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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Freelancing & Caring for Family

I’m the emergency point of contact for more than a few of my family members: my work means that I don’t have to ask for leave and, at least in theory, I can drag my laptop along to emergency rooms and elsewhere with little concern.

Egon, the door mounted mirror

Materials: Stave, Grundtal, Fixa, Esab smashweld, aluminum frame, drill, screws, glue, tape, washers Description: I live in a 30 square meter apartment with large windows, many doors and little free wall space. And like any girl, I'd love a huge full-size mirror. The only problem is that I don't have the required wall space available.

A Crash Course in Financial Freedom

This is a guest post from Mary Hunt, author of Debt-Proof Living. She also runs the Debt-Proof Living website, and is an inspiration to many frugal folks. Recently, I got a message from Natalie who explained that as part of a financial preparedness night, she’ll have ten minutes to speak about financial freedom.

Skydiving from Space-Part I: Joseph W. Kittinger’s Long, Lonely Leap

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger parachuted from nearly 20 miles above the earth’s surface. What drives a man to jump from space? Scientific discovery certainly. The jump represented more than a daredevil’s thrill or a desire to break records; this was nascent space travel, the world’s first manned space program.

Why You Don’t Have Time NOT To Exercise

It’s so easy to put off exercising. Long work hours, chores to do at home, friends and family to see … hitting the gym ends up being yet another forgotten item on an overwhelming to-do list. After all, “I don’t have time” seems like a decent enough excuse. You’ve got other priorities. You might not even like exercise much.

The New Yorker debuts on the iPad

Debut digital issue features a Coppola directed short with Jason Schwartzman.

A simplified morning routine

Sit.Read.Write: Zen Habit's Leo Babauta's enviable mourning routine.

How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity

As a society, we are engaged in a constant pursuit to be more productive. For the most part, this is a good thing. We want to work smarter. We crave efficiency. Time is our most precious commodity, and productivity tools help us spend it more wisely. Over the past few years, I have observed all sorts of methods for productivity.

How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity

More efficient doesn't always mean more productive. The advantages of slowing down and prioritizing the old-fashioned way—by hand.

Best New Tech for the Modern Handyman

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various blogs to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. They asked me to do a series of articles for the site.

Buying with Confidence: Reviews, Trust, and Accountability

A few weeks ago, in the July 2010 issue of Bon Appétit, Andrew Knowlton succinctly summed up the way I feel about trusted and untrusted reviews: If I’m curious as to whether a restaurant is worth trying out or not, I don’t consult sites like Yelp – I ask a friend. That way, I can hold the person accountable. Accountable is the key word here.

SwitchTip: 5 Apps for Freelancing on an iPad

Photo credit: karola@flickr Can you work effectively on an iPad? I’m about to find out. I recently joined the ranks of the Apple fanbois.  Well, maybe not completely.  I got my iPhone before it was available here in Canada (the Apple genius kept telling me “It won’t work in Canada”), but I haven’t been able to fully switch from PC to Mac.

Lighting change ups!

Materials: All Ikea parts changed to make more interesting Description: Red Vases from the Valentines section I turned upside down and glued to the base of the plastic Ikea Lampan in red. These can't come apart so use new bulbs as they have to last until the bulb burns. LOVED them hung them over my tub.

Lilliberg Futon

Futon ready! Sofa again! Materials: Lilliberg 3 person sofa Description: I bought a Lilliberg 3 seater sofa frame by itself because it was on sale. I had an old metal futon that was falling apart so I used the hinges on the futon to turn the Lilliberg sofa into a Lilliberg futon.

Video: Acknowledge the Reality of Other People's Feelings. Harder Than It Sounds.

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 -- this month's theme is Family. Last week’s focus was Be a treasure house of happy memories. Specifically, use a file box. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?