I’m Jesse and this is my blog.

I’m a designer and a developer by trade. This blog is where I write about technology, design, faith and love.

  • Using a DSLR as a Webcam

    March 13, 2020

    With everyone working from home lately, I thought it might be helpful if I shared a bit about my audio/video setup. Video Before I dive into how I got everything working together, here’s a bullet list of my video setup today: Sony A6000 Dummy battery Elgato Cam Link Amazon Basics tripod Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable... Read More

  • The Airbag Has Landed

    March 4, 2020

    Helping Greg Storey get Airbag Industries off Movable Type and onto a better publishing stack.

  • An Encounter with a Skunk Butt

    February 27, 2020

    I just came face to face with a skunk butt.

  • 2019 in Review: Traveling

    January 3, 2020

    This is part two of my year in review series. You can start with my 2019 in Review, Part 1 if you’d like. In 2017, I turned 40. Instead of buying a sports car I couldn’t afford, I told my wife I wanted to travel more. But 2017 was also the first year I’d gone... Read More

  • 2019 In Review: Our Family and Homestead

    December 31, 2019

    Because I couldn't really call it "a decade in review."

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 19: A Whole New Floor (Part 2)

    December 31, 2019

    Yesterday, I shared the progress we made on tearing out our old flooring. Today, we start laying the new flooring!  I’ll keep things short since it’s been a lot of work and we’re still only halfway finished. We started by laying out the planks we wanted to use. This approach let us easily design the... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 18: A Whole New Floor (Part 1)

    December 30, 2019

    My most ambitious making project yet: replacing the flooring in the entire first floor of our house — all 1200 square feet of it.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 17: New Coat Closet

    December 28, 2019

    In the continuing saga of my renovation plans for the foyer of our house, you know that I’ve torn down the wall closing in our entryway and framed in a new pantry and coat closet in that space. For day 17, I finished the major work by sheetrocking the closet and shiplapping the rear wall.... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 16: Barn Board Shelf for LEGOs

    December 27, 2019

    My 6-year-old got a lot of LEGOs for Christmas. I’m not exaggerating… a set of 2000 miscellaneous blocks, several kits, and an army of various characters. And that’s not even counting the LEGO sets my other kids got. A few weeks ago at a friend’s house, he saw a shelf for showcasing LEGO characters, and... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 15: Handmade Family Signs

    December 27, 2019

    Now that Christmas is finally over, I can share something that Jessica and I made for some of our family members as a Christmas gift. We cut 12″ rough cut pine planks about 60″ long and stained them with Minwax’s Classic Gray.  Then we printed out some large, 6″ wide letters (Akzidenz Grotesk Bold Extended)... Read More

  • When Speaking Out Costs You

    December 23, 2019

    A historical perspective on the political cost that often comes with speaking truth to power.

  • Stop talking about politics, Jesse!

    December 19, 2019

    Why do you write so much about faith and politics?

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 12: Piano Improv

    December 17, 2019

    Extemporaneous piano... the kind of music that soothes my soul.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 11: Build That Wall

    December 16, 2019

    For day 11, I finally made something instead of just tearing stuff down.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 10: Unmaking More Walls

    December 15, 2019

    For day 10 of my December making project, I tore down an old hallway closet in order to build a new closet and a walk-in pantry.