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By Tim Ferriss

The convenient Light Switch Rack

I spotted the Light Switch Rack in a recent Museum of Modern Art Store catalog, and immediately started to think about all of the places I could use it in my home and office: The rack, which is designed by Paul Koh, fits over your lightswitch, and then you attach your switch plate to the front of it.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Next Project Edition

Now that my book is finished, I’ve decided to embark on another big time-consuming project, but this one is a little different. I’m a big fan of online banks. I think they’re an incredibly powerful tool for helping you with your personal savings.

Office storage from kitchen and bath units

This is great use of a space with a sloping ceiling. Jay turns it into a fabulous work station with ample book storage. "I wanted a solid built-in office solution with heavy duty wall-mounted bookshelves above a long (12') counter top/desk/workspace with ample storage that would fit into an 18" deep nook under a sloped ceiling.

DMCA: Is It a Muzzle or Security?

Since the advent of the Internet as a wide-open information conduit there has been a lot of worry amongst legislators, media corporations, and others with a stake in preventing content piracy to create a law that would add teeth to copyright for electronic communications. The long discussions, lobbying, and heated arguments between interested parties were loud and public.

Ask the Readers: What Do You Do for Frugal Fun?

I used to wonder why my colleagues’ blogs became strangely silent when they were working on their books. Haha. I don’t wonder anymore. Writing a book is an all-consuming process that’s difficult to describe.

The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” - Albert Einstein Post written by Leo Babauta.

Do You Do Your Most Important Work First?

A look into priorities -- do you believe in getting the tough stuff out of the way, or saving it for later?

World Building in a Crazy World

A wonderfully deep and thoughtful piece from past 99 interview subject Jonathan Harris. A choice quote: "We trade self-reflection for busyness, gorging ourselves on it and drowning in it, without recognizing the violence of that busyness."

LINK: I Will Teach You To Be Rich – 6 Week Boot Camp

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich launched his automate your finances boot camp today. The curriculum is pretty solid. I believe having your personal finances in good shape is the hull of your Entrepreneurship (see what I did there?) If you are stressing a lot about finances or spending too much time managing your personal financial world it becomes hard to focus on your business.

Toolmanship: How to Use a Handsaw

Share Today we return to our monthly series called Toolmanship. The goal of this series is to pass on the basics of tool use to a generation of men who never got around to learning how to be handy. In this edition, we take a look at how to properly use a handsaw.

Freelance Radio, Episode 39: A Typical Freelance Day

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about a typical day. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Taking your Business on The Road: How to Work While Traveling

One of my favourite things about being a freelancer is the flexibility it brings. Having control of who you work for and when is one of the boundless joys of freelancing.

Some Questions About My Upcoming Book

As I announced on Twitter a few days ago, I recently turned in the manuscript for my upcoming second book.

Hugging Kids and Drinking Pinot Noir -- But Not Going Blonde.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Personal Development: An Essential Key

Is there an ‘essential key’ to personal development? One without which the ‘unlocking’ of your potential might be difficult if not impossible? If we define personal development as growth involving the mind and the body, then ‘yes’ – I think there is. Without this ‘key’ personal growth is slow, and sluggish.