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By Tim Ferriss

A Small Mistake

Important note: Despite what the credit card company told me, and despite my own mis-information, this story below apparently does NOT relate to two-cycle billing. Instead, my frustration stems from the way some credit card companies handle their grace periods. Thanks for all of the commenters who pointed out the error. For almost a decade, I refused to use a personal credit card.

TuneUp your iTunes collection

I use iTunes to organize my digital music collection and, for the most part, it suits my needs. I say “for the most part” because similar to the problem I’ve been having with the photographs that I had scanned, not all of my music has correct information associated with it.

How to Make Saving as Exciting as Spending

Saving. It’s never going to be the most thrilling word in the world, is it? Perhaps you’d like to start or increase your savings – but you somehow never have quite enough left at the end of the month.

Welcome to 99%: A Letter from the Editor

In addition to our annual conference, the 99% now encompasses original editorial, videos, and monthly sessions. Get the skinny on our new incarnation.

The Words We Love, and Why

A look at word-love; is it about the sound, mouthfeel, or newness?

Chinese Farmer Builds His Own Flying Machine

“I had this dream from childhood of not needing to climb mountains anymore. I wanted to go to school in my own flying machine.”

What Next for the CMO?

Fast Company looks at the future of the CMO title, in light of the growing democratization of corporate communications.

How to Build a 1st Place Pinewood Derby Car

When it comes to father/son bonding experiences, few can match the satisfaction of working on a pinewood derby car together. Most Cub Scout packs have an annual pinewood derby race. Little Scouts turn blocks of wood into super fast racing machines. In the process, they get a basic lesson in physics, tool handling, and competition.

Return of the Daily Links

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I posted a group of daily links. I’m not sure why I got out of the habit. Maybe I thought you didn’t like them? In any event, daily links — which might be more aptly named “once or twice a week links” — are a great way for me to share sites and stories of interest from around the web.

Are You a Money Victim?

I’ve heard it all before. You can’t earn more because of your boss. You can’t earn more because of your career path. You can’t earn more because of the economy. You can’t earn more because you don’t have enough time. You can’t earn more because you’re ugly and only the beautiful people get ahead. You can’t save more because of inflation.

The Noguchi Filing System

Link: The Noguchi Filing System is a way to organize the paper in your life without requiring that you categorize it. Basically, you use “pockets” to hold everything and place them vertically on a shelf. Whenever you need something from a pocket, you remove it from it’s place and place it back on the shelf as the leftmost pocket.

Model train display case

Bruce has a recipe for a model train display case. Those swanky cases may cost you $300-400 but at Ikea you can get it down pat for $30. He says, "Take one Ikea pull out drawer kit 39x2 (Code is 20106798 #12068) on sale for $20. Add 2 Tyglosa build it yourself picture frames#19 (70126044 supplier code 21443) for $5. Picture frames come with one rail grooved in, neat!!

A recycled office

The second post on today’s theme of “Wow, that is cool!” is about an amazing office that I found last week on Recyclart. This artist cut up and painted multiple damaged tables to create the most ingenious office shelving I have ever seen.

Reader Mailbag #76

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. We currently have a propane-fueled water heater. I live in AZ which has fairly reasonable electricity rates.

Lies, Damn Lies and Follower Counts. What Really Matters

There’s been a lot of focus on follower counts, friend counts, subscriber counts, viewer counts and readers as of late.