Category: Good Guys

Why it Pays to Have Smart Guys with You in The Matrix

Earlier today, I received an unsettling call from one of the longtime advertisers on my website CharterWave. He had just hired some web-security snoops to look around his own site, and they found strange patterns in some CharterWave URLs. Even though the CharterWave site…

An ASJA Award, and a Truly Rewarding Moment

I recently hopped on the train into Manhattan for the annual conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I’m a longtime member of ASJA as well as a volunteer on the contracts committee, and the conference is always a bonanza of networking…

2 Weeks, 2 Dogs, 2 Wonderful Homes

It’s been exactly two weeks since I returned from North Carolina, where I was reporting for my book “Little Boy Blue: One Puppy’s Great Escape.” On my way out of the county where Blue was found—where the shelter has a 95-percent kill rate and…

Citi Cards Fraud Protection: Creepishly Effective

I received a robo-call around 6 o’clock last night from the computer at Citi Cards fraud protection. It said the company had seen some unusual activity on my credit card account and asked me to call immediately. I dialed and got to a human…

Eat, Bark, Bid

Lulu’s Rescue, the Pennsylvania-based group that helped to save my pup Blue from a gas chamber in North Carolina, is having its biggest-ever fund-raiser on July 16. “Eat, Bark, Bid” will include live and silent auctions, a catered dinner by renowned chef Max Hansen,…

All Hail the Geek Squad (and Maybe the Blackberry People, Too)

On December 31, my hard drive ate itself. A virus tore into the deepest recesses of my computer, obliterating everything from my book proposals to my list of business contacts. Yes, I had serious virus protection on the computer. No, I hadn’t backed up…

Wishing Good Luck to BoatingLocal.com

From January 2004 through January 2010, my articles and photos appeared regularly in a perennial award-winning magazine that was first called Offshore, and later called Northeast Boating. The magazine was the essence of everything that a great regional title should be, offering boaters from…

America’s Overground Railroad

Our new pup, Blue, arrived on Saturday afternoon from North Carolina. He’d had quite a trip. He started out in a “shelter” (and I use that term loosely) with a 92-percent kill rate, then lived on a foster farm with about 20 other dogs,…

BoaterMouth Blogger Featured on NPR

Sailing expert Charlie Doane, one of the 12 bloggers who write for my website BoaterMouth, will be featured as a guest this morning on Boston’s National Public Radio. Tune in at 11 a.m. to “On Point” to hear Charlie chatting alongside Reid Stowe, the…

“Gasland”

I am becoming numb to the nonstop reports about the BP oil spill in the Gulf and the broader implications regarding the oil-drilling industry. It’s sad to say, but I feel beaten down by the whole ordeal. I almost want to just close my…

Meatstock

What a great name for an event, right? I wish I could claim credit, but it’s the brainchild of Paul and Eileen Dalrymple, who own Plaid Piper Farm in Sussex County, N.J. You may recall this blog post that I wrote about them back…

Good Job, “Good Morning America”

As a certified scuba diver who has enjoyed interacting underwater with wildlife everywhere from Galapagos to the Maldives to Fiji, I must say that this new video from the Gulf Oil spill leaves me absolutely sick with hatred for British Petroleum and with horror…