Boston 1981

I remember what it was like to be lonely and 21 in Boston. I remember, always in the fall. When autumn winds blow crackling leaves down an empty street at sunrise. When the smell of diesel or an old building mixes with cold unwelcome rain at dusk. When I think of...

Why I don’t blog anymore, revisited

A few years ago I wrote a post about why I wasn’t blogging anymore — as in why I had not posted for a while. I think my thin excuse back then was that I was “too busy.” This time my excuse is no excuse at all — it’s a fact: I...
Laptop camouflage

Laptop camouflage

I put stickers all over my laptop. Why? Because I think it’s cool? It can’t be that simple. After much thought, my excuse is that it integrates the machine into the environment. When it’s sitting (closed) on a coffee table or a desk, it’s...

BMW art car idea

I’m thinking of painting my car just to give it a combo retro-tuner BMW art car look. I’m inspired by a few examples I’ve seen from the BMW “art cars” to ones like this WWII fighter-look or this extreme, rusty one by Mike Burroughs. Been...

To T or not to T

I recently took the T (MBTA subway in Boston) to and from Logan airport. On the other end of my journey I took BART to and from the airport in San Francisco. How can it be that it’s a half-hour trip from San Francisco to SFO airport which is many miles south of...

When an iPhone isn’t enough

Sometimes, typing notes into an iPhone draws the wrong kind of attention. Like in church (although this is not a rule…and it’s probably becoming more accepted—it’s more an issue of my feeling self-conscious). So…what’s the...