Our Chemical Eden

Our Chemical Eden explains the beginnings of life in the hydrothermal vents in the ocean deeps. This has long been my preferred theory and it was good to see it explicated in persuasive new detail. My previous sources for this theory are THE DEEP HOT BIOSPHERE (1998) by Thomas Gold and QUANTUM EVOLUTION (2001) by […]

Rites for the disillusioned

Rites for the Disillusioned: Ciudad Juárez Echo I.When la Virgen was violated upon altars of quicksand, She wore a wreath of drowning prayers.She opened her mouth, swallowed hardBreaths of earth she never stepped upon,Reciting to herself but this, “From dust we came…To dust we shall…Dust.” I was there. I watched her go downWith my pinned […]

What kind of copywriter am I?

      I was thinking about a BBDO moment…I was assigned to write a newspaper ad for pickup trucks for a Dodge dealer in Buffalo, New York.  The way everybody else at the ad agency did it was to look in the files for an ad that was approved in the past, and use that while […]

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022     I’ve been in the doldrums since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007/2008. My clients all vanished. Or rather they pulled in their horns and let me go. I’ve been poking and prodding around ever since trying to find gigs. My previous methods of finding work have all petered out.      I […]

June 25, 2022

June 25, 2022 I am adrift in the national sea of nothingness as  we approach the maelstrom. Everything is falling to pieces everywhere and Americans sit blandly doing nothing while 11,494,000 jobs go unfilled.    I doubt this curve goes up any higher. Despite all the jobs supposedly available, I haven’t been able to find […]

Content analysis for tech companies

Content analysis for tech companies A lot of the tech sites I look at have their essential content buried behind a barrier of complex technical writing. What I do as a technical copywriter is to is to emphasize the unique selling points that set a company apart from competitors. I analyze a company’s content from […]


I got this email blast from Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp: Dear Colin Campbell, please Dr Ferenc Borondics, Principal Beamline Scientist at the SIMS Beamline, Soleil Synchrotron, France to hear about how cutting edge IR spectroscopic tools, such as the breakthrough technique of Optical Photothermal Infrared (O-PTIR) is being used by users from a wide range of […]

Startup Circle

Six local tech companies gave  five-minute elevator pitches to 40 of us at the Science & Tech Talks meetup of the Startup Circle group. I’ve been attending the meetings  since I arrived in Santa Barbara in 2019. I was just beginning to get to know people when the Pandemic struck. In this photo, I’m the […]

Time for a re-assessment.

After all the frenzy of switching to the m1 Mac Mini, I’m slowly revving down from geek mode into normality with the new computer. I’m planning my re-entry into the Santa Barbara web production marketplace. I’m a resource for web shops that don’t have a copywriter on staff. But it’s wrong for me to think […]