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My name is Sam Neumann, and this is my blog. I'm an author, photographer, and probably the first person to model my way of living around the Alaskan sea otter. It's less insane than it sounds. I'm glad you stopped by - head to the top menu for more info or check out the most recent posts below.

Photoramble: 12/18

Everything the light touches is our kingdom. A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king. And this’ll all be mine? Everything.   (Photo: Steamboat Springs/Rabbit Ears Pass. Quote: The Lion King.)  

You Can Fail at What You Don’t Want

This video made the rounds some six months ago, and I’m here to annoy you with it once again. I do this because I think it’s important, for two reasons: 1. Jim Carrey is not making a funny face, proof that it is indeed possible. While he is donning some ridiculous commencement garb, as seems to be a requirement for graduation…

The Otter Lodge Guide to Social Media, Part 2

For part one of this guide, click here. Due to an overwhelmingly sympathetic response to part one of this list (and the fact that I was going to do this anyway), we are back with more do’s and don’t’s of social media. To the list! Do: Follow the accepted practices of each platform. Twitter limits its tweets to 140 characters. This is…

Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Other Stuff!

Citizens of the Lodge, I’ve pried my latest book from the icy grip of Amazon exclusivity and spewed it across the world wide web. And by “pried,” I mean Amazon willingly went along with my request, then went back to counting its trillions. Anywho, Emails from Heaven is available on a bunch of different sites now, so if you have a non-Kindle e-reader, hate…

The Otter Lodge Guide to Social Media, Part 1

The social media scene is such a two-faced animal; great for keeping up with old friends, sharing your thoughts and ideas, and learning new things about people you know, and terrible for those exact same reasons. We all get annoyed from time to time by the things we see on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Instagram, yet we keep coming back. Its…