Favorite Movie and Game Tropes, Part 1

In movies, TV, and games alike there are some recognizable and often humorous tropes. These are creative motifs and clichés that we often see repeated, and along the way I’ve picked up a few that seem so common they’re practically part of the movie/game making playbook. The Poker Hand Bias In order to portray how…

The Blogosphere Trims Down; Blogging is not Dead

Is blogging dead (or dying)? I’ve seen this question raised a few places recently, particularly on Problogger. The main point raised in most of these suppositions is the marked decrease in activity in the blogging world. There are less active blogs than a few years ago, and less new ones being created by teens and…

The “Fluff” That Prevents Missed Opportunities

Despite the constant insistence that print is dead and that people apparently have 2 second attention spans, people in fact continue to read and research, and continue to pick up brochures and ask for sales sheets. I think the perception a business creates with materials like these is a really downplayed aspect of business as we become…

Fenix E12 AA Flashlight Review

As the successor to the excellent Fenix E11, the E12 takes the proven versatility of AA flashlights and brings some new features to the table. Features Overview: Takes one AA battery (Ni-MH or Alkaline) Three output modes: 130 lumens HIGH, 50 lumens MEDIUM, and 8 lumens LOW Battery life of 1.5 hours on HIGH, 6.5 hours on…

They’re More of a Competitor Than You Think

Clients I’ve worked with personally or alongside web developers occasionally have some assumptions about SEO that cloud the value they see in the effort required. One of these erroneous assumptions in particular that’s come up recently is the assumption that certain competitors are not really competitors because they don’t target exactly the same customers, and…