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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Ask Unclutterer: Cable clutter and wall-mounted televisions

Reader John submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am mounting a flat screen TV over my fireplace and the cable and electric receptacles are several feet away. What is the best way to eliminate the cable clutter in order to give it a clean look?

A champion of savings over spending

By Philip BrewerWe're subjected to constant barrage of unhelpful advice to the effect that what the economy needs is more spending. (The stimulus program is one piece of this.) It's kind of understandable: A recession is all about the downward spiral of people buying less, forcing businesses to shrink, putting people out of work, so that they spend even less.

The Intelligent Investor: Shareholders and Managements: Dividend Policy

This is the twentieth in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best book about investing ever written.

You Can Be Healthy Without Being Perfect

Photo courtesy of lottadot Since you’re reading Pick the Brain, I think I can confidently suggest that you might have some perfectionist tendencies – and that you almost certainly have a few areas of your life that you’re working on. (Both are pretty much a given, based on an interest in self-improvement and personal development.)

Ask the Readers: How to Prioritize Savings Goals?

Once you’ve paid off your debt, it’s time to save. But for many of us, it’s difficult to know where to start. Via Twitter (and edited slightly), @funkyknitwit asks:

What's cooking?

When I saw this play kitchen I could only say "Wow! Lucky baby." This is from Lisa and it's hard to believe that this is her first hack. It sure gives all hack newbies hope. She says, "This is my first hack, first blog attempt and first creative project ever. It was made with the Vika Furusund."

Workspace of the Week: Music workstation

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Brendan Burns’ home studio.

The Number One Dream Killer: Doing What Works

Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter. What’s the number one dream killer? Doing what works. By doing what works, I mean following a safe, easy, path where it’s unlikely you’ll find much that’s unknown. It’s comfortable and secure, so we think.

Don't Keep Personal Data on Work Computers

Anyone working in a professional environment knows that standard 9-5 jobs are a thing of the past. More and more, our jobs are seeping into the time that we'd spend running errands, shopping, or keeping in touch with family.

The most important factor in a balanced, sustainable lifestyle?

"I believe living a life that involves meditation, reflection, and/or prayer is the single greatest factor in moving to more balanced sustainable lifestyles. I think quiet retreat from the dominant culture is vital. I also think that individuals are incapable of staying the

Don’t Rely on One Client: 5 Ways to Avoid Trouble

During my first year of freelancing, I relied on one client for my bread and butter. When that client gave me a week’s notice that they no longer needed my services, I felt like I was up a certain creek. Over the years, I’ve had the problems with relying on just one or two clients hammered in.

How Martial Arts Can Supercharge Your Man Spirit

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rodney King.

Marketing: Necessary Must-Do or Selfish Plea for Attention?

I recently saw a question posted from a new author who said that he feels that marketing oneself is “rude and presumptuous.” Is it? Or is it a necessary task to succeed as a creative freelancer?

Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get $250,000 of Advertising for $10,000

These are not the prices I’m looking for. (Photo: hellochris) Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. -John F. Kennedy In December 2008, well-known marketing consultant John Jantsch asked me what my small business predictions were for 2009. This was my answer:

Want help a film about child poverty get made?

My friend Perch Ducote wrote to me:Hello my friends, as many of you know for the past year I have been working as an executive producer with Dan Karslake on a full feature documentary called EVERY THREE SECONDS. It's about how we can bring an end to hunger on the planet. It is going beautifully and we are moving full steam ahead.