Category: Ideas

  • Idea: Landfill Mining

    How to get into the market? This article mentions the need for software to simulate what a landfill may contain. Build that software How to measure/estimate the potential profitability of a landfill: Triangulation? Drill 3 deep holes around the perimeter of the landfill Install sensors to detect specific materials Triangulate the position of certain materials/objects Ground…

  • One rule to rule them all.

    Impossible to please. 21 Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in. 22 On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, “We preached in your name, and in your name we…

  • Breaking the cycle: Why I’m voting for a 3rd party candidate.

    This is an old problem Politics in America bend to the will of two parties: Democrats and Republicans. Why? Money. Big dollars bank roll these two parties. It takes a lot of money to keep your agenda in the news and part of the culture. Brain-washing is expensive. Which brings us to reason number two. Exposure. They…

  • Locked Mess Monster

    Have you ever tried to move a folder or selection of layers in Photoshop, but were interrupted by this alert? Somewhere deep down in your selection is a locked layer. If you’re working in a huge file with tons of layers, finding the locked layer or layers could take awhile. Wouldn’t this be more helpful…

  • Idea: Get paid for your trash

    The customer experience Customers sign up online schedule their trash pickup put out their trash/waste as usual receive email/update when their trash has been removed receive another update with details of how much of each material was processed and whether it was recycled, repurposed, or used to generate power Earn rewards for reaching certain goals…

  • Grandma

      Today is my grandmother’s birthday. A great woman you’ve never heard of who made a huge impact on my life. This is a little poem I wrote for her. Dedicated to Winnie Irene Woods, my grandma (1924 – 2012): You were the first person i saw You said my eyes were open wide You…

  • If ya wanna click it, ya better put a button on it

    How do I upload an image in WordPress? Frequently, clients who are staring at the WordPress content editing screen ask me, “How do I upload an image?” As an experienced WordPress user/designer/developer I used to get blown away by how silly such a question sounded. The button’s right there! But after running in to this…

  • Actions do more than words.

    Use words to source actions. As an independent contractor/freelancer I’ve realized that selling plays a critical role in business. Like it or not, it’s a necessity, but it’s not my strength. In an effort to learn more about sales I signed up for a sales-related email newsletter filled with quotes, inspiration and advice on sales…

  • The Never Ending Project: How to Prevent Scope Creep

    Have you ever worked on a project that would… not… end!? Me, too. Poorly organized fixed-rate projects quickly turn into hourly-rate eating monsters that even Falkor couldn’t save you from. What is Scope Creep? Scope Creep is any work requested by the client that isn’t included within your original agreement. It can happen at any…

  • Solar panel for microwaves

    Since visible light is just part of the electromagnetic spectrum, could other wavelengths generate electricity with the right materials? Rectenna: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectenna DIY: http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/yre/agency/library/missions/missrep1997/online/rap-nuc2.htm – power a light by getting it close to an active microwave Possible inventions: Microwave oven with built-in rectenna to generate/save power. Residential rectenna to harvest microwave energy from kitchen and ambience

  • Google+ will improve your social media experience, even if you don’t use it.

    The Question My friend at Good Web Work asked the question,”To what problem is Google+ a solution?”. I started to write a comment on his post, but after the scroll bar popped up on the comment form realized this was blog post material . I have no idea what I’m talking about I haven’t used Google+ yet…

  • An Inconvenient User Experience: Gmail Drafts

    Summary I love Gmail. If you accidentally discard a draft its gone forever. I think Gmail should send discarded drafts to trash. You can vote for that feature here. I love everything about Gmail except one thing… Discarded drafts are unrecoverable without warning. I accidentally clicked the Discard Drafts button while scrolling by a different part…

  • How does social media impact SEO?

    SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization …and yes, social media does affect SEO. To better understand how SEO works, let’s look at the story of Billy Joe Awesome and his Pappy’s Comb. Pappy’s Comb Billy Joe Awesome needs a new comb to stroke his cherished mullet. The houndstooth-patterned mullet comb that Pappy gave him was lost…

  • How to rip the faces off WordPress hackers… their cheeto-encrusted life-sucking evil faces.

    How to deal with website hackers Find hacker that attacked your site and destroyed the efforts of your labor. Insert hand grenade into hacker mouth. Pull pin. Kick in the nuts. Run, laughing as their head explodes. If that doesn’t work, here are some plugins to protect your WordPress site from future hacker evil. WordPress…

  • 3 Free Desktop Wallpaper Backgrounds of Flowers

    This month’s freebie is a collection of 3 elegant desktop wallpapers featuring flowers. They can also be used as Twitter backgrounds. These photos were taken by me during the spring and summer a few years ago. They are the most popular photos on my fickr stream. Feel free to download them for personal use. If…

  • What’s the best computer for graphic design: Mac or PC?

    What kind of computer do you suggest for graphic design? Mac? PC? My laptop is too slow to do a lot of what I’ve been doing lately so I’m looking for a new computer. Lots of people say “go with a Mac”, but I could build a PC with a much faster processor and better…

  • How much should I charge as a new freelancer getting started?

    This is the first article in a new category I’m starting for my blog: Reader Questions. I’ll be answering questions that I’m often asked by young designers just starting out in their careers. If you have questions about freelancing, graphic design, web design, or anything really, I’ll do my best to find the answer for…

  • Why freelancers should use digital contracts with esignatures

      Word of mouth agreements are too risky There is no reason to waste time and money by running your business on word-of-mouth agreements. The risk is too high, and the cost of integrating contracts into your business is getting lower everyday. I use a simple PDF e-signature contract that is sent to the client…

  • My True Father

    My father told my mother he didn’t want any more children. SURPRISE! I was the last of his nine kids. When I was 2 months old they separated. Other than a few phone calls, I never saw the guy again. In 2005 I found out that he died alone in Costa Rica in 2003, two years…

  • How to beat Desktop Tower Defense

    How to beat Desktop Tower Defense

    Desktop Tower Defense is a simple little strategy game that hacks into your basic human instinct to stop creatures from going from one place to the other. Protect your lands! Protect your village! Protect your house! Protect your garden! Whatever the scenario, this game captures that basic mechanic well. The image above is the layout…