Jennifer Johannesen - No Ordinary Boy (2011)

Read: Jennifer Johannesen, No Ordinary Boy

My partner Jennifer recently published her first book. It’s a slim volume of 145 pages called No Ordinary Boy: The Life and Death of Owen Turney. One could generically describe it as memoir or narrative non-fiction. No Ordinary Boy is the … [read more]

A Quiet Place in Paris by Alias Rex via Flickr (Creative Commons license)

Buddhism, moral philosophy, Derek Parfit

I recently read this in an article in the Shambhala Sun, a magazine about Buddhism: Here is another practice, rooted in Zen tradition, which you might enjoy. Sit down with someone you care about and have a cup of tea. … [read more]

Tower Bridge

London, summer 2011

I had previously been to London on business — multiple times in fact, in the late 1990s. Those were the heady days of the dot-com boom, and I came away with the impression of a beautiful, sprawling city filled with hard-drinking … [read more]

One Ring by Xander via Wikipedia (Creative Commons)

One blog to rule them all

Until yesterday, I had three blogs. It just sort of happened that way. When I first started blogging in 2007, the trend seemed to be that blogs should be narrowly defined and specific to a topic. I couldn’t see how … [read more]

John Perry Barlow from Wikimedia Commons

John Perry Barlow’s “Principles of Adult Behavior”

John Perry Barlow is an activist, writer, former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He’s also an engaging Twitter-er who gets my attention with concise, insightful original tweets and great quotations. In the last … [read more]

More Audio Engine speakers

The best desktop speakers, ever

Everyone’s lamenting the decline of proper stereo equipment. Teens are losing their hearing to their tinny iPod earbuds and nobody knows what non-compressed music sounds like anymore. People don’t buy stereos these days — listening to music in one’s living … [read more]

Facebook privacy & digital NIMBY

The more you ‘live life transparently,’ the more you post to your social networking life stream, the more ‘friends’ and acquaintances you pick up along the way, the more you invite trouble. Well — that may be stating it strongly. … [read more]

What we can learn from gear porn

  Nerds get a bad rap. We are being made fun of for our love of, and intimate ways with, our gear. When I say ‘gear,’ I mean computers, musical instruments, stereo equipment, cameras… anything that only reveals its depth … [read more]