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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pure Imagination Edition

One of the fun things about being a parent is introducing your child to some of the things that built your own fondest memories of a child. Sometimes they react with indifference.

Does your portfolio have to be fancy?

On June 5th, I’m reviewing portfolios for AIGA SF Portfolio Day. While I love talking to students, I’m already dreading one thing: the “fancy” portfolio. By fancy, I mean a hardbound book with embossed lettering, ultra expensive paper, and precious unreadable typography. Or maybe it’ll be encased in a large metal box with tricky clasps and handles.

Simplify Your Bookkeeping

When keeping your books is hard, it doesn’t get done. When you’ve got lots of work on your plate, your bookkeeping doesn’t get done. If you have anything more appealing to do, your bookkeeping doesn’t get done. Many freelancers struggle with keeping their records up to date, whether it’s because the task itself is difficult or we have better uses for our time.

Reinventing Work With Tony Schwartz

I recently had a chance to sit down with my friend, neighbor and author to talk to him about some of the ideas in his insanely hot new book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working (#19 on amazon as I write this), Tony Schwartz.

The KISS principle

In one of my newspaper design courses in college, our professor would write “KISS” on our papers if our layouts were cluttered — not enough space around an image, more than two typefaces — or overly complicated.

From Butcher Block to Vanity for Two

Materials: Groland Butcher Block Island Description: When we moved into our condo, the one not so great feature was the tiny master bathroom - 45 sq. ft. total! In order to shoehorn in a 2 sink vanity (and not break the bank in doing it), we decided to make our own. (1) After assembly of the butcher block island, we cut two sink holes in the top.

Six Steps to Strengthen Your Family on the Journey to Financial Freedom

J.D. is on vacation in Alaska. This is a guest post from Dustin Riechmann. Dustin created Engaged Marriage to help others achieve the extraordinary in marriage and in life.

Look Good, Feel Good: 5 Cost Conscious Ways

Image courtesy of Hashem Abrishami In previous articles, I have discussed just how deeply unemployment can affect a person’s self confidence.  And let’s face it, if you don’t feel good, you probably don’t look good.  You see, another downside of unemployment is that it can do damage to your good looks. I’m certain many of you, as you read this, are shaking your heads or snickering whi

Frustrated at Work? Make a Case for Change

Have you ever sat at your desk, quietly cursing your boss for failing to understand your untapped creative gifts? Or maybe just biding your time until she intuits that life would be 1000% easier for you if the company had more interns? We are often guilty of waiting – particularly when it comes to innovating within our own job description or work culture.

What to Carry on a First Date: The Gentleman’s Arsenal

Share The First Date with a woman is your chance to display your charming and chivalrous side. While most acts of chivalry (like opening a door for your date or helping her to her seat) require only your thoughtfulness, moments will arise when you’ll need a tool to assist in your kindness.

No Impact Organ by Linda Ravenswood

Linda Ravenswood wrote to me. She said she had written a "fairy tale" after seeing my movie. I thought it would be fun to share.Once upon a time there was a man who didn’t wish to hurt anything.

Rockstar Presentations: Tips, Techniques and Terrible Truths — Out Now!

Rockable Press has just released Rockstar Presentations: Tips, Techniques and Terrible Truths by author Joseph Lewis.

Tim Ferriss Scam! Practical Tactics for Dealing with Haters

Brute force seldom works with haters. Redirection does. (Photo: Deadstar 2.0) I recently spent a week in Amsterdam enjoying bicycles, canals, Queensday, and… ahem… coffee shops. For real. Honest.

Beam me up Scotty

Materials: Ikea Mobile+Ikea cable light parts Description: An old IKEA mobile is Transformed into a light by the simple addition of wires and two IKEA 12 volt cable lights. ~ Vlasis Albanis, USA

The Realities of Dropping Cable

Over the years, I’ve made a strong case for abandoning television watching as a good move for financial and career success. Not only does television offer up a lot of advertisements glorifying unnecessary material stuff and rampant consumerism, but many programs glorify it through product placement within the programs.