What does innovation mean? At its root, innovation describes constructive change, improvement of an existing discovery, product or idea. But we get smacked upside the head by the word so often and see it bandied about on the Internet describing everything from particle accelerators to apps that will help you time your coffee intake that … Continue reading On innovation and recycled content (*this is not a list*)
Last month, I published a feature in Lighthouse Digest magazine about the restoration of the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower, a 1960s era converted oil rig platform 30 miles off the Carolina coast, originally built to warn ships away from the namesake Frying Pan Shoals. As lighthouses go, this one is hideous -- a far cry … Continue reading The mystery of lighthouses
I've been thinking about Argentina a lot lately, mostly because my fiancee and I are currently in the process of planning our honeymoon down there, and I can so trick myself into thinking that the escapist fantasizing is actually useful. It's been nearly seven years now since I've visited, but in my mind I can … Continue reading The Paris of the South
Camera phone technology has improved rapidly over the past three years, so much so that camera phones are overtaking digital point-and-shoots as the every day camera of choice for most smartphone users. Personally, I don't even carry a camera around these days unless on assignment for work or on holiday. My Droid X2's 8 megapixels, … Continue reading Camera Phone Photography: 5 quick tips
I never thought I would feel passe by writing a post about how to write for the internet, but in 2013 I do. The tech world's attention has drifted to social, to mobile, to the next frontier, and the Web page feels about as fresh as a tower desktop (you know you're behind the curve … Continue reading Writing for the Web
I've devoted much of my week to thinking about Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm and how that impacts the Star Wars franchise (hint: though the prequels sucked horrendously, I'm mostly excited because I think that this new momentum coupled with advanced technology means that fans stand a fighting chance of owning real lightsabers within our lifetimes). … Continue reading Star Wars: A New Hope?
The recent rumor mill indicates that BP could be let off the hook for its oil spill crimes for around $18 billion. Though this sounds like a lot, it's less than half of what they'd pay if the government held them fully accountable for an oil spill that's still unfolding. I think this is pretty … Continue reading $18 billion? Think bigger.
When we last left off, you had just spent a few days in Mandeville, Louisiana, on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. What follows is a whole different animal, a trip to the edge of the United States, where prehistory meets the Gulf of Mexico. Getting there from Baton Rouge involves a trip down Interstate 10, … Continue reading Waterworld
A couple weeks ago I found myself in Louisiana for my first trip to the state outside of New Orleans. Now, I love New Orleans - the music, the lifestyle, the food all comes together in a beautiful, decadent mix of emotion. Where else can you sit down for a five course formal brunch in … Continue reading Across the causeway