There’s an interesting post by Ben Balter on why government doesn’t use open source. It’s a good read, in which Balter presents all the reasons why government doesn’t use open-source software for its web sites, from the demand for enterprise solutions to a desire to avoid transparency (really).
Why is government so bad at building web sites? Why do they…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on August 4, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments
Matt Mullenweg is a very dangerous man.
At the inaugural WordPress in Government meetup, the co-founder of WordPress & founder & CEO of Automattic, discussed the amazing journey of WordPress from a home-spun blogging tool to the world’s most successful enterprise content management platform.
Mullenweg believes in democracy. He believes in competition. He believes in open-source. All dangerous…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on May 7, 2014 at 4:26pm — No Comments
This recent post by Vocus – Every Communicator Needs a Real Camera – highlights how important photography is for business. We depend on photos for blogs, web sites, brochures, tweets, Facebook posts and other kinds of marketing collateral.
Photos are a kind of shorthand, selling…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on April 15, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments
This was the winter without end, days and weeks worth of single-digit temperatures that made me want to curl up with a bottle of bourbon and stay inside forever. I’ve never had to wear so many layers. It was a real winter, the kind I thought that DC never got with its mild Mid-Atlantic…Continue
If I have learned anything from this winter, it’s the importance of taking pictures while the snow is still fresh. It’s when the white stuff is at its prettiest. After a few hours, it starts to melt, get shoveled and become begrimed with city filth.
Monday was (hopefully) the…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on March 7, 2014 at 10:07am — No Comments
Yet, the same writer, when put in front of a friendly blog interface, will immediately start writing. After all, it’s just a blog. It’s not serious. Blogs are for cat photos,…Continue
The 21st Century is a really bad time for control freaks.
- Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the U.S. Secretary of State
The State Department trusts its employees to tweet – why doesn’t yours?
The above quote was mentioned by Graham Lampa, State Department Office of Public Diplomacy, at the SocialGov Summit, a workshop on how…Continue
14th Street NW in Washington is one of the hottest corridors in the country. This once beat-up strip lined with auto repair joints is being transformed into blocks of condos, micro-apartments, restaurants and high-end retail. Very high-end.
This is one of the construction cranes that Mayor Gray touts as proof of the city’s growth. He’s right – this crane is building a set of $500,000 condos on the site…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on February 7, 2014 at 3:28pm — No Comments
How can I get you into a pair of $398 boots?
Perhaps an evening of beautiful people, interesting photos and delicious cocktails?
On Thursday night, I attended the Frye Company Popup Gallery in Georgetown. It’s a beautiful store, a virtual temple to leather on Wisconsin Avenue. The evening,…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on January 31, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments
For the second year, I’m going to be a screenwriting mentor at DC Shorts Mentors. I’ve been a judge for the DC Shorts Screenwriting Competition, won the Film DC screenplay competition and interviewed filmmakers for…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on January 24, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments
While I did all sort of fascinating freelance work in 2012, I couldn’t survive another year like that. Thankfully, 2013 was different as I settled into a job as Communications Manager for government. This meant regular paychecks, but less…Continue
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DC is a land of tribes. “Where do you work?” is the first question that you hear at a Washington party. It’s an attempt to discover your tribal affiliation – are you Government, Lawyer, Liberal, Nonprofit, Corporate or Something Else? The purpose is to determine whether you are friend or foe, superior or inferior.
It’s a silly practice based…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on December 13, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments
We are storytelling animals. It’s what differentiates us from our primate cousins. We are literally Homo narrativus. We use stories to assign meaning to our lives, transmit vital information and communicate with future generations. Without our storytelling ability, we would never have evolved out of the jungles of Africa.
Human history begins with stories, like The Bible, the Odyssey and the epics of India. These stories were so important that they were memorized and passed…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on November 19, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments
Destination: Buzz Bakery, Navy Yard, Washington, DC
Total distance: 11 miles
The great thing about biking around a city is the surprises you see along the way. Being on a bike allows you to cover large amounts of ground quickly – but it also lets you stop and check things out, in ways that you couldn’t if you were trapped in a car.
I was on my way to the Navy Yard for my final…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on November 18, 2013 at 11:51am — No Comments
My short story “The Wallace Line” was a finalist for the Nelson Algren Short Story Award. Given annually for over twenty years, the Nelson Algren Award is named for the iconic Chicago writer best known for his novel The Man With the Golden Arm.
“The Wallace Line” is about a trip to Indonesia that goes horribly wrong. Read the whole thing.
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I have a confession.
I live in DC, take photos in DC, know lots of DC photographers, even won a FotoWeekDC contest but…Continue
Added by Joe Flood on November 8, 2013 at 4:44pm — No Comments