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By Jules

Wide Standing Desk

Materials: Vika Byske Legs (5), Capita Bracket (2 packs), Lack shelf, Franklin 29' Barstool, Vika Amon Table Top Description: I was just poking around one evening and I came across the motorized standing (adjustable height) desk for around $600. I knew about standing desks but I had no idea how beneficial they could be. I really wanted one but not a small desk for $600.

Unitasker Wednesday: Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! This just may be the cutest, most precious unitasker ever! Introducing the Tea-Boy Penguin Tea Timer: It’s so cute, I am actually reticent to poke fun at it. So, let me encourage you to have fun with this $30 device in the comments.

Tim Ferriss on tolerable mediocrity, false idols, diversifying your identity, and the advice he gives startups

“For me, the objective has always been: How do you improve per-hour output to the greatest extent possible? And how do you concurrently design the lifestyle that you want to have? Because I do believe that life is intended to be enjoyed. For many people, they love what they do, but they don’t want to do it 80 hours a week.

A comfy Noresund bed head

Materials: Noresund Bed and Bomull Curtains Description: I have a Noresund Bed an I was tired always of having lots of pillows and quilts for my back, so I can read in bed without hurting my head on the metal frame. The wood is fixed on the metal frame by cable connectors. Then I measured the size for the eight pieces and cut the foam rubber in their size.

A Horse Saved My Life Last Night (And Can Save Yours Too!)

I saw Secretariat last night. Believe it or not, the movie saved my life. It could save yours too, but only if you keep reading. The love of my life, my horse Payday, physically broke me more than once in 2006, with one accident so severe it left me nearly paralyzed. Though we’d taken Ohio by storm the prior year, placing third in the state with a rookie rider and a horse that

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sick Boy Edition

Thanks to many of you who wrote to me expressing well wishes for our infant son. He’s doing much better today. On Monday, he was very lethargic and didn’t want to do anything but cuddle with me. On Tuesday, he acted normal when he wasn’t sleeping, but he slept a lot. Today, he’s acting pretty much normal, except very hungry.

For LACK Of A Reasonably Priced Chalk Table

Materials: Lack Side Table, Idealisk Measuring Cup Description: What happens when you're fed up with the cheap quality, high priced, children furniture sold in stores??? You say screw it and make your own cheap quality furniture for less. This hack came about when I tried to purchase a chalk table for my preschool art classes.

5 Tips for Freelance Mentor Relationships

credit: antonella.beccaria on flickr January is National Mentoring Month in the United States. Wherever you are in the world, I suspect that many of us have a mentor (or five) to thank for our freelance successes.


Yesterday, ugh!I woke up to a dark-gray, iced-over morning…with a headache…and deadlines…and too little sleep.Commence Pity-fest 2011. Starring me.Then, I did something I rarely do first thing in the morning.

Assorted links for January 19, 2011

Some great uncluttering and simple living articles from the news and around the web: The New York Times recently did a three-part question and answer column with professional organizer Barbara Reich.

Video: Choose One Word to Set the Tone for the Year.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Resolutions. Last week’s resolution was to Hold yourself accountable. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Think You Can’t Afford an Emergency Fund? Think Again!

Once upon a time it was enough to have a three-month emergency fund; now I hear we should aim for enough to cover a year’s worth of food, shelter, and other basics. A swell idea in theory, but this could actually discourage saving. Many people feel they could never set aside that much money, so why bother trying. Why?

3 Proven Ways To Once & For All Defeat Procrastination

I nearly put off writing this article because of an insidious disease that strikes all of us from time to time, and that disease is called procrastination. That was a joke, if you missed it. ‘Roundtuits’ are the friends of the mediocre because they are always saying that they will get around to it – somewhere into the never never future of nothing ever getting done. So allo

Limiting Beliefs

By Tina Su I never know what I’m going to write until I actually sit down to write it. Actually, the less I think about it, and just allow myself to relax into the flow, the better the writing usually takes shape. My state of mind has everything to do with the quality of the final result.

99% Conference 2011: Speaker Announcement

Creative minds from FuseProject, Pixar, IDEO, Google, and more will be speaking at the sold-out 2011 99% Conference.