I have Photoshop and use Photoshop….when I have to. Not being a professional designer, the learning curve for that software can be frustrating. It’s not particularly intuitive for beginner or even novices to image editing.
With that in mind, I went looking for a little more accessible resources as I’ve had some needs for logo design on the quick and cheap. Canva.com has been absolutely remarkable. I highly recommend it.
In particular, the service has a free tier that allows you to use their library of photos, graphics, clip art and shapes and download your final work for free. The library and resolution limitations have you pining for the paid version, but using their templates with layers and some creativity, you can do some great work without paying a dime. Keep in mind, the below logos were created by a totally mediocre beginner, but you can see that there are lots of options for good looking logos.
All of those logos were created on canva.com, and I highly recommend them to all to try. Additionally, the company is a great story and was featured on the podcast “How I Built This” a few months ago.
This site has stagnated a bit with the kids not evaluating products very much. With the current Corona Virus isolation and ensuing boredom, we might put out some posts to reinvigorate the concept.
In the mean time, I wanted to share a resource that I’ve just launched as a result of a coding class I’m completing. It’s www.clickforzip.com.
The concept is pretty simple: using Google Maps API, I’m able to allow a user to click anywhere in the world, and return usable address information.
Of note is how difficult this was for me to allow a user to both physically search for locations from the search box and then also click on a location for that same info box. Getting the two input possibilities was tricky.
Improvements to come will be zip code map overlays, which I’m learning how to integrate. It’s quite a process to learn!
In any even, if you are interested in maps, or actually need complete address information from navigating a map, take a gander at the site. If you’d be interested in seeing any other features, fill out my two question survey here.
Here’s a product that will blow your mind. A cooler powered by the Sun. Fittingly, the company is called GoSun.
GoSun is almost closing its IndieGoGo campaign.
You know ia good product when it raises 3,672% of its goal. The GoSun Chill is a battery powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice. The kicker is that the battery can be powered by a car charger, regular plug or you can attach it to optional solar panels and go completely, cooly, off the grid.
The efficiency of the cooler is such that you can cool indefinitely under the bright, hot sun. The campaign ends the first week of June 2019, so check it out as soon as possible!
You can back them and receive deep discounts on their product launches by clicking here and buying on their IndieGoGo campaign. What a COOL Idea!
We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t buy a sleeping pad with a built in pad? This can be said No More! But it ain’t cheap folks, and it’s a lot harder if you live in the United States.
Memorial day is here, which typically is the opening weekend for camping season. As a father of three, I know the complexity and overwhelming VOLUME of STUFF that has to be packed so we can “rough it.” With three kids, your family will need to pack 5 sleeping pads and 5 sleeping bags. Trunk Filled.
For this reason, I went on a search for the better mousetrap of a sleeping bag with a built in pad. Sleep on the ground once once without a pad, and you know you need one. That means packing a car for 5 with 10 different rolls. Yuck.
Strangely enough, there aren’t a lot of options. I think patents have this product offering tied up into knots, but we found some, and listed below are our findings. Note that none of these purchase options are affiliate links. We can’t make a dime off this post! I would appreciate feedback, comments and thoughts if you find a bag in this category or buy one of these bags. This is a high potential market category in my opinion.
For Camping or Sleep Overs: The Bundle Bed. If you live in the U.K…
This is a bit of torture if you had your hopes up here folks. The Bundle bed seems like a great product with lots of potential. Unfortunately, it’s only sold in the United Kingdom currently. Hopefully, they will launch this in the United States. Subscribe to our email list to be notified when it’s available. We do not send a lot of emails on our list, so don’t worry about getting spammed.
Who Owns the Patent? Not sure, but this is the only bag you can buy in the United States with a built in sleeping pad. So you could deduce….
The Eddie Bauer Airbender 20 degree bag looks like a really sweet bag. It is the only bag I can find in the USA with an integrated air mattress and sleeping bag. There is an amazon link here: https://amzn.to/2WiWSEN
The Zenbivy is Comfortable, has a Sleeve for Your Pad, but You Have to Buy that Pad Separately.
The Zenbivy is a nice multi-use, warm bag that allows for locking in your sleeping pad. The Zenbivy can be adapted for back, front, side sleeping along with the cocooning mummy bag for extremely cold situations.
It seems really sweet, and I recommend giving it a try.
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When you go to the “About Us” section of our web page, you’ll see Sam wearing a Subea Snorkel. We bought it at Decathlon in Nanning, China. I also bought 18 pairs of underwear at that store for $2.50/ea, but that’s a different story for a different time.
These Snorkels are fantastic. Really easy to use and breath in. We highly recommend them. Subea is the brand we own, and it’s good quality and we’re happy with it. Decathlon is a major sporting goods company in Europe and Asia, so I would think Subea is the main brand, and the video above states that they invented these masks. So I presume everything else sold on Ebay or Amazon is the knock-off. But I don’t know that for sure.
In 1888, no one had radar or weather forecasts. Nothing told families spread out across the prairie that weather would be turning for the worse or if precipitation was incoming. On January 12, 1888, the northern plains of Minnesota, Dakotas and Nebraska experienced unseasonably warm weather.
People flocked outside to work on outdoor projects after months of chilling winter weather. Children walked to school without heavy coats, hats or mittens.
You’ll have to read The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin to learn more of the details of one of the greatest weather events in history. It’s well worth the read.
Missouri born and bred, Harry S. Truman led a long and interesting life. Mostly known as the president who sent the order to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to put an end to World War II, Truman’s life is a fascinating narration of the American life transitioning from the 19th into the 20th century.
In Truman, David McCullough does an incredible job of sharing the story as Truman navigates through rural Missouri, World War One, his rise in politics and during his contentious presidency. We are right with Harry S. Truman as he makes momentous decisions spanning from Japan and Korea to Stalin and Russia.
“I’ve tried getting into re-chargeable batteries before,” you’ll say. You already agree that the concept is a good one. The problem is actually using them. The other problem is where to keep the darn charger!
Re-Chargeable Battery Charger That Plugs Into the Wall!
It’s amazing to me that it’s taken this long to just make a re-chargeable battery charger that plugs into the wall. Well, this one does, it’s cheap, you can buy the charger, and batteries for under $50 as of this writing in Summer of 2019.
A few years after the fall of the Berlin wall, Boris Yeltsin became president of an independent Russia. His administration pursued a policy of converting government owned enterprises into privately, yet publicly owned companies.
Russia issued “privatization vouchers” to citizens as ownership in these converted state-owned businesses. Typical Russians, however, had no experience or knowledge of what these vouchers meant. What does a Russian peasant, barely able to subsist, waiting in hours long lines for bread and clothing, do with vouchers for ownership in a company?
Well, they sold them. An incredibly large, incredibly corrupt market for state-owned company privatization vouchers was launched. This was a massive opportunity for the men who eventually became Russia’s Oligarchs. It was also an huge opening for an enterprising American investor, Bill Browder.