Sachi came into the room where I draw and saw this piece of paper and nearly died from laughter. It's true - I'm sorry to say, I had a problem coloring a checkered flag. Such things are all too common in my world.
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
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
Last night we shot the video for the next Common Craft Show and, as usual, we came out of the experience completely exhausted. I've always been fascinated that it takes so much out of me. In thinking about why (other than the 500 watt lights), it has become clear that it may be the same thing that makes our videos work: iteration. Everything we do on video is rehashed, rewritten, repositioned and edited all the way to the point the camera rolls (and sometimes again after). All these changes... Continue Reading
For a while now I've been fascinated by the idea of creating a single place (other than Facebook) that brings together all the things I do on the Web. That is why I created the zeitgeist page here on Common Craft - to have that single place to bring it together. At the same time, I've had a blog at leelefever.com that has become a pain to keep updated - I needed a replacement. Recently I discovered Tumblr, which is a super-simple and lightweight way to have a blog with a minimum of... Continue Reading
Just a quick congrats to Sachi for passing her exam yesterday. She is now a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP). Of course, since she started studying and having the book (above) around the house, I had to take every opportunity to call it the PIMP exam and make lewd references whenever money is exchanged between us.
Just recently I was hanging out with Anthony, a great friend who has helped with the Common Craft designs over the years. He mentioned, quite candidly, that he wasn't a big fan of my buddy icon for this site. Being a designer and friend, I took his advice to heart and started the search for a new one. As I've found, most photo searches on Flickr eventually lead to Kris Krug. If you don't know Kris, he's the Quasi-Sage at Bryght and one of Vancouver's best fashion photographers. An all-around... Continue Reading
I'm originally from North Carolina and I once learned that our state motto is "Esse Quam Videri" which translates to "To Be Rather Than To Seem" If you ask me, this should be the motto for businesses (and individuals) who are trying to adapt to the new world of community, marketing and advertising on the web. The days of "seeming" are over and success in the future is all about "being". Really, there is no choice - the customer now decides what is real. To Be Rather Than To Seem - it makes... Continue Reading
How long has it been since you really thought about all the things you subscribe to in email? The newsletters, the notifications, the email lists. It's so easy to delete the old stuff when it comes in that you might be used to doing just that - deleting instead of unsubscribing. I've spent the last couple of weeks unsubscribing from everything and I was amazed at the sheer number of things that came in, but always went unread. My guess is there were 25-30 different newsletters and updates. I... Continue Reading
From time to time, I participate in conference calls and online discussions that are focused on subjects that I should care about: knowledge management, communities of practice, online learning, etc. More often than not I find that these discussion become academic discourse and generally make me feel the same. I honestly respect academic discussion and I believe academia lays the foundation for what we know and understand. But man, that kind of discussion is just not for me- and perhaps I'm... Continue Reading