Principles of Contracts: Material Interest

—- —– Previous chapter: You CAN Fight City Hall —- —– I was beginning to think I’d never return to this series. Please bear in mind as you read the following that I am not a lawyer, and none of the below is legal advice. These are thoughts on business… Continue reading

The Write Stuff

If, like me, you love writing, you may have noticed that, when you get to a certain point, writing isn’t just about writing (if it ever was in the first place). It starts to eat your life. Ideas come faster than you can write them down, you start to accumulate… Continue reading

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 04

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have an update on the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign, and talk about how to manage rapid expansion when projects get too big to keep in your head. Documentation, wikis, war boards, how they work in a collaborative environment–and how not having them… Continue reading

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 03

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have an update on the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign, and the unexpected consequences of having all your hard work pay off exactly as you hoped–and how to survive them. Within you will find: A conversation on dealing with post-project letdown. Reading: A… Continue reading

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 02

Better late than never, right? This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we lift the veil on the goings-on at AWP in the run-up to the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign. We talk about what it took to put the video feature together, how we survived it, and the methods we… Continue reading

You Are Not the Customer–You Are the Product

My gripe session about Dropbox’s new TOS and my presentation (wherein I all but came out and shouted that it’s stupid to use a free cloud-based backup service) understandably rankled a healthy percentage of the commenters. My fellows in the hacking community, who eat, sleep, and breathe security issues, described… Continue reading

Podcasting 101: The Basics (Recording)

From time to time, people ask me about how to produce the audio for a basic podcast. If you’re considering doing this, here’s a basic tutorial: 1) You’ll need a good recording device. The most cost-effective and technically simplest way to do it is to pick up a Zoom H2… Continue reading

What’s in a Name? (Creating Kickass Titles)

There’s a black art to titles. Some of them have it, some of them don’t. “What’s ‘It’–aside from a Stephen King novel?” you ask. “It” is that thing that makes you notice. The thing that makes you pick up a book and look at the back cover. The thing that… Continue reading

Writing Odyssey: Lessons Learned

If you want the background for this post, check The Binge post for a description of my recent unintentional astronomical word count adventure. Short version: I wrote one hundred twenty three thousand words in fifty days. Yow. So, you may ask, what did I learn from writing 123k words in… Continue reading