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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Reader Questions

Here are some random question we’ve had from visitors to this site along with some attempts at answers: How does a paperless office work? A paperless office means different things to different people. Some people consider themselves paperless if they aren’t storing any paper.  Other people are trying to keep from producing or consuming paper.

Meals for the Bachelor: 5 Simple, One Skillet Recipes

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. Last week, I casually mentioned to a friend that I had gone to see a movie by myself. Personally I’ve never thought it strange to catch an afternoon matinee without accompaniment.

When Keeping Your Head Above Water Takes All You’ve Got

“It takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place.” - The Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland I receive piles of stories from readers, but the final question in yesterday’s reader mailbag really stuck with me for a while. I’ll quote it here, so you can read it again: So I sit here writing this at a very challenging job that I enjoy the bulk of, but zaps the life right

Create Additional Income Streams

I am loving the freelance life, but until my plan of winning the lottery becomes a reality, I will continue to be on the lookout for ways to maximize what’s going into my wallet while minimizing what’s coming out of it. Raj Dash wrote an excellent article about creating multiple income streams for digital nomads.

Very Vanity Vessel Hack aka Vanity with vessel sink

Materials: Hollviken vessel sink, Billy Bookshelf, Akurum cabinet Description: We determined we could fit a 1/2 bath in our large master bedroom. I wanted a vessel sink, but we couldn't afford the expensive vessel sinks seen in the modern stores, so we set out to make our own.....hence the very vanity vessel hack.

Facebook Etiquette

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles about tech-related themes. They’ve asked me to do a series of articles for the site.

On the Forums: Two challenges and a discussion on uncluttered vs minimalism

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: A Thing A Day: Uncluttering your home one thing at a time (The challenge continues with more than 116 participants. I absolutely love reading about the things people are letting go.) The Pantry Clean-Up Game Uncluttered vs minimalist Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Charity: Water

Yesterday, Charity Water launched the 2010 September campaign. Watch this video and support.

Finishing School

Slate's Christopher Beam investigates the case for getting rid of tenure.

Reuse by having community "free stores"

It saves resources, saves money, and builds community. What I like about this kind of thing is that any of us can start it anywhere at any time without going through any of the existing power structures--corporations, non-profits, government.

48 Things Frugality Has Taught Me

Today, let’s do something a little different. I’m going to list 48 things I’ve learned about myself and the world around me that I only discovered thanks to frugality. 1. I really like sun tea. 2. The patience and effort in teaching yourself something new is incredibly rewarding when you begin to succeed at it (like my piano playing). 3.

Freelance Contracting with International Clients

It used to be that freelancers were limited to the cities we live in for clients. On occasion, some freelancers could land clients and handle projects through mail, but most companies preferred to work with someone based nearby. Technology has improved since then, letting most freelancers take on clients no matter whether they’re around the corner or on the other side of the globe.

Video: Abandon a Fun Project.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Fun. Last week’s focus was Make time for fun--even if you have to schedule it like a dentist's appointment. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Simple stylish vanity table

Materials: Stave Mirror, Vika Furuskog table top + legs, Folded Chair Description: This is actually more to mix and match Ikea items to build the vanity table for my dear wife. She wanted something like the one used by many makeup artist backstage and constructed at most make up stores but somehow has some kind of English style to it..

Are you getting the Zzzzzzzzzzzz’s you need?

When your sleep schedule is disrupted and you don’t get the amount of sleep you need to function properly, you will instantly experience a drop in productivity and mental processing.