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Back in April, I posted about Charlie Visnic, a film editor from Fullerton, CA, who had chosen a unique way to try and quite smoking — creating a blog, called “The B-Roll — One Creative Thing a Day,” and then doing a project each day and documenting it. I loved the idea, loved the content on the blog, and totally sympathized with the difficult junky-monkey eviction process. So, I thought about him tonight and checked back to see how the project’s progressing, and more importantly, how he’s faring with that monkey. He’s fallen off the wagon at least once, 30 days in, but I *think* he’s back on. Hope so. He’s definitely continuing to do many cool projects. I love the fact that they’re so varied: arts, crafts, music, writing, photography, fire-pit construction. The boy’s got a wide range of interests and talents.

The project above is Day 086 — Sand Painting. Here are a few of others:

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Day 083 / A Good Use For Those Bills

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Day 078 / Making A Fire Pit Pt. 1

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Day 093 / Crazy Paper Thingy (He was inspired by my post here to try this project)

Hey Charlie, have you seen the one about the origami gliders? And hang in there, buddy. Your pals at MAKE are rootin’ for ya.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • terriwells

    Wow, that’s really inspirational. I’m pulling for him too, and definitely loving the diversity. Nice to know I’m not the only one out there with a crazy range of interests! :-)

  • Bob A.

    “how he’s faring”, not “how he’s fairing”

    Of course, at a Maker Faire, you can check on how people are faring at their fairing.

  • the_b_roll

    Wow! I just realized that you posted this. Thanks Gareth!

    It just made my day. I appreciate the kind words and encouragement. It’s cool to think that I have friends at MAKE! The smoking is still happening but the quitting begins as soon as I get a break from all these dang all-nighters at work.

    all the best
    Charlie