As I was transitioning to a full-time writing career, I read a lot about it. At one point, I was reading a non-fiction book every week or two. While most of the books I read were general books on the nebulous topic of "success," many were explicitly about writing. Here is a summary of the most useful things I've learned from those books about writing. Don't think … [Read more...] about So, You Want to be a Writer?
Back in 2005, Blockbuster Video was a juggernaut of a company, and a small upstart called Netflix was rapidly growing into its space. That was also the year I tried Netflix, then enthusiastically went back to Blockbuster because they had the better deal. Netflix proved to have a more solid foundation than Blockbuster thought. Less than three years later I … [Read more...] about Why Blockbuster Video Crashed and Burned
This powerful concoction is sure to leave your head spinning. Careful not to stab yourself. Ingredients 2 ounces bourbon whiskey 1 ounce amaretto 1 ounce lime juice Directions Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice Strain into a small old-fashioned cup Garnish with a wedge of lime … [Read more...] about The Stiletto
In December 2012, John McAfee was on the run from the Belizean police. He suspected that he was about to be framed for a neighbor's murder, so he escaped before they could arrest him. But they knew exactly where he was. Vice Magazine had interviewed him and posted pictures on their website. The pictures had GPS coordinates embedded in them. Many people are … [Read more...] about Stop Unknowingly Giving Away Your Home Address Online
With its innovative controllers, the Nintendo Wii has already demonstrated some possibilities for combining exercise equipment with computers. The Nintendo Wii Balance Board measures a person's center of balance and allows games to gauge the effectiveness of some exercises. The Nintendo Wiimote can be used to determine the location and acceleration of a person's hand. … [Read more...] about Ideas: Exercise-Powered Computing