This Stag Beetle Kit by Assembli is freaking awesome! The beetle itself is a work of art but their packaging is on point too. I want one to put up on my wall. Too bad Christmas has passed, otherwise it would have gone on my wish list.
I haven't posted in a very long time, but I felt like sharing what I had worked on towards the end of last year. It had been a long time coming, but I really wanted to try writing a comic where I could pour in all of my random interests and create a world where I could vicariously have fantastical adventures through.
The process of writing and illustrating it myself was quite a learning experience and I'd like to do more of it in the future and hope that I get better at it too. I was originally going to keep it to myself, but I figured ... why not? You can click the image above to read the comic. I hope you enjoy it!
If you happen to really like the comic and want a physical copy, you can purchase one through blurb.com by clicking the thumbnail of the cover.
Great video by Eric Friedensohn on how to look at life with a different perspective. There are things in life that you have no control over, and if we take a step back and look at the silver lining of things, we can live life just a bit happier.
I've noticed that I can sometimes get impatient when waiting in line for a restaurant or for any other type of queue, but I'm learning to take in these moments and enjoy them as they are.
Even in times like these, just waiting around, I can spend with my wife and be content that we are here together at that very moment. This segment in time has come and passed and will never happen again.
Its the little things in life ...
A great documentary that explores the memories behind tattoos of an older generation that really challenges the idea that ink is something we'll regret later down the line. Moreover, the film really takes you to a place of intimacy. You get to hear the stories behind some of the tattoos these people have gotten and the film also forces you to think twice before you judge a book by its cover. There is most likely a reason behind that tattoo, why not take the time to hear the story behind it?
This is what I need...
You turn up because of the people around you.
You know, the ones with common interests and sense of ambition.
The ones who want to invent new things and do old things better.
The ones whose distortion of reality present challenges that stretch you.
The ones who give you freedom to do things differently.
The ones you trust not to drop the ball (there are no ball droppers here).
You even turn up for the ones who grate on you (they’re also brilliant).
You turn up because the people around you value what you do.
They believe in you and give you what you need.
Together you create something more than a job.
Don’t settle for anything less.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Adam Savage designs and builds an accurate replica of the hedge maze model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Get an inside look into how he thinks and plans out the process of his builds.
I think we all have trouble with this whether we admit it or not. Let's just try and embrace a bit of boredom and see what may come of it.