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By Brett Kelly

I Have a Ton of Beta Invitations - Want One?

As I’ve said time and time again, I spend a ridiculous amount of time in front of a computer. I’m also a huge “tinkerer” when it comes to new applications and services, so I’m always curious to see what the next big thing will be, particularly in the social media and productivity arenas.

Event: Make Good Ideas Happen

The ideas that most need to happen are those that push forward the social causes and issues of our day. So Behance teamed up with alldaybuffet for an Internet Week NY event that introduced the nonprofit world to creative productivity.

Must Read: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

I just finished reading The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. It’s brilliant. And I’m now going on a crusade to make it required reading in every high school and college curriculum.

A Small Bite: The Sensible Way to Splurge

This is a guest post from my wife. I need dessert. After a fine meal — home-cooked or dining out — I simply don’t feel satisfied without a bit of something sweet. The slowing metabolism that comes with encroaching middle age means I must do one of three things: fight the urge and feel deprived give in wholeheartedly to my craving and regret it later find a middle ground

The big picture: Organizing work files

When I was in college, I served on the International Board of Officers for a community service organization. More than 10,000 kids across the world were members of the organization and 11 of us served on the Board the year I was a Trustee. Being on the Board was an incredible experience and it taught me a great deal about leadership, running a large organization, and time management.

Happiness Interview with Unclutterer’s Erin Doland.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Book review: The Drunkard's Walk

By Philip BrewerThe Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow. The human brain has a powerful capability to spot patterns. It's so good at spotting patterns, it can spot patterns that aren't even there. It's this fact that makes randomness--the topic of Mlodinow's new book--so interesting and so confusing.

A Radical Goal Setting Technique That Works

Goal setting techniques are not always very effective. They are often overcomplicated or do not inspire motivation from the user. When it comes to goal setting, simpler is better. You want to accomplish as much as possible by taking the quickest road from A to B. This goal setting technique is simple enough and it will destroy your excuses and obstacles along the way.

What will it take to save the world?

This is a guest post by Leslie Berliant, blogger and editor at Celsias.com. Let's give her a big No Impact Man welcome with lots of comments. Do you agree with the scenarios she imagines? Would you be willing to deal with them? Or do you imagine happier possibilities?

Three Truths to Help You Create a Life of Gratitude

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Nonconformity. On a recent trip to Ohrid, Macedonia, I arrived in the middle of the night after a six-hour bus ride through Albania. It was my first time in Macedonia, so I didn’t know my way around very well. I carried my bags through the small town, finally locating my guesthouse after a half-hour trek.

Preventing Email Bankruptcy: From 1920’s Postcards to Video Confessions

Auto-response from Gary Vaynerchuk: Subject line: Thanks for the email — click the link Hey, here’s a link that will explain everything! http://tv.winelibrary.com/garyvs-inbox [video above]

Daily Links: 100 Pushups Edition

Here’s a quick plug for my fitness blog, Get Fit Slowly. A bunch of us started the one hundred pushup challenge today. Our goal is to be able to do one hundred pushups by the end of July. This seems nearly impossible to me right now — I can’t even do ten pushups. I’ll be posting daily reminders to prompt participants to do their exercise.

The happiness of a new family tradition: Restaurant Night.

One of my resolutions is “Cultivate rituals and traditions.” We recently started a delightful new one (I’ve decided that “new tradition” is no oxymoron in our house.) It’s called “Restaurant Night.” The Big Girl suggested it a few weeks ago, and we’ve done it twice, and it was a huge hit.

How To Write an Effective Thank You Note for Any Occasion

With graduation season recently passed and many early summer weddings ongoing, a lot of people are facing the task of writing a big pile of notes to friends and family, thanking them for their gift-giving generosity. I’ve faced down this big task several different times in my life - and interestingly enough, most of those occasions fell squarely in the middle of the month of June.

Ceramic tiles to the rescue

JoBeth from Singapore has an old Ikea table (name long forgotten) that little sis destroyed and Dad saved. All you need to re-create this tiled table top, which I think will look great on a lack coffee table, are a hammer, ceramic tiles in different colours, tile adhesive, grout, a sponge and an eye for colour coordination.See JoBeth's tiled table top instructions.