Thursday, August 15, 2013

To the Vector Goes the Spoils

I don't pretend that I know how to draw, but I do have strong Google-Fu and intermediate Photoshop skills.  Thus I present to you some images I made with a technique called Vectoring.  It's basically a fancy pants version of tracing that Lion King coloring book I had when I was ten.

If there are two things I hate it's images that look exactly like Adrien Brody and irony.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Be a Better Adder PART 1 - The Salary Heuristic

Hello and welcome to the first in a series of posts where I shamelessly try to squeeze the word "better" into the title somehow.  If you're anything like me, your first reaction upon reading the heading for this post is to assume it's about some kind of totally epic hyper-evolved mutant snake monster (You know, because it's an adder.  Get it?  See what I did there?).

Ahhh, the elegant simplicity of Mother Nature.

But nope, no reptilian overlords this time.  Just a bit of math.

Read below the jump to learn how to go forth and multiply.  Then you'll be able to:

Figure out salary better 

Thursday, May 30, 2013


 You may find yourself wondering:

Three easy steps to dice potatoes into perfect cubes so they cook more evenly:
1) Cut the spud into disks about half an inch thick.
2) Lay a disk flat on the cutting board and slice into strips.
3) Cut across all the strips to make cubes.

Congratulations, you've just finished reading your first article here at The Betterizer.  You have acquired one new skill.  You can now:

Cut potatoes better

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The unexamined life is not worth blogging.

Did you ever discover that you’re not good at everything all the time?

If you are anything like me, this realization will cause you to have a minor existential crisis and regret all your less-than-industrious life choices up to that point (Did I really have to watch 25 episodes of the Hana Yori Dango anime the night before my organic chem final?). The truth came to me recently, just after I graduated from college and had to face the real grown-up world. Turns out life is hard and I’m not always well-equipped to deal with difficulty.

Seen here: expert coping

There are only three ways I know how to deal with problems; napping, denial and over-analyzing situations until they become so convoluted and abstract it doesn't feel like real life anymore.  Observe my current mental model for adulthood:

I know, I get it, I understand what you're saying, this model is overly simplistic, vague, recursive, unhelpful and hey wait a minute, that second step doesn't even exist.  You're saying, pssshhh you can do better than that.  I agree with you, given a little time, a little more thought and something other than Microsoft Paint I can do better.  In fact, let's make that the theme of my life in general and this blog in particular.

Anything I can do, I can do better.