Hi, I'm Roman.

I help companies solve challenging business problems using research, design, code, and marketing.

Currently, I'm:

  • Heading up the marketing team and strategy at Pager as their Director of Marketing
  • Running a small company as the Co-Founder and COO of Dragon Blood Balm
  • Exploring how technology goes wrong via Error States

Recent Posts

Notes: Interesting Concepts
May 23, 2020 | 3 min read | Notes in Progress
Some time ago, I started collecting "notes" on topics. Sometimes these are just links or paragraph excepts, sometimes these are thoughts-in-progress. Sometimes these notes will be arranged into a full essay and other times they may remain just as notes, but no less valuable to me or others for it.
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Mockingbird Mixtapes
Apr 23, 2020 | 12 min read | Projects
Between 2013 and 2017, I mixed a lot of music under the name Mockingbird. I also released a #DarkSounds EP under As In Space, put together a few mashups and did a few collaborations with a friend who made music as the Air Raid Manual. You can download the mixtapes below.
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A Simple Gallery
Apr 05, 2020 | 1 min read | Projects, Technology and Code
A static site generator written in Python that builds a quick, one page image gallery when you throw your files in a folder. Because, why not?
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The Internet of Pipes
Apr 05, 2020 | 6 min read | Technology and Code
With many more people suddenly working from home, or simply being home without an opportunity to leave, the internet-as-infrastructure grew severely strained at the end of March. In a couple of memorable instances, it broke. This is the story of why.
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Close Read: "Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei" by Eliot Weinberger
Mar 29, 2020 | 9 min read | Close Readings
What happens when a poem more than 1300 years old is put through the grinder of translation? What happens when the original language works in a fundamentally different way than what you're translating into? You read the translator, not the original poet.
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Gambling With Other People's Money: How Harvard and McKinsey Get Reality All Wrong
Mar 15, 2020 | 13 min read | Finance, Business and Marketing
A Purely Academic Exercise: what happens when a proposed investment strategy doesn't take into account all of the messy math and uncertainty of the real world?
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Error States
Feb 21, 2020 | 1 min read | Projects
An Exploration of How Things BreakWhy study broken things? Or things that go wrong? That aren't working correctly? Because all things go wrong. All things break. All things error. As someone once said, 'there are an infinite number of ways for something to go wrong, and only one way for
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Getting Started with a Hugo Blog & GitHub Pages
Feb 15, 2020 | 9 min read | Technology and Code
How to get started with a Hugo blog, run it locally, create content, deploy/host it for free on GitHub pages, and automate the deployment process all in one walkthrough.
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Managing the Ghost CMS
Jan 03, 2020 | 2 min read | Technology and Code
Troubleshooting common Ghost CMS issues.
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Dec 23, 2019 | 7 min read | Business and Marketing
Your priorities should be: Customers (or users) first. Business requirements second. Operational efficiency third. Technology fourth. Here's why.
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