“Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” said Mark Twain, long before the advent of the personal weather station.
You still can’t really do anything about the weather but you can certainly measure it, report about it, collect live weather data and send it to the Internet and display the results all over your house. That’s been my passion over the past 15 years, and I’ll show you how you can do it with your own personal weather station. Continue reading
If you’re a blogger, you also must be a photographer. Where to start? I’ve been taking pictures for 50 years, and I’m here to help.
In this post, I’ll show you 20 examples of product photography I’ve taken over the past year for the blog you’re reading now and on my previous job as senior editor of Mashable. I’ll tell you why I made the choices I did, and why I think these pictures work within the context of a personal blog. Continue reading
You won’t believe what this quartet of jugglers has accomplished in this remarkable video. In their video titled “Carpool Lane,” they miraculously throw and catch 15 pins or rings at the same time. Their spectacular coordination and concentration seems to defy the laws of physics. Continue reading
The 2014 political advertising season is about to begin, but you needn’t be its victim again this year. I’m here to help. In this article, I’ll show you how to eliminate almost all that bullshit advertising from your life. Continue reading
If you’re getting your broadband service through a cable provider like Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Mediacom or many others, you’re probably renting a cable modem.
When I found out I could stop paying that $5.99 monthly rental fee [update 7/1/15: now it’s $7.99, a 33.3% increase in two years!] by buying one myself and then returning the rental cable modem to Time Warner, I picked one up for $82 and stuck it to The Man. I’ll never pay a cable modem rental fee again, and neither should you. Continue reading
Are you a slow typist? There are plenty of websites and software that can help you learn to type faster, but I have an easier solution: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 speech-recognition software for Windows. And now I’ve found an incredible deal on this life-changing software. Continue reading
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) coming up in a few weeks, you might be wondering how all that information gets to you. It’s traditionally done with a tremendous amount of effort, personnel, equipment and money. But my colleague Curtis Walker and I developed a better way to cover CES that’s cheaper, faster and better in every way: We call it avatar journalism. Continue reading
Even after listing 75 writing errors in parts one and two of this ongoing series, I haven’t mentioned hundreds more writing, usage and style errors that could seriously diminish a professional writer’s credibility.
I’m sure you aren’t one of those error-prone authors, and there won’t be a single thing on this list that trips you up. But you might want to take a look at it just to be sure. Continue reading