Columns

The Feds vs. A Fruit

I want to share my (fairly unoriginal) thoughts regarding the Apple/FBI issue that has been in the news for the past month or so. Let’s start off with a quote: “I can tell you, the first time we do have trouble getting into a cell phone, we’re going to seek…

TR-8R: Transmedia and the Internet’s Star Wars Hero

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has given the internet a new hero. It’s not Finn, the former stormtrooper turned resistance fighter or Rey, the highly capable desert scavenger with a mysterious past.  It a First Order stormtrooper who only appears in a single scene. The seemingly nameless riot control stormtrooper…

Blackstar: Trolled by the Goblin King

On November 19, 2015, I fell in love with a song that had just been posted on YouTube. Accompanied by a surrealist 10-minute music video, this was what can only be classified as “weird shit.” The song was called Blackstar, by David Bowie. From the opening moments, all I could…

Tell Me What You Want (What You Really, Really Want)

I was at a holiday party. Stranded. Cornered in the kitchen. Forced to answer the question, “What do you want to do with your life?” I was evasive. Slippery. Mouth full of platitudes: “Well, I like what I do…” “I didn’t ask you what you like. I asked you what…

Millennialing A Murderer

On January 11th, 2016, at around 11:30 PM, Michael Leonberger climbed out of bed and made his way down the hall for a glass of water. It would be the last glass of water he would ever drink, before… BAM! The intruder nailed him in the back of the skull!…

for Digital Graffiti

From January 19-26th, I was fortunate enough to have been invited and involved in the Alys Foundation’s Visiting Artist Series. The week long residency was organized by the curator of Digital Graffiti, Brett Phares, and brought together three of the award-winning artists from DG2015. This included Yandell Walton, Sean Capone,…

Friend for the Future

In the book Financially Fearless (which I am reading because I am a cliched twenty-something without any clue about how to manage my finances, TV-Sitcom-Stereotype, natch!), Alexa von Tobel posits that you have to think of your future self as a friend. You’ll only save for the future, she says,…

Low Prices and Low Expectations

I’m not sure if you heard, but an early leader in consumer electronics megastores is trying to make a comeback. Before I even begin, I want you to keep this playing in the background as you read my column. It sets the mood, and it features a man juggling VHS tapes. What more do you need? …

Happy New Year (I Hope It’s Not Too Late)

It’s deep winter, a new year, and I’d like to leave you something warm. I was going to pound out some diatribe about political correctness. About how kindness is not censorship, about how being conscientious is not the same as being cowardly, about the validity of social justice. And, in…

Missed Connections

Missed Connections is a sound piece featured at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival at The University of Richmond, 2015. The piece consists of samples of the composer’s voice reading from the missed connections section of Craigslist for Richmond, VA. By the appropriation of sounds and words, the piece evokes the humor, subversiveness, and yearning that…