Mark Lambert

I’m a seasoned copywriter and editor, experienced in finding fresh angles on technology and how it shapes modern life.

My personal history brings flavor and personality to my writing. I’ve traveled a lot, worked in senior management and have years of experience working with disadvantaged communities in third world countries. I’m also a huge geek.

This puts me in a good position to tell compelling stories about technology, the future, and why readers should care.

How to Ask for a Raise — and Actually Receive One

According to a recent PayScale survey of over 160,000 employees, only about 30% of people who choose not to ask for a raise experience a salary increase. By contrast, of those who do ask for a raise, just over 70% are successful. The bottom line is, to earn more money, you’ll probably have to ask for it! While a conversation about what you earn can be stressful, the right approach can make a big difference. Here’s how to get ready to ask for a raise. I still get a sinking feeling in my stomach

Darkest TV moments from the '00s

It's easy to remember TV shows of the '00s as a relentless rainbow of upbeat, primary-colored tales about people being there for one another, especially when the rain starts to pour. However, that televisual happy-scape of yesteryear (okay, less than 20 years ago) was actually speckled through with its fair share of dark 'n' dreary moments. The seedy televisual underbelly of the not-so-nice double-oughts had something mean, gritty, or just plain not cool for everyone — from grueling reality sho

How to Maximize A Holiday Party on a Limited Budget

Whether you love them, hate them (or regard them with complete indifference), holiday celebrations are an undeniable reality of many company cultures. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — when the silly season hits, work life can seem like a relentless parade of tinsel, paper plates and sensibly casual slacks. Which begs the question, why do we do it? Do these celebrations serve a deeper purpose? Or are they best simply gotten rid of when the company budget gets tight? Most importantly, if we d

4 Consulting Firms That Support Work-Life Balance

Most employees appreciate the importance of balancing their professional obligations against the time they need to enjoy life outside the office. But work-life balance is more than just a buzzword. According to the American Institute of Stress, nearly 80% of US professionals report feeling stressed by their work. Studies on family conflict show that added work pressure exerts a significant negative influence on happiness at home, and poor work-life balance correlates to chronic health condition

People who went missing at sea

Unless you're a die-hard Agatha Christie fan, you probably walk through life with the wholesome assumption that if you board any given form of human transportation, sooner or later you'll disembark more or less unscathed. And in the vast majority of cases, this is a fairly safe bet. Cruise ships, however, are an odd and unsettling exception. According to cruise ship industry data, over 300 people have gone mysteriously missing from cruise ships since 2000. That feels like a pretty high number for what's meant to be a pleasantly predictable sun tan fest on the open sea — especially when you consider that this figure only takes into account those cases where the unfortunate passenger's final fate remains unknown. So, what's the deal with disappearances on cruises, or at sea in general? And where do these cruise companies get off being so peppy and upbeat when they're clearly floating death traps with a suspicious fondness for bad reggae music and overpriced sunscreen? Cruise ships are how most everyday people get on the ocean nowadays, but plenty of people have gone missing at sea from other boats as well. Here are some of history's more memorable cruise ship and oceangoing disappearances.

Finding WiFi on the Road

Back in ancient times (OK, the ‘80s and ’90s), all you needed for sensible road travel was a road map, some coinage for a payphone and a York Peppermint Pattie (no other candy bar will do) for when you wanted to get your snack on. These days, while the pepperminty goodness remains just as necessary as always, paper maps and phone money have withered into complete and utter obsolescence. What you need now is WiFi; that magical data field which gives your smartphone all the information it needs t

6 Indie Films You Must Watch Before You Die

I can’t tell you exactly why, but I’ve always found there’s something compelling and hypnotic about hunting for that hidden gem of an indie film. Unfettered by big studio money and unconstrained by the claustrophobic restrictions of “what sells,” indie films are inherently hit or miss. The vast majority of indie films either glow with distinctiveness and originality or… well… radiate a toxic cloud of unfortunate stank. The following is a list of indie films you absolutely should at least try t

Design and Space-Planning Resources to Help You Plan Your Next Home Upgrade

Devising a new room layout is one of those strange design activities which manages to be both creatively rewarding and deceptively tedious. There’s no question that it’s exciting to recreate a living space. With just a few tweaks to furniture layout and color, it’s almost as though you’re living in a brand new space! On the other hand, let’s be honest here. It’s work. Unless you’re astoundingly lucky and get that perfect aesthetic balance on your first try, chances are you’ll be shifting furnit

Date night apps: Don’t head out for a night on the town without them

Going out for a night on the town is cool. Well, it can be. Is it just me or can it also be kind of hard work? I mean, it’s all well and dandy to put your fancy shoes on and head out into the big city, but without a plan of attack you could well end up sitting in Taco Bell at 9 pm with nothing more to show for your efforts than a tray of bean burritos and a heart filled with disappointment. Who needs that?

Neurocontrolled Devices on the Market: Technology Overview

One of the most striking aspects of neurotechnological innovation is the sheer variety of fields of human endeavor it’s likely to revolutionize. Name an activity that involves thought and using a device and neurotechnology looks set to upend how it’ll get done. The difference between where we are now and where we’re likely to be in three years is, frankly, absurd. It’s therefore really tempting to talk incessantly about amazing new innovations that are “just around the corner”. But let’s get p