Introduction To Content Strategy And Building Websites With Craft CMS

A Workshop on Content Strategy with Craft CMS at Peers Conference, Philadelphia, PA in 2015

April 2015

Refine or Reboot: Pushing The Limits of EE and When to Consider Craft CMS

A Presentation on choosing the right Content Management System at the ExpressionEngine Meetup group, Los Angeles, CA

May 2014

From Barter to Bitcoin: How we think about money and how it affects our business relationships

A Presentation about business relationships at Peers Conference, Washington, DC in 2014

April 2014

Craft CMS: Taking Content Management to the Next Level

A Workshop on Craft CMS at Peers Conference, Washington, DC in 2014

April 2014

Craft Plugins

Discussing Craft Plugins and related topics on CTRL+CLICK CAST

February 2014

Choosing The Right CMS For The Job

A Panel Discussion on Choosing The Right CMS For The Job at Peers Conference, Chicago, IL, 2013

June 2013

Git (version control) and ExpressionEngine

A Presentation on using Git version control for the ExpressionEngine Meetup group, Los Angeles, CA

July 2012

Understanding .htaccess, Regular Expressions, and URL Rewrite Rules, with Examples

The .htaccess file has probably cost unexperienced and experienced web developers more time than any other file on the internet. But understanding it has a lot of benefits – improving SEO, usability, workflow, and your health (too much swearing is hard on your morale!).

February 2012

Customizing ExpressionEngine

A Presentation on making ExpressionEngine more user friendly for clients and easier to use during development at the ExpressionEngine Meetup group, Los Angeles, CA

November 2011

Barrel Strength Design Business Cards - October 2011

An exploration in printing multiple versions of the same business card.

October 2011

An Onslaught of Caterpillars to an Air Conditioned Building in Florida

An Italian Sonnet about a particular group of caterpillars who really, really want to cool off.

October 2011

Animal Songs for Strong Children - Album Cover

The first draft of the album cover for Animal Songs for Strong Children by Benghis Khan & the Band Wagon

June 2011

Student Friendly Presentation Resources

A list of resources to help design and build more visual, compelling, and memorable presentations.

February 2011

The Bourbon Supremacy: Aperitif and Appetizer Gathering

October 2010

Handmade Engagement Ring for Libby!

September 2010

Restringing

July 2010

One Philosophy on Philanthropy: Kiva, ROI, and solving the knowledge problem

For some time I have been struggling to come up with a personal philosophy toward donations and philanthropy. Growing up, I always felt some sense of social obligation to be donating to the guy on the corner, the Red Cross, poverty in developing countries, or one of a million things. But how does one choose?

April 2010

Swirlie Ring, Prong Setting

March 2010

Chubby Birdie Ring

March 2010

Garnet Cabuchon, Handmade Ring

March 2010

Handmade Ring, Dented for Texture!

March 2010

Handmade Flower Ring

March 2010

Handmade Wire Pendant

March 2010

My First Handmade Ring

March 2010

Lessons from Buffett: Investing

Buffett's actions draw a strong distinction between a speculator and an investor — the former trying to cash in on short-term fluctuations and emotional movements of stock price, the latter interested in the underlying quality and long-term prospects of a company. These observations are drawn from the book Buffett, by Roger Lowenstein.

March 2009

Lessons from Buffett: Running a Business

While their businesses face a host of different incentives — Berkshire Hathaway a publicly owned company and Koch Industries privately held — their principled approach to business echoes many similarities.

November 2008

Improving the Design of Tax Forms: Identifying the Problem

If information design has a golden challenge, it is to redesign the U.S. tax forms. These behemoths ooze the opportunity for improvement. Not only do they clothe a complex tax in a dismal plaid, but every year they encourage thousands of diligent, hardworking citizens (unable to understand their own tax returns) to tempt hordes of labor away from other value-creating activities.

November 2008

Tools for Web Development

A few tools I've found quite useful in my (mac-based) workflow.

October 2008

Gorehorn, the Adventure Pony

If you're looking for an activity to soften a long drive, I recommend an extravagant Mix CD Challenge! Our trip was from Arlington, Virginia to Durham, North Carolina. The challenge was simple: invent two album names and assign them to other people on the trip.

June 2008

On Composition and Communication

Words, and the Placement Of is not about words. It is about understanding the relationship between human nature and effective communication, and exploring the universal elements of composition.

May 2008

Update: April 2008

A re-posting of a letter that I sent to family and friends.

April 2008

Economic Freedom and GDP per capita - Gapminder-style

For a while now I've shared common hopes to have the Economic Freedom data take new forms. The relationship between Economic Freedom and GDP per capita for example is not hard to imagine, however there is always something a bit more compelling about a nice visualization.

April 2008

Dinosaurlandia

Deep in the heart of Virginia, six friends find themselves in a land unfamiliar and rare... Their task: 1) Shoot a bunch of video, 2) Share that video amongst everyone, and 3) Let each person tell the story as it was. Here's my take on the fiction-enhanced memories.

February 2008

Book Review: Fooled by Randomness

"Reality is far more vicious than Russian roulette. First, it delivers the fatal bullet rather infrequently, like a revolver that would have hundreds, even thousands, of chambers instead of six. After a few dozen tries, one forgets about the existence of a bullet, under numbing false sense of security," says Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He refers to this as the black swan problem.

January 2008

Book Review: Why Wages Rise

At a talk this Fall, Charles Koch mentioned that the book Why Wages Rise by F.A. Harper was an influential book in his career. Curious of the subject and the inspirations of such a successful man, I decided I best read it myself.

February 2007

My Flourescent Persona

A Narrative Verse about a man who used to walk by the International House at San Jose State University.

November 2006

Temporal to the White Sea (As told by a critter to his kind)

A Blank Verse about the telling of an old story around a campfire.

November 2006

Much Thanks to Wild Boars

A poem about three friends who stayed up all night to write down the colors they saw during the sunrise.

November 2006

The Valiant Turtle Metaphor

A non-metrical split couplet about a turtle and how a turtle could possibly relate to foreign aid.

November 2006

Little Friedrich & Uncle Sam

A song in appreciation of Friedrich Hayek and the work of related economists.

November 2006

Casual Tunes (Lauren's Closet Poem)

A song about chance, days that define themselves, and the details we remember.

November 2006