IMG_20151106_010057I write about technology, music, and pop culture. My full portfolio is at Contently.


Writing Open Code for Justice  (The Open Standard, 11/2014)

San Francisco nonprofit Code for America has worked since 2011 to fill the civic technology resource gap by connecting hackers, designers and project managers with city municipalities through a year-long service fellowship.

Silicon Valley Admits It Has a Diversity Problem, But What’s the Solution? (Daily Worth, 8/2014)

The tech industry has long been reticent about publicly revealing its track record when it comes to diversity in hiring. (After seeing the data, it’s easy to understand why.) But with each company reveal of employee demographic numbers, the conversation on how to make the industry’s workforce more diverse overall has moved further to the forefront.

The Case for The Mini Album (Wondering Sound, 6/2014)

What exactly *is* a mini album? Isn’t it basically just an EP with a superiority complex?

Projecting a Spectacle – Candystations Deborah Johnson Creates Electrifying Concert Experiences
(ALARM, 2/2014)

Working with a team of production designers, artists, and programmers, her approach is collaborative by nature, but never overly polished or “art by committee.” Instead, Johnson approaches her visual style as “the highest of the lo-fi, using these really sophisticated programming languages and tools — but it doesn’t look like Pixar; it looks like a child did it.”

In Memoriam: Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014
(NewCity, 4/1/2013)

“He was born in 1955 in The Bronx as Francis Nicholls, but in so many ways Frankie Knuckles belonged to Chicago. – See more at:

Twenty years ago: Nirvana plays last Chicago show at the Aragon Ballroom
(Chicago Sun-Times,11/24/2013)

“Logan Square graphic designer Pat Hilander attended the infamous October 25 show. Having heard rave reviews of the October 23 concert, he anticipated an epic show that night. ‘It was a trainwreck from the very beginning,’ he said.”

Sister Outsider Headbanger
(Bitch Magazine, 6/1/2001)

I’m not sure exactly when or how it happened, but at some point in my childhood I began to think I was a white guy trapped in the body of a black girl.

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