Notebook

My Notebook includes both Notes – short tweet-style thoughts – as well as a collection of blog posts dating back nearly twenty years. I write about everything from technology to authors to inspiration and much more.

The Clip File category is a collection of my personal favorite writings I’ve done on this site since its founding in 2003.

Notes


  • I don’t use Twitter anymore, though I do miss the short bursts of thoughts I could jot down there (mostly bad jokes). With that in mind, I’m excited to be trying out Jeremy Felt‘s Shortnotes plugin, which adds a simplified “new post” experience to my site.

  • I’ve been hiking for a while but just this summer started using AllTrails, which I’ve found to be a great resource for learning about trail tips and tricks, photos, and for planning future hikes. Check out AllTrails.com and follow me on AllTrails here.

Blog Posts


  • Top 10 Favorite Detroiters Characters

    Detroiters aired two seasons on Comedy Central in 2017-2018. Fans of Tim Robinson’s I Think You Should Leave or Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso, VEEP, Champagne, Ill) will most likely love this cult classic. As a huge Tim and Sam fan, Detroiters is one of my favorite endlessly rewatchable shows. As a tribute, here are my […]

  • The Netflix Stagnation is a Wake-Up Call for Netflix, Not Streaming

    What does The Netflix Stagnation mean for the world of streaming, and how can the OG platform revive its fate? Last week’s news that Netflix lost subscribers for the first quarter in ten years led to its stock dropping more than 25%, as well as a flurry of media coverage about how the streaming giant’s […]

  • Mainers – and our Government – Need to Do More To Uphold Tribal Rights

    Mainers – and our Government – Need to Do More To Uphold Tribal Rights

    The long record of tepid, if not downright shameful, support for Maine tribal rights continues. Maine’s tribal nations have less rights than national tribes due to a 1980 settlement that is part of a “history of fraud“, according to a recent government-issued report. In a sign of spring, two new bills offered in both the […]

  • In a Cup of Tea

    A poem about looking more deeply at a cup of tea

  • Between Two Parks – and Laundry Service to Boot: Memories of College Life in Boston

    Between Two Parks – and Laundry Service to Boot: Memories of College Life in Boston

    I’m looking at the large pile of laundry decorating the floor of my son’s room. In a few short months, he’ll be away at college, unbound by my wife and I nudging him to throw in a load or two now and then. I don’t want to be a helicopter parent, but sometimes I fear […]

  • Yes, the Second Trump Impeachment is Divisive. But That Doesn’t Mean it’s Not Necessary.

    The assessment by Congressional Republicans (and some of the public) that this week’s historic second impeachment of President Trump is “divisive” isn’t entirely wrong. The action is literally divisive, in that it will cause Trump supporters to resent further punishment for their actions, which will manifest later when they have either justifiable or perceived “points” […]

  • The Time Has Come for Netflix Live

    Everything goes in cycles. The seasons, cultural trends, and basically every aspect of the internet rises and falls, with all that is old becoming new again (AskJeeves should be rebooted any day now). With that maxim in mind, I think it’s a perfect time for Netflix to keep ahead of its increasingly aggressive competition in […]

  • Radical Caring for Online News: A Call to Confront Two Disappointing Decades of Stagnation

    I’ve worked in the web since the summer of 2000, when I was paid $400 to build a site for a local farm (RIP, Microsoft FrontPage). Fast forward two decades to 2020, and I’m still waiting for online news to break free of stagnation and innovate to improve its delivery and experience for the good […]

  • Some favorite quotes – a running list

    Inspired by chatting in a work Slack channel, l’m taking my list of favorite quotes and making them public, starting with a couple that I think of often. Similar to my running list of comedians I’ve seen, I’ll try to remember to keep this updated as I add new ones to the list. For now, […]

  • Vote Yes on Orono School Bond

    You may have heard that Orono is holding a vote on this coming Tuesday, June 11th to pass a bond in support of some long-overdue upgrades to our crumbling schools. As a proud Orono resident with two children in our schools, I was fortunate to have a role as one of the community representatives in […]