Nov 172017
 
Talking Oregon Pinot Noir with Ken Wright

Last week Gabriele and I spent an enjoyable and educational evening learning the finer details of Oregon Pinot Noir. Our instructor was Ken Wright, owner of the eponymous wine company and all around evangelist of Pinot Noir. Background on Wright from the Prince of Pinot — a fantastic online source: “Wright left a position at […]

Oct 252017
 
Durham Wine Finds

Gabriele and I are just back from a week in Durham, NC. We rented a house through Airbnb in a laid back neighborhood not far from the campus of Duke University. It was a fun week, and we enjoyed some new wines while we were there. Hands down the best meal we had was at […]

Sep 072017
 
Federal Marketing Interview with Ginger Kessler

My agency StoryTech Consulting has been keeping me very busy, and it’s been too long since I published an interview with an IT or media leader. So I’m pleased to present this interview with Ginger Kessler, a proven marketing executive who has spent years helping the federal government modernize its IT infrastructure. Disclosure — Ginger […]

Aug 172017
 
Talking B2G Content Marketing with Government Marketing University

Recently the Government Marketing University reached out to me for a Q&A on business to government content marketing to appear in their newsletter. GMarkU is an emerging institution that applies a collaborative, community-based approach toward knowledge sharing and skills development in the field of public sector marketing. I’ve been involved since the early stages of […]

Aug 012017
 
Talking Content Marketing with The Creative Marketing Zone

Last month I was interviewed for a podcast on B2B and B2G content marketing. The podcast is part of an ongoing series moderated by Eric Koch, founder of The Creative Marketing Zone. Eric is a dogged and innovative marketer, and our firms have collaborated in the past on behalf of clients. It was a pleasure […]

Jul 172017
 
E46 M3 Front Brake Rotors and Pads Replacement

This weekend I replaced the front brake rotors and pads on my 2006 BMW M3. None of the components were totally worn and the brake sensor warning was not illuminated, but the rotors were original to the car and the pads were at least five years old. By my DIY standards front brake rotors and […]

Jun 262017
 
Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2017

A few weeks ago Mary Meeker came out with her latest Internet Trends report. I’ve been writing about these for the past few years — here’s a link if you’d like background on her or the report. Some nuggets plucked out by Recode that I agree are interesting: Global smartphone growth is slowing: Smartphone shipments […]

May 302017
 
E46 M3 Shift Knob Replacement

Over the holiday weekend I completed a small DIY project I’d wanted to do for some time. I replaced the worn out shift knob and boot in my 2006 E46 M3 with a brand new piece. That sounds straightforward enough, but I wanted to improve on the original. The car had a short shifter kit […]

May 152017
 
Fine Savannah Dining

We’re just back from a week spent in Savannah, Georgia. It was a relaxing holiday with a lot of good food, and the finest meal we had out was at the well-known Savannah landmark Elizabeth on 37th. As you can see in the picture above, you walk up to a beautiful old mansion in the […]

Apr 212017
 
Affordable Bordeaux Redux and Other New Favorites

I’ve written previously on this site about the challenge of finding affordable Bordeaux wine. The wines are out there, but the average wine drinker needs help deciphering which ones deliver good value. Fortunately, the metro DMV area has a number of excellent wine stores that can help. I’ve written previously about Calvert Woodley in DC, […]

Mar 302017
 
Here We Go Again -- BMW Airbag Recall

Last week I received a letter from BMW about the air bag in my 2002 M5. The driver side airbag made by Takata is potentially defective and they are instructing me to have it replaced. I wrote about this issue at length last year, when I got a letter about my 2006 M3. The problem […]

Mar 202017
 
U.S. Cybersecurity Requires Deterrence

When you do content marketing for technology companies, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest IT developments and trends. This is especially true in a field like cybersecurity. Fortunately, as part of client projects I’m often able to attend conferences and trade shows that both keep me up to speed and provide the fodder […]