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Intro to Filmmaking Part One: Crafting a Story

In the realm of entertainment, I’ve pretty much failed to acquire any real notoriety. Instead, I survived as a freelancer for long enough that it steadily transformed into a modestly-effective post production boutique studio. I’ve done okay! And that’s the voice to read this with, from someone that’s done ...okay. ...more +

6 months ago

The Seeker Part Eight: The Past is Everywhere

What Nathan remembered most about the guy conducting the interview was that he was a dick. He and Charles had worked in different departments at the same company a decade before, the only overlap in the Venn diagram of their jobs being a weekly status meeting. One hour a week ...more +

6 months ago

Companies (and #Brands) Have a Responsibility to Stand Up to Bigotry

It's a common refrain: don't talk about money, religion or politics in mixed company. Ignoring this rule can result in awkward, painful and downright infuriating conversations—not to mention splits between family and friends. These topics have the power to divide and antagonize. And yet, we see an increasing number of businesses ...more +

7 months ago

What Writing Taught Me About Coding (and Vice Versa)

I’ve been writing fiction since roughly the eighth grade—it depends on if you count creating D&D adventures as fiction writing (I do). I’ve also been monkeying around with code in the form of Basic and Logo since the sixth grade. Now I’m 41, and only in the last few years have ...more +

7 months ago

Humans or Bots? Style Versus Substance in Your SEO Copy

Well before the dawn of Internet marketing, David Ogilvy famously said, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar." Humans, it seems, are hardwired to skim. Unfortunately, ...more +

7 months ago

Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal (With Permission)

One cannot help but wonder how the internet outrage machine would treat William Shakespeare, who almost certainly didn’t credit Giraldi for the plot of Othello in 1603 when he adapted his contemporary novel for the stage. With #shakespearestole trending, he would likely be relegated to the outer fringes of #bardsofinstagram, ...more +

8 months ago

A Creative’s Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election

Growing up, I was taught that it was rude to talk about who you were voting for. Right between bringing up religion or asking someone when they were expecting, it was one of the rudest things you could say. Perhaps it's old-fashioned, or stereotypically Midwestern, but the idea was simple; ...more +

8 months ago

RuNT. Humanizing Technology with Mark Wyner (Recap)

The best tools are often whatever’s right in front of you. When Mark Wyner stared down his first design challenge, a cover for his death metal band Cadaverous Quartet’s debut album The Extinction Agenda, that meant sneaking into his friend’s computer shop during off-hours. This may well have been the ...more +

8 months ago

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