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moving-vanGreeting gentle reader! If you’re reading this post it’s either because you’re a regular visitor to WordsByNowak or you subscribe to my posts via email or RSS.

As you may have previously read in this space, I’ve started a new website at It’s the same articles, posts, opinions and so on that you’ve been enjoying here, but with a nicer coat of virtual paint.

I’ve been cross-posting both here and there since the site launched about a month ago, but the time has now come to transition fully over to the new digs.

I won’t be posting here any more and kindly ask you to point your browsers and bookmarks there instead. If you’re an RSS subscriber, you can re-subscribe here.

I’m not yet sure what I’ll be doing with this old haunt – I may rejig it into a site that focuses solely on my book work, or I may eventually just point it to

Either way, I want to sincerely thank everyone who has ever read this blog and I really hope you come and find me at the new place. – Pete


Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Unveiling my new website:!

alphabeatic-launchIt’s hard to believe it’s been more than five years since I first started blogging. What began as a simple promotional vehicle for my first book morphed about three years ago into a broader repository for whatever I was working on, thinking about, or even eating. has at times been a sketchpad, a journal and even a pulpit from which I’ve tried to explore and comment on the ways in which technology affects culture, and vice-versa.

In that vein, I’m very pleased to announce the latest evolution of this journey:! It’s a new website that builds on what I’ve been doing and that will hopefully go in directions even I’m not expecting.

You’ll notice AlphaBeatic looks more like a news or magazine website than it does a blog, and that’s on purpose. I’ve long been feeling the limitations of simple blogging platforms – first Blogger and then the web-hosted version of WordPress – which is why I’ve now switched to the full version of WordPress. I’m still learning the tools as I go, but I’m pleased so far with its advanced capabilities, flexibility and customization. I’m now able to present my work in what I think is a much more navigable and attractive manner.

Speaking of which… the name. With a new look and direction, I thought it was the perfect time for some new branding. While writing is certainly what I do, I’ve also been thinking recently that the “words” in WordsByNowak is limiting. There are many ways to tell stories in the modern internet era – video, photos, audio podcasts and so on – and I’d like to be open to that. I’m looking forward to trying some of these other methods out soon.

Similarly, I thought the “Nowak” in WordsByNowak was also limiting. With a different brand and some plans for revenue generation, AlphaBeatic may some day open up to other contributors. Stay tuned on that front.

The name itself requires some explanation. AlphaBeatic is literally the result of months of brainstorming; an obvious play on the word “alphabetic,” which simply refers to using an alphabetical system, it has several possible side meanings.

To a journalist, a “beat” is an area or topic of interest, expertise or specialty. Combined with “alpha,” the first letter in the Greek alphabet that can also mean “prime” or “primary,” it’s a way of signalling my hopes for the site – that it becomes a prime destination for anyone interested in the tech-culture beat.

“Alpha” is also a technology term that means a particular piece of software is feature complete and ready for testing, which is an analogy I quite like for what I’m doing. Of course, a beat is also something you can dance to, and dancing is fun, which will be an important element of the site. And lastly, as anyone who has ever tried to think of a business name and especially tried to find a domain name for it, was available, which made it very attractive.

I’ll be cross-publishing blog posts here on and for the next few weeks, after which I’ll transition fully over to the new site and eventually point this address there permanently. Please change your bookmarks and feeds as appropriate, and I’ll see you on the other side!


Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized


Another very metal Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! As per the annual tradition in these parts, I’m pleased to present the latest heavy metal light show by Slayer Bob. This time around, he’s synchronized his house’s lights to a medley of Slayer songs, including Hell Awaits, Angel of Death, War Ensemble, Raining Blood and New Faith. There’s actually quite a bit of technology behind it, which I wrote about last year. Check it out, and see you on Friday for the resumption of regular posts.

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Another year, another step toward insularity

sign-in-google-cakeIt’s my birthday this weekend and, while I’ll certainly be celebrating with an adult beverage (or 20), I can’t help but get a little sad this time of year. As I creep toward that omni-present 40 – an ambivalent milestone I’ll hit next year – I can’t help but notice that I seem to see less and less of people I used to consider close.

The ravages of older age take more of a toll on us all each year, with previously good friends now finding all of their time taken up by kids and family, a never-ending crush of career-related busy-ness, or just plain, simple laziness. And try as I might, I can’t just blame others for this drifting contact because I’m certainly guilty of it as well.

This year, I’m feeling the birthday doldrums a little more acutely than usual since I’ve just about finished up the manuscript on my next book, Humans 3.0, which is all about how technology is affecting human nature. I’ve spent the past two years delving into the topic and, what started out as a rather optimistic journey into the beneficence of technology, has also veered into its deleterious effects. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


iSpoon: maybe the dumbest tech product ever

I get a lot of press releases for new tech products. Some are cool, some are less than inspired. Some, like the one below, are utterly baffling. I’m not even going to say a word about it – I’m simply going to let its own dumbness speak for itself. Behold, the newest gadget that no one can live without: the iSpoon!



Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


A very Metallica Christmas!

Continuing on in our proud tradition of Christmas lights set to heavy metal, check out the latest below, a medley of six of Metallica’s finest tunes. This is from Slayer Bob, the guy who originally popularized the concept of lights-set-to-metal a few years back on YouTube with his home’s rendition of Slayer’s Reign In Blood.

Man, do I wish I lived next to this guy. Have a great Christmas everyone, and see you on Thursday!

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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Calling in sick

Just a quick message to let regular readers know that I’m down with the flutoday, so no post. With any luck, I’ll be back to regular posting on Monday.

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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Uncategorized