An open letter response to the pilot’s wife open letter…

Dear Pilot’s Wife, I hear you. Fair points. And I am sure that, as the wife of a pilot, you know more than me about the ins and outs of plane and flight management. I am not being facetious, here, I mean it. I know jack shit about that stuff. I know nothing about overbooking or cramming employees on fully … Read More

No, “complementary medicine” is neither complementary, nor medicine

Nice try, Dr. Walker, but this isn’t how it works. Your argument for “complementary medicine” isn’t one, and I am almost sure, you know this. Which brings questions as to your motives, which I’ll touch on below. For starters, however, let’s define medicine. Medicine is the practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing illnesses. An easy sentence, yet one that encompasses … Read More

Wiesbaden Street Art

The Meeting of Styles is an international street art event and gallery, spread around the globe.

The End

In December 2003, Joi Ito announced he’d be quitting alcohol, set up (as one did in those days) a blog on TypePad, and invited a few others to join him in documenting their quit. The blog quickly stalled, work and life getting in the way of blogging (another 2004 reality), but the comments section lived with vibrant discussions between strangers, … Read More

Stop doing vertical video things. Please?

The world is horizontal. All viewing devices except cell phones are, and even they are easily held in landscape. Vertical (or “portrait,” this should give you a hint) works well for one thing, and one thing only: to take portraits. Landscape is for landscapes, more than one person, things, people who are standing next to something. As a rule of thumb: if … Read More

So you walk

Why long distance hikes aren’t the panacea you seek and why you should do them anyways. The second to fifth day are the hardest. You started full of energy, hope, and anticipation, only to wake up to aching muscles, a throbbing back because you slept on a stone you rolled onto in the middle of the night, hurting feet, and the … Read More

Conversations with God’s Ground Personnel

For the past twelve weeks I have made it a point to walk past our local Church of the Nazarene and peruse its prayer box. That’s essentially a mailbox into which everyone can throw a prayer request. I was nice and always signed mine with my name, street, city, and phone number and email address, because you never know if … Read More

Aim for Compersion

Why happiness for others’ happiness matters Psychologists love prodding and probing the concept of happiness. We differentiate ourselves from our medical peers, the psychiatrists, by worrying much less about Dopamine, Endorphins, GABA, and neurotransmitters (though we do and acknowledge their role) and more about happiness as an outward factor, a means to create the same in others. Social psychologists (we … Read More

Getting to McMurdo Station

A (somewhat) practical guide to becoming the McMurdo Foursquare Mayor Having just completed, winter setting over the always icy shores of McMurdo Station in Antarctica, my second trip to the final accessible civilian outpost on the southernmost continent of the planet, I am often asked how the heck does someone get to go to McMurdo. Here’s a quick and dirty guide: … Read More