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DIY: Industrial Pipe Stools by john cheng

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.

DIY Mini BB-8 by john cheng

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:

Playing catch with my home made BB-8 Droid. Check out more of my work here: http://www.cp3d.us/ And the building process here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-this-mini-star-wars-bb-8-ball-droid-with-a-hacked-sphero/

How To Turn Styrofoam, Into Solid Aluminum by john cheng

Watch the latest King of Random video that uses Styrofoam to create an aluminum positive. Time to heat up that crucible!

Here's how to turn almost any styrofoam creation you can think up, into solid aluminum. It's almost like magic! :) See more metal casting experiments: http://bit.ly/PopCanMelting Next Video: Coming Soon! Previous Video: Homemade Microwave Popcorn: http://bit.ly/MicrowavePopcorn Subscribe for new videos every 5 days! http://bit.ly/TKoRSubscribe Join my email list!

Square Cash by Square by john cheng

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.

Create a $Cashtag to get paid fast. Powered by Square Cash, a $Cashtag is a simple name that you create and can share with anyone, anywhere, online or off. Claim your $Cashtag today.

Do With Less by john cheng

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.

The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.
— Lynda Barry

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.

DIY: Sriracha! by john cheng

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!

Kickstarter - Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production by john cheng

There are many tools and practices that we use now inside InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that had practical purposes behind them when they were produced manually by hand rather than by the computer. Some of these reasons and best practices are starting to wane due to the very fact that we rely on the computer to do so much now. It is for this reason that we must understand the history behind graphic design and the old school processes that got us to where we are today.

With that, I say you check out this awesome kickstarter project that delves into the history of graphic design and how our graphic design predecessors worked day to day.

Imagine designing and printing a brochure—without a computer. How would you set the type—making sure it fit your layout? How would you crop the images? How would you place those images alongside your text? And what would you hand over to the offset printer when you were done?
Up until just 30 years ago when the desktop computer debuted, this whole process would have been primarily done by hand, and with the aide of fascinating machines that used a variety of ways to get type and image on to the printed page.
Mad Men gives us viewers small glimpses into this detail-oriented, time-consuming process—but working as a commercial/graphic artist in the pre-desktop computer era entailed a lot more than marker comps for client meetings. Graphic Means will explore these methods and the skilled people who used them.

Katamaku: Utilizing Materials by john cheng

What a great way to upcycle unused materials! Rather than throwing the material away or recycling by breaking it down through processes to create other materials, Katamaku has taken the used canvas material as is and re-purposed it into entirely new products. SMART!

Katamaku is a new series of products that utilize unused parts of the membrane material that were to be thrown away. They were made into various cases and bags for everyday use. The products use industrial membrane fabric, such as used for the roof of Tokyo Dome. One aim of the designers is that people will appreciate the beauty in materials that are not usually seen up close.

Kidneys, the Magical Beans In Your Body by john cheng

I was sick all of last week and ingesting all forms of liquid, medicine and food. I'm glad my kidneys were at work for me. Check out this great TEDed video on how your kidneys filter through everything that you put into your body. Be nice to your body and put good stuff in.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-your-kidneys-work-emma-bryce After drinking a few glasses of water on a hot day, you might be struck with a sudden ... urge. Behind that feeling are two bean-shaped organs that work as fine-tuned internal sensors.

Kawara Chair: Recycled Japanese Roof Tiles by john cheng

Designer Tsuyoshi Kawara has taken old Japanese Roof tiles and reused them to create the Kawara Chair. These beautiful tiles are fired and 1200 degrees Celsius, resulting in the ability to hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs. The Tiles are set on a beautiful wooden frame and come in a variety of different glazes.

Equil: Smartmarker by john cheng

A while back I posted on a cool whiteboard called Smart Kapp that would help you collaborate in real time with colleagues via whiteboard. Equil's Smartmarker is another similar solution that allows you to use a larger surface. I want one of these!

The new, digital marker that makes any whiteboarding surface smart. The Equil Smartmarker let's everyone stay on the same page, no matter where you happen to be. Save, share and stream whiteboard notes and drawings to anyone on any device, whether in the same room or half a world away.

Frere-Jones: Typeface Mechanics 001 by john cheng

Great posting by Tobias Frere-Jones on the subtle nuances of type design dealing with the tension between logic and optics. Better do a read up on this if you are going to do some type design soon.

Our conscious minds want to draw one shape, but our eyes need to see another. Part of typeface design is managing this eternal friction between logic and optics. It’s always there, no matter the style.

Kickstarter: CoordiMate by john cheng

MATHEMATICIANS! Heed my words! Coordimate is coming!!!

I was never a math wiz back in highschool, but i do remember having to draw graphs over and over and over and over.... I'm pretty sure there are a lot of you who remember doing this. But wasting precious time drawing Cartesian graphs only to have them come out lop sided was very frustrating. Coordimate helps you with that problem with a push of a button, literally. 

How To Make Kill Bill's 'F*ck U' Shoes by john cheng

If you are a fan of Kill Bill and noticed the detail of "the Bride's" shoes and reallllly want a pair for yourselves, I highly recommend watching this video. They'll give you all the info and files you need to work on this weekend project. Purty cool!

This video was brought to you by Premium memberships on Tested. Thanks to our members who've supported us. Learn more about memberships here: http://www.tested.com/membership In Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, one detail that appears on-screen for only a second are the soles of Uma Thurman's shoes.

5 Rules for a Creative Culture by john cheng

5 Rules for a Creative Culture by Ben Chestnut, CEO of MailChimp. What state of mind is your company in? Are you seeking solutions for problems that seem too difficult to resolve? Maybe it's time to rethink the old school "butts in seats" work culture and push for a more creative culture.

One day, MailChimp CEO Ben Chestnut discovered that his company had acquired a new tagline. Chestnut hadn’t approved, or even known about this rather significant new bit of corporate identity, but there it was—"Love What You Do"—on the footer of the company website. At most companies, changing a piece of punctuation in a line of ad copy takes three weeks of meetings between about 14 people across six departments. So typically this would be the kind of occasion that terms like "tearing a new one" and "terminated with extreme prejudice" were made for.
But there would be no new orifices created that day. Chestnut, the founder of email marketing and newsletter company MailChimp, does things a little differently. He stormed into the marketing and design departments and demanded they come up with a coloring book called Love What You Do, featuring baby Freddie Chimpenheimer (excerpt: "Hi I’m Freddie. It’s fun to be me! Is it fun to be you?"). Sure, the CEO was a little concerned that he hadn’t known about the tag, but, as he noted in a blog post on the incident, it was "pretty spot-on, so I got over it."

1. Avoid rules. Avoid order. Don’t just embrace chaos, but create a little bit of it. Constant change, from the top-down, keeps people nimble and flexible (and shows that you want constant change).

 

2. Give yourself and your team permission to be creative. Permission to try something new, permission to fail, permission to embarrass yourself, permission to have crazy ideas.

 

3. Hire weird people. Not just the tattoo’d and pierced-in-strange-places kind, but people from outside your industry who would approach problems in different ways than you and your normal competitors.

 

4. Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job — deal with it.

 

5. Structure your company to be flexible. Creativity is often spontaneous, so the whole company needs to be able to pivot quickly and execute on them (see #1).

How to Find a Fullfilling Work by john cheng

If you find yourself a bit doubtful of your current career, take a gander at this video and look out for the 6 points to follow to find more fulfilling work.

The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one's fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism - and to watch this film. SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new films every week: http://tinyurl.com/o28mut7 Brought to you by http://www.theschooloflife.com Some of the ideas in this film are based on the great work of Roman Krznaric - and in particular, his brilliant book, How to find Fulfilling Work.

Cutting a Pepper by john cheng

I was cutting a pepper last night and found myself cleaning out the seeds by ruthlessly ripping them out only to find a few stragglers left behind inside the pepper. This video would have been helpful last night.

How to prepare and slice a bell pepper. Simple tutorial to help you when cooking with pepper. Great kitchen tip to help make food preparation easier and a useful knife skill.

Bond: Automated Robots With Pens Imitating Human Handwriting by john cheng

I definitely could have used this service when I was writing thank you cards.

Bond is a fantastic online gift-giving service that uses automated robots with ink pens to imitate actual human handwriting and send handwritten notes to whomever.

Bond is technology for thoughtful companies. Use Bond to send handwritten cards in seconds. Visit us at: hellobond.com Contact us: concierge@hellobond.com