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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Web Miscellany: Compilation #95

Hello, friend! How are you? I am pooped. I started a new job this week, and it has been fantastic! But, I am exhausted. I had over a dozen video meet-and-greets (which, as an introvert, can be quite exhausting), lots of reading, and even a 5am meeting. I don't even have the energy to consider... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #94

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? Yesterday was my last day at my job, and I'm excited to start at my new opportunity on Monday! Last weekend, I sifted through old photos and news paper clippings of my grandmother's family with my mom. In addition to childhood... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #93

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? I'm currently house-sitting for a needy dog to whom I'm highly allergic, so good times. The home we're in has a smart TV, so we're making a game of shouting random things in the living room: vegan cheese, Joe Biden's britches,... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #92

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? Work has been pretty overwhelming. My team lost a member last week, we're in the final push for our department's annual objective, and I've been tasked with tying up loose ends before my departure. I feel like I'm making huge strides... Continue Reading →

Always Ask For More

I like my job. I like the people I work with. I like the projects I'm assigned. I like the convenience of working from home indefinitely. What I don't like is that I was brought on with the promise of rapid advancement and, nearly three years later, I'm in the same position any barely enough... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #91

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? The news out of Afghanistan is just heartbreaking. My family has volunteered with a local nonprofit that helps refugees acclimate to their new life for the last decade, I participated in the "Quilts for Kosovo" project in the late 90s, and... Continue Reading →

Moldilocks & The Three Spores

After six years spent untangling a web of miscellaneous symptoms, my doctor proposed a new theory: I was born with a genetic susceptibility to bio-toxin illness and, in 2015, a fungal respiratory infection release such a toxin, which has been plaguing my body and health ever since. Recurring leaks and water damage in our home... Continue Reading →

Moths In The Kitchen

I woke up way too early this morning to the sound of booming thunder. It's almost five and I'm still awake. Currently, the kitchen is filled with moths, as if I'm a character exploring great grandma's long-forgotten home or seeking shelter from a serial killer in the middle of a desolate forest. Moths... Why are... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #90

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? We finally were able to get a mold remediation company out and what we though to be two minor sink pipe leaks turned out to be three separate areas of black mold due to a poorly-installed A/C unit, and several eroded... Continue Reading →

Word Of The Year: Mid-Year Update

For the last decade, I've developed the habit of setting a theme for the year. While the tangible goals are great, choosing a feeling or theme offers guide rails and room to deviate. For 2021, the word I chose was CLARITY: "I have decided that my intention for 2021 is CLARITY. For several years now,... Continue Reading →

A Moment In Someone Else’s Shoes

Sometimes I wonder if everyone gets their news and narratives from the same source. Over the last few weeks, I've seen numerous newsletters and articles using the exact same phrasing: the virus is now "killing off the unvaccinated." The context and tone are that of superiority with an unspoken good riddance tacked on the end.... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #89

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? I attended my aunt's funeral via a YouTube live-stream due to a local breakout of the covid-19 delta variant, and I have such mixed feelings about the experience. It was nice, however, to see visiting family members, though the interactions remained... Continue Reading →

Fun Phoenix Weather Fact

Do you want to know a fun fact about Phoenix? Despite being a desert, we typically experience a few flash floods per year. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, the terrain is flat and the ground dense clay, which is not particularly porous. Secondly, the monsoon storms often entail Seattle-like days of drizzling interspersed... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #88

Hello, friend! What have you been up to this week? How are you doing? Over the last week: enjoyed plenty of rain (and nickle-sized hail), I saved a 3-week old white-winged dove with my partner (shutout to Liberty Wildlife Rescue!), sewed up the cutest little romper for my niece, almost perfected my pho recipe (Vietnamese... Continue Reading →

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