When a hammer isn’t just a hammer

Go to Lifehacker.com and browse through their posts. You’ll see articles taking everyday objects and putting them toward an unexpected use — ad nauseum.

Here’s leftover pineapple skins being used to make a delicious tea.

Ammonia and baking soda to clean porcelain.

Use a carabineer to keep your dog in check.

While subscribing to Lifehacker is a great idea, you don’t need them to give you permission to rethink what you use everyday.

And most importantly, you don’t need to only rethink the things you use…

Rethink the skills you already have.

For instance:

If you can organize a closet to be neat and tidy — you can organize your day to fit the things you want to do, or organize your bucket list to get the most out of life, or organize your resume to get that interview for the career you really want.

If you can drive to work everyday — you can commit to writing everyday, or working out everyday, or pursuing that skill you’ve always envied in others but “never” have time for everyday.

If you can make ads on Facebook, run them for a week, then pick the ad that gets the most clicks (trust me, you can) — you can do the same to figure out what the most magnetic title for your book, art for your album cover, or name for your company is.

Somebody out there just made a Dog Wash out of  a hose and some discarded PVC pipe. What’s your excuse?

The Best Online EPS to PNG Converter I’ve Been Blessed To Discover

If you ever try to convert an EPS file to a rasterized PNG online, prepare for an onslaught of mediocrity.

Odds are, you just need a relatively color-faithful file at a large size.

Most of them either don’t allow you to specify the size, spitting out tiny files that would be useless on an insect’s business card, or come out a sickly bizarro toned version of it’s original.

Cover of Action Comics #1, Post-Conversion

But guess what? I’ve got the perfect little surprise for you:

I’ve actually found one that works!

It’s called “Convert EPS to JPEG,” which is real silly of them because most vector files used on the web work better as PNGs. Maybe web designers aren’t the only people who do these things and JPEG is actually a better route most of the time, but I doubt that.

Anyway!

That’s my only gripe. You can pick your format as PNG and output to any size you specify. It’s super speedy too.

P.S.

(EPS stands for Encapsulated Postscript. I don’t know what that means nor do I care, and neither do you, right? Probably.)

 

The Best Distraction-Free Writing Tool: FORCEdraft

I have a new writing application on my computer. It’s very simple, one of those ‘distraction-free’ gimmicks. Except this one goes a step further…it literally FORCES you to keep writing until a pre-specified limit is reached.

Well, let me tell you how difficult this thing is. You can’t copy and paste. You can’t Alt-Tab out. You can’t even Ctrl-Alt-Delete! You can’t do anything except get something written.

I can’t do anything with this computer until I write 100 words. I set the limit lower earlier, because I didn’t want to end up accidentally needing to write War And Peace, and I’m glad I did.

I was literally forced to write a good testimonial because this software is the best distraction free writing tool out there. For people who are too distracted by their laptop, need to type something, and don’t want to install complicated application blocking programs, this is literally the best.

Now, I’m just wondering if I accidentally set it for something higher. Like, maybe 200 words. I feel like I’ve written over 100, but the software hasn’t let me know. It does look to be saving often; every couple of words or so a green ‘SAVED’ flashes on the screen above the title.

But…when the hell am I supposed to be done? I don’t get it. Am I trapped in eternal damnation? Eternal typenation, if you will?

So, here’s some more words for the processor. Just a couple more now. Some more. More. More. More.

Oh, wait. You can click the logo up top to save and exit when you’ve reached your word limit. That’s nice, I kinda had a steam going and probably would have lazied out if I got notified.

Well, I know my next blog post now! Download FORCEdraft for free here. It runs on Windows.

Just be careful, if you’re at work set the word limit low. You won’t be able to do anything else!

EDIT: It turns out you can exit if you know a specific key combination. This can be blocked, but you need to set up one more piece of software to do so. If you don’t know the combination, I won’t spoil it for you here! But if you do, email me and I’ll send you instructions for adding the second piece to the puzzle.

PS: I set out to write 100 words. I got my momentum going, and very quickly reached 400 without realizing it! If you do any writing, this tool is a keeper.