What is Existential Ergonomics?

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” --Jean-Paul Sartre What if we could wrestle down life’s big questions using the scientific method? What if we could systematically improve human thoughts, actions, and environments... Continue Reading →

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Muse

I never wrote poems about love until you stepped into my life. Now, I cannot stop

Web Miscellany: Compilation #5

What are you up to this weekend? I'll be saying goodbye to my sister before she crosses the country for a new job, and an exciting new adventure. I'm still ripping out my hair in search of new flooring, as our home renovation begins next week. Finally, I'll be doing a whole lot of nothing... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Small Successes

One of my biggest stumbling blocks is that I tend to set wonderfully lofty goals but fail to acknowledge my accomplishments when I reach those goals. I take for granted the time, effort and energy I've invested into arriving just where I am today. In several recent discussion, I've mentioned feeling a bit disappointed. I... Continue Reading →

Interviews, Infections and In-laws, Oh My!

I believe wholeheartedly that every experience offers a life lesson, and the universe never doles out more than we can handle. That being said, I'm pretty sure there is currently an angry flock of lessons trailing along behind me like Canadian geese, hissing and nipping at my ankles. Lesson #1: Slow Down, Sweetheart This weekend,... Continue Reading →

On Seeking Purpose

As the minutes silently transform into days and slip toward some distant eternity, I can't help but wonder where my destiny lies. I cannot suppress questions regarding the purpose of my being here. The tasks and necessities all seem so trivial and mundane at times, yet I know that is far from the case. I... Continue Reading →

The Meaning of Forever

I met her by chance, yet it seemed an inevitable fate. That first moment our eyes locked I saw our future together, And I suddenly understood the meaning of forever. As I gently took her hands in mine, electricity jolted me back to life. Her smile revealed her as the woman for whom I have... Continue Reading →

Quantum Field Theory

I love you. I love you more. I love you most. I love you times infinity. I love you to the negative one-twelfth... which is the sum of all natural numbers... which is actually greater than infinity. Quantum field theory, quite simply, my love. I win. Goddammit.

Web Miscellany: Compilation #4

What are you up to this weekend? I'm planning on getting settled in the extended stay suite I'll be calling home for the next three months (or maybe my in-laws' house) and squeezing in some extra rest. I just finished watching Breaking Bad and I'm debating what to watch next. I'm thinking season two of Westworld... Continue Reading →

Moments of Questioning

I want few things, but they all seem so unlikely: to uncover my truth, manifest my innermost thoughts, and capture your heart. And I can't help but wonder if that makes me irresponsible to pursue all at the same time. I am gripped by the uncertainty so often that it makes them all seem foolish.... Continue Reading →

Intimate Strangers

Last night, we went for a drive. As we approached the midpoint between Here and Middle-of-Nowhere, he turned to me and asked, “Do you ever think about how, just ten months ago, this same situation would have made you painfully uncomfortable?” “No,” I replied, “I hadn’t thought about that.” He continued, “Isn’t it strange how... Continue Reading →

Everyday Design

In his latest blog post, Seth Godin discusses the triumph of everyday design, arguing that simplicity is often superior to luxury when it comes to function and usability. That sink with an intricate, motion-sensing faucet is more difficult to turn on and more likely to make a mess than the standard model. Luxury goods used to... Continue Reading →

Valley Fever And The $1k Remodel

Two weeks ago, I wrote about being sick, broke, and homeless. Repeatedly, I've been reminding myself that it's all about perspective. My in-laws just returned from India, where poverty was uncomfortably rampant. My good friend's boyfriend moved out without explanation, and then returned back the next day with the loaded moving truck and a half-hearted... Continue Reading →

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