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By Chris Guillebeau

Ask FreelanceSwitch #23: Identity Theft and Scope Creep

Editor’s Note: Due to time commitments, Travis King will unfortunately no longer be writing answers for the AskFreelanceSwitch column. However, Thursday Bram will continue to hand out excellent advice for any freelancing quandry!

Étagère 365+

Materials: 2 rectangular flat wooden bowls (365+ serving plate), piece of broomstick, 2 IKEA screws. Description: I wanted compact bowls, for fruit on the table and vegetables on the countertop in our small kitchen. The 365+ wooden rectangular bowls were nice compact and easy to modify, since they're made of wood. It only takes a few minutes of work: 1. Determine center of gravity.

The Dangers of Store Credit Cards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. When I was a freshman in college, I did two very bad things (ahem — two bad things related to personal finance). Bad thing #1 First, I opened a VISA credit card. There was a guy at a booth on campus, and being too naive and timid to tell him to buzz off, I stopped and listened to his pitch. Next thing I knew I was filling out an application.

The 4-Hour Body – Official Movie Trailer

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.” - Mark Twain, 1904 notebook For The 4-Hour Body, I wanted to do things a little differently. The above video trailer is one of those things. This also mark the launch of the official 4-Hour Body site. It was directed, edited, and animated by the incredible Adam Patch.

Lab Rat: How Can A Social Media Addict Find Focus?

When your job doesn’t allow for uninterrupted focus, how do you re-learn productivity while embracing the distracting social web?

So You Want My Job: Coast Guard Helicopter Flight Mechanic

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Well we’ve covered the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, and the Marines. Today we finally round out our tour of the armed forces by featuring a Coastie.

Stupid Stock Market Tricks

USA Today has just published what might be the most irresponsible piece of financial journalism I’ve seen in the past five years of writing Get Rich Slowly. It embodies everything that’s wrong with the popular perception of stock-market investing. Author Adam Shell touts a hot trading trend: Stocks jump on the first day of the month.

10 Tips to Beat Clutter…in Less Than 5 Minutes.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 10 tips to beat clutter -- in less than 5 minutes. It's a Secret of Adulthood: for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. I agree, in the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet or a messy desk shouldn't much matter.

FnordBoard - Color changing RGB backlit whiteboard

Materials: Vika Lauren, Expedit plastic caps, Sultan leg bolts Description: Turn an IKEA Vika Lauren into your own color changing RGB backlit whiteboard: useful in daylight and pretty at night. For extra coziness while working late hours in the lab. I needed a whiteboard and had this spare IKEA table top: frosted glass plate with an aluminum frame.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Net Worth

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011.

The Ultimate Gift: The Saddleback Leather Company Holiday Giveaway

I’ve received a lot of great Christmas presents through the years. When I was six I got the Ghostbusters Proton Pack and Ghost Popper. When I was eight I saw Gleaming the Cube and my life was changed.  I had to get a skateboard just like Christian Slater. Santa came through with an awesome pro skateboard.

The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents

Post written by Leo Babauta. I love Christmas. I love the snow-themed everything, even when I was living on tropical Guam, and Santa and elves and reindeer and snowmen and candy canes.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Half Time Knife

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Are you someone who is clumsy and shouldn’t operate kitchen knives? If so, I have the perfect tool for you.

Day 39: The Smart Way To Do Things In A World Of Grown-Ups

Being an adult means maintaining a healthy lifestyle, being financially responsible and managing your life so it feels significant, purposeful, and fulfilling. However, sometimes with the tornado of to-do’s in a day, we lose our ground and need to reboot.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts to people you don’t knowIn our fifth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing charitable giving. Hoarders season two premieres tonight on A&ETonight is the premiere of the second season of the A&E television show Hoarders at 10/9c.