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Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 18:46

Possibly unpopular design opinion: Icon fonts are terrible and I wish they had never been made.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-28 17:40

About to take off. En camino hacia Madrid.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-14 04:40

New Bike Day :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-03 19:54, modified at 19:55

Did a nice family hike along the San Gabriel Riverbed this morning. What a great way to spend Labor Day.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-27 19:12

Some classmates and I are working on a school project for parents. If you are a parent and have 5 minutes, I would appreciate your input on a survey.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 18:30

I found out what I would use a time machine for. Returning to the moment last Saturday where I decided not to wear sunscreen at the pool party and shaking sense into myself.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-02 03:46

The Incredibles 2 is delightful. Great family fun. My kids loved it, laughing and cheering the whole time, me too.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-01 18:55, modified at 18:56

Saw Teen Titans Go! To The Movies with the boy yesterday. This was my first Teen Titans experience. I must say, it was great! Very funny and the animation is great.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-31 18:16

New computer setup is coming together. Next step, cable management!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-24 19:48, modified at 19:49

I’m really impressed by the new Buzzfeed News identity.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-24 02:10

9 year old and friends decided to open glitter in her room. After a week of futile cleaning attempts I think it’s time to just burn this place down and start over.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-20 17:45, modified at 17:46

I taught a Sunday School lesson about David and Goliath a few weeks ago. I wish I had seen this beforehand. Super interesting.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-19 19:13, modified at 19:30

Saw Ant-Man and the Wasp yesterday. I loved it. It’s exactly what I want in a super hero movie. Funny, fun, with lovable characters. Pretty much the opposite of Infinity War. I vote for all Marvel movies being Ant-Man movies.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-11 02:58

I met Asad and heard his story in person last October in France. I looked at him and saw myself, except I knew I would be seeing my own children in a matter of days. I hope the same thing happens for him someday soon.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-09 15:25

Glad I got a ride in early this morning before the rain.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-06 15:29

Tickets are purchased, rental car is reserved. Looking forward to SLC in August!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 04:01, modified at 04:02

Went out for an evening solo ride tonight. It was fun, although, despite sticking to country roads without traffic, it’s a bit nerve-racking to ride alone after dark. It’s ingrained deep to look for predators behind every bush.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-23 23:16

Vegan fettuccini alfredo was a success.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-22 18:40

Are Chicken Mole Enchiladas the greatest lunch on a warmer summer day? Yes, yes they are.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-22 04:59

There’s something fun about drawing maps of fake places. Who’s going to correct you?


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-17 01:11, modified at 01:12

New hymn, When Jesus Went to Egypt. Here’s a rehearsal. Via Ardis Parshall. Amen.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-14 20:52

When cycling in Texas, always rest in the shade.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-12 19:41

Taco Tuesday should also be known as involuntary afternoon nap Tuesday.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-02 16:51

Feels good to start Saturdays with a bike ride and granola.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-01 18:28

Scraped up my arm when I fell down the stairs last night before heading out for a bike ride. Any ideas for a better story? Ninjas, muggers?


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-25 17:49

Solo is great! Lots of fun, quick pace, and great characters.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-24 15:24

Broke my first spoke yesterday. I thought that wheel looked weird.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-21 04:11

Watched Black Panther for the first time tonight. Amazing. Wakanda Forever!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-16 18:40

Built and Ran in Xcode for the first time in a long time. Feels good.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-11 19:58

I’m very excited to see Let You Tell You My Story coming soon. I love being involved in the cause with such good people. 


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-04 18:18

I’ve discovered a new design methodology, Design by Slack Poll (trademark pending). Who wants to pay me for a book and consulting?


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-30 19:34

Contacts Day 5: It only took me 5 minutes to get my contacts in. 2 hours later: I realize nope, totally didn’t get the right one in and everything is fuzzy.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-25 15:53

Wearing contacts for the first time after 20 years of glasses. How do all of you non-glasses wearers handle living in the world without something on your face? Everything is wrong right now. 


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-24 14:23


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-22 07:14

On the way back to the states now. It’s been a great 8 days Madrid.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-21 10:56

When in Madrid


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-21 10:45

Parque de El Retiro


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-13 16:16

At the airport on my way to Madrid. :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-10 14:58, modified at 14:59

The news media schadenfreude on today’s Facebook hearings is palpable and, to me, off-putting. Clean up the spy/adware scripts bloating your news websites and then talk to me about privacy.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-05 15:17

Watched Paddington 2 with the family for the second time in two weeks. It’s such a lovely, gentle, enjoyable film. Perfect family entertainment.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-03 17:49

Tried Veracruz All Natural today. The chicken mole enchiladas were amazing and everything else I saw looked great too.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-02 20:00

Long weekend is over, after a few hours of meetings at work I’m ready to get back on my bike.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-01 13:40, modified at 13:58

Feliz Pascua! Happy Easter!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-22 21:01, modified at 21:02

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytics revelations are frustrating, but I’m having a hard time mustering anger. This has been their business model for years, and there are remedies to their data collection. Not so with the NSA.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-22 18:00, modified at 18:56

I’ve been designing from Components out on the product I’ve been working on for a couple months. I’m rediscovering one of the dangers of this approach. There can be great components in a mess of an overall layout.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-21 19:10

I think I enjoy riding on the country roads around here most.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-19 15:31, modified at 15:32

Had a vegan baking contest with the kids yesterday. No-bake fudge brownies vs cinnamon rolls. The results were delicious. This is the kind of contest nobody loses.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-16 04:38

First time on tonight’s cycling route. A lot of fun, I’m feeling good.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-15 15:55

The effects of Daylight Savings have not faded. Where did the morning go?


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-13 20:49

I’m really enjoying cycling and feel like I’m getting stronger, but I think I need to take some more pictures on my rides.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-12 16:00

My 2 oldest are off for spring break, which means anarchy. Pure anarchy!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-08 23:53

My two older kids are starting youth soccer, or, as my Dad used to call it, swarm ball.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-07 18:39

The Star Wars Rebels finale was amazing. What a great show. I’m sad to see it go and excited to see what comes next.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-05 15:56

Had a great weekend riding with TCT in Marfa, TX.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-28 16:40

It’s been about a week since I somewhat accidentally stopped checking Twitter, although I still crosspost there, and life is… quieter and less stressful.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-28 16:05

This is what real competition breeds in software. Prototyping in Sketch! Woohoo!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-27 03:33

Had my first cycling mid-ride mechanical failure tonight. I’m just relieved it has nothing to do with the new stem I put on today.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-21 17:10

I wrote about how the refugee crisis is a test of our hearts on the Their Story is Our Story blog.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-16 17:01, modified at 17:03

How you can tell that there’s no going back from cycling? When your riding clothes are nicer than anything else you ever wear.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-12 16:29

It’s been a couple months, but I wrote my thoughts about The Last Jedi.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-09 21:45

Frank Chimero has done it again. What a fantastic writer. His thoughts about modern web design/development are pitch perfect.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-09 03:24

I do love watching alpine skiing.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-08 17:13

Been using Google Flights to plan for first school trip to Madrid, and got an email alerting me to flights at about half the price of normal last night. :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-07 18:32

First night on the bike trainer last night. Felt great, plus I caught up on Star Trek. :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-02-06 18:09

Every once in a while the difference between a design and the implemented front-end that should have resulted make me hang my head.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-31 21:26

Went to get a better seat for my bike. Apparently measuring sit bones is a thing that people do.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-31 17:31

Finally read The Innovator’s Dilemma and wrote a couple thoughts about it.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-30 15:59

Had my first group ride last night. 13.1 miles. It was a lot of fun. Now it’s time to not move very much and recover.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-29 16:59

Gulp preprocessor is busted after not touching a project for a while. I love/hate modern web development.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-26 19:07

1st ride on my first bike since the late 90s. Turns out, muscles you don’t use for 15+ years don’t wait around for you to come back.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-25 20:32

Log management, thrilling stuff.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-24 22:22, modified at 22:27


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-23 16:57

Nice walk at the Arboretum yesterday afternoon.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-23 16:22

(2/2) I really like the Google Home, but it would be nice to be able to use Apple Music and do smart home commands without finding my phone. Enter the HomePod. This is truly the stupidest/most frustrating platform war right now.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-23 16:20

(1/2) I’m excited about the HomePods shipping soon. I’m pretty happy integrating my smart home stuff with a centralized system like HomeKit. The biggest issue is cost. I can have the Google Assistant in 7 rooms for the cost of 1 HomePod.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-22 18:09

Oracle brought cupcakes. I don’t care what they’re selling, we’ll take it.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 21:20, modified at 21:21

Saw something on YouTube recently where some folks chose In-N-Out over Shake Shack. I couldn't believe it so got In-N-Out for lunch to remind myself. It’s fine, but better than Shake Shack? No way.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 16:08

“When does Thor Fraggle Rock come out on video?”


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-18 22:38

Really loving the InVision workflow view these days.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-18 15:16

I read The Death of Expertise then wrote some thoughts about it.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 21:46

Wearing a coat at my desk. You’ve betrayed me Texas.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-16 21:38

JIRA, when properly used, makes you more productive by forcing you to do your work in 50% of the time because it takes the other 50%.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-15 18:55

The children have discovered animoji. Send for help.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-14 03:10

Coco. A+. I really love it when Pixar does a non-sequel. Beautiful to watch, full of feeling, and it’s all about family.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-13 18:46

Prepping for another Texas summer with swimming lessons for the little ones.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-12 16:36, modified at 16:37

President’s opinion of poor, non-white countries and the people who come from them reconfirmed. If you’re looking for a better example of an American approach to poor struggling nations and people, read up on Paul Farmer.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-11 16:02


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-05 17:02

Hello FASFA my old friend…


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-03 16:02

Thank you for your service President Monson. God be with you till we meet again.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-02 18:42

One of my favorite things this break has been watching toddler successfully tagging along with her older sister.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-02 18:31

Dropped off a dead hard drive at an Amazon Locker for a return today. Those things are pretty cool.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-02 02:54

My tech predictions as of January 2018.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-31 03:36

Cleaned up and organized the home office closet today. Feels good to finish something that’s been bugging me for over a year.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-29 21:32

It’s been a great week :)


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-26 06:03

Christmas tamales. Yum.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-25 04:38, modified at 04:39

Eating our traditional Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Christmas Eve spread to help us get in the mood for recounting that Christmas Eve in Bethlehem from long ago.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-23 22:50


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-23 02:14

I’m not sure what the right way for an elected official to say, “thank you for you input, but I disagree” in a reply to a constituent is, but the letters I’ve gotten back from Senator Cruz’s office are not it.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-18 21:48

My dog loves to chew 2 things; Stuffed animal eyes and anything that gets near human ears. My exercise headphones are the latest casualty.


Permalink - Posted on 2017-12-15 18:07

Spoiler free review of Star Wars. It’s so good, see it.