Category: lifestream

Some B2B insights on Medium

Posted by – June 27, 2018

The new publication I started on Medium isn’t overflowing with content yet, but I did add a second installment to it, collecting some more insights from my editorial work. This one is called “How to Publish Things That Don’t Fail Miserably (Even in B2B),” and I’m sure much of it sounds obvious, but for anyone who is getting started — or even just looking to re-calibrate their internal compass for success measures and standards, that post represents the top-level pieces of advice I would offer.

New stuff on Medium

Posted by – May 4, 2018

I don’t update the Medium account too often, as anyone who has looked at it would know. Last week, though, I posted a piece called “Please, Never Tell This Story at a Job Interview” that has been burning a hole in the back of my brain for a while. It’s based on some advice that I’ve handed out in handful of individual instances. I felt like it could use a full bake.

Quick thoughts on Milan

Posted by – April 23, 2018

Seven days after getting back from a half-recreational, half-business family trip to Milan, Italy, I think I’ve finally got the sleep hours re-banked to share some short insights. I’d been to Italy along the Italian Riviera and in Venice before, but this was my first time to Milano — and my first time trying to make a weeklong trip abroad work while exploring one-on-one with a 16-month-old.

It was a great expedition. The architecture, the artwork, the history, and the people were overwhelmingly beautiful on a daily basis. I’d hoped to have some more sunlight, but unfortunately the rain drove us inside for much of four out of the six days that we got to spend there. The nice side of that deal was that we got to learn how few Milanese patrons show up to the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna on an alternatingly overcast and rainy day.

And by the way, see the modern art museum in Milan. The Picasso, Gauguin, and Boccioni works were all rich and worth the visit, but the real surprise of the day — in addition to the yard of flamingos down the street — was the slender hallway of Toulouse-Lautrec items, including some ink illustrations that brought me a few steps closer to the personalities in his faces than I’d ever been before.

The rain again put a damper on the Naviglio Grande, a spot that some friends had highly recommended. As a result the sidewalks and bridges were a little empty when we arrived, but I did catch the end of a storm at the right moments as sun came through and cafes began setting up for the their aperitivo customers. (Sidenote: Aperitivo time is one of the best reasons to spend time in Milan, for the socializing, for the small plates of incredible things that come served alongside the drinks, and for the people-watching that can be done on any given patio. Moreover, you can by three-packs of single-serving Aperol spritzers at the grocery stores, which just wonderful.)

As for the architecture, the Duomo di Milano was every bit as impressive as people say, though the many other churches and basilicas throughout the city are worth a reasonable, meandering walk to seek them out and experience the flow of the residential areas into piazzas, business districts, and other public spaces. The Basilica di San Lorenzo was especially worth the hike; and when you see it, take note of the colonnade out front that’s left from the structure that used to lead up to the old Roman road system. The complex itself is a magnificent three-dimensional view of the historical periods that built and folded together to make Milan what it is today.

And though the rain did keep us out of the parks for a few days, I was happy that we saved up the Friday full of sunny skies to visit Castello Sforzesco, the castle up the street from the Duomo that was built in the 15th century by the former Milan’s former duke, Francesco Sforza. It’s got works by da Vinci and Michelangelo among its treasures, and there’s a sprawling Parco Sempione behind it is a wonderful place to let a small kid burn off some energy and yell back and forth at a pond full of ducks.

Originally, I’d gone into the week hoping to make a day trip or two out of the city by train — Lake Como came up as the most likely option. In the end, however, I got a little shy over the weather and not wanting spend the hours of transit time necessary to end up in yet another storm.

Fortunately, Milan had plenty to offer, especially at Potafiori and Note di Cucina, the two real dining out experiences we got to experience as a family, the latter of which was for our wedding anniversary.

 

What Happens in Iceland

Posted by – October 5, 2014

Blue Lagoon, IcelandWe got back to D.C. last week from Iceland last week. If you follow either of us anywhere else, you probably caught a glimpse of what we were up to – but if you didn’t, here are the highlights in a Flickr album.

Our ‘Gangnam Style’ PSY pumpkin says ‘Happy Halloween’

Posted by – October 27, 2012

As you can see on Flickr, we crafted a “Gangnam Style” PSY pumpkin this year—and just in time for his re-aired appearance on Saturday Night Live tonight, though that was completely coincidental.

It’s barely visible from the street, but I think we’ve got the only jack-o-lantern in the whole building, so it it does stand out at night as a tiny pair of illuminated sunglasses with a bow tie.

Here he is with the lights out.

New office and general update

Posted by – May 10, 2012

Home of the Industry Dive office on 18th Street

If you haven’t been following my tweets for the last few weeks, you might have missed that I joined an exciting new D.C. startup called Industry Dive on May 1st as the company’s content director. I had been looking for the perfect D.C.-area opportunity that would involve multiplatform news editorial and production, and I’m happy to say there’s going to be lot going on at Construction Dive, Utility Dive, Waste Management Dive, Education Dive and Marketing Dive over the next few months that should be of interest to anyone working in those arenas.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to update this blog when it comes to personal observations and interests—particularly matters of digital publishing, gaming and comics. So stay tuned in this feed for plenty more on those fronts. Here’s the shortlist of what’s had my attention lately:

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga continues to be the best new thing on my comics reading list the last couple of months. I’d missed his script-writing dearly since Vaughan took off for TV land a few years back, and the first two issues have been a welcome return to form for his character development and dialogue.

• I’ve been playing through the new Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft the last two nights. The worlds seem small, and starting off with a map in hand feels a little easy, but I think I understand why Mojang made the changes that they did. I may have some more thoughts when I get through the Achievements checklist.

• After taking a break for a few weeks, I’ve resume reading George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords—and I continue to wonder in amazement how this book and the end of Clash of Kings are ever going to translate to television for the HBO adaptation.

New theme

Posted by – June 30, 2009

Please excuse the cluttered website at the moment. I’m moving things around, but the goal right now is to tweak a theme into something I can harness multiple feeds with and streamline into one slick blog — thus the multiple-format posting today. We’re getting there.