I’m Going to Write a Bunch of Articles to Promote My New Book, if You Don’t Steal Them First

I’m Going to Write a Bunch of Articles to Promote My New Book, if You Don’t Steal Them First

When I worked as a sales guy for the now-defunct Canadian retail chain Future Shop, my colleagues and I were constantly at each other’s throats for “scooping” customers. It was survival of the fittest — a limited number of sales to go around on any given day. In that environment, lack of ethics was a […]

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Doing away with Okay in Writing (and Life)

Doing away with Okay in Writing (and Life)

I cracked the psychology of a character in my forthcoming novella Clickbait today. This guy, Bryan, has been just kind of sitting there, nestled in between the book’s other 5 characters, being a bit of a bore. He wasn’t really on my radar because his story just kind of fit with everything else without being […]

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Archillect: When Data Comes to Life

Archillect: When Data Comes to Life

Last week I interviewed Murat Pak, the creator of @Archillect, an artificial (or synthetic) intelligence that curates online images. As people’s reactions started to pour in, one pattern above all caught my eye. Certain people were stunned when they realized for the first time that their favourite curator of beautiful, inspiring images was not, in […]

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The Morning Purge… I Mean Pages

The Morning Purge… I Mean Pages

I’ve been working through a great book called The Artist’s Way for about five months now, which provides a self-directed course on breaking through artistic blocks and cultivating creativity. One of the most useful ideas is the “morning pages,” which consist of a daily, three-page word dump, wherein you write out anything and everything that […]

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The Bland Hellworld of Circumscribed Authenticity

The Bland Hellworld of Circumscribed Authenticity

This recent article in the Verge describes a trend in design towards something called “Airspace” in cafes, web design, and Air Bnb-Style micro-accommodation. Essentially, the idea is that a certain group’s desire for authentic experiences has inadvertently driven designers across industries towards a homogenized sameness — achingly tasteful artisinal accents embedded within a bright zen […]

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5 Great Ways to Avoid Killing the Conversation

5 Great Ways to Avoid Killing the Conversation

One of the buzziest marketing words out there is the notion of “tribes” – groups of people with a shared worldview – which was popularized by Seth Godin’s eponymous title. A tribe in this sense doesn’t generally organize along demographic lines, but rather through shared values and passions. Of course marketers want to be able […]

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Making room for a new vision

Making room for a new vision

That’s what it comes down to, that feeling when you seem like you’ve lost your way on a project, on a career track, on the life you’d always imagined. Sometimes it falls apart. Sometimes it’s insanity to keep clinging to a vision, despite all of the sacrifices you’ve made to get this far — despite […]

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