I regularly commute by unicycle. For the 2012 Business Commute Challenge, I wanted to find an "alternative" method of commuting, in spirit with the competition. But what's a good alternative to a unicycle? Maybe riding a llama or something? Since I had no llama, Star Holmberg lent me a small, toy llama. The llama and I rode over 20 miles on a unicycle (llamacycle? unillama?) that week. That's got to be a record or something.

(Photo credit: Cheri Smith.)

CSE Poetry

Here is a villanelle I wrote for architecture class. I had to write it in order to get a one-week extension on the final project. Writing it was quite enjoyable... alas, there is no quals course in poetry!

Fortunately, one of the questions on the architecture final asked me to answer a question of my own creation. I received full credit on it, too.

The following quarter inspired this creation. I was taking advanced complexity at the time.


Sometimes, I write and perform silly songs:

Other Interests

My wife, Mary Lowd, is a science fiction writer. Her first novel, Otters in Space, is now available at Smashwords (ebook version) and Amazon.com (dead tree version). She has also published several short stories, some of which are available as free ebooks.

You may also be interested in Spacehounds!, a free webcomic about dogs in space. Finally, her web page includes some excellent pictures of our daughter and our pets.

I used to sing with the Seattle Men's Chorus.

I don't plan on ever getting a tattoo, but if I did, it would have to be something really cool. Like a praying mantis. Playing a guitar. Eating a butterfly.

A praying mantis. Playing a
guitar. Eating a butterfly.