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By Jules

Rack for your Pc/Hi-fi system

Materials: 1/2 Ikea Lack (small), 2 Ikea Lack (medium), 1 box Ikea Capita (16cm, 4 pcs), glue Description: Mount Lack one over the other (start with medium Lack). Use little shelves as base, and the other using capita legs as in photo. You can also use a small Lack under the shelf on the floor to enforce it. (but it's not necessary if you don't plan to use it with heavy items).

Video: Get Some Exercise (But It Doesn't Have To Be Very Much).

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Body. Last week’s resolution was to Get enough sleep. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

A Simple Guide for a Mindful Digital Life

‘Two thoughts cannot coexist at once: if the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight.’ ~ Nyanaponika There Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology. Ever feel like you’re two different people? You get up in the morning, eat your breakfast, and go to work.

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Digital Writing Routine

This post is brought to you by Hyundai. Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What’s this? Tis the age of clickety clack. Well, more like just clickety. When modern man writes these days, chances are he’s hammering away at his computer’s keyboard or working his thumbs over his phone’s keypad.

Doesn’t Take Much

On Sunday, I published a post called Comeupins.Within seconds, I started getting emails, DMs on twitter, messages on Facebook and comments saying “stop the presses, change the spelling before too many people see it.” And I genuinely appreciated so many people looking out for me.

Hultet-framed Clock

Materials: 18" Hultet dish, Discontinued Ikea clock, drill, wire, dowels Description: I needed a nice clock for my bamboo-themed bathroom, but nothing seemed quite grand enough. My boyfriend happened to have an old round wall clock he had purchased from Ikea a few years ago (I forget the name of it now, it has since been discontinued).

When whimsy and utility collide

As a child, I loved to go to story time at the public library. The storyteller would come in costume — typically a supporting character from that week’s story — and a few dozen children and I would gather and intently listen to the tale.

Prove It: Handling Tests and Spec Requests from Clients

Credit: ilco on StockXchng I was called recently about a freelance job for a local corporate entity and met to speak with the marketing director. After a few days, I received an e-mail informing me I was one of six “finalists” for the assignment. The message contained a list of several advertising campaigns, a rebranding of the logo, signage and billboards.

Beethoven Grono Lamp

Materials: Grono lamp, sheet music, double-sided tape Description: I love the shape (and price) of the Grono lamps, but they're extremely white and harsh! To soften them up for my living room, I stuck double-sided tape on the bottom, top, and middle of all four sides of the lamp.

The Power of Patience

When I was young, I had no patience. I wanted everything, and I wanted it now. No wonder, then, that I found myself with over $20,000 in credit-card debt just a few years out of college. I was spending to obtain a lifestyle that I wouldn’t be able to afford until I was older. Much older. I’m not the only one with this problem.

Succeed By Making A Promise To Yourself

At the time of writing this article, I’m sick. I’ve had a fever of around 100 for the past few days, and it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Even though I should probably be in bed, I gave my word to myself, and that’s something I’ll never break. I said, “Fred, you will write one article every day, no matter what.

How to Make a Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Emergency Evacuation Survival Kit

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether a natural disaster or one caused by man.   A ‘Bug Out Bag’ is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the journey to your destination once youR

"What's THE Key to Happiness?" "What's the Biggest Happiness Myth?" and Other Questions About Happiness.

As an intellectual challenge, I often pose questions to myself like,"What's the key to happiness?" As Lytton Strachey observed, "Perhaps the best test of a man's intelligence is his capacity for making a summary." The subject of happiness can feel complex and overwhelming; forcing myself to answer fairly simplistic questions in a few words helps me clarify my thinking.

Spare Change: Paranormal Romance Edition

Last week, Novelr profiled Amanda Hocking, whom they dubbed the very rich indie writer. Hocking is a 26-year-old woman who writes “paranormal romance” novels and publishes them herself through Amazon’s Kindle store.

Some Thoughts on “How to Make Money in Six Easy Steps”

A few days ago, I read Jason Fried’s wonderful article How to Make Money in Six Easy Steps. The article details Fried’s growth as an entrepreneur from a young child to running the successful software firm 37signals. Fried’s “six easy steps” are as follows: 1. Understanding the buyer is the key to being a strong seller 2. It’s all about passion 3.