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Rethinking the vase for a small space

I recently learned about the store-flat reusable Vazu vases and instantly thought about our apartment and small-space dwelling readers: They are available in many colorful designs (some holiday themed, most are abstract patterns), and so much easier to store than their glass sisters: Check out the product video to see the Vazu vase in action. I have one in red and adore it.

Gout: The Missing Chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories

Total read time (bolded sections): 2-3 minutes Total read time (complete): 12 minutes Last week, I had a wonderful conversation with Gary Taubes, my favorite science journalist and author of the incredible (and I consider definitive), Good Calories, Bad Calories.

Christoph Niemann: Short Deadlines Make You Think Straight

Christoph Niemann has an impressive knack for distilling complex concepts into images that are as striking as they are simple. His iconic illustrations – recognizable for their crisp execution and undeniable wit – regularly appear in the pages of the New Yorker, WIRED, and the New York Times Book Review.

The Plain Beauty of Well-Made Things

The Design Observer looks at Donald Judd's architecture, speaking to credentials, criticism, and the form/function divide.

Six Tips for Coping with the Fact that You've Forgotten Someone's Name

“Hey, I’d love to get your card...”

Announcing the Launch of the Art of Manliness Book!

Well it’s been over a year in the making and Kate and I are proud to announce to launch of the Art of Manliness book! Why an Art of Manliness Book? I’ll level with you, there are a ton of “man skill” books out there.

Welcome to new readers!

To learn about what the No Impact Man year was all about, go here.To buy the book (on 100% post-consumer paper or the Kindle edition), go here. To  join over 1,000 others in your own one-week version of the No Impact experiment beginning on October 18, go here.To see where the documentary version of No Impact Man is playing, go here.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: September 2009

September saw the arrival of the new status quo at Get Rich Slowly. To give me time to pursue other projects, I’ve been joined by two staff writers: April and Baker. Their unique voices provide some variety around here, while also taking the load off my shoulders so I can work on my book. I’ve been pleased with the results so far.

Review: Basic Black

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, entrepreneurship, or career book. For the first time ever, I’m reviewing a book as a result of an impassioned plea from one specific reader. Susan, however, is one special reader. She started reading The Simple Dollar in early November 2006, right as the site launched.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 A vote in favor of two monitorsNot only can two monitors increase your productivity, they can also help to reduce cable clutter on your desk. Unitasker Wednesday: The FizzThe Fizz is a contraption that you fill with ice cream and then attach to a bottle of your favorite soft drink. Moving creates an opportunity to declutter September 2008 wrap upThese are the things that made September 2008

Money Bullies

When I was in seventh grade, a bunch of twelfth graders grabbed me one day. They tossed me in a trash can, popped a lid on it, then rolled the can (with me and some trash inside) out into the middle of the school’s parking lot.

"I Began to Bawl...I Would Never Be So Happy Again."

In 1920, after marrying Zelda and publishing This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald wrote, “Riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings under a mauve and rosy sky; I began to bawl because I had everything I wanted and knew I would never be so happy again.” * I always find interesting things to read on the excellent blog LifeDev -- "empowering creative people." * If you're intere

Give Us Men!

This is a great poem. Give us Men! Give us Men! Men-from every rank, Fresh and free and frank; Men of thought and reading, Men of light and leading, Men of loyal breeding, The nation’s welfare speeding; Men of faith and not of fiction, Men of lofty aim in action; Give us Men-I say again, Give us Men! Give us Men! Strong and stalwart ones; Men whom highest hope inspires, Men whom purest hono

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 3, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

A good night’s sleep improves productivity

Failure to get a good night’s sleep can significantly alter your abilities to be productive, handle stress, and live an uncluttered life. I’m currently experiencing this phenomenon first hand since my son started teething.