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By Trent Hamm

The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality

As a kid, I was a big James Bond fan. Saw all the movies and read all the books. One thing I noticed about the book version of James Bond was that every time he took a shower, he would start off with the water nice and hot, and then turn it down to cold for the last few minutes.

Digital Signatures

Over the past few days, the most popular post on this site has been our explanation of how Digital Signatures & Encryption works. Understanding this is key for our society to get past the point of using dead dinosaurs (gasoline) to ship around dead trees (paper). Please take a few minutes to read it and pass it on.

Review: The Collaborative Habit

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a book of interest that’s not directly related to personal finance, but can provide deep insights into the elements of personal success. One of my favorite books I’ve ever reviewed for The Simple Dollar is Twyla Tharp’s excellent The Creative Habit.

Random Episode 8 – 2010 Resolutions with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

This new, long overdue Random episode covers our personal resolutions–personal, business, physical, and otherwise–as well as favorite recent gifts (both given and received). The video is recorded on two cameras, including Glenn’s new experimental HD delight.

On the Forums: favorite organizational items, old university notes, and make-up bags

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Organizational Item You LOVE Old University Notes How Is Your Make-Up Bag Looking? Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Book Review: Complicit - How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable

By Xin Lu This week a government committee is investigating the cause of the financial crisis by interrogating bank titans what exactly went wrong. Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable by Mark Gilbert is exactly what these government officials need to read to learn what went on in the last few years to cause the debacle.

"Not a Few Scattered Pleasures, But...Happy on the Whole Amount."

"The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount." -- Joseph Addison * I was very excited to be mentioned in this TODAY segment about "Banishing winter blues -- steps to simple happiness." Writer Sarah Bernard is talking about the New York magazine piece about Fifty Steps to Simple Happiness, which included

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Productivity and organizing insights found in Lean systemsPrograms that strive to increase productivity in the workplace are usually worthwhile systems that increase morale and creative thinking, instead of stifle it.

Trimming the Average Budget: Household Furnishings

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.

Reader Story: How I Got Married on the Cheap — And Loved It!

This guest post from Lars is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. I got married last month.

Five Ways to Get Started Making Money Online – With Insider Tips

Are you as sick as I am of blogs, ebooks and gurus all promising to teach you how to "make money online"? In many cases, they're people flogging a product that they swear any idiot could use to make a fortune … overnight … on the beach … in just two hours a day…Let's get real about this. Making money online, just like making money offline, takes real work.

Manvotional: Do You Have Hardihood?

Awhile back, we put the word “hardihood” in a post and a couple of people asked if that was even a word. Well, not only is it a word-it’s a word that’s incredibly fun to say and is a real quality that every man should aspire to. There are lots of quizzes these days designed to help you find the right field of work to match your proclivities and talents.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 16, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

How to Prepare for a Home Purchase in 2010

By Tisha Tolar With all the talk and controversy in the last year about the housing market and mortgage industry, it’s a wonder people are not petrified of buying a home in the new year. While things seem to be leveling off a bit, there have been some major changes made and getting low-interest financing is going to be tougher than ever before.

Trimming the Average Budget: Savings

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.