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Homemade framed posters

The background for this idea was that we wanted to give a money gift at a wedding but we wanted it to be more than a card and an envelope. In essence, this is it: A framed poster featuring an aquarium and some fish. On closer inspection, the fish turn out to be origami made from bills of money. This works well because most currencies (except USD) have colorful bills.

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How to build the habits you want

Habits are devious creatures, aren’t they? They live in our mind, feed off of our energy, and they breed. Good habits become stronger and make you better. This is good, obviously.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann

The problem is that bad habits also reinforce themselves, making us weaker. I’m sure we all have a bad habit or two. Yeah, “nobody is perfect” and all that. The good and the bad habits sit on either side of the scales, and we often try not to look whether the scale is tipping in our favor. But what if we could put a finger on the good side, gently tipping it to our advantage? We can do that!

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Life detox: recognize what bothers you, then reduce it

This post made me stop and think for a moment. There are some elements in my life that consistently bother me to some degree, and here Trent gives a simple recipe to address them:

Think of five small things that are an irritant in your life. […] little things that bother you on a consistent basis.

Then,[…] come up with a way to lessen or eliminate the irritation from each of those things. You’ll be able to eliminate some, but with others you’ll find improvement from just reducing the impact it has on you.

What you’ll find is that your entire day-to-day life subtly improves.

This is just a little thing but it might make you, too, stop and think for a moment.

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“Recent”?

I’ve maintained a personal website since at least 1995 (hello Geocities) and a personal domain since 1997. I’ve hand-coded, used MS FrontPage, Twiki, Foswiki, and finally I switched to WordPress to keep the maintenance effort low. I was never very active with WordPress but I’ve had some sprints now and again that always ebbed out over time.

Right now I’m reviewing some flotsam – old drafts that I jotted down – in various states of completion but mostly lack thereof. I came across a mention of “this recent question” which is, alas, no longer “recent.” It’s dated September 2010… 4½ years ago. It made me smile and reflect on my (lack of) creative productivity on my blog. Continue reading ‘“Recent”?’

Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys

Today I’ll be repairing my toy! I got this remote-controlled car as a birthday present, and it’s very nice. On the last run, a suspension part came loose, causing oil to leak. No big deal! I’ll just take it apart and fill some fresh oil, then tighten all parts properly, just to be sure. It took an hour, and it was fun! wpid-wp-1428441982191.jpeg Continue reading ‘Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys’