Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Social Media Mavenry

I was a Twitter holdout for a bit, but you can now find me at @sekramer.

I'm also on Digg as sekramer, so it's easy to connect with me there as well. Once you do, I'm on IM during the week to exchange diggs, reddits, stumbles and the like.

In the meantime, check out my more recent articles, at right. I don't tend to post shorter articles there, so I'll also direct you to DVICE posts about these rad radiators and these gardening robots. Also, here's a little Toy Fair analysis from over at PM.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Broadcasting from Popular Mechanics

I started working as an online editor at Popular Mechanics magazine a couple of months ago, which is just one of many lame excuses I have for not updating this blog. I've added some new links at right and if you go to iTunes you can subscribe to the Popular Mechanics show, a bi-weekly podcast to which I've contributed (link to the latest below).

The Popular Mechanics Show

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CES 2008 for has done well so far in its two month existence, with a million unique users visiting the site in December (in part thanks to this Shift column on the iPhone that went up just after Christmas). Just days after the holidays ended I whisked off to CES with the rest of the team.

While there I liveblogged Bill Gates's Keynote, reported on the sponsored panel with Dean Kamen, Lucy Lawless, Walt Mossberg, and Neal Stephenson, and covered various other, sometimes goofy tech items. It was a fun time all around.

This year NBC bought a booth at CES for the first time. One of the things you could "check out" if you stopped by was the Blogger station, a small platform on which writers for MSNBC, NBC, USA, and SCI FI took turns writing in public. I participated on DVICE's behalf one day, and then NBC blogged about that. From the blogger's booth, which is semi-Meta, I guess.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sci Fi Tech becomes DVICE

The Sci Fi Tech blog has been doing so well (it was one of PC Magazine's Favorite 100 Blogs) that it got its own name and url today!

While this is all good news, there are a couple of downsides. For one the SciFi Network is a more familiar name than DVICE: here's hoping that it becomes mainstream enough that I won't have to explain it to gadget publicists. More crucially, right now most of the Sci Fi links on this site are messed up. I'll try to fix them, but some of the pages will still be inaccessible until Google re-indexes them. For now, you can check out this awesome decanter and this large lamp from the new site.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Digg and comments

This column that I wrote for Sci Fi Tech generated a lot of negative commentary (28 angry men complain right below it on the same page). But not everyone disagreed. In fact, the article made it to the front page of Digg, where it received 163 comments, many of them positive. In addition, the post was picked up by Wired.

Many readers seemed to think that as a Second Life newbie, my only experiences there were the ones I described in the column. I wish that I had had space to say more, because I did join a book group and chat with some groups of people in places other than casinos (which are now illegal). But the point of the column is that if you want an online book group, you don't have to go to Second Life to get it.

Comments are a sign that you have readers, and for that reason, I value them. But they can be mean and angry. This older iPhone column (Dugg here and picked up here) and newer CRT TV column were less controversial and better received. But many readers still thought I was an ignoramus. At least the commenters weren't related to the subject of the story, which is what happened with my golf diver piece (see below).

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Most emailed

My golf diver feature on Dale Lahodik is #5 in the Most Emailed Articles box at I wonder how many people had to email it for it to get there? The article might not be much to write home about, but I think the picture of Dale is priceless.

UPDATE: As of Monday, May 14th at 10am, the article was the #1 most emailed article on the website. Go golf diving!?

Diving for White Gold

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Front page of AOL!

My first article for AOL made it to the front page! And because it has a major typo -- the word shoulders is written "soldiers," it's generated a lot of buzz. Mostly, I'm happy that I got the assignment at 1pm and turned it in at 4pm the same day.