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While normal people were sleeping, friend and web developer Humuhumu was cranking out a new set of banners that I'll rotate on Alcademics. She even provided an idiot-proof template for the Photoshop-challenged user that is me to make additional banners going forward. She is The Awesome. Keep her in mind for your web graphic/design/programming projects! Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

I recently read the book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky to gain some more insight on the changing media landscape in the age of digital publishing. My question was basically: What is the future of journalism and news publishing in an age when everybody can start a blog and become a publisher? (Read: Should I be looking for a new profession?) The book covers a lot more ground than just my question, but does a great job at addressing it and hinting at the future. In the olden days the cost of printing... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

How do I look? After much work with my friend best known by her tiki name, Humuhumu, Alcademics has been redesigned. Humu has designed websites including Critiki, Ooga-Mooga, and the website for Smuggler's Cove as well. This is how this site used to look: I tried to work as much as possible within the framework of the Typepad back-end, with Humu adding custom CSS and additional graphics when necessary. There are big changes such as rearranging the main content column to the center and highlighting it with large text, and darkening the background color for easier reading. There were also... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Come See Me at the MCC (Or on your computer)

I'll be speaking on a panel about social media at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic early next week in New York. Bartenders, Bloggers, and Brands Event Date: 5/18/2010, 12:15 pm - 1:45 PM The Study at Astor Center, 399 Lafayette at East 4th Street with Lindsey Johnson, Jason Littrell, Camper English, and TBD Blogger This panel will explore how social media can best benefit everyone in the liquor industry. Lindsey, the CEO of Lush Life Productions- the leader in digital media creation in the liquor industry- will explain the best practices for brands as they take their first steps in this... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Content and Social Media versus Traditional Media

Like most everybody, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the new role of social media and the decline of traditional media. But unlike a lot of people my livelihood depends on one or the other. I'm a freelance writer who blogs, hoping that if money stops flowing to one income stream it will flow into the other. On the journalism end, companies are spending less on advertising. Since advertising pays for the journalism that surrounds it, there are less newspapers and magazines around, and those still around have reduced their size. Thus there is generally less journalism... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

You may have noticed something funky in this month's glossy San Francisco city magazines. Jordan Mackay, long the wine and spirits writer for 7x7 Magazine, has a piece in San Francisco Magazine. And if you picked up 7x7 Magazine you may have noticed a story by me in it, and I've been writing for San Francisco Magazine for five years. Then again, you may not have noticed at all. People were constantly asking about my 7x7 stories and I have little doubt Jordan was often questioned about San Francisco Magazine. In other writer switch news, Eater San Francisco writer Paolo... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Passing the B.A.R.

This past fall I took the B.A.R., Beverage Alcohol Resource, five-day course in New York. The course has two levels- "Ready" and "Certified", with the only difference in the number of drinks one has to make within a certain time on the practical bartending exam. The course ran for about 12 hours each day for the first four days, with nearly a full day of testing on the last day. It was a real butt-kicker. People seemed to come away with different impressions of the course, but what stuck out most to me was what you need to know not... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.