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Becoming an Observer

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

In December 1998, Bryan Chaffin and I co-founded The Mac Observer. And now, 23 years later… the site was acquired. This next step in the site’s evolution is a good one. Dr. Serhat Kurt has long been a fan of The Mac Observer in addition to having some web publishing experience of his own. Dr. […]

IAB Certification vs. CPM Rates vs. Direct Response

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

As many of you know, I’ve been a podcaster for almost 14 years, quite close to “one of the first.” I’m also the CEO and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a company that represents publishers and manages their sponsorships so they can focus on publishing their content. We’re in our 20th year of that business, meaning […]

My Pitch for Theory-Based Piano Lessons for All Musicians

Monday, February 18th, 2013

We have this habit in FLING (one of the bands I play in) to get into protracted email conversations about a variety of subjects when we’re not together rehearsing or playing. Recently, Mike, one of our guitar players, pointed us all towards this 15-minute YouTube video about learning music theory. Mike’s an awesome guitar player who […]

Theory: Young Local Referees Will Ruin Youth Sports

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I have a theory: using young, local referees without excessive training and regular auditing is going to ruin youth sports. I’ve seen many examples of it, but what happened today really cemented it clearly for me. This morning I took my son to Keene, New Hampshire to play their ~10-year-old “squirt B” hockey team. My […]

SXSW Debrief 2011

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

As I have in years past, last week I attended SXSW down in Austin, Texas, catching the last portion of the film festival, as well as all of Interactive and Music. I wrote some of this up for us over at The Mac Observer and iObserver, and also included mentions in our Mac Geek Gab […]

PSNH – Why Don’t We Bury The Power Lines?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

We live in the Wedgewood subdivision of Durham, a.k.a. ‘Tree-mageddon’ during this last storm. It’s 12:01pm on Tuesday, March 2nd, and we still don’t have power restored. We’re doing OK, we’re on a generator, and thankfully the temperatures have been above freezing so there hasn’t been much concern for us. The problem is, we’re used […]

The iPad is The Future Of Laptops

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

You can read it over at TMO (where there are some *great* comments) and/or watch it in my interview with Or, you know, right here below.

iPhone OS Multitasking Idea

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I had what I consider to be quite a fantastic idea for solving a lot of the complaints about the iPhone OS’s lack of multitasking support for third-party apps. I wrote about it over at TMO, so you can see it there. Enjoy!

My Lightning Lessons

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Just posted an article about my lightning experiences and lessons learned over at TMO that *should* have gone live a year ago, but got lost in the system. Thankfully a conversation sparked up this weekend on the Macworld Forums about Chris Breen’s related power experiences, and it sent me to seek out this old article […]

Twitter Really Is The Best Place To Find Me

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I’ve been using Twitter actively for about 18 months now and find micro-blogging is much easier to fit into the flow of my day. I’m not closing my blog down here at all — I’ll continue to post to it with the same frequency I have — just wanted you all aware there was another […]