Blogging stresses me out. Emails don’t, for some reason.
I need to keep a record of what I’m thinking about and might as well share it with folks who might be interested. It’ll be thoughts on staying alive as a nerd on the internet. A little business, a little gadgetry, a little art and writing, and a few dick jokes. It’ll probably be 1-2 posts a week until it’s done. Hoping to do the first one tomorrow.
You can read two ways: I’ve got a Mailchimp email list here and a hand-made artisanal RSS feed here.
Emails will be coming from firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to reply to anything thoughtful.
I know this is terribly old-fashioned, but I’m very wizened.
I took the day to work at home while waiting on some shipping supplies, so here’s a ton of new stuff for you:
1.) I’ve taken Diesel Sweeties ad-free as of today. I’ve wanted to try running things a little differently do a while. Consider this Experiment #1. I don’t know if it’s sustainable in the long term, but enjoy it with my compliments.
2.) I’m doing a little spring cleaning Free shipping until Friday on all orders in the USA over $30!
3.) There’s a new shirt in the store! It’s called “Robot Buddies Gleaming Paragons of Friendship.” A nice fellow named James backed a reward in my Kickstarter last year to bring back a favorite t-shirt. We wound up combining and upgrading a Clango and Red Robot design into something I really like. It’s black with three metallic inks and only available this week.
4.) I’ve just posted two more weeks of syndicated Diesel Sweeties comics from my time in newspapers. You can now read from January 22, 2007 through February 4, 2007 in full color for free.
Cafe valet. Urban coffee nomad. Caffeinated paper route. A free business idea for the taking. Works best if you live in a city with a massive coffee roasting culture like Portland, OR.
You are an underemployed person who is good at Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. You enjoy walking the city, checking out all the various coffee roasters and reporting back to your followers on an hourly basis on what is fresh and exciting today. You’re good at mailing packages.
Your job? You pick up the freshest, most interesting coffee from tiny roasters who do not drop ship (and of varieties not listed online from bigger roasters) and send them by request to customers around the world. Your customers trust you as a reporter and pay a small premium to have access to the strange diversity that surrounds you. I’ll take a pound of anything at Coava this morning, please.
As part of last year’s big Kickstarter, I’m coloring and re-running my old syndicated comics in chunks. It’s so good seeing those weird buggy black eyes on Clango go back to the proper red, even if I have to do each one manually!
I’ve got the first two weeks up and in color right now and you can start reading here.