Archive for the 'Person' Category

God’s Database

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

A collaboration with the amazing

Autobiography Through Devices

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

My math teacher in elementary school, Bill, taught me how to do fractions, but he also taught me two other things. One turned out to be trivial: thanks to his patient tutoring after school, I learned to play “Waltzing Matilda” on my school’s upright piano, with chords and everything, and eventually played it at our […]

Overheard in Seattle

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

A little girl stands in the rain at the Fremont Solstice Parade. Girl: Happy winter solstice! Her mother: No, honey, it’s the summer solstice, but I can see how you’d make that mistake.

Overheard in Seattle

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Library patron: Excuse me. Can you tell me where the e-books are shelved?

Overheard in Seattle

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

IKEA Customer: I don’t really see myself using a mirror, except in the bathroom.

We Won

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Overheard in Seattle

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Man in front of post office: Do you know if there’s a post office around here?

Overheard in Seattle

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Guy #1: Do you know the baker’s son? Do you know the baker’s dozen? Guy #2: Do you know the muffin man? Guy #1: Dude, I do. Hey, let’s go get wasted.

Overheard in Seattle

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

She: You’re cute! He: …But I’m 5-foot-4. She: But you’re cute! He: …But I’m 5-foot-4. She: But you’re cute! He: …But I’m 5-foot-4.

Letter to Cat Power

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

I sent this letter to Cat Power on March 1, 2003, care of her record company. I never received a response. Dear Chan, My name is Nathan and I am writing to propose marriage. I admit that this is an uncommon and unexpected question, simply because we have never met. However, I suspect you will […]