Web-log entries from 2016



So there was this enormous flood. Bob heard news broadcasts telling everyone in his neighborhood to evacuate before the end of the day. Bob said:... more



As an exercise I'm breaking down my anxieties into a handy list, from approximately least to most stressful. Maybe I will expound more on these... more


Let’s talk about Trump & Climate Change

I want to talk a little bit about climate change. Not what Trump will/won't do in regards, but about how this moment — the 2010s... more


The first time I saw the ocean

Somehow I let pass a small but significant anniversary. It was 30 years ago earlier this month that I first saw the ocean. To the... more


Black Lives Matter

Dear Mayor Hales and Respected Commissioners, I am disturbed by the recent deaths of Black citizens at the hands of the police elsewhere in America.... more


A scene in the downtown Portland Target store

Guy in videogame t-shirt nearly shaking with rage, berating the electronics dept. employee. About some gadget they don't stock? Some kind of fitbitty thing? Apparently... more


NW Portland makes space for people by not wasting it on cars

(Excerpted from a letter on parking minimums to the Portland City Council) Dear Mayor Hales and Respected Commissioners, I’m writing in opposition to the proposed... more


Glowing Boxes vs. Real Reality

So for three weeks now I’ve mostly been off social media. Originally this was to focus more on work while I am in the office.... more


Ride Report: La Doyenne

I rode the eastside RondePDX ride today. A week late you will note. (Hey I am always late to the party. For example I only... more


“Cars are the worst…”

So here’s an interaction I had this morning. This kind of thing happens maybe 5x/yr to me so I seldom even remember it by the... more


Zulu Time

Once upon a time it took a year to travel halfway around the world on a boat and so it made sense that “noon” always... more


The Sellwood Bridge

I'm not gonna miss the old Sellwood Bridge at all. It looked like a train trestle and was approximately as safe to cross. The nicest... more


A Productive Commute

According to this article I have a “megacommute.” I average 11hrs/wk commuting. I hardly consider it “wasted.” This morning on my commute (ie. bike ride... more


It’s OK to do well while doing good

Inspired by Talia Jane’s An Open Letter To My CEO, I (re)discovered this Medium post I dashed off last fall. Worth keeping around here. For... more


An intuitive statistics exercise

Most people are lousy at statistics and probabilities. The math behind it is counterintuitive. But here’s a fun thought experiment that requires NO MATH and... more


Mobile UX is not like Web UX

It is, in fact, kind of exactly the opposite. Working through the UX for an iOS app today I had an epiphany. 20 years of... more


I am thinking today about death.

I am thinking this week about death. We’ve had a lot of death in and near my family the past few years. When my father... more


Finn, Rey, and narrative agency

Hey let’s SPOILER TALK about the new Big Space Battle Movie! It's interesting to compare Rey with Finn. They are clearly the hero duo and... more