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The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing via Quartz

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
Something to remember when life gets a bit too crazy. — Douglas
 
 
On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I contemplated how to productively use the afternoon, my chest tightened. I stepped outside for a gulp of fresh air. There, an idea struck.

“Let’s go to the beach for two hours,” I said. “Then we can do our stuff.”

I was still feeling stressed while I packed my bag, and even while we sought out a spot on the sand. But eventually—maybe when I spotted some dolphins past the breakers, or dunked into a cold, oncoming wave—the stress dissipated. I didn’t do much reading at the beach, or really much of anything. I mostly stared at the water, got wet, laid on a warm blanket, then moved to a chair. After two hours, we folded up our blanket, drove home, and divided and conquered our tasks for the rest of the afternoon. And you know what? They weren’t so painful. It was actually kind of pleasant to surrender to the rhythm of paperwork, while the sun sank lower in the window.
Read The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing via Quartz


An interesting link found among my daily reading

Tip: How to Use a Paper Journal Effectively via SnapGuide

July 10th, 2016 Comments off

A friend texted today for a link to this SnapGuide which I did ages ago. He had started to use this technique when he originally saw this guide and wanted to share it with some of his friends. I hadn’t thought about this guide in a long time, but it is great to see that it is still useful to people.

Snapguide journal

Check out How to Use a Paper Journal Effectively by Douglas Welch on Snapguide.

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New Technology Project — chime in on the topic!

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

Thinking on a new project for the New Year…  
What is your biggest problem/issue/success with technology?

What do you wish technology could help you accomplish?

How could technology make life easier for you and yours?

What small/large task would you like to see technology address?

I am keeping the questions very general for now to see where the conversation goes?

What are your thoughts? Add a comment!

Douglas

Noted: Top 10 Ways to Make This School Year Your Most Productive Yet via Lifehacker

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

116 of My Favorite Things for December 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

My Favorite Things 

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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  1. Food / 10 Hot & Boozy Drinks to Get Cozy With This Winter
  2. Technology / Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Cheap Home Surveillance System
  3. Garden / 14 Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Alternatives to Green Your Holidays
  4. Garden / Get a knack for black in the garden
  5. Garden / 5 Great Plants for Borders and Screens
  6. Garden / Free Seed Packet Template (Basic)
  7. Food / Learn to Speak Italian While Learning to Cook Italian Food
  8. Home / A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942
  9. Book / NPR Books of the Year Interactive Page
  10. New Media / 6 Reasons You Must Shoot Video Every Day
  11. Garden / 10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden (12 photos)
  12. Technology / Apple offering eight free songs for the Holidays in Apple Store app
  13. Technology / Skill Builder: Arduino 101
  14. Technology / Google Calendar updated with Maps location autocomplete and improved events searching
  15. Food / Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman — New Cookbook
  16. Technology / 60 Google Now Commands You Need To Know
  17. Technology / Screen to Gif – record any part of you screen and save it to an animated GIF file [Freeware]
  18. Technology / Turning A Pi Into An iBeacon
  19. Technology / Check out the Maker Shed’s Arduino & Robots Gift Guide!
  20. Technology / Most Popular DIY Projects of 2013
  21. Technology / How to Pick the Perfect Smartphone Wallpaper
  22. Food / Holiday Whiskey Punch
  23. Technology / Fuzel is a standout collage creator for your iPhone
  24. Technology / Heyday App Is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself (Liz Gannes/AllThingsD)
  25. Technology / Which Programming Language Should I Learn First?
  26. Technology / Chromecast update brings more minimalism to your TV screen
  27. Food / Favorite Christmas Cookies for Cookie Exchanges and Parties
  28. Food / Favorite Christmas Cookies
  29. New Media / Insert Coin: capture 360-degree video with DLSRs and GoPros, viewable on an Oculus Rift
  30. Technology / The Persistently Cool Blinky POV Kit
  31. New Media / Keep a Light Studio in Your Pocket with Kick [Deals Hub]
  32. Technology / The Perfect Present for Pi Prototypers
  33. Technology / Pandora for iOS has gained a nifty feature today: the app can act as an alarm clock so you can wake
  34. Technology / AllThings Is a Feature-Packed Webapp for Personal and Group To-Dos
  35. Food / Holiday Hooch
  36. Technology / Create your own Street View
  37. Garden / A Mini Garden at The Base of the Tree
  38. New Media / MediaCrush – superb free open sourced hosting for video, images and audio
  39. New Media / Google Chromecast adds ten new apps to its streaming arsenal
  40. Technology / Solar Powered, Tweeting Bird Feeder
  41. New Media / Book Review: The Book of Audacity
  42. Technology / Spotify Announces Free Service For Phones and Tablets
  43. New Media / The Best Headphones You Can Buy Under $20
  44. Technology / Google Sheets Gets Faster, Offline Use, and Tons of New Features
  45. New Media The Ox | Documentary
  46. Technology / Angry Birds Go! kart racer now in the App Store
  47. New Media / Autographer – makes photography spontaneous and hands-free
  48. Technology / Gmail Will Never Ask You to ‘Display Images Below’ Again
  49. Technology / IFTTT for iPhone Adds a New Location Channel
  50. Food / 10 Cookbooks & Food Memoirs Worth Gifting This Year — Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
  51. Garden / 30 Gifts for the Gardener
  52. Technology / MindMeld Assistant App Listens Along to Conversations to Help in Real Time
  53. Technology / Mirror app for Android can record your screen or stream it to Apple TV (video)
  54. New Media / YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air (Emil Protalinski/The Next Web)
  55. New Media / Chromecast in 2014: an open SDK, big international plans and maybe even new devices
  56. Technology / Google launches Tips to help you get more out of Gmail and its other services
  57. Technology / As Google slowly preps the Chromecast ecosystem, waves of new apps are on the way
  58. Technology / Raspberry Pi Wall Calendar
  59. Garden / Explore Your Garden Personality: The Traveler (9 photos)
  60. Technology / Awesome Stuff: Lenses For Your Phone
  61. Technology / TweetsPie Shows the Best Tweets from Your Recent Timeline
  62. Food / Remember the 2:2:2:1 Ratio for Perfect, Recipe-free Punch
  63. Career / 15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Needs To Read
  64. Technology / The Morpholio Project Launches Trace 2.0
  65. Food / Gift Guide 2013: Kitchen Tools for The Home Cook
  66. Career / The Women Behind the Wright Brothers
  67. New Media / Digital Bolex D16: fantastic indie-friendly digital film camera
  68. Technology / Google Now Wants To Go Christmas Caroling With You
  69. Technology / DIY FREE Printable Instagram Gift Tags
  70. Food / Elizabeth David’s Sensible British Christmas — Classic Cookbook
  71. Education / The Nerdy Teacher: Spanish Is Your Amigo with @espanoles2amigo #EdChat
  72. Technology / 20 Free E-Book Resources For iPad
  73. Home / 35 Cool And Creative DIY Christmas Tree Ideas You Surely Don’t Want To Miss
  74. Technology / Flickr Web Embeds
  75. Home / Before & After: Cartolina’s End Grain Block Flooring
  76. Technology / NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak
  77. Technology / New Project: SunBEAM Seeker Bot
  78. New Media / Where there’s a Spark Digital (Microphone) , there’s Lightning
  79. New Media / Ten tips to get the most out of your new Chromecast
  80. Technology / OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?
  81. Local / LAFD Releases Surveillance Video of Van Nuys Arsonist
  82. Technology / An Opensource Arduino Guitar Pedal
  83. Garden / Great Design Plant: Brittlebush Brightens Rocky, Dry Spots (7 photos)
  84. Technology / Turn Your Mac Into a Home Security Camera with an Automator Script
  85. Technology / Top 5 Game-Changing Gadgets of 2013
  86. Technology / Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder Finds Product Keys for All Your Programs
  87. Education / 10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014
  88. Career / 5 Ways You Can Be More Creative
  89. Garden / Forgotten Fruits: The stories behind Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables
  90. Home / 7 of the World’s Most Awesome Alternative Christmas Trees
  91. New Media / The 8 Best Video Game Scripts of All Time
  92. Technology / PowerUp 3.0 – fold it, launch it, fly it…with your phone
  93. Technology / OpenEmu, an open source video game emulator, launches on the Mac
  94. Technology / The Best Free iPhone and iPad apps
  95. Garden / Feed the Birds: 6 Plants for Abundant Winter Berries (6 photos)
  96. Technology / 11 Best iPad Apps of 2013
  97. New Media / Samson’s Go Mic: A capable and compact microphone for podcasting
  98. Technology / Like Legos? You’ll Love LittleBits
  99. New Media / YouTube Announces Live Streaming Video for All Users
  100. Technology / Build a Moisture Sensor that Shows Emoticons When a Plant Needs Water
  101. Technology / Internet Archive Now Lets You Play Vintage Console Games
  102. Technology / How the New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Nearly 300 Plants a Day
  103. Technology / Resplendent with simple graphics and simpler rules – aged Console games play in your browser
  104. Book / The Best London Books Of 2013
  105. Technology / Seven Clever Ways to Use Your Phone’s Camera for More Than Just Photos
  106. Career / The New Year’s Writing Resolution You Can Actually Keep
  107. New Media / Social media is not a zero-sum game and Facebook isn’t going anywhere so get used to it (Leo Mirani/Quartz)
  108. Technology / The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives You Need To Know
  109. Garden / New Year, New Landscape — What to Do in Your January Garden
  110. Technology / An Arduino With Better Speech Recognition Than Siri
  111. Education / #NerdyCast on Blogging for Students and Teachers #YouTubeEDU
  112. New Media / The 3Pod P5CRH Tripod – A Review
  113. Career / How to Overcome Cynicism
  114. Technology / 12 Free Web Apps to Boost Your Drawing Skills
  115. Garden / 9 Ideas for Thoughtful Gardening in 2014 (9 photos)
  116. Technology / 13 Highly Useful Free Programs and Websites That Any LifeHacker Must Try

Video: Lifehack 1 – Finding cool new books to read via your library’s sorting shelves

August 8th, 2013 Comments off

Lifehack 01

 

Want a great way to find cool books to read? Visit your local library. That’s right, your library. Then locate the “Sorting Shelves.” Ask the librarian, if you can’t find themselves. Sorting shelves contain books which have recently been returned by other patrons and are being sorted by subject, so they can be reshelved in their proper locations.

You are almost sure to find something interesting here via pure serendipity. It only makes sense that those books which have circulated recently might be of interest to you, too. These shelves will be a great mixture of every genre, from cookbooks to philosophy, as well a collection of both new books and old.

Next time you are looking for something interesting to read, check out the sorting shelves at your local library. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

Music: “Mining by Moonlight”, Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com, Creative Commons License

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Audio: Lifehack 1 – Finding cool new books to read via your library’s sorting shelves

August 8th, 2013 Comments off

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Want a great way to find cool books to read? Visit your local library. That’s right, your library. Then locate the “Sorting Shelves.” Ask the librarian, if you can’t find themselves. Sorting shelves contain books which have recently been returned by other patrons and are being sorted by subject, so they can be reshelved in their proper locations.

You are almost sure to find something interesting here via pure serendipity. It only makes sense that those books which have circulated recently might be of interest to you, too. These shelves will be a great mixture of every genre, from cookbooks to philosophy, as well a collection of both new books and old.

Next time you are looking for something interesting to read, check out the sorting shelves at your local library. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Music: “Mining by Moonlight”, Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com, Creative Commons License

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2012 Gift Guide: High-Tech Fitness Monitors

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

 

High-Tech Fitness Monitors

After some recent surgery my doctor gave me an ultimatum. “Get the weight off NOW!”. I was/am having some health complications due to my weight and while I have known I needed to lose the extra weight for years, his order finally got my off my butt and back out walking and working out.

Once I started working out, and monitoring my calorie intake, I wanted to apply some high-tech to the process. It is great to be able to track your actual activity level and calories burned on a regular basis so you can use it in calculations about what to eat, when to work out and how to work out. All three of these devices fit the bill by providing not only a large amount of data and stats, but they also provide social media linkage to share your results, and compete with, your friends and family. In some cases, these devices can also track your sleeping habits and provide some help if you are having issues in that regard.

As is always the case, the easier it is to grab data, the more likely we are to do it. All these devices connect to your computer and the Internet automatically to download and process the data created.

I haven’t made my decision about which device to get just yet, although the BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband comes with a high recommendation from a good friend who is using it. Check out the options available and find the one that works best for you. More importantly, of course, get out there and DO something — TODAY!

  

More 2012 Gift Guide Items:

  1. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  2. Bulb Planting Tools
  3. Blue Snowball Microphone
  4. Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  5. Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
  6. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  7. Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
  8. The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
  9. Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
  10. The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  11. Moleskeine Journals
  12. Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month
  13. Podcasting for Dummies/Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies
  14. Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet
  15. Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead
  16. The $64 Tomato
  17. Blue Yeti Microphone
  18. BioLite CampStove/HomeStove
  19. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  20. The Curious Gardener
  21. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
  22. GoPro HD HERO 3
  23. Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
  24. The Starfish and the Spider by Orj Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  25. Microphone Boom Arms
  26. The Information by James Gleick
  27. Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909)
  28. Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas
  29. Apple iPhone 5
  30. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
  31. Killer Ratings by Lisa Seidman
  32. Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon
  33. Zoom Portable Recorders (H1, H2, H2n, H4n)
  34. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
  35. My Teenager’s Favorite Games
  36. The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness
  37. In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living rooms
  38. Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it
  39. Apple iPad/iPad Mini
  40. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  41. Cucina Rustica
  42. The Great Potato Book
  43. Rode Podcaster Microphone

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Video: TechIQ Tip – Wireless keyboard, mouse and batteries

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

From my technology blog, TechnologyIQ

Make yourself a note to remind you about the batteries in your wireless keyboard and mouse. I regularly get calls from my clients that their keyboard or mouse is dead…or their computer has crashed when it is simply the batteries that have died.

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Video: The Fine Art of Troubleshooting Anything from BarCampLA

May 20th, 2012 Comments off
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