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By Jules

Melodi for the birds

Materials: Melodi Lamp, shape print out, stencil sheets, stencil knife, thin brush, acrylic paint, tape Description: When I bought this lamp, I already knew it was in for some changes. I didn't know exactly what I'd be doing, but then a light bulb went off (pun intended): stenciling! I found the images that I wanted online, adjusted the sizes and printed them.

Un-Procrastination Book by Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta has written a nice little ebook called Un-Procrastination. If you struggle with procrastination this is a very good resource.  I’ve seen a lot of stuff written on procrastination that basically says, “I never procrastinate and here is how to be like me.”  Leo is a bit more realistic and admits that sometimes he even likes to procrastinate.

Ask Unclutterer: How to break up with stuff after a breakup

Reader Ellen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I recently ended a very long-term relationship and I have no idea what to do with the gifts I was given over the last ten years.

Ad Ingenium Faciendum

The Latin phrase that serves as the title of this post means simply “toward the building of character.” Character isn’t something that’s often discussed on personal finance sites in a direct fashion, but character certainly is a key component in financial and professional success. What exactly do I mean by character?

An Underground Alternative to Entrepreneurship

How many times have you come up with great ideas for products or entire businesses, but bailed on them because you didn’t want to be the one who had to take on the risk, the overhead, the complexity, the sleepless nights of building a business around them?What if you could spend your time dreaming up nutty ideas and get paid for that and only that?

Workspace of the Week: Serene home office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Zach’s setup: This office instantly caught my attention because the majority of the external peripherals are identical to the ones I have. After looking at it for a minute, I realized that it does a nice job of keeping clutter at bay.

Classic grasscloth headboard

Materials: Hemnes queen bed frame, Anno Sanela blind, pre-finished polystyrene molding, liquid nails, saw and miter box, and clamps Description: We bought the Hemnes bedroom furniture suite but recently started feeling tired of the baby crib-like bars at the top of the headboard, especially since that's all we could see of the headboard once all of the bed pillows were in place.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Pseudonyms and Secondary Services

Credit: Siew Yi Liang on Flickr In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at names and secondary services, in two questions from the same person. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

42 Goals in 42 Months

I’m not big on holidays. They seem fabricated — an excuse to sell stuff. Thanksgiving is a big exception. So too are birthdays. I think everyone should celebrate birthdays in a big way. For me this year, that means commandeering Get Rich Slowly to go a little off topic. I’m not writing about money today.

How to Lose Weight in One Minute

Grooving to the Clock – 1 Minute Interval Workout Working out can get stagnant and boring if you’re constantly doing the same routine over and over.  It also gets monotonous for your body and muscles; you gain less and plateau quickly.  To get the type of fitness results and body most people are looking for; athletic, muscular and toned, it helps to get your heart rate up w

How To Get More Done At Work By Doing Less

We're all busy. At any one moment most of us have a ton of different tasks that need to be wrapped up before the end of the day or the end of the week.Now most of us are capable of doing a large volume of work. Our ability is rarely the limiting factor when it comes to being productive and getting stuff done at work.

Behind the Scenes: How to Make a Movie Trailer for Your Product (or Book)

I first met filmmaker Adam Patch, courtesy of David Brundage on Facebook, over Thai food in San Francisco. It was a warm evening in the Mission district, a good omen and unusual blessing.

Why Get Married At All? Finances and Cohabitation

Last week, I wrote an article discussing reasons why the idea that men shouldn’t get married for financial reasons was false.

3-in-1 Expedit Kitchen Counter

Materials: Expedit Shelf, Vika Amon Table Top, Capita Legs Description: So my wife and I were setting up our first home, and it's a small but beautiful white box of a place with a minimalist excuse of a kitchen along one wall of the living room. We figured we needed some sort of dining table, plus more kitchen counter space, space to work at our laptops, plus general storage...

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #36: The Decline of Males with Dr. Lionel Tiger

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode, we talk to Dr. Lionel Tiger, author of the book, The Decline of Males: The First Look at an Unexpected New World for Men and Women. Dr. Tiger is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University.