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By Jules

Workspace of the Week: Sharing Star Wars

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Darth Cena’s shared home office: Sharing an office space with someone can be difficult, and keeping it uncluttered and organized even harder. This week’s selection of Darth Cena’s office is a wonderful example of how to make it work well.

Ask the Readers: I’ve Tracked My Expenses — Now What?

At the end of August, a very patient Stephanie sent me an interesting question. When I didn’t answer her e-mail, she sent it again in January. I replied, promising to post her question while I was in Africa — but I didn’t get to it. Now it’s April. I think it’s time to set things right.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Marketing and Style

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at low-cost marketing and developing a style. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Tertial lamp into microphone stand

Materials: TERTIAL + PROEL APM 225 (or other) Description: Remove the bulb Remove the power cord Insert your Proel APM 225 ~ Francesco Dosia

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Start a Side Business

Have you ever thought about quitting your job to work for yourself? Maybe you have – but it seems like an impossible dream, and you know you can’t just walk out of your current job and hope for the best.

The Making of FUBU — An Interview with Daymond John

The following is an interview with Daymond John, CEO of the clothing brand FUBU, whom I’ve come to know and respect. If there were one mantra I’d associate with him, it’s “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Can’t afford billboards?

Spare Change: Contest Reminder Edition

Here’s your weekly reminder that the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is under way. We have a few entries, but to be honest: If you’re willing to take the time to produce a two-minute video about money, your odds are pretty good right now that you’ll win something. With three $500 prizes and only a handful of entries, you have a much better chance than by playing the lottery!

"So Many People Detract From Their Happiness By Worry About What Might Happen...and What People Think About Them."

Interview: Alina Tugend. Alina Tugend writes the biweekly ShortCuts column for the New York Times business section, and she has a great new book that just hit the shelves: Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.

Ramvik arcade machine

Materials: Ramvik Description: I made an arcade machine from an Ikea Ramvik table. All the steps of the contruction are on my blog including video. See more of the Ramvik arcade machine. ~ jed, Dijon, France

The Old Green Chair

One of the big fixtures of the first apartment that Sarah and I shared was an extremely bright green chair. This chair had ancient floral-print upholstery, done almost entirely in shades of green and green-yellow, and looked like it walked straight out of the 1970s.

Going industrial: BRODER-GORM shelving

Materials: BRODER poles, GORM shelves Description: 1. Cut the GORM shelves to wanted length. 2. Paint, stain or wax the shelves to wanted color. 3. Put the system together. Easy hack to a cool industrial look bookshelf. Why GORM shelves? Because they are cheaper and have a wine bottle rack! Total cost around 100 dollars. ~ Akseli Virtanen, Helsinki, Finland

An uncluttered reporter who does all his field work with an iPhone 4

If you drive in Washington, D.C., you very likely listen to WTOP radio. Every 10 minutes, on the eights (:08, :18, :28, etc.), WTOP reports traffic conditions and then the weather.

Reader Mailbag: Audio

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. First investments 2. Credit question 3. Yoga teacher training 4. Credit counseling agencies 5. Taxes and inflation 6. Amazon and library synergy 7. Student loan repayment options 8. What’s real poverty? 9.

Built in Billy bookcases number ... 3

Materials: Billy (4x 80cm; 2x40 cm) including top pieces Description: Here's another straightforward bunch of Built-in Billy bookcases. The one Mikko did a while back inspired us after moving to a nice old big house to do something similar. Hopefully these pictures add something to the ones posted already. All the Billy bookcases are second hand and of several generations.

Teaching toddlers about organizing

Parents often ask me what chores and responsibilities are applicable for toddlers.