The Blog


Introducing Streetlamp Media

Wherein I talk about one of my new business endeavors: a production and publishing company.

The Last Time I Visited Europe Before Covid. Way Back in 2019.

Visited London and Prague in November 2019. Drank beers, did touristy things, and had a great time.

Making Stuff around the House (and Becoming my Father)

A new interest in crafting tangible objects has me making stuff for the house, and I love it.

Mellon Collie and Me: 25 Years Later

25 years ago, the Smashing Pumpkins changed my world with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

A Relaxing Trip to Wisconsin (with Cameras!)

A short trip into the woods gives me plenty of excuses to play with my camera gear.

Building a Simple Garage Shelf

I endeavor to optimize space while adding to my rudimentary maker experience.

Social Distancing with Ori and the Will of the Wisps

When isolation becomes a recommended daily activity, I dive head first into a new video game.

Old Endeavors Forged Anew

As career and life events meet at various crossroads, I hope to return to some of my passions.

OneWheelin' with a GoPro Max

Took the GoPro Max out for a OneWheel ride in February. Used the GoPro app to make this nifty video.

25 Years Rocketing with the Smashing Pumpkins

After a daydreamy guitar intro, Billy Corgan belts out the word Love, and a 25 year journey begins.

Comparing Privilege to a Video Game

Adam Savage of Mythbusters discusses privilege using video game terms we can all understand.

Strolling San Francisco at Night with a DJI Osmo Pocket

I took my DJI Osmo Pocket for a nighttime walk in the wet streets of San Francisco.


Currently I'm experimenting in every aspect of life, including work, art, and diet.

New Ramblings for a New Year

Entering 2018, my goal is to share more and to offer at least something of value.

The Songs We Lose

When we share a beloved song with a new partner, what happens when the relationship ends?

Otherwise Optimistically Occupied

Life has been keeping me busy, but the result is new productivity and a bit of fun.

My Year in Books - 2016

A recap of the books I read in 2016, from Harry Potter to Dune to Russian history.

To Osten Ard Again with Tad Williams

We return to the land of Osten Ard with Tad Williams' newest novel, The Heart of What was Lost.

Goodbye, Hello

There were great moments in 2016, but there was also pain and sadness.

Daily Photo Project - 2016 Year End Results

My "One Photo a Day" project wasn't entirely successful, but it produced some great shots.

Cubs Win the World Series - My 2016 Fan Journey

2016 was a great year to be a Cubs fan.

Daily Photo Project - October Update

I've been taking photos on my DSLR most of the year, chronicling color and heartbreak.

A Moment of Reflection for Those who Die as a Footnote

It's easy to focus our studies on famous historical figures, but let's not forget everyone else.

Life, Chaos, and a Dirty Window

I spent many years watching the world through a window. It's a safe place, but I'm moving on.


A snippet: Life is a dance, and missteps early on can make us wallflowers the rest of our lives.

Daily Photo Project - May Update

A third of the way into the year, the photo project is still going. That’s an accomplishment.

Boxed Books Bad

Preparing for a move, I boxed up my book collection, resulting in rather strong emotions.

Over Grass and Over Stone and Under Mountains in the Moon

2016 promises bigger and better achievements.

2015 - My Year in Books

Links to all the books I read in 2015.

The Shannara Chronicles

A new show set in Terry Brooks' Shannara series kicks off tonight on MTV. I'm excited.

Star Wars: The Kid Awakens

The kid inside us gets to once more fall under that Star Wars spell with The Force Awakens.

My 20 Years with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

What began with a midnight visit to a record store became decades of admiration and devotion.


Recalling the events of September 11, 2001 and how they impacted me. Never forget.

The Romance of Rail

I was surprised by the pleasant experience of riding Amtrak from Chicago to Ann Arbor, MI.

Eternal Sunshine of a Sentimental Mind

Remember every detail of your kids' world, if you can. You'll be glad you did.

Memories of a Beginning

My oldest daughter begins preschool next week, and I have mixed feelings.

The End of an Office

A business is acquired and later shut down, closing an office filled with memories and people.

The French Press Conundrum

I like French Press coffee, but I hate the clean up.

The Repository of What We Miss

Contemplating all the things our children learn when we're not present.

Chasing the Moon

Explaining the mysteries of space to a curious three year old.

A Note to the Historian

A request to my youngest daughter to one day appreciate the torment I endured. And a wish for sleep.

The Road Taken

A favorite Robert Frost poem serves as a fitting tribute to the decision to become an at-home dad.

A Pound (or Ten) of Flesh

As an at-home parent, it can feel like we're constantly struggling to balance health and happiness.

Curbing Your Ambitionism

Managing your career ambitions as a stay-at-home parent can be tricky.

At-home Parenting: Easiest Job in the World?

My single friends think at-home parenting is the easiest job in the world. They are naive.