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The Plain Beauty of Well-Made Things

The Design Observer looks at Donald Judd's architecture, speaking to credentials, criticism, and the form/function divide.

Six Tips for Coping with the Fact that You've Forgotten Someone's Name

“Hey, I’d love to get your card...”

Announcing the Launch of the Art of Manliness Book!

Well it’s been over a year in the making and Kate and I are proud to announce to launch of the Art of Manliness book! Why an Art of Manliness Book? I’ll level with you, there are a ton of “man skill” books out there.

Welcome to new readers!

To learn about what the No Impact Man year was all about, go here.To buy the book (on 100% post-consumer paper or the Kindle edition), go here. To  join over 1,000 others in your own one-week version of the No Impact experiment beginning on October 18, go here.To see where the documentary version of No Impact Man is playing, go here.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: September 2009

September saw the arrival of the new status quo at Get Rich Slowly. To give me time to pursue other projects, I’ve been joined by two staff writers: April and Baker. Their unique voices provide some variety around here, while also taking the load off my shoulders so I can work on my book. I’ve been pleased with the results so far.

Review: Basic Black

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, entrepreneurship, or career book. For the first time ever, I’m reviewing a book as a result of an impassioned plea from one specific reader. Susan, however, is one special reader. She started reading The Simple Dollar in early November 2006, right as the site launched.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 A vote in favor of two monitorsNot only can two monitors increase your productivity, they can also help to reduce cable clutter on your desk. Unitasker Wednesday: The FizzThe Fizz is a contraption that you fill with ice cream and then attach to a bottle of your favorite soft drink. Moving creates an opportunity to declutter September 2008 wrap upThese are the things that made September 2008

Money Bullies

When I was in seventh grade, a bunch of twelfth graders grabbed me one day. They tossed me in a trash can, popped a lid on it, then rolled the can (with me and some trash inside) out into the middle of the school’s parking lot.

"I Began to Bawl...I Would Never Be So Happy Again."

In 1920, after marrying Zelda and publishing This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald wrote, “Riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings under a mauve and rosy sky; I began to bawl because I had everything I wanted and knew I would never be so happy again.” * I always find interesting things to read on the excellent blog LifeDev -- "empowering creative people." * If you're intere

Give Us Men!

This is a great poem. Give us Men! Give us Men! Men-from every rank, Fresh and free and frank; Men of thought and reading, Men of light and leading, Men of loyal breeding, The nation’s welfare speeding; Men of faith and not of fiction, Men of lofty aim in action; Give us Men-I say again, Give us Men! Give us Men! Strong and stalwart ones; Men whom highest hope inspires, Men whom purest hono

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 3, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

A good night’s sleep improves productivity

Failure to get a good night’s sleep can significantly alter your abilities to be productive, handle stress, and live an uncluttered life. I’m currently experiencing this phenomenon first hand since my son started teething.

Never Eat Alone: Social Arbitrage

This is the tenth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

The GRS Garden Project: September 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for September 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) After a long productive summer, our September in the garden was kind of anticlimactic. Sure, we continued to harvest our home-grown food, but neither of us was particularly “in” to the garden this month.

20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches

For millions of people Google is an indispensable search tool that they use every day, in all facets of their lives.