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By Tim Ferriss

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on?

Experience Trumps Theory: Reviving the Apprenticeship Model

Once upon a time, we learned only by doing. A quality education meant finding an expert to take you under his or her wing. Whether you wanted to be a blacksmith or a shoemaker, the ultimate break was ultimately a relationship. In exchange, your capacity would be stretched. You would learn in real-time, soaking up the knowledge through trial and error.

Zen, Tea, and the Art of Life Management

This is a Zen-focused panel featuring Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Susan O’Connell of San Francisco Zen Center, and yours truly. The content starts at tea, moves to daily rituals, and spans many topics related to good living and productive living, which are not always the same thing. It also answers the question: is Tim Ferriss really as organized as you think he is?

Experience Trumps Theory: Reviving the Apprenticeship Model

What's the best way to learn? To study what others have done? Or to plunge right in yourself? We think it's time to bring back the apprenticeship model.

Unconditional Love – A Story of Being Adopted

By Bud Hennekes It’s safe to say that one of the greatest feelings in the world comes from the warmth of being unconditionally loved. Whether that mean the love of your spouse or partner, or the connection you share with your mom or dad. Or even the loving bond between your siblings and friends. I’m extremely grateful for all the love that I’ve had in my young life.

The Value of Reducing Stress – And 12 DIY Tactics for Doing So

60% to 80% of job-related accidents are due to employee stress level. 90% of all diseases are caused by or exacerbated by stress. 60% to 90% of doctor visits are caused by or related to stress. To put it simply, stress is expensive. Very expensive. You pay in the form of lower energy, more illness, more medical visits and procedures, and, frankly, escapism, too.

Win More Projects on Job Boards

Many professional freelancers prefer to stay away from the largest job board sites–for good reason, as many sites have a reputation for low compensation or unscrupulous clients. However, there are still quite a few of us that find a good portion of our projects on these sites – or sites like them.

Upside-down billy bathroom wall cabinet

Materials: Ikea BILLY bookcase, scraps of plywood and hardwood, cordless drill/driver, various screws Description: We needed a tall, skinny wall cabinet above the toilet in our tiny bathroom. We could have used a kitchen cabinet but at the time the white BILLY bookcase was on sale for $20 and it was a much better size.

Video: Make Three New Friends.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month's theme was Family, and last week's resolution was to Acknowledge the reality of other people's feelings. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Billy Bookcase door hides furnace or closet or secret room.

Materials: 2 Billy Bookcases Description: My friend needed to hide a furnace in her basement office so I devised a hinged door out of Billy Bookcases.

$27 Million to Change NYC Signs from All-Caps

Do lowercase letters increase readability? Copy Editors pressure NYC to update street signs.

The Speed Creating Project

"Each day for 30 days I will make a new object, installation or creative intervention while going about my daily life."

5 Marketing Lessons From Mr. Rogers

Who better to teach you about getting an audience comfortable with your brand than Mr. Rogers?

What Steve Jobs Learned in the Wilderness

What Steve Jobs was doing during his 12 years off from "exile" from Apple.

Three places clutter might be hiding in your life

After having to scrape frost off the car windows yesterday morning, I’m finally willing to accept that fall has arrived. As I have been pulling out all the cold-weather supplies (coats, hats, boots, shovels, grill covers, etc.), I’ve stumbled upon some unexpected clutter in these storage spaces.