Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself. I am a writer, digital marketing consultant, and citizen living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2014, I have worked as as a freelancer on a wide variety of projects, and I look forward to pursuing more full-time or contract-based work. Visit my portfolio or view my CV to learn more about what I can offer your team as an employee or contractor. If you let me be a part of your organization, I can promise hard work, creativity, and a diligent focus on each project's core goals. To learn more about me and what I can offer your firm, contact me or connect with me on Linkedin and Twitter. I'm very excited to show you what I can do.

Featured: Nathan Englander Kinetic Typography

This piece was created using Adobe After Effects, and the source audio is from a monologue that short story writer Nathan Englander presented at The Moth in 2010.

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Mark Edward Smith, 1957-2018

This is the last song from the last Fall album. It's not one of my favorites, and I don't imagine most people (Fall fans or not) would particularly like it.

But man, is it proof that the dude never lost it. Mark E. Smith made music that was claustrophobic, nervy, and unmistakeable for forty years. Barring his always-awful vocal delivery slowing to an even-worse creak on recent releases, this weird song could fit into any of the five decades that MES/ The Fall released in, and it sounds like death. Which is fitting because he's dead now, so good job with that Mark.

I've never had any vibe that MES was a particularly good dude (he wasn't from what I gather), nor does his music music access deep threads of experience and feeling that I tap into via other beloved songwriters; while I've had many a good cry with the mountain goats or jason molina, smith's esoteric ramblings rarely stir up the personal. MES instead made music that confronted and mocked the many strange theaters of late capitalist life, from the firm viewpoint of a sarcastic working class dude in late 20th century northern england. If the punk movement promised revolt against norms in thought, culture, and music, he carried this mission more stridently and intelligently than anyone i know of. Music lovers will be rediscovering and celebrating the fall's dizzying corpus of cranky, angular music for a long time. It's not for everyone, but it's utterly monumental.

Bees, Graffiti, and my life in 2017

My hive, disassembled.

Hey all, sorry I've been so absent from this site for such a long time (I doubt that anyone was eagerly anticipating my return, but just in case). So far, 2017 has been a great year filled with positive change.

For one thing, I'm a beekeeper now! Back in October, a buddy of mine invited me to an introductory beekeeping workshop sponsored by Burgh Bees, an awesome community apiary based in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. After one day-long class, I was hooked on the idea of becoming a beekeeper. Following some Christmas gifts of Langsroth Hive parts, a bit more studying, and the purchase of a nuclear colony back in late April, I set up my hive down at Burgh Bees bout six weeks ago, and they are thriving. Following my many failed attempts at raising a convincing garden and my apartment's prohibition on pets, I am more than happy to have my bees as a little bit of nature under my care. Oh, and honey. Let me know if you want some honey.

Also, I'm excited to announce my new online endeavor, the Pittsburgh Graffiti Project. For probably a couple years now I've been rolling the idea of an interactive regional graffiti catalogue around in my head, but it wasn't until about two months ago that I actually started going anywhere with it. After setting up a Twitter account that I will continue to use as the nerve center of the project and nexus for submissions, I set up a neat little page to display all the tags I'm compiling. You'll see of course, that it's presently not too much more than a few placeholder pages, but soon I will be uploading all of my favorite tags found around Pittsburgh. I'm sure I'm far from the first person to come up with this idea or for that matter even do this in Pittsburgh (no, I haven't really checked), but I'm pretty bloody excited to finally follow through on an idea that's been gathering dust in my head for quite some time now.

That's all for now, but I do plan on getting back in the habit of updating this site more regularly, at least not with a year and change between posts. Check it out soon for more content from my various projects, as well as more work samples.

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Daniel Hanson

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Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself. I am a writer, digital marketing consultant, and citizen living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2014, I have worked as as a freelancer on a wide variety of projects, and I look forward to pursuing more full-time or contract-based work. Visit my portfolio or view my CV to learn more about what I can offer your team as an employee or contractor. If you let me be a part of your organization, I can promise hard work, creativity, and a diligent focus on each project's core goals. To learn more about me and what I can offer your firm, contact me or connect with me on Linkedin and Twitter. I'm very excited to show you what I can do.

Blog


Mark Edward Smith, 1957-2018

This is the last song from the last Fall album. It's not one of my favorites, and I don't imagine most people (Fall fans or not) would particularly like it.

But shit man, is it proof that the dude never lost it. Mark E Smith made music that was claustrophobic, nervy, and unmistakeable for forty years. Barring his always-awful vocal delivery slowing to an even-worse creak on recent releases, this weird ass song could fit into any of the five decades that MES/ the fall released stuff in, and it sounds like death. Which is fitting because he's dead now, so good job with that Mark.

I've never had any vibe that MES was a particularly good dude (he wasn't from what I gather), nor does his music music access deep threads of experience and feeling that i tap into via other beloved songwriters; while i've had many a good cry with the mountain goats or jason molina, smith's esoteric ramblings rarely stir up the personal. MES instead made music that confronted and mocked the many strange theaters of late capitalist life, from the firm viewpoint of a sarcastic working class dude in late 20th century northern england. If the punk movement promised revolt against norms in thought, culture, and music, he carried this mission more stridently and intelligently than anyone i know of. Music lovers will be rediscovering and celebrating the fall's dizzying corpus of cranky, angular music for a long time. It's not for everyone, but it's fucking monumental.

Bees, Graffiti, and my life in 2017

Hey all, sorry I've been so absent from this site for such a long time (I doubt that anyone was eagerly anticipating my return, but just in case). So far, 2017 has been a great year filled with positive change.

For one thing, I'm a beekeeper now! Back in October, a buddy of mine invited me to an introductory beekeeping workshop sponsored by Burgh Bees, an awesome community apiary based in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. After one day-long class, I was hooked on the idea of becoming a beekeeper. Following some Christmas gifts of Langsroth Hive parts, a bit more studying, and the purchase of a nuclear colony back in late April, I set up my hive down at Burgh Bees bout six weeks ago, and they are thriving. Following my many failed attempts at raising a convincing garden and my apartment's prohibition on pets, I am more than happy to have my bees as a little bit of nature under my care. Oh, and honey. Let me know if you want some honey.

My hive, disassembled.

Also, I'm excited to announce my new online endeavor, the Pittsburgh Graffiti Project. For probably a couple years now I've been rolling the idea of an interactive regional graffiti catalogue around in my head, but it wasn't until about two months ago that I actually started going anywhere with it. After setting up a Twitter account that I will continue to use as the nerve center of the project and nexus for submissions, I set up a neat little page to display all the tags I'm compiling. You'll see of course, that it's presently not too much more than a few placeholder pages, but soon I will be uploading all of my favorite tags found around Pittsburgh. I'm sure I'm far from the first person to come up with this idea or for that matter even do this in Pittsburgh (no, I haven't really checked), but I'm pretty bloody excited to finally follow through on an idea that's been gathering dust in my head for quite some time now.

That's all for now, but I do plan on getting back in the habit of updating this site more regularly, at least not with a year and change between posts. Check it out soon for more content from my various projects, as well as more work samples.

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Featured piece: Nathan Englander Kinetic Typography

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This piece was created using Adobe After Effects, and the source audio is from a monologue that short story writer Nathan Englander presented at The Moth in 2010.