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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Gold as a “Hedge” Against Devastation

Shaun writes in: You need to be telling your readers to invest in gold because the dollar is about to become worthless. I wrote about this idea a year and a half ago.

Are You Becoming An Idiot?

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Book review: Stuff

Hoarding specialists Randy Frost and Gail Steketee recently published Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things that explores the psychological world of hoarding.

The Making of Uncharted

"No one is just a manager." An in-depth look at video game design co. Naughty Dog's creative process.

Here's an Idea: Light Bulbs Make Us Better Thinkers

Maybe "aha" moments aren't an exaggeration? Study shows that being around bare light bulbs make us smarter workers.

A "Little Thing" (Very Little) That Makes Me Happy: the Gift Bag.

Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible," and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from small, seemingly trivial aspects of my life. Solving a nagging problem, even a very insignificant one, can bring me a sizable boost.

7 Harsh Truths that Will Improve Your Health

Raise your hand if you desire to live a healthier and happier life. Fantastic! Now hands down.I'm glad you recognize how integral good health is in designing a fulfilling, successful, and euphoric life. You realize that money isn't enough. You see the bigger picture - that a life of true "wealth" requires genuine happiness, peace-of-mind, dream-fulfillment, and more.

The Billy-Marshall-Amp hack

Materials: BILLY Bookcase (Width: 31 1/2 ", Height: 41 3/4 ") in black-brown Description: I'm Jan from Germany, aged 27 and I want to show you my Ikea Billy bookcase hack. I made it out of a wooden frame (bought it an online art-shop), some screws, a marshall amp covering and a marshall logo from a webstore. The wooden frame has to be the size of the front of the billy.

Freelance Freedom #155

Push Off: Taking Back Your Digital Life

When I got my first Blackberry, the first thing I did was disable the message that said, “sent from my Blackberry.” Because, waaay back then, most phones didn’t do email. There was no expectation of 24/7 reachability, unless someone had your phone number.

Reader Mailbag: Travel

Did you know that ten hours of road travel with a four year old, a two year old, and a newborn is a really bad idea? I have just signed a loan modification for my (large) mortgage. They fortunately gave me a starting payment at 2% for the first 5 years. I have been able to pay up ALL of my bills (no credit cards or outstanding debt) and have $2000.00 in savings.

Multitasker: The Chinese military shovel

This video is long (so click through it, or watch it over your lunch break), but really interesting. I wish I had one of these amazing tools.

Modern slat coffee table

Materials: 2 Molger Benches and 1 set of 8" Capita Legs Description: To recreate this coffee table all you have to do is follow these simple steps: 1) Carefully chisel off 6 slats off one of the bench tops which will be used for the sides later on. 2) Clamp together the 3 remaining benchtops to drill 8 holes to be used with nuts/bolts/washers.

Further Adventures in Home Maintenance

As much as I’ve learned about money in the past five years, and as much as I like to share what I’ve learned, there are still times when I fail to follow my own advice. As I’ve mentioned, we live in a hundred-year-old house. This is a great and terrible thing. The house is beautiful and full of character, but it’s also a pain in the ass.

Don’t Be Afraid of the S-Word

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