About Me

So here’s a bit about me, personally.

These days I live in Delaware County (aka, just east of Middle of Nowhere) New York, get­ting here by way of New York City, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Columbus, Roanoke, Richmond, and oth­er places.

The professional stuff

I’m a vet­er­an (20+ years) com­mu­ni­ca­tions guy who’s worked for mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers, and Web sites includ­ing PC Magazine, USA Today, National Underwriter, CNET, the Roanoke (Va.) Times and Blue Ridge Business Journal.

My work’s appeared in those pubs, plus the Columbus Dispatch, Kiplinger’s, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Smart Money mag­a­zine, to name a few.

I’ve also been a mag­a­zine edi­tor, have launched three pub­li­ca­tions, cre­at­ed too many Web sites to name, done mar­ket­ing and PR work, and am in the process of rais­ing my karmic come­up­pance in the form of an 18-year-old son.

So yeah, I keep busy.

The personal stuff

I love sci­ence and his­to­ry, and I spend way too much time teach­ing myself about all sorts of odd sub­jects. These mini-obses­sions last a week or two: geo­caching, hik­ing, wood­work­ing, pro­gram­ming, pad­dle­ball, rac­quet­ball, cook­ing, and more. Some I stick with longer than oth­ers, but I get some­thing out of them all.

I’m an ama­teur pho­tog­ra­ph­er and I love image and video edit­ing. I enjoy think­ing about the pre­sen­ta­tion of infor­ma­tion — what’s the best way to tell some­one what they need to know?

My degree’s in phi­los­o­phy. It’s been more use­ful than you might think.

I read lots of non-fic­tion — his­to­ry and sci­ence for the most part, but any­thing, real­ly. And I read a ton of fic­tion — sci-fi, mys­tery, hor­ror, or just plain lit.

Here, have some con­ver­sa­tion starters…

  • I’m a ‘ser­i­al hob­by­ist’ who’s dab­bled in lots, from online gam­ing and build­ing a com­put­er to gar­den­ing, cook­ing, and bee­keep­ing, currently.
  • I’m a pen snob; away with your cheap Bics!
  • I love writ­ing on paper (and read­ing on it, too)
  • I’m an INTJ, which obvi­ous­ly makes me smart, sexy, and humble.
  • I’m not addict­ed to Diet Coke (or Diet Dr Pepper), but I wish I was.
  • I just start­ed drink­ing and appre­ci­at­ing cof­fee in the past year.

Hobbies

  • Reading — if it’s not fic­tion, it’s prob­a­bly his­to­ry or science
  • Photography — been doing it since my first tiny GAF cam­era in 1973
  • Cooking
  • Gaming — most­ly MMOs (cur­rent­ly Elder Scrolls Online) and FPSs.
  • Gardening
  • Messing with the com­put­er till I start to curse.
  • Raising Being near a fluff* of alpacas
* Like a murder of crows or a parliament of owls

Media

Books

I’m a suck­er for a good read with a hap­py end­ing. So any­thing by…

  • Terry Pratchett
  • Bill Bryson
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Lee Child

In gen­er­al…

  • Science fic­tion
  • Science and nature
  • History (espe­cial­ly detailed sto­ries about nar­row topics)

And…

  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Cul de Sac
  • Doonesbury

Movies

Argh… so many! In no par­tic­u­lar order:

  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  • “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (the first one!)
  • “Field of Dreams”
  • “Charade”
  • “The Princess Bride”
  • “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • “Deadpool”
  • “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

Music

I like all sorts of music, but I’m not a huge music per­son. I avoid rap, and I like stuff from the ’30s and ’40s along with some good ’70s rock. But real­ly, any­thing that isn’t AutoTuned to death.

(What, you want specifics? All righty… Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, ELO, Arctic Monkeys, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Ramones, Creedence, AC/DC, Alan Parsons Project… ugh, the list goes on. The Who, Hayley Westenra, Proclaimers, the Beatles … sheesh, it’s still going. Hooters,Tom Petty, Elton John … and that’s enough, right?)

The miscellaneous stuff

I’m a ground­ed geek — I love tech­nol­o­gy, but it has to be use­ful. So I play a lot with Web sites, build­ing things just for the heck of it: mes­sage boards, wikis, pho­to albums, polls, and so on, just to see if I can make them crazy easy to use. (For no oth­er rea­son, I built my own bit.ly-style URL short­en­er at fllw.me, and cre­at­ed a cus­tomized Web-based mail sys­tem just for myself.)

I find cool­ness in the mundane.

I’m the guy in the office who every­one comes to if they need com­put­er trou­bleshoot­ing, want to buy a dig­i­tal cam­era, feel like start­ing a blog, and so on.

And I do most of my writ­ing with a foun­tain pen or a pencil.

Cool stuff I’ve done

  • Gone cross-coun­try by Greyhound over 30 days
  • Been inter­viewed on “60 Minutes,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show”
  • Dug for — and found — dinosaur fos­sils in Montana (ask to see my hadrosaur metatarsal)
  • Created and ran a game show

And that’s me. Well, bare­ly. It’s a vague out­line any­way. If you came here won­der­ing “Who is this guy,” maybe you have at least a few answers.

Want more? Drop me a line!