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30 before 30

In 30 before 30, blogs, coding, commentary, decor, entertainment, family, food, hobbies, journalism, literature, Louisville, music, my life, programming, travel on February 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

A lot of things recently have made me reevaluate the person I am and where I’m at in my life — not the least of which is the fact that I’m turning 30 in October.

On one hand, I feel like I can still get into the head of the person I was at 22, when I was living in Bakersfield. But then again, I go over all the things that have happened since then and know that I must have changed.

And lately, I feel like I’ve slacked off on many of my hobbies and taking journeys, which is what made the decade following high school so much fun.

So this has been running through my head, and then I saw friend Maggie Creamer’s blog “Sometimes you need that.” Read the rest of this entry »

I learned Mommy is a zombie, among other things

In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, my life, photography, sarcasm on September 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm


Like some of the other notable traditions that have taken root in Louisville, the annual Zombie Attack Walk started when a small group of people decided to be kooky and others wanted to join in.

In this case, some individuals thought it would be a hoot if they and their friends dressed up as zombies for their shared birthday.

Six years later, the event has grown to include hundreds of undead in a parade of the damned down Bardstown Road.

Elbow to elbow with the mortals on Monday, I watched the stooping and limping masses moan and groan as they made their way to Bearno’s Pizza for the zombie bash.

A nimbler member of the walking dead randomly ran up and shouted at members of the living, trying to raise a scream. Read the rest of this entry »

Bluegrass bubbly, laser beams and beer

In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, music, my life, photography, travel on August 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have a new drink, and it’s all Kentucky.

I tried a sip of “Kentucky champagne” on Friday at Harvest restaurant on Market Street near downtown Louisville. It’s made with Old Forester, Licor 43, Ale-8-One and lemon peel.

The Ale-8-One sweetens the bourbon, taking away any bite.

Considering Harvest is about bringing the local into the kitchen — or the bar, in this instance — this drink fits right in. Nothing gets more Kentucky than Ale 8 and bourbon.

And I’m encouraged by the fact that all of the food served is sustainably raised and in-season. It makes for an interesting, ever-changing menu. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Howl’ roars for free speech

In commentary, entertainment, film, free speech, freedom of speech, history, journalism, literature, music, poetry, storytelling, YouTube on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love it when a movie pulls you in and won’t let you go.

I had that with “Howl” last night.

The movie came out last year and is a pseudo-documentary about beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial that followed the publishing of his famous poem, “Howl.”

Like the poem, parts of the movie are graphic — I’ll warn you. But much like what the poem’s supporters argued during the fracas that ensued following the poem’s publication, the “obscene” words and images in the movie are not used to be lewd and sensational but to describe how Ginsberg saw the 1950s society he was a part of. Read the rest of this entry »

My Morning Jacket gets exposure — by not getting exposure

In branding, commentary, entertainment, Facebook, Google+, journalism, Kentucky, Louisville, music, social media, YouTube on August 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

Since Tuesday I’ve been reading about how My Morning Jacket became one of the first bands to debut a music video on Google+.

The video, which is for “Holdin On To Black Metal,” actually went up Monday, a day before the official release. Since groups, including bands, can’t get pages on Google+ yet, two of the band members, Tom Blankenship and Carl Broemel, posted it on their personal pages.

(Band frontman Jim James doesn’t seem to have a page yet, though a Yim Yames, the pseudonym he used for his solo work, has a bare yet strange profile.)

And the reaction has included fans and others questioning the band’s decision to use Google+, Google’s fledgling social network, for the premiere. Read the rest of this entry »

Must-read stories for any journalist … and American

In Afghanistan, commentary, family, journalism, Kentucky, narrative, photography, storytelling, war on August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I just finished part two of The Virginian-Pilot’s five-day series on the NATO hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Wow. Just … wow.

I rarely cry when I read news stories or even fiction, and this has me tearing up. Writer Corinne Reilly brings the reader into the hospital — which gets some of the worst casualties in Afghanistan — into some of the most heart-wrenching moments a human can endure.

And then the photos, by Ross Taylor, really bring it all to life.

Both aspects are beyond superb and show the power and importance that journalism when done well can have.

Here’s how Reilly begins part one: Read the rest of this entry »

My what-what guide to using social media

In blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, journalism, reporting, social media, technology, Tumblr, Twitter on August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Lately I’ve really attempted to try everything I can get my fingertips on the keyboard for regarding social media.

And I’m overwhelmed.

In other words, my status update for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ would be, “I have so many ways 2 share my thoughts that they’re rendering me speechless. Approaching social media overload. Brain is exploding. (X_X).”

Just under 140 characters of course.

I really had this feeling when I was starting a Tumblr account the other night. I kept wondering what the heck am I going to use this for. I get that Tumblr posts are longer than tweets and shorter than Facebook updates but … still. Read the rest of this entry »

Not gaga for Google+

In apps, blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, iPhone, journalism, Skype, social media, technology, Twitter on July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

OK. I’ll bite. The siren song of a new social media fad beckons, and I can’t avoid its call.

So … I now have a Google+ account.

I signed up last week and have tried to use it more over the last couple of days.

And I respect what Google is going for. It’s like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Foursquare and probably some other applications I haven’t yet realized all wrapped up into one.

And from a marketing and development standpoint, this seems like a solid idea: Why would anyone use five different sites when they could use just one?

Still, I have my doubts that it will reach the popularity of any of these individual sites, but I’ll save my this-upstart-will-never-make-it-in-the-wide-world-of-social-media rant for the end of this post. Read the rest of this entry »

(Insert witty title about me here)

In blogs, branding, commentary, journalism, my life, sarcasm, social media on July 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’ll freely admit that blogs are self-promoting. And, I suppose, this one won’t be any different.

But despite the blatant promotion of me, I hope that my blog will be witty, entertaining, informational, (insert funny, flattering adjective here).

I want to write about journalism, things I come across around town, randomness and maybe a few home improvement projects stuck in between — things that all interest me.

Me, me, me, me, me.

(Insert winky face to show sarcasm here.)

But while I’m on the self-promotion crazy train, I’m going to take this a step further with a little Q&A with myself about my blog.

Bask in the multiple-personality awesomeness.

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