About Scott: Some Basics

The facts

A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Philadelphia, PA. October 2017

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Born: January 28, 1969, Columbus, OH

What the M is for: Matthew

High school: Columbus Academy, 1983-1987

College: University of Pennsylvania, 1987-1991, BA, French Studies

Graduate school: University of California, Davis, 1992-1998, PhD program, French literature (ABD). This includes a year as boursier étranger at the Ecole normale supérieure (rue d'Ulm), 1995-96.

Occupation: Writer, programmer. Founded Digital Pottery in 2001, co-founded GBS Unlimited in 2011. CEO of Liveplex as of February, 2021.

Gina standing in front of a castle

Gina at the entrance to the Château de Versailles. Oct 2014

Francis in a swing on a lovely summer day

Francis swinging at Hannah Mayne Park, Westerville, OH. Jun 2017

Relationship: Married to Gina Tann

Children: Father of three sons: Michael (born and deceased 2/25/2015), Aaron (born and deceased 2/25/2015), and Francis (born 7/12/2016)

Previously resided: Columbus, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; Davis, CA; Paris, France; Walnut Creek, CA

Our home on a lovely spring day

Our home in Westerville, OH. Apr 2013

Currently resides: Westerville, OH

Languages spoken: French (near fluency), Spanish (basic knowledge, learning), German (basic knowledge, faded), Russian (basic knowledge, faded)

Recent Posts

Postcard: Los Angeles  11/5/2021

Afropean  8/6/2021

Roadrunner  7/22/2021

Red Dust  6/30/2021

Eat Pray Love  6/10/2021

Voyage au Brésil  5/16/2021

Postcard: Lake Tahoe  4/30/2021

Baedeker's United States  4/5/2021

To Shake the Sleeping Self  3/7/2021

Adrift  2/25/2021



A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

Me on top of a sunny Mt Pilatus in Switzerland, with mountains in the background


Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

A couple standing in front of a large Gothic church, on a bridge over the Seine


France deserves its own section

Francis, as a two year-old in a car seat, in sunglasses reading a French picture book


The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

Stage with musicians going at it - they're Gogol Bordello, and they're crazy


Let me take you back

Little boy sitting on a big white bed, looking at a tablet


I watch a lot more television than movies

Live action from a soccer game at Crew Stadium - yellow versus blue


The only sport that matters

Ugly photo of a pig knuckle after it's been eaten - really, it looks horrible


As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

Me in an outdoor restaurant drinking from a green coconut with a long straw

Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage


Trying to live simply

Me getting out of a red Ferrari F430 with a guy clapping for me

Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

Dude wearing orange pants and orange and green shoes walking on wet grass

Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

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