I took this photo to serve as the “before shot” in a time-lapse movie of me doing some apartment cleaning. I didn’t think to post it until I saw an image of Al Gore’s cluttered workspace and thought, why not pay tribute to my own mess? The hanging pictures are Grandpa Dick and the Dalai Lama. I got the desk for fifty bucks on craigslist, the all-in-one printer at Staple’s, and the tired old G4 in Chiang Mai (remember that happy ending?). A quiver of my books, cold cup of that morning’s coffee, and Vonnegut quote taped to the wall complete the scene. Temple of the soul, word factory, or pile of wires and crap? You make the call.