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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Downloading digital sheet music

While at her local Nordstrom’s Department Store, my friend spotted the piano player using a MusicPad Pro for his sheet music. It’s a digital device, much like a Kindle, that can hook to a special music stand or be carted around like a single piece of sheet music.

The new standard on climate change

For a long time now, James Hansen, chief NASA climatologist has been something of a voice in the dark, saying that, to avoid cataclysmic climate change, we must stabilize the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at no more than 350 parts per million (ppm).

Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop

An interesting look at stress' effect on the brain, particularly in relation to habitual behaviors.

Beware of Reactionary Workflow

As our penchant for over-communication makes reaching "Inbox Zero" increasingly unlikely, we look at some key ways to combat "reactionary workflow."

Lessons in Manliness: James J. Braddock

Boxing has always lent itself to metaphor. The idea of two men, squaring off toe to toe, battling with only their fists becomes an easy stand in for the life struggles of every man. Perhaps no boxing story has transcended the literal nature of the sport to become a grand symbol more than the story of James J. Braddock.

5 Copywriting Tips For Any Sized Business

Copywriting, according to Wikipedia is described as "getting across the perfect message, with the perfect words." When we talk about copywriting it is usually in conjunction with a promotional message; we want to promote a new idea, a person, a business or an opinion. The greatest copywriters understand that people are entirely driven by emotions.

Thrive as a Starving Writer--Lessons from the Experts

By Philip Brewer The web is full of advice for starving writers. And why not? Any writer has heard the advice "Write what you know," and one thing many writers know is about being a starving writer. Oddly, most of their advice is on writing.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #13: Good Debt, Bad Debt, No Debt

The thirteenth episode looks at the concepts of good debt, bad debt, and no debt.

Identify the Problem: I Need a Desk.

One of the biggest surprises of my happiness project has been the extraordinary effectiveness of my Eighth Commandment: Identify the problem. As strange as it sounds, I’ve learned that often I’ll suffer an unhappy situation without asking myself what the true problem is, or taking any real steps to try to solve it.

The Seven Enemies of Financial Success

Earlier today, I wrote about Brett Wilder’s The Quiet Millionaire. It’s different than most personal finance books I’ve read. It’s targeted at those who are further along their financial journeys rather than at those just starting out. Still, there are bits and pieces in The Quiet Millionaire that are applicable to everyone.

Prepare for the Worst to Save Time

It isn’t uncommon for small crises to turn into a huge time drain if you haven’t planned ahead.

Pour lighting

This is a cute one from Evan. He says, "The lamp is made from an Ikea PS Vallo watering can and an Ikea Vedum lamp, which consists of a cluster of fiber optic cords lit by LED lights at their base. I threaded the fiber optics through the spout of the watering can so it looks like the light is pouring out of the can." The Vedum appears to be discontinued.

Top 10 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Having and maintaining a positive attitude is vital for success in life and business. Zig Ziglar gets it right when he says, "It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude." Sure you need skills, but you can learn skills - in fact a positive attitude will make it much more likely that you will learn the skills necessary to succeed.

Back-to-school organizing

Rachel Ray’s website has nine great back-to-school organizing tips to help get your little ones ready for the new year in the article “Back To School Planning” by Katie Hetter. My favorite is the fourth tip: Organize your routine with fun daily checklists. Amanda Wiss uses checklists to teach her 3-year-old how to get ready for pre-school.

The Valuable Art of Media Swapping

Recently, I’ve been enjoying the first season of Mad Men on DVD. Literally dozens of readers had recommended to me and I picked up the DVD set with a gift certificate a month or so ago.