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Day 1: Insulating a Van for Summer & Winter Living

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The first thing I did to my new Ford Transit van was rip out all of the factory-installed cargo gear to make room for insulation. This is part of a series of posts about building a tiny home inside a cargo van (#vanlife). Insulation Needs I wanted to be able to park my van to the base of a ski mountain, like Tahoe, so that I could get first runs in the morning. In order to not freeze my butt off...

How to Speak Human (as told by a puppy)

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Humans are quite easy to train, if you have the time. It takes a lifetime, unfortunately; for humans never really learn anything. Oh they do wondrous enough things, to be sure. They’re quite adept of the conjuring of food, and other such magic. Their word for magic is “technology.” Of course, the Pupish word for technology is “boring.” It’s not a direct translation but it will suffice. Synonyms...

The Plan to Build a Van

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About a year ago, a friend first told me that he was buying a “sprinter van” to live in. Knowing the friend, I laughed and shook my head at the prospect — something I’d later learned is called #VanLife. Come to find out, there’s a whole community out there of people who convert vans into tiny homes. Skip Ahead… Day 1: Insulating a Van for Summer and Winter Living Why...

Bright

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Bright was brilliant on multiple levels. Re-imagining a now-classic fantasy mythology in a modern setting, extending and building upon the original idea… it’s as if Tolkien’s world never ended, and is layered behind a modern present as some distant past. I especially appreciated touches like the vaguely Nordic accent of the elves, providing some coherence to the extrapolation of the...

The First Week with a (Mini American Shepherd) Puppy

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It took me a long time to decide that I wanted a puppy. I’ve generally traveled a lot and not felt that I’d have the time. After nearly 6 years living in San Francisco, though, it seems that I’ve become relatively stable. What’s more, the travel I have planned for the future is domestic and much more focused around camping and nature. Like many computer programmers, I find...

The First Time at Burning Man

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Some subjects are indescribable… which is precisely why so much ink has been spilt upon them. I’ve been putting off this post for months, not because I had nothing to say, but because I had no idea how to say it. Still, I’ve been asked so many times with (apparent) genuine interest about my experience at Burning Man that I need to write down my thoughts… if only to...

That Time I thought I had been Kidnapped in China

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Just over ten years ago, on the eve of my 20th birthday, I arrived in Beijing without a return ticket back to the United States. All I knew, vaguely, was that I wanted to go somewhere far away and do something personally challenging for a year or so. So I applied for a leave of absence from college and embarked upon what would become one of the biggest adventures of my life. I wasn’t...

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