Author Archive | Zach Everson
Conducting background research (“Googling” to the layperson) for my article on my Boston trip for MapQuest, I came across “Lifers seek new trial in Charlestown case” by John R. Ellement in the “Boston Globe.” Check out this lede:
A father and son serving life in prison for the 99 Restaurant massacre in 1995 are demanding a new trial, alleging that police undercut their self-defense claims by withholding information showing that some of the victims were alleged Mafia members, not simply ordinary North End residents lunching in Charlestown.
Short of references to sports and Dunkin’ Donuts, it seems to hit on every major theme of life in Boston:
- the Mafia
- Mafia murders
- the 99 Restaurant
- allegations of police misconduct
- “ordinary North End residents”
- “lunching in Charlestown”
Sunday morning, NBC aired this tribute to David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” the show he hosted for six years before getting canned for stinking earlier in the week:
What a touching tribute! Perhaps most moving was that NBC actually aired it on TV, rather that posting it online for an hour as a pop-up web exclusive.
Bacon is delicious.
After discussions with Churchill Downs Inc., the URL kentuckyderbyhomerental.com has changed to louisvillederbyhomerental.com. (For six years, I’ve owned and operated Derby Home Rental LLC, which helps Louisville, Kentucky-area homeowners advertise their homes to rent during Derby weekend.)
For the next year, the old site will have a message directing visitors to the new one. It’ll take a little bit for search engines to digest and process this switch. We had record traffic last year—9,840 visits and 41,108 page views—and I will monitor the site’s search engine status and work to continue that growth.
Relatedly, my email address for that business has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My answer (you’ll have to go to the last page of the article to read it): Mount Rushmore. I visited when I was 14 and driving cross-country with my family. Afterwards, I expressed my disappointment to my parents, who weren’t pleased to hear it and, if I remember correctly (I don’t always), made me write a journal entry on why I shouldn’t complain about the wonderful trip I was on.
Journal entry or not, 24 years later, I’m still hating on Mount Rushmore.
When a Facebook page’s post attracts a lot of attention, Facebook issues a nice little alert. Like a drug dealer, it encourages the page’s admin to, you know, just give the post a bit of a bump, via a paid ad. Today, for the first time, I noticed Facebook’s message included a little peer pressure:
Screenshot: Courtesy Facebook
Reading Garth Greenwell’s “Gospodar,” I can’t help but keep thinking that my “Paris Review” subscription is a gift from my parents.
Thanks to everyone who watched me start writing my article yesterday for MapQuest about my recent visit to Boston. Overall, I found the experience positive. As for viewers, well, you were promised a video live stream of a guy writing an article and real-time access to the Google document. So hopefully your expectations were low but exceeded.
A few thoughts:
- At first, having an audience influenced my writing, making me feel like I needed to have a readable narrative upfront. As time passed, peer pressure became less of an issue.
- I usually take more breaks than I did today. And spend more time on social media, checking RSS feeds, etc. So thanks for keeping me on track.
- I felt exhausted afterwards, but that might have been because I skipped my morning snack so as to spare viewers the sight of me eating oatmeal.
- I’m probably going to do it again (call it Zach Write Live, or something).
Did you watch? If so, please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!