Cheetah

I’m fascinated by how quickly some folks adapt to shifting circumstances and how others fail. There’s nothing like a planet-wide quarantine to wreak havoc on entire segments of the economy and society. Meanwhile, others are directly gaining from the turbulence as new opportunities present themselves. Back in October I had an old friend over for … Continue reading Cheetah

Recipes For Disaster

Here’s what I made for dinner tonight. I’d like to reverse engineer where this meal came from in light of our current collective situation courtesy of Covid-19. So far the supermarket shelves are still mostly full, give or take some irrational panic buying of select items. I practice various forms of household preparedness. You could … Continue reading Recipes For Disaster

MREs Are For Pussies

Friends recently visited from Pittsburgh – a city I know well and am quite fond of. We spent time wandering around San Francisco doing the usual tourist things together including some museum stops that featured work by Pittsburgh native son Andy Warhol and a special exhibition of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch which was actually more … Continue reading MREs Are For Pussies

Homesteading Detroit

I’m in Detroit this week for the Congress for New Urbanism, the Strong Towns gathering, and a┬áSmall Developers Workshop. I’m using Airbnb instead of the corporate hotel option while I’m in town. This is what $13,000 buys you in Detroit. Well… $13,000 and four years of blood, sweat, and tears. Detroit allows people with the … Continue reading Homesteading Detroit

Mind The Gap

Humans have two modes: complacency and panic. We’re biologically predisposed to focus on immediate comforts and visible threats. At the same time we’re profoundly uninterested in even thinking about anything that might happen at some point in the medium future. Part of our primate tendencies involves mimicking the people around us so we fit in … Continue reading Mind The Gap