I really dislike the notion of “About,” and my previous “About” effort makes me feel all kinds of queasy. Secondly, I totally get why “About” is useful. I totally totally get it. I always read the “Abouts” of other people, and I find them quite interesting.
Probably the most important thing to know about this blog
is that it contains multitudes. Take a look through the archives ... It’s all over the place. Blog-writing how-tos always begin with something like: “Choose a topic!” Or, “focus on a theme!” Well, I don’t.
I work at Cooper, an interaction design company in San Francisco, California. What is interaction design? Even after doing it for 10 years, I still have a hard time explaining it. Maybe that’s a sign. Anyway, when someone asks me what I do, I usually say, “I design the user interfaces, basically any electronic device or screen that responds to a person’s actions” and then my lovely wife will helpfully offer, “He’s an interaction designer,” and surprisingly more and more people understand this.
- I live in California, and I don’t own a car. It is possible, and I’m excited for the year 2025, when I’ll be able to ride my bike from the East Bay to San Francisco.
- I’m not always a hater of cars. In fact, I love driving. Behind the wheel, I become everything I hate about “caged motorists,” as my motorcycle safety instructor called them. I curse slow-moving pedestrians and clueless cyclists — because honestly more of them need to pay attention.
- I was an English major, and I have a job — for the moment anyway. So perhaps I’m the exception that proves the rule. To my fellow English majors: Not sure how this happened. But apparently it’s possible.
- I hiked most of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2001. It’s a trail that runs from the US-Mexico border to the US-Canada border, through California, Oregon and Washington, and in retrospect it was a non-stop blast, except of course when it was so painful that I wanted to cry or quit or both. The day after I flew home, planes crashed into the World Trade Center.
- I am a runner. If I don’t run for two days in a row, I get a little angry, crazy, antsy, irritable, and generally a pain in the ass to be around. So it’s better, you know, if I just get my run in.
- Myers-Briggs: INTP (ca. 1995) -> INTJ (ca. 2010). In my old age, I’ve become more judgmental. Rightly so! Also: Get off my lawn!
- Star sign: Leo. Gregarious, charming, the center of attention? Lol. Yeah. No.
- Chinese Zodiac sign: Rat. For your consideration: A list of “famous rats” from a Chinese astrology site. Included: Marlon Brando. Mozart. Plato. Sounds about right.
I wrote this in 2003, when I joined Friendster. It’s mostly still true.
I like sleeping in, getting up early, throwing things, eating Asian pears, drinking beer out of bottles, and swimming. Late-night swimming is the best. I like writing letters, and drawing letters. I ride my bike everywhere. I like making things, I think in words, I learn by doing, and I surround myself with puzzles and projects, nearly all of which are not done and may never be done.