iPhone Backgrounds

I’ve been busy making a series of iPhone backgrounds from a photo shoot in Utah.  I find myself so addicted to my phone that sometimes just looking at it raises my blood pressure.  What’s happening behind that locked screen?  Am I missing something important?  What’s trending that I don’t know about?  Who’s emailing me?  Who likes my Instagram?  I created this series to use on my lock screen like a speed bump, evoking the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and trails among the Aspens, making me stop and realize that my little glass screen is reflecting the beauty of the creation around me if I will stop my digital obsession and take notice of it.  I hope that for me (and maybe for you if you need it) this will be a calming encouragement to turn my phone off and take in the real world I’m living in. Continue reading

How to Create a Brochure in InDesign

I just uploaded a video tutorial series on YouTube on how to create a brochure in InDesign.  For this series, I’m taking a brochure Beth created in Pages and I’m re-creating as a lesson in using InDesign.  I find tutorials creating something “real world” to be more helpful than a generic lesson and I’ve tried to explain each of the steps as well as the features of InDesign that I used.  For those of you already very familiar with InDesign, this will probably be more basic that you need.  My target audience here are folks who are generally working in Word or in Pages and want to move to InDesign where there’s more flexibility than the basic word processors allow.  Continue reading

How to Build a Kendal Extra Wide Dresser: Intro

I’ve been wanting to build a dresser for some time now and finally decided to take the plunge.  After searching for a long time to find one I like, I settled on a modified version of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  This has an overall clean design and I like the way the drawers are inset into the frame & Ana did a great job with the design. Continue reading

How to Build an Extra Wide Kendal Dresser: Drawers

I am in the middle of building an adaptation of Ana White’s Kendal Extra Wide Dresser.  In this post, I’m constructing the drawers.  This dresser has 3 drawers along the top and 4 drawers below.  One of the changes I made in my version is to construct the drawer boxes out of 1/2″ plywood instead of 1x lumber.   Continue reading

How to Play Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE on Guitar

I’ve been learning to play one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE.  I recently saw them in concert in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and they are awesome live.  So many great songs and a great guitar sound!  After scouring the internet for some music and good tutorials, this is one of the best and I’ve tried to write it up as best as I can.  You can also download a print version that I created here (this is in Word so you can modify it as you see fit). Continue reading

A Few Resources for Guitar Player Wannabees

I thought I’d share some great finds that have been helping me personally on my guitar playing.

Need to figure out what chord you’re playing?  Here and here are a couple chord finders.  Looks like you can put these on your website if you want.

Hands down one of the best resources for learning to play the guitar on the internet – Aaron Tomberlin’s Guitar Lessons.  Some of his videos are old, but the info – particularly how he has it organized – is great!

I’ve also been spending some time on FretJam.  A lot of good info here.

Assaf Levavy’s LickNRiff is another great resource for playing fingerstyle guitar instead of just ‘3 chords and the truth.’  I could easily spend a month on this site!

One of the more interesting sites I’ve run across is Riffstation where you can play a YouTube video of a song and the software will identify the chords.  Here’s how it works with the Live Room performance of Difference Maker by NeedToBreathe.

Curiosities & Sundries from the week of April 20th

I’m reading some great books this week.  Talking to Humans, Kindle version for $0.99 and Carol Dwerk’s Mindset (recommended to me by my mom).

I’m listening to some great podcast episodes this week.  Dale Callahan’s interview Howard Ward on “knowing when to start a new venture” and Pat Flynn’s interview with Cole Humphus.

Also listening to UCB Undiscovered which, while technically not a podcast, can be heard on Soundcloud.

I’m working on writing more this week.  Now that I have a plan.

If you’re a designer, boring is bad… right?

A helpful flowchart for brewing your own coffee.  And a really old (and kind of stupid) video I put on YouTube.

And speaking of videos, maybe you thought the Icelandic Celebrities were weird, but they’re not even in the same universe with Thunderhead.

Saw this field guide to the American Sandwich on Austin Kleon’s blog.  It made me hungry.

David Brooks on career success and happiness.

John Corcoran on talking to strangers and happiness.

I was mesmerized by this story on Here and Now.  It made me rethink what clothes I’m buying.

Have a great week!


Curiosities & Sundries

For some lighter fare this week, here are a handful of curiosities and sundries that I ran across.

If there was no Big Bang, how did the universe begin?  Or did it?

My family earns $250,000 a year.  I’m middle class, right?

I am rebuked for my phobia of spiders.  Who would have thought they could be so “spiritual?”

A love poem for prime numbers.  And a couple others.  Who said poetry was dead?

Ann Marie Cox. Washington insider, liberal blogger and… Christian?

It’s like shining a light in the darkness.  The more we choose to take notice of domestic abuse, the more it will change.

I’ve been listening to Seth Godin’s Startup School on Soundcloud.  So worth it.

We’ve been waiting long enough… they’re back!  And for those who want more, the photo shoot.

And the best for last… it’s colon cancer awareness month and we all need “butt-shaking Icelandic celebrities” to remind us to keep it clean up there… wow.