A short break

A short break

This blog is always my highest priority. I put it above anything else we do here and many things I do in my personal life as well (including sleep). That being said, I've hit a wall here this week where the number of things I have in my schedule that are not movable -- including a trip to Detroit last week, a board meeting this past weekend and a speaking trip to Iowa that starts right now -- is forcing me to take a short break.

The Diverging Diamond Video Lives On

The Diverging Diamond Video Lives On

Every now and then someone shares my Diverging Diamond overdub on a random site and I get a blast of negative feedback on our YouTube channel. It just happened again. I find this funny.

Size matters

Size matters

Do we size our city for the equipment we want or size our equipment for the city we want?

Open Mic: Code Smell

Open Mic: Code Smell

A code smell is a piece of code that correctly executes a given task (i.e. it's not a bug) but its construction indicates deeper flaws in the logic and design of a program. 

I love my rain barrel, in photos.

I love my rain barrel, in photos.

Given how important food production and water use are to the strength of a place, one of the best things we can do as Strong Citizens is to plant a garden and catch and store the rain. I've been slow to the rain barrel game, but it finally happened and I'm delighted.

My Personal Stop Sign

My Personal Stop Sign

For the past month, I’ve been using a simple gueture with much success. Any time I’m crossing the street and I see a car coming a bit too fast, I just put my hand up in the “Stop” gesture and make eye contact with the driver, asserting my presence (not to mention the legality of my actions). It’s worked surprisingly well.