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.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 8: Created a New Logo Treatment

    December 11, 2019

    This is day 8 of my 31 days of making. One of the mental barriers that has prevented me from being as prolific in my writing is a strange paralysis I get from feeling like my site is ugly and outdated. I’d love to create a new design, migrate to a new CMS, build out... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 7: Unmaking a Wall

    December 11, 2019

    This is day 7 of my 31 days of making. On day 5, I shared the renovation plans I made for the first floor of our house. Last night, I started turning those plans into reality by tearing out the short wall that separates our entryway and living room. Unmaking is often an important part... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 6: Turning Music into Art with Processing

    December 10, 2019

    This is day 6 of my 31 days of making. While I was putting together the animation for my previous music video, I learned a whole lot about Processing in a very short amount of time. So I thought for this day, I’d make a short video talking through some of the things I learned... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 5: Planned Home Renovations

    December 7, 2019

    This is day 5 of my 31 days of making. Earlier this year, we made some major changes to the layout of the first floor of our home. They were relatively inexpensive changes — taking down one wall and putting up another — but they had a huge impact on the flow of our home.... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 3/4: Original Song and Visualization

    December 5, 2019

    This is day 3 and 4 of my 31 days of making. This is a two-parter. On day 3, I created an original song in Logic using homemade sine wave and 808 patches. On day 4, I used Processing and the Minim audio library to create a dynamic visualization for the song. The Song I... Read More

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 2: Made a Movie about Snow

    December 2, 2019

    This is day 2 of my 31 days of making. I put together this video to capture the vibe of driving in upstate New York during a snowstorm. Music, video, and editing by yours truly.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 1: Drew a Snowflake

    December 1, 2019

    This is day 1 of my 31 days of making. I drew this snowflake with Procreate on the iPad. I used a textured brush to paint a background layer, then flooded a secondary layer with a solid color and used a brush pen with the radial symmetry drawing grid to erase the secondary layer and... Read More

  • December Challenge: Make Something Every Day

    December 1, 2019

    I’m back on Facebook after being off for more than a month. I learned quite a bit from the experience. It was difficult the first few weeks. It may sound absurd, but I would randomly type the Facebook url in my browser without even thinking about it. I also found myself taking fewer pictures since... Read More

  • Bookmarklet: Archive Page to Wayback Machine

    February 24, 2019

    Jeffrey Zeldman shared this helpful tip for saving web pages to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine: Typing https://t.co/R5w2bQZKWz in front of any URL saves that content in the Wayback Machine forever. Nasty tweet? Type https://t.co/R5w2bQZKWz in front of the URL, and archive it forever. Hat tip: @t. — zeldman (@zeldman) February 23, 2019 I reference... Read More

  • Ruckus in a NYC Rental Agency

    May 17, 2018

    Ok, get some popcorn. Here's my crazy NYC story about a tornado, a rented Mustang, 3 strangers, and a fracas involving a labradoodle and the NYPD.

  • With A Little Help From My Friends

    March 16, 2018

    Yesterday, I asked a simple question on Facebook and Twitter: “Recommend something to me. I don’t care what it is… just anything you love.” The response was overwhelming. I got recommendations for everything from music to products, podcasts and places to visit, things I should experience and overall life advice. What was most fascinating to... Read More

  • A Simple Explanation of Meltdown and Spectre

    January 5, 2018

    Ars Technica put together a good breakdown of the complexities behind the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities plaguing Intel chips (and possibly others). Here’s an overly-simplistic explanation of what’s happening: When code sends an operation to your computer’s processor, the processor will run that operation at the same time that it’s figuring out if the... Read More

  • Leveling (10)Up

    January 1, 2018

    Let me begin with the big news: tomorrow morning, I start my new role as Associate Director of Business Development at 10up, a web design agency that makes finely crafted websites and tools for content creators like Microsoft, Time, ESPN, and Adobe. The title is a mouthful, but basically my job will be to understand... Read More

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

    November 16, 2016

    I’ve spent a week now off Facebook. Most likely you didn’t notice and don’t care, but for someone who typically spends hours each day on Facebook sharing original content and attempting to engage in meaningful conversations—it was a bit “cold turkey.” For me, this is one of my primary means of engaging with the world... Read More

  • Election Day, 2016

    November 8, 2016

    If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot about this upcoming election. Now that Election Day is here, I thought I’d share a few final thoughts as I head into the voting booth. My Faith Informs My Vote First, a few thoughts about being a Christian and a... Read More