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By The Unclutterer Team

How to Decide What to Include in Your Portfolio

Remember when you graduated from school or first decided to become a freelancer?  You likely didn’t have much work to show and had to scramble to fill your portfolio.  If you now have a few years under your belt, you’ve probably started to build up quite a collection of finished pieces. The importance of having a professional portfolio website has been discussed on FreelanceSwitch &

Burn calories, not fossil fuels!

First off, the No Impact Project is looking to recruit more interns. Please read about it here. Now, onwards...So funny. Lately, I've been asked if eschewing elevators in favor of the stairs during the no impact year wasn't a bit extreme?

Does Aerobic Exercise Make You Smarter?

How and why strenuous exercise changes the structure of the brain and affects our thinking.

Can Curation Save Media?

Or more importantly, what is the future of digital curation?

How to Make Solving Problems Fun

"People do what they choose to do. And if you want people to choose to do something, make it fun."

Lucid Dreaming: A Beginner’s Guide

John Smith making another title look like child’s play (no audio) From 1994-1995 I had the great pleasure of training with wrestling legend John Smith, 2-time gold medalist and 4-time world champion (domestic freestyle record of 80-0; international freestyle record of 100-5). He was famous for his low leg attacks that made even Olympic finals look like textbook demonstrations. The problem w

Help the United States be a leader again!

There's sad news coming from the climate talks taking place at the United Nations, this week, but I've learned that I am not powerless and I can help change it. You can too!According to the New York Times:Officials of several European countries have cited what they see as a lack of political will on the part of the United States to adequately address climate change.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #1: We Who Are Alive and Remain

Well, I finally decided to start an Art of Manliness podcast. Many of you have requested that we crank something out so you can get your daily dose of manliness during your commute or while you’re exercising. Now please keep in mind that I have zero experience with podcasting. So this first go of it is a little rough.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 21: Job-Hunting Skills

On this week’s installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with Michael Hampton, the director of Career Development at Western Oregon University. (We also had a lively parallel chatroom discussion this week.) Network, network, network Our discussion stressed the importance of networking.

Business Card Doodles

Perhaps the most well-known post in the history of The Simple Dollar is Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards. That article was borne out of my attempt to summarize my views on personal finance down to five small illustrations – and it was a big hit. Whenever I go to meetings, I tend to wind up with lots of business cards.

If I Came to Your Town, Would You Come See Me?

As I may have casually mentioned once or twice before, I have a book coming out in December. Yes, it’s true! Although it’s still very early, it’s time to think about the book tour. Although we’re all familiar with the idea of author appearances at local bookstores, writers are doing far, far less touring than they did in the past.

A Good Boot: The Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot Giveaway

For centuries, when a man needed extra support and protection for his feet, he would lace up a good pair of boots. Your grandpa or great-grandpa probably had a solid pair of leather boots in his shoe collection. During the frontier days, a good leather boot was an essential piece of clothing. Industrial workers did and still do wear boots to protect their dew beaters.

A Resolution I Bet You've Never Tried: Tweeting "The Waves."

I have a new (highly specific and quite idiosyncratic) happiness-project resolution, “Use Twitter to send out a daily quotation from Virginia Woolf’s brilliant novel, The Waves.” I’m haunted by a line from Carl Jung, “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” I often feel this way when I read or see a work of art that I love – I want to enter into it, play with it, ma

TIP: To-Do Email Folder

I gave up trying to keep a clean email inbox years ago.  Everything I had read said that I should sort anything I needed into folders and keep my inbox clean, but I finally just gave up. I finally decided on keeping anything that might be slightly important in my inbox where I can search for it.  It turns out that, for me, this is far more productive than trying to move things around and categ

When You Don’t Know, You Will Pay The Higher Price

A “factory manager” at a local factory called-in an “outside emergency maintenance guy” because one of his machines had “broken.”  The maintenance guy arrived at the factory shortly after receiving the call.  The “factory manager” then explained the problem he was experiencing to the “maintenance guy.”  The maintenance guy responded, “I know exactly what the problem is,