Michael produces the Conversations at The Interval speaking series which takes place on Tuesday nights. He books and oversees every aspect of the production and often hosts the talks. Michael also manages most of Long Now's social media and writes for the Long Now blog and the Quarterly News for Members.
An event producer since his college days, Michael has been active in San Francisco’s art and theater scene as a performer and instigator of unusual events for more than 20 years. From 01999 to 02003 Michael hosted and co-produced The Tentacle Sessions a monthly series spotlighting accomplished individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area scene—including writers, artists, and scientists. He has produced and performed in numerous alternative theater venues over the years including Popcorn Anti-Theater, The Exit, 21 Grand, Stage Werx, and the late, great Dark Room Theater.
Michael has been a long-time blogger (usually under his nom de kunst mikl-em) for publications including celebrated arts magazine Hi Fructose and the award-winning internet culture site Laughing Squid. You'll find his writing in print in the Hi Fructose Collected Edition books and Tales of The San Francisco Cacophony Society in which he recounts some of his adventures with that noted countercultural group.
Beginning in the late 01990's as an employee at Hot Wired Michael has worked in technology in various marketing, technical and product roles. He helped build Web 1.0 sites, worked with early search engine startups, and more recently has helped champion User Experience in digital advertising.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Michael co-founded a college radio station and an underground art space before moving to San Francisco. Since moving to the Bay Area he has helped get various artistic projects off the ground including online indie radio station Radio Valencia.
Michael had been a volunteer and associate of Long Now since 02006; he helped out at events and Seminars, wrote for the blog, and been a technical advisor. In 02013 he officially joined the staff to help raise funds and start up The Interval.