Hooray For Handsome Guys!

We needed a beautiful illustration for our new website and, frankly, I was not equal to the task. (Please refer to the first image.) Some artists have “that line,” a fluidity with their chosen stylus that separates the terminally mediocre from those whose work is natural and joyful to experience. I won’t entirely claim to […]

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Spacetime Datelines and Estimation Relativity

Weblog Stardate 50361.79 Everyone knows that a blog should begin with a measurement of your location in spacetime. But not everyone is on the same page with respect to format. Popular options include: The Traditional Journalism Dateline: “PORTLAND, Oregon, July 23 —” Used more in traditional reporting than in blogs, the dateline at least gives […]

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How can we reverse the abandonment rate of wearables?

First generation wearable tech are collecting dust along with MP3 players and Bluetooth headsets. Analysts predict that cultural adoption and the wearable revolution is inevitable even though one-third of early adopters have abandoned their wearable tech device. After all the hype many are left wondering what’s behind wearable technology’s stumble. Did they buy into novelty and it just wore off? […]

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How I spent my Summer Vacation

Wow, another beautiful, West Coast (what is that smell?) day! Makes you want to call the stuff “Suntan Lotion,” instead of whatever SPF-Fueled paranoia they’re selling now-a-days… (I just used the term “now-a-days,” I promise to refrain from mentioning “My Lawn.”) Here’s some things from all these internets that I’ve been reading about this week: […]

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Video Roundup

I spend a lot of time (probably too much of my time) watching video online. I don’t actively search out video content, but it seems that it has become more common as bandwidth speeds and mobile devices make HD video easy to stream. For your viewing edification, here are a few of the choicest picks […]

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How to Choose an Interactive Agency in 7 Easy Steps

Here’s the process I would use for hiring an interactive agency. As an agency principal for the past 17 years, I don’t know if I can be fully objective, but I’ll give it my best shot: Step 1: Validate your assumptions: do you really need an agency at all? You need an agency if: You […]

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Focus and Finish (Because You Can’t Actually Multitask, Right?)

Life is full of distractions. Now, more than ever. Distracted drivers, distracted pedestrians, distracted dinner guests (who shall remain nameless). Attention spans are, on average, shorter than ever, but it’s not just more distractions that make it virtually impossible for people to watch Ran or 2001 in one sitting these days . It’s because they are […]

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Happy Birthday Tom Robbins!

“The magician’s underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase.” This opening line of Tom Robbins’ first book changed my perspective on life at 15 . “What if the 2nd coming didn’t come off quite as advertised?” Tom asks us on the book cover to tease us into reading Another Road Side Attraction. A […]

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Digital Innovation and Audience Theory: The Age of the Produsers

Gone are the days of the passive audience. Users of today’s media are not only active audience members, they have crossed into the production realm, creating a new breed of human: the produser*. Once upon a time, the audience was regarded as a monolith, addressed by the mass media through a hypodermic needle that wholly […]

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I Am My Father’s Son

My mom, a liberal arts major, and my dad, an engineer both tried to teach me how to drive a stick shift. Who do you think was more successful? Find out how that experience was a foreshadowing of my career path.

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