Archive for May, 2008


Know your audience

One thing I’ve discovered in the past few weeks: some people actually read this stuff. Three of my friends/colleagues (that’s a strict ‘/’ there) have asked me about the chipper guy in the store, so I know that people are watching these pages.

‘What will he write next?’ ‘How will Miguel charm and amaze us?’ and ‘What other advice can he give us to enhance our lives?’ are just three of the questions they never ask. No, the people who peruse these pages are not the design cognoscenti I was hoping for. It seems I attract punctuation fiends, nitpickers and moralists, which is why I’ve turned the comments field on this site *off*. If you want to express your opinions, get your own blog.

If I wanted to pander to the public, I’d post pictures of kittens and videos of people having hilarious accidents. This site is for expressing intelligent insights about life, art, and the ineffable attraction of shiny objects. If you don’t like it, get out.


Is anyone still there…?

Okay, okay, you win.



Unnaturally happy

Do you ever get those days when you just wake up happy for no reason? The birds are singing, the sun is shining, work seems manageable, the weekend isn’t too far away, you feel healthy and optimistic and well rested, and anything seems possible in this, the best of all possible worlds.

You don’t? Me neither.

There’s a guy who works down at the store who just seems cheerful all the time. Downright *chipper*. And it’s not like he’s self-medicating or anything – he’s just one of those high-on-life positive thinkers. And this isn’t a guy with too much to feel chipper about, believe me, sitting at the checkout from morning till midnight…

Irrational happiness. It really puts a damper on my day.