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By Mark Shead

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.

Hack them with contact paper

Materials: Enetri shelving unit, Micke desk Description: Some link love today.

Pay for Car Repairs with a Credit Card (45/365)

The usual personal finance advice tells people to avoid credit cards like the plague. The reason for that is quite straightforward. Credit cards make it incredibly easy to get into debt trouble. When you use a credit card, you’re not directly spending your own money, and that abstraction is often enough to convince people to spend without thinking.

High-Tech Baby Monitor

Materials: Vika Oleby Table Leg Description: We're about to welcome triplets into the house, and I wanted to set up video baby monitors in each crib. I couldn't find a way to mount webcams so they were far enough above the crib to capture the full view and out of the way enough that they wouldn't impair our ability to get the babies in and out.

8 Personal Finance Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition. What’s this? Benjamin Franklin rose from 17-year-old runaway to successful printer, newspaperman, author, inventor, diplomat, and statesman.

Freelance Photography: Digital vs. Film Case Study

Last week, the British Journal of Photography helped spread the news that Kodak will stop producing digital products as part of their ongoing strategic review? What is Kodak going to do? Refocus on good, old fashioned film. At first, this sounded like brand suicide to me.

Hacker Help: How do I hack a table like this (part 2)?

Materials: Unsure, please help! Description: In the same vein as a previous post, I found an incredible desk/table on Boing Boing (I'm sure many Ikeahackers readers are also fans of Boing Boing), and I'm sure the fine people of Ikea Hackers can figure out a way to recreate it (and I'll be trying it myself anyway, but why not get a little brainstorming going?).

Unitasker Wednesday: Pancake problems that aren’t problems

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! In my opinion, the best part of the breakfast pancake is the syrup. Without syrup, a pancake tastes like hay. With syrup, a pancake tastes like candy. The more syrup on a pancake, the more it tastes like candy, and the better it is.

BRODER Bike Rack #2

Materials: Broder post, Extension post and Bracket center 22 3/4 " Description: This hack is much like the other BRODER system bike rack hack, however this uses a different and better system to mount the bikes. Click to read the rest of the post >>

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 George Washington: Simplicity seeker George Washington’s biography is a nice reminder that the problems and aggravations we face currently, and our desire for a more simple life, are often very similar to those experienced by the people who lived before us. 2008 Unitasker Wednesday: The pancake puff Do you like pancakes?

Boost Email Productivity with Boomerang

True confession: I recently went on an e-mail killing spree. The objects of my ire were all of those not-so-crucial e-mails that I’d saved under my Gmail account. And I took a certain pleasure in squashing many of them with my Delete key. Ahhh. Nothing like a leaner, meaner Gmail account. Unfortunately, you can only get so far by killing superfluous e-mails.

5 Little Secrets for Turning Fear into Your Loyal Servant

Fear is misunderstood.We learn that fear is bad, and happiness is good. We run away from fear and toward happiness. But what is fear, if not a few sensations in the body coupled with a few thoughts?We are the creators of our own fear, yet we believe we are the fear. We put up filters that we see the world through, and we get these filters from our experiences in life.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

You would think, with the Iowa caucus ending a month and a half ago, that the automated political calls would stop for our family. You’d be wrong. I’m still getting calls from candidates I don’t support asking me to donate to them.

Paying for College: A High School Student’s Quest to Stay Debt-Free

This is a guest post from Chase Miller, a high school student from Orange County, California. He loves to surf, travel, Tweet, and catalog life through photography.