Words of Note

April 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman’s convocation address to The University of the Arts.

“First of all: When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.

This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can” -Neil Gaiman

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Words of Note

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Office Space

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

INSPIRED WORK SPACES


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Having an inspired work space is, for me, one of the best parts of working from home. Having a productive space to work, whatever the work you do, sometimes means compromise. Working with the space you have can be tricky. Throughout university my bedroom doubled as the room I kept my bookshelf and desk, which meant I spent a LOT of time in the same place.

Today our office doubles cleverly as a guest room for when family and friends stay the night. Most importantly, the desk is long enough (12 feet!!) for the two of us (thanks to my highly skilled partner-in-crime who custom designed and built it for us).

Things to consider when creating or re-creating your work space:

  • Surface space–do you have enough room for a laptop/desktop and a few books?
  • Organization–a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Jars make great pen holders, and rolling drawer sets like this one from Ikea are great for storage and double as added desk space. The more you can get off the desk surface, the less clutter and clean-up.
  • Desk chair–if you work at a desk, your desk chair is the best investment you can make. Nothing matters more than the stability of your neck and back. So find an ergonomic chair and don’t forget to stand up and stretch often.
  • Design–cover your walls and surfaces with things you like. Most importantly, you need to feel motivated and inspired by your environment.

Words of Note

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits that spread by imitation and that can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble –George Orwell

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Illustration of Steven Jobs by Matthew Phelan (2009)

April Playlist

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

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March’s days are numbered. As April rolls in, here’s what I’ll be listening to at work:

  1. Needle, The Ruffians
  2. Red Hands, Walk Off the Earth
  3. Help I’m Alive, Metric
  4. What I wouldn’t Do, Serena Ryder
  5. Ghost II, Rococode
  6. Now I’m all Messed Up, Tegan and Sara
  7. Black (feat. Nora Jones), Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
  8. The Dreaming, Ohbijou
  9. You Discover, The Sheepdogs
  10. Bare Hands Bare Feet, The Bright Light Social Hour
  11. Black Hearts, Chains of Love

‘Long Live Home Room!’

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Want to know what successful people do with the first hour of their day?

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Welcome to Home Room

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

It was the first class of the day. You would show up and mostly chat with your friends, while your poor teacher tried to instill you with some of the basics for surviving the ‘real world’.

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