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2018.08.27 Vomit Comic Robot

Vomit Comic Robot

I love these types of projects, but have a not-so-secret reason as to why. My son desperately wants his own price scanner, and receipt printer - and it's not one of those passing desires of his. Honestly, I don't really know why, but I guess I don't really have to know. With that in mind, I'd love to create him his own, and yet I have no clue where to start. I have this smattering of links I hope to piece together and alter to make my own creation:

2018.08.27 3D Print a Fisher Price Record

3D Print a Fisher Price Record

Ever since Strong Bad tweeted about how to make your own, I've had grand dreams of making my own records, but with different children's songs (or potentially some non-children's songs). Regardless, I love that there are nerdy people in the world who take the time to come up with stuff like this. Very cool. #

2018.02.26 Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Illustrator

Create a Retro Long Shadow Text Effect in Illustrator

I've always enjoyed these sorts of "How to" posts. Illustrator remains an elusive beast in my life, despite how much I've enjoyed creating vector-based artwork. My particular highlight of this post was the gentle offset gaussian blur, which I didn't really notice until I followed the steps, but it adds such an important detail. #

2016.03.08 7 Pinewood Derby Car Tips

7 Pinewood Derby Car Tips

My boys aren't anywhere near the age of needing to build one (or have me build one, and them act like it was theirs). Regardless, I found this to be pretty interesting, and I love how it's possible to make a great car, in a relatively short amount of time. It feels like it leaves more time for the kids to make the car what they want... even though winning isn't everything (but it sure is nice). #

2016.03.06 NERDpillo

NERDpillo

Although I prefer the awesomeness of SpriteStitch.com, and the endless supply of patterns (not to mention helpful people), NERDpillo has made it one step closer to being done, by gathering all the supplies you'll need to actually make one of those awesome video game map cross-stitches. #

2015.07.14 Paper Piranha Plant Flowers

Paper Piranha Plant Flowers

My wife has some paper flowers in a vase, and I'd love to add a couple of these to it. Still artsy, but oh-so-awesome at the same time. Simple DIY for a pest from the Mushroom Kingdom. #

2014.02.01 Resilient Joy - My Journal System

Resilient Joy - My Journal System

Rod Christiansen shares some great ideas on journaling, using one of my favorite tools - DayOne. Of particular note here is the list of tags he uses. Digital journaling, combined with tags makes for an awesomely powerful tool. Personally I really like writing in a journal. For those of you that have never done it (or have only done it with an audience (apart from yourself) in mind), I would highly recommend it. I'm not sure if it's the forced-introspection, or the liberating nature of getting thoughts out of your head, but I think most anybody could benefit from it. #

2013.09.04 Stephen King’s Family Business - NYTimes.com

Stephen King’s Family Business - NYTimes.com

I read this article about a month ago, and I haven't been able to get this piece out of my mind:

Entertaining their parents, for the King children, was part job, part enrichment. At bedtime, they were the ones expected to tell their parents stories, instead of the other way around.

Ever since then, I've put this into practice, recording the results. If I'm really cool, one day I'll do something with them. The results so far have been pretty fun and varied. Maybe you should give it a try. #

2010.11.10 Design*Sponge » DIY Project: Monogram Stationery Set

Design*Sponge » DIY Project: Monogram Stationery Set

I thought this was a really good idea (and not too complicated). Carve/cut your own stamps out of block linoleum. Still has a nice personal touch. #

2010.10.23 Design*Sponge » Wool Felt Pot Holders

Design*Sponge » Wool Felt Pot Holders

A great (and super simple) guide on how to make some great looking autumn-themed pot holders. I love these, and could easily see these being adapted to other styles and seasons. Great idea. #

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