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J Simpson

J. Simpson is a prolific freelance writer, blogger, and musician, based out of Portland, Or. He is fascinated with every aspect of modern living, and how to make the best of it, frequently writing about business, technology, and spirituality, as well as every aspect of culture - music, art, literature, cinema, TV, and comics. For more from J., follow him on Twitter at @for3stpunk.
A Guys’ Guide To Gifting: Fathers & Brothers Edition
A Guys’ Guide To Gifting: Fathers & Brothers Edition

A Guys’ Guide To Gifting: Fathers & Brothers Edition

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As guys, we can have a hard time showing our emotions. Society encourages us to play the stoic, repressing everything, acting strong and tough no matter what we’re actually feeling. Any outpouring of emotion can be perceived as weakness. Taken in tandem with the reality that so much of our worth is placed on how…
A Guys’ Guide To Gifting – Lovers and Moms Edition
A Guys’ Guide To Gifting – Lovers and Moms Edition

A Guys’ Guide To Gifting – Lovers and Moms Edition

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We’ve all heard the horror stories of the boyfriend who turns up for a special occasion with some gift-wrapped lingerie or a copy of Halo 3 for the XBox. While there’s nothing wrong with these gifts, inherently, they practically shout, “I a thinking of myself. I like these things, therefore you’ll like these things.” It…
Lively Up Your Soup! 7 Tips For Exceptional Ramen
Lively Up Your Soup! 7 Tips For Exceptional Ramen

Lively Up Your Soup! 7 Tips For Exceptional Ramen

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If you are a college student, living off of a fixed income, or just trying to make ends meet (which means pretty much every non-independently wealthy person living and working in 2015), you are likely no stranger to ramen. Living off of ramen is practically a rite of passage for college students. There is almost…
Inspiring Joy: Words Of Wisdom From The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Inspiring Joy: Words Of Wisdom From The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Inspiring Joy: Words Of Wisdom From The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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“Clean your room! Do your dishes!” Do these words fill your veins with ice cubes? Does contemplating your closets and silverware drawers make you want to file your taxes, schedule a dentist appointment, or volunteer for community service – anything to avoid cleaning or organizing your apartment? Many of us carry trauma around the idea…
How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan
How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan

How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan

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One of our readers recently messaged with the question, “Can I pay for off-campus housing with student loans.” What an excellent question! The short answer is: yes!  Just remember, living off-campus can get expensive, as this New York Times article explains. In the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)’s Statement of Educational Purpose, it…
6 Perfect Comedies on Netflix for a Roommate Movie Night
6 Perfect Comedies on Netflix for a Roommate Movie Night

6 Perfect Comedies on Netflix for a Roommate Movie Night

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Nothing brings roommates together quite like movie nights. It’s a perfect night cap after a delicious dinner, (movies go great with dessert), or to come down after a hard study session. Comedies are an easy go-to, naturally, when considering options for mutual viewing. They’re easy to agree upon and light-hearted fun. There is a time…
How To Live Peacefully With Your Roommate’s Alternative Diet
How To Live Peacefully With Your Roommate’s Alternative Diet

How To Live Peacefully With Your Roommate’s Alternative Diet

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Knowing how to live peacefully with your roommate’s alternative diet can be tricky. A bit of knowledge and preparation goes a long way to smooth the transition. Roommates can be challenging at the best of times. It is increasingly common for people who have never met to end up sharing space. Your new roommate could…
How To Avoid Rental Scams
How To Avoid Rental Scams

How To Avoid Rental Scams

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Apartment hunting is daunting and stressful enough, in the best possible circumstances, without having to worry if the room is real, or the landlord exists. Unfortunately, in today’s digitally-dependent landscape, rental scams are a sad fact of life. Rental scams are hard to keep track of and difficult to police, as mentioned in an article…
Practicing Empathy To Get Along With Roommates
Practicing Empathy To Get Along With Roommates

Practicing Empathy To Get Along With Roommates

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Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. – Mohsin Hamid Whether living on your own for the first time, getting started in your career, or simply due to financial limitations, many of us will find ourselves living in a shared household at some point in our lives. According to a study conducted…
How to Find The Perfect Roommate Share
How to Find The Perfect Roommate Share

How to Find The Perfect Roommate Share

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Roommate shares are increasingly common, whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time, or just trying to get into a more ideal space. But what happens if you don’t have a wide network of friends, to build your own household? Or maybe you’re moving to a new city, or even a new…