Life in Wanderlust


On Moves
July 8, 2013, 2:29 am
Filed under: Thoughts

“A life has to move or it stagnates. Even this life, I think. Every tomorrow ought not to resemble every yesterday.”

— Beryl Markham



On Intentions
February 21, 2013, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Thoughts

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



On the Invisible House
February 16, 2013, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Inspiration

On the Invisible House



On blue
November 25, 2012, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Thoughts

On pastels

laugh in delight
and discomfort
fill that lung
with ashy clouds
laced with diamonds
that glitter like razors



On chairs
November 17, 2012, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Thoughts

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This is a chair/furniture project for my Body Conscious Design course. The ballistic nylon, nails, and white birch plywood hinge connections aren’t working too great, so I’m planning on liberating the modules and making some end tables with them. Here’s a description of the project:

Stop, Block, and Fold is a piece of furniture designed around the idea of movement and the need for multiple seating and resting positions. The piece can be adjusted to four different heights and widths. This engages the vertical, horizontal, and sagital planes of movement.

This prototype is made of four modules, each measuring 16”x16”x5”. These dimensions were selected to accomodate my personal height; when the four blocks are arranged side by side, the maximum dimension is 64”.

The fabric hinge mechanism was designed with the ancient Chinese toy, popularly known as the Jacob’s Ladder in mind. The hinge allows for the blocks to move 360 degrees. However, the placement of one block has a direct effect on the range of motion for the others. Further prototypes could benefit by directly referencing the Jacob’s Ladder mechanism, allowing all of the pieces to move in a more independent manner.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”

― Martha Graham

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On growth and imagination
November 10, 2012, 4:38 am
Filed under: Thoughts

“I believe that a desirable future depends on our deliberately choosing a life of action over a life of consumption, on our engendering a lifestyle which will enable us to be spontaneous, independent, yet related to each other, rather than maintaining a lifestyle which only allows to make and unmake, produce and consume.”

― Ivan Illich

Was browsing some old files and came across this quote. I skimmed through some internet resources about Illich and he makes a good point about how schools create an intellectual hierarchy and force people to gauge and judge imagination and personal growth. Qualities that I currently don’t think can or should be compared. He introduces provoking prompts, will have to read more of his work.



On motivation
November 10, 2012, 3:50 am
Filed under: Thoughts

I’ve been in Berkeley for a few months and haven’t written anything. Somehow being back in school has caused my mind and writing abilities to disappear into the fog that hovers in the horizon here most days. It’s probably the perpetual stress and the paralysis that it has been inducing this semester. I’m going to try my best to salvage this first semester but also feel at peace with the idea that it has been an adjustment period; my ugling duckling stage.

There seems to be two levels of existence. Pure survival and then luxury. I don’t want to oversimplify since there are many more contributors to quality of life. However at the root, there are those struggling to find food and shelter and without infrastructure to support them. Then there are those of us who complain about being in graduate school. Of course higher education is difficult and takes extreme discipline, but why do we do it? I guess it’s hope. Hope that what we are doing matters. What we will do, will be the best possible because we’ve put so much of our time, energy, and heart into learning how to create change.

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”
— Aristotle




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