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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

2012 Resolution #3 – Perform 200 Hours of Community Service

For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. Every single time I engage in some form of community service, I feel extremely happy about what I’ve done.

HOPEN for some under-bed lighting

Materials: Hopen bed frame, Dioder LED light strips, foot-operated light switch. Description: I installed Dioder led strips under the edge of my Hopen bed frame and then put a switch in the headboard for easy operation. It was a pretty simple hack. Route out the area in the headboard that you want to install the switch and use the included adhesive pads to mount the LED strips under the bed.

How Freelance Interning Can Help Your Business

Looking to give your karma a boost in 2012? Why not consider working for free?

10 Things I No Longer Need for Freelance Success

I have been a freelancer for more than a decade and over that period of time, I have seen a lot of changes–everything from a giant increase in credibility if you actually are a “freelancer”, to technology changes in such a short period of time as to rival any other sort of change over the last century. Through all of these changes, one major thing has happened.

Cutting board for crumbs

Materials: cutting board, router, 12 straight bit Description: We always have some bread or cake around which invariably leads to crumbs all over the counter. This simple mod really improves the board ability to contain the crumbs and make clean-up a snap. These boards came as a set and were unfinished. I used my router table to cut the 1/2 inch channels with 1/2 inch spacing.

"My New Mantra: Do One Thing at a Time."

Happiness interview: Rachel Bertsche. I got to know Rachel Bertsche because I stumbled upon her blog, MWF Seeking BFF, which is all about the challenge of making friends as an adult.

Making resolutions and creating a 2012 Resolution Action Plan

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, the phrase “get organized” is one of the top 10 resolutions people make every year.

Upholstered Fjellse

Materials: Fjellse bed frame, Sultan Lade slatted bed base, plywood, pine beams, foam batting, fabric, staples & screws Description: After seeing an similar hack on Ikea Hackers, I took the cheapy Fjellse bed frame, heightened the headboard with a sheet of plywood, and upholstered it all with foam batting and fabric. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Reader Mailbag: A Day for Gaming

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. Conflicting messages on spending money 2. Career options in conflict 3. Extreme cutbacks 4. Sports salaries 5. Confusing tax code 6. Saving on a fixed income 7. Best book of 2011 8.

Expectations and Your Money

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I started wrapping my gifts in old newspaper years ago. I know. It sounds so cheap it’s almost bah, humbug! Please don’t roll your eyes and stop reading now. Wait! I started doing it because I couldn’t stand the silliness of it all.

Ikea for lizard

Materials: Expedit, Tundra, Besta Description: The Idea was to build a cheap but tasteful enclosure for reptiles. It all started when I was working the morning shift in the Ikea of Groningen (NL). I had to drive in the pallets of Tundra laminated floors. On top of the pile was a complete sheet of Tundra, for protection.

5 Steps to Handle Yourself Around Controlling People

To be in control is a good thing. To be controlling is not. There is a big difference. One who is too controlling is in fact so out of control they lose everything in their grasp. I’m sure you have seen it before. Someone who is so controlling they need to get their voice heard in every situation. They set guidelines and rules so stringent no one could possibly measure up.

Simplify Your New Year's Resolution Process: Reflect, Select, Remove.

Ready to refresh your outlook for 2012? Check our super-simplified guide to setting goals for the new year, and actually accomplishing them.

Ekby Alex Writing/Sofa Table

Materials: Ekby Alex & Vika Lage/Moliden Description: I was in search for a very small writing table, but could never find one that would fit my small space. I've seen the Ekby used a few times, but not in the combo I ended up using (at least not yet). Anyway all you need is the Ekby Alex & either the Vika Lage/Moliden legs. It's pretty simple, attach the legs to the Ekby.

Making New Year's Resolutions? Ask Yourself 6 Questions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day—or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Six questions to help you make effective New Year's resolutions. Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do.