The surface and beneath the surface

Engineering Mindset

The approach in an engineered house is to first ask, “What do you do?” and then to design a house that enables you to do those things comfortably and well.

Your Engineered House

The title of this collection is from a book I read in youth, a book whose ideas have taken root over decades and are just now coming into flower.

Cash America Pawn

Guns, Gold, Guitars

Bikes, Babes, and BBQ

Lifehacks: The State of Readiness

The difference between idleness and readiness.

Oregon Coast Highway

When I think of the ocean, this is what I imagine.

UX: Hulu

A lot of designers remain unaware or unconcerned with the amount of grief arbitrary changes have on their users.

I Knead Practice

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Matched Set

An object is simultaneously itself and a symbol of something else, an association made by the person perceiving the object.

Ninja Style, Kung Fu Grip

Evening walk around the lake. We’re having an unusually warm and dry winter.

How Rude!

Communication styles…there is no one right way to interact. What’s natural for me might not be natural for you.


After our talk about great films*, I decided I needed to go out to the movies more…because I used to enjoy the experience of seeing film in a cinema so much and somewhere along the way, I got out of the habit of it. So I walked over to the Violet Crown and got the last seat for Carol. I was underimpressed. The acting was fine, the period sets and

Tokyo: A Certain Style

How do you live like this? Not at home. Home is where you crash and store a change of clothes.

The Martian

Adapt or die.

Virtues of Ben Franklin

“Either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” — Ben Franklin

Brooklyn: Prospect Park

After coffee and croissants at Cafe Martin, we spent three hours wandering through Prospect Park, enjoying a perfectly clear blue autumn sky and the fall foliage for which New England is famous. The light! Now, back in Austin all I see are drippy gray skies and dull green. The temperatures were in the mid-70s, a bit warm for Brooklyn for the beginning of November.