Inventables: Find new materials

January 30, 2011 Comments Off on Inventables: Find new materials

Materials that designers, artists, and inventors can use to develop new products and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Fascinating.

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How to Create a Simple Service to Append Text to a file — Mac Tips

January 30, 2011 Comments Off on How to Create a Simple Service to Append Text to a file — Mac Tips

Guest post on the very valuable MacTips blog.

The Age of Coworking: Collaborative Consumption for the Creative Community: Change Observer: Design Observer

January 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

A rapidly proliferating number of coworking spaces worldwide is attracting creative entrepreneurs and freelancers across the entire spectrum of vocations, from startup founders to professional proofreaders. Designers, developers, writers, photographers, lawyers, hackers and other independent doers are coming together in shared spaces that offer all of the practical benefits of a traditional office and none of its cubicle-clinging, 9-to-5-abiding confines. Far from the merely utilitarian consideration of lower costs — everything from rent to printing to coffee is cheaper when it’s shared — these hubs offer a unique environment for what I like to call “creative restlessness”: that distinct itch to contribute to the world typical of those who have chosen to make a living from their life’s calling

via The Age of Coworking: Collaborative Consumption for the Creative Community: Change Observer: Design Observer.

Paradise.

Color + Design Blog / Inspiration – ‘Snow Blind’ by Matthias Heiderich by COLOURlovers :: COLOURlovers

January 23, 2011 Comments Off on Color + Design Blog / Inspiration – ‘Snow Blind’ by Matthias Heiderich by COLOURlovers :: COLOURlovers

Color + Design Blog / Inspiration – ‘Snow Blind’ by Matthias Heiderich by COLOURlovers :: COLOURlovers.

Gorgeous and sparse. He is German but the images remind me of the Canadian landscape.

IKEAhackers.net: Wide Standing Desk

January 21, 2011 Comments Off on IKEAhackers.net: Wide Standing Desk

A reasonably priced permanent standing desk solution via Lifehacker.

Canadiana Discovery Portal

January 17, 2011 Comments Off on Canadiana Discovery Portal

From old Saskatchewan postcards to sheet music, the search engine brings together access to 14 different institutional collections from coast to coast and in both French and English.

via The Globe and Mail

Temporary Standing Desk 4 Week Follow-up

January 12, 2011 Comments Off on Temporary Standing Desk 4 Week Follow-up

After 4 weeks using my temporary standing desk I am noticing improvements in my strength and focus. Now I’m not tired until 4-5 PM (a big improvement from being tired by noon).

Week 3: I felt my energy gaining and my back getting stronger but I didn’t have to spend any concentrated time doing work because of the holidays.

Week 4: Removed the plastic chair mat and was a lot more comfortable standing on carpet. I feel more focussed and am getting more done because I’m less tempted by feeds, Facebook or twitter when I’m standing. I’m also reaping the benefits of spending more time sketching and thinking (in a chair) before working on the computer. Keeping my head and neck at the correct angle is an ongoing challenge with progressive lenses.

Going forward: Now I want to begin searching for a more permanent and better-looking standing desk solution. I will also need a tall chair for times when I have long reading to do online as I don’t own a mobile device. I will use this advice to find the right height for my permanent standing desk.

Previous Standing Desk Updates:
Temporary Standing Desk 2 Week Follow-up
Temporary Standing Desk

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