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competitive strategy
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Loves a Challenge… Never shy from competition. You will face it, if not now, then as soon as you create a viable market. So if you see a field of competitors, don’t give up, even if they have a head start. Challenge them by being DIFFERENT and BETTER — particularly if they play the traditional way…  Read More
Caitlyn Jenner Humble Brag
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Honored to be Humble… Every day I challenge my computer to chess. “Bring it on!” I say. And every day I vow, “Today’s the day I turn the tables on that non-sentient tormentor!” But every single day my computer beats me soundly. That humbles me. Sometimes I look in the mirror immediately after a workout and think, “Not bad, old man.” Then I look in the mirror immediately after I wake up in the morning and think, “Age is aRead More
"The Post" Movie Poster
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Journalism Junkie… How could I resist an invitation to see The Post?Read More
Dan Roam, "The Back Of The Napkin"
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango; 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 Tran 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
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Apple hOStage… I didn’t need a new computer. My 2010 MacBook Pro is somehow still running — now 2 years longer than any previous computer I’ve owned over the past 30 years. (Knock on wood — just by typing this I might 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 use DVD’sRead More
Boycott L.A. Weekly
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Misses Alternative Newspapers… I used to read the L.A. Weekly (the alternative newspaper of Los Angeles) when it was the size of deep dish pizza — and almost as delicious, filled with no-holds-barred political screeds 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 would rush out and grab a copy before they were all snappedRead More
David Fincher 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