Posted in Environmental, Good Ideas, Insights, tagged Attitude, Authenticity, Bicycle, Boat, Community, Delight, DIY, Environment, Flatwater, Garages, Imagination, Joy, Life, Paddling, Seeing things with new eyes, Storage, Tinkering on July 8, 2011|
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“We haven’t had a car in our garage for 20 years. It’s half boat and bicycle storage and half blacksmith shop. My wife says people who put cars in their garage have no imagination.
I make all sorts of stuff. Candlesticks, wall hooks, fireplace screens.”
Darren Bush – Flatwater Paddling Evangelist
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I’m a tinkerer. I also to love to sit around and dream up plans for cool stuff. That’s probably why I love being a User Experience Designer. But very clearly there is a ying for everybody’s yang. Or maybe I should say everyone has a double edged sword, where your strengths can also be your weaknesses.
A while ago I became obsessed about making diy projects that have a professional look to them. I kept thinking of little problems in my daily life that I’d want a cool solution to. It wasn’t hard to think of a couple of nuanced things and decided my life could use a charging station for all things hand held.
First I searched to see what commercial products there were and indeed that solidifed my mind as to why I didn’t need to buy one. most of the cost anywhere between $20-$45. So I searched all my DIY blogs to find cool ways to make one makezine, hacked gadgets, gomistyle, instructables all provided neat examples.
Finally I had to sit down and ask myself…What is a charging station? Hmmmmmm.
Charging Station = Powerstrip.
Here’s pic of my DIY Charging station Cost $4.95.
“Perfection is attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away…”
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