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How to De-Crapify Your Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide - Lifehacker
We're not talking about going ultra-minimalist here, but rather making a concentrated effort to only keep the things in your life that you use and actually matter to you. To do this, we're first going to take a look at identifying the crap in your home, then how to get rid of it so you're not always just throwing it away, and finally discuss some methods for actually maintaining your crap-free lifestyle. Let's get to it.
diy  howto  gtd  Home  work  attention 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it) | Grist
The bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about new development or raising property values. It's about bettering our existing communities. It's about making cities and suburbs that are built on an automotive scale navigable, instead, by human power. It's about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now -- and along with that the choice to opt for that $3,000 to $12,000 yearly rebate.

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.
bicycling  transportation  transit  health  economy  diy 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives
I find it interesting when musicians say "I'm waiting to see how this thing shakes out, because we don't know where the future of the music industry is going." Frankly, the future is now. The model has been established. It's here, so deal with it [laughter]. It's a hybrid model; we have the iTunes/Amazon MP3 world, we have the other download sources and aggregators, we have streaming, and there's still the hard copy universe of the CD and LP, including the world of the "super-deluxe" physical package. There's also fan-funding, the pay-what-you-want model, and artists just giving away music in order to promote live performances or merchandise.

To make a success out of a release, musicians need to approach a combination of multiple vehicles in a synergistic way. All this conjecture about the future of the music industry is very tiring to me. Let's talk about what's real right this minute instead. I think it's going to stay this way for a long time to come.
music  art  creativity  diy  business  itunes  amazon 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
open letter to newspaper photographers | Redlights and Redeyes
What you need to do, Newspaper Photographer, is a few things. Right now. Trust me. I’ve done it.
newspapers  business  photography  inspiration  freelance  diy  journalism  media  news 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Learning the web: Lisa Williams’ guide for journos, Part 1 | Knight Digital Media Center
“Too many people who start new ventures that are entirely web-based are far too willing to say, ‘Oh, I’ll just hire someone to handle the technology.’ If dry cleaning was your business, you’d be very interested in how dry cleaning works! When you hire a web developer, you should be literate enough to understand what you need, what you’re buying, and assess the quality of what you’ve paid for. These are basic business skills; you will fail without them.”
education  journalism  kdmc  technology  media  newspapers  data  information  web  diy  howto 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming | PBS
I'm still just a beginner, but I feel that this perspective provides you with an acute awareness of data. You start looking for data structures, for ways to manipulate data (in a good sense) to make them work for your community.

When covering a story, you'll think in terms of data and interactivity from the very start and see how they can become part of the narrative. You'll see data everywhere -- from the kind that floats in the air thanks to augmented reality, to the more mundane version contained in endless streams of status updates. Rather than being intimidated by the enormous amount of data, you'll see opportunities -- new ways to bring news and information to the community.

You probably won't have time to actually do a lot of the programming and data structuring yourself. But now you're equipped to have a valuable and impactful conversation with your geek colleagues. A conversation that gets better results than ever before.
computing  data  diy  html  journalism  media  science  information  newspapers  radio  television 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Portrait of the artist: Rufus Wainwright, musician | Culture | The Guardian
What advice would you give a young musician? "Sing your songs in public at least twice a week – even if it's only at weddings and barmitzvahs. The more you do, the quicker you learn which songs travel."
music  songwriting  livemusic  advice  diy  attention  presence 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Live Chat: Multimedia Tools That Help You Do Better Journalism
Budgets might be tight in 2010, but even the most cash-strapped storytellers can find tools to make their jobs easier.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  howto  diy  video 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Thoughts on driving across the United States | Tom Mangan's home page
Americans should have “traverse the nation by car” on their life list — the whole shebang of purple mountains majesty, amber waves of grain, obnoxious tangles of traffic (from the verse I would add to update the song for modern audiences) .
travel  driving  usa  diy 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments « iRevolution
Nonviolent resistance movements are typically driven by students, i.e., young people, who are increasingly born digital natives. With expanding access to mobile phones, social networking software and online platforms for user-generated content such as blogs, the immediate financial cost of speaking out against repressive regimes is virtually nil. So resistance movements are likely to make even more use of new communication technology and digital media in the future. In fact, they already are.

At the same time, however, the likelihood and consequences of getting caught are high, especially for those political activists without any background or training in digital security. Indeed, recent research by Digital Democracy research suggests that organizational hierarchies are being broken down as youth adopt new technologies. While this empowers them they are also put at risk since they don’t tend to be as consequence-conscious as their adult counterparts.
politics  internet  technology  culture  activism  protest  privacy  security  anonymity  howto  diy  communication  power  censorship 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The brilliance of Beth Ditto - Times Online
“I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk — it can’t tell you that you can’t have it — so really, you're just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim, because if you want clothes that bad, then make them yourself. You have to get creative if you’re fat. I’m really good at turning a belt into a necklace, and I can always find a nice pair of earrings.”
fashion  women  style  fat  beauty  creativity  diy  rock  music 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sally Duros: State of Pay: A Chicago News-Blog Suspense Story
"I believe that the future of journalism is a whole bunch of little sites," (Andrew Huff) said. "The newspaper isn't being destroyed. It's being exploded."
newspapers  media  journalism  chicago  diy  illinois 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge - We plead the 21st.: The Guide to Your Home Bar: Part 1
This makes me want to clean my kitchen. I mean thoroughly. Bless you,!
drinking  alcohol  diy  beverages 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Digital Life » Blog Archive » Know Your Mac—Easily Make Your Very Own Wi-Fi Hub
On your ethernet connected Mac, go to System Preferences. Select Sharing. Next select Internet Sharing. Change your option to share from Ethernet from the drop down menu. Click Airport option and then give the nifty network you just made a name and password. Lastly, turn on Internet sharing. That’s it! Enjoy!
mac  wifi  internet  diy  computers  apple 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Are you prepared?
I'm not prepared. I need to get there this spring.
bayarea  reference  diy  health  sanfrancisco  california  outdoors  earthquake  disaster  safety 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Author of newly released Bicycles, Nikki Giovanni gives tips on writing a love poem | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bicycles has hit the shelves. Reading it aloud may be a great way to start off a romantic evening but if creating an original poem sounds intriguing, Giovanni reflects on what it takes to write a love poem
poetry  love  howto  diy  relationship  writing  creativity 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Deuzeblog: The People Formerly Known as the Employers
"Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences (the few "audiences" that still exist given the Rosen formula), a battle for hearts and minds that they have to wage without support from those who they traditionally relied on: their employers."
media  journalism  newspapers  relationships  work  power  theory  future  outsourcing  globalization  labor  unions  diy  news  business  corporations 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging | Epicenter from
"When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself." Which is kind of a slick way of saying that when you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging. Or, for that matter, if you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, you might blog to fill the empty spaces. "You look for a way to reassert control," Alden points out. "That's a reason blogging surges in down times."
blogging  economics  finance  marketing  internet  work  jobs  diy 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
West Coast solo trip opens driver's soul -
"[...] I learned that during a trip alone, you find yourself doing things that you didn't plan on -- that you wouldn't put down on paper beforehand. A lot of people are afraid to be by themselves -- to travel by themselves. Some people don't even like to eat by themselves. [...]"
diy  travel  washingtonstate  oregon  california  cars  usa 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TV Networks Rewrite the Definition of a News Bureau -
“The easiest way to do it is to hand the journalist a camera, show them the ‘on’ and ‘off’ buttons, and tell them to go to work.”
journalism  online  media  television  cable  business  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
5 Ways to learn a new language (and 5 reasons why you should) :: 10,000 Words :: multimedia, online journalism news and reviews
"There are many language courses offered on the web, but the following teach the language the multimedia way and they are all free."
language  travel  media  journalism  thinking  education  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Attention Indie Filmmakers: iTunes May Be Within Your Reach - Kendall Whitehouse: On Technology and Media
"[...] The problem, as Kirsner notes, is that independent filmmakers don't have direct access to the iTunes channel. Apple prefers to work with aggregators of cinematic content rather than with individual filmmakers.

You're no doubt wondering, "So which aggregators supply content to iTunes and how do I get access to them?" That's why Kirsner's piece is valuable. He lists the major independent movie aggregators that supply content to iTunes along with links to their contact information and to how to apply for distribution.

If you have cinematic content you're looking to publish through iTunes, here's where to start [...]"
cinema  film  movies  apple  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Voice in the Wilderness | American Journalism Review
"I've sort of created this thing that has control of my life pretty much, which is one of the dilemmas of this. How could this be sustained over time if I got to the point where I didn't want to spend many, many hours a week going to meetings and chasing after stories? [...] It's kind of made a believer of me. I'm an old print guy. I love newspapers, and I still love picking up newspapers and turning the page reading, but that's happening less and less. This is where journalism is going whether we like it or not, and you have to get with it."
journalism  newspapers  media  virginia  diy  wordpress  community  online 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Well - Learning to Be Your Own Best Defense in a Disaster -
“Your brain works by pattern recognition, and when it’s in an extremely frightening situation it sorts through a database for a script. It’s important to get into the stairs and actually go down them. Your brain relies on that memory and responds to it much more quickly and fully than words.”
design  safety  disaster  thinking  diy  earthquake  fire 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky's Shortlist
"Documentaries are the way we can tell truth to power. They exist in a world where how you tell a story can be just as powerful as the story itself."
documentary  music  creativity  film  cinema  diy  story 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge I killed Tim Russert (on Wikipedia)
"The thing is, Wikipedia isn't really about history at all [...] It's not so much an encyclopedia as a registry of – and I use this word with some trepidation – reality. It's an ever-changing ledger book of where things stand in our universe."
community  journalism  wikipedia  public  media  diy  news 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How to be a comic book hero: Lynda Barry, Jessica Abel, Matt Madden, cartooning | Salon Books
"The pleasure of making marks, she argues, only happens when you're willing to not know what's happening -- to let images pull you along wherever they're going."
comics  art  creativity  diy  work  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
emily. - I'm about to give you the best tip ever.
Text yourself with your cab's number, just in case you lose something.
diy  cities  travel  howto  transit  transportation  behavior 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits: Is Community News Just a "Nice to Have"?
"Most people say they value it. The may even think they value it. But if they really valued it, wouldn't far more of them make more effort to find it, read it, share it, and preserve and expand it -- as well as to create their own?"
news  community  media  journalism  public  social  newspapers  blogging  location  diy  attention 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge Life | Those dirty girls
"Sexual ecstasy is not something you buy. It cannot be bought. But we have come a long way. No question. Definitely. But it's not because of 'Sex and the City.' It's because of what real women have done in real lives, not on TV sets."
sex  women  television  power  beauty  writing  diy  cable  friendship  cities  urban  feminism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Link by Link - This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix -
“You can draw something that appeals to 1 percent of the audience — 1 percent of United States, that is three million people, that is more readers than small cartoons can have.”
comics  humor  internet  nytimes  creativity  diy  art  code  computers  language 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Was It the Prose or the Clothes?
"When I hear thunder, I take a bow. When I hear rain, I assume it is applause. And so like the sun, I shine, having no alternative. Yes, darlings, I shall be a reprobate dandy; that's my job. And the good lord will forgive me: That's his."
fashion  men  creativity  diy  design  identity  aesthetics  writing 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Webware: Are mix tape sites on solid legal ground?
A couple of friends -- oddly, both named Jason (Hi, misterjt and 7au !) -- raised this in passing before another (pkynes) forwarded this article. For now, my muxtape currently hosts my own music.
music  diy  law  social  creativity 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Journalistopia » An easy guide to search engine optimization for blogs - by Danny Sanchez
Karim Amara sent this to me: "If you’re working on a news site, you absolutely must understand the fundamentals of how search engine optimization works."
blogging  seo  news  media  howto  diy  journalism  blogs 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - David Shields
"To me what collage does is it frees you up to think. You have material that you're wrestling with. [...] Basically, it says, "Listen, I'll go anywhere I want — story, parable, data, quotation, comedy, anywhere — as long as I'm getting deeper [...]"
creativity  diy  art  writing  data  comedy  quotes  story 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - An Eight-Bit Version of Paradise City
"That's when I realized that yes, the information age was upon us, and the world was never going back. And am I complaining? Well, I'm not sure."
neworleans  louisiana  books  writing  authors  rock  bicycling  diy 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Slashdot | Recording Music Without the Recording Industry
"The 2008 RPM Challenge — to write and record an original album in February, just because you can — is about to begin. Hundreds of musicians from around the world have already signed up."
music  creativity  diy  writing  rock 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Neil Strauss: Kill Your Email
"Know what your time is worth. Make lists. Link what you do in your life to your goals. Beware of people who suck up your time. Put the phone away while you're working [...] try to do something active and physical each day."
diy  creativity  email  internet  work  jobs  gtd 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
I, Platform » What does social DIY bring to the future of game design?
"I can visualize the faces of the people of the city. I can imagine what music swells as we pan across the city. And finally, I can already imagine what people will love and hate, especially as a group." Beautiful.
gaming  social  writing  diy  design 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Weekly: Krist Novoselic's SW Debut: Smells Like (Put Word Here) Spirit (Seattle Weekly)
"Of course anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. But Anarchy has another meaning; it’s about people associating outside of the state structure. Committed Anarchists are actually meeting oriented people."
politics  diy  identity  government  public  power 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: Are You Happy?
"The work you put in on improving your positive outlook could keep you healthier, lengthen your life and make that increased lifespan infinitely more enjoyable."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: How to Begin /Take our step-by-step self-help guide to being happier
"Here are the positive energy exercises taken on by the people in my story. They worked for them and they could work for you."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
OFF MESSAGE: Crowd Control (08/03/2007)
"[C]rowd-powered news is most effective and useful when it has been filtered and selected by more-experienced journalists. Crowds aren't wise all by themselves -- they need editing, too."
blog  blogging  blogs  journalism  news  politics  technology  media  diy  social 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters Music Feature | The Essential Selection: An Interview with Beth Ditto
"In a way your creativity is only as good as your lack of resources. I would have never gotten into the things I got into or been the person that I am if I didn’t have to go without things or make do with the bare minimum."
interview  interviews  creativity  rock  music  songwriting  gay  diy 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NewsForge | Mastering podcasts with Audacity
"Recording sound is simple, but mastering that sound -- compressing volume differences, maintaining a decibel ceiling, and similar operations -- is anything but. Fortunately, an open source tool offers everything you need for mastering podcasts and other
audio  blog  blogs  web  toread  podcasting  mp3  media  diy 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Daniel Pemberton: There's a certain knack to penning a great television theme | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music
"Unless you're going for some crazy sound design tour de force (see: 24, the current BBC news theme) there's one simple litmus test - can the postman whistle it?"
songwriting  beauty  television  aesthetics  diy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
All about my mother | Folk and acoustic | Guardian Unlimited Music
"I loathe the term singer-songwriter, because it reminds me of open-mic nights and coffee shops and lazy chord structures." His preferred label? "A recording artist."
songwriting  music  pop  rock  diy  aesthetics  coffee 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Sara Hickman: Atlas Plugged - May 2007
"You can have the most ridiculous song, a simple song, a song that is formulaic or base, but if the production rocks, emotes, moves the listener... you have a winner."
songwriting  marketing  diy 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Beth Ditto advises an non-sewing non-skinny reader how to look great on a budget | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music
"[S]tyle, like art, is a primal instinct. My number-one theory in life is that style is proportional to your lack of resources - the less you have, the more stylish you're likely to be."
fashion  aesthetics  beauty  diy  creativity  music 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Books by Felicia Pride: Her Story | 4/25/2007
"Most history is white history. Most black history is black males' history."
books  baltimore  maryland  black  publishing  women  diy 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AppleJack Project Page
Bless Tiffany B. Brown for sending this to me.
macosx  macbook  apple  diy 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Macworld: Secrets: Create a time-lapse movie
"This video technique compresses hours of action into mere seconds—clouds roll overhead, the sun races toward the horizon, and flowers bloom before your eyes. Best of all, creating time-lapse movies is easy. Once you set up your camera, your Mac does mo
photography  apple  imovie  cinema  mac  diy 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Learning Movable Type: A Safe Way to Upgrade to MT 3.3
"Instead of over-writing existing files, a safer approach is to create a new MT directory. That way if the install doesn't work for some reason, you can revert to using the original mt.cgi path for getting into MT edit."
weblogs  weblogging  movabletype  diy 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Times UK: The Zombie Survival Guide
"What is a zombie? How are they created? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are their needs, their desires? Why are they hostile to humanity?"
cinema  cities  diy  science 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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