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10 April 2007

It must be spring again

Who says San Francisco doesn't have seasons? It feels like spring to me.

Grandpa Greg got in a jab at me today, saying I update my blog “on an annual basis.” I’d pretend to be offended if he weren’t so… well… accurate. June to March isn’t quite a year, but it’s pretty damn close.

So anybody who was still subscribed to my posts feed after all that time could be forgiven for assuming that my last post was just a glitch, or a smelly old post from years ago that accidentally popped back up as new when I corrected a typo. But it’s real, and I’m still alive.

I’m not going to lie to anybody (including myself) and make any promises about how I’m going to write more this year. Especially now that Entourage is starting up again. But there are a couple things that I’m excited enough about lately to actually write things down.

One is that my first real live grown-up article was published today at A List Apart. I’ve been working on it (and all the experiments that led up to actually deciding to write about it) for almost as long as it takes me to crank out a post around here. It’s been fun and it’s very rewarding to see it finally published. Everybody I’ve worked with from ALA/Happy Cog has been beyond great, but I have to say by far the best part about getting an article published there is the Kevin Cornell illustration that comes with it. I secretly wish I could get a little framed print of it to hang up next to my desk.

The other thing that I’m excited about is my beautiful wife. In particular her new(ish) job as Senior Designer for JPG Magazine. I’m sure most of you geeky enough to be reading what I have to say already know about JPG, but if not, you should check it out. Simon described it as “the ultimate trendy geek-photo magazine,” which is true, but it’s even cooler and less geeky than that makes it sound. Laura started contracting with them in February, and now she’s doing amazing work with them full-time. She’s having a great time so far and I couldn’t be happier for her to be working on such a cool project with a great bunch of guys (no I really mean guys—she’s the token girl at a Bay Area startup).

It’s funny how just a couple of unrelated events can change your whole mindset about things and start the ball rolling. I’ve met and reconnected with so many smart and cool people lately, out here in the Bay Area, down in Austin, random places online. It’s got my brain in motion (even if I’m still sitting on my ass). I’ve got some fun new things in the works and plenty of scratchy notes in my Moleskine and half-baked posts and articles floating around on my hard drive. So hopefully you’ll hear from me again sometime before this time next year.

Who says San Francisco doesn’t have seasons? It feels like spring to me.


  1. 10 April 2007

    Adrian Holovaty

    Nice job on the ALA article. You should write that kind of stuff more often. (Which, I guess, was one of your points in this blog entry.)

  2. 11 April 2007

    Dan Mall

    Grandpa Greg! ZING!

  3. 12 April 2007


    Loved the article on ALA — very well-written.

    Get writing!

  4. 14 April 2007

    Allan White

    Ah, the baseline - something I left behind with most of my print work. I’ve quit daring to hope for better web typography any more.

    It looks like quite a lot of work (unless starting from scratch). I’m not sure I’m ready to give up on em as a unit of measurement (nor deal with the additional required effort).

    I applaud you for advancing web typography further. Someday, we’ll have more control again…

    As for the the posting frequency: many of my friends are slowing down; new blog trends are showing fewer blogs starting. Do you think blogging is just petering out? Tired/Wired/Expired?

  5. 15 April 2007


    Blogging is tired. Writing (and finding a way to share something, anything) isn’t. If it ever is, that really sucks.

    I’m glad spring is happening there, in more than one way. With flakes in the air once again today, I have to say it’s just a feeling here.

  6. 23 April 2007


    I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It’s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else’s point of view… makes you think more. Keep up the good work. Greetings

  7. 11 November 2007


    Very well written, read the ALA Article 5 Minutes before, it was great, thank you for that.

  8. 21 January 2008


    Love you way of writing articles. They are easy to read and understand. Thanks for such a great article and sharing the information!

  9. 22 January 2008

    James Burt

    Grandpa Greg is right! You need to post more of your interesting article. I love ‘em