Miami holiday vacation 2015

Every year Ed and I travel south to Miami, where he was born and spent most of his childhood. For the past few years our trips have always felt like a get-away vacation, but this year, it truly felt like "going home".  Like every year, we spent most of our time hugging family and friends, opening presents, drinking champagne, playing with sand at the beach, and sailed aboard ISIS (unfortunate naming, but the boat was named decades ago). 

In the spirit of the holidays, we decided to get hitched in his parents' backyard (we are not the big wedding type) and threw together a quick ceremony/party. Who knew his parents were so good at planning low-budget, last minute weddings? This may require another post. 


Frank Gehry's EMP Museum

A quick detour to visit the EMP museum in Seattle designed by Frank Gehry. Pretty crazy stuff as usual. 

 

The front was a bronze color that was a fingerprint magnet

The front was a bronze color that was a fingerprint magnet

The back was this awesome Hot pink oil-spill finish. Way more exciting than the front of the building.

The back was this awesome Hot pink oil-spill finish. Way more exciting than the front of the building.

COIN unboxing

Like many others, I finally remembered that I had ordered a Coin card once upon a time...and it has finally arrived.
The entire set up process was actually quite simple and took no longer than 8 minutes to add and sync two cards. Here it is: 

Need to download latest version of Coin app to set up your card and account. 

Need to download latest version of Coin app to set up your card and account. 

I was concerned that I would not remember which card is which, but it's nice that the app allows you to take a pic of your actual card or just change the color to match. 

I was concerned that I would not remember which card is which, but it's nice that the app allows you to take a pic of your actual card or just change the color to match. 

This is where I found a small hiccup. Nowhere in the instructions does it explain how to sync your actual coin card. I kept swiping the coin like I did with my credit cards, but nothing. It turns out you have to go into the sync setting, then press sync again in order to pair with the card via Bluetooth. 

This is where I found a small hiccup. Nowhere in the instructions does it explain how to sync your actual coin card. I kept swiping the coin like I did with my credit cards, but nothing. It turns out you have to go into the sync setting, then press sync again in order to pair with the card via Bluetooth. 

There are no instructions on how to lock the card so that a waiter (for example) cannot accidentally press the button and toggle to a different card. 

There are no instructions on how to lock the card so that a waiter (for example) cannot accidentally press the button and toggle to a different card. 

I'm the type that would definitely lose the card reader, but at least they provided a lanyard loop?

I'm the type that would definitely lose the card reader, but at least they provided a lanyard loop?

Overall the process was fairly easy, but hopefully secure from hackers. I'm going to put my faith in this product for a week and try to shrink down my wallet, let's see how it goes. 

MUJI presents "Objective Thinking" by Naoto Fukasawa 07.09.15

I had the incredible pleasure of hearing one of the industry's most influential designers, Naoto Fukasawa, give a speech on objective thinking in honor of Muji Palo Alto grand opening. 

The talk kicked of with opening introductions by IDEO's CEO Tim Brown, followed by Naoto's presentation, which was (not surprisingly) heavily Muji focused. The company's motto is a great one- with Fukasawa's guidance and advisory, Muji aims to be "just enough". The brand does not strive for extraordinary design, but rather design that lives in the background of life. 
I found the realization of the brand's "FOUND" objects to be the most interesting topic. The idea of shedding new light on everyday objects that are often overlooked is rather intriguing, especially having grown up with most of these "discarded" Chinese antiquities. 

Take-away: "Minimalism is about creating harmony, not about simplicity."


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Cheers to new beginnings.

 

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