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By Brett McKay

Workspace of the Week: Mint condition modern

This week’s Workspace of the Week is John Megadeth’s home office: Organized is not synonymous with new, and this week’s workspace is a perfect example of how older furniture can continue to work perfectly in the present.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Computer Time and Multiple Bids

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at charging for tying up your computer and what to do when you win multiple bids at once. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Ask the Readers: Should We Rent or Should We Buy?

Is it better to rent or buy? We’ve discussed this age-old housing question several times in the past, but it’s always been on a theoretical level.

Mini Bench Coffee Table from Frosta Stool

Materials: Frosta Stool, Screws, Screwdriver Description: These are Frosta stools (a copy of an Alvar Alto stool for Artek) hacked into small coffee tables by moving the legs around (and using it differently than intended). I did not make these, I just saw them outside a place called Tully's Cafe on the corner of Götgatan and Högbergsgatan in Stockholm, and thought I'd submit them.

How to Buy and Restore Vintage Straight Razors

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sebastian Sandersius. When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly goes to your great-grandpa’s tool of choice: the straight-edge razor. You may have thought about owning one, but immediately dismissed the idea for a host of reasons.

The 5 Keys to Success

Someone once said, “The key to happiness is having dreams.  The key to success is making your dreams’ come true.”  Today I want to talk about making your dreams come true.  I want to talk about five keys that will help turn your dreams into reality. Without further adieu…. 5 Must Read Keys to Success: 1.

Hacker help: How to attach laminate flooring to Pax?

Back on June 13, 2008, someone posted a piece about using Pax wardrobes as a room divider (Bedroom series #5: Room dividers for your bedroom).  My daughter wants to do this, but I'm not sure how to attach the laminate flooring to the backs of the cabinets.  Is there any way to find out how this was done?  Thanks. ~ John

Art/Chalkboard from IKEA Scratch-and-Dent Pieces

Materials: 2 cabinet doors from IKEA's scratch-and-dent section Description: I found two great cabinet doors in the scratch-and-dent section at my local IKEA. They were begging me to take them home! One of the doors had two glass panels, and the other had one glass panel and one wood panel. I've been looking for some way to display my son's artwork, so I had an idea.

Asker Patchwork

Materials: Asker hanging containers, pretty Japanese paper, Mod Podge, paint brush Description: Once upon a time these containers looked nice and white. However, after a few months of hanging above our kitchen bench for cutlery storage they became scratched and well, not so nice looking. Mod Podge and Japanese paper to the rescue! I love this stuff!

Hero Training: The Lift an Object Off Someone in Distress Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

The First Word Is Always the Hardest

One of the most valuable personal finance tools in our repertoire is communication. Communication with your boss. Communication with your partner. Communication with your children. Communication with the IRS. Communication with your friends. Communication with a retailer. Communicating well with these people is incredibly valuable.

Free Round-Trip Tickets with British Airways Card (or, J.D. Discovers Travel Hacking)

Yesterday, I met with a group of local Portland bloggers to plan for world domination. Over the past year, we’ve met regularly to organize an upcoming conference for readers of Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity. Usually our conversation is focused on gift bags and tour groups and the absolute racket that is event catering. ($15 cups of coffee? Give me that job, please.

Personal Outsourcing Caveats

Asian Efficiency has a nice post on personal outsourcing. The article makes some good points, but it falls into a few common traps. I’d recommend reading the article and then coming back here to read my list of gotchas when it comes to personal outsourcing. 1.

"It's Helpful to Remember the Younger Version of Me Because It Reminds Me To Feel Grateful When I Want To Be Snotty."

Interview: Mindy Kaling. I'm a gigantic fan of Mindy Kaling. I love her in The Office, as Kelly Kapoor (Mindy not only stars in the show, but also writes and produces); I love her on Twitter (@mindykaling); and I've already pre-ordered her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Reader Mailbag: Television

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Employee Stock Purchase Program help 2. Divorce mess (and follow up) 3. Unsure about next steps 4. Understanding tax brackets 5. A big mess of debt 6. Student loans or mortgage 7. Retirement path 8.