December 31, 2010 Comments Off on 6 Virtual Tours Of The Human Body For Free Interactive Anatomy Lessons
December 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
After two weeks using my Temporary Standing Desk I feel better and it takes more effort than I thought it would.
Week 1: I noticed a lot of positives. I felt more energetic, my hips were more open at tai chi, my posture improved, I slept better, and I didn’t need a sweater as often. I also became more aware of when I was just wasting time at the computer and started using that time to sketch and think.
Week 2: The second week was much harder than the first. My focus was poor and I made silly mistakes in my work as I rushed to finish it. My legs and feet ached and my shoulders and wrists hurt. I was often tired and even moved back to sitting for half a day but that felt even worse.
Going forward: I am going to try it for two more weeks and follow this advice on posture and energy in hopes of gaining strength and improving my concentration. Overall I feel better standing and it is a healthier choice than sitting. Another time I would take it in smaller bites—standing for an hour a day and then 2 hours a day and so on until I worked up to standing for a full day.
George Nakashima: “It requires a genuine fight to produce one well designed object of relatively permanent value” – (37signals)
December 15, 2010 Comments Off on George Nakashima: “It requires a genuine fight to produce one well designed object of relatively permanent value” – (37signals)
To look for clues, we can go into the past: the moss
garden and tea house at Sai Ho Ji, the wonders of stone
and glass at Chartres, the dipylon vase. These are all
examples of excellence that can go unchallenged but also
unnoticed. They are all formed inwardly with a nearly
impersonal experience. Compared to our day, with its
arrogance of “form-giving,” the shallowness of slogan
design such as “less is more,” “machine for living,” or
even “form follows function.
A nice sample of George Nakashima designs included.
December 13, 2010 § 3 Comments
After reading this I created my own temporary standing desk set-up.
December 12, 2010 Comments Off on The Importance of Sketching
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December 8, 2010 § 2 Comments
- Outages. Tumblr communicated very poorly about the outage and how long it would last. By saying it would be back “shortly” and then having an outage that lasted 24 hours, tumblr created more and more frustration with each passing hour. Had they posted an explanation as it was happening I might not have been so hasty.
- Matt. I had recently watched this video of Matt Mullenweg and was very impressed with his vision and generosity. He is a genuine guy that I felt I could trust.
- Content Control. Stephanie Sullivan and Dan Cederholm had both moved to self-hosted wordpress sites from tumblr. I hope to take that step myself in the near future as it is the best way to control one’s own content.
- Consolidation. I was also able to move my old Blogsome blog at the same time by importing it into ecto and then republishing to wordpress.com
WordPress is a writer’s platform and thus doesn’t feel entirely comfortable but I think I can make it work.