While clicking around for Halloween costume ideas, I stumbled on this great (and easy!) DIY craft that transforms old record sleeves into awesome masks. The best part is that it only requires scissors, string, a pencil, and a record sleeve with a to-scale human face (easily purchased at a local used record store, if collecting vinyl isn’t your thing). Check out the simple steps and get your craft on!
Archive for October, 2010
Elmer Krose spotted this unique caravan apartment complex in Amsterdam. I don’t know whether I’d want to live in this permanently, but it’d be sick to rent out for a week with a bunch of friends. Oh and fun fact I just learned: Mokum is a nickname still used for Amsterdam. It’s Yiddish for safe haven.
One super awesome life tip is to choose two things you’d like to do when you get up and write them down before anything else distracts you. Maybe they’re work related or maybe they’re about having fun, but these are two things you’re going to hold yourself accountable for. Two is such a simple commitment that you’ll feel pretty ridiculous by not doing them. Repeat and you’ll be surprised at how much work you’ve done and the good times you’ve had over a week, month or year. Thankfully, there are people like Mary Kate McDevitt that make mini-goal chalkboards to keep us on track. I’d consider buying one of these as an investment in me.
Search For The Obvious is a project of the Acumen Fund with a slightly different approach when it comes to charity. Instead of just rounding up as much cash as possible, it’s refreshing to see they believe creativity holds the solutions to many of the world’s problems and are making a community around this idea. Acumen routinely funds innovative ideas like new business models to support ambulance services or cost-effective water purification. Their latest challenge to creatives is using all the brainpower they have to raise awareness about sanitation in developing countries. The idea here? Make sanitation the next sexy cause with as little as a tweet, story, poster or video. If you enter you can be sure Mom will be proud. Winning entries get some love on GOOD, Design Observer, and the YouTube homepage.
Photo by Rémi Kaupp
San Diego does have it’s mini version of SXSW with North Park Music Thing, but what I’m really excited about is what Sezio is putting together for the cool kids with it’s 4 Day Weekend. Eight bands over 4 nights are headlined by The Dodos, Avi Buffalo, Dominant Legs, and The Tree Ring in a giant living room setting. If you ask me, this is music done right and tickets are being kept affordable at $10/$15 a night. That being said, they’re selling fast so you’ll want to jump on this soon if you plan on going.