Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts he gives me, like making it seem so easy to reinvent a simple + valuable exercise of consistently iterating + innovating using a limited set of materials + parameters by sharing his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

FLASHBACK – Videotape

FLASHBACK – Originally posted on October 21, 2007 In Rainbows has occupied most of my weekend as I’ve finally had a chance to make time to sit down with it and listen intimately without interruption. I’ve listened to it dozens of times now, even through the night. It’s had me simultaneously dancing around, in tears,…

Media Literacy is part of the solution to our problems.

Media is everywhere. Literally. Everywhere. It’s a tricky thing. Teachers will passionately tell us that this is the Holy Grail, the Million Dollar Question: How can we teach kids to be discriminating about information so that they grow up to be sophisticated, discerning and informed grown-ups? Imagine this for some context: If we’d only just…

Who Needs Empathy?

<riff> Who needs empathy? What value is there to the exercise of displacing ourselves from our situation for a moment to try and experience the world from a completely different point of view? Is that something any of us average people in the West can even do if we tried? Even if it is, why…

On Fathers’ Day

<begin self-indulgent letter to a little boy to be read some day in the future> Dear sweet pal, I’d heard everyone say it. In a previous life, I couldn’t have counted how many times my pals with kids discreetly and not-so-discreetly asked me, “So, when are you going to be a dad?” or “How come…

Powered by Touch

Last night, in a dream of all things, I was reminded of a very real encounter that changed my perception for so much the better. I wrote about it then, almost 4 years ago, but I am moving my fingers across the keyboard now, re-posting it here to keep it fresh in memory. Okay, so…

Experience is the move.

Experience is the move. The move to a new understanding, a motion towards a richer perspective. We spend our lives chasing it, striving to open up new opportunities for it, while surrounding ourselves with those who have it. A simple thing shrouded in complexity, we go to great lengths and take risks to pursue it….

Meta : Pup

Today is Meta’s birthday. There is no way to transmit the level of gratitude I owe this sweet, little pup who has been by my side these past 11 years. She is a rare sort of life force: full of love, intelligence + fun-loving vitality. This sweet, little pup snuggled her way into my life…

KEEP THIS BROCHURE!

No one likes to think about crisis preparedness. That’s why so many people are not prepared when a crisis occurs. Nudging people to be prepared is no small feat. It requires equal parts emotional consideration, comprehensive intention + just enough assertive urgency in order to be successful. It’s a rare thing when it’s even a…

Shrine of Saint Tourista

Today marks the anniversary of another memorable project completed just for kicks. SST is/was a one-man band invented out of leftover instrumental music from a soundtrack created for a short film. All we needed was instrumental sounds, so it was a fun exercise to come up with meditations. These were recorded on a typical Southeast-Alaskan-coastal-town-rainy-afternoon…

MacTech 2018

MacTech is a unique conference held in Los Angeles each November, designed for the niche community of world-class professionals working with Apple technology across contexts, disciplines + cultures. Attendees come from countries all over the world for the 3-day conference, filled with elevating workshops, presentations, activities + networking opportunities. I had the honor of being…

Yes and thank you, iO

I just wrapped up a few weeks of improv classes at Chicago’s inimitable iO Theater down on Kingsbury. It was a gift from my love, Marielle, who insisted I just do it after taking too long, repeatedly expressing how badly I wanted to, while simultaneously making excuses about not having enough time, etc. That’s why…

BSidesChicago this Saturday

Very grateful to be a part of the F A N T A S T I C community volunteering, attending + presenting at BSidesChicago this weekend at the downtown Hilton. Highlight: Jack Daniel, the man himself, one of the luminous founders of this movement that is still growing + gaining momentum around the world, is…

All Because of Her

I made a tribute to Mom, for the Nespresso Talents International Film Festival. It’s the first of its kind, requiring all entries to be submitted in 9 x 16 format, or upright, the way we might view a video on our phones without turning them on their side for 16 x 9, or widescreen-style. Pretty…

Agile + Design Thinking @ IIT’s IDX

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

The Future of Technology Operations

Since I last wrote about it, Technology Operations (TechOps for short) has evolved. Particularly Development Operations, or DevOps for short, has become widely adopted + continues to evolve, coupled with new technologies that have been directly influenced by it + the culture it has helped shape. Even though many organizations are still struggling to realise…

Walking down the same, old street to discover something new.

Isn’t it funny, how we can live in the same neighborhood for years, walking up + down its streets, sidewalks, stairways, straightaways + curves only to discover something new, something so obvious yet we’re seeing for the very first time? It might be something as small yet significant as a street sign that’s always been…

Earth Day 2018

The 10/65 Film Festival was a complete success. So much gratitude to everyone who helped make it so. Our kids are amazing artists + voices for sustainability in our schools + community. Watch some of our favorite entries from this year’s festival.

The Underrated Power of Lists.

Like making lists? Me, too. Even though my lists may not look like lists in the traditional sense, they still serve a pretty cool purpose.

Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

Out of necessity, farmers wear many hats: electrician, veterinarian, carpenter, botanist, mechanic, businessperson, maker, tinkerer + in this high-tech era, hacker. Their ability to maintain their own equipment is currently being challenged by manufacturers, becoming an issue that will impact future generations of farmers, as well as our rights as consumers to hack, modify + tinker with our own devices.

What’s the 10/65 Film Festival?

Ever made a 10-second film using your phone or tablet? Evanston’s District 65 Green Team is a committee dedicated to helping promote sustainability in our communities + schools. This year, we’re promoting the idea of Reuse, Reduce + Recycle through a 10 Second Film Festival.

Impervious to Change.

The working world is unpredictable. It already exists as something other than it did 20 years ago. Work doesn’t look the same as it did then. Working looks the same as playing to many people. When we are doing work around our parents, for example, it’s difficult for them to tell if we’re “doing social media” or looking at that spreadsheet Bill from accounting just sent over.

TAG, you’re it.

Yesterday was kind of a big deal, celebrated quietly inside my own heart. It was the 10th anniversary of the day I completed a labor of love that changed my life for so much the better.

Star Wars, Role Models + Making Choices

Few things are more satisfying to geeky parents than watching Star Wars with their child(ren) for the first time and noticing which character they take to. I was 5 years old when I saw it, my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars.