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By Brett Kelly

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2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month's theme was Family, and last week's resolution was to Acknowledge the reality of other people's feelings. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Billy Bookcase door hides furnace or closet or secret room.

Materials: 2 Billy Bookcases Description: My friend needed to hide a furnace in her basement office so I devised a hinged door out of Billy Bookcases.

$27 Million to Change NYC Signs from All-Caps

Do lowercase letters increase readability? Copy Editors pressure NYC to update street signs.

The Speed Creating Project

"Each day for 30 days I will make a new object, installation or creative intervention while going about my daily life."

5 Marketing Lessons From Mr. Rogers

Who better to teach you about getting an audience comfortable with your brand than Mr. Rogers?

What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness

What Steve Jobs was doing during his 12 years off from "exile" from Apple.

Three places clutter might be hiding in your life

After having to scrape frost off the car windows yesterday morning, I’m finally willing to accept that fall has arrived. As I have been pulling out all the cold-weather supplies (coats, hats, boots, shovels, grill covers, etc.), I’ve stumbled upon some unexpected clutter in these storage spaces.

Making It All Work – From Getting Things Done to Making It All Work

This is the first entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen.

5 Tips to Getting Out of an Assignment Rut

Securing regular work can be a dream come true for a freelancer. Instead of wondering where your next paycheck will come from, a client you work with frequently enables you to enjoy stability while still being able to have that freelance freedom we all love. But if all you are doing is taking assignments from the same clients, you could be hampering your overall business efforts. Why?

(Yet another) floating Billies

Materials: two 80cm extended Billies and one 40 cm extended Billy. Description: Inspired by Karine and Erik here we decided to make our own floating Billies. We did almost the same as Karine and Erik. The whole project didn't cost more than $230. We used six L brackets for the small Billy and nine for the large ones.

Moving? Rent First, Ask Questions Later

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to discussing real estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. During my last trip to Europe, he shared a controversial article on renting vs.

4 Ways to Turn Your Day Around

Every day is a new day, we never know what it holds in store for us. Just like Forrest Gump’s Mother so eloquently puts it “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you might get.” and she is so right. Some days though, it can be hard to muster the enthusiasm, we wake on the wrong side.

Random Show Episode 13 – Kevin and Tim on Trampolines, Apps, and A**holes

12? 13? Our ability to remember episode numbers: negligible. Kevin’s ability to kick my ass on trampolines: priceless. (Kevin left out the fact that he grew up with one. Trixy.) Join us at House of Air, which features dozens of trampolines at different angles, including the “Matrix” room. There is a fair amount of cursing in the video.

The Art of the Dinner Date

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber. Eating is instinctual. And like a lot of instinctual things (ahem… the bedroom) men often go on autopilot when there’s food in front of them.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #33: Interview with Dr. Roy Baumeister Part II

Welcome back to The Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we continue our conversation with psychologist Dr. Roy Baumeister, author of the book, Is There Anything Good About Men? Make sure to listen to Part I of our interview with Dr.