"So many lemmings, so few cliffs."
— @aveuaskew

For Design Week, the good folks at Cooper made a life-size cardboard stand-up of me to put in the lobby. People were getting their pictures taken with my likeness, just like I’m doing here.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm
Friends with an office in San Francisco gave us this wonderful gear. It’s the main hoisting shaft from an old street elevator. Friends with an office in San Francisco gave us this wonderful gear. It’s the main hoisting shaft from an old street elevator.

Friends with an office in San Francisco gave us this wonderful gear. It’s the main hoisting shaft from an old street elevator.

The chicks in their new home for the next 6 weeks, the brooder hut. The red color comes from the heat lamp.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2.2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm
"Ideas are the most plentiful and useless stuff in the world. Ideas are to good products as sand is to computer chips."
— Alan Cooper
The baby chicks finally arrived so Tam went with me to the post office to pick them up. Twenty-five tiny little fluff balls less than one day old. The baby chicks finally arrived so Tam went with me to the post office to pick them up. Twenty-five tiny little fluff balls less than one day old.

The baby chicks finally arrived so Tam went with me to the post office to pick them up. Twenty-five tiny little fluff balls less than one day old.

Monkey checking out the model of the Tall Barn. It’s just his size.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/2.2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

And of course, there’s barbecued chicken for all of the kids and parents. That’s Dominic, father, dairyman, neighbor, at the grill.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/100th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm
"Personas are a design tool that allow a designer to wrangle users’ goals effectively."
— Alan Cooper

One of the many admirable things about the 4H is that the bigger kids teach the younger ones how to care and show for their animals. That’s the instructor on the left.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/250th
  4. Focal Length: 85mm

The Sonoma County Fair is coming up, so the local 4H is having a training and practice showing event in the San Antonio Valley. These kids are good. 

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

In the late afternoon, from the top of Lizard Head Rock, the slanting light paints Dynamite Valley with a lovely palette.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm
"I like to think of it as “Independence Day,” rather than as the “Fourth of July.” Has a bit more meaning than just a mid-summer’s date."
— Alan Cooper

The roof framework of the Tall Barn model takes shape.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/3.2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

By 26 May the hills of Marin and Sonoma are brown and dry. It’s gonna be tough later in the year.

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S110
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm