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Surprise! You Get a Calendar!

Surprise!  You Get a Calendar!
(If you are an AAPL member!)   Today I got a huge, flat envelope in the mail from the AAPL, and I couldn’t imagine what they could be sending me.  After I got into it I found a sweet calendar and the always anticipated November / December edition of Landman magazine!  They did a great job not only including all the scheduled educational events on the calendar, but also adding a fair amount of extra information on the ‘top’ of the calendar pages.  It looks like this calendar is replacing the typically mailed out 2012 Annual Report. It’s nice to ...

Winter is Coming! NAPE, that is.

Winter is Coming!  NAPE, that is.
As many of you know, Winter NAPE is quickly approaching.  So if you haven’t marked your calendars, February 5-8, 2013 is when you should be in Houston, Texas.  Just to catch up everyone else, NAPE is a twice yearly convention designed to allow vendors to buy, sell, and trade oil and gas properties.  Not only are operators represented, but other vendors which service the oil and gas industry also purchase booth space to advertise their brand.  There is a variety of events which surround the main exhibitor show. NAPE Icebreaker Event Wednesday, February 6 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ...

Fracknation – For Us By Them

Fracknation - For Us By Them
Unfortunately I missed the television premiere of the documentary, but I’ve been hearing about it all over the social media channels.  If you have been living under a rock, FrackNation is a documentary by journalist Phelim McAleer to provide “the rest of the story” (as Paul Harvey would put it) to the GASLAND documentary aired by HBO about 2 1/2 years ago. FrackNation was funded completely by donations through Kickstarter.  It was funded by 3,305 backers who donated $212,265 in total, I even threw in a few bucks.  In addition, no donations made by oil and gas executives or companies ...

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?
You often hear landmen talking about the AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), but it’s not as often that you hear about the IRWA (International Right of Way Association).  In fact, it’s fairly common to meet right of way agents who aren’t familiar with the IRWA.  I think it is a good organization, and that more than a few of you might benefit from including them in your professional networking portfolio. You might think, from the name, that it is comprised of only right of way agents, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.  The IRWA has members from ...

Review: Roku 2 XS

Review: Roku 2 XS
Yes, yes, I know.  Half of you are thinking “What is a Roku 2 XS?” and the other half are thinking “Are you just figuring this out?”  First off, yes I’m just figuring this out.  Secondly, a Roku is a nifty little box that will stream movies, music, games, and all sorts of other cool stuff to your TV.  I got one recently and I thought I would write a review on it. I also can imagine a third question.  “Why the heck are you writing about it on a landman blog?”  I think that a Roku is a great ...

New Home Office Deduction for Tax Year 2013

New Home Office Deduction for Tax Year 2013
On Tuesday the IRS announced a simplified method to calculate the home office deduction, which may be of interest to you independent landmen that do your own taxes.  As many of you know, the current incarnation of the home office deduction is one of the most audited items for those who are self employed.  It has a lot of rules, measurements, and a little bit of voodoo involved in the calculation.  For those of you that have learned the “voodoo method”, it will still be available to use.  The new method will be a another option available. Simply, starting in ...

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker
One of the complaints I commonly hear is that newer landmen aren’t getting the diverse training that is necessary for them to be successful over the long term.  The concept of ‘specializing’ is turning into having a landman with 5 years of experience who has only bought leases or only run title from disk.  Regardless of my personal thoughts on using the number of years of experience, I think that it is the landman’s job to make himself a professional with a good background of work experience.  What I see happening is that landmen get a chance with a broker, ...

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)

Book Review: Landman Lease and Title Manual (Volume 1)
I had the opportunity over the last several weeks to review a new publication by John R. Childers and Joe W. Judd.  It’s called the Landman Lease and Title Manual and is being sold on Amazon.com.  The book description on Amazon is very straightforward: The Landman Lease and Title Manual is designed to impart upon the new and lightly experienced landman the essential skills and knowledge necessary to work in the oil and gas industry. The manual is not designed as a substitute for the traditional mentor-type learning characteristic of the oil and gas industry, nor is the manual a ...

Promotes, Carries, and Bears…Oh My!

Promotes, Carries, and Bears...Oh My!
During my time as a field landman I never really got the opportunity to see how deals work and how the economics of a deal play out with regards to the party who develops it.  In hindsight, that’s unfortunate because it’s some pretty interesting stuff. I’ve been told that many of the readers of this blog are field landmen, so I thought some background on it might be of some interest to you.  Don’t confuse this background information  for someone who has stratospheric knowledge about this subject.  My exposure to the subject is still woefully inadequate, something I hope to ...

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry
A demon that has always been lurking in the corner in our business is how we decide how much someone is worth.  Think about the last time you recommended someone to your supervisor.  The first question they asked was probably “How many years of experience does he/she have?”.  Occasionally you’ll get the “send me their resume” or the preferred “are they good?”, you might even get a “Do you want the person on your team?” line from particularly bright supervisors. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using “years of experience” as an indicator of skill is ...


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