There are so many advice columns out there on self care. I’m sure you’ve seen them. But you’ve probably noticed that most of them are directed to people who are… not you. They never seem to focus on the nerds and geeks out there who’d rather swing a sword around than move the D&D table to make room for a yoga mat. Or who don’t want to “sit and relax” because 80% of your day is already sitting in front of lines of code. Chances are, some of those self-care tips make you feel more alienated than supported — because gods know you don’t look likeRead More →

I recently wrote about my geeky obsession with tiny houses…. Before I got any further in this journey, I wanted to make sure I was comfortable in those kind of spaces, so last week, I booked a couple of days in two separate tiny houses. The first is the Savannah tiny home of Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. This was definitely a vacation rental – there were a lot of things about this model that, in my opinion, would not work well for long-term living. The second was the Tiny Tack House, located in Everett, Washington. This was the owners’ full-time residence for four yearsRead More →

running

I have a collection of nerdy hobbies: Trek, D&D, comics, Shadowrun, sci-fi books, Doctor Who… and I could go on.  I rotate between a few at a time; sometimes I let a few sit on the back burner while I go full bore into another one.  You should have seen me with Magic: The Gathering back in middle school.  Oh man, that was my World of Warcraft back in the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothin’ days.  You know, before cable internet and iPhones. I’m approaching 5 years into my latest obsession: roller derby. (Click the link and watch the dude in the yellowRead More →

Skyline tiny house at Caravan The Tiny House Hotel

I think I was obsessed with small spaces before I ever saw or learned about tiny homes. It all started with a small fixation with drawing architecture in early college. I drew a lot back then and drawing buildings and living spaces fascinated me. I started to check out heaps of books from the library – during that time, I came across plenty of books featuring minimalist design. Minimalism lead me to books about micro houses, most of them built in Japan where space can be scarce and building outwards is often not an option. The people who built these houses didn’t let the lackRead More →