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By Trent Hamm

The Weekly Link Round-Up: September 26, 2009

Art of Manliness Contests With 1,043 comments already, readers are clearly pretty fired up about getting their hands on a pair of Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots. Who will be the lucky man to bring these sweet puppies home?

Never Eat Alone: Expanding Your Circle

This is the eighth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

9 Secrets of Truly Happy People

It’s pretty safe to say that at the end of the day, there are really only one or two things that truly matter. Making money, finding fame or prestige, owning the right toys – if you’re honest, these things are not the be-all end-all, are they?

Errors and Omissions Insurance: Do Freelancers Need It?

Sometimes a project can go wrong in a big way: a website can go down at the worst possible moment, a brochure can get printed with the wrong information, or you can otherwise end up with a very unhappy client. You can do everything you can to solve the problem, but at the end of the day, if your client isn’t happy, you can be facing some major trouble.

The Slow Secret: How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life

“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.” - William Shakespeare Post written by Leo Babauta.

9 Ways to Cook Lazily and Still Get Rave Reviews

Like many people you're super busy these days. However, you appreciate the fact that eating out a lot costs a ton and frankly, it's tough to find restaurants where you completely feel at ease with the ingredients. So how do you balance this? How do you create homemade meals without spending oodles of time cooking?

Seven Things I’ve Learned from Doing It Myself

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Matthew Crawford’s excellent book Shop Class as Soulcraft, which is an extension of Crawford’s essay of the same name which appeared in 2006.

Choose the Bigger Life; No Pressure Knitting.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Ask Unclutterer: Graduation garb

Reader Eri submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: As a recent graduate, I am stuck with a graduation gown that will definitely not be worn again (the school is changing the gown colors next year, so no luck in passing it on down). I also have my high school gown tucked away somewhere. What is the best approach to get rid of these things?

Tips and Tricks for Dealing with a Recalcitrant HMO

By Sarah Winfrey There is a healthcare crisis in this country. Whether you like Obama's proposed resolution to these difficulties or not, the crisis is very real. And HMOs can be the most difficult of the current types of healthcare to deal with.

“Eighteen and Out” – Good Parenting or Bad Parenting?

A young reader writes in: I’m a high school senior and I’m going to college next fall. When I go to college, I want to be completely independent, paying my own bills. My parents insist that this is financial suicide and that they should support me through college.

Renegade TV: CleverCommute.com Founder, Josh Crandall

Last week, I had the amazing pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend from high school, Josh Crandall, after some 25 years to learn about his renegade journey and new-ish company, CleverCommute.com. The audio occasionally gets drowned out by kids and airplanes here and there because we filmed outside, but there’s a lot to be learned from Josh and how he turned a simple desire to ease a pa

When Is It Okay to Finance Fun?

At AskMetafilter last week, a user asked a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Now that I have my finances firmly under control, now that I’m building wealth, is it ever okay to finance fun? Here’s the question (with minor edits for clarification): When is it okay to finance Toys?

Bamboo blackberry cradle

Just plonking your Blackberry on your dresser nestled in a trail of cords? No way for Hrishikesh. This has to be the zen of Blackberry charging. It's a simple tweak but a solution a Blackberry user may find useful. Hrishikesh says, "I’ve always been annoyed by my phone charger.

Workspace of the Week: Picture perfect design

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JVOdesign’s home studio: These pictures showcase an amazing space. They images say more than I ever could write about them. The only thing I want to add is that JVOdesign linked to her instructions for how to make the tack wall. Thank you for such a terrific submission, JVOdesign.