Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Or: How I learned about EVERYTHING from a coin. I like to collect money. Who doesn’t? But I’m talking about weird money. If you travel, it’s actually not strange to see different sorts of money, but 35+ years ago when I first stumbled across a coin bearing non-Latin characters, it seemed a magical treasure. A … Continue reading Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Late Night Pizza Grilled Cheese Pizza Recipe

A pizza story in three acts: The Recipe, The Interview, Lessons Learned. Act I: The Pizza Recipe There’s an online recipe trend wherein chef-writers write endlessly before giving you the recipe. That sucks. Those people deserve your ire and scorn. So, without ado, here’s one of my favorite pizza recipes, from Late Night Pizza’s Michael … Continue reading Late Night Pizza Grilled Cheese Pizza Recipe

Hiring and Firing in the Time of Coronavirus

(Or: How I Learned to Hire Smarter) These are special times. Because of Covid-19, there’s more furloughing and firing than ever. Does it not then stand to reason that there are or will soon be more people looking to get hired? HR hiring managers will be overwhelmed with applicants. Well, more overwhelmed. Case in point, … Continue reading Hiring and Firing in the Time of Coronavirus

James Mercer and the Shopping Mall

An abandoned mall.

James Mercer has often used the mall as lyrical metaphor. Well, at least for a few productive years he did. Before that, the mall was more mall than metaphor. ...At some point, Mercer and the mall had a falling out. The Early Mall Period: The Mall as Friend Know Your Onion - The Shins - … Continue reading James Mercer and the Shopping Mall

File Under Coronavirus Regurgitation

A decade ago, at the end of the aughts, I succinctly summarized the decade in health. Well, at least what I thought were the two biggest takeaways. You should read it. I mean, clearly, there's probably nothing earth-shattering in there. But y'all shoulda listened ten years ago. Just sayin'. Covid-19? Intrigue? Handshakes? Pop culture? Coughing? It's … Continue reading File Under Coronavirus Regurgitation

Dan Dreifort: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

I used to love drawing. My parents stuck me in a couple art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was a wee one. I'm thankful for it. I drew semi-regularly for almost a decade, until I discovered playing the guitar, chicks, and bangs. After that, my scribbling diminished to almost nothing for … Continue reading Dan Dreifort: Reflections on Sketching 2.0

Review of Zombarella’s House of Whorrors

This is a film review. I promise. But when hack-writer prima donnas edit ourselves, we get to scribble a few unnecessary intro paragraphs for literary effect. If you want to skip the setup and get to the fake beef, click this to go to the meat of the review, slacker. But don't blame me when … Continue reading Review of Zombarella’s House of Whorrors

Are Website Uptime Monitoring Services Reliable?

When your website is down you miss out on sales and make a poor first impression. Oh, and it's bad for SEO. Never fear--it's easy to get notifications when your site is down. And if your webhost sucks, you can switch to a better host. (See previous post re: the best managed WordPress hosts. Spoiler … Continue reading Are Website Uptime Monitoring Services Reliable?

WordPress Managed Hosting Comparison

Updated for 2020: A good host and webmaster grease the SEO wheels. One of my clients is with ProntoMarketing. They're awful. I loathe working with them. (Pronto, not the client.) I more or less told the client, "It's them or me." Rather than leave a great client in the lurch like the prima donna I … Continue reading WordPress Managed Hosting Comparison