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By Gretchen Rubin

Word Clock

Materials: Ribba-Frame, ATmega328-MCU Description: This hack modifies a Ribba-Frame into a word-clock that displays the time in words. 1. Drill holes in the back-plate of the Ribba-Frame for the LEDs. 2. Solder the LEDs to a grid where anodes and cathodes get shared in each row and column. 3. Make a proof-of-concept on a breadboard.

Gaming The System: Score Points With Your Savings

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I’m at a bit of a personal-finance plateau. I’ve conquered my credit cards. I’m chipping away at my loans using the same tactics that helped me pay off the plastic debt. I’m living about as frugally as I comfortably can.

How Wanting Something with Your Whole Being Makes it a Reality

Desire is the bread and butter of success. If you don’t desire your goals enough, you won’t be able to muster the motivation to go after them, the courage to put yourself out there and you will not be able to tap into the enormous potential your desperation will let you access. Everyone has dreams and goals in their lives.

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To attain true genius in the 21st century, we must learn to build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

"Life Is Barren Enough Surely With All Her Trappings; Let Us Therefore Be Cautious How We Strip Her."

“Life is barren enough surely with all her trappings; let us therefore be cautious how we strip her.” -- Samuel Johnson I've been thinking a lot about simplicity lately, and I've realized that for me, the danger is to simplify too much. So, as always, Johnson's words resonated. * Twitter is great.

Review: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half is the follow-up to America’s Cheapest Family, a very solid book on frugality by Steve and Annette Economides from 2007 that I quite liked. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half seems to be a detailed expansion of the second chapter of their first book.

Multitasking Is Murdering Your Productivity: 6 Simple Ways To Stop, Starting Today

Multitasking is the art of distracting yourself from things you don’t really want to do by doing many of them at once. If you’re like most people, you think you’re getting a lot more done when you juggle a ton of to-do’s. You’re not. At best, you’re doing slightly less than you would if you kept your eyes set on a single task.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Making exceptions to your uncluttered standardsMaking exceptions to uncluttered standards can become a slippery slope. If we don’t keep a watchful eye on our stuff, eventually our entire homes and offices are filled with clutter again.

Choosing What to Have… and What Not to Have

Last night, my oldest son and my daughter and I played an hour-long game of tag. By the end of it, we were all worn out. Both kids had collapsed on my lap and we were sitting there, giggling and cooling off from all of the running around. My daughter then gave me a big hug and just laid her head on my shoulder, as she was getting tired.

Linkswitch #41: Happy Halloween!

Web Designer’s Guide To Copywriting Profits If a web design agency wants to increase their sales, there’s one way that’s easier and quicker than the rest: sell copywriting services. When you sell copywriting to your clients, their websites will achieve more sales and better results. In addition, your projects will run more smoothly and efficiently. Busting the Top 3 Guest Blogging Myth

Reader Story: Since My Divorce

This guest post from Mandy Walker is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

6 Reasons You Need To Be Touched

Do you ever feel like you’re living in a bubble, surrounded by people but never touched? We live in such a busy, crowded world, yet it’s so easy for many of us to go days, even weeks or months without touching or being touched by others. While you might not notice the effects of not being touched right away, it can negatively affect your mood and health.

Streamline Your Environment in One Of These 6 Simple Ways

Do you ever want to throw your hands up in despair while looking around at your workspace? While many people think that creativity thrives in chaos, the truth is that most of us work our best in an orderly environment that is free of distractions. Too much visual clutter makes it difficult for most people to concentrate.

Ozzie and Harriet’s Halloween Party

Every few months, I browse over at the Internet Archives to see if any new public-domain money movies have been posted.

My Ten Biggest Money Savers Since Starting The Simple Dollar

Today is the four year anniversary of The Simple Dollar.