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Paul Ford
Works at Activate Entertainment
Attended Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
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New essay: “The Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” for a relaunched, gorgeous, Jason Santa Maria-designed The Morning News. http://www.themorningnews.org/
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People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately.
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Paul, you crack me up.
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I just made a stream called "Forever Alone" that only has me in it. It was surprisingly hard to do but also rewarding.
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"I've never really thought of myself as depressed as much as paralyzed by hope." -- Maria Bamford
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Man, I love Maria Bamford. Most interesting stand-up working right now.
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Work
Occupation
Writer, Editor, and Programmer
Employment
  • Activate Entertainment
    Occasional Consultant, 2010 - present
  • So Much Awesome
    Partner, 2011 - present
  • Harper's Magazine
    Associate Editor (later Contributing Editor), 2005 - present
  • Al Designs
    Developer, 2010 - present
  • The Morning News
    Contributing Writer, 2001 - present
  • Unscroll
    Owner, 2010 - present
  • SmallWorld Software
    Developer, 1997 - 1998
  • iXL
    Content Strategist, 1998 - 1999
  • Doublespace
    Content Strategist, 1999 - 1999
  • Yamaha
    Content Strategist, 2003 - 2003
  • Graco/Rubbermaid
    Content Strategist, 2003 - 2003
  • NPR's All Things Considered
    Commentator, 2003 - 2005
  • Plume/Penguin Publishing
    Novelist, 2005 - 2005
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Brooklyn, NY
Previously
West Chester, PA - Hershey, PA - Alfred, NY - Jersey City, NJ
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Introduction

Hello there. I give a lot of free advice and am always happy to hear from you, whether your project is big, small, or speculative, so don't hesitate to get in touch.

A more official bio:

Paul Ford is a pioneering content strategist who has worked across the publishing and advertising industries as writer, editor, strategist, and developer.

After working in advertising, marketing, artificial intelligence development, and as a writer and radio commentator from 1997-2005, Paul became an editor at Harper's Magazine (harpers.org), where he edited for the web as well as for print. As programmer, archivist, and architect, he brought Harper's 160-year, 80,000-article, 250,000-page archive to the web in 2007; the system now supports tens of thousands of registered subscribers and is exceptionally profitable. Upon leaving Harper's he worked with a small team at the consulting firm Activate to relaunch Gourmet Magazine for the iPad in a new digital format that integrates with social media--successfully reinventing the brand as a digital business. He now works for a variety of clients in multiple industries as a content strategist, information architect, programmer, and site development expert. As a rule, he prefers building prototypes to creating PowerPoints.

Paul has written about technology and culture for NPR, Harper's Magazine, TheMorningNews.org, XML.com, and the National Information Standards Organization's Information Standards Quarterly, and is the author of the novel Gary Benchley, Rock Star (2005, Penguin/Plume). His writing has been anthologized in Best Software Writing and Best Music Writing 2009. He teaches Content Strategy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Paul programs in PHP, Java, XSLT, Javascript, and Python, with a focus on Semantic/Linked Data techniques. His personal website, started in 1997, is Ftrain.com. Paul lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Maureen.

Specialties: Writing (novels, essays, radio pieces, technical essays), editing (blog posts by the thousand, long-form magazine pieces), code (LAMP stack, PHP, Python, Django, Perl, Java, XSLT2 and XPath2, Semantic Web stack, XML, RDF, OWL, SPARQL), information architecture. Focus since early 2010 has been on creating bespoke archive-driven web properties using Django, deployed to various clouds.
Education
  • Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA
  • Alfred University, Alfred, NY
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