Digital Marketing and Creative Writing on the same site? “That’s like hypnotizing chickens.”

There are seldom things more painful than watching things you’ve written on go to waste. That said, if I’m lucky, I’ll have a few of those sitting around a Half Price Books store waiting for some next-gen culture-experimenter to give one of my creations a ride. At least in those cases, they’ll have history to …

Historical precedence for House of Cards Season 4’s most shocking moments. At least, as many as I found during the initial bingewatch.

At this point, there are two types of people: Those who have seen House of Cards Season 4, and those who haven’t. For those who seen it, that leaves two choices: “Don’t spoil me. I’ll click the “+” in the upper right hand side of the page and read something at random.” : Okay. Happy …

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2015/12/12 show at Fox Theatre in Oakland…quick thoughts and facts

Set list for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2015/12/12 show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Set 1. Greatest Story Ever Told Scarlet Begonias Fire on the Mountain Dancing in the Streets Franklin’s Tower One More Saturday Night Set 2. China Cat Sunflower I know You Rider Shakedown Street Spoonful Jam Truckin’ Lady with a Fan …

[review] “The Martian” movie: why it was inspiring, moreso than simply “worth seeing, even if you’ve read the book.”

I’ll probably always be one of those who is grateful for having read the book version of a movie before seeing the movie. Especially when the book is pretty awesome. There are typically so many more rich details, incredible intricacies, and interwoven themes that movies just don’t have time to include. Not even Peter Jackson …

The Martian – the book is worth reading before watching the movie, probably

Thank you to Justin for pointing out the spelling mistake. I wrote this in Google Docs, then had to clean out the italicized smart quotes Google Docs uses before uploading to WordPress. Otherwise, the code in the post would go haywire. It looks like I threw in an older draft before the spelling mistakes were …

10 Otis Redding live cuts, B-sides, and rare songs way too good for pop & oldies radio.

Everybody knows, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “These Arms of Mine,” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” but if you can’t name more than two songs outside of those three, then you really need to do a deep dive into the Otis Redding discography. If you do, you’ll find some real incredible gems that …

“And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.” [Eye of The Tiger Pt. 2]

Five-thirty on a Labor Day weekend Friday night. I’m sitting with the dogs outside the Otis Cafe in Otis, OR, while Bruer goes in and has dinner with his brother, brother’s wife, and newborn. Uncle Blaise surprise visit. I volunteered to stay with my dogs so they could eat and catch up. The dogs weren’t …

Deconstructing the “Eye of The Tiger” Speech from Rocky III [Eye of The Tiger Pt. 1]

“And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.” Where have you heard this line before? It’s the backbone behind Apollo Creed’s ”Eye of the Tiger” speech from Rocky III. It’s one of the most inspiring quotes I have ever heard. Why is …

Looking forward to looking for the fear and loathing in San Francisco Bay Area

I told Katie when she was offered the job here in East Bay that the last place on earth I wanted to live was San Francisco, California. At the time I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. I pointed out that I didn’t like that the area was uber-expensive, crowded, lived off the ghosts …

“Which do you do first in a startup? A marketing plan or…” “Just, shut up.”

We’re somewhere around version 4 or 5 of the brand colors for BiziPorts. We’re about to finish up version 4 of the website – or 5, if we count the bright yellow one that apparently only my eyes could actually handle without going blind. Man, that was back when I could barely bold text in …

Clean home, clear thoughts: how to trigger claustrophobia with a dish

We ran 6 rounds of dishes through the dishwasher the last two weekends, again. All our silverware, bowls, and every coffee cup that fits in our Keurig were among the casualties. There are two of us in our home. Four, with the puppies, but they’re better at washing their coffee mugs than am I. Given …

[Review] ”Kobe: The Interview” – Why entrepreneurs and everybody & their uncle who are looking to fulfill dreams and goals should watch this interview between naps.

For those #TLDR disciples who just want the reason why, click this. While procrastinating on some client writing earlier this week, I woke up from a nap and caught most of “Kobe: The Interview,” Kobe Bryant’s interview with Ahmad Rashād on NBA TV. It took place the morning the Lakers announced that Kobe was missing …