Overthinking

Tweet Hello! It has been awhile! While recently redesigning my website and shifting my blog to it’s own home within the larger site, I noticed how long it has actually been since I have last blogged. (November 2012, for those curious.) Upon reviewing the drafts I had began, I realized that I spend so much time writing for work that I have largely dropped writing for myself. There are a dozen ideas jotted into drafted posts, waiting for additional research, context and fuller thoughts before hitting a “publish ready” state. I created these drafts with the full intent to readdress them properly into more fully developed posts. However, I abandoned my poor drafts and have almost ceased to write for myself during the past year and a half.   After leaving my job in February, in search of inserting creativity back into my day-to-day, I’ve decided some of this could be met by nurturing more of my own projects, including this blog. And I don’t need to over think my writing that I do here. It is allowed to be an open space for me to express my thoughts and keep far away friends and contacts updated on myself and my work. While this blog began as an outlet to write about marketing and technology, I have grown it to include everything I may feel like posting, including travel and cooking. I am also partially through a project to migrate content I have published on other blogs and sites of mine over the years, in an effort to consolidate my writing. I’ll continue to blog here but it will...

Reading and Holding On

Tweet In celebration of having a home to call my own once again, I subscribed to a handful of magazines. I was sad to see half of my regular magazines are no longer published, since my subscriptions ran out in 2011. ReadyMade and Budget Travel – You will be missed. I highly recommend subscribing to magazines through Amazon. It makes it incredibly easy to keep track of where in your subscription you are, reordering, changing address and viewing your subscription history. It’s also completely transparent when you will be receiving your magazine. To view your magazine subscriptions in Amazon, 1. Log into your account. 2. Under “Orders”, look to the second column, “More Order Actions”, and select “Manage Magazine Subscriptions”. I renewed my subscriptions to Time Out New York, Nylon and Harper’s Bazaar. I also added Elle Decor, Town & Country and Better Homes and Gardens, which I find myself buying frequently in airports and bodegas. A few months ago, I also subscribed to the International Herald Tribune. A newspaper subscription in the year 2012 — on my Kindle Fire. Digital magazine publishing is still many years away from even tempting me to quit buying the physical editions. I want to rip pages out and save them. A few, I want to keep on my shelf in their entirety to go back and reference. I want to take them with me, pick up in the middle, and browse backwards, if I please. The major publishers have vendors who digitalize their entire catalog, and possibly even handle distribution, and there is a lot lost in this transaction. It feels like...

An Introduction To ifttt

Tweet I put together a little introduction to ifttt, one of my new favorite web-based tools. An Introduction To ifttt View more presentations from Tessa...

Thanks For Everything Steve

Tweet “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve...

Experiencing Media – Tourist Habits

Tweet It’s my own fault for traveling to almost exclusively capital cities but my entire time in Europe has been a sport in avoiding tourists. Here inside the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, I don’t know why I find myself surprised that so many visitors spend longer reading the descriptions, listening to their audio guides and playing on their cellphones than actually seeing the art. I keep getting run over. You can view these pieces online, in books, and likely, even on television if you catch the right program. Why go to a museum? Is it just something to do? The acquisition of ticked boxes that make individuals feel like they are feeding themselves culture. Providing postcard and dinner fodder? They jump from one famous piece to another, quickly brushing by the rest. Do these individuals view these heralded artists because they have been told they are of importance? Do these individuals not have interest in the artist’s journey? The general public seems to have an affinity for mankind’s (and other kind’s) journey and development when you apply this idea to film or literature. Is it our own fault for not teaching art like we teach literature? What about the artist has earned them such notoriety for their work? Do these individuals realize that they are even cheating their experiences? Does it even matter? Their dollars (euros, in this example) still help the museum survive. Is this why museums don’t seem to care? I posted a quick tweet about my plans for the day on my way to the Van Gogh Museum and another notable Amsterdam museum, Rijksmuseum, responded...