This Amazon Book By… Who?

James Altucher wrote recently about how one of his books was plagiarized on Amazon. (Newsletter only, so no link.) He’s had it up on the site for some time, but someone from Bangladesh was able to copy the whole book, create an author account using James’s name in all caps (and use their own name…

The Evolution of Food and Brain Power

Some point around the Paleolithic period early humans started using rudimentary tools. I like to imagine someone getting angry and throwing a stick at a tree, accidentally knocking fruit down and realizing, hey, that’s a cool trick. We may have slowly gotten smart enough to try things like that, and reveled in the ability to make fire.…

SEO Stories and the Learning Curve of Mentors

Most of the time when people blog about SEO techniques they talk about them in an abstract way. I was thinking about my path into this industry today and chuckled at a few memories of following the wrong people many years ago. Thought they’d be good to share here. 1. “SEO is dead!” and the bandwagon…

Anatomy of a Fiction Hero, Part 1

Heroes in stories aren’t always purely good or evil. In fact, the best ones usually aren’t. But there seems to be a balancing act to create a likeable character that slants one way or another. You can create a villain who is indeed an asshole that the reader (or viewer) enjoys. The kind of villain…

The Power of Isolation

With all of our computers, smartphones, and tablets these days it’s easier than ever to get things done from pretty much anywhere. Add the cloud into that, and we’re connected virtually all the time. But there’s a downside to that: we’re connected virtually all the time. The effects of this sneak up on us. While…

21st Century Servitude

I was doing some research for a client piece recently that involved stats on sick days and how many people come to work sick rather than staying home. At first reading that 60% of workers continue coming to work while sick didn’t surprise me. Most places I’ve worked I ended up alongside someone with the…