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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Should the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit be Expanded and Extended?

By Xin Lu The $8000 first time homebuyer's tax credit is set to expire on November 30th. This means that those who want to take advantage of this refundable credit have only a couple months left to close on their home purchases. Since it could take 30 to 60 days to close on a home, the deals must be made soon.

Ask Unclutterer: What is clutter?

Reader Jennifer submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Why do so many people seem to think that if something is small, it isn’t clutter? Is the clutter in most people’s houses composed of large items? Just what kinds of things do most people consider to be “clutter”? My definition of clutter has nothing to do with size.

Pouring Concrete

You may not know it, but you’re in the concrete business… And if you’re not, you should be. Because it’ll get you more of what you want out of every aspect of your life.

Rule #14: Give Without Strings or Regrets.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Charity – in fact, giving of any kind – is often hard to explain in a general sense. Many people fail to see the purpose of giving.

How to Ensure Your Life is a Bull Run

Stock markets are often categorized in two phases: the Bull Market phase and the Bear Market phase.The Bull Phase is the one when the stock market goes up and reaches new highs over a period of time.

Ask the Readers: How Much Should You Save for Retirement?

How much should you save for retirement? Carla dropped me a line because she’s puzzled where the standard “save 10% of your income for retirement” advice originated. She’s afraid that ten percent isn’t nearly enough. Carla writes: The financial experts always say to save 10% for retirement (for example, in your review of The 1-2-3 Money Plan). Buy why 10%?

Workspace of the Week: Nook office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Ivy_Style33’s corner office: If I understand things correctly, Ivy_Style33 used bookshelves to create an office out of a corner of her apartment. The Ikea Expedit Bookshelf was set to the right of the desk to extend the small wall and separate the workspace from the living space.

Ikea bed sheets turned wedding deco

It's an easy hack but wonderful idea for a wedding. Sheri's wedding gets a touch of Ikea. "For our August 2008 wedding, my wonderful mother and her best friend transformed three sets of twin bed sheets from Ikea into 130 table napkins for our wedding reception, and an equal number of jam jar covers (aka a jam jar cosy).

Skill & Focus

An interesting formula for figuring which tasks are within your strengths zone, and which should be delegated.

Can Kafka & David Lynch Make You Smarter?

A psychological study shows that when confronted with "meaning threats"- stories that fundamentally don't make sense - we start to create our own structures.…

Inspiring the change we need

As a culture, we're having a really hard time facing up to depth of our environmental crises and our climate change problems. That's not to say we shouldn't keep trying. We must.But with all the trade offs between the different issues in Congress, we're having a hard time getting the change we need.

Keeping It Fresh: Avoiding Bad Breath, Body Odor, and Cheap Cologne

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from a fellow Tulsan and friend, Nathan Fifield. Do you remember when you were a teen and your parents or teachers complained about your terrible breath and body odor?If you were like me, you didn’t care and you probably didn’t do anything about it.

The Sleeping Fox Catches No Poultry

I love reading essays, and I have a collection of essays that have truly inspired me and made me think. Among these is Benjamin Franklin’s classic The Way to Wealth – something I often read when I need a piece of financial inspiration. If the circa-1750 language is rough on your eyes, here are the principles summarized well by Art of Manliness.

Using Different Passwords

Recently some hackers got a hold of a list of usernames and passwords for a dating site.  By itself, this wouldn’t have been too big of deal.  However, many of the victims were using the same password on other sites.  This gave the hackers access to many Facebook, MySpace, AIM and GMail accounts. The hackers then did everything they could to embarrass the victims by posting things onlin

Recovering from an e-mail interruption

The October issue of Real Simple magazine quotes a Microsoft and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study that claims it takes 17 minutes “for a worker interrupted by e-mail to get back to what she was doing.” If this statistic is true, and I know from experience that there is a refractory time after any distraction, it is strong evidence against leaving the notification alert