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By Jules

How to Clean Like a Man

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber. Part of becoming a man is picking up after yourself. Your mom used to do that for you. Being a man means doing it yourself. You could be the best dressed guy in town with an endless bankroll, but if your home looks like a 14 year old lives there, you’re dead in the eyes of women.

First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?

What looked like the Achilles heel of the first-generation iPad – its lack of multitasking – may be its biggest advantage. In short, you have to focus.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally la

Video: Stop the Nagging. You'll Be Happier!

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month’s theme was Fun. Last week's theme was to Start a collection. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Picking a Job Title on Business Cards

In the freelance world, you have the freedom to put whatever you want on your business card.  The job position you choose will show your audience a glimpse of what they can expect from you and your company. We’ve shared some templates for you to create your own business card, and some great examples of unique business cards, but what you call yourself is as important as the visual appeal of yo

Ivar bookshelf

Materials: Ivar verticals, Ivar shelves, 6mm dowels, twine, varnish Description: When we left the last city we lived in and sold all of our Ikea furniture, I swore "No more pressboard. No more low-end Ikea.

The Simple Joys of Smaller Living

‘Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.’ ~Walter Hagen Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Victoria Vargas of Smaller Living. We all know that we need to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the small joys in our lives.

Malma meets Venice

Materials: Malma mirror, mosaic tiles, tile nippers, glue, grout, husband to pour the wine Description: We moved into a place with a hideous little bathroom. As a gift to myself, I decided to defy our rental agreement and paint. The bathroom had two colours of blue tile, and we had a pair of beautiful masks from Venice, so I decided to use our $2.99 pine Malma mirror to tie it all together.

Are you productively or destructively wasting time?

I’m a proponent of wasting time when it feeds a greater purpose, such as when it recharges your body and mind, strengthens a relationship, or introduces you to a new way of looking at things.

Personal Philanthropy: Twenty Ways to Improve the World, Even If You’re Broke

So often, people assume that charity and philanthropy mean stretching an already-tight budget even further. “If I donated $100 to the food kitchen, I’d have to start using the food kitchen!” goes the common train of thought.

In Newport, but Not of It

An intimate portrait (and house tour in Newport) of Richard Wurman, creator of TED.

Twyla’s Box: It’s Where Everything Goes

Great post on Twyla Tharp's approach to nurturing ideas.

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

No such thing as a visual learner? Research upends what we thought we knew about learning styles.

The Job Reply I Want to Write

Many of us do things that aren’t particularly healthy.

Rasterbator wall mount collage

Materials: 1x Tacksam Curtain rod set, 1x Dignitet curtain ring with clip Description: 1: - measure your wall, make your photo collage with rasterbator and laminate your prints (I laminated mines matte). *Tip: place a little number on the back of the prints for ordering, you can lose track of the order and start assembling a jigsaw out of the prints.