Denominations shows the life of Sebastian Juanez — a native Colombian whose father is enslaved by a counterfeiter regime that’s infiltrated by a decoy bank operation. Deep into his fourth year of college in the US, Sebastian works as a teller at a Lone Star bank branch in Texas. There…


Mr. Octob-fedora. 📷 Getty Images

In the summer of 2011, I was working for the New York Daily News (NYDN) as a digital product manager. Part of the gig was to onboard technology that powered the NYDN sports section, one of the highest-trafficked sports destinations online. One particular tech vendor provided sports video highlights, and…


No Google Maps, no internet. You had to walk right in and interact with people, damnit.

The Last Blockbuster documentary has landed at Netflix and it may be the last breath of nostalgia that Gen X breathes in homage to their pre-internet 1990s upbringing. Here’s mine. Likely unique, definitely authentic.

There were two mindsets you walked into Blockbuster with. You’re going on your own and can…


There’s a thing called hate and there’s a thing called love too

Tobias on the keys 📷 Rawckus Magazine

I believe in love over hate, but sometimes this world seems to try harder and harder every day to reverse that concept. Early drafts of this story included recent hate examples but… you’re on the internet right now…


Not the 7 train. But pretty similar to what I saw.

How I lost my mask virginity, if you will, is different than many other folks. These words are a bit of a ‘reflection’ even though it’s December 2020 and we are nowhere near done with this virus. …


New York’s live music, arts, and food scene is my life. I think a lot about my last pre-Covid night out. It was just another fun Gotham evening, but I realize now that it took so many well-oiled venues and people to make it happen. All of which are in…


Hero image made from 0% professional graphic design

Writer’s note: this article was originally published to Linkedin in April 2016. A lot has changed since then, but my 15+ years of tech experience maintains that most if not all of the below holds true.

Digital product pilots are very common in the tech world today. Piloting is a…


Filmmakers in their element, not being fancy

COVID-19 update: Indiewire regularly posts here with festival updates.

The association of swanky lifestyles of the rich and famous with film festivals must end. True story… once after thanking a party host for a wonderful time, she replied “I heard you have to leave early, you’re fancy.” She was implying…


George Ehret Brewing Calendar, year 1924. December. Upper east side, Yorkville, Germantown. German Jewish. Brewerania.
There is a fish on every Friday, every month

When I moved into a 100+ year-old building on the Upper East Side, I didn’t expect to find any artifacts. That changed one day when I decided, hey, let’s look up the chimney flue. I was actually worried it was harboring bed bugs. I brought my garbage can over and…


Inmates used to send mail to the circulation department of Rolling Stone magazine in the late 2000s, when I worked there. On a floor with hundreds of cubicles, only one desk had an inbox tray filled with letters from people in jail. I worked right next to that cube and…

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