Intellectual Growth: Life-Long Learning

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” ~Albert Einstein Not too long ago I wrote a piece about life-long learning called Rust Never Sleeps. Here’s an excerpt: “In the age of information and ready access to seemingly infinite knowledge, it amazes me how many people are unable to get out of […]

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Making “Old” New Since 1792

Back in October of 2015, I announced that “Old is New” and that Almanac had migrated from our old Drupal 6 site to Drupal 7. This was an interim launch and the real launch would come at a later date. Well, after a lot of design and usability meetings, the creation of custom branded fonts, […]

Dark Patterns (The Walking Dead)

Archaic patterns: Dress-for-Success, Day Planners, cold calls, hard sells, brick phones, power ties, feathered hair: some things should be left to rest in peace. Somehow, the worst of the worst has risen from the marketing grave and infected the natural, organic, and the living. Here’s a list of walking dead that should be taken out […]

Rust Never Sleeps: On Becoming a Polymath (wide-range learning)

Wide-Range Learning In the age of information and ready access to seemingly endless knowledge, it amazes me how many people are unable to get out of their mental comfort zones to expand their learning and strengthen their knowledge, abilities, talents, and creativity. With so many options available, perhaps it’s just too much to filter through […]

Why is Google confused about The Almanac?

Almanac, Farmers Almanac, Farmer’s Almanac, Farmers’ Almanac, Old Farmer’s Almanac… One might think it would be easy to tell the difference, but it seems that Google and Bing can’t. Despite the presence of detailed schema and information, Google still mixes things up. Perhaps this has something to do with Freebase being read-only and Wikidata not […]

Branding is Simple

Yes, those colors are from the ancient “web safe” palette. They are still some of my favorites and those are the colors for one of the brands I work with. I’ve been thinking a lot about branding lately, especially with a diverse and large offering of products and channels. I’ve put together a very small […]