thoughts on public relations, marketing and a charmed life

And you thought you knew everything about Italians

It’s easy to assume that North American Italian culture is an apples-to-apples comparison to European Italian culture. And if you, like me, assumed that to be the case, you’d be wrong.

I recently interviewed a Canadian named Marissa Janzen who lived for two years in Milan for The Expats. She taught at an English school there, and moved there sort of on a whim. [Continue reading]

A new year, some new goals

At the beginning of every year, I set new goals. I don't like to call them resolutions — they just seem harder to keep to me that way. Although I kind of conflate the two in the video I made about it this week. Oops. Anyway, I'm getting back in … [Continue reading]

YouTube tags: I totally did one

I've long been fascinated by the YouTube tag phenomenon. It seems like a good device to use to make a video when you don't have a topic you really want to discuss. And sometimes, they're totally funny. So I totally did one. I answered the "17 … [Continue reading]

Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa

When I watch a TV show that I like, I become obsessed with it. I'll watch it all the way through over and over again. It's really annoying for family and friends. "What do you want to watch?" they ask "30 Rock for the tenth time!" I … [Continue reading]

Achievement unlocked: INBOX ZERO

My work email used to be an oppressive nightmare of thousands and thousands of messages: 21,000 to be more precisely. For over two years, I failed to archive or sort a single message. And so a few weeks ago I undertook a question to sort or delete … [Continue reading]