Free Paper Cowboy Hats

You may recall my in-real-life trolling stickers and signs — the voice activated paper towel dispenser, the fake power outlet, and the baby changing station — from a previous blog post: I have some new stickers now that are less of a troll and more of a chuckle. Like the previous stickers, I cannot take credit … Continue reading Free Paper Cowboy Hats

Walk to Work Day 2016

Several years ago, a local Portland organization — I think they were called the Portland Pedestrian Coalition at the time but are now Oregon Walks — put together a Walk to Work day. They designated meetup spots in each of the quadrants of town, each about three or four miles from downtown. You’d walk, drive, or … Continue reading Walk to Work Day 2016

Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

I have friends who recently took a trip to Paris. When talking about their trip, they had some wonderful photos of an afternoon, on cobblestone streets and at monuments, taken by a professional photographer. It turns out that there’s a service called Flytographer that works as a sort of broker between people vacationing abroad who want … Continue reading Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

While on our Amsterdam vacation, we dropped by The Rijksmuseum. Although there was a ton of stuff to see, and I took numerous pictures, I’m sharing only a small subset of them here. Weapons There was some great stuff in the weapons section. Below, you can see a powerful crossbow. It has a stirrup on … Continue reading Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

One of the first historic landmarks we visited on our Amsterdam vacation was the Oude Kerk, the old church. This is an impressive 800 year old piece of amazing and gigantic architecture. Like, real big. Vaulted ceilings that make you feel like an ant. They’d taken out any artificial light sources, which had been added over the years, … Continue reading Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

One of the first stops on our Amsterdam vacation was De Poezenboot — the cat boat. It’s a houseboat. It’s an animal shelter. It’s been around since 1966 and is now a tourist destination. When Kim was last in Amsterdam, about 10-15 years ago, the Poezenboot was more of a houseboat-home plus cats and a … Continue reading Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

As you might have seen in a previous blog post, the first leg of my sabbatical vacation was to Disneyland. The second leg was Amsterdam. I had just over a week there, and it wasn’t nearly enough. Between jetlag, a headcold, and the sheer amount of stuff to do, I didn’t have nearly enough time. … Continue reading Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

A Disney sabbatical

I am over half-way through my two month sabbatical. I am extremely fortunate that I work somewhere that the founders, 10 years ago, first came up with what seemed like a ludicrous sabbatical policy (6 weeks of time off after 5 years of employment), and second, founded a tech company that’s still a great place to … Continue reading A Disney sabbatical

A WiFi Thumb Drive for Travel

In less than a week, I’ll be traveling the world, living out of a backpack. I’m going light on the tech this trip. My “laptop” will be the iPad, probably living in the location’s base of operations (hotel or hostel), with the phone as my everyday-carry communicator. Although I have both iPad and iPhone with … Continue reading A WiFi Thumb Drive for Travel

A Second Mason Jar of Happiness

Last year I started a tradition of keeping a mason jar of good thoughts. The recipe is simple. First, keep an open mason jar on top of the refrigerator. It’s a location that I see nearly every day but is also out of the way. Second, keep a magnetic notepad on the fridge. Third: throughout … Continue reading A Second Mason Jar of Happiness