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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Portable laptop stand with fans

Materials (IKEA): BRADA – Laptop Support, black. LANSA – Handle, stainless steel. Other materials: 3 old desktop fans mounted with screws and connected to a single USB cable. 2 CDs with additional decoration glued Fix-all. 4 Ports USB Hub glued to the Laptop Support with Fix-all. Drill 2 holes for the screws to go through and attach the LANSA handle. Using a hole saw drill 3 circl

Ask the Readers: Cheap luggage or expensive luggage?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. It’s spring! Don’t you just feel like hitting the road? Well, maybe you do if you don’t travel for a living. Either way, luggage. I’ve had my fair share of experiences with luggage over the years. Lost luggage, broken luggage, matching luggage — you name it.

Updates to the Envato Privacy Policy

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The 4 Steps To Align Your Life With Your True Self

Mid-life brings about many transitions.  Children leaving home, aging parents, divorce, remarriage, and career changes can leave us asking the questions: Who am I?  What do I really want? How do I even know what I want? I spent many years, decades actually, not having a clear vision and path for my life. I was a wreck in every way: physically, emotionally and mentally.

How to Defy Gravity on Earth (And Win $2,000+ Worth of Prizes)

Unless you’ve been to outer space, the next few minutes are worth your time. Below are the details of The Zero-G Giveaway. My goal is simple: I want to you to have one of the coolest experiences on the planet. Namely, floating like an astronaut, experiencing weightlessness, and grinning ear-to-ear for a week afterward. I’m not selling anything and no purchase necessary.

The Art of Small Talk: 5 Questions Never to Ask

Yesterday while making small talk with the guy working the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store, I asked him something that made me feel like a total heel.

5 Simple Ways to Get Better at ANYTHING Fast!

I want it and I want it now!  We say this to ourselves every single time we demand instant gratification, quick results, or fast progress at something- even though we may sound like children.  There are some ways to actually speed up the way we learn and improve at something however.

MICKE Computer Desk Arcade Stick Hack

Materials: MICKE Computer Desk Installed a custom 2 player fight stick panel into my Micke computer desk drawer to be used as a pull-out arcade setup. All sanwa parts for the joysticks and buttons, two Akishop PS360 PCBs which allow connectivity for PC, PS3, & Xbox360.

“As Long as the Good Habits Outnumber the Bad Ones, I’m Ahead of the Game.”

Interview: Frank Bruni. Frank Bruni has written several books and is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. His brand-new book is a bestseller that has received a huge amount of buzz: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.

“Most Ambitions Belong to the Past”: Reflections on A Neurosurgeon’s Final Year of Life

I recently stumbled upon an essay from Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who died earlier this year at the age of 37. I read the whole thing several times and was struck by several passages, including this one: “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state.

In praise of the digital calendar

Dave has declared his love of the wall calendar, and I agree with the points he made. I also know plenty of other people who work well with either paper wall calendars or planners they carry with them.

The dark side of big goals.

The ego loves big goals like a sugar addict loves sugar. The ego will tell you that the bigger the goals you have, the bigger the person you are. I should probably tell you now that I’m the kind of person who has very big goals. And if we had tea to jam on your life, and if you had even an iota of ambition, I would probably take that iota and get alchemical with it and blow it sky high.

14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading. 1. Demands of the customers are constantly changing Clients can be different, as well as their requirements.

Small Kitchen, Big Plans, no problem!

Materials: GNEDBY shelf unit, NORJE doors After the renovation of our kitchen we have a wasted small niche. Then I had a brilliant idea. I have 6 white Gnedby shelves firmly screwed into each other and I got the Norje doors, which we used for our kitchen. With 6 shelves an appropriate division arose, so I used two glass doors at the top and three solid doors at the bottom.

Want to Succeed? Let Go

When I joined my college improv comedy troupe during my freshman year at UPenn, I wasn’t the only newly inducted member in the group. Another guy named Pete came on board with me. Pete and I were total opposites.