What’s in a Last Name?

I’ll tell you what’s in my last name. It means “quivering bog.” That’s absurd, I thought when I first came across this definition years ago in a name dictionary in the then-new $4 million downtown Seattle Public Library, which, by the way, is an equally absurd hodge podge of modernist “design” elements that looks like something out of a bad …

How to Write a Complete Story in Nine Sentences

Impossible, right? Wrong. Write every day, they say. And they’re right. But the block hits everyone from time to time like a ton of bricks or a light tap on the brain, depending on the person. Writer’s block can be a menacing obstacle for many writers, so I designed an exercise to help creative writers overcome writer’s block. Are You …

Travel Post: Phnom Penh to Kampot

Lately I’ve been so focused on work that I have neglected my travels and my travel blogging. Instead, I have been indulging in my love of technology, science fiction, and future design. But soon my digital nomad work travels will come to an end, soooo… On to the Travel Blogging Phnom Penh (PP) was great, as far as cities go. …

PS4: For the Players Since 1995

My last post analyzed a couple commercials from the PS4 and Xbox One campaigns, and in this post I’ll pick up with the PS4 commercial, titled on YouTube, “For the Players Since 1995.” This ad is so detailed and well-crafted that it would take a thesis paper to analyze everything inside it. But we’ll just scratch the surface, to get …

Copywriting: PS4 & Xbox One Showdown

My little post about why you shouldn’t write how-not-to articles has a parallel in the world of copywriting. The examples I’ve linked to all have something in common with bad copywriting: Don’t Tell it Like it Isn’t,  as Tom Albrighton of ABC Copywriting so succinctly summed it up. The most vivid example in his article — for me at least …