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Walt Disney Offers Refunds for Baby Einstein DVDs

By Xin Lu A few months ago I wrote that I thought that "educational" DVDs for babies such as Baby Einstein were a waste of money because their educational benefits were quite dubious.

Unclutterer nominated for Los Angeles Organizing Award

Each year, the Los Angeles Organizing Awards literally roll out the red carpet to honor individuals and companies in the professional organizing world.

Freelance Freedom #128

Small Amounts Matter

This article is the fifth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. Getting started with smart personal finance isn’t always easy. It’s one thing to read about the steps you should take, but it’s another thing to actually do them.

How to Be More Decisive

Do you struggle to make decisions? Do you sometimes find yourself dithering for ages, weighing up multiple options, or trying to second-guess what other people might want you to do? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Many people have trouble being decisive – but it’s an important trait to have, both in life and in business.Is it possible to become more decisive?

Where Did My Day Go Contest

Matthew Cornell has a great little PDF out called Where the !@#% did my day go? He has offered to let me give a copy away here on Productivity501.  See below for information about the contest. “Where the !@#% did my day go?” is designed to help you adopt a daily planning routine. It assumes that you have some type of task management and calendar system in place, already.

Michael Bierut: 5 Secrets from 86 Notebooks

About This PresentationRenowned graphic designer Michael Bierut claims that he's not creative.

Tim Brown on Creativity and Play

Tim Brown's TED talk touches on the importance of trust, visual stimulation, and diversions in creating a great creative environment.

On Manly Loyalty

In Dante’s Inferno, Dante takes an allegorical journey through the nine levels of Hell. With Virgil as his guide, he ventures through nine concentric circles, each level inhabited by successively worse sinners.

How to Breakdance 101

An impromptu b-boying lesson at home after some Bulleit bourbon. Don’t drink and dance. Breakin’ 2 did it. It was 1984 and I was convinced I would be a professional breakdancer.

Review: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Ever since I first gave it a sincere read-through in late 2006, The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing has been my go-to guide for investment advice, the first place I turn when I have a question about investing.

"When Happiness is Absent, We Do Everything to Possess It."

“We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.” -- Epicurus This statement is much more challenging and mysterious than it appears on first glance. What things really brings happiness? How do we pursue those things?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Five classic clutter-busting strategiesThese are the strategies we repeat over and over again — to others and to ourselves — to keep clutter under control. Unitasker Wednesday: Mascara warmerHey ladies and male fans of Social Distortion, do you want to know the secret behind the perfect eyelashes of Hollywood stars? Reader question: Closet clustering separatorsOur thoughts on clu

Ethical Frugality Week: Regifting

This is the final entry in a weeklong series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters?

Manvotional: Report from the Attack on Thebes

In Euripides’ Suppliant Women, a messenger reports the bravery of the seven men who died while trying to take back the city of Thebes. All the men who died were not only great warriors, but they lived exemplary lives of honorable manliness. Hear, then.