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On Podcast: Charles Duhigg on Self-Motivation, Mental Models, and Getting Stuff Done – The Upgrade by Lifehacker

March 25th, 2017 No comments

Charles Duhigg on Self-Motivation, Mental Models, and Getting Stuff Done – The Upgrade by Lifehacker

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If anyone knows the difference between being busy and being productive it’s Charles Duhigg. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit has made a name for himself plumbing the science of productivity, and this week he’s joining us on the podcast.

Charles is, by any measure, a very productive person—he wrote a bestseller while working full-time and raising a family. And even though success begat success, he started to feel like he was treading water and didn’t want to come home every day after work to spend another five hours answering emails.

So he started calling researchers who study productivity as well as very productive people he admired to learn why some people manage to do so much while others struggle to reach the inbox zero promised land. Those phone calls and conversations are what led to his second book, Smarter Better Faster.

In today’s show we talk about many of the key principles Charles detailed in his book, including how pilots used ‘mental models’ to land a severely damaged airplane, how the worst automotive manufacturing plant in the country turned itself around when new owners gave the workers more control, and what it means to be truly productive.

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Noted: 15 Photography Ideas to Boost Your Creativity

March 25th, 2017 No comments

Noted: Podcast: The Assassins Of Creativity (and How To Spot Them)

March 22nd, 2017 No comments

On YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review)

March 22nd, 2017 No comments

The cheapest price is now around $320 on Amazon, but there might be sales that lower it closer to the $200 mentioned in this video. — Douglas

On YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review)

Watch YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review) 

I’m a little late to the 3D printing game, but I finally get it. For $200 , the Monoprice Mini Select is a no brainier for anyone who’s curious about 3D printing. It’s an extremely capable machine with a small footprint. Best of all it comes pre-assembled ready to print, right out of the box.  No this video was not sponsored in any way. I just really like this printer 🙂

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On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

March 13th, 2017 No comments

Get started with Arduino programming in this quick and clear video on how programs work — Douglas

On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

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On YouTube: Defacing coins like a suffragette | Curator’s Corner Season 2 Episode 4

March 8th, 2017 Comments off
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On YouTube: Create is a Verb from Barb Makes Things

March 7th, 2017 Comments off

On YouTube: Intro To Laser Cutting

March 4th, 2017 Comments off

On YouTube: Introduction to the Laser Cutter

March 4th, 2017 Comments off

I’m trying to increase my own knowledge about all the equipment that can be found in a Makerspace, so I have been searching about in YouTube for good introductions to laser cutters, 3D printers, drill presses and more. I’ll share my best finds in the days to come. — Douglas

Watch YouTube: Introduction to the Laser Cutter

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On YouTube: Weather Shield – Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Illumination [Arduino]

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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