Earth community. 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.
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.)
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.
The Dead Drop
She had that unsettling feeling the moment the snow lifted and she could see the cabin through the midwinter trees, somber and oddly still in the gloom. There was no sign of life inside, not even the telltale smoke from the chimney, just the eerie quiet of the white, snowbound forest all around. She paused, and that moment of dread rippled over her once again, that moment she hoped would never come but, deep down, knew it would.
Sports and Politics Walk The Line
Football’s greatest legends: Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Neymar and now Kylian Mbappé, choosing a worthy candidate for the title ‘Greatest Player in the History of the Game’ is both spectator sport and blood sport, and changes with the times.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
Are you an NBA or Major League Baseball fan? Not many sports fans in North America follow the machinations of the European soccer leagues — “football” to those in the UK — but citing the NBA or MLB seems the most effective way to tell sports fans here about a crazy new proposal called “the Super League” that has the potential to upend everything footie fans have grown to like and love about Premier League soccer in the UK — and La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 in other countries as well.
Never Grow Old
Few could be less qualified to talk about black women in music than I am. After all, I’m a white, middle-class male of late middle age who grew up in a working-class neighborhood in North London, listening to the film music of John Barry and grooving to The Beatles.