Loki, Google Glass Explorer

Loki under Glass

Looks like time to reactivate this blog and make it tap dance again. I’ve been guilty of ignoring my own advice that I give to clients about not letting it lapse.  On the good side it gives me the opportunity to make a quick State of the Gumbo post and bring all of you up to speed on our current projects and events.


My weekly blog for SixEstate continues into it’s fourth consecutive year! Anyone desiring my services for book based projects needs to go through 6E, and please feel free to request me by name!

CincyVoices has been sold to one of the senior staff I brought in. I made sure to sell it to someone local with an online background that included the legendary WOXY. It should be coming back to life in the very near future. While it is no longer a part of the SocialGumbo Network we wish them the best and may even periodically lend a hand with things

Rising Tide 8 looms on the 14th of September and once more I will be doing my usual duties as MC. I will also be walking the room doing point of view interviews and providing one in depth Glass demo to a random lucky attendee. We have a Labor Day Weekend Buy One /Get One special, how can you turn that down?  Tickets Here

I am also very proud to announce a new ongoing relationship with Yorwerth Associates, Publishing Consultants and Literary agents. It seems no matter how digital it gets I often end up working with books. I love that.

Google Glass Explorer

Thanks to a few strokes of luck and the support of my readers (you people are fantastic, btw) I’ve now been sporting Google Glass for a few weeks.

First Contact: I must thank the folks at Google for allowing me to be the first one permitted to film the setup / training process. I’m pretty sure that having Kevin Frech of Logical Chaos as the cameraman is what made them allow it. Right now Kevin is pulling together a solid edit for me in between his other projects, and we hope to debut it in the very near future.

View From the Stage: Tonight the first of the projects I am integrating Glass into will hit the stage as I join forces with Wild Bill Dykes to get some comedian’s point-of-view footage as he brings Glass up on the stage with him.

Find Your Island Through Glass: Next weekend I’ll be heading out to Florida as part of the #FindYourIsland team, a group of five Glass Explorers being brought down to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel on the Florida coast. I will be part of a team of five Glass Explorers brought to the islands by MMGY. I’ll be joined on the three day adventure by

Chef Mars Gets Glassy Eyed: Chef Mars of Louisiana Bistro will don the device and deliver a potent combination of mockery and culinary skill. More details forthcoming after Sept 10.

Cafe Luna-  Art of the Barrista: Greg Hill, owner of geek friendly coffeehouse Cafe Luna will provide some point-of-view lessons in the art of coffee. From artistic foam to  amusing trivia. Coming in mid Sept.


Tabletop Game Design

Dark Roads and Golden Hells

ENnie Nominated

To my great joy Dark Roads and Golden Hells was nominated for an ENnie Award this year. While We did not win it was a wonderful thing to have happen to my first book. As a matter of fact our design team produced so much work for this volume that we had to release a substantial supplement, Shadow Planes and Pocket Worlds, so that we would not waste so much good work.

Despite the fact that I have done a good bit of d20 and Pathfinder design, this was my first physical book rather than a periodical or web property. All in all I’m thrilled at the nomination.

Not only was working with Kobold Press a fantastic experience, but I got to interact with and get feedback from a number of the original Planescape designers. I am proud to say that they seem to like the job we’ve been doing at Planewalker on keeping their work alive.

Savage Mojo

As my debut work with Savage Mojo I translated Dungeonlands: Into The Black from Savage Worlds to the Pathfinder Role Playing Game. The work is available for free on RPG Now and is the opening chapter of the much anticipated Tomb of The Lich Queen. At the moment I am putting the final polish on Pathfinder conversions of some of their Suzerain setting.

Heroic Journey Publishing 

These folks were kind enough to offer me a short series of my own, one that showcases one of my great loves, building character races. A total of four have been submitted and will be published under the common title Eldritch Races. At this point only The Runeborn is finished and available.  Look for the rest in the near future!

All in all it looks like the rest of 2013 is going to be both interesting and active! I promise that the next post will come within the week!


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It’s time for Rising Tide 6 bringing you two halls of programming at the University Center at Xavier University on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Registration includes a full day of programs, lunch, a brass band performance and lots of fun and surprises for an unbeatable price of just $30.  REGISTER NOW to reserve your place at the table!
Here’s just some of what we have in store for you.

David Simon, creator and executive producer of HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme. He is a former journalist for the Baltimore Sun and writer and producer of acclaimed programs such as The CornerThe Wire and Generation Kill.
Richard Campanella, professor at Tulane University, geographer, and author of six critically acclaimed books on the physical and human geography of New Orleans: Bienville’s Dilemma,Geographies of New Orleans, Lincoln in New OrleansNew Orleans Then and NowDelta Urbanism, andTime and Place in New Orleans.


Social Media, Social Justice – Cherri Foytlin, contributor to the Bridge the Gulf project; Jimmy Huck, Jr., Executive Committee member of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service; Jordan Flaherty, author ofFloodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six; Stephen Ostertag, creator ofPublicSphereNOLA; and moderated by Bart Everson from Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching.
Louisiana’s Coastal Health –Moderated by Alex Woodward, writer for Gambit,  panelists include Len Bahr, founding editor of LACoastPost;  David Hammer, contributing writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune; Ann Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade; Drake Toulouse, blogger atDisenfranchised Citizen; and Bob Marshall, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Times-Picayune.

New Orleans Food Writing – Guests Peter Thriffley and Rene Louapre of Blackened Out and Offbeat Magazine will join Todd Price, author of A Frolic of My Own to discuss the eating out in New Orleans and writing about it, and the new generation of great online New Orleans food writers.

Brass Bands — featuring Lawrence Rawlins, band director of Roots of Music; Alejandro de los Rios, producer of the Brass Roots documentary; members of the TBC Brass Band Edward “Juicy” Jackson, Joe Maize and Sean Michael Roberts; moderated by writer Deborah Cotton; followed by a performance by the TBC Brass Band.


Rising Tide is also proud to announce the addition of Tech School to this year’s lineup. Tech School will offer a second stage of panels devoted to hands-on, how-to style social media and blogging topics ranging from improving your photography, advanced WordPress techniques, the latest in web strategies and online tools. Presenters for Tech School include FSC [email protected], the Louisiana Bloggers Network,NeighborlandInvade NOLABen Varadi and more.

You can register for Rising Tide 6 at EventbriteLunch catered by J’anita’s. Books and published materials by Rising Tide panelists and speakers, as well as New Orleans literature, will be available at the conference courtesy of Octavia Books.
I look forward to seeing you there!

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[Disclosure- I am one of the organizers and the MC for this year’s conference.]

Rising Tide NOLA, Inc. will present its 5th annual new media conference centered on the recovery and future of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Saturday, August 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters St., in New Orleans.

The one-day conference features speakers and panel discussions on the status and future of the culture, politics, criminal justice system, environment, and flood protection of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Past speakers have included actor and outspoken champion of New Orleans Harry Shearer, and authors Dave Zirin, John Barry, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block.

Rising Tide NOLA, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed by New Orleans bloggers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federally-built levees. After the disaster, the internet became a vital connection among dispersed New Orleanians, former New Orleanians, and friends of the city and of the Gulf Coast region. A surge of new blogs erupted and, combined with those that were already online, a community of bloggers with a shared interest in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast developed. In the summer of 2006, to mark the anniversary of the flood, the bloggers of New Orleans organized the first Rising Tide Conference, taking their shared interest in technology, the arts, the internet and social media and turning advocacy for the city into action.

Conference registration is open at www.risingtidenola.com and is only $20 until July 31.  Registration includes lunch. There will be pre-conference party hosted by the New Orleans bloggers on Friday evening August 27, also at the Howlin’ Wolf. More information is available at the Rising Tide5 Website: http://www.risingtidenola.com and at the Rising Tide blog: http://www.risingtideblog.blogspot.com

Rising Tide 5 is sponsored by The Canary Collective, a media publishing agency, and by Levees.org.

Rising Tide’s featured artwork, available as a poster and t-shirt, is once again produced by the award-wining editorial cartoonist and artist Greg Peters of Suspect Device.

The New Orleans bloggers will present the annual Ashley Award named for Ashley Morris—blogger and passionate advocate for New Orleans—who passed away in April, 2008. The Ashley Morris Award is given each year to an outstanding blogger writing about New Orleans and the challenges it faces.

Tables for booksellers and vendors are available at the Rising Tide 5 Conference by calling Tim Ruppert at 504-975-3591 or by e-mailing[email protected].

Those interested in sponsorship should e-mail [email protected].

Information about registration is available by emailing [email protected]. The telephone number to call for information about RisingTide 5 is 866-910-2055.

Connect with Rising Tide on your preferred platform:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RisingTideNOLA

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RisingTide

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Well, I’m late to the game on this one, having neglected twitter for a day or two I missed the announcement so hopefully I’m getting this out in time to be useful to some of you.

At 1pm today there will be a Tweet Up at Take The Cake Cafe on Hamilton Ave. in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood. For details and to RSVP go to the twtvite page for the event.

As of this writing the following people have confirmed that they will attend:

@socialgumbo [Me, that is]

So come on out and meet others in the local twit-o-sphere, after all it is the face to face connections that are one of the best parts of social media! Give me a poke and say hello!

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Keynote Speaker Harry Shearer

Keynote Speaker Harry Shearer

Rising Tide IV, the annual bloggers conference on the recovery and future of New Orleans, will be “Sinking to New Heights” on Aug. 22 at the Zeitgeist Multi Disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans. Our featured speaker: the multi-talented Harry Shearer, a great champion of New Orleans on Huffington Post and elsewhere, along with panels on the status and future of New Orleans music, food and parading culture; the state of New Orleans health care, politics in the Last Year of the Reign of Nagin, and more.

Registration is open at www.risingtidenola.net and is only $25 until August 20th and includes lunch from Cafe Reconcile. There will be a social Friday evening Aug. 21 at The Avenue Pub upstairs..Additional details will be posted to the Rising Tide blog and the Rising Tide IV Facebook page.

Our annual featured artwork (seen in the right hand sidebar), available as a poster and t-shirt, is once again produced by the award-wining editorial cartoonist and artist Greg Peters of Suspect Device. Octavia Books will be on-site with books by featured panelists and other New Orleans interest books.

There will be four panel discussions along with the featured speaker and presentations will also be given by Jessica Rohloff of Net2NO and Ariella Cohen of the New Orleans Institute.

The New Orleans bloggers will also present the annual Ashley Award named for Ashley Morris—blogger and warrior for New Orleans—who passed away in April 2008. The Ashley Morris Award for Excellence in Blogging is given each year to an outstanding blogger writing about the New Orleans community and the challenges it faces.  The recipient of the award will receive a glass ingot sandblasted with a Greg Peters design on it that symbolizes our community rising from the waters and reminding us all why New Orleans matters.

There will be four panel discussions with audience questions. The first, on New Orleans Culture, will examine the “under the hood” state of critical aspects of NOLA culture four years after Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood. Panelists include Edward Buckner of The Porch Seventh Ward Culture Organization and the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Our food panelist will be Susan Tucker, editor of New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories. Our music panelist will be Bruce Raeburn of the Hogan Jazz Archive and author of New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History

The Politics panel will feature  John Slade, cartoonist and WBOK radio talk show host, Clancy Dubos who has been the political voice of The Gambit fr many years now, Lamar White Jr. of CenLamar, and Ethan Brown. The panel will look at where we’ve been and  where we’re going in regard to local, state and national politics as we approach a pivotal 2010 election.

The Health Care panel will explore the current issues surrounding the care of our physical and mental needs in the greater New Orleans area four years after the storm, starting off from a recent study linking increased instances of heart attacks to the stresses encountered in the recovery process: Holly Scheib, moderator, working on PhD in public health (http://coldspaghetti.org/ blog); Cecile Tebo, crisis unit coordinator for the NOPD, featured in 10 Top Female Achievers issue of New Orleans magazine; Dr Elmore Rigamer, medical director of Catholic Charities;  Sean Fitzmorris, New Orleans EMT, administrator of New Orleans EMTs Sound Off!  (http://nolaemt.blogspot.com/)

The Sports panelists  Alejandro de los Rios (reporter/blogger for the Gambit), Leo McGovern (editor/publisher of ANTIGRAVITY Magazine) and Chris Wiseman ((http://worldclassneworleans.blogspot.com/ ) an enthusiastic member of the Black and Gold Patrol  talk about the Saints, the Hornets, sports and the state of sports fandom in New Orleans.

Yours truly will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Please share this, blog about it, or contact me with any further questions!

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RT4Next month marks the fourth anniversary of the failure of the New Orleans levees (a distinct and separate disaster from Katrina, although most outside the region do not know it).  It is also the fourth year of the Rising Tide Conference, a gathering spearheaded by the New Orleans blogger community to examine   and address the city’s ongoing concerns in the wake of what locals call “The Federal Flood.”

This year we will have noted comedian and longtime New Orleans proponent Harry Shearer as our keynote speaker. I can’t wait for that, especially as I have been invited to MC the event. There will be panels on New Orleans culture, the state of health care in the city, the political landscape and more.

Now I know a lot f my readers on this blog are from other parts of the country, which is why I encourage you to check out the event. Natural disasters and engineering failures can strike anywhere, and there is no better example of how poorly things can be handled at all levels than the Katrina response was. Living in Ohio now I have really had it illustrated to me how little people outside the disaster zone really know about the situation, mostly due to a simple lack of hard facts. This conference is a perfect vehicle for self education on the subject.

If you live near a levee or dam, if you live in an area where forest fires/tornadoes/earthquakes occur, or if you have a simple love of New Orleans and its history then this is important to you! Please check it out, attend, or donate to support the effort. As people across the Midwest discovered not long ago, you could be the next one lost in a morass of post disaster FEMA paperwork while you try to find a roof to put over your exiled family’s heads.

For more info please check out The Rising Tide Blog, Flickr Community, or follow us on Twitter. I will also happily answer any question posted to the comments here.


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