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By Brett Kelly

12 Classic and Manly Cop and Detective Shows

For over a century, cops and detectives have been icons of American masculinity.

Technical Difficulties: Spamfilter Woes

As happens from time-to-time, something has gone off the rails here at GRS.

Daily Links: Daily Routine Edition

For the first time in more than a year, I feel as if my life is under control. I’m getting things done that need to get done. I have balance.

Dealing with the Avalanche

As I mentioned in the mailbag this morning, my father had emergency surgery due to a massive infection brought about by a dirty fish hook that got embedded in his arm.

Pottery Barn inspired Ikea Hack

Materials: CD stand Description: ~ this CD shelf stood upright with attached legs/base ~ painted it out and mounted it onto brackets ~ put this above my son's drop-leaf study table (also an idea purchase) ~ stores small toys, crayons, markers etc... ~ containers were purchased (small metal planters) used scrapbooking/picture tabs to make the labels stay in place ~ voila!

INAM conference table

Materials: 2x Numerar, 2x Moliden, red oak Description: Asketic SF asked me with some help building a conference table for their new studio. They had already picket up two Numerar oak countertops and some Moliden steel legs from Ikea.

Columbus gets creative with clutter recycling program

Anyone who has ever lived in a college town knows that the end of the school year is a trash scavenger’s dream. When students move out of their dorms and apartments, they put on the curb and in large dumpsters anything they don’t wish to take with them to the next chapter of their lives.

"There's a Huge Difference Between Pleasure and Satisfaction."

Happiness interview: Tony Schwartz. Tony Schwartz's new book just hit the shelves this week: The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance. Tony is very interested in the question of how to create a work environment that helps people be not only more productive, but also more engaged, more creative, and happier.

Reader Mailbag: Distractions

Yesterday, my father had emergency surgery to relieve a big infection that started when he got a fish hook embedded in his hand and he didn’t clean the wound properly immediately. I spent most of the day distracted and worried about him (he seems to be doing okay). I mostly wandered around in a daze. I did some work, but I had a hard time staying focused. I played with my kids.

Why You Need Good Fences for your Freelance Neighbors

There’s a poem by Robert Frost that goes, “Good fences make good neighbors.” What he means is that if you see your 70-year-old neighbor climbing naked into his hot tub, you’ll probably find it more difficult to make small talk with him when you cross paths at the mailbox. The same is true for freelancers.

LACK side tables go to new heights!

Materials: Two IKEA Lack side tables. Description: I took two Lack side tables (that are far too short for any normal side table purpose) and stacked them on top of each other. I shortened the legs on the bottom side table so that my stacked tables would be just the exact right height for a nightstand next to our bed.

Once again, write in books that aren’t yours

Back in 2008, we wrote a raving review of 3M’s Sheer Colors Post-It Notes. These transparent sticky notes were amazing because they made it simple to write in books that aren’t yours or in books that you plan to sell or pass along to someone else.

Finding Your Financial Blind Spots

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Every month, you spend money you don’t need to.

Money Myths That Stop You From Making Big Money: Myth 2

I  MUST HAVE A JOB. This is one incredible money-myth whopper. How long has the job been in existence? A hundred years, perhaps?

So You Want My Job: Airline Pilot

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. Becoming a pilot is something I imagine many of us dreamed about as boys.