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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Milton Glaser on Design Ethics

What are designers willing to do for a job? Milton Glass talks bending the truth, intentions, and life choices.

10 Keys To Be A Becoming a Better Communicator

A few weeks ago, I met up with an acquaintance, B, for lunch. Throughout the lunch, I couldn't help but feel there was some sort of communication breakdown. He would cut me off even though I was still talking. He kept offering unwanted advice and opinions, even though I was not asking for help. It became quite frustrating just 15 minutes into the conversation.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Daddle

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Oh, Daddle, you are one of the most special unitaskers I have encountered: I don’t even know what to say. I’m at a complete loss for words. Or, rather, at a loss for words that are appropriate for a family-friendly website.

8 Tips for Boosting Your Energy RIGHT NOW.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for boosting your energy RIGHT NOW. It’s hard to feel happy when you’re dragging around. Simple tasks seem overwhelming, people seem annoying, and nothing seems fun. Lots of good results flow from having plenty of energy. Life just seems more manageable.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Side Writings Edition

As some of you know, I have an off-and-on side gig writing for OPEN Forum, a website that focuses on small business issues. I mostly write about small business frugality – how to reduce your spending without reducing the quality of your business – but I often touch on other topics.

The "Sweden meets Italy" decoupage chair collection

Materials: chair, prints of paintings, PVA glue, varnish Description: I decoupaged my favorite Italian artists on to Ikea chairs, and then varnished them. (sorry, I don't recall the name of this particular chair; I looked online and didn't find it...could it be no longer in stock? I did these about 5 or 6 years ago.) I did 8 chairs, all by the Italian masters.

Unclutter unwanted callers from your phone

One of the reasons I dislike using the phone for work is because eleven years ago my number belonged to a guy named Dave. This Dave character isn’t a former employee, he’s just some bloke who has fallen on hard times with his bills and who constantly has creditors calling after him.

Creativity Reloaded: Why You Should Try New Creative Activities

How do you build new creative muscles? I’m not talking about flexing the ones you already have, be they writing, graphic design, web development, or illustration. I’m talking instead of completely new creative activities. Why? They’ll help you be a stronger creative person. And that’s good for you and your day job. Lessons Learned For example, I’m a writer who just started sewing.

55 Quotes To Inspire Creativity, Innovation and Action

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

The High Cost of Modern Living

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

9 Powerful Life Lessons from Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher. Confucius’ philosophy focused on issues of morality, both from a personal as well as a governmental perspective. Confucius taught concerning the correctness of social relationships, justice and equality.

Don’t Be That Guy: The Taxonomy of Lousy Male Friends

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Steve Kamb. We all know “That Guy,” and we all have at least one in our group of friends. He’s the one scalawag who is generally pleasant to hang out with except for one glaringly painful characteristic.  Although there are different species of That Guy, some far more deplorable than others, they all have one thing in common: they

100 Writing Mistakes To Avoid: eBook Review

Have you ever met a person who was kicked out of a high school English class for sarcastic remarks during grammar lessons? Well, now you have. I was never a big fan of grammar; in fact, I was pretty much its worst enemy. Fast forward to today, and in a strange twist of irony, I find myself writing for a living.

From Blog to Book: Why I Wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual

Earlier today, Trent at The Simple Dollar explored the question, “Why would a blogger write a personal-finance book?” Trent does a good job of covering some of the reasons a blogger might write a book: to reach a different audience, to expand on topics, and so on. I agree with him. I especially agree that writing a book is no way to get rich — slowly or otherwise.

The Family That Saves Together

My four year old son thinks that the way you get a new video game is by trading for it at the used video game store. At dinner time, they both eat exactly what their parents eat – and that’s considered normal, as opposed to making them a special kid-friendly meal that racks up the extra food dollars. My two year old daughter thinks that the best way to get a new book to read is to go t