Happy gapingvoid Birthday! My Blog Turns Eleven…

Over the weekend, gapingvoid.com turned eleven years old. I won’t dwell on it too much, other than to say, 1. Yes, it has been an amazing trip, 2. Thank you very much for all the love over the years and, 3. Looking back, I consider “Personal Faves” (2001) to be the best thing on it […]

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“Treat it like an adventure. An adventure worth sharing.”

That was probably the best line in Evil Plans: “Treat it like an adventure. An adventure worth sharing.” Whether we’re talking about a business plan, a career, or something far more important, something that actually matters… that’s what we’re here for, no? The adventure. To live it. And to be able to share it with […]

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My Interview With Paul Barron

Earlier this year, the restaurant business guru, Paul Barron interviewed me in Miami. One my my better interviews of late IMHO. So far it’s been viewed over 38,000 times! Thanks to Paul for a great afternoon. [Official Blurb:] “Everyone has an Evil Plan, maybe it’s tucked away inside your mind or maybe you are developing […]

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“unifying work and love”: the first #evilplans salon- downtown miami, 7.30pm, wednesday, 23rd march

[The #sxswCares logo I did at SXSW in aid of the Japanese Tsunami etc…]. “South-By” is pretty much over for the year. So what’s next? gapingvoid is having its first “Evil Plans” salon on Wednesday evening, the 23rd of March at 7.30pm, just under a week from now. Downtown Miami. It will be limited to […]

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evil plans: please look after this englishman

[“Burden”: You can buy the print here etc.] My old buddy from my early London social media days, Lloyd Davis has an Evil Plan. A US road trip with a big social media angle: “Please Look After This Englishman”. In March 2010, I traveled, sometimes with others, sometimes alone, coast-to-coast across the USA from Boston […]

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thc: a cure for career hangovers?

[Anthony Adams was a recent college graduate working for IBM. Now he sells hangover cures:] Hi Hugh, My name is Anthony Adams, I am 26 years old. I worked at IBM out of college (2007) in a cubicle doing software sales/order taking and sitting in death-by-Powerpoint meetings and I hated it. Actually, hate is a […]

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“a jolt to the soul”

Chris Mitchell sent me the following e-mail: Dear Hugh, Recently I interviewed Kevin Kelly, the co-founder of WIRED magazine. The whole interview was about the “lost decade” of his life where he spent pretty much his entire 20s travelling through Asia taking photos. No money, no job security, no career, no nothing. Just taking photos […]

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everybody needs an evil plan, cont.

Fun…. Tanya Mulkidzhanova from the Ukraine read EVIL PLANS, then posted this picture via Twitter. “Everybody needs an Evil Plan”. Exactly. [Available from: Amazon.Barnes & Noble.Borders.800-CEO-READ etc.]

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the corner bistro

I took this photograph when I was in New York last week, back in my old neighborhood… The Corner Bistro was my regular watering hole, back when I lived in the West Village in the late 1990s, back when I was first drawing my trademark “cartoons on the back of business cards”. I’d stumble in […]

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my new book: “evil plans”

[ Available from: Amazon.Barnes & Noble.Borders.800-CEO-READ etc.] “Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to ACTUALLY start doing something they love, doing something that matters. Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN that gets them the hell out of the Rat Race, away from lousy bosses, away from boring, dead-end jobs that […]

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