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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Help Evan find the perfect desk

Reader Evan sent us the following question:

Gardening Basics: What to Do with All That Extra Zucchini

This is a guest post from my wife. I could not have written this — I hate zucchini. Ah, summer. Or, as it’s sometimes known, zucchini season. If you were one of those brave souls that planted zucchini this year, it’s about to start exploding. Or perhaps where you live, it’s already mid-explosion! It’s time to start finding ways to use all that produce.

How NOT to Get Freelance Work

It goes without saying that in the process of doing business, mistakes will be made — especially in the beginning. Small mistakes and stumbles happen, but there are a few that beginners make that can put a freelance career on the rocks before it has even started.

Shared Dreams: How My Wife and I Got on the Same Financial Page

When my wife and I approached our financial meltdown, our financial planning and spending was in pure chaos. We both spent according to our whims and we tackled bills and such without any real pattern or consistency.

Replace large, home gym equipment with a Wii Fit

I dislike exercising in a gym full of workout equipment. I prefer to play competitive sports in the Big Blue Room instead of puffing away on a treadmill to nowhere. Unfortunately, this means that most winters I’ll add five to 10 pounds to my weight because the weather doesn’t always want to cooperate with my outdoor sports preferences. I’m also obsessed with video games.

Review: The Six-Day Financial Makeover

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book of interest.

Are you sane?

By Philip BrewerBack in the days before science and modern medicine made their contributions to the field of mental health, sanity was a pretty arbitrary thing.  Even in those dark days, though, it was useful to have a test for sanity, so you could determine if someone reached the minimum threshold of mental competence to be allowed to manage their own affairs.  Here's one test.  Would you

Ask the Readers: How to Get Started with Investing?

Christina sent a question that puzzles many people — including me. Once we’ve established good personal finance habits, we know that it’s time to begin investing. But how? Christina writes:

Workspace of the Week: Organized Pixar wall

This week’s Workspace of the Week is hotrocket’s Pixar desk:

From pillowcases to placemats

Melissa Fehr is one prolific Ikea hacker. She's done it again with these post-Christmas castaways. She dismantles the Isig pillowcases and refashions them into placemats, each complete with contrasting cutlery pocket and coaster. Click to view more of her placemats and coasters on her blog. See Melissa's other hacks: - Her famous shower curtain dress - A pillowcase skirt

How To Lose Friends And Influence Nobody

I interviewed a lot of people for my last book. From neighborhood moms to well-known personalities. Within minutes certain interviewees did something that made me immediately NOT want to continue talking with them. And, guaranteed they’d never make it into the book. Interestingly, the higher profile they were, the more likely they were to do it. What was the thing that was so undesirable?

What We Can Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs

What challenges do we really face when we start our own small businesses, and how can we overcome them? What does it take to make the leap of faith? And what are the rewards of being entrepreneurs?

Gore's call for 100% renewable electricity by 2018

Al Gore Thursday made an important speech in which he called upon the United States to generate 100% of its electricity by renewable means by 2018. This is exactly the approach we need to achieve what is scientifically necessary. I haven't spoken to them yet, but I believe it is entirely in line with the calls of 1Sky.org and 350.org, the climate change organizations whose policies I support.

Happiness Project: Get rid of things that don’t work.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you should 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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Resurrecting the Lost Art of Oratory

“Oratory is the parent of liberty. By the constitution of things it was ordained that eloquence should be the last stay and support of liberty, and that with her she is ever destined to live, to flourish, and to die. It is to the interest of tyrants to cripple and debilitate every species of eloquence. They have no other safety. It is then, the duty of free states to foster oratory.”