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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Focus: My new book on simplicity in the age of distractions

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Unclutter your wallet by keeping a second wallet in your glove box

Almost every retail store or restaurant I frequent has some kind of loyalty program. The benefits are usually compelling enough to convince me to join, even if it means I’ll be stuck with yet another club card. In the past, I’ve tried consolidating bar codes on a single card.

Tray table

Materials: Ikea Stockholm tray, Hutten wine rack, paint, double adhesive tape Description: In Sweden it's very popular with tray tables (= Brickbord). The price is about 100 EUR/140 USD or more. My tray table cost 25 EUR/34 USD. (I already had the paint and the tape) Instructions: Paint and assemble your wine rack. (I left out the middle shelf).

Why Are There No Ads Urging Us to Save?

This is a guest post from Rob Bennett, a long-time GRS reader. Bennett created the first retirement calculator that contains an adjustment for the valuation level that applies on the day the retirement begins. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Who’s the miser? Who’s the spendthrift? Nearly everyone is going to say that the Cat in the Hat is the spendthrift and that the Grinch is the miser.

8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming

A mind map is considered a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. It helps you create a number of small ideas from one big idea, see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.This article talks about eight mind mapping tools to help you brainstorm effectively. Almost all of them have free versions available.

Is Commitment Out Of Fashion?

A few weeks ago one of my kids moved back to Phoenix from L.A. I agreed to help her with last minute packing and driving the rental truck. It was good father-daughter time and I looked forward to it. She is her father’s daughter.

A Man’s Guide to the Trench Coat

An English Officer and his Trench Coat Perhaps no garment is as romanticized as the trench coat; from South Africa to France to Casablanca to London, it has remained functional and almost unchanged for over 100 years.  Look closely at the pictures in this article and you’ll notice the trench coat of a century ago is almost identical to those sold in shops today.

James Victore: Don't Be A Design Zombie

It's not about pushing pixels around, it's about making people think. We chat with iconic image-maker James Victore about getting out of the office and into trouble.

Quiz: Are You a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"? Plus a Few Points to Consider.

Every Wednesday is Quiz Day, or Tip Day. Quiz: Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"? Plus a few points to consider. I can't stop thinking about the difficult dynamic between Tiggers and Eeyores. This is a major insight for me! I'm excited! Having an original idea is a rare treat. (As so often happens with an original idea, once I have it, I'm struck by how obvious it is.

The Men of Easy Company-Part I: Warren “Skip” Muck

Editor’s note: In the weeks preceding the US observance of Veteran’s Day, we will be publishing a three part series of short profiles written by Marcus Brotherton about the men from WWII’s Easy Company.

Degrees of Want: Revisiting the iPod Touch Replacement

Two days ago, I wrote an article discussing the damage done to my often-used iPod Touch and my decision-making process when it comes to a replacement for it. A great many of you encouraged me to straight-up replace my iPod Touch with a new one, and I appreciate the comments.

Morningstar Ratings: Useful or Useless?

This is a guest post from Edwin Choi, the founder of Mariposa Capital Management. Edwin is a fee-only investment advisor in Los Angeles and a long-time reader of GRS. Prior to starting Mariposa, Choi spent many years as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch in New York.

Mosquito net

Materials: Lill curtains (2.5 pair), 30' of 2.5" ribbon, 12" white velcro Description: We wanted a queen size mosquito net for our tropical themed bedroom, but couldn't find one we liked that could easily attach to our bed. We took 2.5 pair of Lill mesh curtains and cut one curtain to size for the top. For the others we used finished end you would normally insert a rod in for the bottom.

6 Affirmation Secrets to Make You Feel Better

I learn so much from my clients. Anyone who is a coach will attest to this. It really is a blessing to work with people who are striving for a better life and way of living…. these people are such an inspiration to me and they are some of my best teachers. Recently, I was working with a client who has having trouble feeling good.

Unitasker Wednesday: Asparagus Peeler

My friends Craig and Brittany have rascally senses of humor, which I greatly enjoy. This past weekend, they surprised me with a very special gift — a unitasker they found lurking unused at the back of their kitchen utensil drawer: The Orka Asparagus Peeler is for all those times you peel your asparagus, which, at least for the three of us, is never. I’ve never peeled my asparagus.