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Predictions for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Bloating of Five Subplots

Do yourself a favor and google "Party Thranduil." THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN.

At some point during the course of the last year, I apparently suffered a severe brain injury. There is no other explanation for the fact that I am looking forward to seeing part 3 of The Hobbit. Actually, there’s a very good

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Content like a fungus


I’ve been spending a fair bit of time on, and also doing information architecture work. The result? What started as a blog post for here wound up being my first-ever post on Medium. Why? Because I’m fully aware that

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Things I Got From My Father


  1. Wavy hair. Horribly, horribly wavy. There’s a reason I never let it air-dry. 2. Introversion. Nothing beats a nice, quiet evening at home. 3. A caffeine addiction. I have an early memory of telling my father that I

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Freedom from what?


I have a number of ancestors who served in various wars; one ancestral second cousin was apparently married to Benedict Arnold or something; another great-great-great grandfather or so was at Antietam; both grandfathers served in WWII; and from a passing

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“The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats” is the most important Easter song you’ve never heard


For never having studied at seminary, I know the Bible pretty darn well. I’m not saying that to brag, or to be all holier-than-thou. In a lot of ways, I can’t help it; I cut my teeth (so to speak)

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One woman starts to watch a TED talk. What happens next won’t shock you at all if you know that woman’s personality.


Confession: I am a very passive consumer when it comes to online content. I subscribe to a select few news sources and blogs via RSS and occasionally even read what articles are posted, but other than that I mostly rely

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Dear McDonald’s and LEGO: This is not how you do marketing.


One of the byproducts of (a) being a single person who (b) lives alone and (c) tends to be lazy is that I eat out more than I really should. McDonald’s tends to be an at-least-weekly thing for me, mostly

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Bad Graphic Designer Pick-Up Lines


It’s all the graphic designer’s fault, really. We were talking about an adjustment to a banner ad, increasing the spacing between some chunks of content. “Add breathing room,” she said, “but not an ocean of white space.” Me being me,

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A Guide to Enjoying The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Before seeing the movie… Do not read The Hobbit. Skip the rest of this list and enjoy the movie for the escapism that it is. If you have already read The Hobbit, get brain surgery to remove all memories of The Hobbit. Skip

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A Luddite’s Lament


Tonight, in my quest to keep myself entertained while I clean my apartment (side note: I have many things I should be doing right now instead of writing this blog post), I decided to pop in a movie. It needed

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