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By Leo Babauta

Amateur Boxing for Beginners: A How-to Guide-Part II

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Martin Schatz. Last time, we discussed what to look for when selecting a place to train.  We went through some of the positive and negative attributes of the common gym type.

Spare Change: So Many Stories, So Little Time

Some weeks, there’s just too much to write about. This is one of those works. Not only is my brain percolating with my own ideas for articles, but the internet is abuzz with interesting stories about personal finance. Pity the blogger with a ton of material! Rather than waste time with a long intro, I’m going to jump right in.

Help me figure out what message on climate I should I deliver to world governments

When I started the whole No Impact Man thing, it was because I firmly believed that our environmental and quality of life crises couldn't not be solved in the halls of government alone. The people needed to be engaged.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Five Year Sketch

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 2. Create a five year sketch. What, exactly, is a five year sketch? It simply means a detailed picture of what you would like your life to be like in five years. It can be literally drawn.

"I Have Zero Tolerance for Self-Inflicted Drama."

Happiness interview: Tina Roth Eisenberg. A few weeks ago, I heard a fascinating talk given by Tina Roth Eisenberg, who runs a well-known design blog/studio called SwissMiss. Her site is a mesmerizing collection of beautiful design which is highly addictive -- once I start looking, I can't stop.

Day 40: Get Smarter! 8 Ideas That Really Work

While most of us might not threaten the top 2% of the population that can meet the admission requirements of Mensa, there are a few things you can do today that will lead to a smarter YOU tomorrow. A more buoyant brain will lead to a more capable, confident you.

High Desk from IKEA Bed Frames

Materials: Malm Description: Every time I poke around IKEA's clearance area ('As Is' area) I encounter a broken bed frame from the MALM/HOPEN lines, which rely on torsion boxes for strength. I picked up a few dozen of these torsion box bed-frame members on a whim and didn't know what to do with them for a long time.

25 Awesome Redesigns of a 90’s Website

A few weeks back, in partnership with Adobe Catalyst Business, we held a contest to redesign a fictional pizza business website, currently in all it’s 90’s glory. We had a huge number of submissions, and it was an incredibly tough job for our staff to vote on a winner! There were so many great designs, I wanted to take the time to show off some of the runners up.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate generosity

In 2007, we recommended the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac) as the dream gift for an unclutterer. In 2008, we suggested the Kindle as the most generous uncluttered gift of the holiday season. (Back then, a Kindle was $359.) Last year, my book Unclutter Your Life in One Week was the ultimate item on the list.

Holiday season perfect time to sell or donate items

Does your son have a Thomas Train set he ignores? Is your daughter’s Radio Flyer wagon gathering dust in the garage? Are you storing golf clubs you never use? Do you have a formal gown you wore once and don’t plan to wear again? All of these lightly used items — and thousands of others — are in high demand on Craigslist and eBay right now.

Reader Mailbag: Christmas Shopping

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Pension benefit options 2. Unapplied mortgage funds 3. Moving and investing simultaneously 4. Underwater home and credit cards 5. Setting priorities 6. Toilet paper value 7. First time credit worries 8.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #23: Identity Theft and Scope Creep

Editor’s Note: Due to time commitments, Travis King will unfortunately no longer be writing answers for the AskFreelanceSwitch column. However, Thursday Bram will continue to hand out excellent advice for any freelancing quandry!

Étagère 365+

Materials: 2 rectangular flat wooden bowls (365+ serving plate), piece of broomstick, 2 IKEA screws. Description: I wanted compact bowls, for fruit on the table and vegetables on the countertop in our small kitchen. The 365+ wooden rectangular bowls were nice compact and easy to modify, since they're made of wood. It only takes a few minutes of work: 1. Determine center of gravity.

The Dangers of Store Credit Cards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. When I was a freshman in college, I did two very bad things (ahem — two bad things related to personal finance). Bad thing #1 First, I opened a VISA credit card. There was a guy at a booth on campus, and being too naive and timid to tell him to buzz off, I stopped and listened to his pitch. Next thing I knew I was filling out an application.

The 4-Hour Body – Official Movie Trailer

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.” - Mark Twain, 1904 notebook For The 4-Hour Body, I wanted to do things a little differently. The above video trailer is one of those things. This also mark the launch of the official 4-Hour Body site. It was directed, edited, and animated by the incredible Adam Patch.