House of Cards and the Expansion of Original Web Series

I envy those people who had the spare 13 hours this weekend to power through Netflix and Kevin Spacey’s new House of Cards show. I’m over halfway through the Netflix original series, starring Spacey as a U.S. Congressman hellbent on obtaining political power and ruining those who cross him. Everything about the show is well…

Use “Inverted Pyramid” When Writing Your Short Bio

I have a tip for all would-be invited guests of any event. When it comes to writing your short-form biography, use the Inverted Pyramid practice of writing so that your most important and relevant info makes it to the top. I’ve been prepping a lot of guest bios for this spring’s MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime…

Have Newspaper Comics Gone Stale?

On the latest CineGeek Webcast, we discussed Fox’s new effort for a Peanuts film. Peanuts, the comic strip by Charles Schulz, has inspired several memorable holiday specials, endless amounts of merchandise, insurance mascots, references in countless works, and so on. It’s also been running in newspapers every day since Schulz’s retirement and death, without a…

This Week’s “Technology is Awesome” Moment

Marvel’s Thor is now streaming on Netflix, a movie streaming service that lets me watch a wide variety of film and television whenever I want on almost whatever I want. Without owning the physical media, I can watch Thor anytime on my television, laptop, iPad or phone. I found out about Thor on Netflix from a…

Tip: Don’t Hyperlink Print

This is a problem I see in some amateur works, taking web copy (“copy” as in text or written content) and converting it into print without reformatting the text. The most obvious sign of this is randomly underlined text, which was previously hyperlinked when on the web. It’s a silly mistake, bringing undue focus to…