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  1. Plan vacations to be breaks, not work

    Camping is wonderful because it shrinks your world down to a manageable number of choices. Over the course of a day, ...

  2. Being better

    If you haven't yet read Merlin Mann's interview on The Great Discontent, it is a must read. I really love thi...

  3. Keep moving

    In my 20's, I never had any doubt about my physical ability. So a simple workout consisting of weight-lifting and...

  4. The lives of others

    As I walked into the office this morning, I noticed a homeless guy hanging out over by Derby Park. The thought of him...

  5. A candidate's vision

    The other day, I was talking with my dad about the election. I told him that my basic decision-making principle came ...

  6. Explored

    My sunrise photo from yesterday is cycling through the Explore page on Flickr. Humbling and crazy. Thank you to every...

  7. Act your age

    Yesterday, I was thinking that I've lived 36 years on this planet. So, I know what it feels like to be every age ...

  8. I made a book.

    I made a book. It’s not perfect (I think the dimensions are too big), but I like it. It’s a collection of photos and ...

  9. Natural Bridges

    I originally wrote this earlier this year. I think in February. I didn't like it when I wrote it, but now it seem...

  10. Right-handed thoughts

    A few months ago, I started writing and drawing with my right hand. I'm naturally left-handed, so the result has ...

  11. Watch out for in your ear

    This is one of my all-time favorite movie exchanges. From Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe Jackson coaches Archie Graham...

  12. My new friend

    This is Darcy. She is a 6-year old Italian Greyhound. She is tiny, bony, and shy. She is also very sweet. Yesterday, ...

  13. Something bigger than me

    Let's say I gathered every moment when I felt fear, uncertainty or doubt and stacked them on top of each other; a...

  14. Alternate job opportunities for RoboCop?

    Last night, R & E and I had a conversation about RoboCop. It's one of my all-time favorite movies. Not becaus...

  15. Betterman

    In November of 1994, I was busy with 4 things: going to junior college in the morning, loading boxes into trailers at...

  16. Magnetic North

    There are two kinds of north: geographic north and magnetic north. If you head toward geographic north, eventually, y...

  17. Liftoff

    Some years come and go and fade from memory as if they were only seconds long.2010 was not one of those years.2010 wa...

  18. witness

    I took a different route home from work tonight. I decided not to try highway 1 and instead took city streets. I was ...

  19. We try

    Everyday We try to learn.We try to teach.We try to keep smiles within our reach.We try to be stronger.Do things that...

  20. My left shoulder

    My left shoulder was x-rayed on Tuesday. Everything is mostly OK. Just have to take it easy for awhile.

  21. magic.

    When I was 7 years old, magic was something a birthday party magician performed when he put a rabbit in a metal conta...

  22. I don't know what I'm doing.

    Last Fall, I posted a tweet that simply said, "I don't know what I'm doing." At the time, I really ...

  23. Things I can't change

    I've been thinking about things I can't change. There are a lot of things I can't change. Too many to cou...

  24. One memory in particular

    My memories of my mom are obviously few, since she died when I was just 6 years old. Many of them are things that we ...

  25. The secret of my success

    I don't know about you, but I'm usually deep in thought, unaware of my surroundings as I change into my worko...

  26. One less habit

    Some time in late September of last year, I stopped biting my fingernails. I don't know the day, hour and minute ...

  27. On command

    Kalin: When was the last time you pee'd?Me: Not for awhile.Kalin: You should pee!Me: I don't have to go!Kalin...

  28. Where are you going?

    Every now and then, something or someone will cause me to ask myself, "where are you going?" (I mean "...

  29. at the end of it all

    A poem about that last moment of the work day. What it feels like and that big question that always arises from it.

  30. Doing a dumb thing

    Recently, I did a dumb thing. Without getting into specifics, let's just assume that the thing I did was sufficie...

  31. Atlanta in an unordered list

    It's been a couple months now since I visited Atlanta, but I want to share a post I wrote at 4 am on the last ful...

  32. Intentionally left blank

    When I did most of my writing in Mead composition notebooks, I'd occasionally leave a page in the middle of a not...

  33. Swimming lessons

    When I was 4 years old, my mom started taking me to swimming lessons. She would sit in a wooden chair, away from the ...

  34. New Cube

    Yesterday, my unit moved to our new office on Delaware Ave. My portion of the new office is rather spacious, and I...

  35. Acknowledge the obvious

    If you haven't been here in awhile (that should be 99.5% of you, I'm guessing), you might notice that I'v...

  36. The weight of zero

    I try to live my life transparently. I'm not one to hide my emotions or opinions. I'm fortunate enough to hav...

  37. CopyCamp was awesome

    Through bleary eyes and lack of sleep, I just spent a great day at CopyCamp, a barcamp-style event hosted at the Merc...

  38. Opting Out of Paper

    Update: This is a very helpful reference, provided by the City of Santa Cruz. (via @jingleyfish on Twitter)This after...

  39. Transition

    Last September, I spent a Saturday afternoon in the office, attempting to work on a particularly difficult project. I...

  40. Macworld spoilers suck

    Tomorrow I'm taking the day off work and heading to Macworld at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Yup, that's ...

  41. 2008

    Howdy folks and welcome to 2008. This place has been a virtual ghost town for most of the last 16 months. Essentially...

  42. Bad Code is Expensive

    The city of Palo Alto recently launched a $240,000 redesign of cityofapaloalto.org. The response from the community h...

  43. 10 days with the iPhone

    So I've now had an iPhone for 10 days. Time for a report. At this point, I'm not sure I have anything to say ...

  44. The Roman Break

    There are many ways to relax at work and take a few minutes for a brain break. Some people go out for a smoke, or you...

  45. A regular

    As I left the gym this evening, the mindless ritual of getting my gym card back from the otherwise distracted college...

  46. Backpacking Catalina Island

    I just returned from a wonderful backpacking trip across Catalina Island, part of The Channel Islands off the souther...

  47. The odd path to here

    Chances are, you got here because you know me and you count on me to write a brand spanking new post on the night of ...

  48. On pet food and things

    I haven't written anything substantive in quite awhile (I'm continuously threatened by friends with the "...

  49. I was on Macbreak

    During my day at Macworld in early January, I saw the crew from Macbreak filming a couple of segments for their show....

  50. Someone at Microsoft hates me

    Someone at Microsoft hates me. It is true. I'm not sure what I did to deserve so much hate, but it is upon me and...

  51. What the iPhone means for web developers

    As I drool over the streaming video of today's iPhone launch, one reality is starting to sink in. It is time to s...

  52. Heard on the street

    While walking on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz this evening, I strode past a pickup truck with a rickety dog ...

  53. Wasabi-Coated Peas: Not an Easy Snack

    I grabbed a handful of Trader Joe's wasabi-coated peas (mistake number 1) and shoved them all into my mouth (mist...

  54. Things that change with time.

    I grew up during the mid-80's. That means that I lived through a very...interesting time of music in America. Alt...

  55. 3-way iChat

    The other night at work, I finally found myself surrounded by enough Macs to pull-off a video chat with two other par...

  56. Alternative uses for Tang?

    Since we moved into our new home in July, we've been unable to use the dishwasher. Because we don't believe i...

  57. The night my site went out

    My hosting company, Mediatemple, has upgraded their shared hosting service to a new hosting service they call grid-se...

  58. 2 am

    There is something about 2am.When I was 19, I worked at the UPS facility in San Jose. I worked the morning shift, whi...

  59. Bad Idea?

    So, maybe in retrospect this wasn't the best idea.

  60. Temporary Dial-Up

    For the next day or so, I have to get onto the information superhighway using the internet's Ford Festiva...dial-...

  61. Turning 30: The Colonoscopy

    It has now been 12 hours since I last ate solid food. I'm kind of hungry, but I have another 14 hours to wait. La...

  62. What will they look like?

    Tonight I had a what will our children look like discussion with my wife. You know you've had them. This one came...

  63. Have you ever...

    Been on MySpace and started clicking around and realized you needed to stop because you wanted to believe humanity wa...

  64. Remove the middleman!

    And that's really the problem, isn't it? There are these industries of middlemen - RIAA, MPAA - that claim to...

  65. Installation Day

    In January, I had the unenviable task of reinstalling Windows XP on a computer in my father-in-law's office. I...

  66. Open letter to a not-so-smart individual

    Dear Mr. Brown sweatshirt, tan pants, and bad breath,Thank you for demonstrating your chimp-like ability to tear down...

  67. Never publish after midnight

    Today I feel like a Gremlin. I wrote after midnight this morning (see below) and it was a rambling mash of frustratio...

  68. in flux...

    First off, if you come here often (all 2 of you), you no doubt have noticed things are in flux. Also, you're prob...

  69. Recording Industry still lost

    From the AP via Yahoo! News (my emphasis added):EMI and other record companies are also pressing Apple Computer Inc. ...

  70. Rob's Powerbook Odyssey: vol. 1

    This morning I will take my 3rd Powerbook to FedEx/Kinkos so it can make its journey back to Apple. It is a tough goo...

  71. Microsoft can do good things?

    Most of my lifetime experience with Microsoft products has been limited to software. From blue screens of death to cu...

  72. Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor passed away today.As a kid, I remember listening to bootleg tapes of Richard Pryor's act. We had ta...

  73. Give the wrist a rest

    My wrist soreness has been generally better over the last few weeks. A new desk, more ergonomic mouse, and homemade m...

  74. Pathetic Spam

    Sir/Madam,Your specific case has been calculated to the obligatory peoples, and upon well thought-out weighing up, we...

  75. Priced Out

    From this article in the New York Times:The last few years appear to be one of the few times on record that Californi...

  76. Pushing the envelope

    Last night I was reading that Pearl Jam are changing the way they distribute bootleg audio recordings of their live s...

  77. America's favorite fraud

    Look out Dennis Miller, there's a new tool in town.I saw a rerun of The Daily Show and they featured a story on K...

  78. Virtual Virus

    You can all appreciate the sick irony in the computer virus story I'm about to tell you. There is a program for A...

  79. Resolving Evolution & Religion

    As you might have read below, I was quite mad to learn that the Kansas Board of Education has been taken hostage by C...

  80. I love this stuff

    I don't have the PlayDoh press or French fry making kit. But the classic yellow container with "Doh" co...

  81. John Basedow, please stop!

    As the title suggests, I've grown tired of "Fitness Celebrity" John Basedow. As I watched his rippling ...

  82. Channeling with Toast

    Yesterday my best bud and I participated in CinemaSports: Santa Cruz. We made a 3.5 minute short film in 10 hours wit...

  83. Climate Change

    With the Indian Ocean tsunami and the torrent of rain here in California lately, I've been hearing the word "...

  84. 51% of my 2 cents

    For the last nine months, I've worn my political heart on my sleeve and today should be no different.I am disappo...