Is Bullet Journal the perfect Paradigm?

bullet journaAsk any project manager and they’ll tell you their system. Some adventurous souls have gone fully digital, but for most of us the affordances of a pen and notebook are a powerful addition to Evernote. But simply taking notes would never be enough for a group of people obsessed with improving everything they touch, so we create systems.

The Bullet Journal is definitely one of the nicest I’ve seen in a while. Flexible but powerful and easy to understand and use. The system makes extensive use of indexing, tracking topics by page numbers on the front page. I also like his bulleting system for designating task and their importance. There’s even a great calendar system built-in. Definitely worth checking out the very slick site.

 

Are open plan offices working?

A recent post on The Conversation highlighted a brilliant study of over 40,000 people on the advantages and disadvantages of open plan offices.

A crucial part of this article was that “Mr Kim said his analysis did not look at whether open plan offices are more productive but that he suspected that workers found overhearing snippets of colleagues’ conversations distracting.” . I’m sure Mr. Kim is a very informed, intelligent man, but I’m not sure I can take his word on this.

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Ben Affleck’s first Batman interview… can he silence the doubts?

Ben Affleck

There’s a lot of talk about Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman. Personally I have no idea and won’t until we see a trailer. But in the meantime he’s given his first interview and it gives some insight into the effect that the immediate backlash had on him. Interesting stuff. Read the full thing over on Unleash The Fanboy

But I thought “I’m a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything”. They said don’t use the internet for a few days, but I handle my shit. So I went to the announcement and looked at the first comment and it says “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”. And I was done! We’re going to be Luddites for a while.

Scarecrow by Chipotle

For anyone that’s not seen it yet: This year’s water cooler commercial with amazing vocals from Fiona Apple. It’s brilliant advertising following highlighting Chipotle’s push towards ethical, healthier produce.
It’s a gorgeous animation and it highlights one of Chipotle’s. As they continue to expand how can they avoid becoming just another part of the grey fast food landscape that they lampoon here?



The World if Fucking Insane by Nick Crocker (via Medium)

First off. I’m in love with Medium. Ironic name considering the success they’ve had in promoting a resurgence in long form, intelligent writing. That said, my favourite article is a photo diary of one man’s trip down the grocery store.

“Before dinner last night, I went to buy some milk and bread at the supermarket. The bread is at the back of aisle 14 and the shortest checkout line was in front of aisle 8. In the walk between bread and checkout, I saw something I find very difficult to process…”

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Budget Bytes – Awesome food on a budget

Chicken Taco Bowl closeWith Jamie Oliver’s budget revolution in full swing I wanted to share one of my favourite food websites: Budget Bytes. They’ve got loads of great recipes with serving and total costs, their site looks amazing and there’s a great community commenting with suggestions and alternatives too.

Definitely check out the incredible taco chicken bowl to the left!

 

The Alternative Limb Project

The Alt. Limb ProjectThe Alternative Limb Project is gorgeous. Sophie creates absolutely stunning alternatives to the more practical prosthetics you’re used to. Whether it’s a crystallised leg sculpture, a steampunk stereo leg, or the forearm with snake (left).

I’d love to hear from amputee’s to get their thoughts, but personally I find these startlingly beautiful and love that people are turning their ‘disability’ into a work of art. Sophie also creates stunningly realistic limbs complete with hair, freckles and fingernails. They’re so realistic you’d struggle to tell the difference from the original.

It’s definitely worth taking a look at her site to see all of the projects in full detail and I hope she gets more funding soon.

Let’s turn Phone Booths into Electric Car Chargers!

PhoneBooth

The Atlantic has a great article suggesting converting US payphones into Electric Car chargers. I think it’s a great idea for the US, but an amazing idea for the UK.

We’ve been trying to find a way to modernise our iconic red boxes for years, but they’ve fallen into disrepair and are now known as the de-facto toilet of distinguished gents throughout our fair country.

Their proximity to the kerb and bright red colour mean they could be ideal options. Their size might also make it easier to install higher voltage required for fast charges.

More than that though, I’d love to see it as an opportunity for the UK to continue to rebrand itself. For the Phone Booth to become synonymous with the UK’s constant phoenix-like rebirth, taking old and making it cutting edge and relevant.