1-minute Photo Improvement

Lately I’ve had a few projects that were dependent on photos that other people sent me. It has become pretty typical when I request photos that people send stuff that is, well, not so great.  You don’t have to be a pro or have a fancy camera to take a photo that can be used in print or… Read More »

Tips for the Solo Traveler

I travel 7-9 times per year, with 3-4 of those trips being international, and with 5 of those trips being for business. I’m not saying I am the wise-woman of travel, but I have learned a thing or two about traveling solo, and I’ll try to share some of that here.

Munich, Germany – December 2018

Travel days: Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2 I started my trip by flying from Portland to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The fellow sitting next to me on the plane perked up when I pulled out my iPad and Pencil shortly after takeoff from PDX and we talked geek stuff for quite a while. He commented on how I have no… Read More »

Olching, Germany – December 2018

After spending a week in Munich for meetings, I was looking forward to some extra time to do some serious exploration of the city, focus on photography, and maybe do some shopping. In preparation for this trip, I had spent several hours online doing my research into Munich neighborhoods and I booked a hotel on the other side… Read More »

On Thanksgiving

A nice quote from the NYT Magazine: “To me it has always been clear that a dinner party is about what is said, not what is eaten. There would always be wine and salad and bread and stew; chocolate and fruit and nuts and sparkling cold duck. But those were just the props — the conduits for funny… Read More »

Arkansas and Oklahoma, November 2018

My annual journey to a U.S. city for the Supercomputing Conference took me to Dallas. This year I decided to leave the show early, rent a car, and drive up to Arkansas. This trip was partly an excuse to see more of my country, but mostly, I was taking this time to meet up with one of my… Read More »

Dallas, Texas — November 2018

One of the things my business does is arrange for my clients to exhibit at trade shows. I used to do more of this, but these days the only show I do is the Supercomputing Conference. This is the largest show for the supercomputing industry, drawing visitors from all over the world, yet it is held in the… Read More »

Aspartame

Aspartame has been tested until the cows come home and it has been consistently concluded that, unless you have phenylketonuria, it is not bad for you. If your guru, health coach, Aunt Mary, or well-meaning friend says it is bad for you and admonishes you for using it, ask them to cite their sources.   Here are my… Read More »

Chengdu, China – September 2018

In mid-August 2018, I started a new gig as a technical editor with a new client. One of the chief prerequisites of the job was that I be comfortable with frequent international travel. Upon accepting the gig, the first thing I needed to do was submit an expedited application for a 10-year travel visa for China, as I… Read More »

Why I Facebook

I have some friends and family who don’t use Facebook, including a few who tend to look down their noses at those who do. This has led me into conversations in which I end up defending it. Now, I’m not talking about Facebook as a source for news: therein lies danger. If you learn about something on Facebook,… Read More »

Yes, I am a Font Snob

I’m picky about fonts. My livelihood is all about the written word, so I get pretty focused on the use and presentation of the words and language I see around me. I’ve been recoiling in horror at the horrible use and misuse of fonts since the early days of the newest desktop publishing programs, when the ability to… Read More »

Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way to see a… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are in alphabetic order… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world. This Wikipedia article… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Late in the Fall of 2017 I went to a Portland performance of his Dracula, performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself… Read More »