Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For Paul

A college friend passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack.  We were not close after college, so my memories of him are as a young vibrant man, shot fast forward into a tragically brief glimpse of him as a family man.

Finding out someone has died, when just yesterday we were all young and fearless.

when we were
young we were
invincible, not stupid.

now when we are
blessed with lives worth living,
we know better
what's been lost.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


photo: Ivan Makarov via Flickr

Here's a poem I wrote as I approached my 40th bday this summer. I just uncovered it on my laptop's desktop:

When I was young
my skin was taut.
My flesh was crisp
and full of come
and the air smelled of fucking

I pulled against the stem and felt it give
and for a moment gravity was on my side
And then it wasn't.

Better this than this :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

taking pictures

photo via larryncelia on Flickr

I just found out the other day that this photo from Flickr was used in a post on BoingBoing, following a post on a site called Neatorama about the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum. These links caused that photo to become my 3rd most popular (which isn't saying much) over the summer, and I had no idea why until I discovered the stats page on Flickr.

It's cool to have one of my photos be part of the whole web 2.0 experience, and I realized I also have other Flickr photos being used elsewhere on the web: one at an Apartment Therapy spinoff called the Kitchn and a couple at one time on Schmap. Considering how easily I pull photos off Flickr when I need something for RiceDaddies, it would be no surprise to learn that everyone posting photos online has had one used somewhere else on the web (even those of us who don't have compromising photos on myspace).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

recession proof

Some going-out-of-business shopping at the local Mervyn's netted these three frames, whch self-assembled into something of an art piece once I got them home:

triptych: "recession proof": 3 panels with aluminum frame, each 4ft x 4ft. Frame 1 depicts retail graphic art from Mervyn's, the defunct department store. Frame 2 depicts a blank graphic panel. Frame 3 is void of content.

price: $1500

Shown as installed at the artist's residence.

As featured on Flickr, in the Economic Clusterf*ck of 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Play time!

Something interesting and exciting to share:

A concept I've done for an internal design provocation / project made it's first prototypical foray out into the world last night. It took a ride with passengers on a Northbound Caltrain, thanks to a couple of fellow designers with more cohones than me: Ted Howes and Adam Vollmer.

The design project is challenging ourselves to create concepts around the subject of time. This particular concept began with a question: What would happen if we gave away a thousand hours of play, ten minutes at a time?

As Adam tells it, the experiment / prototype / experience left some people confused and some people delighted. Apparently, Adam and Ted even got some cookies out of the deal!

The story's made it onto Tim Brown's Design Thinking blog, and hopefully there will be more to tell in the weeks to come!

Be on the lookout for a roll of orange tickets, with a little bit of timely magic in them. In the meantime, if you're feeling stressed, consider this a gift of 10 minutes to drop your load and go play.