How Uber Feeds an Appetite for Disruption

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The news about Uber rolling out self-driving cars later in August underscores the reason why Uber has become a multi-billion dollar brand within seven years: Uber's core competence is not ride-sharing -- it's disruption. Uber has consistently developed and modified its business model to either drive or participate in disruption. Consider ...

A Place of Magic

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Photo credit: Brian Schultz “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now . . . Come further up, come further in!” -- C.S. Lewis, The Last ...

Why Ed Sheeran Might Need to Pay up in Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Ed Sheeran is having a tough summer. In June, the writers of Matt Cardle’s single "Amazing" slapped Sheeran with a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming that Sheeran's 2014 song "Photograph," from his album X, copied "note-for-note" Cardle's "Amazing," written in 2009. On August 10, Sheeran was hit with another ...

“Revolver”: Great Art Endures 50 Years Later

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I cannot let Friday end without commenting on Revolver, which was released 50 years ago today. I didn’t get into the album until after I’d freed myself from the Beatles’ mythology, broadened my own musical tastes, and learned to appreciate the album for its musical merits alone. In context of the ...

Memorable Album Covers: “Exile on Main St.”

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Whenever I see the cover of Exile on Main St., I think of my courtship with Janice Deal in the late 1980s. We learned about each other through our vinyl collections during that time. Jan's Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel albums gave me a glimpse into her poetic artistry that ...

Your Audience Is Always Watching

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Photo credit: Ivan Phillips Your audience is always watching even if you can't see them. Years ago, I was hanging out at one of those sweaty summer suburban festivals where the food consists of elephant ears and the carnival rides look like they're held together with rust. Amid the squirt gun games ...

Memorable Album Covers: Elton John’s “Greatest Hits”

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Have you ever come across someone who captures a style that you can admire but never hope to emulate? Elton John made me awestruck when I found a copy of Greatest Hits in my sister Karen's room when I was a kid. The album came out at a time when ...

How Pokémon Go Took Over the World with Augmented Reality

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

They're in my house. They're in my car. They're following me to the store. Of course, I'm speaking of the Pokémon who inhabit the world of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has invaded the lives of smartphone owners all over the world since its general release July 6. ...

Google Creates a Virtual Reality Future

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Google wants virtual reality to be everyone's reality. During the week of June 27, Google demonstrated its commitment to making VR a mainstream experience. To wit: On June 27, Google announced an expansion of its Expeditions program, through which teachers armed with tablets, phones, and a Google Cardboard viewer can take students ...

Awakening the Ghost of Jim Morrison

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

My life changed 35 years ago today. During the summer of 1981, I was living in Neumarkt, Germany, a little town nestled in the Bavarian hills. I was the guest of a couple of families kind enough to host a high school graduate whose idea of preparing for college was growing ...