Microphone Pop Filter – Made Entirely Of Paper

This is pretty genius really. I’m going to have to give it a try for my old snowball microphone.

There’s more to your finances than just the math. Your habits, your tendencies, and your personal psychology all play a role. You’re not just saving money when you set aside cash, you’re setting aside habit capital. And everything grows over time.

— Eric Ravenscraft

Rebuilding Wardrobe – Sabbatical

As I’m sure you are aware I’ve taken a little sabbatical from the rebuilding Wardrobe series. Before I started the series I asked Chris Pitt for some advice since he has done it before. He said:

The rebuilding series’ are a huge load. Anything upsets their schedule.

That did in fact happen and put me way off schedule.

Also a minor issue is I am building this with Laravel 5 which is just in alpha. So keeping up with changes in it and developing a new app was too time consuming. With all that I’m going to take a few more weeks off and plan to resume in November.

I appreciate all the interest in the series and I hope it continues to go well once I resume.

How Broken Glasses Led to Great Customer Service

Have you ever had those crazy weeks where everything goes wrong? That describes this week for me.

It all started Tuesday night. After dinner I dropped my glasses and the lens fell out. I squinted while trying to fix them but that just caused a massive headache. Concerned about staring at a computer the next day and the ensuing headache, I asked for the morning off so I could get them repaired. But not before fixing them myself:

glasses

Pretty genius right? I think so as well.

The next morning I dropped the kids off at school and went out on a mission to get them fixed. The first place I stopped, a nice lady welcomed me and asked what she could help me with. I told her my situation and she took the glasses back in a top secret room where I can only assume they do really cool stuff.

A few minutes later she came out and had not only fixed the problem, but tightened all the screws and even got the glasses bent back in shape. At that point I asked, how much do I owe you? It caught me by surprise when she said nothing.

I’m not sure if my genius™ fix made her feel sorry for me or if it was just the store policy. (I’m thinking the former) Either way for my future vision needs they have a new customer.

Creating Notebook Style Post Images

I’ve had a few people ask me how I designed the blog post images in my rebuilding Wardrobe series and in this post I wanted to outline the simple process I use for doing it. Continue reading

Rebuilding Wardrobe: Week 4

Rebuilding Wardrobe Week 4

In this weeks Rebuilding Wardrobe series I started working on the list of posts. That sounds easy right? Grab all the posts from the database, loop them, and print them in table rows. But in our crazy world of web development it’s never that easy. One of the fields that should be included is the published date and that means I have to account for timezones. Yuck! Continue reading