๐Ÿ’š 37 of my favorite essays


The Glue

๐Ÿ’š I know that I have always been a jack-of-all-trades, but only just realized I am also a project manager

Orion in front of a minor shrine at the Hokkaido Shrine, June 2019

The last normal year

๐Ÿ’š Is it sinking in yet that 2019 was the last remotely โ€œnormalโ€ year, like, ever?


Farm roads

๐Ÿ’š I grew up on a gravel road, and thatโ€™s still my favorite kind of road, and my favorite kind of landscape


Aspects of backpacking, rated

๐Ÿ’š For much of my 20s many of my jobs looked suspiciously like backpacking and I lived for weeks or months at a time in tents....


Five miles

๐Ÿ’š Human beings are machines designed to walk.


Imagining and building

๐Ÿ’š There always comes a point where I canโ€™t finish โ€œdesigningโ€ something in my head. I have to start building it to find the edges.


Trolling Works

๐Ÿ’š Every three or four years Iโ€™ll kick a hornetโ€™s nest by saying something like: fellow front-end devs: if you ever feel intimidated by your back-end...


Reality TV

๐Ÿ’š Discerning whether something is real or a fantasy is no longer a salient problem for daily existence.


Right and Wrong

๐Ÿ’š Pondering the distinction between being right (correct) and right (moral).



๐Ÿ’š Over the last four years I wore a literal groove into the gravel behind the bleachers at the Lewis and Clark baseball diamond.


Youโ€™re a Good Man

๐Ÿ’š About twelve years ago, in the middle of my divorce, my father paid me the greatest compliment I have ever been given.


Etiquette for stranded cyclists

๐Ÿ’š Scenario: a bike is broken down. Probably a flat tire. Bike and cyclist are on the roadside and might need a little helpโ€ฆ


Golf to work

๐Ÿ’š I like my commute so much I make it longer, and do it on the weekends


Last Post of the Decade

๐Ÿ’š I don't know anyone who says anything other than โ€œgood riddanceโ€ to the first decade of the 21st century.


Technique and Technology

๐Ÿ’š You can use a Swiss Army knife to cut your fingernails in two different ways: with the scissors, or with the knife blade.



๐Ÿ’š In the last 24 hours the feeling finally hit us: OK, we're actually leaving.


Arrival: Xiamen

๐Ÿ’š After about 25 hours of transit we are finally in Xiamen. Flights were all smooth, after a delayed departure from Portland. The delay actually worked...


The Champ

๐Ÿ’š 1990 Honda Civic, Runs, Sort of - $250 (SW Portland) Reply to: anon-xxxxxxxxx@craigslist.orgDate: 2005-07-24, 6:47PM PDT This is a Champagne (transl: โ€œGoldโ€) 1990 Honda Civic...


Ten Human Universals

๐Ÿ’š As I Learned Them from Seven Years of Anthropology Classes Who you consider a โ€œfamily memberโ€ is closely correlated with the list of individuals in...


Day 7: Distance

๐Ÿ’š The last day of the most consequential bike ride of my life


This is My Cathedral

๐Ÿ’š The squall of March rain arrives like an announcement, travelling a patient course, propelled by 8000 miles of Pacific Ocean. I hear it crawling eastward...