Recovering journalist. Visual storyteller. Digital nomad. Natural history + current events. Raconteur. Cultural anthropology.
I hope that somewhere in here I will talk about a creator who will intrigue + inspire you.
Machine Learning? You Can Have It.
Alrighty then! First a disclosure. The opinions stated here are those of a flesh-and-blood human being — or, as AI may tell you, a deeply flawed, overly emotional, self-absorbed carbon unit unfit for purpose, when the purpose is designing machine learning algorithms.
Of Libraries and Bad-Ass Librarians
True story. In the Sahara Desert in the mid 2000s, following the global chaos of the 9/11 terror attacks and in the wake of al-Qaeda and Isis insurgencies across much of the Sahel, the semi-arid African region that borders the southern edge of the world’s largest, most expansive desert, a small band of self-taught antiquarians and librarians vowed to hide priceless ancient Arabic texts written on parchment and bound in books, some dating back to the 15th century and earlier.
‘Unnur’ Finds Grace and Beauty in the Great Outdoors
There are so many haunting, revealing moments in Unnur, filmmaker Chris Burkard’s short film about Elli Thor, an Icelandic adventure photographer and single dad raising Unnur, his eight-year-old daughter, on Iceland’s remote windswept coastline, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Murder, He Wrote
It was when someone told me about a crash of rhinos that I hit the wall. It was one of those things that come up in casual conversation, when going down the road the of fact-finding factoids inevitably brings you to the weird and wacky anomalies of the English language, and how there’s a word for everything — even when there isn’t.
Method to The Method’s Madness
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” — Carl Jung First, the “If This.”
How Video Review is Wrecking Footy
They call it VAR, and you can be forgiven for wondering what the (heck) that is. Technically, VAR it stands for Video Assistant Referee, which you probably know better as “the guy in charge of video replay.” (And it’s almost always a guy.)
The contributor to a well-known writing hub was outraged. Outraged! He had scored a quickie interview with one of the world’s leading scientists, but he was [darned] if he could come up with the writing hub’s required 600 word-minimum.
Unmasking The Masked Singer
Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, you're so over The Voice. It's not all that. Not what it used to be, anyway. Maybe it was jazzy once, in the beginning, when everything seemed fresh and new. Now, though, The Voice feels like, if not a broken record exactly, a little overfamiliar.