Friday, April 18, 2014

The Simple and Easy to Use Self-Management System

Jake Lodwick has created a simple and easy to use self-management system. Decide what you need to do, type and print it out. No modifications! (See video below)

This is Jake Lodwick's self-management system. Every week, he uses this site to print a PDF with the things he wants to do (and not do) that week. Then he tapes it to a wall and puts a check or an X in each box as the week goes on.

Every week, fill out the form on the right to make your own. In a matter of months, you'll be a high-performing, self-directed √úberperson – guaranteed!

An interesting lecture with Jake discussing how the system came into existence and his experience using it:

Via @lauraolin.

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Replaced the Drugs with a Runners High

Meet Nick who replaced the drugs with a runners high:

Rock bottom is when you've lost everything, including a place to call home. When his addiction to drugs became too much, Nick hit bottom hard. The change he desperately needed was Back On My Feet, a non-profit that uses running as a tool of empowerment for those experiencing homelessness. By exercising with other people with similar struggles, Nick (and others like him) gained confidence and self worth: two vital ingredients for a life of independence, employment, and most importantly, happiness.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sweden´s Northernmost Candy Kiosk

Imagine that you have to drive 14,5 miles when you´re craving for some sweets. Or you just have to satisfy with eating some syrup or a piece of meat. This is the case for the family Mannela, who lives in Sweden´s northernmost village Keinovuopio, Kiruna. The Swedish chocolate brand Marabou had a solution to all of this and built and shipped to them their very own candy kiosk.

I rarely eat sugar myself and think this is genius marketing. But, the video makes me feel good seeing the family´s joy, not to mention the beautiful scenery of Kiruna.

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Woman Found Homeless Jesus

Artist Timothy P. Schmalz´s installation with the Homeless Jesus statue has generated a lot of buzz. I hope his work will help change the perception of the homeless.

This 'Homeless Jesus' statue has found a home after similar works were rejected from cathedrals in New York and Canada, but not all are welcoming it with open arms. The moving work by Timothy P. Schmalz has provoked diverse responses since being installed at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C.

Rev. Doctor David E. Buck, the church rector, sees it as an evocative combination of beauty, art, and religion. "It's Jesus representing the most marginalized of society," he told NBC Charlotte. "We're reminded of what our ultimate calling is as Christians, as people of faith, to do what we can individually and systematically to eliminate homelessness. Part of a faith commitment is to care or the needy."

Child comforting Jesus:

However, others think it is in poor taste. Cindy Castano Swannack called the police the first time she drove by the realistic bronze statue, explaining to NBC Charlotte, "I was concerned for the safety of the neighborhood." She protested, "Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help."

NBC Charlotte news coverage:

Image with Rev. David E. Buck sitting next to Jesus via National Public Radio. Found via deathandtaxes.

Child comforting Jesus via Episcopal News Service. Photo taken by Alleen Barber.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Documentary Sign Painters

Sign Painters is a documentary about the sign industry and the skilled artists involved.

Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

The film should be released soon since initial date was set to March for DVD and digital format according to the official Facebook page.

Via @jasonsantamaria.

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Heartwarming Photography from Russia

I love this set of images by photographer Elena Shumilova from Russia.

These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed.

The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained to BoredPanda.


Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,” the photographer said.

Morning Fog:

Shumilova told us her passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when she got her first camera. Her most recent equipment includes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and a 135mm lens. As a mother who doesn’t want to miss out on her growing children, she says she shoots every day and processes the images at night.

The Letter:

First image is named Dust.

Elena Shumilova galleries on Flickr and 500px.

Story via Hyllat.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Huge Selection of NYC Images

Walk in New York is the name of the blog with a huge selection of NYC images, everything from vintage up to modern.

Lower N.Y. from Coenties Slip 1910:

Mike´s Shoe Repair at New York Street, Bronx. Look at the painted letter S at the sign. Love details like that:

Manhattan Bridge Tower in Brooklyn, New York City in 1974 by Lyon Danny. Via US National Archives.

First image shows the Queensboro Bridge in 1910 by Eugene de Salignac. Via The New York City Department of Records.

Thanks to Walk in New York for the gathering of pictures.

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Firefighter Saving a Kitten

Since this is an ad for GoPro, I thought this was fake at first. After looking into the story, I found it to be true. But sad to say, the story had a sad ending. Despite the fact, the video affected me deeply. Love and kindness, what could possible go wrong with that?

Months ago, a video taken by a Fresno, California firefighter went viral. With a GoPro camera attached to his helmet, firefighter Cory Kalanick captured footage of his heroic animal rescue.

After firefighters had extinguished a burning house, Kalanick went into the home to survey the scene for anyone, or anything that needed rescuing. Upon entering a room, he found an unconscious kitten lying on the floor. He immediately grabbed the cat, rushed outside and managed to resuscitate it with an oxygen mask and a bottle of cold water – all was captured on tape. The video made headlines and all rejoiced and cried over the valiant efforts of Corey.

Recently, the footage was recut as an ad for GoPro’s HD HERO3 camera and has, once again, become a viral sensation. What many didn’t know was that the kitten, named Lucky, was taken to an emergency vet the day of his rescue. Later that night, it passed away due to lung damage caused by the smoke.

Via Hyllat.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

6 Hour Workday

I´ve been a strong supporter of a 6 hour workday for a long time. I share the same views as those expressed in the article. We will be more productive by working less hours and at the same time be healthier. In the long run it will save the company money and increase profitability, keep the employees happy, all without having to cut the paycheck.

A Swedish city has embarked on an experiment in limiting the workday to six hours in an effort to improve productivity.

A section of employees of the municipality of Gothenburg will now work an hour less a day than the seven hours customary in the Scandinavian social democracy famed for its work-life balance.

The measure is being self-consciously conceived of as an experiment, with a group of municipal employees working fewer hours and a control group working regular hours - all on the same pay. The groups’ performances will then be compared.

It is hoped that the experiment will ultimately save money by making employees more productive in their working hours.

Mats Pilhem, the city’s Left-wing deputy mayor, told The Local Sweden that he hoped “staff members would take fewer sick days and feel better mentally and physically after working shorter days".

Image via The National Archives. The image is named “interior view, showing office workers in the Lever Brothers office building”, ca 1959, New York City, New York by an unknown photographer.

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Useful Links Covering the US Masters 2014

The US Masters is around the corner with Adam Scott defending his green jacket. I´ve created a list with some useful links covering the event.

Tournament schedule

Live stream

Live radio

Arnold Palmer´s winning putt during the 1964 Masters Tournament. Copyright Augusta National/Getty Images.


On Twitter

US Masters microsites

Image depicting Augusta National hole No.3 copyrighted by Rob Brown/Augusta National.

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