Simple Joy

As I sat in four hours of traffic on the way to San Diego today, I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which I would highly recommend to anyone who has not read it. Although relatively short, the book is crammed with philosophical allegory, largely focusing on the seemingly unending pursuit of happiness. I won’t… Continue reading

Always Carry a Pen

As an undergraduate I never used a planner, at least nothing beyond the back of my hand or disorganized scribbles in one of my Moleskine notebooks. In my late teens and early twenties I knew everything, and I felt that planners were unnecessary when I could remember everything I needed to do- the important stuff… Continue reading

Mon Nom

One of the purest joys in life is discovering a new way to write one’s name. Short of looking in a mirror, I cannot think of a single act more self-assertive, self-affirming, and self-reflective than marking your signature on a surface with one instrument or another, be it pen on paper or Krylon on concrete…. Continue reading

Literary Satisfaction

Records, movies, even TV anthologies – none can compete with the satisfaction of finishing a book. The only other artistic medium that I think comes close (in a cosmic sense of the word) would be video games, but even they cannot compete with the impression of honed mental acuity and accomplishment one feels at the… Continue reading

It’s coming…

Listen carefully and you might be able to hear the subtle ringing of metallic weapons and customized armor, the first drop in a developing maelstrom. As I write this, orcs and night elves are undoubtedly donning war paint in eager anticipation of what is to come. In less than 4 days, thousands will descend into… Continue reading