Archive for February, 2011

Switch Off & Join In

Inspirational? Hell yes. Words to live by? Absolutely. We could all use reminders and thankfully there’s a new Aardvark Manifesto to help us out. Thanks Lesley & Pea!

You don’t have to be Bob Vila to make home improvement magic.

Allow me to interrupt our normal broadcast of other people’s awesome projects to share one of my own. I’m not the biggest fan of self-promotion, but Dave thought you’d like it, so blame him if you don’t. Cue the horn tootage. I built this desk. A few months ago, I decided my old IKEA desk was pretty ugly, unsightly, disorderly, and other adjectives that end with -ly, so I sold it on Craigslist for $150 and started looking for a new one. Unless I wanted to invest more or settle for something crappy, the perfect replacement was nowhere to be found. Then I saw this post on Manhattan Nest. (btw, add this blog to your reader. It’s aaaamazing.) Immediately inspired, I made a trip to the hardware store and went to work. Keep in mind, I have no handywoman experience, so this result is nothing short of a DIY miracle. I’ll spare you from the deets here, but check out my personal blog or the flickr set for an intense recap. If you’re on the hunt for a piece of furniture, I encourage you to consider building it yourself. Don’t know how? Search the ‘nets; someone else does. Take it from me and WD: if you can dream it, you can do it.

Read a 500-page book in under a minute

I can’t decide if the people behind Better Book Titles love books or hate them, but it doesn’t really matter. With a lot of cleverness and a hint of arrogance, this blog “cut[s] through all the cryptic crap, and give[s] you the meat of the story in one condensed image.” Send the site to someone who claims they don’t read, or send it to your bibliophile nerd friend for a chuckle. Hey, just because we love books doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of them.

Better than regular stamps, but not as uplifting as golden stars

Proofreading someone’s work is only fun when you know you’re going to find a lot of errors or if you have a really neat pen to make your marks. These stamps by Heather K. Phillips aren’t as inspiring as sparkly star stickers, but they’re much more informative. Which one would you rather use? (via Sut Kutusu)

I can’t deny the magic of house show venues

Have you ever dreamed of hosting bands in your living room? Do you want to be the person providing an alternative venue for the biggest art + music fans in your city?

If so, How To Run a Successful House Show Venue might be a great pickup for you. The e-book was written by our good friend Roy Silverstein, based upon his experiences of hosting shows in a house he rented in San Diego. Roy covers tons of specifics in his guide on everything from sound systems to booking and promotions, but what’s really valuable is hearing it from a guy who’s done it successfully and can help you decide if it’s right for you. While a well-run house venue creates an amazing experience for its visitors (these shows have been some of my favorite memories in San Diego) there’s work and responsibility involved and it’s your ass on the line if something goes wrong. I know for me, reading this guide gave me a new appreciation for all that goes into hosting a show. House show venues are not about making money or becoming famous, but they are about a love for music and the community you can foster that feels the same way.

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