Chuck Barris and the Art of Not Giving a F…

The Gong Show was a thing when I was in high school, for the brief, shining moment that it lasted. I thought it was hysterical, and weird, and subversive insofar as it seemed to upset a lot of nominal adults. Strange people with little or no talent, behaving oddly and in some cases outright badly.…

That Time I Teamed Up with Dick Tracy to Catch a Federal Fugitive

Back in 2005 I was working as a manager at Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona. One day a man in a standard-issue “detective” suit and tie — you know, the “I dress like this because I have to, not because I want to” look — comes in and identifies himself as United States Marshal…

The State of Things: February 2017 in Review

As February comes to an end things are not where I want them to be, but that’s simply my own impatience. Most projects are right on schedule. The things that are behind all involve tasks that I haven’t done before, or haven’t mastered, so the deadlines and timetables were best guesses. 2017 is the year…

Berin’s Rules for Blogging

Following up on Berin’s Rules for Social Media, here are Berin’s Rules for Blogging. A concise set of guidelines and expectations around what I do here in this space, as well as why and even a bit of how I do it. This should be considered a living document, which means I reserve the right…

Berin’s Rules for Social Media

In seeking a way to balance staying in touch with friends, communicating with readers and customers, and maintaining a reasonable level of productivity, I’ve been working on guidelines for social media use. These are for both personal and professional use, recognizing that the nature of my life is such that the boundary between the two…