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Dear Robert Smith

21 April 2022 • Filed under ,


I was 16 when I discovered The Cure. The church dances I felt obligated to attend as a teenager were torturous. Though I am still plenty introverted as an adult, I was positively reclusive as a teen. There were girls there, and I did like music, so maybe I was more enticed than obligated. At any rate, I wanted to enjoy going to these things, but really didn’t. All I felt was a mountain of anxiety, sitting at the back of the darkest half of the gymnasium. Alone, I listened. The music was usually the same uninspired Top …


23 March 2022 • Filed under ,

The summer of 1997 was a turning point. After wandering down various roads, unsure of what I was supposed to do with my life, I had recently finished all the college I was willing to take. Hopeful that my aptitude for a newfound love of 3D modeling and animation was enough, I had applied for a job with the only gaming company that I knew of in my home state of Texas: id Software, makers of such classics as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. I never heard back, but something else happened that summer that changed my life forever. I …

What Moves You?

2 March 2022 • Filed under ,

A moment of self-discovery. (Columbus, 2017)

A while back, I stumbled upon the film Columbus. It’s mainly a story about the relationship between Casey, a recent high school graduate who feels obligated to continue living at home to help her mother, and Jin, whose aged father—a respected architecture professor—has collapsed into a coma on the eve of a lecture he was scheduled to give in Columbus. The film watches Jin and Casey’s paths cross in Columbus, and challenge each others’ perceived roadblocks—Jin questioning Casey’s actual need to stay stuck in Columbus instead of going to architecture school, and Casey challenging …


1 January 2022 • Filed under

No shame. hesitation. toxic politics. fear of the future. holding it all inside. pushing others away. watching others struggle. comparing yourself to others. waiting to tell someone you love them. assuming there’ll always be another sunset. Yes love. music. stories. gardens. transformation. faith in yourself. the sun on your face. lifting up others in need. time to be alone and to think. long drives through the country.


25 October 2021 • Filed under ,

It’s been a rough (almost) two years. COVID itself has been disruptive enough, but the ongoing pandemic has caused so many parallel challenges as well—a real ripple effect. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. I don’t know who even reads this blog anymore. For those that do: I appreciate you. I hope what I share is meaningful. If it isn’t, that’s okay. If I’m only writing to myself, that’s good enough. I’m enjoying it again. One of the things that has resulted from this pandemic is the collapse of those remaining …

Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises

14 October 2021 • Filed under ,

Pale Waves in Dork magazine, 2018. Yes, the magazine is called Dork. I know.

My Mind Makes Noises on Spotify and Apple Music Music is one of those things that has always given me consistent & reliable feels. The best music connects in a way that’s hard to describe, moving deep in the soul as it effortlessly evokes euphoria, heartbreak, intensity, comfort, new emotions, familiar feelings, and everything in-between. The most meaningful music will be many of those things—and more—with personal growth and the passage of time. All of that accurately describes what it’s been like listening to Pale Waves’ debut album, 2018’s My Mind …

2010: The Year in Tweets

3 January 2011 • Filed under ,

Nice. I still remember the password to my blog. Jon Tan’s year’s-end retrospective was a fun read, as was that of my dotcomrade Travis Isaacs, so I figured I’d give it a shot as well. The problem with following in these two fine gents’ footsteps is that I suck at photography, both the “taking the picture” part and the “recognizing that this would be a good time to take a picture” part. But one thing I apparently don’t suck at is blathering all over Twitter. A quick review of my tweets …

Wherein I Shamelessly Pimp My New Employer's Service.

9 June 2008 • Filed under ,

As I post this, I am about to enjoy a 10-minute commute to a brand new job. I have joined the team of energetic and passionate folks at Viewzi. For the uninitiated, Viewzi is a visual contextual search engine. Instead of delivering search results right away in a standard text-based manner like most search engines, Viewzi answers your search request with a “view mix.” That view mix offers you a variety of ways that you can visualize your search results. Once you choose a “view,” you experience your search results. Today marks the launch …

Why, Yes -- I Am Going to South By Southwest.

3 March 2008 • Filed under ,

Thanks for asking! As numerous other designy-types have announced, I too announce that I will be attending this year’s famously nerdy SXSWi conference. This will be my third year of attendance, and yet there are many people I have “met” online that I have not met in person. Please print the actual photo of me on this page for reference if you wish, and come say “Hi” of you see me. Do not count on the bowtie as a positive identifier. For those of you lodging at the Hampton, I will be the …

What I Did On My Summer Vacation.

4 October 2007 • Filed under

I went to Oregon. Yeah, I know. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting place to vacation. And it’s technically not summer anymore. And doesn’t it rain a lot in Oregon? Isn’t it cold? The answers are “usually” and “sometimes.” The attraction of traveling to the Beaver State was admittedly selfish: I was born there, and lived there until I was 11. And, aside from a very brief Amtrak ride through the state in 1991, I’ve never been back. The thought of revisiting some of the …

Hello, Coke.

24 September 2007 • Filed under

Surely you saw this coming. As I sit here drinking a Coke for lunch, it seems only appropriate to report my failure to quit Coke cold-turkey. I made a sterling effort, if I do say so myself, but in the end I suppose I have less willpower than I thought. Or the issue became less important to me as time marched onward. Either way, I made it a respectable 4(-ish) months avoiding not only Coke, but soft drinks of any kind. During that time, I felt more energized and didn’t suffer from post-lunch drowsiness (well, …

Goodbye, Coke.

4 June 2007 • Filed under

It’s been about a week since I last had a drink of Coke (or any carbonated beverage for that matter). I’m almost embarrassed to admit how hard it’s been. For reasons that can only be attributed to addiction, I’ve really been jonesing for that sweet carbonated rush. Curse you, Coke. My parents never let me drink soda when I was a kid, and I often wonder if that contributed to my avid adoption of carbonated beverages later in life. It doesn’t help that many restaurants still don’t offer …

In Print.

18 May 2007 • Filed under ,

I’ve been tangentially associated with a couple of books recently, so I thought I’d toss out some plugs while I’m busy not writing here. ;) The Art & Science of CSS Several months ago, I was offered the chance to serve as technical reviewer for this book alongside the ever twitter-present Dan Rubin. It was a great experience, and hopefully the authors don’t hate me too much for all my niggling and feedback. It shaped up to be a great book, so check it out if you already haven’t done …


6 April 2007 • Filed under

Last Tuesday was already a bit of a stressful day, and coming home to an apartment parking garage full of police cars and crime scene tape did little to help my mood. I like to think I live in a pretty safe and sane part of town, but the story that hit the papers the next day, describing the events that occurred 3 floors below where I live, was both bizarre and unsettling: A naked woman dived in front of a moving car near downtown Plano on Tuesday night before stabbing a passenger who got out of the car to …

Where Was I?

7 April 2006 • Filed under

I don’t want to hear a peep from anyone about how “uncool” memes are. It’s a slow news day and I’m a sellout. Besides, this meme is only mildly narcissistic, and you know how much designers like to talk about themselves. Don’t front, y’all. I won’t be passing this meme along in typical virus fashion; instead, all of you dear readers are free to bust out the nostaligia and perpetuate it if you so choose. Where was I one year ago? Hmmm. Let’s consult the archives, …

Four Thangs.

23 January 2006 • Filed under

It’s a meme thing. Pretend to be interested in me and we’ll get through this together. Four jobs I’ve had in my life: Paperboy Picture framer Photoshop tutor Air guitarist Four movies I can watch over and over: Serenity A Christmas Story The Incredibles Saving Silverman Four places I have lived: Eugene, Oregon San Antonio, Texas Italy Plano, Texas Four TV shows I love to watch: LOST Extreme Makeover: Home Edition CSI (and not those lame NY and Miami ripoffs, either) M.A.S.H. Four places I have been on vacation: Chicago Portland …

A Lesson in Fire Safety.

3 December 2005 • Filed under

Have you even heard a knock on your door and opened it, only to be greeted by a curtain of smoke and a stranger asking you if you know where a fire extinguisher is? That’s what happened this afternoon. The lady was kind of freaking out, and I have to admit that I felt some definite twinges of panic as thoughts like “How long do I have to save every precious item in my apartment?” ricocheted through my brain. There was so much smoke that I could barely see two doors down the hall. Luckily, I …

Numero Uno.

29 September 2005 • Filed under ,

I get plenty of unusual search strings in my logs. Thanks to the Beck lyric I had featured in my title bar a few weeks back, some lucky soul’s Google search for “crouton” turned up my site in his results. Haha! Brilliant! And it’s good to know that a search for “revolting entertainment” on ranks me at #2. Hey, if it’s not revolting, it’s not good enough for me. But there are some good search queries that teach me important truths about myself. Like the one …


9 August 2005 • Filed under ,

There are relatively few purchases one makes in life where congratulations are received. I got many congratulations upon buying my first new car. I imagine I’ll get pats on the back and kudos all around on the day I finally buy a house. But it takes a special kind of product to invoke the congratulations of friends and strangers when it is really not that much bigger than a deck of cards. My birthday was about a week and a half ago. While I am not much of a fan of birthdays anymore, my wife is. Some people …

We're Here.

1 June 2005 • Filed under

At long last, The Christensen Wagon Train has pulled into Plano, Texas. It was a 7-hour drive beset by torrential rain, plenty of rain-induced traffic jams and a discomfort that can only be experience by driving a U-Haul truck 300 miles. To say that we are happy to finally be here would be an understatement. Plano is not at all the Desolate Land of Tumbleweeds I had feared it would be upon my first visit. During my second visit to Plano with Jessica, we were fortunate enough to find many beautiful and engaging places throughout the city, …

The Future Looks Bright.

14 April 2005 • Filed under

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of serious life-changing decisions, professional reflection and frequent road-tripping. I’ve had to make some tough choices and weigh a lot of variables. I’ve been tired, excited, tired again, and then more excited. So it is with a relieving sense of finality that I announce to friends, weblog readership, and extended family my decision to accept a position at Bright Corner as a Visual Web Designer / Interface Designer. I regard with tremendous gratitude my time with G2E Services. I have learned much from working with both talented …


4 April 2005 • Filed under ,

When it rains, it pours — right? That’s how the saying goes, at least. For all that’s been happening in my life over the past few weeks, there is really very little I can say right now. Ain’t that a peach? Here’s what I can tell you: I will be participating in the CSS Reboot, though I loathe the word “reboot.” Don’t get me started. I initially decided that I would not participate because a) I am thoroughly preoccupied with life’s little surprises and am having a hard …


26 January 2005 • Filed under

Are you feeling neglected, my precious webpage? There, there now; here’s some 11px Lucida Grande goodness. Do you feel loved again? Not only has life been busy lately, but I’ve been taking some time away from the internet when I’m not at work. I’ve just felt oversaturated. So what have I been up to lately? Textpattern, How I Love Thee. I know I just said “I’ve been taking some time away from the internet,” but I’m not dead. Geez. Despite the learning curve I experienced at the outset, …


17 January 2005 • Filed under

It’s a sad day at the Christensen home. Over Thanksgiving, our pet rat Butters had what we suspect was a mild stroke. For a while it looked pretty bad, but she actually came through reasonably well. Though she had lost some mobility, her appetite steadily increased and she seemed to be back in the swing of things. Sunday morning we awoke to find her wheezing, breathing heavily and refusing to eat. In addition, the symptoms that accompanied her suspected stroke returned, and she has had difficulty moving about and staying balanced. These conditions have forced Jessica and I …

Winter Wonderland.

27 December 2004 • Filed under ,

I am happy to report that another lovely Christmas was had by all at the Christensen bungalow this year, full of gifting, eating, movie- viewing and even more eating. Jessica and I surprised each other this year by exchanging gifts that we never thought the other would willingly give. For my part, I gave Jessica the Pride and Prejudice DVD boxed set. It is a film that I know she enjoys immensely. She’s been hinting at it for months, but never thought I’d get her because of my well-publicized dislike of the genre. But I …

The Monday Edition.

22 November 2004 • Filed under

Man, I had a busy weekend. Between early Christmas shopping, Thanksgiving food shopping, and social engagements, I feel like I need another two days to relax before I go back to work. Too late. I’m already here… Went to see National Treasure over the weekend. It was a toss-up between that or the Spongebob Squarepants movie. Turns out I made a good decision; National Treasure is a mostly clever, lightly historical, likeable, Indiana Jones-ish scavenger hunt. I typically find Nicholas Cage to be pretty annoying, but this role fit him well. Not a groundbreaking, mind-…

Say Hello To Good Times.

30 October 2004 • Filed under

Only 3 more days, folks. I always believed in futures. I hope for better in November. I try the same losing lucky numbers. It could be a cold night for a lifetime. Hey now… you can’t keep saying endlessly, my darling, "How long until this effects me?" Say hello to good times. Trade up for the fast ride. We close our eyes while the nickel and dime take the streets completely. The past is told by those who win. What matters is what hasn’t been. We’re wide awake and we’…

Old Dog, New Tricks.

28 July 2004 • Filed under

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I turned 32. Birthdays have lost their sizzle, to be sure. I mean, where’s the celebration in turning 32? Let me tell you about some of the great things in life that make me happy to be a thirtysomething. My Wife. There came a point in life where I simply accepted my singular existence as par for the course (naturally, this epiphany struck me while in my twentysomethings). Oh, the angst. It was only when I became a thirtysomething that my chance of a lifetime fell into my lap. Entering …

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