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By John Wesley

Going Up?

Today, Seth Godin (one of my favorite bloggers who usually talks about marketing) posted a great piece about consumer debt. Two great excerpts: Here’s a simple MBA lesson: borrow money to buy things that go up in value. Borrow money if it improves your productivity and makes you more money.

STOLMEN media shelf

Materials: STOLMEN Description: A continuation of my old STOLMEN project. STOLMEN end fixtures now support wood board with 15kg LCD panel + router, cable modem media player, and external hard disk + all power and network cables cables hidden between the shelf and wall. ~ Pavel, Israel

How I Survived the Computer Castrophe of 2010

Sometimes I feel like I’m cursed. Computers hate me.

Productive Airplane Rides

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace.

Unitasker Wednesday: Snap On Bottle Tops

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! When you’re drinking soda pop out of a can, do you really wish you were drinking it out of a bottle? Is a 12 oz. soft drink just the right size, and 20 oz. way too much? Sure, you could buy a 20 oz.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 What’s in your office?For better or worse, most CEO’s offices send the message: “I am in charge, and I get work done.” What does your office say about you? Barnes and Noble now selling audio books onlineBarnes and Noble has jumped into the online audio book market. Let board games multitask as artworkBoard games can be stored on the wall instead of just in the closet.

Five Realistic Tips for Using Email More Efficiently.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Five tips for using email more efficiently. Email. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. I’m trying to be smarter about how to use email so that it makes my life easier, not tougher. I’ve read a lot of advice about email that, although it sounds helpful, just isn’t realistic.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Lunch Edition

One of the best little things about having this baby is that my wife is home every day. I get to eat lunch with her every day. My morning and afternoon breaks usually involve chatting with her instead of just stretching and wasting time for a while. I get to hold the baby for a while, too, during the breaks. The Oracle of Silicon Valley A worthwhile read, but one quote really stood out at me.

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas

Fascinating chat with inventor Steven Johnson. "I have the luxury of never having to go from ideation to choosing."

Who's Responsible for Your Company's Reputation?

Does your idea pass the "reputational smell test?"


There’s this moment every morning… After I’ve walked my daughter to school. And come back to sit at my desk. When the sun starts to creep across my shoulder and onto my face. Glitter on the lash of my right eye. Illuminated twirls of mist rise from a mug of coffee. That reminds me why I’ve built my life this way…

7 Superpowers You Act Like You Have But Don't (And How That Messes You Up)

Growing up, I loved comic books. Not only would I read them, but I would spend hours daydreaming about what it would be like if I was a superhero with amazing superpowers. Of course with adulthood comes reality, and so when I grew up I knew it was time to stop dreaming about superpowers.What is interesting though is how many people - adults - still act as is they have superpowers.

Finding Time to Write

The people who bring you these FreelanceSwitch articles work in a wide range of fields, and we hail from all over the world. But we do have something in common, and that is that we’ve found ways to squeeze writing about the business side of creativity into our busy schedules. Finding time to write seems to be the Holy Grail for many would-be scribes.

Three quick organizing projects you can do right now

Have less than a few minutes to spare? Try one (or more) of these quick organizing projects: Go on a clutter mission. Do you have books strewn around your home or office that should be on your bookshelves? Gather them up and return them to their proper space. Maybe instead of books, you need to hunt down coats? cups? junk mail? shoes? paper clips?

Bathroom vanity from chest of drawers

Description: This is a few years old but wanted to share it. I don't know the name of the Ikea "chest of drawers." But it is very recognizable to any Ikea fan. I just looked on the site and i guess they no longer sell it? We drilled a hole for the drain through dresser top and completely removed the rear of the chest so there was plenty of access for the hot and cold water lines etc..