From February 6–19th we visited Japan, traveling through Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Here are some of our highlights!

Phil Coffman on bringing back his personal blog:

Nostalgia rains heavy on me. I’ve been doing this internet thing for awhile now to where reflecting back on early years of my web career (internet years which are like dog years) feels like another lifetime. I, like many others, found a lot of my online community through blogging. I used Google Reader daily. It was a thrill seeing new RSS links show up. I loved sharing inspiration and thoughts from my perspective. I still do, but along the way I lost my unique and personally crafted vessel. I gave it up for the allure of Twitter and other social networks.

I feel this quite viscerally. I’ve withdrawn from most social networks in the past couple of years—quite accidentally.

While I fear I’m missing out, the emphasis on algorithmic timelines—specifically designed to grab and keep our attention—feels like it has come at the cost of a surge in anxiety and stress.

On the up-side, I’ve been taking some steps to reboot this blog, so that I can express myself here more frequently.

There’s no dopamine rush from the engagement metrics provided by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, but that’s kind of nice—I’m writing for myself.

I hope you find value in what I have to say, but I’m not chasing an algorithm.


Last month, I traveled to Japan again.

I often put together an itinerary before traveling, in order to:

  1. Bring siloed information together
  2. Present information in a useful format

I’ve toyed with the idea of tackling a travel itinerary, with plenty...

Over the years, I’ve tried different approaches to journaling. It’s been difficult to make the habit stick.

For every nice feature dedicated apps provide, complexity is introduced, and with that, hurdles to jump through, when I just want to quickly...

America trip photoessays

There’s a bit of a five year theme going on with me right now, isn’t there?

Five years ago today1, some good friends of mine and I traveled around America, traveling from San Francisco to New York over the course of 3½ weeks. It was an unforgettable...

On the past five years

My perception of the flow of time is peculiar. It stretches, and contracts. It crawls one moment, and leaps the next. This is by no means a profound observation, but I can’t help but feel a very visceral sensation, as I reflect on the passage of time...

Setting Up A New Mac

13” Macbook Pro with Touch Bar
They never stay dust–free for long…

Despite living in the Mac ecosystem for some time now, I haven’t started afresh with macOS in some time.

Unlike with Windows—which I’d frequently nuke to get that minty fresh feeling—the only time I really...

Mixin Photoessay

Today I finally got around to shipping photoessays, a section where I hope to produce longer-form content with a focus on photography.

It’s something I’ve thought about and worked on and off on a number of times, and what better way to finally ship...

Wrangling OGP Tags

Rangling OGP Tags
We need to go deeper…

Recently I’ve found myself tackling rich link unfurling on websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Slack.

It’s a small thing, but it’s just an extra layer of polish that—along with gratuitous emoji usage—can make you and...

Being Open

at Mixin 2016

After the culmination of eighteen months of hard work, the inaugural Mixin Conference was held last week. A week later, I’m still reeling from the whirlwind experience.

I feel so incredibly lucky for all the amazing people I’ve met and worked...