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Gifts for Geeks 2014


You guys tend to like my Christmas roundup of nifty Christmas presents for anyone with a love for technology or gadgetry. Ranging from stocking fillers to expensive gifts – I’ve not included more of one than another, just a round-up of things that have caught my eye the past few months. I’m going to be doing a video of all the products in this list that I own, lookout for that in a few days.

Without further ado – here’s my curated list of gifts for this holiday season, and if you’re quick, you may even be able to still order these in time for Christmas.

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Sh*tty First Drafts

Since reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott I’ve reincarnated the idea that terrible first drafts of anything, are ok. When I was a little girl, I used to spend hours in solice, drawing and painting; without any agenda. The enjoyment I got out of just water and paint, was incredible. As an adult, the guilt of “I should be doing something worthwhile” takes over and I can’t rememeber the last time I sat to paint or draw without an agenda or feeling guilty. 

I watched an incredible video with Aaron Draplin this morning. Aaron is one of the people I loved having on Happy Monday the most, I also saw a wonderful talk of his at Build Conference a few years ago. He’s a good guy. I digress; this video of Aaron reminds us all the importance of stepping away from the screens and picking up a pencil and notebook from time to time. Enjoy. 

Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge from lynda.com on Vimeo.

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Working by Candlelight

There’s something so soothing about working by candlelight. This week is a particuarly tough week for me, as it’s the anniversary of Mum passing away, so I’m trying my hardest to do things that lift my spirits. 

Working by candlelight and not by an additional flourecent is really helping. So is my new favourite de-stresser, warm home-made almond milk with a little vanilla sugar. Zen in a cup. 

My AEA Speaker Bag had some amazing raw chocolate in it too – all made with natural ingredients by Great Bean in Austin. I’ve just become a little obsessed with their website and what the power of raw chocolate can apparently do for me. Who knew? 

I also picked up a BKR whilst in LA – prompting me to drink more water whilst statically working at my desk for hours on end!  

Happy Wednesday Night, fellow workers! 

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Ban Dog & Cat Testing in UK Laboratories

I don’t often share things like this, but this is close to my heart. If you have a furry friend and couldn’t bare the thought of them being subjected to cruelty, please think about sparing a minute of your time to add your name to the petition to ban UK laboratories being able to test on cats and dogs. 

Of course, no animal should be subjected to this torture but let’s start with our furry friends and hope and pray they roll it out to all beautiful animals on this earth. 

https://www.secureweb-services.com/obf_petition/