My first guitar

While cleaning a bunch of stuff out of the attic in preparation for our move, I found my first guitar. It was a Harmony classical guitar, almost unfrettable from the day I got it. As you can see, I …

My favorite albums of 2021

Once again, I pushed myself to listen to lots of new music this year. A full six of my top ten records were by artists who are either new or new to me… seven if you count Aeon Station, who are …

Public comment on SB 149

I’ve been taking part in community listening sessions for Delaware’s Senate Bill 149, which would amend the state’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBOR). …

You know what is awesome? Safety.

I’ve been listening to to The Jordan Lake Sessions, Volumes 3 & 4 by The Mountain Goats a lot lately. These sets were recorded live in August of 2020, before the third wave of Covid-19 …

Hop Along at Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City, NJ

Setlist

Best of 2020 (The Albums)

I’ve done some sort of year end, “best of” list as long as I can remember. This probably hasn’t been the “best” year of music over that span, but it certainly has …

Ten Years in 17 Bullet Points

got laid off did the self-employment thing bought a house learned to code had another kid took a job ran a 5-miler took another job did a featured speaking thing got promoted to management made a …

Twenty Nineteen

2019 was a rough year. I doubt I’m the only one who feels this way, for reasons personal, professional and/or political. In the intrest of focusing on the positive and shining a light towards …

Shakespeare turned dust to dust

Y’know how the YouTube algorithm is an awful garbage fire but sometimes it serves you a gem that feels like a piece of yourself in a time capsule? That’s what this video is for me. Sunny Day …

My year in music, 2018

My 2018 in music can be best summed up in five words: “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.” Hop Along’s third album took a moment to get lodged in my brain, but once it did, it was a force of nature. I can’t …

Vermont

We visited Vermont for my 40th birthday. Burlington is a wonderful town, and the local beer is pretty amazing, too. The Alchemist The first destination, before even heading to our AirBNB in …

Paint this picture in my mind, my masterpiece

It’s been a while since a song grabbed me out of nowhere and refused to let go. But that happened last week, about 15 feet from my desk at Arcweb, no less. PLEASE ENJOY the smooth sounds of …

The seasons roll on by

Soundgarden was never my “favorite band.” I was always a Pearl Jam guy, at least in high school. Others were Nirvana People, or Nine Inch Nails People. But Soundgarden was always a band …

What "Unrivaled" Means for Penn State in 2016

It’s Rivalry Week, yet we are #PSUnrivaled. Awkward. I’m so jealous of Ohio State fans this week. Not because of their team’s success, recent or historical. It has nothing to do with their head …

Three Weird Tricks That Might Help Your Sketching (or not)

They might not work for you, though, and that’s okay! Sketching remains a vital part of the design process here at Arcweb Technologies, and has been incredibly transformative for me, personally: …

The purely aesthetic form

I’m about halfway through Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. So far, it’s a good read. It portrays Ive as someone with exquisite taste who was in the right place at the …

Now what?

The first Penn State memory I have was the stein. It proudly sat on the bookshelf in the family room. “Class of 1972,” it read. I had no idea what the words meant… but somehow I knew what …