Your iPhone was influenced by this house

I’m geeking out, but not on gadgets.

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A movie about one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic figures opens today. Although I read his biography, I’m surprisingly not that interested in seeing the movie. I am, however, very interested in writing about the house he grew up in because it had a significant influence on his preference for minimalism and clean aesthetics. If you own any Apple products, you’ll be fascinated by this.

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Snippets from the Southwest

My guest blogger today is none other than my brother, Ming. I can’t tell you how excited I am for him to be contributing to my blog. Aside from the fact that we share the same mom and dad, I think he’s a pretty fab writer and his vast knowledge of the world exceeds that of anyone else I know. He just returned from an eye-opening road trip around the American Southwest and shares some of his thoughts and images about its unique architectural history. Enjoy! 

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in Mesa Verde, Colorado and I’m standing among the ruins of Long House, the last of several ancient cliff dwellings that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over the last couple of days in this amazing national park. Continue reading