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Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Chip Finger

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There are folks out there who don’t like picking up potato chips with their hands. Chips are greasy! Your hands could be dirty! And if you have a cut, the salt can sting!

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Memorizing Poetry Edition

All through my life, I’ve spent time memorizing various poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. anyone lived in a pretty how town by e. e. cummings. Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman (probably my favorite). I like the way the sounds roll off the tongue and paint pictures. I like reciting them (or pieces of them) to my children.

Ornate custom dry erase board

Materials: Ung Drill Frame, Snow & Graham Paper Description: 1. Spray paint frame with several (plus several more!) coats of white gloss paint 2. Cut paper and spray glue to cardboard backing 3. Draw Samoyed with white gel pen on vellum paper 4. Cut out 5. Glue to front of paper background 6. clean glass and put everything together 7.

Child Care Options for Freelancers

One of the benefits that many freelancers with families cite is the ability to stay home with the kids: you can save a fortune on daycare if you have kids just by working from home and not sending the kids elsewhere. But there are situations in which having the kids at home all day may not work out.

Nest 8 saves space in the kitchen

Joseph Joseph’s Nest 8 collection of nesting kitchen items is a fantastic way to save space in your cupboards: The Nest 8 collection includes four measuring cups (sizes 1-, 1/2-, 1/3-, and 1/4-cup), a sieve, a colander, a small mixing bowl, and a large mixing bowl. They also make a nice, lay-flat colander: We’ve written about the Joseph Joseph cheese grater before, and it seems tha

Surprising Secrets of the Cheapskates Next Door

This is a guest post from Jeff Yeager, author of the newly-published The Cheapskate Next Door. Yeager calls himself the Ultimate Cheapskate — and his wife agrees. Yeager is also a contributor at Wise Bread and on the Early Retirement forums. “Sure, we could afford to spend more, but why would we?

The Senate decides to do nothing about climate change... and what you can do

I am so frustrated to have to say that the Senate leadership has decided not to bring a bill to the floor to do something about climate change this session. Here is what my friend Gillian Caldwell from 1Sky has to say on the subject, and I agree with her down the line: I am furious and frustrated.

Behind the Scenes of FreelanceSwitch with Collis!

Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful.

From CEOs to Opera Singers – How to Harness the “Superstar Effect”

Sumo stable in Tokyo, Japan: you don’t need to be a superstar to use the Superstar Effect. The following is a guest post by Cal Newport, MIT Ph.D and all-around whiz on competing against the odds.

14 Famous Man Rooms

In reading about the lives of history’s great men, one thing I’ve noticed is that many of them had a place they could go to be alone with their thoughts. Some of these men had a study where they would retreat to think, read, and write. Others had a garage or workshop where they would tinker and experiment. But what all these rooms had in common was their sheer manliness.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice for Young Creatives

Living the life of a creative isn't easy. 99% Conference attendees share some of their hard-won lessons learned to help the next generation get a head start.

the best goal is no goal

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. The idea of having concrete, achievable goals seem to be deeply ingrained in our culture.

Fwd: rainbow bed

Materials: Eina, duct tape Description: We wanted a bed for our 4-year-old son, and after purchasing a second-hand disaster that kept falling apart on us, we decided to go for something simple. IKEA! The only problem is that we didn't really like any of their twin beds, and the space in our son's room was tight. So we bought a simple Eina bed, but wanted to spruce it up.

Gifts and Choices

Recently, I came across (via jason kottke) a brilliant commencement speech given at Princeton by Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. The main focus of Bezos’ speech was the difference between gifts and choices. Here’s an excerpt: What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.

Productivity Lagging? Take a Siesta

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’ve discovered that one of the biggest benefits to being a full-time freelancer can be one of its drawbacks: setting ones own schedule. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the reason I wanted to get into freelancing in the first place, but I keep wondering if I’m working enough. Am I getting enough done in a day?