November 2006

A beginner’s guide to freelancing

by Limbic on November 14, 2006

From Phil Gyford comes: A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing:

It’s been over a year since I first thought of writing down everything I’ve learned about freelancing. I’ve now been freelance for more than three years but the title still has a double meaning — this is both for beginners and by a beginner, because I know I still have a lot to learn.

This has turned out even longer than I expected but there’s a lot to say. Some of this might only be relevant to coders or web designers, and some of the financial stuff will only be relevant to UK readers, but I hope there’s plenty interesting for anyone thinking of going freelance.

Topics Include:

* When to start freelancing
    * You are your own marketing department
    * You are your own boss
          o Home distractions vs office distractions
          o Working hours
    * You are your own HR department
    * You are your own accounts department
          o Bank accounts
          o Invoicing
          o What records to keep
          o Expenses
          o Is an accountant necessary?
          o VAT
          o Forming a company
          o How much to charge
          o Pension
    * You are your own project manager
    * You are your own account handler
    * You are your own legal department
    * You are your own IT department
    * You are your own career adviser
    * Conclusion
    * Further reading

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A beginner's guide to freelancing

by Limbic on November 14, 2006

From Phil Gyford comes: A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing:

It’s been over a year since I first thought of writing down everything I’ve learned about freelancing. I’ve now been freelance for more than three years but the title still has a double meaning — this is both for beginners and by a beginner, because I know I still have a lot to learn.

This has turned out even longer than I expected but there’s a lot to say. Some of this might only be relevant to coders or web designers, and some of the financial stuff will only be relevant to UK readers, but I hope there’s plenty interesting for anyone thinking of going freelance.

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Shoe Parking

by Limbic on November 13, 2006

“ShoeParking is designer Felix de Pass’ elegant solution to “store” your shoes. Simply attach the ShoeParking sticker onto the floor and define each pair’s parking space.”

From: Popgadget

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Facing the Dragon

by Limbic on November 10, 2006

From Saving the World

Our local educational station TVO has been broadcasting a remarkable series of programs called Big Ideas, featuring lectures by speakers like Camille Paglia, George Steiner and Jean Baudrillard. Yesterday’s program featured Jordan Peterson talking about Facing the Dragons. He began by telling the children’s story There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon , written and illustrated by Jack Kent.

In a nutshell, the story is about a little boy who wakes up to find a small dragon on his bed. He pets and plays with the dragon until his mother insists there is no such thing, and from then on the dragon is ignored until it becomes as large as the house, and ends up running down the street with the house on its back. Finally the family acknowledges the dragon really exists, and it quickly shrinks back to kitten size. In case the message was too subtle, the final words from the little boy are “I guess it just wanted to be noticed”.

Peterson goes on to describe the two ways in which people react to the unexpected. If it is perceived as a threat, the reaction is anxiety and fear. If it perceived as an opportunity, the reaction is hope. In both cases, it is necessary to acknowledge the dragon, to confront or explore, and finally to change, to adapt to the new reality. To do nothing is to invite the dragon to get larger, like an unpaid bill or a task put off too long. To do something requires you to take personal responsibility.

It’s a poweful message about the danger of procrastination, of burying one’s head in the sand, and of leaving it up to others to take action. At a personal level, such behaviour can lead to divorce or to suicide. At a national and global level, it can lead to civil war, dictatorship, environmental disaster, unimaginable cruelty and the abrogation of personal rights and freedoms.

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War City

by Limbic on November 10, 2006

Lens Culture introduces us to German photographer Jens Liebchen’s series DL07: stereotypes of war.
For the project, Liebchen ‘constructed a series of black-and-white photos of a city under seige [sic] – menacing helicopters buzzing abandoned buildings, furtive figures scrambling down deserted streets, smoke-filled skylines, blood-stained walls and sidewalks, too-young children armed with machine guns… Yet he took all of these photos in a city (Tirana, Albania) while it was at peace.’

[Images: Jens Liebchen].

More at Lens Culture

(From BLDGBLOG.)

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Russian Smallest Submarine

by Limbic on November 9, 2006

There are different things that are of personal use. There are personal computers, personal music players, personal phones.

Transportation means are also became much more personal in 20th century, personal cars, bikes, skiing etc.

This Russian man from St. Petersburg got his personal submarine. He built it himself and it is the smallest submarine in Russia, officially registered as a boat by Russian boat registry and has got it’s own personal name and number.

He can make an underwater trip from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland and back without stops, and he can go as fast as four knots.

The interesting thing that he is based in St. Petersburg which is in Northern part of Russia so the water in the sea is cold all year round.

Russian Smallest Submarine

Russian Smallest Submarine

Russian Smallest Submarine

Russian Smallest Submarine

Russian Smallest Submarine

photos by drugoi

(From English Russia.)

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"Thus we dig the graves of playing children…

by Limbic on November 9, 2006

… with the gaudy shovels of our misnamed pacifism.”
Richard Fernadez

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Franz von Stuck’s Salome

by Limbic on November 9, 2006

Salome (detail) (1906) – Franz von Stuck

(Via Jahsonic.)

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Wrigley's extra smile cups

by Limbic on November 9, 2006

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(Via swissmiss.)

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Rising design star

by Limbic on November 9, 2006

Jo Ratcliffe is a London based graphic designer, illustrator and web designer whose work I discovered recently.

She is a fantastically talented designer who has impressed some real kingmakers recently.

Below are two of her works from a portfolio that covers advertising, editorial, music, typography, prints and t-shirts.

Jo can be contacted via her agency (the Ana Su Agency) or via her website, Jo Can Draw.

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