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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Plan Ahead for a Car Replacement (46/365)

When Sarah replaced her first car (an old Toyota Celica) with her second car (a Mercury Sable of about 1999 vintage), she was financially unprepared for the switch. She had only the tiniest of down payments and had to take out a very large loan to cover the purchase.

Expedit 4x4 mood light

Materials: Expedit 4x4, 4 light bulbs, 2 acryl plates, glue Description: Here is another simple hack. Expedit 4x4, two light bulbs in it, acryl plates cut to size and glued on the Expedit front. That's it. ~ Max, Germany, Mülheim

Lack fireplace

Materials: Lack racks, pax frame, wood Description: I bought myself an ethanol fireplace, but it looked quiet lonely... so I decided to pimp it up a bit. 2 Lack racks (110cm) and 1 Lack rack (smallest one, don't know the size), a Pax frame and some wood. Description isn't needed I think, quite obvious what I did. I love it everyday! :) ~ Max, Germany, Mülheim

A Freelance Lesson From Jeremy Lin of the NY Knicks

Like many of you, I learned about Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks just a few days ago, after his 38-point game against the L.A. Lakers. Lin’s recent popularity has garnered him 200,000 Twitter followers and over 377,000 Facebook friends.

What aren’t you using this winter?

While the chilly winds blow (at least on those of us in the northern hemisphere), now is a great time to go through your home and see what winter-related items you haven’t used this year and donate the excess to charity. You’ll free up space in your home, and possibly help someone in need make it through the winter more comfortably. Check out your: Blankets.

Hemnes display cabinet

Materials: Hemnes bookcase Description: Modification of the Hemnes bookcase in to display cabinet. All this project comes from the need of a display cabinet for my figure collection. There were a few concepts that I had pretty clear at the time of chosing a display cabinet. The front had to be glass, without frames, or with a very thin frame, so it wouldn't cover any figure.

Getting the Gist of SEO

If you’re starting a new website, one of your first priorities is to drive traffic to it. Traffic means audience, and content without an audience is like the proverbial tree falling in the woods with no one to hear it. It’s gratifying to have an audience, but there’s more to building a following than self-validation—and that’s where many bloggers go astray.

Reader Mailbag: Novel Writing Update

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. Recycling 2. Bankruptcy or not? 3. Downsize or not? 4. Praying for money 5. Figuring out down payment 6. How much for extra payments? 7. Distant family 8. Dream beach house? 9. Combining credit card problems 10.

Going to the (Organic) Mattresses

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. I’ve dropped a rather obscene amount of money on bodywork in the last few years. I’ve had an evolving team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. I’ve bought books on physical therapy exercises. Some things have worked, others have not. In the end, the pain always comes back. I have chronic shoulder pain.

7 Warning Signs to Watch for When Working with Subcontractors

Subcontractors can make a world of difference when it comes to how quickly you can complete a project. But if a problem creeps in, the back and forth with a subcontractor can drag out a project.

Kid's study room

Materials: LAGAN Countertop, beech Description: I needed to put a study table in a narrow room that we recently added so it had to be custom made. Since 90% of our home is made from IKEA :) I decided to use a Lagan kitchen counter top as a school table. Not only was it inexpensive but the hardwood finish is beautiful to look at. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Practice Not Doing, And Do More

Want to know what drains your energy more than anything else?… It’s thinking.  Believe it or not, your brain uses lots of energy when you’re thinking.  I don’t mean the kind of thinking you do when you are focused on what you are doing, and thinking about the best way to go about it.  Of course that takes mental energy, but I’m talking about the endless internal d

Paulo Coelho: How I Write

Paulo Coelho (Photo: Philip Volsem) Paulo Coelho has long been one of my writing inspirations.

Spencer Tunick: On Stealing Cameras, Controversy, and Kickstarter

"You can have an idea, but you have to find the materials to manifest it," says acclaimed nudes photographer Spencer Tunick.

Seven Tips For Getting Yourself To Go To Bed On Time.

Yesterday I video-posted about the Pigeon of Discontent, "I can never get to bed on time." A few readers rightly pointed out that while I emphasized the importance of having a "bedtime," I didn't address the challenge of actually getting yourself to turn off the light when it's time for bed. That's a very important question.