Open Letter To My Mom About Urbit

Written by: Jonathan
Hi Mom. You know how you're always asking me why I didn't comment on your Facebook post about that one thing that your friend from high school shared? I didn't see it. Seriously. Facebook doesn't show me everything that you post. It doesn't even show me everything that Ashley posts. In fact, Facebook doesn't show […]
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Dynamic Tension

Written by: Jonathan
Introducing, Mr. Charles Atlas If you grew up reading comic books like I did, you probably saw this advertisement somewhere inside its pages: It’s perfect. It plays on your fear of not being able to defend yourself; as though muscles alone will keep you safe! The Man The photograph of the man in the lower left […]
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Digital Painting Created On An iPad: A Walk Through

Written by: Jonathan
This is a timelapse video of a digital portrait I painted, and eventually sold as a #cryptoprint on MakersPlace. Even though you can watch every single change made (in fast forward) it can be difficult to understand what's happening, and why I'm doing it that way. I'll explain. But first, give it a watch 👇 […]
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Why Do Artists Care About Ratios More Than Measurements

Written by: Jonathan
Let's start with some pedantry. Yes. I know that ratios are a type of measurement. What I mean is that artists care more about the relationships between details more than they care about the unit measurements. You might recognize this shape as the Golden Spiral, which is born from the Golden Ratio which, itself, is […]
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Tensegrity

Written by: Jonathan
There’s a genius whose work you’re probably familiar with, but you may not recognize his name: Buckminster Fuller. The work you most likely recognize is this “Golf ball;” a geodesic sphere that lives as the visual anchor for Disney’s Epcot amusement park.Its real name is “Spaceship Earth,” and it’s a marvel in engineering terms. How in […]
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Front Page Feature On MakersPlace

Written by: Jonathan
It's a little after 8:30 and I headed over to MakersPlace to check out what new work had been posted, and to see if anyone had made an offer on my work. That's when I see this: ☝This is my piece "Winter Chill" featured on the home page! Really cool! I don't know how they […]
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Two Thieves Of Time

Written by: Jonathan
Originally published in "[think] Like A Mind Reader" available on Amazon.com If you want your time back, you have to face procrastination and indecision. Both are quietly stealing time right from under your nose. You’re missing out on opportunities, experiencing more problems, and getting left behind because you take too long making up your mind. […]
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The Importance Of Improving Your Sales Skills

Written by: Jonathan
This is one of the most destructive beliefs I see on a regular basis: "My idea is so good it sells itself." ~Every Misguided Entrepreneur For three years I was a mentor at the world's number one tech incubator, 1871, which is located here in Chicago. Once a month I'd have office hours where entrepreneurs […]
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Alchemy Of Time And Money

Written by: Jonathan
Too often this falls to the realm of pseudoscience claptrap & purveyors of flim-flam. There is, however, a rational approach to making change in your life by a process I like to call a reasonable unreasonableness. This is Life Alchemy. But, first, I want to introduce you to this guy. He’s one of the most […]
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The Internet Is Broken

Written by: Jonathan
MegaCorps listen in on all your conversations. This is a detail I was dimly aware of, but didn't really understand until recently. My Dad is on Facebook. All the time. He pretty much only uses Facebook Messenger to chat, and here's how it works. He wants to send me a message about his next woodworking […]
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