What I’m wearing today

The fashion war wages on. Not as ridiculous as yesterday, unfortunately. But I did combine hot pink and brick red, which is pretty jarring. This lovely ensemble includes: Hot pink shrunken small-wale corduroy blazer Brick red t-shirt with a matching satin tie at the neck Green leather super-wide belt with weird closure (which I made) Big brown plastic ring from the dollar store Black & white flower ring from H&M in Vienna Jeans F*ing awesome cowboy boots Feathered headband “I Voted” sticker (because I Voted) P.S., I un-tucked the jeans from the boots. It’s just more comfortable that way. Share[…]

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Word of the day: Endogeny

Endogeny is something that “arises from within”; that is, it’s created or synthesized within an organism or system. Its opposite is Exogeny. I like it that Wikipedia calls out that in psychology, “an emotion or behaviour is endogenous if it is spontaneously generated from an individual’s internal state.” I’d like to make a list of my endogenous behaviors and emotions. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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Three great things about submarines

Sonar. Okay, let’s talk about this. Sonar in general is ridiculously cool. Even in bats. But especially when in human-created machinery. It’s seeing by sound. AND, it’s seeing things your eyes couldn’t see even if they were looking. But here’s what’s amazing. Sure subs are using all sorts of amazing technology to do this now, but back in the diz-ay, people just listening were able to identify other submarines going by–not just the class of sub, but the specific boat, and oftentimes the skipper too! Just by listening, because each boat has tiny anomalies in the way it’s made, and[…]

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What I’m reading: Blind Man’s Bluff

My dad works on submarines, so I’ve been around them here and there (and certainly heard about them) since I was a little kid. I vaguely remember going on a tour of one when I was probably about 9 or 10. Last Christmas my dad took me & Gabe on a tour of a sub in Virginia, and let me tell you, they seem a LOT smaller inside when you’re a grownup. But I digress. At some point I was talking with my dad about an analytics problem I was working on, and describing the process I was using to[…]

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HATCH Design, Creativity, & Innovation

I went to college in Missoula, MT. Montana is GORGEOUS and its people have a real sense of community that you just don’t find elsewhere…I think it may have something to do with the cold winters. (When it’s cold enough to kill you, there’s a basic humanity that comes out. You know you may sincerely need your neighbor’s help, and he/she may need yours. We just don’t have that in California.) My friend Scott Billadeau is one of the founding members of HATCH, which was started 5 years ago to bring together up-and-coming creative minds from a variety of disciplines[…]

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I’m sorry, did someone say “brain interface”??

Image from the Mumbai Mirror My brother Adam works at the coolest place EVER: Archinoetics, a company in Hawaii that “focuses on the research and development of human-centered technologies…includ[ing] functional brain imaging systems, human fatigue and performance monitoring devices, intelligent algorithms based on genetic programming and biometric sensors, remote sensing, and neurobiologically inspired computing platforms.” The “functional brain imaging systems” are basically brain-computer interfaces…so you think, and the computer responds. One of the cooooolest applications of this is the work they’ve done with Hawaii artist Peggy Chun, who developed Lou Gehrig’s disease and is now fully “locked in”. However, R&D[…]

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Running in the rain

After batting practice this morning, I went for a run in a bit of a downpour, because I was feeling extra-badass. Whenever a run is particularly grueling (and I am not making this up), I imagine that I am in a prison camp with Heinrich Harrer trying to get myself in shape to escape over the mountains of Tibet. I find this extremely motivational. Imaginary Heinrich Harrer is never quite satisfied with my performance but still slightly impressed when I finish. Share this…TwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGoogle+

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Hello world!

I’m slightly ashamed of leaving the title of this post “Hello World!” but I sort of like it that way. So, I, like, started a blog? And now I have a lot of catching up to do so there are going to be quite a few posts in a row? Because there’s a lot to talk about? And hopefully this is going to be kind of fun? But I don’t fundamentally believe that there is an audience of people out there who really want to know what I’m doing every day? But these days you just sort of have to[…]

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