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From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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Driving Online Action with Social Media Graphics

Last week I hosted a Google Hangout with Kevin Call from Everytown for Gun Safety to discuss these little things called "social graphics" — visually impactful static and animated content designed specifically for social media.



It's true what they say — how your life can change in an instant. It was just three weeks ago that I learned my father has a brain tumor. Sinc


Little Things that Caught My Attention

I've recently seen some news that caught my attention. I like to keep my posts short and sweet, so here is a Hershey's kiss:


Texas-sized smarts

Politics and Technology, the blog from our friends over at Mandate Media, posted yesterday about a campaign blog that is "doing it


Progressive Gaming Possibilities

Over the holiday I indulged in a neglected favorite pastime: computer gaming.


How Online Organizing Made a Novelist of Me

always been a writer. I haven't always been confident about calling myself a
writer. I guess it's because I discovered long ago that telling people
you're a writer almost always meant their next question would be "What


When Wiki Writers Attack

I have to be honest. Despite my line of work, I still haven't entirely quaffed the wiki kool-aid. Blogging is one thing, but something about a reference source that's editable by anybody makes me a little wary.


Shout-out to

I just wanted to say thank you to, which has unobtrusively become the best first-stop travel site on the web.


Sony: A comedy of errors

I was surprised to learn that some of my coworkers had not heard of the Sony debacle, so I thought I'd give a quick run-down. The progression thus far:


Sustainable Fish: what you all need to know

So I cynically went to one of those panel discussions that everyone gets spammed about but no one ever attends (sustainable fish, come on, what does


Homemade WiFi

No computer store nearby? No problem. Apparently all you need is plastic water bottles, used motorcycle parts, window screens, and coaxial cables and you are ready to connect to your wireless network.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: