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Could We Do This? MaskMatch

My mother-in-law has been a mask making machine recently. She has been using her amazing sewing skills to make cloth masks for darn-near everyone I know, including my parents, my daughter, two each for my wife and I, my sister…the list goes on. Her industry and focus in making these masks is impressive. More impressive …

A New Process Flow for a Front Line Family

Re-thinking the UX of my home and family life My wife is an RN working in one of the largest hospitals in our state. She is on a unit that is a “Yellow Zone”: some patients are COVID-positive, some are “Rule-Outs” (that is, the hospital is trying to determine if they are positive or not) …

Jimmy’s Soothers

Bob Ross. The music of Enya. Sounds of the ocean. These are classic “soothers,” simple media that is there to put you at ease. For some, they cross over into ASMR. I am not one of those people: ASMR stuff gives me the heebie-jeebies. But I do enjoy a nice soother. Bob Ross gently, calmly …

The Markel Potato

I live in the Richmond, VA area and I have occasion, from time to time, to head to Willow Lawn, the location of what is arguably the coolest building in the entire city. I say “arguably” because certain publications/thought-leaders in architecture have said, without a doubt, that the building in question is one of the …

My Projects for 2019

I challenged myself at the beginning of the year to accomplish one “project” per month. Here’s what I took a shot at, and here’s how far I got : January This Blog I put this blog together in January. I haven’t written nearly as much as I wanted to, but at least it’s still here …

Cassette Adapters: We Stan a Legend

Vice did a really neat little write-up of the old-school aux cable cassette adapter and the pang of nostalgia it brought on hit me in the chest like a sucker punch. In the glory days of the late 90s, my family decided to make the jump from cassettes to CDs. It was a bold choice …

Dad Tape

I have been a father for either twenty-one months or sixty years, depending on how much sleep I’ve had when you ask me. It’s wonderful, really and truly. It’s incredible how much it changes you. My daughter is either the best baby ever or a Government sleeper agent sent to break my will. Time will …

The Gangster Sandwich

Imagine going into a deli and seeing “Gangster Sandwich” on the menu. You ask the person behind the counter, “What is the Gangster Sandwich?” They tell you, “Oh, it’s a pastrami on rye.” The end. That’s what’s on the sandwich. “What makes it ‘Gangster,’ exactly?” you ask. “Well, Gangsters eat sandwiches, don’t they?” the counter …

The Age Appropriate Design Code

The following is a list of sixteen standards that the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK came up with for collecting and managing children’s online usage data and personal data. They’re not bad guidelines at all. In fact, I think they could be applied to adults just as easily. The idea of removing “Likes” or …