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My Indiana Jones Phase

The cover of the first issue of Archaeology that I worked on as a member of its staff.

This post is way overdue, as I’ve been working at Archaeology magazine for a while now. Anyway, yes, that happened. My former managing editor at Seed, Claudia Valentino, plucked me out of the freelance ranks (just as a lot of my regular gigs were hitting transitional moments) and brought me on staff at Archaeology, where she recently became editor in chief. (Claudia doesn’t have a website, so I’ll just link to this story she recently wrote for More.)

As an opportunity, this is huge. I haven’t been able to do a lot of magazine editing thus far in my career, given the explosion in web properties and demand for more quickly produced content. I am really excited to acquire some new skills. And I know Claudia is an ideal shepherd for me improving my craft.

An immense bonus to this new venture is that Archaeology‘s deputy editor is my close homey Samir Patel. We’ll likely hang out and talk music and sports all day. (I mean, when we’re not editing and writing archaeology pieces.)

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Education Blogging at GOOD

It’s 2010. After a year of some soul-searching, unemployment-collecting and taking every possible opportunity handed to me, I have finally put together a reasonably solid base for a freelance career. I suppose that was my 2009 accomplishment.

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R.I.P. Jerry Fuchs

jerrybwchkTonight, in Brooklyn, friends of Jerry Fuchs are gathering to share their grief, but also to share stories and celebrate the life of an extraordinary person. I count myself as a friend of Jerry’s and am both deeply saddened by his passing, as well as the fact that I cannot attend his memorial and be a physical part of the community he built in New York City. So, I’ve decided to write my thoughts and share my stories here:

Life just isn’t fair. If it were, people like Jerry Fuchs would live forever.

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Teaming Up with My Pops

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So, my dad and I now have a joint web venture. It’s not going to be the next Gawker or ScienceBlogs or anything, but it’s surprisingly of-the-moment, especially for peanut butter fiends. We just launched a blog dedicated to food safety. It’s called Food Safety Policy. (Sexy, right? My dad’s a former academic, so go easy.)

Anyway, we’re combining my ability to post things to a weblog with his ability to know what he’s talking about–as long as it’s about food safety–to bring news and analysis on our increasingly worrisome food supply. (Pet food, spinach, jalapenoes, oh my!)

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‘Bill Gates Must Die’*

Yesterday, I bought an iPhone. I think that officially makes me an Apple fanboy. My watershed purchase occurred just two weeks after Steve Job’s chief rival—Bill Gates—departed as CEO of Microsoft.

Gates is probably the most famous person I have ever interviewed, so I thought I would take this moment—a little late, I know—to link to a video that videographer John Pavlus made of my interview at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. (As a bonus, I am also including a short of me getting my ass kicked by a vest that translates a gunshot wound from a first-person shooter onto the gamer’s body.)

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Sorry about the Scaffolding …

Clearly this page is under construction. Still, there are some clips for you to peruse, as well as an email address and phone number to aid you in stalking me.

I’ll fix this place up over the next couple of weeks and start posting thoughts from time to time–hopefully building up to a reliable frequency you can base your life around.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by.

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