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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Post-Book Lull Edition

After turning in my book a week ago, some of my friends who had already published books wrote to me with an interesting point.

The Part-time Professional Photographer

Like many people on this blog, I’ve dreamed of becoming a professional photographer. Then I looked at the realities of the photo business.

Are You Treating Your Computer Better Than You Treat Yourself?

Most of us work and play at our computers. We might abuse them from time to time, but we try to take good care of them. We install virus-protection software, we carry our laptops in a special case, we reboot the computer when it’s getting slow, and so on.

Yarn! Was that a dining table?

Misty takes the Ingo dining table yarns away from its original purpose. "I needed a weaving loom that was long enough to weave a scarf on. I had never whipped up a loom and only weaved on those little student frame looms in the past. I saw my Ingo table and realized that it would work for an impromptu loom.

How to Establish a Credit History Without Losing Your Shirt

This is a guest post from Adam Jusko, founder of IndexCreditCards.com, an information and comparison site for credit cards that maintains a list of over 1200 cards.

Brilliant UK electrical plug concept saves space

I spent nearly twenty minutes wiping coffee off my computer monitor yesterday after performing a Danny Thomas spit-take while watching this amazing video of a proposed design for a United Kingdom 3-pin electrical plug for a laptop. I really hope this product eventually makes it to the manufacturing stage, as it’s one of the best examples of space-saving industrial design that we’v

Dieter Rams. 10 Design Principles.

File under classics: Dieter Rams' design manifesto (via @designobserver)

A More Practical Creative Sabbatical

Advice on taking a practical "Creative Sabbatical," per Stefan Sagmeister's practice.

License to Wonder

A good, brief article on how gathering the data is only part of finding the solution.

Daily Links: Frequent Flyer Master Edition

As many of you know, my pal Chris Guillebeau is crazy. He’s been to 119 countries, and he just keeps on flying. He wants to see them all before he turns 35 (in April 2013). As you can imagine, Chris has accumulated a hell of a lot of frequent flyer miles over the past few years. He says he currently has 676,583 miles in eight accounts. But not all of these come from flying.

How to Escape a Sinking Car

Last week, 3 college softball players in North Dakota drowned when the jeep in which they were riding became submerged in a pond merely 12 feet in depth. While their deaths are still being investigated, authorities say that foul play was not a factor;  it was simply an unfortunate and tragic accident. What surprised me after reading the report is how frequently such accidents occur.

7 Keys to Reading Faster

Photo by Nathiya Prathnadi (see her camera tote and simple jewelry) By Scott Young Want to read faster? In this article, I’m going to share the lessons I learned that doubled my reading rate, allowed me to consume over 70 books in a year and made me a smarter reader.

Happiness: Summing Up a Big Idea in a Short Sentence.

Although it may seem reductive, I think people grasp and remember great truths better when they’re snappily summed up. I love epigrams, aperçus, apothegms, and aphorisms of all sorts, and I try to to sum up my happiness conclusions in catchy, yet of course profound, axioms. My greatest success so far: The days are long, but the years are short. That short sentence says it all.

How I Use My Net Worth as a Psychological Carrot

I like keeping score. Keeping score is an easy way for me to know how well I’m doing. It lets me judge, in a very clear way, whether I’m improving and whether I’m making forward progress towards my goals. For a long time, I was obsessed with keeping score in various aspects of my life against other people. I’d keep score with the various gadgets we had.

Your Employer Owes You Nothing

I see many people working a normal job with the idea that if they work hard they will be rewarded for their good service. That isn’t the way it works. Your employer owes you nothing. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked at the job or how loyal you’ve been.