Novelists Inc 2015 — a Heckuva Conference

October 27, 2015

My concern was never about the conference. I was worried about the conga line. Three hundred authors, 90% women, drawn together for four days at a deluxe south Florida resort. The TradeWinds Island Grand offers “11 unique dining and entertainment venues” including Awakening’s Lobby Bar, the Sharktooth Tavern and Salty’s Poolside Beach Bar (“what’s a beach vacation without a brightly colored beverage under a palm-thatched hut?”). Didn’t that mean there was going to be, at some point, a conga line? (more…)

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Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

May 19, 2014

Here’s BBC’s version of tonight’s news story about Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Twitch; you can find many more stories of equally pricey deals during the last few years.

There’s no point in pontificating about a new Internet bubble. The maneuvering of high tech firms is so unusual this time around that “bubble” doesn’t begin to describe the shape. (more…)

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Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times

December 22, 2012

I feel like I’m coming in from the Web wilderness as I start viewing John Branch’s, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek on the New York Times site. Snow blows across a mountain peak as the saga of an deadly avalanche begins to spill down the page: “Avalanche! Elyse!” 650 words later and the reader has an option to see a 45-second clip with Elyse Saugstad, “a professional skier,” a survivor. (more…)

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An American Colony Called Canada

May 9, 2011

Please Uncle Sam…Can we watch your TV shows & videos online?



Miami Beach Expresses Itself

January 24, 2011

1. Read the article in today’s New York Times. It’s about a remarkable new structure in Miami’s South Beach.

2. Go to the new building’s web site, and click on this graphic:

3. After the well-designed flash images flash by, take time to interact with every graphic you can click on. Unlike so many sites that feature strong design elements, each click returns a useful image, a useful piece of information, or takes you to your next destination on the site.

4. Now pause to ponder.
What have you just encountered?
What does this mean to you?

5. Now answer yeah or nay:

(i) Does this look like a great building?
By great I mean audacious and original, fun yet functional.
Does it reveal to you something about the character of Miami Beach, whether you feel positive or negative.
(I’m guessing that you don’t develop strong feelings about most new building in the city where you live.)

(ii) Is this a great web site?
By great I mean audacious and original, fun yet functional.

(iii) Can you imagine accomplishing what this site accomplishes in any other medium?
Direct mail would just cheapen the image, unless a lot of money was spent on developing the piece.
A magazine could capture some of the bright images, but would be challenged to convey the motion.
Would you sit still through “the movie”?

(iv) Finally: Do you feel like you want to celebrate your next big birthday/anniversary/rebirth at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, FL?

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