Here’s a fascinating story about Peter Wayne Moe and a team of more than a hundred people preparing the Longbranch Whale to hang at Seattle Pacific University. I ask Sandilands where he learned to shoot a crossbow. Was he in the army? Was he a sniper? “Of course not,” he says. “I’m Canadian.” That wasContinue reading “How to Articulate a Whale”
Author Archives: Brian Alvey
“I’m Glad My Mom Died”
“I’m Glad My Mom Died” is an incredible, well-written book — filled with gut punches. Highly recommended. Early in her book, Jennette McCurdy’s mom flips out because her daughter might want to be a writer instead of an actress. Writers are frumpy and fat. Actresses are pretty and skinny. It’s sad, because by this pointContinue reading ““I’m Glad My Mom Died””
Clipisode joined Automattic
I spent half my career building content management systems that competed with WordPress. The first half of my career WordPress didn’t exist. I met Matt Mullenweg in 2004 at SxSW when WordPress was less than a year old. In 2009, I was thrilled that one of my software platforms was used to run 14% ofContinue reading “Clipisode joined Automattic”
Tick, Tick… Boom!
[minor spoiler ahead] My daughter and I watched Tick, Tick… Boom! We loved it. Andrew Garfield can sing. Vanessa Hudgens is a star. So underrated. And the Sunday brunch scene filled with legends from Broadway was a delight. But one scene hit me hard that I wasn’t expecting. It’s well known that Jonathan Larson diedContinue reading “Tick, Tick… Boom!”
Clipisode is shutting down
Clipisode was a ridiculously easy way for brands and stars to get videos from anyone, anywhere. It worked simply by sharing a link. No one had to download, install or join anything to send you a video reply. Clipisode even worked inside apps like Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. You could go fromContinue reading “Clipisode is shutting down”
The most popular software for writing fiction isn’t Word. It’s Excel.
I wrote that in 2011 and it got a bunch of attention. Then every few years someone with a lot of followers would discover it and retweet it and it would get a bunch more attention. I’ve seen it quoted a bunch, sometimes attributed to “anonymous” but usually tweeted without attribution or rewritten as “MoreContinue reading “The most popular software for writing fiction isn’t Word. It’s Excel.”
The Death of Sonos Has Been Delayed
UPDATE: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence sent customers a great reassuring email today. They won’t be bricking older devices and they will make sure mixed networks with old and new devices work. Like I said before, I’m optimistic. I love Sonos. I have loved Sonos for years. They were one of our advertisers when my friendsContinue reading “The Death of Sonos Has Been Delayed”
I’m Buying the Foo Fighters
Gary Vaynerchuk is known for many things. One of them is that he wants to buy the Jets. He often explains that he doesn’t expect to buy them and probably wouldn’t be happy as an NFL owner. But setting a goal of buying the Jets drives him. So I picked a similar goal: Gary kindlyContinue reading “I’m Buying the Foo Fighters”
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The Earp Sister Feels Project
I hadn’t seen the show Wynonna Earp, but obviously it has some passionate fans. Check out how they’re using Clipisode to make group video shows with other fans.