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Price Per Unit Isn’t Always Useful

The idea of “price per unit” is a pretty useful one to have when you’re shopping for goods.

Cat litter with microcontrolled motion detection and LED counter

Materials: Ikea: Metod/ Maximera 40cm (490.243.06) Ikea: Trofast (800.892.39) Ikea: Utrusta 40cm(802.046.73) Ikea: Variera Drawe mat (800.128.53) Trixie 2-Way Cat Flap door Arduino Uno single-board microcontroller Adafruit PIR motion sensor Adafruit Neopixel Stick 8x Metal Pushbutton Some cables and a plastic box that previously housed a soldering iron from Biltema. Description:   I wanted to

Ask the Readers: What benefits have you seen from the Affordable Care Act?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. The healthcare landscape has certainly changed in the two years since J.D. asked “What Do You Want to Know About the Economics of Health Care?” back in August 2012. Now that the Affordable Care Act is being implemented, we’d like to hear what your experience has been so far and what benefits you’ve seen. The U.S.

5 Simple Steps To Become An Independent Person

Are you always waiting for your friends to go to the movies with you? Do you rely on your parents or siblings when there is something that needs to be fix at home? Do you depend solely on your colleagues at work? If you answered yes, then you should listen to what Pandora Poikilos said: “We are so accustomed to the comforts of "I cannot", "I do not want to" and "it is too difficu

Supplements to Boost Your Brain: A Primer on Nootropics

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mans Denton.  For all the discussion about health and fitness, the primary driver of the human organism is often left out: the brain. Since the 1950s, neuroscience has made discoveries that we can use to improve our memory, focus, alertness, and general cognitive abilities. The application of these discoveries led to the birth of “nootropics,̶

How to Perform a Muscle-Up: An Illustrated Guide

During this Rings 101 week, we’ve covered the basics of equipment, how to grip the rings, and a beginner’s workout to get you started with using the rings to build strength and fitness. As you gain more skill and confidence on the rings, one likely goal you’ll start aiming for is successfully performing the muscle-up. It’s no easy feat.

Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

Preface by Editor This post will explain how heat can be used to increase growth hormone, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance. It’s authored by Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D, and it’s comprehensive.

A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36.

When Your Spouse Passes Away

A few days ago, I received an utterly heartbreaking email from a reader whose husband had passed away a week ago. She is in her fifties and has two grown children who are fully independent.

Free-standing Billy lockers

Materials: BILLY bookcase This is my free-standing Billy bookcase-into-lockers hack. (My first!) We started with our lovely Billy bookcases in Birch: Next, we screwed the bookshelves together through the pin holes and removed the center support shelf. This involved a little disassembly, but nothing too difficult. We built a face frame out of 1×3 pine, which we learned is very soft!

Make your mirror look like 1000$

Make a grundtal mirror look like a modern “gubi mirror” So what you need is: Grundtal mirror Leather belts or leather straps approx 240 cm. Belt buckle Rivet tool Stud rivets A hammer Hole puncher Glue Clamps So if you buy belts instead of leather straps you can skip the first part. Usually leather straps comes in the length of 120 cm so you will need 2 for them to wrap around the mir

The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, s

Upgrading BESTA with Nordic-DIY-design lighting, glass panels & oak top

Materials: BESTA The only good thing about BESTA are the glossy white doors. The sides have that typical IKEA look, which for me was a no-no. I’ve upgraded the sides with glass (think: white iphone 4 backside) and attached it with double-sided tape. Next I had a local carpenter make an oak slab with whitewash-wax applied to it which now finishes the top. Lastly I DIY-ed 2 light fixtures.

LAMPAN Lampshade

Today we are featuring a very cool hack by VanAllesWat Ontwerp from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. These guys have come up with not 1, but 29 different covers for the IKEA LAMPAN, turning the rather standard looking lamp into an instant eye-catcher. Materials 1 x LAMPAN Table lamp 1 x 3D Printed Lampshade of your choice How To Choose a lampshade (we used no.5 Stef) and a filament.

Expedit Shelving & Computer Desk Hack

Materials: EXPEDIT Please find instructions on how I created a computer desk from a Expedit shelving unit. Besides purchasing a Expedit shelving unit, I also bought shelving supports, melamine board to make a keyboard shelf, keyboard brackets, white hardwood cupboard backing roughly 70.5cm width x 185cm height.