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By Jules

Advice from Sebastian Junger on achieving a remarkable life

The September issue of Outside magazine has an inspiring interview with author-documentarian-bar-owner Sebastian Junger that speaks directly to an uncluttered pursuit of a remarkable life.

A very stylish document scanner

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Fujitsu company has released a ScanSnap unit with a traditional lacquered finish, but — and this is the painful part — it appears to only be available in Japan: The S-1300 and S-1500 units can fold up to look like a decorative box on your desk, which is as clever as it is beautiful.

Responsibility and authority

It turns out you can get a lot done if you focus on responsibility rather than authority.

Negative Emotions Diminished by Difficult Mental Challenges

Can thinking about being happy make you less happy?

Wave Goodbye

Tech autopsy of Google Wave: did Google forget to answer the essential question "what's it for?"

Reader Mailbag: Dream House

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. 401(k) profit sharing 2. Online job application tips 3. Illness and challenges 4. College freshman advice 5. Mortgage decisions 6. Annuities for retirement? 7. Refinancing questions 8. Universal life policies 9.

find stillness to cure the illness

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter . It’s a busy day, and you’re inundated by non-stop emails, text messages, phone calls, instant message requests, notifications, interruptions of all kinds. The noise of the world is a dull roar that pervades every second of your life.

Keeping Clients: Ongoing Clients & Agency Work

By definition, the word “freelancer” implies that you are self-employed take on several projects from multiple parties. Many freelancers find this sort of a glamorous life, but in a sense I have to argue against it. In fact, there’s not too much that is desirable about scraping for food.

Effektively hiding a cat box

Materials: Effektiv: base with legs, add-on unit (high), door; Metrik door handles Description: Cat box hacks are becoming so common on Ikeahacker that this hardly counts as a hack. I thought I'd send it anyway, since I haven't seen the Effektiv used this way before.

Help! My Debt Snowball Is Melting!

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The summer heat has taken a toll on my debt snowball. Two months ago, I paid off the last of my credit card debt, but I still have thousands of dollars in loans.

"The Less Money Matters to You, the More Careful You Need to Be With It."

Happiness interview: Zac Bissonnette. I met personal finance expert Zac Bissonnette when we were on a panel together, and I was impressed by his command of the research and statistics related to working, debt, higher education costs, and money -- particularly because he was still in college!

Simply Said...How to Motivate Yourself

There are a lot of times in our lives when we've got an external structure or impetus to stay motivated.When you're in college, you generally don't cut your compulsory classes just because you're feel like goofing off – you don't want to get penalized, and you don't want to miss valuable content.When you've got a job, you don't decide to have a long lie-in on Monday mornings.

4 Fool-Proof Methods for Slaying Health-Sucking Vampires

We live in an age of vampires. And their numbers are on the rise. No, I’m not talking about the blood-sucking ones (I leave those to Buffy and Blade to deal with).

99 Excuses For NOT Making Ideas Happen

There’s an old Yiddish proverb that goes, “If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.” In other words, if you’re NOT doing something, what does it matter why? We recently polled our friends on Twitter for a list of the most common excuses for NOT making ideas happen. Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelming.

Boxing Basics Part VI: Punching Combinations

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. So we’ve gone over the various punches and how to defend those punches; now it’s time to get into some combinations. A single punch by itself is pretty much useless.