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Our Favorite Kickstarter Projects (August 2012)

6 Aug

Kickstarter was a tremendous way to get the word out about Clipboard+ Going forward, we would like to contribute back to this fantastic community by staying involved through contributing to projects and providing simple monthly updates of our favorite Kickstarter projects. Please share your favorite Kickstarter projects for August in the comments section!

Art

Pixel Portrait Poster Project

This project is about creating 8-bit pixel portraits for up to 800 kickstarter backers, and bringing them all together into a beautiful limited edition art print!

Comics

The Mighty Titanby Joe Martino

5 Issue Miniseries that wraps Joe Martino’s cancer in a superhero shell. Who will protect The Mighty Titan’s alter ego from cancer?

Dance

And lose the name of action

An evening-length dance by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People exploring embodied philosophy, neurology, improvisation and ghosts.

Design

Build Your Dreams

The PLY90 is a connector to build and bring your ideas to life. It’s like Legos for adults.

Fashion

Ahoy! Pirate shirts! by ManaTee Shirts

We love making funny shirts, and we love pirates. We decided to combine the two with these awesome new designs.

Film & Video

Behind the Diamond Curtain MineCon 2012

See everything that happens Behind the Diamond Curtain during MineCon 2012 at Disneyland Paris. Own a piece of the MineCon experience.

Food

The Boxcar Grocer

The Boxcar Grocer is making fresh food accessible to all communities.

Games

Castle Story

Castle Story is a voxel-based creative strategy game about building castles brick by brick and defending them against enemies.

Music

Flourishby Katie McNally

A debut album of original and traditional Scottish fiddle music!

Photography

The American (Photo) Road Trip

Join photog Kathryn Allen Hurni as she hops into the driver’s seat & shoots American homes: from NYC to the OC & everything in between.

Publishing

A How-To Guide for Freelance Video Game Journalists

Make a living by writing about video games? Hell yes! Break into the gaming industry with this detailed how-to guide for freelancers.

Technology

Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game

Developer kit for the Oculus Rift – the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.

Theatre

Twainfest

TwainFest 2012 – San Diego’s biggest FREE theatrical event celebrates Mark Twain and his contemporary writers on August 18, 2012.

 

We hope you enjoyed our review of our favorite Kickstarter projects from August 2012. Please comment below or on twitter @changeyourwork about some of your favorite Kickstarter projects from August.

College Freshman Survival Guide (Part 2 – How To Get Along With Your Roommate) – So about that whole sharing a room the size of a jail cell thing…

25 Jul

This is part two of a multipart series on getting ready for freshman year of college.

Living with other people can be difficult especially if you are an only child (like me) or just happened to have your own room back home. You and your roommate(s) could be from very different backgrounds and ideals, be open, college is all about new experiences. Be upfront about your expectations for the room and the semester overall. Set boundaries, and stick with them, don’t be a push over. But don’t be so steadfast that you can’t compromise. You can’t ask them to change if you are not willing to either. Having a roommate will certainly present challenges; however, it can also be a highlight of your college experience.

Just about every possible problem stems from poor communication. First and foremost, when you find out who your roommate(s) is, Facebook or text them (most schools post phone numbers) just dropping a quick “hey, we are going to be roommates, when is a good time to talk” shows you care to get to know them, but understand everyone is busy in the summer. Don’t let too much time pass though (more than a week) there are important items to talk about (mentioned later in this post). Most items to be talked about will happen when you finally meet and are moved into your dorm, but one conversation can start now: Who is bringing what? Will you want a TV in your room? Movie collections? Extra seating? Video game systems? Oh and girls, even if you have old school N64, like me, bring it to school, you will instantly make some friends on your floor. After going over those topics, keep in touch as the summer winds down, updating on what you bought so far for the room.

Okay, so now you have moved into your dorm, using your trusty saran wrap of course, your parents have left and now it’s just you and your roommate(s) sitting in your room that will probably never be this organized ever again. What do you do? Lay down the ground rules of course!

Start off with the easy question: Night Owl or Early Riser– This answer will determine much of how your morning and night routine will go. If you happen to have a suite with a shared bathroom this question will help you figure out when to get a shower and where you can get ready; you can’t hog the bathroom to get ready if your roommate needs to shower too. Be courteous of their sleeping habits. If you are a night owl and your roommate is not, invest in a good desk light as mentioned in my first blog so you can both do what you need to. Or go to a study lounge or common area and work and come back when you are ready for bed (quietly). If you are a morning person, please be courteous of your roommate who likes to sleep in, grab all your stuff in one shot and take it out of the room, so you don’t keep opening and closing the door and blinding them with light.

You are at college to learn after all, well kinda. Some people need complete silence to study, others, like me, need music to concentrate. No matter what end you are on, you need to be respecting of your roommate’s study habits. Also, some students like to study between or right after class, others later in the day and into the night. This branches back to the night owl or early riser conversation, be considerate. If you have very different study regimens figure out who can study in the room or maybe prefer the library silence.

Sharing is Caring, but not always. Bringing a TV or extra chairs for your room is screaming “I am shared!” so just make sure you lay down the law of what can be shared and what can’t. Will some food or general household items (such as toilet paper) be shared? Respect eachother’s privacy and personal space, make a clear delineation between your stuff and theirs, or at least as much as you can. Always ask before borrowing, ALWAYS. There should be no problems if you let your roommate(s) know what’s off limits at the beginning; such as your computer, favorite article of clothing, oh and your boy/girlfriend.

Speaking of a boyfriend or girlfriend, they will probably want to come and visit you, or maybe you just have awesome friends who want to crash one weekend. Either way, you need to talk about the overnight guest policy of your room. Some key questions are: how much notice must be given; school vs weekend night; how many days in a row; and what is the roommate supposed to do when you have people over. The last is probably the most important; you CANNOT have hookups while your roommate is in the room! I don’t care how ‘deep of a sleeper’ they are or if they are ‘passed out’, it is the most awkward thing ever to wake up to that in your room. Also, lay down the law against ‘shady friends’, if you are not comfortable with them being in your room, tell your roommate nicely, propose maybe they hang somewhere else, maybe their place if they are a fellow student.

Water Pong, Fun For All Ages

College is where you are finally free to go out and stay out as late as you want, you finally have independence; or at least that is how I felt, finally shedding that midnight curfew, yes it was terrible. Whether it is a frat party or a house party or even having some people over in your dorm, you will end up partying at some point. Now before I go any further, I am not condoning underage drinking, nor am I condoning drinking in your dorm; it will end very badly if you get caught.  But I feel the approach of giving the knowledge to make your own decisions is the best way for you to learn. You can have ‘parties’ in your dorm by playing games or having a dance party, it’s all relative. Also, you can go to parties and not drink, that’s completely fine, but if you plan on it, please keep checking back for my post dedicated to partying safely. If your roommate decides they want to go out to parties there are some ground rules that should be set. The Buddy System, maybe go with them and you two (or a group from your dorm floor) can keep an eye out for each other and you will have a walk home buddy. If you don’t want to go out with them make sure you don’t lock them out of the room or set up a time that if they are later than that they need to find somewhere else to crash.

Once you have made a solid base for your roommateship spend time with them. You may be instant friends, or you may not, but there has to be a general level of camaraderie. Get to know your roommate, talk about classes, eat dinner together, watch a movie, etc; but don’t be overly or fakely interested, it will make it worse. Having an open channel of communication will be key if a problem arises. Hmmm that sounds vaguely familiar…

This is more general safety, but make sure you lock the door and windows, this may not seem entirely relevant to the roommate dynamic, but if your roommate’s laptop gets stolen on your “5 second run down the hall” you will feel terrible; or think of how mad you would be if it was reversed.

The cliché is true, the bottom line is communication.  You may think it’s weird to start talking about this with essentially a stranger, but come Thanksgiving break you will be so happy you did. Although, I will admit, you may get a complete dud of a roommate, it happens, but there is a whole dorm floor where you can find a pseudo-roommate.

Oh and two important side notes: everyone, or at least I do, hate those corny ice breaker games, but suffer for the hopes of meeting some people. Suffer together! Also, you will make mistakes, it’s inevitable; skipping class, getting very drunk, vomiting, and hooking up with someone you immediately regret the morning. See TextsFromLastNight for examples. Every freshman makes at least one mistake, if you are lucky you will learn from the experience. As Adele says “Regrets and mistakes they’re memories made,” college is all about making memories.

In the end, just expect the unexpected. No matter what others tell you about “how college is” your experience will be slightly different, don’t let false expectations let you down, or scare you to death.

Check out Part 3 about classes!

Have any other questions about roommates? Feel free to comment and I will get back to you ASAP. Or follow me on Twitter at SamSepanak1 and I will answer you there, as well.

We’re Funded! Thank You!

18 Jul

Well, it took a strong finish thanks to the help of friends, family, and individuals from around the world, but we have successfully surpassed our $10,000 goal and the 30-day Kickstarter campaign has finally come to an end! We could not have done this without all of your help and support, it has served as both encouragement and inspiration throughout the process. Your optimism emboldens us to continue working hard at providing products that can truly change the way you work.

We’d also like to thank Kickstarter for providing us with the platform to expose our product to a wide audience, get the ball rolling with our company, and to receive diverse feedback on our ideas. We are so pleased to have been able to participate and succeed with this project. We look forward to hitting the ground running now that Clipboard+ has been successfully funded! Image

Supporters, backers, friends, Romans: we thank you for all of your feedback and suggestions thus far, know that we value each and every comment we receive. This next part is where the true work begins, the Kickstarter campaign is through and we have our work cut out for us. In addition to fulfilling the rewards, we will be spending the next few months looking into implementing design improvements, marketing plans and much more. We will keep you posted on major developments as you are all valued members of the Clipboard+ story.

Again, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, we are so happy to have completed this campaign successfully and we know it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Don’t forget to keep an eye on this blog, Changing the Way You Work, and our website for updates!

Sincerely,

The Clipboard+ Team

College Freshman Survival Guide (Part 1 – What to Bring?) – Don’t Forget The Saran Wrap!

17 Jul

This is part one of a multipart series on getting ready for freshman year of college.

So you graduated High School. Attended the countless Grad Parties. Explained where you are going to school for the umpteenth time. And now it sets in, you have to pack up your life and move it to school. How will you ever decide what necessities you should bring and should leave home; the must have’s and what are the big no no’s?

Necessities and Must Have’s

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  • Bedsheets, pillow(cases) and blankets/comforter Depending on the climate. Check if your school has “extra long” twins or regular.
  • Mattress pad Many, many students have slept in that bed before, you want as much between you as possible.
  • Under bed storage bins, preferably plastic, and/or risers to lift the bed if need be. You will have zero room in your dorm, you will need to create as much storage space as possible.
  • Clothes are obvious, but make sure you bring a variety of seasonalwear, temperatures can change quick and you don’t want to be without a pair of shorts or a warm jacket. If you go to a school that has a wide swing of seasons, think of Thanksgiving and Spring break as your “clothes swap” points. Don’t forget some interview outfits  for impromptu job offers or career fairs.
  • Hangers! I totally forgot and then Walmart was sold out, slight problem.
  • Laundry will most likely be in your basement or on a random floor, so you must lug your dirty laundry (no pun intended) past many  fellow dormmates so make sure you have a sturdy basket, along with detergent, dryer sheets and quarters (or other payment method, depending on your school)

  • A variety of batteries will be essential as well for your TV remote, alarm clock, calculator and more. Not much is worse than getting ready to take an exam and your calculator dies
  • Bath Towels and a Robe to walk to and from the floor shared bathroom.
  • Shower Caddy will be your savior walking to and from the bathroom. Try carrying shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash and a razor down the hall without dropping them…its impossible. Oh and don’t forget your other toiletries: toothbrush and paste, deodorant, perfume/cologne and those other items sitting in your bathroom.
  • Shower Flip Flops kind of go with the mattress pad reasoning. You don’t know what’s been there…and you don’t want to.
  • Laptop (further explanation in a following post, stay tuned)
  • Printer with respective cords, ink and paper, some schools give you printing pages to use in the labs, but when you have a couple of end of semester papers or have to make copies of something for the whole class, you will wish you had your own printer.
  • TV for your room will be important, talk to you roommate about who will bring one.
  • Flash Drives– Many professors prefer this for presentations so there are no “Ooops the file wont open” excuses. Also, with group projects this is the easiest way to share information that is too big for email.
  • Extension Cords and Outlet Expanders– You won’t have enough outlets for your stuff in, believe me.
  • Headphones and MP3 device As mentioned in my previous post about Pandora, music is a necessity to get work done at school.
  • Ethernet Cable– not all dorms have WiFi, get a really long one at least 25 ft because you never know where the jack may be in your room.

Get Organized

  • Desk chair– Sometimes you are given a painfully hard wooden chair, sometimes not, so check your housing website.
  • A window fan if your campus is in a warm area, it is very unlikely to have A/C, and a fan is a great way to get airflow in a stuffy dorm room.
  • Lamp for your desk or floor lamp, you will want your own personal light source since dorms usually just have an overhead light on the switch.
  • Super Glue and Duct Tape will be your best friends, they fix just about everything. Oh and duct tape is great for those ABC parties.
  • Ruler, Scissors, Highlighters, Pens/Pencils, Stapler, 3-hole punch and PostIts notes. Self explanatory.
  • Alarm Clock because odds are you will end up having at least one class that is “early”. Also, come the end of the semester, you will be tired and even your 10am class will seem rough to get up for.
  • Bulletin Board– Whether it’s pictures, syllabi, a calendar or general reminders, it will help you keep organized. Don’t forget the push pins.

Food

– Everyone has their preferences but a general list would be cereal, ramen, granola bars, peanut butter/jelly, popcorn, soup and bottled water/Brita pitcher.

  • Can/Bottle opener, solely for opening soup and root beer.
  • Paper plates and plastic silverware are definite for the food items listed above.
  • Backpack– Maybe they were a no no in High School, but in college it’s a no brainer. Walking all across campus for 3-4 classes with books, binders, folders and your laptop is just not going to work.
  • Index cards work better than you think. I will admit I didn’t really study in High School, let alone spend the time to make flash cards, but in college, they really help and can easily be studies in between classes or on a bus.
  • First Aid Kit, complete with Antibiotic Cream, Band Aids (I revert to my childhood and buy Disney Princess or Toy Story ones), Cough Drops, Decongestants, Pain Relievers and any prescriptions you have.

Don’t forget your Clipboard+ for your on the go working needs.

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Don’t forget to check with your roommate(s) and see what they are bringing too so you wont have duplicates.

And girls, find some cute boy neighbors to help you move in, they will be happy to oblige…your dad however, not so much.

 Things to Leave at Home

  • Expensive jewelery or other pricey accessories.
  • Important documents (birth cert, SS card, passport, etc) if for some reason you need them, have them sent to you or your parents bring them on a visit (yes you will have them visit you, they miss you).
  • Most of your t-shirts, there will be many events with freebies. After my freshman year I think I had about 10 new T’s. If you end up with waaaay too many check this out!
  • Your stuffed animals, if you must bring one, pack it in a bag/box/bin no one can see in and see if it’s safe to let him/her out and hang on your bed. Tigger came with me freshman year, thankfully my roommate loved Tinkerbell and we bonded over Disney movies, since I got Tigger at Disney World.
  • More than 10 pairs of shoes, yes I know boys, you don’t own that many to begin with, but girls, you will probably never wear them all, just bring a variety and you should be set.
  • Too many pictures or posters-That is a good thing to buy at school or with the roommate. First bonding activity?
  • The dorky lanyard, it screams freshman, and not in a good way at all.

Still wondering where the Saran Wrap is involved…? Most schools give you hotel luggage carts or big industrial size laundry bins to move in and out of your dorm. If you get one of those hotel racks, how can you stack your items 4 feet high to the crossbar and still make turns without losing everything? Wrap Saran Wrap around the whole rack and then cut it off when you get to your room. You’re welcome.

Have any questions about specific items to bring or not to bring? Feel free to comment and I will get back to you ASAP. Or follow me on Twitter at SamSepanak1 and I will answer you there, as well.

Keep a lookout for the second installment about how to live with a random person and how to get along with your roommate!

Great Minds Think Alike

16 Jul

I had the single greatest round of golf in my life last week. As a sub-par (meaning poor, mostly WAY, WAY over par) golfer, I have only broken 90 twice, both at the Penn State golf courses, an 88 and an 89. Last Friday, I played with my father at a course in New Hampshire I hadn’t seen before, Laconia Country Club. Fortunately, my best-ball partner for the day, a buddy of my dad’s friend who had set us up with the tee-time, was a member of the club and knew the course well from playing multi-weekly rounds. With his detailed knowledge of the course, its hills, bunkers and doglegs. I had myself something similar to a professional caddy.

Normally I have to make observations, suggestions and corrections myself, in my head; Ok, its uphill so take an extra club, maybe the 7 instead of the 8 iron. Its breezy, make sure to ‘swing easy’. Usually, that doesn’t work. But last Friday, everything Craig told me to do, I did. That seems easy but in golf, a game as simple swinging at a stationary ball and trying to hit it forward into very large, nicely mowed lawn, nothing is harder. But each time Craig said “use your 7 iron here, swing nice and easy, you’ll want to be about 160 yds, the left side of the green is the safer shot, AND its where you’ll have the easiest putt”, or something similar, that was what I did. His knowledge of the course, my willingness to take his advice, and somehow, my clubs’ willingness to send the ball where I wanted it (for once!) combined to give me my lowest score ever, an 84.

Now I’ve told everyone I can about my incredible round. Its now out on the blogosphere as well. Unfortunately, before I could brag to a work associate of my dad’s, who is a scratch golfer (a ZERO handicap- meaning he’s like to get even par on an average day), he told me that he struggled yesterday, putted horribly, and shot a 76. So instead of boasting about the round of my life which was 8 strokes worse than his disappointing 4-over-par, we began to discuss the Clipboard+.

Mike turned the conversation right back to golf when he asked me if I knew who had invented the original clipboard. I had no idea, it seemed like clipboards just came to be. It solves a basic need for people working on their feet- a way to connect and organize papers, with a built in writing surface. A portable desk.

(Now, various sites online may have differing information on the inventor of the clipboard, some saying it was a man named “Clip”, or the inventor of the soap dispenser: George Henry Hohnsbeen, but as my dad’s friend Mike is a southern gentleman, the father of a Marine, the president of his company and recently carried my dad to a Member-Guest Club Championship with two consecutive scores of 3-under-par 69 this weekend, I’m inclined to trust his tale.)

A.W. TillinghastThe man who I was told invented the clipboard was A.W. Tillinghast, “Tilly” to his friends, though his golf-related accomplishments greatly overshadow almost all mention of this invention. Tillinghast was a one-time professional golfer who became one of the most prolific golf course architects of the early 20th century. His courses have been the sites of numerous professional and amateur championships, and his design style “The Course Beautiful” was applied to “produce something which will provide a true test of the game, and then consider every conceivable way to make it as beautiful as possible.”

As they say: necessity is the mother of invention.

Apparently, surveying countless lands, designing and redesigning over 250 golf courses, writing short stories of fictional golfers and hundreds of golfing articles and course design handbooks over a 30 year career, the guy needed to keep his papers in order. And thus (allegedly) the clipboard was born.

Kevin MerliniSimilar necessity brought Clipboard+ founder and all-around good guy Kevin Merlini to design the Clipboard+. With modern mobile technology increasingly useful for our work, using a clipboard and a mobile device became the problem Tilly had with his papers (unless you want to clamp down on your iPad, scratch the glass and have it fall out, I suppose).

But these aren’t the only similarities between the two clipboard innovators.

Tilly was born in Philadelphia in 1874. Kevin was born and raised just outside of that very same City of Brotherly Love. Tillinghast designed famous courses like Winged Foot, Baltusrol, Bethpage and Shawnee (as well as consulting or surveying over 700). Kevin caddied at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, an old hangout of Tilly’s youth, and a course he redesigned in 1922. Kevin also learned how to play the sport at Tillinghast’s Cedarbrook Hill Golf Course in Wyncote,PA, and has played at a number of the courses in the Philadelphia areas Tillinghast was involved in designing.

Tillinghast Plays

In 1904, Tillinghast lost his US Amateur match to fellow future course architect, Chandler Egan, when Egan’s ball took a lucky bounce of a tree at Baltusrol. When Tillinghast designed the new courses at Baltusrol in 1918, one of his first acts was to remove that same tree that had cost him his match. In golf, it always pays to be patient; to wait for the wind to die down, take a second practice swing before a big putt, for a wife to not be upset when her husband played an extra nine, etc. Now, maybe I’ll have to become a course architect, that way I could go back everywhere I’ve played and chop down all those goddamn trees that have gotten in my balls’ way.

(If you have any additional information- especially if it contradicts what I’ve written- on the clipboard’s true origins, please comment below.

Like most people, I love to be corrected)

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Simple Logic Gates –Minecraft Computer (Part 3)

12 Jul

Welcome to step 3 of “How to Build a Computer in Minecraft” Our last post explained Binary Code and how this code can be created using Redstone. In this post we will display simple constructs built in Minecraft called Logic Gates. These gates are made of Redstone circuits and combined with any of the following:

Simple Logic

Here is a key for the following diagrams. In our next post we will get deeper into other types of Logic Gates and advanced uses, but for today, let’s stick to these simple logic gates. Once you can build all seven of these gates you are well on your way to understanding how to build and operate a Minecraft Computer.

Not Gate

Also known as an inverter, the NOT Gate is used when you want the opposite output from the input you give.

AND Gate

An AND Gate is used with two or more switches or inputs. The output is “ON” only when both inputs are “ON”

NAND Gate

A NAND Gate is the opposite of an AND Gate and also has two inputs. The output is toggled to “OFF” only when both inputs are toggled to “ON”.

OR Gate

An OR Gate uses two or more inputs. Whenever the switch is toggled to “ON” the output is toggled to “ON”. The only time the output is “OFF” is when both inputs are “OFF”.

NOR Gate

A NOR Gate is the opposite of an OR Gate. Whenever at least one switch is toggled to “ON”, the output is toggled to “OFF”.

XOR Gate

An XOR Gate uses two inputs. In this gate, the output is toggled to “ON” when one switch is “ON” and one switch is “OFF”. If both switches are “ON” or “OFF” then the output is toggled to “OFF”.

XNOR Gate

An XNOR Gate is the opposite of an XOR Gate. It uses two inputs. When both inputs are either “ON” or “OFF” the output is toggled to “ON”. Otherwise, the output is toggled to “OFF”.

Here is a video version of the logic gates shown above. It is a straightforward look at Logic Gates with some very cool music! Thanks to the YouTube User Chaaozz for this simple video.

In our next post, we will continue to explore the many uses of Logic Gates in Minecraft, how to incorporate them into a computer, and share some of the cool stuff we have built. Stay tuned and make sure to check out Clipboard+ on Kickstarter! Only 5 Days left to Change the Way You Work.

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10 Jul

A wonderful post by Roger Osorio about success. It features an interview with Kevin Merlini, founder of Clipboard+ about the struggles of starting a company. Check out Roger’s blog and make sure to back Clipboard+ on Kickstarter and share this link on your social media networks!

Roger Osorio Blog

In my last few posts, I’ve spent time focusing on learning, mistakes, and failure and how they relate to success.  Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with a young entrepreneur from Penn State University, Kevin Merlini, to discuss his new company Clipboard +.  I came to know Kevin via one of his co-founders, Patrick Ryan, whom I have been advising for over a year now.  Patrick connected us so that we could talk about the new startup and some of the lessons he learned along the way.

According to Kevin, Clipboard + “value(s) simplicity and functionality to help make your life easier. Since technology changes faster than your habits, we help you keep pace.”  Their product is a “personal mobile workstation, and there really isn’t anything else quite like it.  A must have for any smartphone power user.” 

In short, it’s clipboard meets mobile device…

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