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Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

Interdrone: Smile for the Drone – Trends in Aerial Cinematography

norma desmond drone

In Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond says, “Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Now, there is one more element to that mix: drones. And that close-up can pull back, rise up into the air, and in one continuous shot show you all of Beverly Hills as if you're looking down from heaven. Drones' potential has not been lost on Hollywood. Read More »

Interdrone: Drones Saving Lives in Firefighting and Search and Rescue


When time is of the essence and lives are at stake, drones can make all the difference. This was the conclusion of men who have made a commitment to save the lives of others. They sat down at Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep-9-11, to share rescue techniques. The panel, “Saving Lives: Firefighting and Search and Rescue Tactics” was led by custom drone builder Kerry Garrison. Read More »

Interdrone: Drones and Dronalism, Coming Soon to a TV Station Near You

hong long

Dronalism – the use of drones to provide TV news footage – will be coming soon to a station near you. Or maybe not. TV journalists, like many early adopters of drone technology, face resistance from a variety of sources. Read More »

Interdrone: Passion, Problems and Potential of Drone Technology


On its first day, Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas, Sep-9-11, displayed the passion, problems and potential of this new technology and movement. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Rififi’ – Film-noir Heist Flick All Filmmakers and Everyone Else Should Watch


The 1955 film Rififi should be screened and studied by every screenwriter and filmmaker. It is a near perfect example of a heist flick. Read More »

Concert Review: Ayla Brown and Madison Rising Bring Country and Rock to Veterans Rally

Ayla Brown

Patriotism, country music by former 'American Idol' finalist Ayla Brown and rock and roll by Madison Rising made the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Defend Freedom Tour a treat for the spirit and the ears. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Six Gun Savior’ – Eric Roberts Brings the Sexy Back to Cowboy Boots

Six Gun Savior

Westerns haven’t been sexy to Hollywood producers for a long time, but a plucky group of filmmakers is trying to change that. And they got Eric Roberts to play the devil with "Six Gun Savior." Read More »

SXSW V2V: Warning – You’re Losing Money by Not Being a Cultural Architect

shane green sxsw-v2v

“The secret to great service brands, like Starbucks, Nordstrom and Nespresso, is that they inspire the customer experience through their teams,” said SGEi president Shane Green. It’s mindset and behaviors. These create a reputation. In today’s social media-focused environment your reputation is your brand. How you do things is how people will see you in the marketplace.” Read More »

SXSW V2V: Growth Hacking in 10 Easy Steps

Vincent Dignan

“Grow fast or die slow,” was the quote from growth mentor Samir Patel (@meetsamir) that Vincent Dignan used to set the tone for his presentation, “Growth Hacking Live: Boost Your Startup in Realtime.” Dignan spoke to a room overflowing with startup entrepreneurs at SXSW V2V, a four-day (July 19-22) educational event in Las Vegas. He knows that quote is true. ... Read More »

SXSW-V2V: Ten Amazing Apps That Could Change Your Life


The V2Venture Competition at SXSW V2V enabled early-stage startups to pitch their products and/or services to industry experts and investors. Ten applications particularly impressed me. Read More »