The Fifth Flavor

Nov 4, 2019

While the standard flavors of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter are obvious to us and easy to experience, the fifth flavor— umami—is ineffable. It’s the salience of parmesan cheese, anchovies, dried tomatoes, fish sauce, and dashi. Though it can be oversaturated and overused, umami is an essential taste modifier that makes the sum of its […]


Sep 26, 2018

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~ Picasso


Nov 18, 2017

“Peace is in the emptiness. Emptiness is in the fast of the mind.” – Lao Tzu


Aug 5, 2017

Is our life going to be limited by the reality of what is or liberated by the possibility of what if? – #imageinehi


May 20, 2017

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” ~ Carl Sagan

How to live

Oct 20, 2014

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Norway's New Money

Norway’s New Money

Oct 11, 2014

Norway’s new money, designed by Snøhetta, is beautifully abstract and inspired by the sea. “Where sea meets air or land, interesting things happen,” says Martin Gran, a partner in Snøhetta’s Oslo office who worked on the design, called “The Beauty of Boundaries.” These horizons served as the inspiration for the pixilated pattern that will appear […]


Oct 9, 2014

Freedom from complexity = simplicity



Oct 7, 2014

New computer kit, @TeamKano, uses @Raspberry_Pi to let kids & adults build their own PCs. Full story


Sep 13, 2014

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir

On the Road

Aug 30, 2014

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Kerouac


Jun 14, 2014

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude” – Rollo May

Donald Judd, Marfa

Donald Judd, Marfa

May 17, 2014

  Donald Judd, 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas

Buck Creek House in Big Sur

Buck Creek House in Big Sur

Apr 26, 2014

fougeron architecture builds the buck creek house next to the pacific ocean.

The Sea

Apr 24, 2014

for whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea. – e.e. cummings

Geos print

Geos print

Apr 19, 2014

A series of elegant and simple geometric studies via geos Digital Print BW 11 x 17 by onomatopoeic on Etsy.


Mar 12, 2014

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Life creates conditions conducive to life

Feb 16, 2014

Synergy and discovery at the fourth annual design science symposium at RISD: Baumeister shared the brilliant work of designers who have embraced the notion of biomimicry, “consciously emulating nature’s genius” to solve a wide range of problems. Reflective fibers inspired by spider webs and all but invisible to the human eye are now being embedded […]

Doodle and Scratch Placemats

Oct 9, 2013

At MoMA: Naoki Ono and Yuuki Yamamoto’s silicone coasters and placemats mimic the scribbles that are often the starting point of great ideas. Ono and Yamamoto make up YOY, a Tokyo-based design unit that creates products that spark conversations and encourage storytelling.

Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego

Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego

Sep 14, 2012

Brilliant, inexpensive technology: Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego A team of computer scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK created a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi matchbox Linux-on-a-chip computers and Lego. The team included six year old James Cox, the son of project lead Professor Simon Cox, “who provided specialist […]


May 27, 2012

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” – Buckminster Fuller

Great Things

Mar 15, 2012

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. – Jack Kerouac Via explore

SOPA Strike

SOPA Strike

Jan 18, 2012

Today was the internet’s SOPA strike day. Netizens, websites and tech companies rallied to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA. From the EFF‘s post, Thank You, Internet! And the Fight Continues: The numbers are pretty amazing.  More than 1 million messages (and counting!) were sent to Congress today via the EFF action center. More […]

Photo Locations

Photo Locations

Dec 17, 2011

On the iPhone you can see locations of places you’ve taken photos. Here’s a screenshot of the map showing where I’ve been this very West coast year.

Real-time Recommendations

Real-time Recommendations

Dec 16, 2011

Love that Foursquare is using smartphone geolocation features to provide you with real-time recommendations through the app.

Billabong Donations to SurfAid Through Instagram Photos

Billabong Donations to SurfAid Through Instagram Photos

Dec 12, 2011

Send Instagram photos to Billabong to donate $1 to SurfAid for each photo. You can see six of my photos in the first two rows. Get involved at the Life is Better site.

An Urban Emoticon that Measures the Happiness of Cities

An Urban Emoticon that Measures the Happiness of Cities

Dec 12, 2011

This is emoji writ large. The Fühl-o-meter/Public Face is an interactive art installation that calibrates the mood of the city in which it has been erected with a monumental illuminated Smiley. The work of artists Richard Wilhelmer, Julius von Bismarck, and Benjamin Maus, the urban emoticon accurately communicates its host city’s gefühlszustand according to “mood data” obtained using integrated software which […]

A $25 Handheld Computer for Education

A $25 Handheld Computer for Education

Nov 29, 2011

Raspberry Pi is a new credit card-sized computer designed specifically to teach computer programming to students. The device is the brainchild of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K. charity that “exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level” and wants “to put the fun back into learning computing.” […]



Nov 26, 2011

Connect real life tasks/objects to the internet. Like IRL @ifttt. Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, or get an email when the basement floods while you’re on vacation. Even if you’re good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of […]

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

Nov 22, 2011

Kare’s work gave the Mac a visual lexicon that was universally inviting and intuitive. Instead of thinking of each image as a tiny illustration of a real object, she aimed to design icons that were as instantly comprehensible as traffic signs. There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing […]