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By Chanpory Rith

Daily Links: Empire Builder Edition

Howdy, everyone. I’m writing to you from my sleeper compartment aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, which runs from Chicago to Portland. Chris Guillebeau and I have been traveling westward for 24 hours now, and have passed through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We’re now entering Montana (our train is behind schedule), and have another day or so left to ride.

Making Web Video That Sells: eBook Review

With the ever expanding growth of high speed internet connections, video is cropping up on most major websites more and more.

The Stuff Rich People Throw Away Is Often Better Than the Stuff I Keep

An old friend of mine sent me some pictures of her refinished living room. In it, I noticed a few interesting items – an obviously expensive leather couch and a elegantly weathered old Victrola. Curiosity got the best of me and I wrote her back asking about those two items. Where did she pick them up?

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 10 Ways to Improve your Home Office Cheaply

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share tips for jazzing up your home office on a budget, how to throw a killer LEGO birthday bash, and 33 free things to do in L.A.! Top 5 Articles 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Home Office Cheaply — It starts with a plant, and the rest is just about as easy (and affordable).

Lack spring table

If you're looking to add a splash of colour for Spring, here's an easy and cheap way to do it. Sandra shows us how on her Lack bedside table. I took a white Lack side table I had and some post cards (from postal free), glued them on the table and bought a glass piece to put on the top.

Six Tips for Forcing Yourself to Tackle a Dreaded Task.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Six tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task. It's a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn't always make me feel happy. Often, I know I'd be happier if I do something I really don't feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing that email. Going to the gym.

Unitasker Wednesday: The fire extinguisher

Most of our Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes. This one is not. Although they are often used as impromptu weapons in movie fight scenes, a fire extinguisher has but one proper and intended use. In spite of this unfortunate limitation, you probably need more than one of them in your home.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Christoph Niemann’s My Life With CablesArtist Christoph Niemann reflected on his relationship with cables and wires on the New York Times blog Abstract City. Toronto architects utilizes under stair storageTwo Toronto architects make the most of available space with drawers built into their staircase. Another option in space-saving laddersThe 5′ Compact Ladder collapses down to ro

The Secret to Making Life Decisions With Too Many Options

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cath Duncan of Mine Your Resources. You’ve been offered a long-awaited promotion and pay rise in the company you’re working for and at the same time you spot an exciting opportunity to make a horizontal move into an industry you’ve always been curious and passionate about but never worked in before.

10 Tips to Save You from an ATM Skimmer

By Paul Michael If you don’t yet know the term “skimmer,” put it in your vocabulary. The skimmer is becoming more and more widespread, and most of us will, sooner or later, come into contact with one. If you don’t have your wits about you, it could cost you a bunch of cash. As technology gets more advanced, so do the crooks trying to take advantage of it.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Keedoozle Edition

I’m always fascinated by ideas that are attempted way before their time. My favorite one recently has to do with grocery stores. In the 1930s (!), there was an attempt at opening a chain of fully automated grocery stores (called Keedoozle). In a Keedoozle, all of your dry goods were displayed in glass cases in the store and you could examine them by flipping a switch to rotate them.

Lack retro media cabinet

I'm loving what Jeff in LA did with the Lack shelving unit. The sliding doors and hairpin legs are just perfect. He says, "After discovering your site and seeing some of the other lack media cabinet hacks, I thought I'd send some photos of my own.

forScore app brings sheet music to the iPad

Although I’m still somewhat skeptical of the iPad, I can’t help but be very impressed by a small number of new and forthcoming applications being developed for the platform.

How I Generate Extra Income by Letting Strangers Pay My Rent

This is a guest post from Rebecca Rosenfelt, the founder of RealSavvyRealEstate.com, a website devoted to demystifying the home buying process for first-time home buyers. I almost never pay the entirety of my rent. I don’t have roommates and I’ve never been evicted. In the four years I rented a one-bedroom New York City apartment, I paid the full rent only one month.

Behind The Leader: Robin Sharma on Leading Without a Title

Today’s guest on the Behind The Leader podcast series is Robin Sharma. Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc. (SLI), a global training firm on a mission to help people in organizations Lead Without a Title. His clients include many of the best-known companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nike, FedEx, IBM, BP, KPMG and GE.