Friday, February 2, 2018

Playing With Food

Top a cracker-sized piece of apple with spray whipped cream. It's delicious, trivial to prepare, and looks like a healthy version of an hors d'oeuvres. I will definitely put it on the menu  the next time I have kids to feed -30- More after the jump.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Formative Disciplines

Two areas of design have made the most difference in accelerating the pace of what I do and eliminating the tasks I'd rather not bother with. One is skating. The simple preference for layering t-shirts is revolutionary, as is the inclination toward fluid movement.

The other is music. Once I realized that an ungainly block of heavy plywood covered in pebbled leatherette is just as much an instrument as an exquisite piece of small-scale varnished cabinetry, it became even more rewarding to accommodate noise-making in the front parlor. The industrial-grade dairy crates that seem to be music's storage format of choice have revolutionized the way I manage nearly every domestic process -30- More after the jump.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Redesigning A Room

Empty the space, put back only what you want, and let the rest of the contents fend for itself. If the stuff is in the way, give yourself a break and pass it on -30-
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Call it recess and see what happens to the way you use time-30-
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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Pits Of Winter

There should be a special name for a person who is living through their first winter in Seattle. In Alaska, they use the term cheechako. There should also be names for the many kinds of rain we experience, just as native Alaskans have something like twenty words for snow. We use descriptors like wet and dry depending on how long it will take to get dangerously soaked.

Winter is actually a misnomer for late and early-year weather here, since the weather is essentially the same all year around: forty-five degrees and raining or promising to rain. The amount of daylight is the real variable. Weather reports are a waste of time, pretty much, since dressing for a given set of conditions leaves out the unpredictability of weather in the Puget Sound convergence zone. A quick glance at a site will warn of a hard freeze or high wind. 

Local Indians wore salmon oil, cedar bark skirts and capes, glorious hats and little else year around. Clothing like deer skin or cotton that holds moisture against the skin is fatal. I'm not kidding. A poncho, heavy wool sweater, jeans, and flip flops keep me happy on the rainiest beach or trail that is in convenient reach of a cabin and hearth -30-

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