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By Chris Guillebeau

9 Ways to Cook Lazily and Still Get Rave Reviews

Like many people you're super busy these days. However, you appreciate the fact that eating out a lot costs a ton and frankly, it's tough to find restaurants where you completely feel at ease with the ingredients. So how do you balance this? How do you create homemade meals without spending oodles of time cooking?

Seven Things I’ve Learned from Doing It Myself

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Matthew Crawford’s excellent book Shop Class as Soulcraft, which is an extension of Crawford’s essay of the same name which appeared in 2006.

Choose the Bigger Life; No Pressure Knitting.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Ask Unclutterer: Graduation garb

Reader Eri submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: As a recent graduate, I am stuck with a graduation gown that will definitely not be worn again (the school is changing the gown colors next year, so no luck in passing it on down). I also have my high school gown tucked away somewhere. What is the best approach to get rid of these things?

Tips and Tricks for Dealing with a Recalcitrant HMO

By Sarah Winfrey There is a healthcare crisis in this country. Whether you like Obama's proposed resolution to these difficulties or not, the crisis is very real. And HMOs can be the most difficult of the current types of healthcare to deal with.

“Eighteen and Out” – Good Parenting or Bad Parenting?

A young reader writes in: I’m a high school senior and I’m going to college next fall. When I go to college, I want to be completely independent, paying my own bills. My parents insist that this is financial suicide and that they should support me through college.

Renegade TV: CleverCommute.com Founder, Josh Crandall

Last week, I had the amazing pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend from high school, Josh Crandall, after some 25 years to learn about his renegade journey and new-ish company, CleverCommute.com. The audio occasionally gets drowned out by kids and airplanes here and there because we filmed outside, but there’s a lot to be learned from Josh and how he turned a simple desire to ease a pa

When Is It Okay to Finance Fun?

At AskMetafilter last week, a user asked a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Now that I have my finances firmly under control, now that I’m building wealth, is it ever okay to finance fun? Here’s the question (with minor edits for clarification): When is it okay to finance Toys?

Bamboo blackberry cradle

Just plonking your Blackberry on your dresser nestled in a trail of cords? No way for Hrishikesh. This has to be the zen of Blackberry charging. It's a simple tweak but a solution a Blackberry user may find useful. Hrishikesh says, "I’ve always been annoyed by my phone charger.

Workspace of the Week: Picture perfect design

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JVOdesign’s home studio: These pictures showcase an amazing space. They images say more than I ever could write about them. The only thing I want to add is that JVOdesign linked to her instructions for how to make the tack wall. Thank you for such a terrific submission, JVOdesign.

The Five Key Items in Your Productivity Toolbox

When you want to get something done around the house, you might use a number of different tools – hammer, nails, superglue, detailed instructions, etc. It depends on the job, right?

Using Different Parts of Your Brain

Need to bust out of a creative rut? Try switching your tools (or environment, or colleagues).

Close Open Loops to Relax Guilt Free

Lifehacker reminds us that simple goal-setting (and the ability to complete these goals) is the best way to alleviate the stress associated with work…

The Ultimate Productivity Blog

This one demands a homepage save, to be sure.

How to Cross the Ocean on a Freighter Ship

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joseph P. Lenze. A few weeks ago Mr. Lenze shared his tips for international backpacking. Now, by popular demand, he gives us his advice on traveling by freighter ship, a manly adventure I’m willing to bet every man has dreamed about at one time or another.