How about non-fiction books that aren't full of practical advice? The collected writings of Stephen Jay Gould; Godel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter; generally books explaining the world and universe we live in. I've improved my life more with the stuff I've learned in them than anything I've read in a 'self-help'… » 11/18/14 6:52am 11/18/14 6:52am

"Get out of the square mile" – that means he's a member of the City of London Police force, rather than the Metropolitan Police that preside over the rest of London. The City of London Police are proper, old-school policeman, silly hats and all. If he'd done this anywhere else in London, the Met would have have him in… » 11/18/14 8:59am 11/18/14 8:59am

The obvious suggestion: YNAB (aka You Need A Budget). Downloading the app is free, but you need to purchase a one-off $60 licence to use it. But the app encouraged me to start using the YNAB method of budgeting – saving me over $500 in the first month of use alone. It paid for itself in a week. I can't recommend it… » 9/29/14 11:03am 9/29/14 11:03am

Zanardi wasn't a great Formula 1 driver, but he's one of the greatest men to have driven a Formula 1 car. A real inspiration. And, for what it's worth, a huge Lewis Hamilton fan, which makes me feel a lot better about supporting a driver that everyone thinks is a massive douchebag. » 9/26/14 6:38am 9/26/14 6:38am

Doesn't this undermine a significant number of Lifehacker posts? "Be more organised by doing this"; "Follow this person's work schedule to be more successful"; "Take such-and-such piece of advice to be better at life". Whereas, of course, the real secret to being better at things is to know yourself well enough to do… » 9/22/14 9:01am 9/22/14 9:01am