Jeff Lee

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The Mileage Run Isn't Dead, It's Moved to Premium Economy

Back in the old days (before 2014), travelers had it pretty good. It was possible to earn huge sums of miles and top-tier elite status for very …

British Airways

How to Ask Great Questions

Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information—requesting status updates from a team leader, for example, or questioning a counterpart in a tense negotiation. Yet unlike professionals such as litigators, journalists, and doctors, who are taught how to ask questions as an …

Psychology

Bay Area family’s arduous quest to create a backyard container home

A year ago, Joshua To set out to build a 640-square-foot home made of four metal shipping containers in the backyard of his Menlo Park home. A design …

Housing

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Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

The president's unofficial 'filing system' involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they're supposed to be preserved.<p>Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out …

Donald Trump

A Big Overlooked Risk in Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

You might reduce your exposure to poor returns on investments, but you're increasing this other important risk factor.<p>There are plenty of arguments …

Where pilots and flight attendants sleep on long flights

The part of the plane passengers never see<p>As the crowded, busy summer season approaches and travelers everywhere have less personal space than ever, let's take a look at some of the most secret places onboard planes: crew rest areas.<p>These are parts of the plane most passengers never get to see, but …

How to have a zero waste kitchen: tips from Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Skye Gyngell and more

According to the campaigning waste charity Wrap, UK households bin 5m tonnes of edible food every year. That is 1.1m tonnes less than in 2007, a drop that, in CO2 terms, is equivalent to taking 2.2m cars off the road each year. But, clearly, there is still a lot that could be done to inspire us to …

Jamie Oliver

This Side Hustle Can Help You Build Long-Term Wealth, and You Don't Need a Ton of Money to Start It

Ask yourself these questions to build yourself a profitable empire.<p>Some of the wealthiest people I know made their money in real estate.<p>They didn't start out big. They started by buying one small property or project, and then after the first came a second, and so on.<p>I personally didn't start …

Real Estate

10 Prefab Shipping Container Homes From $24k

Shipping containers are cool! They’re big, empty, uniform boxes that you can put things in, and, with a bit of elbow grease, turn into a livable …

Why “Trading Up” Your House May Be Killing Your Financial Future

Sometimes living in that 2-bedroom condo will give you an opportunity to save a lot of your wealth for other investments.View the full article: Why …

Introduction to Investing in Mortgage Notes

Intro & Prerequisites<p>Investing in real estate is cool. The benefits of owning cash-flowing assets and the status that goes along with it has …

The Mysterious Life and Death of Frank Meyer, the Man Behind Meyer Lemons

The lemon variety made its way to the US via the tiger-fighting, monkey-smuggling Most Interesting Man of the Early 20th Century.<p>If you've ever had a Meyer lemon, the sweet lemon variety beloved by celebrity chefs for its delicate and not-too-tart flavor, you can thank plant adventurer Frank N. …

MIT researchers turn water into 'calm' computer interfaces

Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to apps, seems designed to keep us enthralled. MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group wants to change that by crafting "calm interfaces."<p>The Tangible Media Group demonstrated a …

Dry, the beloved country - The Huffington Post

A dispatch from Cape Town by<p>PHOTOGRAPHS BY PIETER HUGO<p>When I moved to South Africa nine years ago, one of the first things some locals told me was to be careful using GPS. The country had rules of navigation, they told me, but ones more complicated and intuitive than a computer could manage. You …

Before and After: This $7K IKEA Kitchen is a Serious Stunner

This kitchen has lots of counterspace and TONS of storage (although, what's with that lonely floating cabinet), but it has a few issues, "ugliness …

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Bill Clinton

A trip down Market Street before the fire

Case Study: How Does Reverse Veil Piercing Occur?

<b>An Evolving Way To Attack Assets</b>Piercing the corporate veil. It sounds painful, and it is. A judgment is entered against a corporation with no …

Silicon Valley Free-moN

Silicon Valley Free-moN is an informal group of folks in the San Francisco Bay Area who are building N-Scale Modules following the Free-moN …

Silicon Valley

It's Time for an RSS Revival

The modern web contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, …

Social Media

How to Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan in 4 Steps

We’ve all heard the expression, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” In real estate, this saying certainly holds true. It’s essential that you …

Introduction to Real Estate Analysis | Analyzing Investment Deals

Have you ever wondered what a <b>Pro-Forma</b> or a <b>Cap Rate</b> is? Are you trying to figure out what <b>NOI</b> means? Do you want to know how to calculate the various …

How To Rent Your House: The Definitive Step by Step Guide

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The 50% Rule: How to Quickly Analyze a Multifamily Investment Property

As if I haven’t caused enough controversy this week (see my recent post Is it a Lie to Tell the Tenant I’m Not The Owner?) today I wanted to make a …

How to Quit Your Job in Less Than Six Months Using Real Estate Investing

(Want to download this post as an eBook instead of reading it here? Just click here to download it!)<p>Do you love your job?<p>My guess is – if you are …

How to Set Up a Backdoor Roth IRA

You may think a high income will shut you out of Roth IRA eligibility, but there’s another way in: a backdoor Roth IRA. And it can save you thousands …

Retirement

The Tech Industry’s War on Kids

How psychology is being used as a weapon against children<p>“We called the police because she wrecked her room and hit her mom… all because we took her …

Psychology

Internet Archive releases more than 200 retro LCD, LED games

Toy stores, back when they existed, used to be filled with cheaply made handheld games. These games would often be played on simple LCD displays with an array of art assets that would turn off and on depending on the player's activity. If you ever saw a kid in 1991 playing an MC Hammer game, you …

Save thousands on business class with ‘open jaw’ tickets

Most people fly to a destination and then they fly back. Savvy fliers, on the other hand, take advantage of a ticketing strategy using “open jaw” airfares, which can save a lot of money — and even offer extra bucket-list destinations for free.<p>An open-jaw itinerary means flying to one city and …