Anatomy of a Near Perfect Tweet According to a Shitty Tweeter

I never got Twitter. Or Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Snapchat or MySpace or pretty much all of social media. For a second in high school, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Livejournal but that came and went pretty quickly. So, what is it exactly about Twitter that I don't get you ask? For starters, let me offer a bit of context. I, Jericho Vilar, am a 38 year old socially crippled...

“Why Wasn’t I Consulted?”

“Why wasn't I consulted,” which I abbreviate as WWIC, is the fundamental question of the web. It is the rule from which other rules are derived. Humans have a fundamental need to be consulted, engaged, to exercise their knowledge (and thus power), and no other medium that came before has been able to tap into that as effectively. Paul Ford - "The Web Is a Customer Service Medium" Paul Ford's...

On Fatherhood

A little late with the 2018 introspection considering it's already day two of 2019 but I'm killing time late at night (or early in the morning) while kiddo #2 is passed out on my shoulder. Which is one of the best moments to have, warm lump content with the world snuggled in and all. This time next year we probably won't have these moments anymore, certainly not as often. At a certain point...

There Is Humor In Grief

Over at Karigee is an interesting highlight from a Q&A of Sarah Anne Johnson interviewing Amy Bloom in Conversations with American Women Writers (how's that for old school blogging link credit!): Q: You often use humor to diffuse an emotionally intense situation, and at the same time to create pathos, or a sense of the real sadness underlying the attempt at humor and the need for humor in a...