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  1. T-600 Is a Fantastic Backpack for Exterminating Mankind
  2. C-3P0 Is the Best Worst Rapper
  3. Portland's New Streetlights Are Psychedelic, Carnivorous Plants
  4. Drool Over this Chart of All the Glorious Superpowers You'll Never Have
  5. Beware: Those Instagrams of Fruit Want to Hijack Your Account
  6. What's Your Pick for a Google Reader Replacement?
  7. What iOS 7 Says About the Next iPhone, All Things Windows 8.1, and More
  8. All the Hidden Chemicals That Are Lurking In Your Coffee
  9. A Mobius Strip Track Makes Magnet Hovercrafts Even Cooler
  10. Want Vine on your Kindle Fire?
  11. How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way
  12. It's Almost Worth Breaking Your Arm for this Crazy 3D-Printed Cast
  13. Cross-Section Bullets Are Beautiful for Something That Could Kill You
  14. These Heartbreaking Ads Show How Useless Facebook Likes Can Be
  15. The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: All Circles (NSFW)
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T-600 Is a Fantastic Backpack for Exterminating Mankind

T-600 is neither your average puppet nor your average backpack, but this quick little clip from Stan Winston Schools shows that he's pretty impressive for both. Who said puppets had to be cute? [Stan Winston School]

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C-3P0 Is the Best Worst Rapper

If there was a list of people (and robots) that should avoid rapping—and maybe there ought to be—C-3P0 would be sitting pretty far up towards the top. Fluent in six million forms of communication and not an ounce of flow.

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Portland's New Streetlights Are Psychedelic, Carnivorous Plants

Portland's New Streetlights Are Psychedelic, Carnivorous Plants

If you've seen one streetlight, you've pretty much seen them all. They're important, sure, but they're usually not much to look at. The lamps that popped up across Portland are a little bit different. A little more like giant, carnivorous plants.

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Drool Over this Chart of All the Glorious Superpowers You'll Never Have

Drool Over this Chart of All the Glorious Superpowers You'll Never Have

I don't have any superpowers. Neither do you. But we can both salivate with envy at all the marvelous flavors of superpowers we could have, if they were real. And to aid us in that noble pursuit, Pop Chart has put out their Giant-Size Omnibus of Superpowers, a (fairly) comprehensive menu of powers and their associated owners.

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Beware: Those Instagrams of Fruit Want to Hijack Your Account

Beware: Those Instagrams of Fruit Want to Hijack Your Account

Heads up: Instagram is weathering a bit of a spam attack right now, and as you may have noticed, it's drowning in fruit. This rather large wave of juicy spam seems to be pushing some sort of "miracle fruit diet" and it could mess up your account if you fall for it.

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What's Your Pick for a Google Reader Replacement?

What's Your Pick for a Google Reader Replacement?

The day we RSS fans have been dreading for months is almost here. On Monday, Google Reader dies. Forever. There's no going back. Everybody's been hawking their replacements, and we've brought you a little sampling, but now it's decision time. Who you goin' with?

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What iOS 7 Says About the Next iPhone, All Things Windows 8.1, and More

What iOS 7 Says About the Next iPhone, All Things Windows 8.1, and More

This week, we finally got a look at what the next version of Windows 8 has to offer, up to and including that long-awaited smart button. And on top of all that, we've got a slew of hidden passageways, a look into the iFuture through the iLens of iOS 7, some Google Reader alternatives for your coming RSS-panic, and more.

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All the Hidden Chemicals That Are Lurking In Your Coffee

Caffeine. For most of us, that's the only chemical compound in coffee that's worth a damn. But that's far from the only thing that's hiding in that simmering cup of black (or light brownish) glory that you suck down every morning. Cockroach pheromones? Rotting meat-smell? Check and check. Drink up! [Wired via Neatorama]

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A Mobius Strip Track Makes Magnet Hovercrafts Even Cooler

Superconducting magnets are freakin' awesome. You should know this already. But the folks at the Royal Institution took it a step further with their futuristic upside-down, Möbius strip track that's fit for a racing game set in 21xx. Hopefully this is what the Hot Wheels of the future are like. Err, "Hot Superconducting Magnets," I guess.

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Want Vine on your Kindle Fire?

Want Vine on your Kindle Fire? Well now you can have it. Enjoy!

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How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion powering your everything machine happy if you follow a few simple rules.

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It's Almost Worth Breaking Your Arm for this Crazy 3D-Printed Cast

It's Almost Worth Breaking Your Arm for this Crazy 3D-Printed Cast

Plaster casts are bulky, obnoxious, heavy, inevitably sweaty, occasionally pink. In short, they are no fun. But this 3D-printed "Cortex" cast could change all that. Sure, it looks a little like a fishnet stocking, but have you seen a old-fashioned cast lately?

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Cross-Section Bullets Are Beautiful for Something That Could Kill You

Cross-Section Bullets Are Beautiful for Something That Could Kill You

When it isn't being fired at or around you, ammunition can be kind of beautiful. We've already seen the striking beauty of exploding bullets trapped in plexiglass, but photographer Sabine Pearlman found a different, but equally awesome bullet-photography approach: cutting them in half.

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These Heartbreaking Ads Show How Useless Facebook Likes Can Be

These Heartbreaking Ads Show How Useless Facebook Likes Can Be

We toss around likes as if they were high fives on the Internet. As affirmation of people doing the right thing. As oh hey look cool. As being silly and ironic. As the digital form of support. As a hug. As a fist bump. But what do those thumbs up actually do? Boosts someone's ego? Spreads your online seed? In reality, nothing.

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The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: All Circles (NSFW)

Jeez, sink a spear into one alegorical elephant-man's chest cavity and the whole of human history is doomed to strife and pestillence. Great aim cro-moron.

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  1. 20 Things to Replenish Your Idea Vault (When You Run Out Of Ideas)
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20 Things to Replenish Your Idea Vault (When You Run Out Of Ideas)

This post is a reflection of my state of mind. As I am writing this, my mind has just suffered through a writer’s block, a lockdown of countless hours where no idea could make the cut, and there is nothing constructive to write or speak about. These are just some of those times when I have no topics, titles or ideas to look up. And then it clicked.

I think freelancers like you and me surely will go through a phase like this, one that is not constructive or productive, a thorn in a freelancer‘s career that reminds us that sometimes our human side take over and we fail to even kickstart our writing or design.

To dig myself out of that hole, here are a few things I did, over a period of time, to replenish my idea vault – the 20 things I do when my freelancing ideas all dry up.

1. Just Sit Back And Relax

Don’t do anything except sit back and relax. That was the first thing I did. It’s not like there is any loss anyways. It made me relaxed, and helped me to clear out the half-thoughts that didn’t make the cut yet danced around in my head not wanting to clear out.

By forcing my mind to go blank from sitting back and relaxing, it laid the platform to develop new ideas.

2. Catch A New Client

Dealing with your regular clients make you fall back on the regular way things are done. Talking to new clients open up possibilities and give you fresh ideas or new approaches to the same old problems. You will be coerced to find something different.

It helps to create a foray, an entirely new thought process to work upon, and, it also makes you more creative.

3. Start Commenting On Blogs

Idea exchanges can happen in blogs particularly the kind that gets a lot of commentors. And it does wonders for you. You will not realize its importance till you start doing it. Your brain cells become more active, and you react instinctively, which eventually leads to better ideas.

4. Go Through Forums

Similar to #3, forums give you more topics to talk about of course online communities can be a great source of fresh ideas. The back and forth you get from these places allow you to pick up on new trends and happenings, leading to the discovery of an interesting and new take on things.

5. Follow Current News

Not one for socializing online? Then, just catch the news. It doesn’t matter what means you prefer to get the current news happening in your area. Offline and even online news magazines should be your partner in drier times. Done with local news? Go international.

6. Try Giving A Monologue?

Talking to yourself alone is a recipe for bright ideas. I had done it several times, especially, when I am in the middle of a work crisis. Monologues motivate you because you not only think about the ideas, as you listen to them being said out loud, it gets processed via another channel.

Just don’t do it too often, otherwise, others might think that you have gone crazy.

7. Argue With Someone Opinionated

Social interactions can go a long way in triggering emotions or a new way of looking at things, particularly coming from someone else who has no filter to their own thoughts. It’s a good thing that everyone has different views over the same matter. You can adopt those views in your writing or your sketches.

8. Try To Fix Something Broken

Detach yourself from your desk and go fix something broken. If everything is fine and dandy at home, try to clean the dishes or mow the lawn. These hands-on activities awaken other areas in your mind, allowing you to reflect further on your problem and figure out great solutions to it.

9. Watch A Reality Show

Reality shows are not just fun, but you learn a lot. These shows have the potential to steal your attention, and you don’t forget them for long, even after the show ends. It allows you to gain insight into how a person from another background or from another place thinks.

You may even come across new revelations that can be useful for you to frame your ideas around.

10. Make Something From Scratch

Like writing? Don’t write what the client wants, write what you want to write: release your poetic side, write a story for your children, write an opinion post about a current issue and post it on your blog. Like sketching? Make a trip to your special place and sketch whatever it is that you see.

Make your hands dirty with arts and crafts, or a new dish or a DIY accessory. Indulge in making yourself happy and the ideas will come afterwards.

11. Visit New Places

Better yet, leave your state or your country and take a trip to an island nearby, or take a trip back to your hometown. Meet new people or reconnect with old friends and you may be able to sought out inspiration from places you never thought would help you get new ideas.

12. Make New Friends

Met somebody new in the business? Have a drink or a meal with them. New interactions make your brain healthy, and pushes you to try to impress them. And this works in the opposite direction too. It not only makes you excited, you are ready to learn more too.

13. Do you play any sport?

Being outdoors, playing a group sport with friends can get the blood pumping and help you feel a sense of belonging. Nothing motivates the brain better than a good run or even better, winning a game!

14. Sit At A Curb For A Tea Break

Find a nice cafe or restaurant that is by the side of the road and watch the cars and pedestrians go by as you sip a cup of coffee (or tea). Believe me; it makes you feel better, especially if you happen to find a street that isn’t too busy or crowded.

15. Buy Something For Yourself

Shopping can bring enthusiasm and vitality back to your life. The feeling of owning new clothes or new gadgets has a profound effect on how you think. However, it’s essential to buy what you want to, so that the feeling of being rewarded is there and can further motivate you.

16. Take A Ride

Leave your car, and catch a bus, or better yet take a round trip on a train. Watch other travellers while you travel. Observe them, watch the scenery, pretend you’re on a soul searching journey (which is partially true) and take a notepad with you to jot down whatever ideas that pop up in your head.

17. Do Yoga

If you have not done yoga yet, you should start doing now. Yoga heals the mind, keeps you young and helps you destress easily. An alternative is meditation. Do find a nice spot that will allow you to do yoga or meditate in your privacy.

18. Revisit Nature

Parks are not just the places to have an evening stroll. It also keeps you engaged with natural beauty. Go fish, jog around in the park or take somebody to go camping with you. Removing yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city life can give your senses a rest from being bombarded with white noise all the time.

19. Visit A Charity Organization

That was perhaps, the best thing I did. Apart from having a new appreciation for your own life, you also take a look in the lives of others and sometimes be inspired by their resilience and toughness in facing life’s challenges.

20. Write A Post!

Yes, write a post like this about your predicament and helpful readers will be sending in their two cents on how you can find new ideas.

Wrap Up

Here’s one last thing: if after doing all the above, you still did not get any ideas, leave freelancing, and find a day job.

    


    


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  1. 14 Spectacular Children's Illustrations by Salvador Ramirez Madriz
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14 Spectacular Children's Illustrations by Salvador Ramirez Madriz

Salvador Ramirez Madriz is a U.S. based concept artist and illustrator from Mexico. Madriz has a talent for producing spectacular children’s illustrations. In this article, we will take a look at some of our favorites from his portfolio.


Better Together


Supergirl by Reevolver


Like a Sir!


Curls


Crichi


Borbolla


Christmas Gift


Little Mommy Nature


Chibi-Chinismo-Hipsteriano


Puercoespin Onirico


Japonesito


Fully Restored


Rock Baby


Hora Del Juego

    


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