Software Alchemist & Monkey Rancher

Jul 18

“So many lemmings, so few cliffs.” — @aveuaskew

Jul 15

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.

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.

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Jul 14

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

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

“Ideas are the most plentiful and useless stuff in the world. Ideas are to good products as sand is to computer chips.” — Alan Cooper

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

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

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

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

“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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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

“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.

The roof framework of the Tall Barn model takes shape.

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

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