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By Jules

Random Episode 12 – Favorite Design Sites, Skydiving, New Books, and More

(If you’re connection is slow, please allow 5 minutes or so to buffer. For lower-res but faster loading, click here) This long-overdue episode of Random, filmed at Samovar Tea, includes… - Book updates and new book recommendations (including Omnivore’s Dilemma and If This Is A Man : The Truce) - Favorite sites, including design-focused sites - The new Kindle vs.

How to Make a Corn Cob Pipe

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from by Bryan Schatz. Pipe smoking is the oldest form of smoking tobacco, developed during an era in which men would make time to sit at the end of a hard day’s toil, to rock back and forth in their favorite chair and observe the rotation of life.

Should I Buy Life Insurance for My Children?

This is a question I hear all the time from readers who are parents – and it’s a question that comes up in our own household as well. Should our children have life insurance policies? I’ve done a lot of research and soul-searching on this topic. What follows are the conclusions I’ve come to on the issue.

For Creative Fulfillment, Beware of “Wisdom”

— I heard the Hollywood gospel, but it didn’t save me — Conventional wisdoms are sneaky things.

Degu disc playground

Materials: SNUDDA Description: Remember the good old turning disc on the playground? You can have the same for your Degus or other rodents now: 1. Buy the SNUDDA ("Lazy Susan", Drehscheibe) at Ikea! 2. Remove the lower part (foot) so that you can access the inner part. Take care of the balls in the bearing. Dont't loose them.

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

Ted Talks: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos speaks at Princeton's commencement on gifts vs choices.

What the Great Recession Has Done to Family Life

Judith Warner considers the changes to the nuclear family and "the definition of living well" in the great recession.

The Savior of Condé Nast: Scott Dadich Is The New It Boy of the Mag World

How the creative director of Wired is re-imagining the magazine industry (via the iPad).

Graduate School Options

Graduate school is the next academic step after getting a bachelor’s degree.  Graduate schools award masters and doctorate and several other types of recognition.  In this post, we are going to look at some of the different types of graduate school options and talk about what each one entails and how it benefits you in the job market. Graduate Citation A graduate citation isn’t a de

Hide cables in rain gutters

Reader Geogriaberry tipped us off to a terrific cable clutter solution by Jonathan Crossman. Crossman reclaimed wood to build a desk, and then outfitted the desk to specifically hide cables.

Reader Mailbag: When Do I Write Mailbags?

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. Netflix for family bonding 2. Guilt over income 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Cancelling a new card 5. Pushy parents and hotel rooms 6. Trust money for college 7.

Shedding new light on the bedroom

Materials: IKEA Orgel Pendant Lamp Shade, IKEA Hemma Cord Set, IKEA Anno Inez Panel Curtain, Glue Gun, Command 3M Wire Hooks, Command 3M Small Picture Hanging Strips (Velcro), 4 wooden shims, Scissors Description: My last hack detailed the construction of the loft bed frame. This hack adds lighting, and makes the room warmer. Instructions: 1. Assemble Orgel and Hemma light. 2.

Are You Wed To Your Market, Or Your Model?

Not long ago, I posted about the lament of a local optometrist and how taking a much broader view of that industry and the role the internet might play could redefine how he solved his customers problems and potentially reinvigorate his business. I’ve never stopped thinking about that example, because it was indicative of a wide swath of industries that sell a product bundled with either a p

Hedonic adaptation: Why buying more won’t make you happy

A Sunday New York Times discussing the happiness benefits associated with simple living in its article titled “But Will It Make You Happy?” The main point of the article is that people can easily adapt to living with less, without suffering many negative consequences, but that when we are constantly pursuing more, we have to get even more to stay happy: Another reason that scholars con