3D-Print an SLR Camera for $30

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This project requires access to a 3D printer and a CNC cutting tool, but with the right equipment and skills, you can print yourself a nice analog camera for about $30. Maker Leo Marius created this 3D-printed analog camera for his design school graduation project, and now he's posted the instructions along with his open-source files on Instructables. It's a neat blend of analog and digital technology—and if a part breaks, you can always print off a new one.

3D Printed Camera: OpenReflex  [Instructables via Inhabitat]

Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published

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Mental Floss has a great little list of culturally significant books that were originally self-published and went on to massive success. There's certainly a lot of romance to the vision of Walt Whitman helping to set the type for Leaves of Grass, and I think a lot of us can commiserate with Charles Dickens' experience in self-publishing A Christmas Carol—a process that was much more difficult and much more expensive than he anticipated.

5 Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published [Mental Floss] 

The Importance of Finding Your Talent and Passion in Life

This video from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (better known as the RSA) reminds us how important it is to find our "element"—the thing in life that makes us tick, that makes us sing, that makes us contribute to the grandeur of human experience—even in the face of self-doubt, naysayers, and those obnoxious people who ask, "How are you get a job doing that?"

Plus, it has cats, which makes it doubly great.

[via Laughing Squid

Featured artists Sophia Foster-Dimino and Roman Muradov

We are happy to announce that Sophia Foster-Dimino and Roman Muradov are joining the roster of featured guests for SF Zine Fest 2013! Sophia and Roman are both very involved in the comics, illustration and zine community and we are truly excited to have them present at SFZF.

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"Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist from Russia, currently living in San Francisco. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and other nice places. His first graphic novel, "(In A Sense) Lost & Found," comes out this fall from Nobrow Press. He loves tea, books, and long aimless walks."

"Sophia Foster-Dimino is a cartoonist and illustrator whose comics have appeared in anthologies like (ku)š! and Happiness. She loves food, film, and videogames. Her first long-form comic will be published by Retrofit in the fall. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Roman."

 

 

Free Event: Collage Party Tonight at SHARED in SoMa

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If you're a fan of scissors and glue, co-working space SHARED is having a collage party tonight, June 19, from 6:30-9:30pm at 739 Bryant Street.

We’re having a cut & paste party with special guest, Mike Sparkle Hogan. We’ll provide the basics: scissors, various magazines, cardboard backings to collage into, paste sticks, some basic wine and crackers, a little music and YOUR IMAGINATION. Feel free to BYO scissors and magazines too.
We will share unique techniques of collage art, utensil tips, theme ideas, and so on.

The event is open to SHARED members and non-members alike. If you'd like to go, shoot an RSVP to membership@shared-sf.com.

 Collage Party [SHARED]

Add your biking wisdom to the New York Times' bike map

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Now that the Citi Bikes bicycle sharing program has launched in New York, the New York Times has gone predictably bike-crazy. But I'm a big fan of their new interactive map feature, which allows cyclists to post quick tips about riding around different spots in their city. Know a great short cut? A traffic light you should never, ever run?

 New York city is developing a healthy map of biking advice, but the Bay Area's is still pretty sparse. Although I have to agree, Milvia Street in Berkeley is crazy fun to feel beneath your tires.

Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words  [NYT]

 

Where is the best spot in San Francisco to ride out the Zombie Apocalypse?

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Surprisingly, it's not Alcatraz, at least according to The Bold Italic's Jon Korn. But, after consulting Jon Hurst, creator of the short film When the Zombies Come (one of this year's Sundance short film debuts), Korn does pick a few spots in San Francisco where you might stand a chance against the hordes of undead. It turns out that Dolores Park isn't a terrible place to dodge a few shamblers, but the zombies will eat the drunk and stoned first, so skip the Tecate and load up on coffee instead. 

Watching Hurst's short film, it sounds like a hardware store might be the very best hiding spot, though. These guys spend a lot of time thinking about how to weaponize their inventory. 

Project: Turn an old t-shirt into a journal cover

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This happens to me all the time: I find myself with an old t-shirt that has far too many holes in it or has shrunk after one too many trips through the dryer, but I can't quite bring myself to part with it. It may not be in decent enough shape for the thrift stores, or I just dig the logo and want to hold on to it a little while longer. Over at Instructables, user emilygraceking has a neat and simple solution for those torn-up old t-shirts: turn them into journal covers.

She's posted her instructions, using Mod Podge to attach the t-shirt to cardstock and then stitching the binding. I wonder if a long-armed stapler would work, or if the staples would have trouble piercing the fabric neatly. Has anyone given this project a try?

Recycled T-Shirt Journal [Instructables] 

Makeshift Society Offers All the Perks of Working in an Office (Without the Terrible Boss)

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It's nice not to have to go into an office for 40 hours every week, but the work-from-anywhere lifestyle has its drawbacks. Sure, you never have to change out of your pajamas, but the lack of human contact provides a quick path to insanity. The Bay Area has plenty of coffee shops, but despite all the Macbooks you'll see open at your local purveyor of Blue Bottle, they aren't always the best places to work. And sometimes, you just want to have a conversation with a co-worker, maybe to bounce ideas off of them, maybe to vent about a problem, maybe just to complain about the weather.

Increasingly, subscription-based shared workspaces are popping up around the Bay Area, offering freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other office-less nomads a place to plug in their laptops and chat with their fellow members. What sets Hayes Valley's Makeshift Society apart from other shared workspaces is its emphasis on encouraging creative work and collaboration.

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Nestled on Gough Street between Oak and Fell, Makeshift Society is a cozy space. Members can channel their inner feline and curl up in the cushioned window seats, enjoy the interactivity of the long table at the front, meet in the private conference room, or quietly work on the couches or at one of the smaller tables. If you're a dog owner, you can even bring your well behaved pooch. But Makeshift offers more than just a place to work; a lending library of books on art and design fill the shelves. Bikes are available for members running local errands. A rotating pop-up shop highlights the wares of various local makers (and is open to the public.) And there is a full slate of lectures, lunches, and mixers designed to help you get to know your coworkers.

"It's for people who are craving that camaraderie that you don't get at a coffee shop," says team member Christina Bohn. Bohn says that Makeshift attracts a variety of professionals, including graphic designers, interior designers, visual artists, entrepreneurs, programmers, and frequently members will collaborate on projects. People with specific expertise will hold office hours to answer questions about everything from design to how to license your artwork. Members at all levels also get access to the Makeshift Society's Google Group, where members can throw out questions to the entire membership, post job listings, or just promote themselves and their latest works. Even if members opt not to come into the "office," they can still enjoy the resources that come with being part of a diverse group of people with a diverse knowledge base.

 

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Even if you aren't a member of the Makeshift Society, you can enjoy much of what Makeshift has to offer. You can peruse the pop-up shop, attend office hours, or take their classes—ranging from crafty crash courses on knitting and collage to business-focused classes on managing your finances and writing snazzy copy. If you have a special project in mind, you can also apply for three months of free access through Makeshift's residency program. Last quarter, Makeshift offered a residency to Hunter Franks, who used it to launch the SF Postcard Project, in which he asks residents of neighborhoods like Bayview and the Tenderloin to write postcards about the things they love about their neighborhoods and then mails them to random occupants of the city.

Supporting memberships to the Makeshift Society start at $60 per year and grant members the Makeshift newsletter, access to the directory and Google Group, 15% off sponsored courses and events. If you'd like to work at the Makeshift space on a regular basis, access memberships start at $90 per month for one day a week and top out at $350 per month for fives days a week. Makeshift also offers salon memberships and day pass options. Be sure to check out the event schedule for upcoming classes and events, many of which are open to the public.