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By Mark Shead

Billiards Basics: Play Pool Like Minnesota Fats

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from James Bringman. “I got a hunch it’s me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can’t miss? ‘Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this game every night on the road. Five ball. You know, this is my table, man.

Get Involved: Blog Action Day is Friday, the 15th of October

Blog Action Day, founded by our own Collis and Cyan Ta’eed and now under the fantastic care of Change.org, is coming. On Friday the 15th of October, countless blogs will take the time to post about one important topic. This year’s topic is water. As always, all Envato blogs–including FreelanceSwitch and WorkAwesome–will be participating.

The New 99%: Notes on Our Redesign

We’re thrilled to introduce the new 99% website. Read on for details on our redesign and some great new features...

The Meaning

For the past several days, my cousin and her two sons stayed at our house. It was something I’d been looking forward to for a long time, as she’d never been able to visit us until now. I was very close to this cousin of mine (let’s call her Laurie) when I was a child, but as we both grew into adulthood, we drifted apart for various reasons.

Spring Back Banker's Chair

Materials: 4 laminate bent Ikea legs and two seats from antique banker's chairs Description: My friend Veronica gave me two Ikea chairs she had in her apartment in Hollywood. They were laminate bent leg living room chairs that had no arms. The cushions smelled like cat pee so I threw them out. I kept the frames five-ever because the bent wood seemed too good to throw away.

Malm King Headboard

Materials: 2 Malm Queen headboards, 2 Malm night stands Description: I wanted a Malm King headboard and night stand, but didn't like the low profile Malm bed. The Malm panel headboard doesn't come in king size... This was my solution. Attached 2 Malm Queen headboards together. Mounted them on the wall and ran rope lighting around the back.

Reader Mailbag: Mondays?

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. Rent-to-own apartments and homes 2. Retire now or later? 3. Roth IRA for teenager 4. Managing money while traveling abroad 5. Life insurance misinformation 6. Moving forward in bad economy 7.

The Postmortem

One of the best ways to get smarter and better at something is to do frequent postmortems after bad decisions.

Rolfing, Excruciatingly Helpful

The new yoga for the over-stressed set?

The Agenda, Part IV: Efficiency Is Overrated

Chris Guillebeau advocates adventures over efficiency.

Simple strategies for marking items

After Saturday’s simple tape suggestion, PJ and I have been talking about our favorite tricks for marking items.

The 10 Commandments of Suck-Free Speaking

Last week, I had the amazing fortune to have been invited back as a featured blogger at the World Business Forum at Radio City Hall in NYC.The speakers were world class, including people like Charlene Li, Jim Collins, Al Gore, Jack Welch, Steve Levitt, Nando Parrado, James Freakin’ Cameron, Martin Lindstrom.

Cool Spool Storage + Dispenser

Materials: 1 IKEA LACK SHELF, 2 IKEA BESKADA brackets, 1 - 1/2" dowel, drill and 4 - 1/2" wood screws. Description: I had a problem finding a storage and dispensing system for miscellaneous craft spools. My goal was to have spools I use often enough readily available and easily accessible without being in the way.

DIY Personal Finance: How to Take Control of Your Financial Life

This story originally appeared on Boing Boing in slightly different form. It’s my favorite article I’ve ever written. I’m not a trained financial professional; I don’t have a degree in finance, and I’m not a certified financial planner. I have no formal training. I’m just an average guy who was deep in debt, and finally got fed up with his situation.