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About this site…

This is my personal site, mostly dedicated to my book projects. In the age of social media personal sites still have their uses, but this is not the best place to see what I'm up to on a daily basis. I'm most active on my personal Facebook page, which is entirely public. Feel free to “friend” ...

Web Style Guide, 4th ed.

The fourth edition of the my best-selling Web Style Guide, co-authored with my colleague Sarah Horton.


Recent illustrations, diagrams, and maps created for my book projects. The wildlife illustrations were done in Adobe Photoshop. The maps and diagrams are primarily created in Adobe Illustrator.

A map of Glacial Lake Connecticut.

Glacial Lake Connecticut map

For an upcoming book project I've been working with Ralph Lewis, the former Connecticut state geologist on making my LIS geology maps and figures more accurate. Lordship and Stratford Point stick out so far in the Sound because the area was a wedge (moraine and outwash river fan) between two giant ice sheet lobes, the Hudson ...

Least Sandpiper head studies, Photoshop.
Stairway at the Louvre Museum.
Spicy roasted carrots, finished dish.

Spicy roasted carrots

Delicious, spicy-sweet, fast and easy to make. 3 cups fresh carrots, peeled and bias-sliced 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon chili oil 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste Peel and cut carrots, and microwave about 3 minutes, until just soft, but not fully cooked. Mix carrots with the rest of the ingredients ...

Photoshop illustration of a Labrador Duck.

Labrador duck drake

Labrador Duck drake (Camptorhynchus labradorius), an extinct species that once wintered off the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts. Last seen alive in 1875. A reminder that we can lose whole species, and that we stand to lose many more in the next century if we don't change our ways very soon. Photoshop illustration.

Head detail of a Labrador Duck illustration.

Labrador Duck (detail)

  Labrador Duck drake (Camptorhynchus labradorius), head detail. Photoshop illustration.

Bowl of pho bo Vietnamese beef noodle soup.

Faux pho — Vietnamese beef noodle soup

A re-engineering of a favorite wintertime soup, Pho bo, or Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Real pho is made from an hours-long simmer of beef bones to make a light beef stock, but this recipe can be made on a weeknight in under an hour. Feeds four, and requires about 45 minutes to prepare. For the ...