Artists and Comedians: Watch. This. Now.

new media old mediaAn entrenched ‘old guard’ of network and industry executives is in a battle for its own survival, best deconstructed by Patton Oswalt in his Just For Laughs 2012 keynote speech.  If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it below.  Then bookmark it, and return every time you feel adrift in a media landscape that seems to change by the week.


Rocky’s Boots: The Most Brilliant Computer Game Ever Made

rockys-bootsAttention parents: if you want your kid to grow up smart, go find this game.  Just do it.  Strap the little brat down in front of it with his eyes propped open Clockwork Orange-style if need be.  This is for his own good (and perhaps a little bit of a nostalgic victory lap for you).  There are very few things that I’m positive contributed directly to me reaching at least average intelligence, but Rocky’s Boots is one of them.


Meta Data for Noobs: Low-Hanging SEO Fruit

Google search improvement

Stop asking “How do I rank higher in Google search results”, and start asking “How do I maximize my number of click-throughs when my site DOES show up on search results pages.”  Solving that question is cheap, easy, and incredibly powerful.  So why aren’t more people doing it?  Here’s everything I wish I knew 12 months ago. (more…)

The Strangest Secret…

strangest-secret-nightingaleAs an admitted sucker for motivational books (and lolcats), I’m always a little surprised to discover what I later learn to be well-known piece in the genre that, for whatever reason, has escaped my attention.  Such is the case with The Strangest Secret, an audio recording produced by Earl Nightingale.  What I’m always struck by is the consistency — you might even say timelessness — of the message.  Some of you might roll your eyes as you listen, writing this off as just another rah-rah “Believe in yourself!” locker room speech, the likes of which you’ve heard 50 times before.  But…that’s almost the point: even across a half century (I was surprised to learn Nightingale produced the below in 1956), the themes remain the same.  So either these authors are all charlatans who have stumbled (more…)

FrankenJobstr – A cautionary Drupal tale

Failboat - JobstrOf all the lessons I’ve learned during the lifespan of, what follows is at the same time the most important and the most painful.  I’m sharing it here, warts and all, because it’s the post I wish I’d read 24 months ago, when I couldn’t have told you the difference between (more…)