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By Brett Kelly

Lack Drafting Table

Nate turns his Lack table into a drafting table. My Lack table started to show some wear, so I replaced it with a different bedside table. I turned the old Lack table into a drafting table for my design work. The extra legs made great pencil holders that match the finish. The entire project requires 2 hinges, 8 screws, a bit of super glue, and an elementary understanding of Trig."

One Life, One Cup

As you may know, Japan has lower per capita carbon emissions than any Western European country. For that reason, I asked my friend, Sean Saskamoto, who recently moved to Japan and who blogs at I'd Rather Be In Japan, to check in with us every so often.

Zen Apps: Desktop Tools to Organize Your Brain

Great believers in the power of organization to drive productive creativity, we’re always on the look out for new (and preferably free) tech applications that can help us stay on track, improve focus, or just waste less time on the unimportant stuff.Here, we run down a few recent faves that are helping us magnify our ability to make ideas happen:Evernote. A one-stop system for visual filing.

Tuesday at 3pm Is the Most Agreeable Meeting Time

A few great takeaways from When Is Good's study regarding maximizing meeting times.

Battling Bacne

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Dil Uppal. For more skin care tips for men, check out Mr. Uppal’s blog: SCforM. Bacne. It’s an unpleasant word to write and to read and yet unfortunately we must as this is one of the most common forms of acne you’ll find on a man.

So You So Want My Job: Army Scout

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. Today we hear from one of the dedicated men serving our country in the Armed Forces.

14 Simple Tips for Super Fast Web Browsing

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Never Eat Alone: Find Mentors, Find Mentees, Repeat

This is the fifteenth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Eight Excellent Tips for Living that My Parents Gave Me.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight excellent tips for living my parents gave me. My mother: --“Stay calm.” My mother probably reminds of this three or four times each time I see her. I really need this advice. Every day. --“The things that go wrong often make the best memories.” My mother told me this when we were getting ready for my wedding.

Striving for Genius

Thomas Malthus ( 1766 – 1834) had a theory that continual increase in the world population would eventually cause food demand to outpace supply, and a collapse that would push the survivors back to subsistence farming conditions.

Debt Advice – The Facts

It’s a complex world, but most of us still manage to get on with it: whatever our job may be, we turn up every day and tackle the challenges that come our way. When it comes to debt, though, it’s not so straightforward. Many people end up with serious debt problems they just don’t know how to deal with.

Best of Personal Finance: Alaska Doesn't Want You

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We look at why Alaska really doesn't want you (unless you have a job, that is) and how you can choose the right type of baby carrier for your little bundle.

Unitasker Wednesday: Chef’n Garlic Zoom

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I want to start with the obvious, and that is the name of this product. Most multi-tasking or high-utility kitchen products have simple names that begin with lowercase letters: skillet, oven, knife, plate.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Opting to stay in a small urban spaceThe New York Times recently published the article “Move Up? Move Out?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bookshelf Edition

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have much of a desire to collect books. I keep a small pile of reference books around for information and inspiration, and I have a handful of books I’m sure I’ll re-read in the future.