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Dan Roam, "The Back Of The Napkin"

Posted On January 1, 2018By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Drawing Conclusions: Dan Roam Presents “The Back of the Napkin”

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC; an earlier version of this story appeared on Jawbone.TV… For author Dan Roam, it began with a living nightmare.Read More
zombie economy
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Did A Fair Amount Of Shopping This Xmas; Photo by Daniel Jensen on Unsplash… Just this summer, many “experts” proclaimed the death of American brick-and-mortar retail, and that Amazon would eat everyone’s lunch. When Amazon subsequently bought Whole Foods (make that “organic free-range lunch”), the same experts sang dirges for all the supermarkets. Consequently, the stock of competitors like Costco plunged. (BTW, I’m still waiting for one of these experts to explain the contradiction between “consumers are shifting toRead More
Kim Tronic in Sedona, Arizona
by Kim Tronic, Writer + Professional Happiness Pursuer… This article originally appeared in The Kim Tronicles and is republished here by permission. Sedona, Arizona. A sweet little 7-hour drive from Los Angeles, or a quick flight from LAX and puddle jumper from Phoenix. I’d heard about the healing powers of this magical destination, but I didn’t know much beyond a Google search. To celebrate my birthday and commemorate the end of my cancer journey, I booked a trip to Sedona for 3 nights and started researching different vortex excursions. What’sRead More
MacBook Air

Posted On December 9, 2017By Freddy Tran NagerIn Materialism

Air Apparent: Why I Rushed To Buy A MacBook Air

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Apple hOStage… I didn’t need a new computer. My 2010 MacBook Pro is somehow still running strong — now 2 years longer than any previous computer I’ve owned over the past 30 years. (Knock on wood — just by typing this I may curse my Mac.) Plus, my 2010 MacBook Pro includes features no longer available on a new Mac, such as a matte screen (glossy = annoying reflections) and a built-in DVD player (yes, some of us still useRead More
Boycott L.A. Weekly

Posted On December 6, 2017By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Devoured: How The Dark Side Silenced The L.A. Weekly

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Misses Alternative Newspapers… I used to read the L.A. Weekly (the alternative newspaper of Los Angeles) back when it was nearly the size of deep dish pizza — and almost as delicious, filled with no-holds-barred political articles and small-theatre reviews and creative writers who wouldn’t get a shot in any other L.A. publication. Big plus: it was free. The Weekly came out every Thursday, and my friends and I made it a point to rush out and grabRead More
David Fincher Technique

Posted On October 24, 2017By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Eye Catching: One Secret To David Fincher’s Film Technique

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Fincher Fan… Note: buying anything through the links on this page may benefit the Atomic Tango martini fund. The first DVD I ever bought was Fight Club, and not just because it was based on the inventive and incendiary novel by Chuck Palahniuk. (One of my favorite books.) Throw in Fincher’s directorial prowess and the compelling lead performances, and Fight Club warranted watching again and again and again. (Plus, the film blows up Century City, where I used to live andRead More
US Forest Service Cocktail Construction Chart
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Amateur Mixologist… Let’s drink a toast to men of creativity and humor in official positions. More specifically, let’s drink a toast to Cleve Colbert “Red” Ketcham, the late great U.S. Forest Service Regional Engineer who gave us, for perpetuity, the Cocktail Construction Chart. Immortalized in the U.S. National Archives Catalog as item #7035823 (download your copy here), the chart was created shortly after Nixon resigned in 1974 — a very good reason to celebrate. Given the names of the people whoRead More
Pickpocket Warning Sign
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Writer Who Likes Numbers; photo by Cory Doctorow via Wikimedia Commons… Digital advertising these days is like wandering into a room full of pickpockets. Obviously, you should avoid doing that altogether — you do have other choices — but if you must go, watch your wallet. I know this from experience. About a year ago I noticed some interesting ads at the ends of news articles. Instead of promoting a product or service, these ads featured other articles on other websites.Read More