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By Chanpory Rith

5 Keys to Avoiding Social Media Fatigue

It’s rare that you’ll see a well-rested, socially adjusted, and emotionally fulfilled individual publish rants to a blog or Twitter page. But if you take sleep, confidence, and satisfaction from the happiest of people you’ll quickly see sniveling, snapping beasts emerge. They’re not evil. Just fatigued.

Workspace of the Week: Computer command center

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Aldebaran’s home office: There are many beautiful things about this workspace — so many, actually, I couldn’t list them all in a reasonable amount of space.

Why Something as Simple as a Knock Boosted My Happiness.

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. One of my favorite things about myself is my ability to concentrate intensely.

Ask the Readers: Help! I’m Overwhelmed! How Do I Get Started?

I’ll admit it: I’m way behind on posting reader questions. I get tons of questions, and can never reply to all of them. I do ask a handful of folks if they’d like to put their problems to the general readership.

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 4

I just got done with day four of Rails Bootcamp, and I’m exhausted. But Rails is so cool, it makes up for the drain and pain. Sarah Allen also continues to impress with her teaching acumen. In today’s class, we learned about Controllers, the C in an M-V-C application model. In short, Controllers are like traffic cops.

The Art of Conversation

I think we’ve all encountered men who have a knack for good conversation. They can talk to anybody about anything in a laid-back, casual manner that sets people immediately at ease.

Re-Defining Your Path to Success

Why do so many people fall short of their goals, even when they actively prepare and plot out a course of action?  The answer is surprisingly simple. Our motivations are flawed. Oh, we formulate our plans well enough.  We envision the end results.  We plan our steps out carefully.  But there is one crucial element that we often forget.  And that is our motivation.  Or, more importantly, the

Treasury Department to Help Under-Banked Citizens at Tax Time

Every week, I’m bombarded by press releases from companies and publications wanting me to share their products and stories. I’d love to be able to pass this info on to you — at least the stuff that’s both relevant and good (actual subject line from one irrelevant press release this morning: “Rev. Jesse Jackson holds Automotive Summit in Detroit Sept. 30 - Oct.

13 Books Well Worth Reading: The Cream of the Book Review Crop

Every week, I review a different book on The Simple Dollar (those reviews appear on Sunday afternoons, for those who are new to the site). Over the years, that’s amounted to a lot of book reviews – 259 as of today.

Reconsidering Gifts for Clients: Are Client Gifts Appropriate?

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am still a bit new to freelancing, but I have been lucky enough to have established some outstanding clients, online and offline. I have enough clients to pay my bills and put away a bit of cash each month to help me prepare for future lean months (Amber Leigh Turner did a great post here on creating a paycheck template).  I have enough clients to understand wh

Lost libraries

The strange afterlife of authors' book collections.

IDEO's Future of the Book

What about communicating with the characters, and contributing to the narrative as you read?


When did we start talking in set of capital letters? Lane Greene looks into the rise of the acronym.

A simplified morning routine

‘I’ll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.’ ~Emily Dickinson Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter . These days, I wake as the sun begins to softly express itself on the day, and enjoy the early light and the quiet thrum of the world. Then I do three things: Sit. Read.

Eye candy: Wood organizing products

Knife and Saw is selling a beautiful bike shelf that is perfect for city dwellers in small spaces: It’s not inexpensive ($270 for Ash or $300 for Walnut), but it is beautiful.