I watched their documentary last night (see previous post) and wanted to learn more about the duo. So I listened to their latest episode "Creating." I especially love @ 16 min 20 sec. They compare the creative process to the tourettic person along the subway and bus line. The person is yelling to themselves and/or to a wall. We've all seen this. Yes, this person is creating a ton of content. Yes, this person is gaining a ton of attention, but is that worthwhile content? Is the content fruitful? Is he/she creating something meaningful, and for the better good of the world.  

Gordon Murray In The House

McLaren F1 Photo by slashgear article by chris burns

For this month's tech-talk we invite designer Gordan Murray to come talk cars, design, and career at Playground. Gordan designs formula one cars for a living. He's a true mechanical thinker. I'd say he's more engineer minded than industrial design, but he does an amazing job at mixing science with art in creating innovative solutions. Gordon is famous for the iconic McLaren F1. A car that revolutionized many standards in modern cars today. The F1 introduced new techs such as: carbon fiber construction, automated rear spoiler, and ground control. Innovative for its time, but are things we take for-granted today. Currently Gordon continues to design. He's developed a lighter, more stronger chassis technology called iStream. Check it out here.

To me It's fascinating to hear other designers share their process. A common philosophy I hear often is: Fail. Fail a lot. Fail often. But learn from your failures and adjust as you move forward. I've taken a photo of my notebook as Gordon spoke. I'm honored to meet him and happy he signed and complimented my poor sketches. 

Hoang sketch book filled with notes and quotes from Gordan Murray
Approach Gordan Murray about sketch book and signature
Showing Gordan Muray notes and doodle of his work. 
Gordan Murray signing hoang's sketch book. 


The links are multiple items, not single pieces. I don't think they sell these things separate. You'll definitely have excess parts.  So plan to make your best friend one too. 

Part List :
1 x DACHMA 1.2 Quick Release
10 ft of Paracord
1 x OP/TECH USA 1301062 Uni-Loop (Note this loop is for larger cameras.There are options for smaller body cameras.) 

Step One:  Cut 10 ft of paracord. Find the center of the cord and fold in half. You should have about 5 ft to work with on each side. Make sure the cord lines up, and evenly distributed. Insert the folded end into the Uni-Loop  and tie a larks head knot. Similar to the photo below.

Step Two:  Once the uni-loop is secure. Slide your fingers from the larks head knot down 8 inches. Mark this spot. Insert quick release clip to the marked spot, and tie a simple knot. See photo below for

Step Three:  Now start cobra braiding until you're happy with the length.  For mine I braided nearly the whole length, and left about 1.5 inch. Peep the gif below for how to cobra braid. Remember to alternate sides so you don't end up with weird lumps like i did. Once you're happy. Clip the quick release to finish the loop. Trim the extra cord and burn the ends. THATS IT!

One Page At A Time

I'm ready to make a long term commitment. I recently bought this book by Adam J Kurtz. Essentially you fill a page a day for 365 days. Each page poses an: idea, drawing, quote, question ect. I'm going to fill out a page a day for the next 365 days and share it back through video in a year. I'm excited to see how my thoughts and perspective on life changes. 

I encourage you guys to do this as well. Buy it here.


When ask what to do with the Submarine's during World War I, Will Rogers said, “Boil the oceans. That’ll force all the subs to the surface.” When asked how Rogers said "I'm just an idea man."

Often our ideas are as grand as the ocean, it feels so big and infinite that its hard to capture. Rather than boiling the whole ocean, why try boiling small pots. 

Hunter S Thompson

I'm constantly reminded by the Will Smith interview with Charlie Rose. The one where he tells the story about building a wall for his father, brick by brick for a year and a half. When Will and his brother finishes, his father stand them back and says "Dont ya'll never tell me, that you can't do something." Then walks into the shop.  

I don't know about you but I rather lay a brick at a time, day by day, than procrastinate and build nothing at all. A little food for thought. 

Watch the video here: