Trash to treasure. The imperfections that make great art. Innovation stifled by progress toward perfection. And the iconic sound of it all.

Media month in review: September 2020

A still photo from 'Ted Lasso'

TV: Last Chance U, The Vow, Ted Lasso, Challenger: The Final Flight. Movies: The Social Dilemma. Books: The Man in the High Castle

Media month in review: August 2020

A scene from S2 E2 of Mr. Robot

TV: Mr. Robot and Perry Mason. Movies: The Verdict. Books: Trick Mirror, and Lovecraft Country.

I’m old enough to remember when SF was dead

A still showing a destroyed NYC in the movie "I Am Legend"

About 5-7 years ago, every 3rd article written about San Francisco was by some disenchanted soul who was on the verge of leaving. Today, it’s New York’s time in the barrel.

Milton Glaser on ethics

A photo of the graphic designer Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser was an icon and a pioneer. Sadly, he passed away yesterday at age 91. Here are his thoughts on how our work impacts the world.

The return of Revisionist History

A photo of author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell

Season 5 of the Revisionist History podcasts is back. Here’s why you should give it a listen.


A wind turbine set among rolling hills off Hwy 12 in California.

From June 2013.

Before you post about that social issue

A decision tree explaining when to post on social issues.

Knowing when and how to communicate about polarizing social issues isn’t difficult. Just follow this plan and you’ll be alright.


A cowboy trying to wrestle a steer to the ground

From August 2006.

Lake Berryessa

A panoramic photo of Lake Berryessa

From 2013.