Ball showing an internal molecular structure

The Interstitial Defect

Have you ever had an experience that was so profound, it was difficult to put words to it? What about when you try to explain that experience to someone – and just when you think you got the words right, the light goes out of their eyes only to be replaced with confusion?  This post […]

Attention Fatigue

Surely you’ve been there. You have a complex problem to solve.  You’ve done the work.  You’ve already tried a several solutions.  None of them have moved the needle.  You vow to think about it for a day.  One day becomes forever.  It isn’t that you didn’t care about the problem, but a bigger problem imposed […]

Complete & Hit Send

I didn’t stop writing.  Not entirely. Whenever I log into my dashboard, I am greeted by a long list of entries that I started.  Rather, I simply typed in the topic – fully expecting to return later and flesh the subject out later. Some of those reminders still hold meaning to me.  Some even have […]

Fantastic Fun Forming Foam Facades (Part 5)

Introductory Discourse, Disclosure, and Decisions At this point of the project, I had some decisions to make.  And, if I am completely honest, I’m not entirely sure I would make the same decisions again.  The first big decision was building material. Years ago, I did a project with MDF (medium density fiberboard) and really didn’t […]

Three hollow core doors cut and glued together to look like a space ship air lock

How to Build an Air Lock Door (Part 4)

The future is not very practical.  The shapes of airlock and science fiction doors are so interesting.  The bump outs here and there look awesome.  Until I built the door, I never gave it much thought.  In movies and television, no one contorts their bodies to get through the portals quicker.  Or…when they do, they […]

Just Another Door in the Wall (Part 3)

Time Clouds the Mind Since they say confession is good for the soul, I have one to share.  I am not a carpenter.  It has been a while, so I might have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.  The wall build out is really not terribly exciting.  In fact, detailed pictures of it are pretty […]

Control Panel for the Science Function Door

Insider’s Look of the Science Fiction Portal

Ed Catmull, the first CEO of Pixar, is a fascinating thinker with some incredible ideas about running a creative team.  In one presentation, he was discussing why everyone loved the movie Toy Story.  It isn’t because it’s a single great idea, he said, Toy Story is a collection of great ideas.  Everyone brought their ideas […]

Photo of a Science Fiction themed pocket door

How to Construct a Portal to Another World

Introduction My grandparents owned a beautiful Victorian home with these heavy, oak pocket doors that separated the dining room from the sitting room.  As a child, these doors were quite scary.  They were very heavy, so it took a little bit of effort to get them moving — and, once rumbling down their tracks — […]

Fun in Parenting (or Out-Maneuvering Your Kid)

“Punch buggy!”  For those of you who don’t know, punch buggy is an opportunistic form of vehicle identification violence. As you ride down the road, everyone in the car looks for Volkswagen Beetles.  The first person spotting one shouts “punch buggy” and accompanies the proclamation with a light (or not) punch to a slightly less […]

Boulders, Bowling Balls, Softballs and Marbles

Imagine each of these things. Different sizes, right? Right. This is how I think about tasks. Boulders are big tasks – they might even be entire projects. Much like a block of marble waiting to be sculpted, the boulder is unrefined…it has no appreciable form. The boulder represents a large unit of work that needs […]

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