📸Looking mighty fire-y Durham. 🍁🍂🍁 🔥 🍁🍂🍁

If your (or, in my case, email isn’t sending...

…and is stuck in outbox purgatory, you are not alone.

I reached out to Apple support this evening and they confirmed there is a current outage for “some users” and that engineers are on it.

So if you are getting the same error (eventually, it can take a while), rest assured, the right people are looking into it.


Because man, do I hate to crack open my secondary Gmail account.

TFW people complain about skim milk not making it into their pumpkin spice latte...

…while a single, seemingly innocuous cut on my finger tip, reduces my daily productivity by 40%… ish. 😅😬😐

Time to take the garbage out! Get on out y’all! #VOTE

I got one of those Flint and Tinder 10 Year Hoodies forever ago..

I knew they’d been bought out and didn’t even have the color that I originally purchased my hoodie in BUT… the company that owns them now (Huckberry) still honors the 10 year warranty for repairs and mends that aren’t super egregious.

So, as an experiment out of genuine need, I sent my 5 year old forest green TYH in for some repairs, knowing (and expressing complete and utter disinterest) that some of the repairs/replacements would not match the colors of my original hoodie.

Weeks later, what came back is kinda glorious! The repairs are top notch and the blown out cuff and waste band elastic replacements are pretty much what I expected. I’ve worn this hoodie to a ridiculous degree and I love that, somehow, after the KickStarter and everything, they found a company to honor the original warranty.

All I paid was shipping!

🎵🎶 Been digging the hell out of the latest full length “16/17” from Ryan Playground...

If you like quirky, densely layered electronic pop music, I bet you’ll dig this. It’s been on repeat for me ever since it dropped. Very ear wormy -…

📸Let Autumn begin! First fire of the season. 😌🍁🍂

📸The weather finally turned here in Durham.🍁❤️🍂


📸The amount of lot scraping that’s been going on in the neighborhoods I walk through has been really depressing.

📸 Back porch autumnal vibes. 🍂🍁

New to the iPhone X here. 📱

Got the Xs this last Friday and there are a couple of things that surprised me.

  • One is the speed. Coming from a piano-black 7 Plus, a phone I didn’t find particularly slow, it is almost jarring how much faster the Xs is. This new phone screams!
  • The other surprise was, finally, getting to spend some significant time with the X’s new UI/UX. I am always quick to adapt to new design paradigms but I confess, transitioning to the home buttonless existence of the “X” era has been a wee bit sticky. I’ve sometimes found myself pausing thinking “what do I do _now_”. All will be fine of course, but it was interesting to notice.
  • Face ID so far is flawless. It’s amazing how well it works in any situation I’ve encountered.
  • I’m officially saying goodbye to the large screen sizes of the Plus (and now Max) models. Having a much smaller phone - without sacrificing much, if any, screen real estate - in my hand/pocket is just a better fit for me. I don’t miss the larger phone size one bit.
  • Speaking of the screen. Man are these OLED screens worthy of the hype being shoveled on top of them! Just gorgeous!
  • The sound coming out of the Xs’ speakers is a drastic improvement (to my ears anyways). Hearing distinct stereo separation was a surprise as well.

When you invest this much in a device you use everyday, it’s been great to have it genuinely surprise me (again). 😊

📸20 years... Today.

Today I’ve been married to @allthatmel for 2 decades (in December we’ll have been together in a relationship for 26).

I could wax poetic and dive into a deliriously complex and wonderful sea of nostalgia, but what I think I’ll do instead is focus on now.

Years of trust, communication, challenging each other, always unconditionally having each other’s back, laughter, occasional anger/frustration, all of the things… all of it has always brought us back to today. The present.

Now. And that “now” is, and has always been, built on top of love.

We’ve both changed so damn much since we met that one summer in the early 90’s. I knew I loved you then. I know we’ll love each other beyond all of this, as long as we continue to hold space for each other and whatever we endeavor to be.

Happy Anniversary sweetheart! I love you so. Thanks for loving the current and past “me’s” for this long. I can’t wait to see what we become walking all those miles towards the horizon.

📸Beautiful streetart on the steps out of where we are are staying in Otavalo, Ecuador.

Such a wonderful find! Can’t imagine the time all of this took! 👏🏼 Melinda and I savored every. Single. Step.

📸First night in Otavalo is going quite all right.

It can get down in the low 40’s here but, this legit fireplace in our room chases all that coolness away with a hefty dose of cozy. 🔥🧑🏼🔥 So, so grateful for this human and everything she is.❤️ We’ve been on adventures for 26 years now and it just gets better every time. #TyMveinteaños #soreadyforfall

If I had a dime for how many times I thought “I’d use the hell out of Home app if I had it on the Mac!”...

I tell ya! I’ve had it since downloading the first public beta of Mojave and you know what? I was dead wrong. I think, at best, I’ve used it less than 10 times.

Not even sure what Apple could do to change that situation either. Don’t get me wrong, I am stoked for the possibilities inherent with Marzipan. I have to admit that the Home app implementation is a dud though and has given me pause.

You know what did get implemented nicely though? News. I look at that several times a day. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

So I guess we’ll have to see. It’s fascinating to observe within myself though.

📸 The cyclic nature of our gifts...

Not gonna lie. It was a hard day today. But rather than focus on the amazingly slow grist mill that is my chosen way of paying the bills, I’d rather focus on some constants.

Picture one: Weather. It is as constant as it is unpredictable. It cleanses as much as it causes unbridled chaos. I adore its temperament (as it mirrors mine) but today? It was kind to me. I made my way home literally just before it dumped every where in Durham. No doubt: I’d have welcomed the soaking. It is late summer in NC after all. But still, the perfect timing was noticeable.

Picture two: My partner’s affinity for discarded feathers, their significance, and what they represent… while I don’t feel her inherant reverence, I do witness them. This one showed up in my path on the way home. It may not be apparent in the photo, but the color pattern was pretty unique. It comforted me.

Picture three: While I am pretty damn sure she might hate this photo… I love it: this is how see her. It doesn’t contain the smile you all hold dear (including me), but it is very real, and does include the element of play that has sustained us for so, so long. I see this photo and I see inherent trust. I see a person who witnesses my inner playfulness (“WTF are you up to Tad?”), embraces it and, for better or worse, trusts me. So yeah, today wasn’t that great. But knowing tomorrow doesn’t give a shit about today? That helps a ton. ❤️

📸 Throw Back Saturday

Before the tower, before the iconic Matthew Curran fish mural, before the explosion, Mel and I were lucky enough to live on this block and experience Durham in this state. For better or worse, we witness these transitions and have to own where we fit amongst it all. I love that I was here to witness this moment - the calm before the storm. In many, many ways, I miss it.

📸 Beautiful Evening Tonight!

Music playing (always). Chill neighbors on one side. No neighbors on the other (house has been for sale for over a month). Cool enough in late August for a hoodie. Complaints always come, but they are really hard to receive on nights like these.

📸 Mentioning that I can’t wait until autumn... might *just* be the understatement of the year...

📸 Postcards from my ride from the JMT to Lone Pine, California.

📸 Ah JMT... I have never been so physically humbled by a landscape while being so constantly in awe.

Thanks for the lessons, the insights into my limits (both physical and mental), and for putting me with the two best god damn friends I could ever hope to be with during all of it (that’d be “Pain Cave” and “Ziplock” 👬). It wasn’t what we planned but, neither was Denali. ❤️🤠

Question: how do you fit 10 days of 3 squares and toiletries into a 🐻 vault? Answer: Bear’ey... ahem... VERY carefully. 🤗

For real though… I am SO fecking glad that game of Tetris is done. #mountwhitney #dadjokesfromkidlessdudes #iamsosorry

If you can get past #allthathandsomeness you might notice that the incomparable @justincookphoto has lately been deep-diving into his archives and sharing some of his past work on his Insta.

I’ll always snark but… seriously, it’s incredible work and you are genuinely missing out if you don’t make the time to take it in. #PianoPatForever (📸 by yours truly) #soblessed #southdakota #content

🔗 The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

📸 Thanks to some wonderful people/family in my life, this is my office for the next few days...