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Un-Plugged Drain

My wife told me to look at the sink in the bathroom. The kids had gotten something plugged in it and it wouldn’t drain. Here’s what I found: Apparently, the sink was plugged with the lid from this bottle, which

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A Father’s Guide to Filtering Out the Big Bad Internet

As a father, I want to protect my children and myself from the bad side of the Internet, pornography, malicious software, identity theft, and the like. But, with more than 634 million websites out there and growing, how can I filter them all?

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Paracord Belt Weaving Tip

So I’ve been on a survival bracelet kick lately. What’s a survival bracelet, you ask? It’s essentially a huge length of 550 paracord that is braided into a cool looking bracelet for quick access when you’re in the need for

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New Stuff is Sketchy

Google SketchUp is awesome! I’ve been using Google SketchUp version 7 Pro, and it’s just plain awesome! I use it for architectural rendering, fabrication and engineering planning, landscaping, hobbies, and even to build virtual studio sets for use in green

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Shop Rules

I’ve been working on these shop rules for a while now. In fact, I posted them on my wall back in 2006, but haven’t done anything to share them. The headlines are part of a speech by Megan Perkins Parker,

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Be Different

Don’t just stand out, stand tall, stand above and shine brighter than your competition. We hear this kind of statement all the time, “Stand out from the crowd. Stand out, be different, be creative.” It can be heard from social

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Why Design?

We’ve all heard the interview process of a small child: Why this? Why that? Why? Why? Why? But, what does asking “why” have to do with design? Simple: everything. Now that I have your attention, I’ll give the not-so-simple-yet-still-fairly-simple answer.

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What can I do for $50?

You know what you can do with $50–cover hosting costs, upgrade some hardware, get a much needed peripheral. Figuring out how to spend $50 is easy. In fact, you probably made more than $50 on your last project. The next

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Doing New Stuff

So you’re starting a design career, and you’d like to know what to specialize in. Stop right there! That’s got to be the quickest way to guarantee your own defeat. I don’t know how many times I’ve been working with

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