Part one: Screw the process. This project began with the famous phrase, “Well that Crate and Barrel table is way too expensive, I’ll be damned if I spend 1500 dollars for some old splintery barn wood mounted to a metal base.” And lo it was begun. The design phase began with my wife and I […]Read more "Screw the process: Make Nice Things! Part One"
I think we had gone to the thrift store to drop off some furniture, but we decided to go in and dig around. My favorite part of any thrift store is the “smalls” section, where they put all the random stuff that doesn’t really seem to fit into any particular category. I like digging through […]Read more "A meditation on impermanence"
Selling a car is much less fun than buying a car. If you have the time and energy to do a little work though, you can make a substantially larger amount of money than trading in your car. With my help, you can use the science of decision-making to your advantage in advertising and selling your car […]Read more "Neurocarbuying: How to Sell Your Car"
Rid yourself of the standards of creating an objet d’art. Instead, make an “object day-art.” I would like to persuade you to make stuff. Persuading you to make stuff begins with thinking about object day-art in the context of stuff in general. We love stuff. We seek it, we cherish it, we love it (Carlin, 1986). […]Read more "Make things, even crappy things."
Holding one’s arm out the window to signal a turn is laborious and insufficient for signaling one’s intent, especially given the modern technological aid known as the “blinker.” One of the truck’s blinkers had been non-functioning for a while and I decided to finally do something about it. I had the bulbs in hand, screwdrivers in the […]Read more "Chevy Tree tale: Installation is the reverse of removal."
As an object, I think that I might dislike the Toyota Prius. But why? Let’s face it right up front: my favorite cars have the subtlety of paint fumes and the delicacy of a tire fire. But this alone should not dictate why I dislike another car. It’s a fine car, and people love their Priuses (more […]Read more "My complicated feelings about the Toyota Prius"
It is told that the Buddha attained enlightenment by meditating under the Bodhi tree. Here I invite you to seek the mindful path of the Chevy Tree. What does it mean to be mindful? The practice of mindfulness is the process of returning one’s attention to the present moment. In this way, driving an old car […]Read more "Meditate under the Chevy Tree"