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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

What Disaster School Taught Me About Freelancing

In 2003, I became a member of Tucson’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Entertainment unit from Stolmen and Lack pieces

A new take on one of hackers' favourite items, the Stolmen pole. Instead of stretching it all the way to the top, dragon_ll screws the poles to the underside of Lack shelves, which are then bolted to the wall. "Back Story - I wanted a TV unit to mount my 52" LCD.

Is Frugality a Necessary Evil?

In the comments on a recent post about peer pressure, I mentioned a quote that I’d edited from the original draft. (I write a lot of stuff that doesn’t make it into final articles. It’s as if there should be “bonus features” for GRS, like on DVDs.) Anyhow, I re-read John T.

The DumbLittleMan Guide to Colon Use

First, let is be known that we are talking about punctuation and not our friend embedded into our digestive system!Following the success of the article The DumbLittleMan Guide to Comma Use the editor decided to put me back in the lions den and gave me the go ahead to write an article on the colon.In the punctuation mark Christmas party, the colon would be considered an infrequent visitor: someone

My Bank Stole My Grocery Money

By Sierra Black Dear Wainwright Bank, You appear to have stolen my grocery money. I was surprised and alarmed to see, when I checked my bank balance this morning, that I had been charged $92.97 in overdraft fees. My statement clearly shows that no overdraft took place. I showed my bank statements to a manager at your Davis Sq branch and asked her to explain what had happened.

You Say Potato, I’ll Say Potato

Fascinating research on how Facebook impacts our actions.

Comics and Cons: Adventures on eBay

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that between writing chapters for Your Money: The Missing Manual I’ve been wrestling with eBay “customer service”. Note the quotes. It’s difficult to tell the full story in 140-character chunks, though.

Lessons in Manliness: Dalton Millican

  Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jorrit Jorritsma, the co-founder of Millican, maker of bags and outdoor products inspired by the life of Dalton Millican. Eccentricity often gets bad press.

Embracing the Unexpected

Photo by Edwin Stemp By Tina Su What do you do when things do not go your way?

Social Supply-Side Economics

Almost immediately after my article yesterday about the costs of preparing for additional children, Eileen wrote to me with a very worthwhile comment: In that article you barely mentioned the value of family and friends who will give you lots of hand-me-downs and other items.

6 Basic Tips for Buying a Bank Owned Home

By Xin Lu Currently many homes for sale are owned by banks. These properties are also known as real estate owned or REO and they have gone through the foreclosure process. Some of them are in very good condition and can be good deals. However, those who try to buy these homes will find that it is not as easy as it looks.

So You Want My Job: Ghostwriter

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. It may come as a surprise to some, but people like Andre Agassi, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Hillary Clinton, don’t write their own books.

The most important part of Mobile Email

Many people overlook the most important part of a mobile email solution.  It is easy to get caught up in the idea that it is going to be so wonderful to have access to your email where every you are.  The fact is, if you can’t delete emails from your mobile device in a way that will delete them from your desktop computer, your mobile solution is probably going to cost you more time than i

Find Your Life Purpose – The Key To Living A Truly Fulfilling Life

Image courtesy of ChangeYourLifeHacks It’s upsetting when you feel like you’ve been walking through life without a true purpose. You’re probably even jealous of those people that have always seemed to know what they were meant to do with their lives.

2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts the Unclutterers are giving

In our eighth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing gifts the Unclutterer team members are giving this holiday season. Brian: Now that our extended family is growing, we’ve agreed to limit the family gift exchanges to kids and grandparents only.