My Ridiculous Treadmill Desk

My Ridiculous Treadmill Desk

I’ve finished building my second treadmill desk. Now I have one at both my east and west coast basecamps. As the name implies, a treadmill desk (aka tread-desk or walking desk) is the mashup of a treadmill with a desk. And it lets computer users replace sitting with walking. Sitting, […]

Jeans

Jeans

Four years ago, I stumbled onto a clothier’s going-out-of-business-sale. I needed a new pair of jeans and surprisingly, their jeans fit well. So I bought five pairs (boot-cut) and congratulated myself for being so clever. How long might this cache of jeans last me? Ten, fifteen years? I might never […]

Sewn Camera

Sewn Camera

I’ve finished giving my* camera a proper minimalist makeover. I began by blacking-out, with electrical tape, all its extraneous markings and logos. I finished by sewing the camera strap to the camera, thereby eliminating the bulky, inflexible clips that typically secure camera straps. I love the result. Just a few […]

Whole Foods Listens

Whole Foods Listens

A friend who is also on a high-fat diet, lamented one day how our local Whole Foods lacked a full-fat, grass-fed, yogurt. In a brilliant move, which at the time I considered naive, she wrote them to ask if they would please carry some. Ten days later, it was on […]

Heating with Wood

Heating with Wood

In a world where so many products amount to little more than fads and distractions, one cutting edge piece of technology has lately won me over: the modern wood stove.* With it, I plan to heat my home this winter entirely with wood. Free wood. I came by this plan […]

Practical Action Adventure

Practical Action Adventure

Soon I’ll have completed courses in motorcycle riding and professional driving. I’ve considered these courses for years but always ended up dismissing them as frivolous. Surely such unproductive and expensive forms of entertainment are a sign of priorities out of order. But lately I’ve come to view these activities as […]

The Order

The Order

If I’m honest with myself about whose life really resonates with me, it’s Gandalf. For a long time this bothered me. I was worried you couldn’t like a wizard without wearing black all the time and playing D&D or LARPing. Instead I wanted to identify with Aragorn, seeing as how […]

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

It seems easier sometimes to find nourishing whole foods in foreign lands than in America. Like these fish: My first day in town I ate the one that looked prototypically fishlike. Besides costing less it was also less intimidating than the ugly, whiskered one. The woman laughed as I began […]

Einstein Internet Sugar

Einstein Internet Sugar

One of the best things about my home is that it’s one of the last places on earth that doesn’t have sugar or Internet, two addictive substances that are a threat to me. Both are tantalizing. Both are everywhere. Both are cheap if not free. Sugar, I am convinced, shortens […]