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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

SimpliFried round-up

In the last few weeks at Simplifried, we’ve tackled the new dietary guidelines, looked at a few new elastic recipes, and started our “Questions for Cooks” feature.

Billy Tobo hybrid TV unit

Materials: Tobo, Billy Description: We got a new 37" flatscreen TV but I couldn't find anything that would suit for the base unit. Our apartment is not the biggest and space is always at a premium so we needed something on wheels that would take up as little space as possible whilst containing the TV, the HTPC and all the junk.

The Delegation Experiment, Part 4: The Test Drive

The Delegation Experiment is a living documentary of Aaron Mahnke’s journey to free himself from parts of his freelance design business that get in the way of doing what he loves. Part 1 dealt with finding the courage to let go. Part 2 centered around creating an inventory of tasks, responsibilities and time.

Reader Mailbag: Valentine’s Day

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. Student loans after marriage 2. Parents in financial trouble 3. 401(k) and index funds 4. Best PS3 game bargains 5. Furnace savings? 6. Used cell phones 7. Buying board games 8.

A Love Poem for Entrepreneurs

Tease me. Lure me. Consume me.Driven breathless into your arms. Why can’t I stop thinking of you.To awaken at night and feel you wrapped around me.Warm breath pouring across me. Tingling. Aroused.Please. I beg of you. I love you. But let me sleep.And yet, at daybreak. You linger.What joy. Oy.Everlasting.Irresistible.Maniacal. In your grip.I cannot stop thinking about you.My head fills.

Vika corner desk and banish cable clutter

Materials: 2 Vika Amon tables, 7 Vika Curry legs Description: (This "hack" combines 2 hacks seen here and here at IKEAhackers) Goal: Remove 1 table leg at inside corner, stabilize with steel plate and organize computer cables rat nest For desk: drill, hole saw drill bit hack-saw 2 "as-is" Vika Amon tables $10 each 7 legs @ 5$ each 1 steel plate ~ $7 at homedepot 14 screws For cables:

Frugality and the Long-Distance Relationship

This is a guest post from Kelly M., who writes about long-distance relationships at Long-Distance Life. Long-distance relationships can be exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and all sorts of other adjectives…but “frugal” rarely makes the list.

How To Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

Let's be honest, work for the most part, sucks. Even if you are part of the 20% of Americans who actually truly enjoy what they are doing, chances are likely that you would rather be doing something else.Job satisfaction rates are horrendous and one of the reasons is that people are slowly starting to realize that there is a better way to live.

Skipping the Latte Could Cost You: Why Cutting Back Can Sometimes Cost You More

I’ve been dropping into my favorite coffee shop for years. Then, amid the buzz over the economy and what a waste of money my lattes were, I stopped.

Checking In from Africa

Greetings from Zimbabwe. Kris and I are ensconced at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a gorgeous and ridiculously colonial lodge located minutes from the edge of the largest waterfall in the world.

Why You Should Be Optimizing

You're not truly capitalizing on your success unless you're optimizing it. A look at how ongoing, incremental tweaks help good projects become GREAT.

Review: Getting More

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One aspect of getting a good deal that I do not enjoy is the negotiation process. I’ve gotten over my unwillingness to negotiate at all.

5 Keys to Finding Love

Photo by aeschleah By Leigh Harris Lessons in finding love can hurt and they can be a steep learning curve. Sometimes I wish I had more answers, sooner, especially when it came to discovering the source of true love. In my late teens and early 20’s, I thought I knew love, but was far from it. In a quest to finding love, I would always try too hard to make the relationship work.

Please support my OpEd in the Daily News and bring more bike lanes to NYC!

Please share this note widely with all your friends and ask them to go to this is an article by me in the Daily News (http://nydn.us/dOW8rH) and leave their comments. Better yet, if you are a New Yorker, please write a letter to the News editor (directions below). Bike lanes, as you know, make people healthier, neighborhoods nicer and the planet happier.