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This Week in Love: AeroPress Coffee Maker

Posted by: leelefever on February 10, 2012- 8:49am

Categories: coffee, engineering, home, Week in Love

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This Week in Love is a series of blog posts where Sachi and I share what we love. Browse the archives and follow @weekinlove on Twitter.    This Week in Love: AeroPress Coffee Maker Remember those orange flying rings called Aerobies? They were a little like a Frisbee, but would fly (almost) forever.  In fact, an Aerobie was used to break the Guiness World Record twice for "longest throw of an object without any velocity-aiding feature." The inventor of the Aerobie flying ring was an Alan... Continue Reading

Bosco Update

Posted by: leelefever on October 27, 2010- 5:00pm

Categories: Bosco, dog, home, mascot, puppy

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A few months back, I introduced you to Bosco, our new puppy. He's not much help when it comes to making videos, but other than that, he's been an awesome addition to the Common Craft family. We call him the "mini-beast".  Like almost everything in my life, I've taken a LOT of photos of that dog.  This post is really just a quick look at how he's grown since you saw him last. Here's a complete set of photos on Flickr.  Here's the photo you saw when he was just weeks old. Our friend Tony Wright... Continue Reading

Amazon Fresh - Now Home Delivering Top Amazon.com Items

Posted by: leelefever on September 7, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: amazon, home, seattle

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Living in Seattle, a test-market for Amazon Fresh, we signed up and never looked back. Ordering groceries online and having them delivered within hours makes going to the grocery store seem like such a pain.  With Amazon Fresh, Amazon proved to us they could replace the grocery store experience with home delivered goodness. Just today, Sachi noticed something new and very interesting on the Amazon Fresh website - a new tab appeared pointing us to "Amazon Now."  On the same page is a small... Continue Reading

Making the Election Video: Behind the Scenes

Posted by: leelefever on September 1, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: Behind the Scenes, election, government, home, lessons, ourwork, video

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People often ask for a look at how we make the videos. When we were putting together the the "Electing a US President" video, I made a special point to take photos of the process. Here's how it works: Every video starts with a script. If there is "secret sauce" it happens in writing the script because the script drives the video. We use Google Docs to collaborate until we feel like the script is close to finished. Then, we start looking at a thumbnail storyboard. I draw the scenes for the... Continue Reading

Having an Old Dog

Posted by: leelefever on January 24, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: home, humor, offtopic, personal, seattle

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He's 13, his breath smells really bad, he's deaf, he walks like a retired football player, begs with renewed vigor and is increasingly obstinate.  Indeed, the old dog experience is so different than the young dog experience. He's still the same sweet dog, but with new quirks that keep things new, even in old age. He is not the Frisbee catching dog of yesteryear. He is more like Jabba the Hut. A deaf Jabba the Hut with with a better disposition. His deafness is sad and amusing at the same time... Continue Reading

Photo Products to Watch in 2008

Posted by: leelefever on January 7, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: art, flickr, home, personal, photography, photosharing

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2008 is shaping up to be a interesting year to try out new things when it comes to digital photos. From photo transfer technology, to wall hanging, to photo sharing services, here are a few things I'll be using in 2008. Eye-FiI consider Eye-Fi a magical piece of photo technology. It makes it possible for me to upload photos to Flickr (or other services) and to my computer directly from my camera using my wi-fi network - no wires, no card readers.  Once it's installed, you just shoot a photo... Continue Reading

Home for the Holidays (and an off-topic interview)

Posted by: leelefever on December 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: home, interview, lifestyle, seattle, thissite, travel, twinf

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First, we want to wish you and yours good cheer and positive vibes for the Holidays.  It's been an exciting year for us at Common Craft and it couldn't have happened without you.  Your links, your blog entries, your emails to friends all put a spotlight on our work that wouldn't have happened otherwise.  Maybe there is something to this social media thing after all. J Between now and the New Year, we'll be with families on separate coasts and generally unavailable.  If you're looking for an... Continue Reading

Learning The Independent Lifestyle

Posted by: leelefever on December 13, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: beingsmall, dailylife, home, lifestyle, ourwork, personal

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I always wanted to be independent - I never, not once in my life, had the goal of working for someone else.  It's not in my genes.  In 2003 I founded Common Craft and in January of 2007 Sachi joined the company.  Since then, Sachi has been the real force driving our goal of having a truly independent lifestyle.And it is ALL about lifestyle.  As I've written before, we make our lifestyle a huge priority.  Why choose to be independent if you can't create a job and schedule that works for you?  We... Continue Reading

How to Stop Receiving Phone Books and Yellow Pages

Posted by: leelefever on August 15, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: advertising, green, home, lesson

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You've likely seen it before, you come home to find a bag of useless phonebooks on your porch. I realized recently that I haven't used a phonebook or yellowpages in years - I take them straight to recycling. They are dinosaurs. This got me thinking - shouldn't I be able to opt-out of automatic delivery? Wouldn't there be a significant impact if everyone stopped receiving phonebooks and yellow pages? Apparently the major players pumped out 540 million directories this year. This is insane... Continue Reading

Investing in Paperworks Videos

Posted by: leelefever on July 9, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: business, home, lesson, paperworks, productions, video

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If someone told me back in March of this year that we'd be making videos as our full time job in July, I would have said it was preposterous. What do we know about making videos? Such is the current state of affairs - we're booked through the summer doing paperworks videos on commissioned basis and feel 100% confident that this is the right direction for us. Of course, having people paying us to make videos means we have to learn fast and make some investments in our equipment and software... Continue Reading

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