11:54 PM

Mexico Baby

Okay, so we went to Mexico.

I went to Mexico. Doug was denied at the airport at 3AM when we got there to get on a plane.

He has an enhanced drivers license -- the website for which says it's good for going to Mexico and Canada.

It is. If you're driving.

Not if you're flying.

So I flew to Mexico alone. Luckily, we were meeting my dad there so I got to hang out with him at the swim up bar for three days before Mr. Gale arrived.

How did Mr. Gale get a passport that fast? He flew to San Francisco -- which was apparently the only place that was 1. open at 4:30 in the morning and 2. could guarantee him same day turn around on a passport.

Holy cow.

So that's how the trip started. Then, we ate all the food and drank all the booze for a few days. I got a blazing sunburn in the meantime. I think Doug was kind of glad because he got to try out his new Spanish phrase he had been working on, "My spouse is a red lobster." Nice. Very nice.

How did the trip end?
With me sitting next to two sorority girls on the plane who accidently spilled two glasses of ice water in my seat. And I know what you're thinking -- I probably handled it with grace and dignity, right? No. I did not. I swore at them. And then had to sit next to them for three and a half hours. With a cold. wet. butt.

Eff Mexico.

10:30 AM

Unanimous Craft -- It's ALIVE

I made this. I made it good. Oh yeah.

Unanimous Craft is a taggable, searchable index of resources for indie business. 

You can find accounting spreadsheets for your profit and loss statement. You can find inspirational blogs. You can find potential places to sell your products wholesale. It's all in there baby -- and tons more.

Indie business folks can post their own resources too and share them with the Unanimous Craft community. Then, we all vote on which ones are the most useful. Oh heck yes. 

It's not over either. You can even curate lists of your favorite resources that share a common theme and bookmark them -- and then share them with the rest of Unanimous Craft.

If you own a resource - say it's a website that you operate - you can sign up to write little updates that are shown on the same page as your resource.

The site just launched on Monday, but already there has been a huge amount of interest. My lovely EtsyRAIN Beta testers did a great job of finding flaws and providing feedback so this updated version of the site is working great. 

I'm offering a couple of specials to get the ball rolling: 

1. Until the end of March, 2010 - Premium Memberships will be $45 per year (that's $15 off the full price of $60). You get to fill out a fancy profile and one Premium Member is shown on the front page each time the site refreshes. You also get discounts on additional advertising on the site and you get shown on the Premium Member page. It breaks down to $3.75/month for front page exposure on a potentially popular website.

2. Advertising on Unanimous Craft is currently set at an introductory rate. It will stay at this price until I reach 10,000 page views/day. BUT - you can purchase as much advertising as you would like now and lock in the introductory price -- so when other people are paying much more -- your ads only cost $20/month. Awesome Sauce.

In any case, please tell your crafty friends who might be interested in the site. You can also follow Unanimous Craft on Twitter and fan us on Facebook. There is also a forum thread on Etsy where you can post your feedback. 

Many thanks everyone -- and I love your faces.

2:29 PM

Get Instructable-d by Me

I maded an Instructable. Oh yeah. Now you can read it and be Instructable-d by me.


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