Archive for 2012

33 days in Peru

Last week I returned home after spending over a month in Peru. My girlfriend and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Lima, Peru on December 4, 2011. We returned on January 6, 2012 (one day later than intended due to rain in the desert town of Arequipa).
We had an amazing trip to South America, [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one

On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I am attending the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of the workshops I attended on Wednesday, with links.
(Also see my reviews from previous WebVisions conferences: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.)
Building HTML5 Games – Alex Porter, Andrew Cooper, [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Thursday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
Correspondent from the Future – Baratunde Thurston [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part three

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Friday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine [...]

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Quantum suicide: Third Contact by Simon Horrocks

Earlier this month, I received a screener of Third Contact, a small-budget British feature film by writer/director Simon Horrocks. Last week I posted this short review of the film to Filmometer.com:
Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It’s a dark, puzzling poem. 7/10
But there is much more to say. Third Contact is [...]

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Oregon tennis tournaments: Summer 2012

Summer tennis tournament season is approaching quickly, so I’ve been checking OregonTennis.com and contacting city parks and recreation offices for tournament schedules, as usual. I try to play at least four community tennis tournaments in the Mid-Willamette Valley each summer.
Community tennis tournaments
Here are the tournaments I plan to enter this year, in the USTA [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part one

I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the opening session I attended on Friday.
6:30 pm-8:00 pm – Opening Keynote – 1. Coltrane, Concord, Cool Kids and Other Creative Choices – Sam Harrison, Words-Ideas-Action
You make hundreds of choices every day: big choices and small choices, easy [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part one.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Saturday.
9:00 am-10:15 am – 2. Under the Covers With Chip Kidd – Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd is well known for his book covers [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part three

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part two.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Sunday.
9:00 am-10:15 am – 20. Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits – Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman is president of the design division at [...]

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HOW Design 2012 in review: Part four

This is a continuation of HOW Design 2012 in review: Part three.
I am attending the HOW Design Conference 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Below are my notes from the sessions I attended on Monday.
9:45 am-11:00 am – 36. Matters of Wonder – Justin Ahrens
All good art possesses a bit of wonder—a touch of mystery, beauty [...]

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How to disable WordPress AutoSave, Post Revisions and Auto Draft

Over the past five years, there have been three “helpful” auto-saving and revision features added to WordPress that have driven me up the wall. I can’t stand them because my workflow does not benefit from the database clutter they create—and further, because I have a possibly unhealthy obsession with tidy databases.
I have been self-hosting [...]

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Magic realism in movies

A few weeks ago, I suggested that my girlfriend watch The Fall (2006) with me, as I knew she would appreciate it and it had been awhile since I’d last seen Tarsem’s masterpiece. She loved it so much that I was inspired to try to put together a list of some movies and TV shows [...]

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40 days in Europe

This is a running blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. And it’s encouragement for us to record an ongoing outline of our experiences for posterity. I have dreamt of backpacking across Europe with a Eurail Pass since I was [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 1-11

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012.
Monday, October 1: Oregon/Seattle/Stratosphere – Day 1

Departed Portland, Oregon (PDX) at 2 PM on Alaska Airlines AS2026 to Seattle (SEA). Departed SEA at 4:30 [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 12-22

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 1-11, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Friday, October 12: Strasbourg/Baden-Baden/Stuttgart – Day 12

In the morning, we checked out of our hotel and [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 23-31

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 12-22, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Tuesday, October 23: Lausanne/La Gruyère – Day 23

Took SBB trains from Lausanne to Palézieux to Gruyères
Gruyères [...]

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40 days in Europe: Days 32-40

This is a continuation of 40 days in Europe: Days 23-31, a blog post about the adventures of Heidi and me on our travels through Europe from October 1 to November 9, 2012. (Want to start from the beginning?)
Thursday, November 1: Rome/Lucera – Day 32

In the morning, we ate some food at our Rome hotel’s [...]

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Cavalier holiday card 2012

Two days after arriving home from 40 days in Europe, Heidi and I were married at our house in Oregon on November 11. In celebration of our legal union, it seemed like a fun idea to start the tradition of designing a holiday art card each year to send to family and friends.
This year’s Cavalier [...]

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