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Evo Terra
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Lives in Ranong, Thailand
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Top shots from August 2015

As it's a fresh month, it's time to look back at the hundreds (no, not kidding) of photos I took and pick the best ones. 

This is always a humbling process. This month, I learned that I'm getting better at posting the better shots to Instagram (I'm @evoterra over there) as I take them, so you'll see lots of square ones. 

The rest are shite. 
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Photo Essay: Street Roti

For the Saturday Showcase, I'll kick things off with something new for me. Photo essays are pretty popular on travel blogs, so I'm giving it a shot. The topic: a singular type of tasty veggie-friendly treat we indulge in quite frequently here in Thailand. 

This story was written in three parts. It started life in text form, then promptly was relegated to DRAFT when I couldn't figure out how to end it. It was revived when my wife found it AND suggested we eat one for inspiration. I took photos of the process and when we returned (and cleaned my fingers from the messy goodness), I completed the story based on the photos taken. 

Did it work? Maybe. I'm not a good judge of these, as I usually skip them when they show up in my feed. But I'm not writing for me, now am I?
Luckily, there's one type of street food that works for her every time: Roti prata telur. It looks like -- and kinda is -- a fried crêpe filled with banana and egg. But it's much more complex and delicious than that.
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It's oddly topical with the news buzzing about the killing of Cecil the Lion. 
How To Not Crush Your Soul On An Elephant

When we were in Phuket recently, we had plenty of opportunity to take a ride on the back of an elephant. That's on the top of a lot of people's bucket list... and it really, really shouldn't be.

On this week's show, Sheila dons her field reporter hat and asks some tour operators about the working conditions and living accommodations for their animals. It's shockingly honest.

And special thanks to Bret Love from Green Travel Media for lending his expert voice to the discussion... and giving us a happy note to end the episode with!
Is riding an elephant high on your bucket list? Spoiler alert: Take it off. There are much better and guilt-free ways to have an elephant encounter when you travel.
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It's rare that I gush about individual books on But I'm breaking character today, because this one is fantastic. 

Great storytelling. A fantastic usage of the episodic format. Rich, well-produced accompanying background music and sounds. And damn good writing. 

I'm listening to the first three books again so I can have the best experience with the fourth and final. Seems a good way to spend a Saturday, right?

Here's the link to the complete series:
The fourth and final installment of the Heavenfield story!

Hailed as a ‘Modern-day Classic of Science-Fiction’, the Heavenfield is a dark science-fiction thriller set within a British experimental research facility, involving clandestine Government Agencies, Supernatural Forces, and Alternate Realities.

The final part of the story sees the struggle over the Heavenfield escalate, until Grace Palmer and Thomas Sullivan are drawn back into danger. Nations clash, and supernatural forces march towards a battle that threatens to bring the world to the very brink of destruction.

“A must for any sci-fi fan!”
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I'm so excited this is out. The rest are phenomenal
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So suddenly I'm a travel writer. I don't follow the normal path of travel writers, but I didn't follow the normal path of being a book author, so that should come as no surprise. 

Nor is my returning to an old trope of mine: bitching about shitty writing. Yeah, this is old, well-covered ground. But I think I may have come to an understanding, and it's all thanks to Danny Bonaduce.

On a bus ride back from Phuket last week, Bigfoot was playing on the bus' entertainment system. It was fully overdubbed in Thai, and thankfully at a low enough volume that I could tune it out and stay focused on one of Iain Banks' Culture novels. The juxtaposition of the two was not lost on me.

Bigfoot is not a good movie. It's filled with not-great actors working with a sub-par script. It's categorically terrible, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone disagreeing with that statement.

Yet, it was made. It wasn't an accidental flop. Everyone involved with the project -- if they were being honest with themselves -- knew that Academy Awards would not be forthcoming. Yet they still did it. Why?

"Never confuse quality with commercial viability." +Cory Doctorow said that when we were on a panel together at WorldCon years ago. The reason that movie was made was simple: It would make money. Money for the studio. Money for the actors. Money for every single person that worked on the movie. They all got a paycheck.

I'm starting to realize that good vs bad is a false dichotomy. So is hobbyist vs professional. It's all layered nuances, with dedicated and voracious audiences at every level. Donnie Bonaduce isn't and isn't going to become Johnny Depp. Not all scifi authors have to be or even can be Iain Banks. Plenty of talented hockey players aren't cut out for the NHL, but entertain the hell out of fans every time they step onto the ice in smaller arenas. 

There are levels to everything.

These players, actors, writers... all of them work really, really hard to be the best they can be. And those last three words are key. It's not about being lazy. It's not about recognizing you'e not The Best and finding something else. It's about being good, constantly working to improve your own craft to be at the top of your game in whatever level or strata you operate. There is no absolute scale for greatness. 

There are audiences to be found at every level. Audiences which will, if you're good enough at that level, spend their hard-earned money on your stuff. No, the kid playing soccer for a team in Thailand probably isn't making as much as a third-stringer on Manchester United. But he's making a living, and probably living even better as it's super cheap to live here. And he's probably being treated like royalty at this level.

It's really no different for writers; travel, book, or otherwise. 

But I'm still gonna bitch if you consistently and blindly try to punch above your weight. A guy's gotta have his principles.

(PS - None of this is to be construed as me claiming to be a travel writer at the top of his game. Hell, I don't even know the _rules to the game.)_
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Great stuff when logical fallacies come up and you want to drive the point home.
FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but to whomever it have my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  
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A wise philosopher once said will say:

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

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"Don't look for it, may not like what you find."
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I never thought I'd say this, but Hitler cares more about the recent moves than I.
Hitler Finds Out Google+ is Now a Standalone Product

In my latest Downfall parody meme, Der Fuhrer finds out his favorite social network will no longer be fully integrated with Google... and he's a bit sore about it.

Whether you like Google's decision or hate it, I think you'll find something in here to make you laugh.

#Satire   #Parody  
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He is a passionate little Austrian.
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My twist on product reviews for the Saturday Showcase!

You've got a little more than 23 hours to share your original piece of travel writing with this community. I'll kick things off with a little adventure we had in Phuket recently.

I find most product reviews really, really boring. And that's not what people have come to expect from my writing. So if I can tell a story where a product plays a central (or at least anecdotal) role, it's going to resonate more with my audience. Even if I go a little over the top on the product mention, as I've done here. Hopefully for the intended humorous effect!
I know I keep saying that Thailand is trying to kill us. Sometimes, I may be adding some embellishment. Not this time, however. We really did almost die.
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Ha! Thanks, +Tara Schatz. I suppose if you're going to to product placement, why go subtle? :) Glad you enjoyed the story.
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Thailand Makes You Wet! (And Why You'll Love Every Minute!)

As my contribution to Saturday Showcase, I'm sharing a piece that includes my writing (the script) with my audio production skills. The full experience is had by listening to the audio, but you can also read the script and click the hyperlinks to have the audio play. (But seriously. It's much better if you listen to the whole thing.)
Thailand is a great big country literally overflowing with beauty... and water!
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Thank you, +Tara Schatz. Tell a few dozen of your closest friends, would you?
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Saturday Showcase is on!

For the next 23.5 hours, please share your best travel writing piece in our community. (Remember, share the link directly to a specific piece of content you're proud of. Not just a link to your blog or website!)

We only allow this on Saturday...and that's now!

#travel   #travelblogger   #travelwriter  
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Yep! Great idea, really like it.
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Disruptive, science-minded beer drinker now living the digital nomad lifestyle!
In January of 2015, my wife and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. We sold all of our possessions, kissed our son, family, and friends goodbye, and took off for parts unknown. Now, we're living the digital nomad lifestyle as we travel the world!

  • I embraced the web when it was young, dragging a multi-billion dollar company along kicking and screaming all the way.
  • I'm among the first dozens of podcasters, and now there are millions.
  • I'm an early adopter and vocal advocate of building businesses around the concept of "free".
  • I'm the author of 2.5 books in the "for Dummies" series and continue to indie publish non-fiction books.
  • Yes, I really did survive (and thrive) on a month-long regiment of craft beer and sausage as my only calorie source.
  • I've founded five different startups. Three in the publishing space, one in finance [shudder], and one in media.
  • If you'd like to have me speak at your conference or event; great! I have experience with all sorts of public speaking, from keynotes to workshops.
Bragging rights
I come from a long line of survivors. All the way back, in fact.
Freelance subversive. (Name the movie?)
Breaking things.
  • The Opportunistic Travelers
    Digital Nomad, 2015 - present
    Co-founder, 2005 - present
  • Big Bounce
    Chief Disruption Officer, 2014 - 2015
    Incubating disruptive startups to sustainable and viable going concerns.
  • Sitewire
    VP of Media & Innovation, 2009 - 2014
  • ePublish Unum
    Co-founder, 2011 - 2014
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