Electric cars in 2017 are selling at a snail’s pace – in the tens of thousands per year. At this
Got a puppy this week, after many years of wanting a dog. And he’s awesome.
Just went to a very cool afternoon of presentations at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation on the Berkeley campus.
It took me a while after the election to come up with anything to say. The outcome didn’t surprise me,
Want a model railroad layout inside your house that takes up almost no space and is barely visible? Got a
While researching poster art for my virtual poster display, I’ve stumbled upon some great online collections. They’re hard to find, because
I went to my first official ‘house concert’ today – what’s up with these? I’d been hearing about them for
The late 1960s and early ’70s were a period of intense innovation in poster design, from psychedelic music posters to
When the sun rose on BART in 1972, it was a joyous, miraculous thing – the future had arrived. At
I visited the Berkeley Public Library the other day looking for planning drawings, to see what kind of ideas or
Newspapers (the printed kind) may be on the ropes, but they want you to know that they’re not dead yet.
Among all the random stuff I’ve collected over the years, this 1881 Boston phone book is one of the standouts.
If you want to start a trend that goes from obscure to ubiquitous seemingly overnight, open it up wide. Case
It’s no King Tut’s tomb, but the History Room at the Berkeley Public Library is worth a look. Due to
Bill Gates once spent millions of dollars to build virtual art displays into his new house. Well, now the cost
Over the past few years I’ve been noticing public art more. It’s gotten way more interesting – we’re finally past
Since moving to Berkeley, where I have more space, I’d been thinking I really needed a trophy wall of some
U.C. Berkeley apparently has great visiting speakers. This past week I saw three provocative book authors on the Berkeley campus…
Bought this badass stool today… I’m assuming it’s Korean War era, since it’s marked “Selective Service System,” and looks to
Just did a quick loop through the Berkeley Campus to buy some books at Moe’s and came across two things I hadn’t
This weekend I saw two breathtaking, ambitious, large scale projects that captivated me: The new Sawyer Library at Williams College, and
Saw these Love posters by Yves St. Laurent up for auction in a gallery in Hudson, NY, and thought they
Update: Three years after writing this post, with the climate crisis deepening, I’ve changed my view and think anything people
While looking around a local architectural salvage yard in search of something to use as a hanging pot rack, I ran
On the world stage, empires are becoming operating systems. That’s why voting to leave the EU, in favor of some
A quick interaction tonight convinced me that either Andronicos market doesn’t really care about the environment, they don’t give their
I’ve been on a strange book-buying binge over the past few weeks. The paper kind. Almost 100 books and counting.
In the 1860s, Joseph Dixon invented a cost-effective way to mass produce graphite pencils, which previously had been costly and
[The following is an email I sent out to my team a few days after Pete Seeger’s death on January
I woke up this weekend to the news The Times had finally sold off The Boston Globe to a local
Let’s face it – you need a break from the firehose of decisions, meetings and stress that comes with being
Tuesday night I attended an energy geek fest, and was shocked. The email had made the event sound like a snoozer:
In December 2011 I got an email that a designer here in SF was selling a large wood type collection,
I bought this complete bank of fifty one 1880s nickel-plated post office lockboxes in the Sierras from a woman who’d owned
Originally published on Collectorsweekly.com. Recently I read an interesting obit in the New York Times about a guy who spent
Originally published on Collectorsweekly.com. In this interview, Michael Bruner talks about collecting vintage 20th Century porcelain advertising signs. I liked
Originally published on Collectorsweekly.com. In this interview, George Gruhn talks about collecting vintage electric and acoustic guitars. DM: How did
Below is the most controversial column I wrote for InfoWorld magazine in 2007 – plus two follow on columns –
This amazing old swivel chair has the original cast iron hardware and is fully adjustable (seat, backrest and back post).
From 2002 to 2007 I moderated dozens of roundtable discussions with corporate CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and other executives on
In 2005 I bought and had a brief infatuation with a type of antique railroad signal called a ‘wig-wag’. With some
This spectacular 190-page catalog has to be seen to be believed (download the 32MB pdf). If you’re into printing, graphic
I got this six foot long standing desk in July 2005. Taking a break from a Microsoft conference in Minneapolis, I
This article was originally published in the New York Times in 2004, as part of a series I did for their
This article was originally published in the New York Times in 2003, as part of a series I did for their ‘Circuits’
This article was originally published in the New York Times in 2002, as part of a series I did for their ‘Circuits’
This article was originally published in the New York Times in 2001, as part of a series I did for their