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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Why You Should Start a Sparring Circle

Many freelancers I’ve talked to can list a whole lot of positives to going solo. When asked about the downsides, however, I’ve found many people say that they miss the opportunity to talk about work with their co-workers.

One Way to Combat High Prices - Just Run Out of Gas

By Jason WhiteA story recently appearing in the Atlanta Journal Constitution told of a growing trend in the metro Atlanta area - people running out of gas.  This is probably to be expected considering how high prices have become, but the number has me wondering if motorists have a different motive - free gas! Free Gas in the Emergency Lane

And the winners are …

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the Internet Password Organizer giveaway. I never imagined that we would have 518 entries. Wow!

Happiness quotation from J. K. Rowling.

J. K. Rowling gave the commencement address at Harvard a few days ago. I read it online, and I loved it. In particular, I loved what she said about failure. One of my resolutions is to Enjoy the fun of failure, and I think what she said is quite true. I especially appreciated her observation, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Is Your Career Really Your Most Valuable Asset? I Say No

I came across an article recently at Free Money Finance that argued strongly on behalf of the idea that one’s career is their most valuable asset. To quote:

Trading Places with Indian Outsourcers

What happens when a successful US-based computer programmer, who lost his lucrative job to outsourcing, travels to India to try to get it back? Will he discover the secret of India’s success, or that sending jobs overseas is an unstable gamble?

Documentarian responds to messy minions

Josh Freed, the man behind My Messy Life, wrote a piece for the Montreal Gazette in which he highlights some of the reactions he received about his film. (I wrote about this documentary a couple weeks ago here.) From the article:

How to Make Your Own Small-Batch Strawberry Jam

This is a guest post from my wife. Making your own jam doesn’t have to be a big production.

Freelance with Fortune 500s: 10 Tips to Ace the Interview

If you’ve been freelancing for awhile, you may have come to the financial crossroads of Mom and Pop versus larger companies. I think it’s far easier to make money with big clients who wield big budgets, who understand the creative process and the importance of marketing and advertising.

Making Frugality a Game

If you have a spouse or a close friend and you’ve both recently made a commitment to saving money, why not try making it into a competition?

Wells Fargo’s Exciting ATM Redesign

Holger Struppek, Design Director at Hot Studio and formerly of Pentagram, has a nice case study showcasing the redesign of Wells Fargo’s ATM interface. Check it out: Maybe, it’s time for me to ditch Bank of America. Read and see more images of the project here. It’s great to see examples of design like this—mundane, everyday experiences improved through design.

More Tax Credits Coming for Homebuyers?

By Xin LuYesterday I read a news item that stated the House and Senate are considering another tax benefit for homebuyers and homebuilders. The idea the House is considering is basically giving a tax credit of $7500 to people who have not owned a home in three years. In the Senate, the version of the bill gives buyers up to $7000 for purchasing a foreclosed home.

Buying Cheap Spices: Unit Pricing in Action

In yesterday’s discussion of how unit pricing can save you money, John made a passing comment that merits closer attention. He wrote: I use unit price all the time when shopping and it’s super convenient that the stores do it for you. I did an analysis of spices that come prepackaged versus a bulk food store here and the difference is ridiculous!

a train in your coffee table

steffen builds a model train inside his ikea coffee table, vinninga.

7 Websites You MUST Check Before You Go On A Vacation

Written on 6/06/2008 by Abhijeet Mukherjee, of Jeet Blog.Summers are on and it's time to take that trip you've had been planning since last year. There is no doubt that the internet has a lot to offer for those who are planning to travel or go on a long vacation.