I Prefer Simple Gifts^W^WSocks

Receiving gifts is something I’m not particularly good at doing. I don’t look excited enough, I’ll often make comments that undermine the pleasure of the gifter, and in general I just don’t seem very grateful. Due to this, I tend to prefer simple, practical gifts that people don’t expect me to gush over and have […]

We’re In This Together

The people you know now are, for the majority, people whom you will be aware of for the rest of your lives. At least, I suspect as much. And if you are going to know these people that long, maybe you should be thinking about what to do about it. I’m probably significantly above the […]

Nesting

For many years I lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. As a child I rarely lived in the same place for very long, and each move resulted in a variety of broken or lost toys. When I eventually found some stability for a couple years, things all went up in the air again. As a result, […]

The Return of Medium Format

I’d love to write this post about cameras and photography, I’m pretty happy shooting on 120 with my ancient Hasselblad, but I digress. Let’s talk about blogging. I am writing this on my phone. I love computers, I miss the days where generating content in computers was the way it worked. But now, when the […]

Lasting Statement

A couple weeks back I ran into the website for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On it they had a large table listing the men and women who had been executed since 1982. There were quite a few. As I started clicking on random last statements I ran into many that were deeply moving […]

You Finally Made A Monkey Out Of Me

I just got back from my first Burning Man. Oh. Em. Eff. Gee. So amazing. I am such a fucking hippie now. I hugged so many people, I cried so many times. I danced, and napped, and gave gifts, and accepted gifts and the whole time everyone was so welcoming. When you arrive, people at […]

1.e4 c5

Try as I have to make Starcraft 2 our office game of choice, chess has recently emerged as the leading contender. I played chess quite a lot as a kid, I felt pretty good at it as I won all the games I played against random family members and kids in school. As I got […]

Boompa

When I was a child, I acted as a child does, I spoke as a child does… erm, I called my grandpa “Boompa.” I think it is because he’s the kind of man who takes up a decent amount of space and is loud, he has a habit of speaking from his diaphragm when getting […]

Just Gonna Have To Be A Different Man

There’s nothing quite like coming home from a short trip and having the world be radically different from when you left. My girlfriend of a couple years and I broke up a couple weeks ago (generally mutually and on good terms so far). We lived together, so I went on a trip for work for […]

Will Somebody Fix Forms Already?

One of the great things about working with the government, becoming a full-time employee or having your company acquired is that you get to fill out forms. Lots and lots of forms. They all want the same data. They all want to be printed out, signed and scanned. My fingers crack and bleed just thinking […]