It's Friday! If you have no plans for the weekend, maybe it's time to create a few industrial pipe stools for your home. Love Grows Wild has a great DIY tutorial on how to build these awesome stools, so hurry and gather your supplied to build these before the weekend passes you by.
As many should know by now, BB-8 the spherical droid, is not cgi. The droid is an actual physical object that the actors were able to interact with. BB-8 has been developed with the aid of Sphero the company that developed the smartphone controlled RC ball.
Well Christian Poulsen has already hacked said RC ball into a mini BB-8! If you want to build your own little BB-8, Poulsen has a breakdown on how to make one at Make:
Great Vsauce video on calculating how long it would take until we run out of names, as well as what a name's effect is on individuals. I found this quite interesting mostly because my name is super common and I often ponder about this very subject.
If you're looking for a fun weekend project or a fun DIY gift for someone, this is definitely a fun project to pick up.
The guys over at Man at Arms: Reforged build the Hylian Shield from scratch. Awesome!
Being a creative, it's important to market yourselves in anyway possible. One of such ways is creating fan art of things that we enjoy to hone our skills, and the only way to really show this is to post these types of work online.
It becomes very unfortunate when someone else decides to copy and paste your work found online and sell them for profit without consent. Recently a good friend of mine, Stephanie Chow, discovered that BubulinkShop has taken some of our fan work and decided to sell it without our permission. Please be on the look out for any of these products. We did not give permission for them to take these images.
Using mobile devices to make payments will be inevitable, thus all the different companies trying to figure out how to do this correctly especially the peer to peer aspect. Paypal and Venmo are the ones that come to mind. Square cash is a new service created by Square that uses the "$" tag with a handle you create in order go get paid. Watch the video to see how they envision this to work.
Let me put it this way, it'll make payments that much easier at conventions when a customer doesn't have cash or credit card on hand to pay for goods, but has their phone.
I haven't been stressed about money per se, but I've been concerned over my spending habits and have wondering if I'm living beyond my means. The idea of living paycheck to paycheck frightens me, but luckily, I've been able to save up over the years so that my fear over spending money has no real solid ground. But still, I must keep myself in check.
I read the above quote today on Austin Kleon's blog post "Keep your overhead low" and it piqued my interest. Especially the equation he provided:
Low overhead + “do what you love” = a good life.
“I deserve nice things” + “do what you love” = a time bomb.
Seeing the word 'overhead' automatically has an association with business plans, but really can be applied to our lives as well. Too often do I see people living beyond their means only to fall back and suddenly realize that they really shouldn't have spent that money. Then I turn that lens on myself and see the same thing. We live in a world that thrives on consumerism and shuns those around us that don't have the latest iPhone, but when it comes down to it, does owning high end 'status symbols' change who you really are? I would argue no, you are still who you are, just more in debt.
Live frugally so you can do the work you want to do. Save up some “screw you” money, so you can quit a job you hate to take a job you like better. Turn away venture capital money and bootstrap so you can keep control over your business.
Remember, you define you, not your stuff. Create more, spend less.
Michael Williams, founder of A Continuous Lean, was asked by Mr. Porter to create a short tutorial on how to properly care for your raw denim jeans. I think I've been caring for my jeans completely incorrectly. Time to change my jean care habits.
I just discovered designer Kelli Anderson and a great video about her and her process and I'm blown away! I love everything about her thought process and how she's not stuck at her computer designing, but designing in a very intentional and active way beyond her desk. Definitely a new rock star design inspiration for me.
For all you peeps who put sriracha on everything, it's time to start making your own! Check out this awesome recipe to make your own sriracha at home and don't forget to protect yourself while making it. I'm sure it'll burn like crap if you get it on yourself. Find the recipe at Americaskitchenfeed.com!
'Inhibitions' is the latest piece that I've completed. It was a really fun piece to do, but also a great learning process in terms of overcoming my fear of painting over precious brush strokes that I had already laid down. Painting is a process and you can't get too attached to any part of it because, at any moment, it has the potential to be changed.
One of the ways that I helped myself get over this was painting a smaller version as a study to mess around with. It was something tiny that I didn't have to worry too much about and allowed me to be more fluid and free with slapping wherever I wanted to.