The things I’m working towards. I believe in the reciprocal relationship of goals and design — that it’s not possible to reach a goal without designing a way towards it, or to design without first setting a goal.

Projects Summer of Joe 2019

Projects  big

  • cheeseslope.com (small LEGO builds)
  • ‘How to Learn about Yourself’ class/website
  • interview series with CWA kids

Projects  medium

  • solo Vancouver trip #3
  • interactive pixel wall art thing
  • Digital Anxiety + Digital Person essay #digitalanxiety
  • something with Learning Through Design #LtD
  • design a Pebble watchface
  • make a PICO-8 game
  • Square + Circle project site
  • Be in good enough shape to feel comfortable going swimming again (for the first time in 20 years).
  • build LEGO Batmobiles by Jerry Build Bricks

Projects  small

  • learn to speak with a believable Australian accent
  • learn to wolf whistle
  • Why this site? write-up


Life goals

  • find a job that matters, that I can do well, and that I enjoy (the criteria of A Good Day) 2017.10.30
  • be a full-time teacher 2018.08.29
  • move out of Omaha 2014.09.01
  • live in a dense metropolis 2014.09.07
  • work for yourself 2012.05.25
  • retire from graphic design, for good 2018.03.18
  • travel to Japan
  • travel to Germany 2009.06.17
  • live in Europe for at least six months
  • go to Disney World again (as an adult)
  • travel to Vegas
  • go to the LEGO House
  • watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
  • learn to play the drums well
  • learn to ski
  • go to LEGO Land 2009.06.29
  • go to Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • visit a ghost town 2014.08.03
  • go to A Christmas Story House
  • attend a studio sitcom taping
  • watch an on-location movie/TV show taping 2010.07.14
  • drink alone in a bar 2014.03.30
  • take a long-distance train trip (Amtrak Rail Pass)
  • deliver a Great™ speech
  • own a really nice suit
  • fly first class
  • eat at an absurdly expensive restaurant
  • stay in the penthouse suite at a nice hotel and order room service
  • live in a tiny houseboat
  • live in a nice apartment 2018.12.03
  • live in a place with a doorman
  • attend an NBA game 2014.12.15
  • sit in the front row, half-court of an NBA game
  • watch the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in person
  • live in a city with an NBA team and have season tickets
  • compete in a beatbox competition
  • be recognized with a teaching award of some kind
  • be invited to the LEGO Idea Conference
  • attend Comic-Con
  • catch up on Instapaper queue
  • have a movie theater room
  • own a Galaga arcade machine
  • own a NBA Jam: TE arcade machine
  • own a Macintosh Classic (ideally a SE/30)
  • own an animated neon sign

Life goals I’m undecided about

  • be a dad
  • work for LEGO / LEGO Education
  • skydive
  • get a tattoo

Life goals I changed my mind about

  • find a lady
  • be happy
  • register a trademark
  • file a patent
  • write a book about design (Solve Problems™)
  • become a millionaire
  • learn to play the piano (well)

Updated July 3, 2019.