From: Broke Millennial

By: Erin Lowry

Oct. 6, 2016 — I turned off my laptop, picked up my bag and left the office of my stable, career-focused job for the last time. It had taken years of groundwork and months of deliberation for me to decide it was time to take the risk and invest in myself. However, the first two months of my freelance career were quite cushy. My former employer kept me on for part-time status, even though I got to work from home, to ease the transition of me leaving. This also meant I had part of a paycheck guaranteed and still had health benefits. As of November 1, I’m 100% on my own.

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From: Mr. Money Mustache

One of the biggest causes of my optimism for humanity’s future is something I call the Rise of the Benevolent Billionaire Nerds.

See, in the olden days, it seems that the people who rose to great power were the most aggressive ones. Warlords and Imperialists. Then the steel and railroad titans, the Mafia, and more recently publishing and oil and military tycoons. While the level of violence and corruption varied, these kingpins of the old guard were all good at converting low-wage manual labor into power and high-profit products. But often their rise was boosted through a mixture of ruthless business practices,  suppressing opposing views, political connections and bribery.

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By: Laura Adams

Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented damage to much of the Texas Coast and the Houston area after days of relentless rain, wind, and storm surges. The damages are estimated to cost over $160 billion, more than Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and will likely take years rebuild.
Even if you don’t live in a typical hurricane path, every area is prone to potential natural disasters—such as tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, flash floods, and winter storms—that could turn your life and finances upside down. So, it’s important to prepare now and know what steps to take in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Fun Ikea Hack: The Star Lamp

Sep 20
Category | General Advice

From: IKEA Hackers

IKEA items used:
MASKROS Pendant Lamp

Why this hack? The MASKROS fixture was dirty due to droppings of flies on the paper, which we could not clean.

Karine (from our FabLab) had the idea to detach all the petals of paper, and replace them with cutouts made with a type machine “silhouette cameo” that is often found in fablabs.
Each petal has therefore been detached, by removing the plastic end caps.

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From: This Old House

Sometimes disaster strikes, despite your best efforts to prevent it. And that means you should always be ready for the unexpected. The right emergency gear will help you protect your home and family, as well as deal with unpleasant realities like a post-storm power outage or broken windows. Here are the most critical tools and products to have on hand when things go wrong.

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