Odds and Ends

Pizza Digressions 2: Me and My Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven

In the early days of the pandemic, the fortunate among us had the luxury of wondering what to do with themselves in isolation. It seems that for many, the answer was, “Baking!” In particular, Ooni pizza ovens have been selling like crazy. If you find yourself in the company of people who own an Ooni pizza oven, be prepared for … Read More

I Share Two Characteristics with Steve Earle and Colin Hay. Really!

On 30 August, Joanne and I should have been in Nashville to see for the first time Steve Earle and his band in concert, but COVID put the kibosh on that. Instead, we saw Colin Hay at the City Winery in New York City. This year I’ve found myself listening more closely than previously to both Earle and Hay. And … Read More

Rebranding: New PowerPoint

Above is a sample cover slide from my new PowerPoint deck. At the bottom of this post is the cover slide I’ve been using for years, so yes, the new design is a big upgrade. The photo in the cover slide is customizable, so I contemplate changing it for different clients and different kinds of presentations. By itself, a new … Read More

Rebranding: Digital Credentials

I’ve decided to offer digital credentials—a certificate and a badge—to participants in my course Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. You’ll be able to click on the certificate to confirm that it’s authentic and get details of the course. And you’ll be able to upload the clickable badge on LinkedIn and elsewhere. The digital badge is in the image above; it was … Read More

Rebranding: New Website

Since 2013, I’ve had only one web designer—Selene Bowlby of iDesign Studios. Working with her has been gratifyingly straightforward: I tell her what I want and she builds it, using her technical and design skills to give specific form to my very general wishes. I’ve always been pleased with the results. And in between sporadic rebuilds, she looks after things. … Read More

Rebranding: New Logo

The engine driving my rebranding (described in this blog post) was my new logo, by my new graphic designer, Gothard. Yes, that’s it, above. (I also have four Drafting Clearer Contracts variants.) I think it’s great. I got it through a contest I ran using 99designs. I chose to do a “Platinum” contest, the most expensive level—I had one shot, … Read More

Hey, I’ve Rebranded!

Take a look around—I’ve rebranded! “Rebranding” sounds vacuously corporate, but what the heck—I’m going with it. I’ve overhauled my look enough that the sum is modestly greater than the parts, so “rebranding” it is. These posts describe the elements: Rebranding: New Logo Rebranding: New Website Rebranding: Digital Credentials Rebranding: New PowerPoint I like to think that because the design face … Read More

I’m Crowdsourcing Testimonials

I’m overhauling my website, and today I was reminded that the page devoted to A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting has testimonials that were valuable 17 or 13 years ago but are no longer relevant. So I’d like to replace them. (Thank you again to those who submitted those testimonials; it’s time for a well-deserved rest.) I’d like to … Read More

When the Big Obligation Subsumes Smaller Obligations

The big obligation is The Widgets must comply with the Specifications. That being the case, there wouldn’t seem to be much point in saying these smaller obligations: Acme shall use only competent personnel in fabricating the Widgets. Acme shall maintain all Widget-fabrication equipment in good condition. Acme shall obtain and maintain insurance covering the Widget-fabrication facilities. And so on. To … Read More