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By Tim Ferriss

Ask the Readers: How Do You Choose a Savings Account?

Here’s a little twist to the typical Ask the Readers column. Yesterday, I exchanged e-mail with financial writer Liz Weston. She gave me advice for this Friday’s post, and in return she asked the following question: I’m writing about all the bonuses you can get for opening a savings account or other financial account (like $50 to open an ING checking account, for example).

Technology Worth Noticing

Do you have a backup plan for your important files? Hard drives always fail eventually. What would happen if your hard drive failed right now? Our DropBox review looks at a great free application that can help you backup and synchronize your important files across multiple computers.

Unitasker Wednesday: Reel Roaster

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! You know what goes great together? Young children, sharp toys used to stab things, sugary foods, and open flames! The Reel Roaster is guaranteed to make any child a plaintiff in a personal injury class action suit.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Time to toss expired makeup?Is your makeup case full of things that belong in the trash? Surprisingly bad multi-taskersGizmodo recently identified “10 Gadgets With Too Many Stupid Feature,” and we wanted to share these with you. Disaster uncluttering: Looking backWhen we look back at what happened on June 27, 2008, we look at it for what it is: an experience nobody should ever go

Quiz: Is the Design of Your Office Space Making Your Happy?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day—or quiz day. This Wednesday: Quiz—is the the design of your office space making you happy? Of all the books I’ve read in the last few years, few have made a deeper impression on me than A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction.

How much living space do you need?

After watching the YouTube video of Gary Chang’s 344-square-foot apartment, writing about Japan’s hotel “capsule” housing and reading WSJ.com’s blog post “The Optimal Amount of Living Space,” I’ve been wondering: “How much dwelling space do humans require to be happy and safe?” Since safety and happiness are major concerns in U.S.

Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard

Marketing & storytelling tips from Kurt Vonnegut.

The Scoreboard Can’t Tell You Everything

I think that if you want to hire confident people, once in a while you’re going to have a problem.

Business, Branding and the Art of Storytelling

Ever wonder how to make yourself stand out from all the other business puppets? One of the most compelling ways to launch and build a business or brand is to create a legend around it.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: High Alert Edition

As I write this, Sarah is actually well past her due date without a baby arriving. She’s pretty uncomfortable at this point, but is keeping up good spirits with a healthy daily dose of naps, reading, and relaxation. As for me? I’m trying to keep the ball halfway rolling until the baby arrives. Ask the Readers: How to Talk About Money with Teenagers?

Turn Free Advice Into Clients

Ever had someone find out that you’re a freelancer and say, “Can I just pick your brain?” If you agree, that person will probably ask you a whole stack of questions about how you work and how you would complete certain projects.

Inverse Regolit

Materials: Regolit, Januari Description: I was always a big fan of the simplicity of the Regolit lamp, so I've designed a very basic and clear lamp. It's a combination of the pendant lamp Regolit and the table lamp base Januari fixed with cable clips. The result is this smart Bauhaus inspired lamp. ~ Daniel, Stuttgart, Germany

Have a Financial Health Day…at Work

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Once a month, a small group of folks at The Motley Fool gather to discuss money-saving ideas and exchange tips and tricks.

What can make you an extraordinary person?

Julia Butterfly Hill did us the kindness of dropping in on one of our No Impact Week workshops on Sunday. I said to her that people imagine that people like her do unattainable things.

5 Keys to Forming a Successful Creative Partnership

Most creative partnerships begin in very organic ways. You meet at a conference or bump into each other at a local co-working space and hit it off. You realize your work styles align and that your skill sets are complimentary. It’s time to pick a name for your dream agency! Or is it? Not every freelancer wants to own an agency. There are many reasons why freelancers decide to team up.