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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-08 03:37, modified at 03:38

The Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler in B.C. is probably the most beautiful drive I’ve ever done.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-26 17:52, modified at 17:59

Is there anything better than chicken enchiladas with mole poblano? It’s my ultimate comfort food. My cousin made them for our whole family on my birthday last Saturday and there’s enough mole left to freeze and use for weeks to come. I’m very happy about this situation.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-26 00:56, modified at 01:01

Sobering article on online ad performance. Read to the end, the last few paragraphs are real gems.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-22 18:43, modified at 19:01

Cybertruck design is polarizing. Not my taste, but I’m excited to see cars of the future not looking like boring cars of today (Model S and Model 3 fall into the boring category IMO). It’s moves like this that move visual culture forward.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-21 00:04, modified at 00:05

Bike is in the shop for some tune-ups, repairs, and upgrades. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to start bike commuting again soon.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-20 18:58, modified at 19:01

Apple keyboard drama is interesting, but I’m much more interested in Touch Bar drama. I wrote a bit about it.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-19 23:48, modified at 23:49

Prototyping in Figma is such a breath of fresh air.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-15 01:14, modified at 01:17

Mr Keith is not wrong. Seeing what things break when running an ad blocker shows how brittle we’re making the web with 3rd party Javascript.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-14 05:35, modified at 05:36

Implementing dark mode on my site was pretty straight forward. Gonna sit with it for a couple days before refining it. Thinking about using variable fonts next.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-13 18:21, modified on 2019-11-14 05:17

Great rollout of a new look for The Atlantic. Too bad its beautiful new homepage is so marred by overbearing ads.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-13 17:10, modified at 17:11

The Mandalorian is real good y’all.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-08 22:13, modified at 22:14

Recently rewrote Mind Vault’s passage parser in Swift on Swift Playgrounds for iPad. I enjoy this view of the future.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-06 20:53, modified on 2019-11-14 05:32

Loved my MBA, but I must have missed the accounting class that teaches how to build a drum machine in Excel.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-05 21:30, modified at 21:35

It’s hard to disagree with Scorsese’s concerns. The movies I want to see in theaters this fall probably fall into his categories like this:

  • Audiovisual Entertainment: Star Wars
  • Cinema: A Hidden Life
  • A mix: Jo-Jo Rabbit


Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-01 16:51, modified at 16:52

I’m pretty excited about the Adobe’s new font offerings on iOS. Hoping other foundries follow suit soon.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-10-22 21:48

Hooray!


Permalink - Posted on 2019-09-30 14:00, modified on 2019-09-28 05:20

Excited to be starting my new job at MoxiWorks tomorrow. Time to plan my bus routes.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-09-17 02:39

With a Sierra and a Sadie in my house, my number one feature request for Apple’s HomePod is to allow me to change Siri’s name. So many false positives every day.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-16 14:31

I wrote about a couple reasons I enjoyed my IE Global MBA experience.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-03 19:23

Nice to be back in Seattle again. Looking for a place to live before we all make the journey later this month.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-08-01 04:50

I’m finding more and more useful things to do with spreadsheets these days.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-30 19:17

What can an MBA mean for a designer? I wrote about my experience.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-30 18:40

For the last 15 months, most of my non-work/family efforts have gone into completing my MBA. The effect on my blogging has been obvious. Well, I’ve graduated and have lots of pent up ideas that I’m hoping to publish in the next couple weeks. Feels good.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-16 15:11

We finished the last group presentation of the MBA this morning. I am become PowerPoint, destroyer of worlds.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-12 21:50

Just boarded a flight to Madrid in Atlanta. There was a facial recognition camera for my passport and boarding pass check. Convenient, but I recently did the same thing at customs going into China. Didn’t feel very comfortable about it Shanghai, don’t feel great about it here.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-11 04:53

Our home in Texas is under contract and my family and I will be moving back to Seattle in August. Looking forward to a new adventure. On a related note, if anybody up that way wants to hire a recent MBA grad with 10+ years of design experience, let me know 😉


Permalink - Posted on 2019-07-07 02:16

New Spider-Man is fantastic! Very very happy with it, especially after my consistently least favorite Marvel movies (the Avengers ones).


Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 20:52

One thing I thought would have improved since my childhood is the longevity of rechargeable AA batteries. It has not.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-12 23:39

Wrote about Polaroid for a strategy class in my MBA.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-05 16:48

Catalyst (formerly Marzipan) had me thinking of getting back into app development, but SwiftUI might have sealed the deal. It looks awesome, perfect time to jump in.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-28 02:12

One thing the MBA has changed for me is how quickly I turn to spreadsheets when making life/money decisions.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-30 23:12

I’m so glad we are reliving the time when web developers made their technical preferences our problem by not testing their work in non-preferred browsers. The dream of the 90s is alive in developer land. </sarcasm>


Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-04 04:21

No, you’re listening to lullaby versions of Weezer songs even though your baby is asleep on the other side of the house.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-19 20:28

Riding at Cow Creek.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 19:30

The kids discover an old settler’s cabin at Balcones National Wildlife Preserve.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 05:23

I’m always surprised how wet it is to cycle in fog. I suppose I should remember it’s basically a cloud.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-05 19:54

Ben & Jerry’s announced dairy free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. They’re fulfilling a dream I didn’t know I had, but when will it arrive in stores?!


Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-01 16:47

Write on your own website. I agree with Brad.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-26 06:02

Really loving the latest Day One release for Mac. Feels much more native to the Mac and all the labels are readable again.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-12 22:24


Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-11 05:12, modified on 2019-02-13 04:55

New baby week.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-28 20:57

Netflix Feature Request: Alternate film/series edits based on my preferences. I’m not a cliffhanger guy, don’t show me cliffhangers. Watching this movie as a family. I would like a PG version please.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-24 15:40


Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-11 19:10

About to board a flight for Shanghai. My first trip to China, or anywhere in Asia.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-10 15:50

Upgraded my site to Craft 3 recently. Pretty happy with it so far. Very familiar, snappy, and the plugin process is easier.


Permalink - Posted on 2019-01-09 23:13

I wrote about My Year in Cycling.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-25 05:01

I wrote this last Christmas time. It still describes my feelings as my family commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-10 20:49, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

Launched a redesign of my website over the weekend. Still some rough edges to tighten up, but I’m overall happy with it. Now includes an about page.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-07 06:17, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

Listening to the Harry Potter books with the kids again and I’m reminded that Dolores Umbridge may be a scarier villain than He Who Must Not Be Named.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-30 07:11, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

It wasn’t until this year that I learned the instant benefit of exercise for increased energy and focus. At this point I’d rather ride my bike for two hours and study for one, because I’ll probably get as much or more done in that one as I would’ve gotten without exercise in three.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-30 05:49, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

They Shall Not Grow Old looks stunning. The trailer alone is stirring. I can’t wait to see it. So timely as well.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-11-08 20:12, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

Had a great time at Laguna Gloria last weekend.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-31 18:03, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

Just got the Google Chrome Warn Before Quitting thing where it wouldn’t let me quit without a nannying incantation. Trying to remember a more user hostile feature I’ve seen recently, but coming up blank.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-24 05:05, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

The Economist’s new design (print edition) is really nice. The wider columns feel so luxurious.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-24 02:14, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

Stovetop is the true hot cocoa method. However a good mix (Trader Joe’s sipping chocolate is great), a little bit of cinnamon, microwaved almond milk, and an immersion blender do the trick too.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-12 18:46, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-28 17:40, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

About to take off. En camino hacia Madrid.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-14 04:40, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

New Bike Day :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-03 19:54, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:24

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-24 19:48, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-24 02:10, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-07-06 15:29, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 04:01, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

Vegan fettuccini alfredo was a success.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-22 18:40, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-22 04:59, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-14 20:52, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

When cycling in Texas, always rest in the shade.


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-12 19:41, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-02 16:51, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-01 18:28, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-24 15:24, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-21 04:11, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-16 18:40, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-05-11 19:58, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-22 07:14, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-21 10:56, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

When in Madrid


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-21 10:45, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

Parque de El Retiro


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-13 16:16, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

At the airport on my way to Madrid. :)


Permalink - Posted on 2018-04-10 14:58, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

Feliz Pascua! Happy Easter!


Permalink - Posted on 2018-03-22 21:01, modified on 2018-12-15 16:23

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 on 2018-12-15 16:23

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.