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The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 3

I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to thinking about the psychological effects of using credit cards and why we find them so hard to get rid of, yet so easy to...

The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 2

I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to thinking about the psychological effects of using credit cards and why we find them so hard to get rid of, yet so easy to...

The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 1

I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to thinking about the psychological effects of using credit cards and why we find them so hard to get rid of, yet so easy to...

The After Effects Killer Killer

At the beginning of 2011 I had a motion piece I needed to create, and as I was putting together the concept I realized that I needed a scene where I had a rope falling down from the top of the frame, to then have two opposing hands pulling on it. I was still using Apple’s Motion as my motion graphics creator, and I think this may have been the first point where I ran into a limitation that I...

How To Motivate a Creative

If you have a bunch of creatives in the room, getting them to do what you want can be a bit like herding cats, except they (the creatives) may be even more obstinate and willful, if that’s even possible. Fortunately, you probably won’t have to buy kitty litter. Motivating creatives can be tricky, because creatives are often motivated by different things than other positions. But learning what...

Don’t Be A Dummy, Idiot!

I have written more than I probably should have on credit cards and debt, given my lack of financial training and acumen. And since I have written about these things and share them on the interwebs, naturally my internet search results and Facebook ads invariably tend toward these types of items with great frequency. And so from time to time I see links pop up showcasing “THE OMG BEST CREDIT...

How To Give Feedback to a Creative

If you are a client, one of the most important things you can do to aid the creative process is to give good feedback. We’ve all heard about how we should provide consecutive criticism, but in my experience very few people actually know how to put this into practice. But consistently giving good and constructive feedback to the creatives you work with is one of the best ways to build trust and...

How To Have A Meeting With A Creative

Having worked in the creative field for many years, I can safely say that the part I hate the most about it is the meetings. I mean, come on, interacting with a client? Who wants that? 😉 Tongue-in-cheek aside, I have always struggled with meetings. And while I doubt that anyone truly loves meetings and eagerly desires to attend them, it is hopefully safe to generalize that creatives probably rank...

How to Use Music With Video

If you create videos on a regular basis, you’ve no doubt discovered the importance of a great soundtrack. Usually more than anything else, the music you use will be what either sells the video on an emotional level or causes it to fall flat. The visuals are- of course- extremely important. But music has a way of connecting with your audience on a deeper level, often in ways that they don’t even...

How To Be Oblivious

We all are oblivious from time to time, either missing what is right in front of our faces or forgetting the obvious that we should already know so well. We like to imagine that we are perceptive, but far too often our own preconceptions blind us to the reality that presents itself in unfamiliar ways. The term oblivious has an interesting etymology, coming from the Latin obliviosus, which itself...

Set to Default

For some reason I end up writing about debt far more frequently than my expertise should allow, but the beauty of having a blog is that no one can stop me. A rather silly article written by a man who should know better has been making the usual circuit, this time lauding the decision to willingly default on student loans. I say that the man should know better partially because he has surely lived...

How To Be A Luddite Iconoclast

I am convinced that one of the favorite pastimes for American Christianity is fear and self-loathing, and it is never afforded a better opportunity than when the Pew polling data on the state of religion in America comes out. Then come the predicable laments from some quarters about how the culture is packing up the hand basket to take a picnic to Hell, the rationalizations from other quarters...

Effortless

There are rare moments in life where you come to a place of complete clarity, when suddenly the disparate pieces of reality seem to fit together and at least one thing makes sense of it all. I have had precious few moments like this, but one of the most memorable occurred when I was 16. (Kind reader will forgive a story probably recounted elsewhere, and thoughts refined from previous posts.) I...

Morph Cut and the Philosophy of Editing

Recently in a tech forum on non-linear editing (NLE) I was reading reactions to some of the new features included in the forth-coming update to Adobe Premiere Pro (Adobe’s NLE). On the whole most editors and those involved in post-production (and who were inclined to use Premiere Pro for that matter!) who commented on the feature updates were optimistic and excited, especially about a particular...

The Serpent’s Kiss

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 KJV) This passage has always somewhat perplexed me. The story of Job is a familiar one: he is a righteous man in whom no blame can be found. Satan thinks he can get Job to curse God by taking his stuff and then ultimately bringing him to brink of death, and God...

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