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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Organized tool kits

Kits are great to assemble or purchase because all of the tools you need for a project are in one location and usually everything has a fixed “home” within the kit.

David Ortiz

“They pick me [to be tested for steroids] every time. I don’t know why.

In Praise of Sprezzatura: The Compleat Gentleman Giveaway

Editor’s note: This a guest post by Brad Miner. Mr. Miner is the author of The Compleat Gentleman. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. What was once called sprezzatura, a wonderful word coined by the sixteenth-century writer Baldassare Castiglione, is a kind of graceful restraint that is an elemental characteristic of true civility.

Linkswitch #2

Ryan Carson of A List Apart presents an interesting method of scheduling your work — The Four-Day Week Challenge. Jonathan Fields looks at the consequences of the sedentary blogger’s lifestyle — which applies pretty much equally to most freelancers — in Fat Bottom Bloggers: Is Your Blog Killing You? Our FreelanceSwitch Twitter man Roger Byrne found a few articles about keeping your san

The Spending Habits of the Average American

Last week, Diane dropped a line asking for information about the spending habits of the average American. She wrote: I am trying to find sites that will provide average spending habits — such as how much an average person spends on food per week or how much a family spends on entertainment, that sort of thing.

How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet

By Paul Michael It’s not a fun feeling. You’ve reached the checkout at the grocery store, you feel into your pocket, or purse, and realize that your wallet is missing. You heart stops, you walk out without your shopping and proceed to panic.

A leg up for this coffee table

It's TV stands today. Two more posts after lunch. Craigslist is a great place to hunt if you're looking for bits and pieces of Ikea to hack. Tim found this neat coffee table (its name, anyone?) to prop up as a TV stand. He says, "I needed a TV stand that was tall enough to see over the corner of my couch. I was using an old retro dining table with a formica top.

Unplugged and uncluttered

Back in May, Oprah aired an episode titled “The ‘What can you live without?’ experiment, Part 2.” Oprah asked two families to unplug and unclutter for one week and see how it changed their lives. I didn’t see the episode, but on Friday, CNN.com published an article about it in their Living section.

How to Consolidate Multiple Inboxes into One

Fairly recently here at Dumb Little Man, I wrote a post which shared my tips on clearing a massively crowded inbox. At the time, I had 5 email accounts and they all had thousands of emails into them.

Watch the trailer for No Impact Man: The Documentary

First of all, on Wednesday (7/15) at noon EST, I'm moderating an online discussion--a "webinar"--on so-called "green banking." Want to be part of the discussion? Click here.But meanwhile, if you want a sneak preview of the trailer of the No Impact Man documentary, which comes out at the same time as the book, click here. Exciting!

Three Simple Changes To Get Fit and Green at the Same Time

Post written by Leo Babauta.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 16: Moving to Australia

In the recent GRS reader survey, one common request was to delay the weekly podcast announcement until after the show so that I could provide a brief written summary for those who don’t have the time or the inclination to listen.

Nine Ways I Use Google Calendar to Keep My Money Straight

Over the last year, I’ve been gradually moving away from a paper calendar (I used a Moleskine desk diary for it) to using Google Calendar for keeping track of all of my appointments, important dates, and other such information.

Announcing the New Art of Manliness T-Shirts

Well we’ve upped the design on the Art of Manliness website and we thought it was time to up the coolness of our t-shirts as well. We’ve teamed up with the awesome men at Tankfarm Clothing to create a new line of AoM shirts.

Is Being Materialistic As Prevalent as People Say?

One thing I hear quite often is “It’s awful, people are so materialistic. They think that buying things can make them happy, but it can’t.” Well, that statement contains more than one idea. The first is “Money can’t buy happiness.” True, money can’t buy happiness, but spent wisely, it can contribute mightily to a happy life.