by Taylor Whitney

Archive for June, 2011

Everything is Possible

The human body is AMAZING! “Impossible” records are being broken all the time. Hicham El Guerrouj ran a mile in 3 minutes and 43 seconds. David Blane held his breath for over 17 minutes. No matter how ridiculous Olympic world records get, each year dozens of them are beaten by new athletes. Our bodies were so skillfully designed that we can accomplish nearly any task as long as we treat our bodies right. Everything is possible with training. Check out this video I came across.

You see these things and think to yourself, “Well I could never do that. That person is just good at it.” I think natural talent has a lot less to do with it than people believe. Not one of these people could do these things without training for hours, days, or even years. If you want to be able to do something, try it, and then try it again! Then keep working at it till you get it. You also have to go into it with the right mindset. Will power is half the battle. I don’t know about you, but I love adding to my personal repertoire of skills and abilities.

You could end up like this guy, and be good at all kinds of things. Or you could concentrate on one area and be like this unbelievable stuntman.

So what do you want to be able to do? Ride a unicycle? do a backflip? Swim the English Channel? You can do it. And I dare you to try.



Wolverine could totally beat batman in a fight.

Erm… did I just blog that outloud?

Well now that I’m here, here’s a totally sweet picture to go with it.

Is it two Batmen or one Wolverine? This mind-blower was created by the awesome artist, Olly Moss. Click on the illustration to get to his website.

It just goes to prove that it takes two Batmen to equal one Wolverine. I rest my case.

I like it but I don’t like-like it.

Hey everyone, I just wanted to tell you the good news. This blog is equipped with a special feature that is gaining popularity. It’s called “commenting.” It allows readers not only to indicate if they “like” a particular post but also explain why they like it. This way the poster can gain useful feedback from readers instead of just seeing who “likes” it. I thought it was pretty nifty and a useful feature. You should try it out.

0h n0

Who’s bright idea was it to put the “O” key so close to the “0”(zero) key?

It clearly violates the Similarity Proximity equation. There is a direct relation between the two.

Proximity(P) = Similarity(S)

This graph shows it clearly.

By my calculations “O” and “0” should be on opposite sides of the keyboard. And yes that is the actual number of inches from the North Pole to the South Pole.

On another note, “M” and “N” should also be farther away from each other. This statement was so similar to my previous one that I was forced to put it way down here lest I break the Similarity Proximity equation.


I recently came across this inspiring quote by Albert Einstein.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

This is so true! What do you think of when you hear the word “genius”? You probably don’t think of yourself do you? I bet the first thing to come into you mind is something like this picture———————————-right here——->

Here is the dictionary definition of the word:

noun /ˈjēnyəs/
geniuses, plural

  • Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability
    • – she was a teacher of genius
    • – Gardner had a real genius for tapping wealth
  • A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect

As it says right there, intellectual OR creative power OR other natural ability. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a genius. Everyone has mastery of some subject or matter. Everyone has some natural talent or ability. Some are yet to be discovered but it is within everyone’s grasp. You just need to find it!

Will power and determination are two of the most powerful tools you own. All you have to do is use them!

DIY Light Box Project

So as you probably know I am an artist. You might not know that I’m also a bit of a DIY freak. If I can save money by making it myself, I will. This was my most recent project. It’s a light box for tracing artwork to transfer it or change parts of it. It really comes in handy for illustration. The light from beneath allows me to trace an image onto a sheet of paper or bristol instead of redrawing. It’s especially useful to trace enlarged thumbnails of images into the full blown creation.

  1. Scan small image
  2. Enlarge to desired size on computer
  3. Print enlarged version
  4. Trace onto final paper in full size and complete details

Now that you know what it’s for, here is how I made it.

All of the materials I found lying around the house and are not very hard to come across by other means.


  • Plexiglass poster display
  • Wooden shelves (any boards would work)
  • flourescent lamp
  • Screws
  • Brackets
  • Tape


  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Dremel
  • Hacksaw
  • Wood saw
  • Circular table saw

First I took apart the flourescent desk lamp so that all that remained was the head with the bulb and the base with the electric components. I mounted these to two of the shelf boards by punching holes in the metal with a hammer and nail and then affixing it with screws. I then cut pieces of board to the right dimensions for the supporting walls. I mounted these using curtain brackets that I found.

The plexiglass poster display was the most fortunate piece to come across to complete the light box. It was the perfect size and the angle is perfect for drawing. Using the hacksaw and the Dremel tool I cut out shapes for the cord and power buttons to come through. (Yes I know the buttons are upside down – it works better like that because you can easily reach over the top and press it with your fingertips.) I then slid tracing paper into the display to diffuse the light and give it as even lighting as possible. I taped the display onto the foundation with clear packing tape. I wanted to be able to easily access the inside in case I need to change the bulb in the future.

And that was that! The whole process took me about 5 hours and cost me nothing since I found everything I needed. If I had bought one of these new with the same dimensions it would have put me back nearly $190.

You can see it lit up here. The tracing paper did a nice job of diffusing the light. I’ve used it twice already and it works perfectly. Maybe someday when I’m a rich and famous artist (isn’t that an oxymoron?) I will buy myself a more professional one, but for now this one meets my needs perfectly.

I hope you found this informative and maybe you’ll be inspired to make one for yourself if you have the need. If you do send me some pictures, I’d love to see what you came up with!

Threadless Tees

Hello to you all, it’s time for shameless self promotion! Recently I have been trying to get designs printed at Threadless because I can get $2,500 for it. Designs are submitted by anyone, and then scored from 1-5 by the community. Higher scoring designs are then scrutinized by the Threadless team and they pick which designs to print. I’m still kind of learning the ropes for t-shirt design, but here are the ones I have made so far. It would be awesome if you would go to Threadless and score them high so that they have a better chance of being printed!
Let's put a smile on that Typeface! - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Wakey Wakey, Eggs & Tofu - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

You are Here - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

And finally this one I made for a Phineas and Ferb contest on the site:

Summer Comes Early

Drop me some comments and let me know what you think! If you think they stink let me know. Critiques are always welcome.