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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Be Solutionary, Not Revolutionary

It is invigorating to accomplish a huge project. When we sit down with a blank canvas or clean sheet of paper, we have the tendency to think big. We ask ourselves, “what can I think of that is new, surprising, and transformational?” However, some of the greatest advancements across industries were not huge, singular achievements but rather incremental improvements.

A Pipe Smoking Primer

Image from Fractal Artist Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from AoM reader Jason Mills. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that smoking or using tobacco products comes with health risks like cancer and emphysema. Thus, like most things in life, from driving to eating refined carbs, there are both risks and benefits to pipe smoking.

Life is Poetry

‘My life is my message.’ - Gandhi Each of us lives a life that expresses who we are, reacts to the world around us, shows our passions, reflects our deep river of feeling and being. We might sing out in joy, through our words and actions and expressions, we might hide in fear and pain, we might lash out in anger.

Dow 10,000 and Other Nonsense

A reporter from SmartMoney contacted me a couple of weeks ago to ask me to participate in a little game they were hosting. “All you have to do is guess when the Dow will hit 10,000,” she said. “This is just for fun.” “I’ll do it,” I replied, “but I want to make it clear that this is just a guess.

Never Eat Alone: The Write Stuff

This is the thirteenth 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.

Seven Tips If You’re Chronically Late

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips if you’re chronically late. Feeling as though you’re always running twenty minutes behind schedule is an unhappy feeling. Having to rush, forgetting things in your haste, dealing with annoyed people when you arrive…it’s no fun. If you find yourself chronically late, what steps can you take to be more prompt?

Bounce Feature in OS X Mail

OS X Mail has a neat little feature that lets you “bounce” an email back to the sender, making it look like your email address doesn’t exist.

Best of Personal Finance: 6 Things That Make Your Cover Letter Suck

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We are ready to tackle 2010's federal tax bill, the pros and cons of debt settlement companies, and how to get all the seeds out of a pomegranate.

Recession Journal V: Mind, The GAP

By Jabulani Leffall Ours is a society of self-actualization, both real and imagined.

Unitasker Wednesday: Onion ring holder

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! It is rare that I am at a loss for words, but this week’s unitasker has changed that: Thank you, reader Kimberly, for introducing me to what may be the most unitaskery unitasker of all time: the onion ring holder.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Reader Question: How control pre-baby clutter?Reader Zoe wants help keeping/preventing baby clutter from taking over her home. Junk drawers as artPhotographer Paho Mann has a rather interesting photography project of people’s junk drawers and medicine cabinets. Share and store files using DropboxDropbox is a incredibly useful file sharing application that can seamlessly be added to you

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Red Beans, Rice, Okra, and Sausage Edition

Can a meal really get any easier than that? Cook up some rice, add some red beans, frozen okra, and cooked sausage (andouille, polska, whatever you like). Sprinkle in a lot of spices (sage, cayenne, garlic, thyme, paprika, even a bay leaf if you have one) as you’re cooking it all together. Yum – supper is prepared.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week and a special bonus

Yesterday morning, my UPS delivery woman crushed my productivity when she brought me advance copies of my book: I couldn’t stop staring at the books in the box. I was transfixed. I may have even cried a little — okay, more than a little. Writing a book has been at the top of my life’s to-do list since the first time I ever made a life to-do list.

Worried About Debt? Tips On Managing Your Loans

By Silicon Valley ... I am extremely debt averse. In fact, the only debt I have is my mortgage. However, I do have family members who have been struggling with debt for a long time, whom I try to help out with some friendly advice.

7 Free or Cheap Ways to Effectively Promote Your Business Online

As a business owners, sales person, or marketer, you should always be trying to find ways to drum up more business – especially with the current economic climate. Each dollar that you spend on marketing and advertising should show a return on your investment and produce results that can help increase your bottom line.