SIFF’s VR Zone Nails It

If you’re planning on taking in the Seattle International Film Festival this year, be sure to check out the SIFF VR Zone on the first floor of Pacific Place downtown. When you step inside this welcoming pop-up space, you can buy a ticket good for an hour and a half in which you can sample…

Thank You, Seattle VR Community!

I’ve done a lot of book events and more often than not, they kind of suck. I’ve read at bookstores in front of six people (five of whom were related to me), experienced awkward silences during Q&As, and even had my publisher tell bookstores they could disinvite me to my own readings (long story). So…

Reality Taking Shape

The Shape of Reality to Come, a collection of essays about VR, AR, AI, Amazon, grunge, creative cities, Microsoft, and tips for engineering a renaissance, now exists in physical form in the reality we all happen to share, or perhaps experience as a consensual hallucination. This is my sixth book, and it’s my slimmest to…

Zoo Break Productions and Incentives for Greatness

Mischa Jacupcak is a Seattle filmmaker who is sick of hearing about tax incentives. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the local film community, you’ve heard this term a lot. Cities, states, provinces, and countries establish tax incentives to lure film and TV projects from Hollywood. The reason why we see so many…

SIXR Opens a Door to the Golden Age

I just started reading a book called The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places. The author, Eric Weiner, sets out to explore why certain places give rise to high concentrations of creative, innovative thinkers. I’m still early in the narrative, when Weiner is wandering around present-day Athens, ruminating on the legacy…

This Blog, Now Coming to You in Innovative Book Form

My new book, The Shape of Reality to Come, a collection of essays about virtual reality,  creative economies, Amazon, artificial intelligence, Microsoft, Ready Player One, innovation, video games, leadership, immersive media, and grunge, is coming soon from Alephactory Press. You can pre-order it here. I have to admit that I didn’t realize I was even…

Music From Other Rooms

This morning I read an article on The New Yorker website that wasn’t actually about Trump. Rightly tagged “Rabbit Holes,” Jia Tolentino’s “The Overwhelming Emotion of Hearing Toto’s ‘Africa’ Remixed to Sound Like It’s Playing in an Empty Mall” sent me scurrying through YouTube in one of those oh-it-appears-people-are-doing-this-now moments that seem to be how…