Web-log

Web-log entries from 2016

2016-11-13

Miracles

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

2016-11-10

Anxieties

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

2016-11-09

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

2016-08-25

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

2016-07-07

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

2016-07-06

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

2016-07-05

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

2016-06-01

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

2016-05-02

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

2016-04-19

“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

2016-03-13

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

2016-02-27

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

2016-02-26

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

2016-02-21

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

2016-01-20

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

2016-01-18

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

2016-01-11

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

2016-01-07

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