Grace Hopper on Letterman

Some heavy gratitude to John Feminella (@jxxf), Jeff Roberson (@jeffroberson), and @snipeyhead for sharing their inspiring conversation via twitter today that turned me onto this incredible clip.

Coming soon: new pup!

When it comes to dogs, I’m biased towards the working breeds. We’ve got dibs on first pick of a fine litter coming in October!

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,…

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…

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, and fun-loving vitality. From the moment she snuggled her way into my life,…

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…

More Gratitude for Postman and McLuhan

Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 – October 5, 2003) was an American author, media theorist and cultural critic, who was associated with NYU for forty years. He wrote countless articles, papers and seventeen books. Though my personal favorite is Teaching as a Subversive Activity, Neil is best known for his 1985 book about television, Amusing…

Stepdadding: verb.

Stepdadding (sp?) is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging things I have ever taken on in my life. Here’s a part of my stepdad story. An off-the-top-of-my-head inventory of past experiences I draw insights from almost every day in my quest to be a solid stepdad? The list includes experiences like this: Designing…

VR, AR + MR: Designing the New Reality Experience

UPDATE: this post was refined and published on InVision’s blog on March 6, 2017. You can read that version here.  Seven days after the release of Pokémon Go, more than 65 million people were playing it. SIXY-FIVE MILLION PEOPLE. How many people live in your whole town? County? State? Here’s some perspective: in the whole…

Merry Christmas, Dad

Well, it’s been a whole year since you left, already. There are still days I think of you constantly, times when I see you driving the car next to me, stepping onto the train, riding your bike along LSD or walking just ahead on the sidewalk. Once I saw you standing in line ahead of…

Trends, once, again.

Change is a big theme this time of year, the only time we seem to be collectively on board with change is now, at the changing of the calendar.  Oh, funny life. In any case, we all enjoy taking a look back, and a look forward, at trends, methods, tools and strategies that worked well,…

This Year’s Introspection Perception Reflection

Dear, Daschel, I love this time of year, I love winter and snow and all the festive spirit floating around. But not as much as I love you, of course. There are some emotions only parents have access to. For example, listening to you discovering your own identity, expressing your own point-of-view, these things are…

Heavenfaced: Gratitude and Grieving

When we’re grieving, it’s easy to forget it’s a mysterious process. I’m grateful for the music, stories and art that are also mysterious, the way they find us when we need them and help catalyze the process, which can seem to take such a long time. When Dad died around this time last year, I…

Happy Birthday, Grace

Grace Murray Hopper was as cool a lady as ever there was and I say that not just because we share our birthday but because Grace made some significant contributions to our world. Grace was born on December 9, 1906. Before she passed away on January 1, 1992, “Amazing Grace” made significant contributions to the…

Show up. Do your best.

This is the best advice I’ve ever received. It’s so good and I am so grateful, it is the only advice I ever offer. Not surprisingly, it’s transmitted directly and indirectly by some of the greatest characters in fiction. I offer it to my 5-year-old each day when I drop him at school. He answers…

Blending : Building A New World Family : Part II

This is the second time I’ve written about this (first was back in March) and, since then, we’ve taken huge leaps forward together, and each on our own, as our little family continues to evolve. On August 12, 2016, we (all of us!) officially marked our marriage and new family during a festive celebration at…

In the not-too-distant future

I will describe keyboards to my son one day in a not-too-distant future when he asks about them. That is when he and I will ask the computer to show us some examples. We will spend a rainy afternoon making make-believe keyboards (QWERTY and Dvorak) out of cardboard and crayons and pretend to type in…

Living With Dementia

Mom passed away three years ago today. After initially being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, it was a few months later, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, when she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. As her world (and ours) fell apart, I realized that Mom’s behavior suddenly made perfect sense. I also became startlingly aware that,…

I didn’t go to university. I learned from Linux instead. 

TOUGH CHOICES When I chose to forego college, preferring instead to join the working world confident that doors would open, there were a lot of the kinds of reactions one might expect. Most asked things like: “what are you thinking?” “why would you do such a thing?” “what are you planning to do instead?” My…

Changing without changing

Many of us make great sacrifice to avoid it. Laws are written and put into place to stymy it. Large, expensive buildings are built to protect against it. Minds are made up against it and reject ideas that even hint at it. Blockades of all sorts are built against potential outcomes that may lead to…

The top-ten list of things that don’t get easier with practice – Number One – saying goodbye (Part VI)

On a regular top-ten list of almost bearable life-changing events, waiting-for-your-dad-to-die would rank second, perhaps, only to waiting-for-mom-to-die (depending on your situation), but both are tied for first with most things involving the complexities of life, death, emotion and identity.  On a top-ten list of things that don’t get easier with practice, however, many of…

R2 me, too

I was 5 years old when my parents took me to 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. Needless to say, it flipped me right out. Unlike most of my pals at the time, though, who called out “I’m…