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By Leo Babauta

Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses

Materials: Ikea Ordning timer Description: Make a cheap and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit with the Ikea Ordning for your next photo shoot. Here are samples of what it does. See more of the time lapse panning unit ~ Getawaymoments, Florida

‘A nice little home out of a garbage can’

California-based artist Gregory Kloehn likes to recycle used metal into sculptures of familiar objects, people, and animals. His work is usually quite whimsical, with a dash of social commentary. Recently, Kloehn spoke with video blogger Kim Aronson about his decision to study housing and what constitutes a home.

Reader Mailbag: Adequate Sleep

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. Second computer needs 2. Getting unstuck 3. Career choice 4. Setting up a trust 5. Moving on 6. Print and play games? 7. Buy or not buy? 8. Roth or 401(k)? 9. Store credit cards 10.

5 Ways to Find Freelancing Virtual Assistants

Credit: by Pressmaster on Photodune As a freelancer, there are always days when I could use a spare pair of hands.

Hacking with leftovers: the three tables

Materials: Udden workbench, Inreda magazine rack, Brada Laptop stand, Ribba consoles, Bygel Trolley, Rast bedside table, Pax hook, Honeycomb door, wood, Fabian shelf. Description: Hacking often leaves leftovers, but sometimes these are perfect for a next project. I actually like this kind of chain-reaction hacking when bits from one project inspire the next.

Eight Little-Known Facts about the Roth IRA

This is a guest post by Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner. Rose is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog. He’s also working on his book entitled Soldier of Finance, which combines his military background and financial planning experience. Most Americans want to save for retirement, but most don’t know how to start.

Hate Your Job? 3 Ways to Find a Better Job

What to do when you hate your job? You definitely can’t talk about it. Your spouse may commiserate with you but will ultimately tell you that you have to keep earning a living. Your friends will tell you to suck it up and to be happy you even have a job. And, of course, they are right.

Share Your Desk Organization Tip

I’m collecting short desk organization suggestions.  Just visit this form and fill it out with your 200 character or less suggestion for keeping your desk organized. If you have multiple tips, feel free to add more than one. I’ll edit them and publish a big list of desk organization tips.

IDEO: Big Innovation Lives Right on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas

When it comes to unlocking our creativity, goofing off isn't just kid stuff. The design gurus at IDEO explain how play drives innovation and learning.

Spare Change: Game of Thrones Edition

Years ago, a friend of mine tried to convince me to read A Game of Thrones, a fantasy novel by George R. R. Martin. I gave it a go, but it never really grabbed me. I’m no prude (far from it!), but there was just too much sex and violence.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Failed Batches

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

8 Tips to Feel Better About Yourself.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for feeling better about yourself. First came the self-esteem movement -- then came the backlash to the self-esteem movement. What's pretty clear is we don’t get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling ourselves how great we are, or even from other people telling us how great we are.

Lose with Dignity. Celebrate with Grace. (Part II)

On December 31, 1967, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys met on Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship. Later dubbed the “Ice Bowl,” temperatures hovered at 13 degrees below zero, the turf was as hard as rock, whistles stuck in referees’ mouths, and members of the halftime band were sent to the hospital for hypothermia.

Ikea doors turned into unique pieces for the home!

Materials: A cupboard door from the "as-is" section at Ikea, acrylic paints, drill, various knobs, sandpaper and stain or glaze Description: We took this plain old cupboard door from the "as-is" section at Ikea ($3!) and sanded it down to remove the varnish. After wiping the dust off, we painted with a cream spray paint until it was all covered (about 2 coats).

Lack on wheels

Materials: Ikea Lack table and Ikea textile, 4 litle wheels, Powertex, paint, varnish Description: Put textile on table with Powertex (4 layers). Let dry for a few days. Then put a finishing coat of varnish. Paint the table legs first with primer, then choose colors and let dry. Put a finishing coat of varnish. Assemble little wheels on table legs. Put table legs on table....