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Words are Magic

Turn left three times Don’t keep money in the house Upgrade everything As above, so below Nothing’s shocking Enjoy your holiday Always Ready Language is magic. We encode wisdom, invent worlds, share our dreams and weave spells with language. Need help finding the right words to capture an idea or a feeling? I love explaining, translating, editing, naming, […]

Natives reunited in the wild

I made a series of t-shirts last fall to experiment with some design ideas and share some of my personal messages. I’m happy to say that I got a really positive reaction to a bunch of them – and so this February I decided to produce a second series. I showed up here in Mexico City on my […]

One Day in September

I jumped in the water cold water I swam in a circle not a small circle! I fought the current something that might seem like a battle but I held the water’s hand and it pulled me I pulled myself harder faster I felt free not for the first time for the first time I […]

As Above, So Below

This ancient phrase – a real occult classic – is attributed to the “Emerald Tablet“, a bit of lost (or invented) arcana that was of great interest to an eclectic series of early alchemists, philosophers and scientists including Aleister Crowley and Issac Newton, who produced the canonical English translation. AASB succinctly encapsulates the idea that “man is the counterpart of God on […]

Upgrade everything

This is not a plea, or permission, for indulgence. While I do enjoy a bit of deluxe now and then, simple things usually do just fine. It’s better to have fewer things, especially since you pay rent on everything you own. I’m talking about a different kind of upgrade. If something is not running smoothly in your life […]

Not perfectly informed

I like being informed but not perfectly informed. These days it’s very easy to get nearly perfect information. Google Maps is comprehensive and up-to-the-minute. TripAdvisor covers the planet, as does AirBnb and Uber. If you’re just about anywhere you can buy a local SIM card, turn on cellular roaming, and never get lost or have a bad meal. It’s […]

It’s not “content”

Words wear out. Linguists know this, but we lose track. Some words are just junk to begin with, empty euphemisms that we hide behind. Would a writer ever refer to anything she was proud of having written as “content”. Seriously? No way. I wrote it, it’s writing, it’s a story, it’s an essay, it’s – at least – […]

Turn Left Three Times

One of my personal maxims is Turn Left Three Times. Tom Stoppard wrote eloquently about this in his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: “A man breaking his journey between one place and another at a third place of no name, character, population or significance, sees a unicorn cross his path and disappear. That in itself is […]

Zoned into it

I met someone at random the other night at The Interval (an awesome place, by the way!) and he told me about a project that a certain Very Large web company is getting underway down at Moffett Field. He was starting to explain how the project was organized and funded within the company and I said that it sounded […]