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: “my faith in God will protect me.” Eventually the water was lapping up over his 




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 later. Republicans won a clean sweep & will do a lot of things I don't 


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 really — might be viewed by future historians. I'm talking now about (in the West:) 


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 best of my recollection this was at Neskowin, Oregon. I was fourteen years old. (Nebraskans 


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. I want to ensure that Portland will be better than this. This is especially sensitive 


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 they have it and MANY OTHERS like it in ENGLAND! There is clearly some kind 


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 parking requirements for developments in the NW Plan District. Please also consider this email written 


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. But in the long run it turns out I lack this amount of discipline. I 


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 just learned about twerking). It was hard. I’ve done the westside Ronde 3 times? Four? 


“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 time I get to the office. But it’s worth relaying. I was on my (looong) 


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 meant “sun as high as it can go.” Just for custom. Especially because the bank 


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 thing I can say about the old bridge: it was the bridge we were all 


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 six years, I designed websites for Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian relief and development nonprofit. 


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 which employs your lizard brain to reset your expectations…and it is secretly statistics. If you’re 


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 web UX instincts are wrong for mobile. total Aha moment designing an iOS app today 


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 was in hospice the nurse told us (and him) “a dying person chooses when to 


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 have two of the three most compelling character arcs (along with Kylo Ren). I've seen