that I almost get as much enjoyment out of planning a vacation as taking one. I start researching the place usually six months before the trip. I’ll read travel guides, review sites created by locals, and novels based in the city I’ll be visiting.

Call Up Past Memories.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Neighborhood, and last week’s resolution was to Be a tourist in your own city. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

3 Ways to Raise Your Rates and Crush Your Freelancing Fears

Credit: SimpleFoto on Photodune Are you getting paid what you’re worth as a freelancer? You might think so, but it’s more likely that you — like many freelancers — are charging much less than what your clients are willing to pay. This is especially true if you do excellent work (and I’m guessing that you do).

Updated Expedit Dresser

Materials: 1 Expedit 2x4 (white), 4 Sets of Expedit 2 Drawer Inserts (white), Capita Legs, Faux Wood Grain Contact Paper, 8 Ring Pulls (brass) Description: This is a pretty easy hack, but adds a ton of style to a basic expedit bookcase! I love the look of two tone wood and white dressers, similar to the one from LONNY (pix, left), but the ones I priced were WAY out of my budget.

Sunk Costs and Smart Decisions

As I write this, I’m on a flight back to Portland. I’ve spent the weekend with former GRS staff writer Adam Baker and his wife Courtney in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ostensibly, we were there to take part in GenCon, a huge gaming convention. We did play plenty of games, but we also had a lot of fun just hanging around and chatting.

The Importance of Strategic User Experience (UX)

Part of what I do is helping business software companies to embed user experience (UX) in their strategic software development. I do this not as a user experience specialist, but as a user experience evangelist and change agent. There is a lot of interest from companies into the subject and there is awareness on the importance of improved user experiences.

How to Navigate Through Life’s Major Transitions

With economic and personal financial worries becoming part of many individuals’ daily lives, dealing with a major life transition can become overwhelming. Whether you have prepared for it, like getting married or having children, or it came unexpectedly, like a sudden illness, job loss or family member death, it is important to prepare emotionally and mentally in advance when possible.

Spare Change: Gaming Geek Edition

I’m exhausted. I spent the entire weekend (from Thursday through Sunday) embracing my inner nerd, surrounded by tens of thousands of other nerds doing nerdy things. At the invitation of Adam Baker (who writes at Man vs.

Note to Self: Don't Let a Happiness Project Work Against My Happiness.

Ah! What exquisite relief! For the last several months, I’ve been haunted by a literary allusion that drifted on the very edge of my memory. What was it? I kept asking myself. It related to my own experience with my happiness project. I always remind myself to guard against the danger that my happiness project, itself, might work against my happiness.

False Labeling (for Frugality’s Sake)

Madeleine writes in with an interesting thought: When I was younger, my mother used to buy generic versions of things and put the contents into name brand packages. She would refill a ketchup bottle with generic ketchup so that guests would see the name-brand label. I understand why she did this.

Solar lighted Expedit and Grönö

Materials: Grönö, Expedit, Solvinden garden light, Saw Description: I would like to have a place to store my vinyls, so I bought an Expedit and wanted to light up it so I bought a Solvinden solar garden light. Solvinden contains 3 lights, you can use them to make soft and economic little spots. Personally I wanted to "permanently" light up the Grönö lamp and the most interesting shelves