Camp trip to Los Olivos

Headed up north to Los Padres National Forest just above Los Olivos for some camping and wine tasting. The views were amazing and we captured some great sunset photos. We stayed at Camp Figueroa, a new spot for us. Nestled near the top of the mountains, it was a crazy, windy and narrow uphill drive to get there.

Written on Oct 12, 2022

Los Padres National Forest

Took a short, Level 1 camping overnight to Los Padres. Just me and The Eagle.

Written on Aug 2, 2022

Camping is my happy place

We took some time last weekend to escape Los Angeles and get in our first camping outing of 2022.

Written on Feb 23, 2022

Lake Cachuma

For the past few years we've been camping at Rivernook Campground for Thanksgiving. We broke tradition in 2021 and chose Lake Cachuma. It is a great campground, with really wide camping spaces, lots of sunshine and not too crowded. This is glamping at it's best.

Written on Nov 25, 2021


Written on May 29, 2006


How to Get Started in Web Design

Written on Nov 11, 2008

Web Usability

Written on Apr 9, 2007

Minor Changes

Written on Feb 20, 2007

Site Traffic For the Year

Written on Dec 30, 2006


Ephemera No. 2

September was a slog, and quite possibly the worst month in many years. Family passed, friends lost their jobs and my fiancé was bitten by a dog and had a scary few days in the hospital. There were a few bright spots there, but I’m just glad to see October hit and fall weather start to roll in.

I’ve not been reading as much as I’d like, even though I have a good backlog of books. I’m hoping to get through The Peripheral before the movie hits. Shocking I’ve never read that book before, it’s right up my alley on topic. I’ve also started pre-reading a good friends unreleased book.

Here are some links I ran across recently. Enjoy!

Written on Oct 13, 2022

Ephemera No. 1

Because this is my personal site, it’s basically in near constant flux. I adjust things over time to see what I think works best for me. I’ve decided to adjust how I handle links here.

Written on Sep 29, 2022


Fathers Day

Spent a wonderful afternoon in Manhattan Beach with the boy, having lunch at Simmzy's and walking the pier.

Written on Jun 22, 2022

The best hamburgers

Written on Jun 18, 2007


Where did all the spare time go?

Written on Jul 25, 2023

Finding those peaceful moments

I'm an early riser, typically up between 5 or 5:30 AM weekdays and sometimes even on weekends. I like giving myself time in the morning to relax wake up slowly. It's one of the few peaceful moments during my day where I am alone, with nothing demanding my attention.

Written on Nov 1, 2022

bah, another bright idea?

Written on May 18, 2007

Summer is coming

Written on May 18, 2007

Macbook Cord Holder, Double Use

Written on May 9, 2007

Do Your Homework

Written on Apr 4, 2007


Friday Links - plugins, pizza, maps and more

Gathering some interesting linkage I ran across the past week.

Written on May 13, 2022

Builder Brain

Great article by Charlie Warzel over at The Atlantic on builder vs maintainer mentality. Touches on Web3 and much of the tech bro mentality that makes me cringe.

Written on Feb 7, 2022

Thanks for teaching us

Written on Sep 14, 2011

Teaching the machine?

Written on Feb 7, 2007

Los Angeles

Bus Bros. at Brouwerij West

Stopped in at Brouwerij West this Saturday to check out the Bus Bros. and get some fine beers. Gorgeous day in LA and some really amazing buses on display.

Written on Apr 29, 2023

Let’s Get Found, Please

Written on May 28, 2007

Griffith Park Fire

Written on May 8, 2007


Email Newsletters are Better Than You Think (Mostly)

I admit that I was late to the newsletter frenzy back in 2020. Getting interesting reading topics delivered to my email seemed counter to how I like to read that I held off for a while. I'm now a convert and actually appreciate the focused spot it has in my life.

Written on Aug 18, 2022

Children of Time

I've been working to get myself back into the reading habit for months. I'd saved 5-10 books into a want to read list but before Children of Time, I just hadn't jumped into any of them. I'm happy to say, I finished Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky this past weekend.

Written on Mar 30, 2022

Responsive Web Design

Written on Jun 15, 2011


NetNewsWire 3

Written on Jun 6, 2007

NetNewsWire 3.0d46 sneak-peek

Written on Feb 16, 2007

Keeping Track of What You Say

Written on May 18, 2006


Bored with technology

Apple had their big iPhone event this week with several new product launches. Nothing came out that had me jonesing for new tech, and this got me thinking about my excitement around technology in general.

Written on Sep 14, 2022

The iPad

Written on Feb 17, 2010

Daring Fireball: The iPad Big Picture

Written on Jan 27, 2010

My first

Written on Aug 12, 2007

Think City

Written on Jul 31, 2007

Nokia Media Transfer Suite for Macs

It’s fairly obvious if you meet me, that I have a mobile phone fetish. I’m not able to meet the stringent demands this sort of fetish has, financially speaking. There are just too many handsets released, too often. Couple that with the high price of switch carriers, and it’s an expensive habit to have. So I buy when I can justify(read convince wife) it, and when I can’t I spend my time trying to optimize the mobiles that I do own.

Written on Jun 10, 2007

More more does not make me happy

The latest installment of iTunes, version 7, is a fairly big upgrade considering all the new features, and for the most part I’m quite happy with it (crashing has stopped for now). There is a new feature I wanted to mention here today though, that also touches on something that a lot of us tech/geek types can probably understand. iTunes now shows in it’s newly designed side pane, the number of un-listened podcasts.

Written on Sep 16, 2006

Best Computer Upgrade…

Written on Sep 11, 2006

The “Smart Phone” and My Day

I suffer from gadget envy. I do, really. It started early on, when a friend and I would disassemble tape recorders to see how they worked (I still have no idea). More recently in my life, I’ve found blogs such as Gizmodo and Engadget, both of which fill my ever present desire to accumulate more electronics, necessary or not.

Written on Jun 3, 2006


Moving from Pocket to Notion - a better read it later solution

I’ve been using Pocket as a read-it-later solution for many years. I was even paying for the service for a few years, but stopped as the benefit of permanently stored articles didn’t justify the cost for me. The service was bought by Mozilla a few years ago, and at the time I had hoped that meant more features would start rolling out, but that never happened. All in all, it’s a good system, but I decided it was time to find an alternative.

Written on Jun 9, 2022



7 days in Maui was just the right amount of vacation time to relax and cut off from regular life. This was my second trip to Hawaii and my fiancé's first, but both of our first time in Maui. It's a gorgeous island, it seems there are photo opportunities everywhere you go.

Written on Nov 28, 2022

Hello Portland!

Took a trip up to Portland, Oregon last weekend for my niece's wedding. I could not stop commenting on how green the city is. There are trees everywhere! It's a beautiful city, with the Willamette river running right through the city center.

Written on Jun 29, 2022


I'm a rewatcher

I enjoy movies quite a bit. I like some shows, but in general I lean towards movies for most of my media enjoyment. I prefer the encapsulated story lines versus an ongoing, spread-out story that may end up taking 15 seasons to finalize.

Written on Jul 8, 2022

Long Way Up

Rewatching Long Way Up this week. As summer rolls in, the itch to get out and explore nature gets stronger. I love this show.

Written on Jun 21, 2022

I Am Commercialized

Written on Jun 7, 2007

Tenacious D Rides Again

Written on Aug 18, 2006


Thoughts on blogging, past and present

I'm taking a different, more measured approach to how I blog these days. I thought it would be good to jot these thoughts down here, mostly for me but also for anyone who is on the fence about starting a blog.

Written on Nov 3, 2022

Rekindling my Journaling with the Day One App

I've revisited my Day One app the past month and am finding it incredibly enjoyable to jot down thoughts again. It's incredibly helpful that I don't set any boundaries or expectations for myself in what I capture. Sometimes it's a simple sentence, others it's a photo. Getting into the habit again has got me feeling happy about writing things down.

Written on Aug 26, 2022

Resurrecting the blog

Several months ago I got the itch to start posting here again. It has been many years since I had anything resembling a personal blog. Blogging is different than social media, it takes more effort to maintain. And like exercise or a hobby, if you don't keep at it it can be easy to let go.

Written on Jun 22, 2022

Cobwebs, Butter and Tumbling

Written on Sep 30, 2007

Do We Need a Code of Conduct?

Written on Apr 10, 2007