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Harbor Sights explores the art of telling compelling, online stories.

22Dec

Who's that knocking on my door?

Death's door is painted red and hangs in my hometown of New City. It's the front door to my dad's house and it seems to dare him to pass through it. So many people seem to be banging on the door from the Other Side, calling him. My mom, Eleanor and now Janet. Pop ignores them and continues watching Turner Classic Movies in black and white.

Pop's health wanes and his will is iron — Fireman Strong. Dad is in the ER again and I bet he rebounds through this episode of exhaustion, too.

17Jul

Bill Simmons, in his prime

I've talked about Bill Simmons in glowing light. He's a long-winded, online friend to many of us. Like that college friend, you haven't seen in a decade, you still know him and know well. To his core, because you both developed your cores together and at the same time.

17Jul

Jared Spool in Action

Last night, I was lucky enough to see Jared Spool give his interactive presentation, "Anatomy of a Design Decision," which reminded me a bit of Dale Earnhardt in his prime.

17Jul

Jared Spool in Action

Last night, I was lucky enough to see Jared Spool give his interactive presentation, "Anatomy of a Design Decision," which reminded me a bit of Dale Earnhardt in his prime.

Jared Spool

16Jul

Why I'm a digital ideaist

I was listening to an archived interview with Dr. John and Terry Gross in my NPR podcast channel. In the interview, Gross asked John how should she describe him: Singer, piano player, songwriter, composer?
 
Now I have been following Dr. John for a long time. Born Mac Rebinac, he started as a guitar player in New Orleans. He was (accidentally) shot in the hand, so he switched to piano. He's a boogie woogie, Cajun, shaman bandleader. He’s diverse enough to be in The Last Waltz and Exile on Main Street.
09Jul

Present simple messages simply

The best way to visually display simple messages is: Simply.

In a Washington Post article on how Metro is trying to get its train drivers to stop at red lights. Through inattention, rote and sometimes tiredness, Metro drivers sometimes drive through red alerts. The mistake can be disastrous.