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By John Wesley

Rick Rubin on Losing 135+ Pounds, Working With World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), and Breaking Down The Complex

Our conversation took place in a barrel sauna like this. “It’s [about] getting closer to the source and not being distracted by any nonsense…” – Rick Rubin Rick Rubin has been called “the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years” by MTV. Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep as he is soft-spoken.

Hackers Help: How to prevent shelf sag in large Pax wardrobes?

Photo: IKEA.com I’m looking for suggestions for preventing shelf sag in Pax wardrobes.  Some, even not heavily loaded, shelves are sagging and causing the side panels of the wardrobe cabinet to spread pulling out the small plastic pins that hold the shelves in place and eventually allowing the shelf to drop.

Practicing Non-Judgment

By Leo Babauta We go through our day judging our experiences, other people, ourselves: this is good, this is bad. If all goes well, most of it will be good, but more than we realize, we dislike certain experiences, things about people, about ourselves. We “like” online comments by others, or pages on the Internet.

So You Want to Be an Art Director?

NBA Slam Dunk History by Kuba Bogaczyński.Design and illustration careers are as varied as the artists that hold them. Today we’ll take a peek behind the curtain at the career paths of Art and Creative Directors. Directors in the design world serve a variety of functions and can wear a variety of hats.

“Make Your Dream Trip a Reality”: Week 3 Recap (Book Your Flight)

Every day for six weeks, we’re teaching people how to “Make Their Dream Trip a Reality.” You can watch each lesson for free on the day it’s broadcast, or you can purchase the whole course and have access anytime. This was our third week with the in-studio audience and the thousands of people who participated online.

6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XLIV

I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Cat Cinema? It’s a Thing — Can you think of anything better than going to a movie with your feline friend? Memorable Ways People Have Quit Their Jobs — Thinking of quitting your job?


I made an apron out of an Ikea FRAKTA bag. I took the bag completely apart, cut and stitched it. The handles were also used; had to add a little “non-Ikea” material for the tie. It works great in bathing dogs. It’s waterproof, one size fits all, and it’s sturdy.. ~ Elaine Yost The post IKEA FRAKTA Bag Apron appeared first on IKEA Hackers.


I do not think that if you repeat a thousand times a day: “I am tall,” you will grow by the power of self-suggestion. Nor do I believe to repeat: “I am rich”, will miraculously turns it into a rich person for the night. But many people believe that.

Ask the Readers: How are you leveraging personal relationships?

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. I recently started a new job; and while I didn’t know anyone at the company prior to applying, that doesn’t mean that everything was one giant coincidence. A few years ago, one of my grad school friends mentioned that he was doing freelance SEO (search engine optimization) work for attorneys. Curious, I asked him to teach me.

15 Self Help Books Everyone Needs To Read

Self-help and personal development material is one of those things that's either embraced with open arms, or pushed away like a bad meal. I prefer the former. And I'm guessing that if you're reading this article right now, you're (at least) thinking about embracing this list of self-help books below. So, without further ado, here are 15 of the best self-help books available today.

31 Promises to Change Your Life

As a young girl, I learned early that I was different. I heard family members talking; I heard the mean taunts and the comments about my mother. I was constantly compared to a woman I knew nothing about. Every time I did something wrong or didn’t get something right, I would brace for the barrage of insults and name calling.

Podcast #114: Becoming a Kabuki Warrior With Chris Duffin

World record-setting powerlifter Chris Duffin embodies what Teddy Roosevelt called “the strenuous life.” Not only has he trained hard to lift superhuman amounts of weight, but he’s strived to be the best man he can be in his family and professional life.

How to Clean and Maintain a Gas Grill

There is perhaps no finer way to spend a summer evening than grilling and enjoying the fruit of your efforts with friends and family. Doing so of course requires a properly functioning grill. Gas grills often have a long lifespan, but that can be shortened if you don’t clean and maintain yours regularly.

5 Smart Reasons to Practice Creative Visualization

“Oh gosh! Is this what the rest of my life is going to look like?” Have you ever found yourself asking this tough dilemma? Have you ever felt like something in your life is taking the wrong direction?

BEKVÄM kitchen cart improvement

We bought a BEKVÄM kitchen cart and wanted to improve it. 1. You can push the cart without having to lift it 2. Guides to stop stuff from rolling off the top 3.