• 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.

  • 31 Days of Making, Day 9: A Plan to Redesign Plasticmind.com

    December 13, 2019

    This is day 9 of my 31 days of making. I’ve always struggled designing my own site, so I decided to treat myself like a client and walk through the full site redesign process… on camera. In this first video, I work through the goals of my site, review what’s working and what’s not on... Read More

  • 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prevented me from being as prolific in my writing is a strange paralysis I get from feeling like my site is ugly and outdated.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.