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I’m going home. They say home is where your heart is, and that’s exactly right. My heart is with my family, and they aren’t here. They’re in my house in Dacula, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta. Me? Well, for the…

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Rest in peace, Marilyn Daniel-Ware

Ignorance is definitely bliss. After a lovely, leisurely lunch with some friends today, I grew nostalgic. I thought back to my college days, to when I was doing college radio. I thought about the friends I made when I worked…

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Focus on the outcome, not the tool

I’m fighting with Adobe. Not literally, obviously – I’m not having physical altercations with a multinational corporation. I’m fighting with thier apps, specifically InDesign. And InDesign is winning. The thing is, it shouldn’t be. I’ve used page layout programs for…

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On pop culture, and drowning in abundance

When is the last time you got legitimately excited about a new movie or TV show? When you had a moment where the idea of seeing the premiere genuinely got your energy level up? If you’re like me, it probably…

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Always be closing.

We are salesmen. All of us. I have worked with colleagues who view people in sales and marketing departments with disdain, and I used to share such sentiments. They’re not creative, they’re just selling something other people did. They just…

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Lessons in design, from Don Draper: You are not the work.

John was sweating. He sat in a stiff plastic chair, waiting to be called in. John shifted in his seat, and tightened his tie. He needed to look his best. Don Draper always looked his best. Just two hours before,…

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Lessons in life, from Phil Hartman: Be the Glue

I’ve always been a big fan of Saturday Night Live. And yes, I know that there is a lot of “uncool”-ness reflected in that statement. The show has gone through many peaks and valleys through the years, but I’m still…

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The absent corpse: How Hollywood is hiding us from death

UPDATE: In the wake of the Aurora killings at a movie theatre showing The Dark Knight Rises, and with so many opinions being propagated around movie violence and it’s potential influence on what happened, I thought it would be appropriate…

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Little Moments: How technology connects us more, not less

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, published a blog posting a while back that claimed that technology was making us more self-involved and narcissistic, that the end result of this self-centeredness would be a culture of sociopaths who are more…

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Why was the Prisoner in The Village?

Let’s go to the clues in the show, shall we? In the first episode Arrival, the Prisoner (I will call him the Prisoner because that is what his character is named in the scripts) is told by the New Number…

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Dad.

The human being also known as Paul Douglas Dickerson ended his conscious existence and life sometime during the day of November 5th 2010. He was alone, in his bedroom, in Moody Alabama. He was also my father. The reason I…

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I miss Warren Zevon.

I’m filling the dishwasher after another nondescript day, and I’m listening to the classic rock radio station on the kitchen’s radio station. A comforting flow of innocuous memories, music once vibrant now freeze-dried and repurposed to make Boomers feel Safe…

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Citizen Kane, man-child: The ultimate American

I recently had the great pleasure of re-watching Citizen Kane, one of my favorite films, with the added pleasure of watching it while I listed to Roger Ebert’s great commentary track. Ebert, as many of you may know, has had…

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