Forgive me if I don’t shake your hand (October 28, 2021)
A surprising Twitter poll leads to a change in long-held assumptions about hand-to-hand contact.
I read High-Rise (March 13, 2021)
A violent fantasy about the misfortunes befalling people stuck in their home apartments for months on end.
I replaced my ancient iPhone’s battery (February 27, 2021)
Quite surprised that Apple even offers this service, and quite pleased at the results.
I got a job (January 16, 2021)
Under cover of my birthday, I indulge in some personal news. Later this month I will join Hydrolix, a tiny startup with a very specific database product, as a full-time technical writer. This fulfills the career pivot I began to ponder 18 months ago, and represents both my first new job as a New Yorker and my first salaried job in over 15 years.
Pleasant thoughts about Spider-Man (January 15, 2021)
I bought some groceries, and I thought about Spider-Man.
Filling in the blanks (October 20, 2020)
Writing, puzzle-solving, and the benefits of daily diversion.
Annihilation, an excellent but overlong music video (June 28, 2020)
I enjoyed this music-video adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's horror trilogy, though it makes the mistake of stretching itself across a feature film's running length.
An Aeropress trick for better coffee (maybe) (June 17, 2020)
A trick I've taught myself to use the Aeropress espresso maker more effectively. It might even actually work.
Taking out the trash (April 28, 2020)
A possibly naive but still irresistible vision of post-pandemic America.
Masks are clothes now, and we should all wear them (April 12, 2020)
Despite offering minimal protection, masks' role as a unifying social signal has made them a requisite article of clothing during the pandemic.
Dispatch from locked-down New York, March 2020 (March 28, 2020)
Pausing to acknowledge and describe my arguably precarious situation before I go off ranting about the internet again.
Friends, we gotta keep walking (March 21, 2020)
We can still walk for personal exercise and mental tranquility even as our cities gird into full lockdown.