Field Notes: Wine Tourism Conference 2015

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Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Last week, Happiness Engineers Marjorie R. Asturias and Andrea Badgley attended the fifth annual Wine Tourism… Continue reading Field Notes: Wine Tourism Conference 2015

I want to edit

I miss editing. Don’t get me wrong — I love dedicating ten minutes each day to writing. But I do miss digging deep into a rough piece to shine and polish and make it sparkle. I miss getting lost in deleting clauses, adding concrete nouns, removing adverbs, replacing flaccid verbs with active ones. I submitted … Continue reading I want to edit


Brining turkey is all the rage these days. Funny I should pull this prompt right before Thanksgiving. I admit, there is a reason brined turkey is all the rage. Brined turkey is delicious. It is moist, it is perfectly seasoned. Brine is one of my favorite words, and it’s not because of turkey. Brine is … Continue reading Brine


I’ve always wondered about this expression, tongue-in-cheek. It’s a face someone makes when he thinks he’s been clever, to put the tip of the tongue in the cheek, between your molars, like you’re cleaning your teeth. I wonder why we do that. It seems to be an involuntary gesture. I think people do it unintentionally. … Continue reading Tongue-in-cheek