Friday, February 20, 2015

The Story of a Tiny House...and its People

Do yourself a favor and check out the documentary movie "Tiny: A Story About Living Small."  

It may reinforce things you already know, think, or feel.  It may open your mind up to a whole new realm of ideas and possibilities or ways of thinking.  I personal was struck by how many people seem to be taking the leap of faith into living "small."  I'm not sure if I could do least not long-term...but I can definitely commiserate with those tiny housers that were sick of being slaves to their work to be nickel and diming for rent, those who do it for sustainable reasons, and those who do it for their own mobility and the ability to save money and travel.  What cool stories!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Easton LaChappelle and His Design Are MindBlowing

When people take something they are passionate about and they seek out ways to make it work, beautiful and amazing things happen.

This is true of a young man named Eason LaChappelle.  He met a young girl who had a prosthetic arm that had limited function and cost $60,000.  Not only did Easton believe that prosthetics could be built for LESS, but he also believed that the prosthetics could do MORE.  Easton started with legos and now has a prosthetic arm that can operate off of a person's brain waves to move all five digits using a headpiece.  His invention costs $350 to produce.  He could have chosen to make millions of dollars from his mind-blowing invention, but he chose to release his design and software for free to anyone who wants it.  His reason?  He wants the world to be able to progress beyond his invention by taking it and making it better, much like the way that he did when he met the young girl years ago.

Easton: You have not only created something once only imagined in science fiction movies, you have given it to the world so it can be a better place.  You are not only passionate and brilliant, you are humane and kind.  Those are qualities that cannot be taught.  Bravo, man!

Tattoos that mean something

We are all touched when a child makes something for us, right?  We run out of room on our refrigerators quickly with the pictures and drawings and certificates that create and accumulate.  Each one is precious and memorable in its own way but we can't really keep them forever...or can we?  One dad found a way to do just keep his son's ever-improving art skills by having one turned into a tattoo each year.  What a cool idea!

Check out the article and some of his cool tat pics here.  

Dad of the year?