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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Say hello to my little (speaker) stands!

Materials: Ikea Shoe Rack (Lustifik) Description: First and foremost I have to qualify/justify why I made these speaker stands (before the audiophiles out there cry blasphemy and take me for a fool not understanding the need for a $300 USD stand with zero resonance and spikes/cones for legs) 1) I needed to space out the speakers on my system to create a larger soundstage.

Freelance Radio, Episode 45: Recommendation Roundup

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) gives some of their favorite recommendations in four different categories.. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Choosing to display, store, or get rid of an item

I am a firm believer that everything you choose to own should be display worthy, even if you choose not to display it. My hammer is stored in a toolbox along with screwdrivers, pliers, nails, and other tools because a portable box is the most efficient and uncluttered solution.

Crowd-sourcing our way to a better world

"I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing.

"Cycling, Writing, Walking -- and Living in the Right City."

Happiness interview: Richard Florida. I became interested in the work of economic development expert Richard Florida when I read his fascinating book, The Rise of the Creative Class.

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents: Washington to Obama

More proof that it's not all about money (comparatively, at least).

Minimalist Connoisseurs

"Minimalism is about becoming a high connoisseur of life." A pep-talk on how (and why) you should edit your life.

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work?

Solving the mug clutter problem

In my grandmother’s farmhouse, at the center of the kitchen table, stood a mug tree. From the branches of the mug tree hung four coffee cups in varying shapes and sizes.

Reader Mailbag: You Vote With Your Dollar

If you like a particular film and want to see more like it, see that movie in the theatre or buy the DVD or at least check it out from the library or watch it on a streaming service like Netflix.

Morning Walk

Hazy and cool as we walked to school. Her little hand wrapped around my pinky, arm swaying to the beat of each step. Chatting about all things important, and not so. This IS perfection.

What’s On Your “Not-Do” List?

Freelancers are great list makers, and it is little wonder. Running your own business, handling multiple clients and projects, leaves you with lots of things to manage and remember. I know that I start every week, and every day, with “to-do” lists. I consider what needs to get done, what I want to achieve in a given time span.

Career Renegade Allan Bacon Goes Location Independent

Ever wonder what it would be like to pick up your entire family and swap houses with someone in a different country for a while without having to skip a beat at work?

Rusty room divider

Materials: Expedit 2x4, Expedit 4x4 Description: It all started with placing two Expedit units on top of each other; I ended up with something very colourful. There are way too many stages in this project to explain it all in 5 pictures. If you'd like to see more, go here. 1.

Social Capital: More Valuable Than Money?

I’m back! After ten days boating through southeast Alaska (and two days of recovery), I’m ready to think about personal finance once again. Actually, it’ll probably come as no surprise that I never stopped thinking about personal finance. Even while we were skirting among ice floes, pulling up prawns, and admiring whales, my mind never strayed far from the topic of money.