Isaac B Watson

My Ambidextrous Brain wears lots of hats: design project manager, blogger, nonprofit founder, community organizer, etc. Never in the same order—always evolving.


Going Public: Tough Love for Unhappy Etsy Sellers

You may have heard the news last week that handmade marketplace giant Etsy intends to go public in 2015 with an IPO (initial public offering) possible as early as this quarter. The move is a big deal, both as an evolution of a business that’s been going strong since 2005, and because few New York-based technology startups have been able…


Sunsets, Fires, and Stars

Escaping the Hubbub and Making Progress on our Tiny Cabin


As far as the cabin build was concerned, our to-do list for the rest of the…


Going Public: Tough Love for Unhappy Etsy Sellers

You may have heard the news last week that handmade marketplace giant Etsy intends to go public in 2015 with an IPO (initial public offering) possible as early as this quarter. The move is a big deal, both as an evolution of a business that’s been going strong since 2005, and because few New York-based technology startups have been able…


The Second Trip: Finishing What We Started

The sense of accomplishment we felt after completing the basic cabin structure in four days was astounding. Not only did I feel on top of the…

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Adventures in building a tiny retreat on a mountain


How to Build a Tiny Cabin On A Mountain In 27 Easy Steps (with photos)


Prerequisites: acquire a mountain to build it on, a tiny cabin design, and enough materials and tools to build it. You might also need a dog.


Step 1: Take everything up to the mountain.

Ready, Set, Build!

Our cabin-building adventure continues. Plans were in place and materials purchased, and in April 2014 we set out on our first trip to build the basic 120 square foot structure. Challenges galore made for an adventurous trip, but we returned victorious!


Designing Tiny

After that first cold night camping at our brand-new 12.5-acre property, we decided that our first step going into 2014 would be to build some sort of basic shelter to extend the…


The Hunt, Part 2: Look No Further

We’d talked about buying some sort of rural retreat for a few years, but suddenly we were walking the walk! Join us on our adventure to find a little slice of peace and quiet in the Pacific Northwest that we could call our own. (Read Part 1 first.)

The Hunt, Part 1: Dirt with a View


We’d talked about buying some sort of rural retreat for a few years, but suddenly we were walking the walk! Join us on our adventure to find a little slice of peace and quiet in the Pacific Northwest that we could call our own.

We bought our first house in April 2013, but we’d been talking…


The Safety Is Off


Four days ago I witnessed a drive-by shooting. This may seem like a common occurrence in a city like Detroit or Baltimore or Chicago or Los Angeles, but this was in Portland…


Navigation Suggestion


When I’m reading the recommended posts on Medium and click on an item to read it, all is well. But when I’ve finished reading it and click the back button in my browser to return to previous page, Medium forgets my page location and puts me back at the top. Any way to have it remember so I don’t have to scroll back down to where I was and continue reading from there?