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Veronica GIF so lifelike

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:21:28 +0000

I don’t update often here, but I feel like spending whatever small amount of Google juice is left on directing anyone searching for “Veronica GIF so lifelike” to Veronica Belmont’s excellent XOXO Festival talk where she explains how dehumanizing it has been to have a few seconds from her TV show turned into a creepy meme that has followed her around for over a decade. It’s a great talk that really drives the point home that sometimes the Internet can be a crappy place, but on the bright side, the Internet does let people hear the rest of a story, like this one.

How to save $1,000-3,000 on any new car purchase

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 15:39:28 +0000

The Google Maps mobile app on iOS/Android has really improved in the last year or two, especially since Google acquired Waze, the crowd-sourced accident/traffic data company. Several times I’ve been using Google Maps to navigate to a spot an hour away only to have my route changed due to traffic and in at least one instance, I saw a small detour for a recent car accident save me easily 30 minutes of traffic time. The level of detail in ever-improving maps plus the networked information about real-time accidents and traffic is something no car-based GPS navigation can come close to. If you’re car shopping, skip the navigation options entirely since the phone you already have in your pocket is more capable than anything being sold in a car today.

The Eye-Fi mobi card is the real deal

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:50:26 +0000

Back in 2006, I was an avid user of Flickr and was asked to help test a new camera card that was going to offer uploading via WiFi. At the time, this meant you could conceivably skip the step of connecting your camera/card to your computer via USB. It was a bit buggy, but eventually worked, but I didn’t find it super useful since you had to be near your home WiFi for it to work. Since the iPhone came out in 2007, it’s become my primary camera due to ease of use, flexibility in apps, and ability to share photos easily from anywhere. All my other cameras became “dumb” cameras once that smart phone came out. I was curious if a Eye-Fi card could bridge the gap so a few years ago that I tried out the final production versions of Read More...

Barley is the bomb

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:30:57 +0000

I haven’t been blogging here nearly as much as I wish, but a few months ago one of the developers of Barley sent me a copy of their plugin, and I’ve been using it since then and I have to say it’s pretty incredible. It greatly reduces the friction of having to go to your WP admin area, find the link to make a new post, then fill out the forms (which totally sounds like work and not play) to make a post. Instead, you just hit a button to make a new post, then start typing in your blog, in your browser. It’s like Medium’s editor in that way, but on your own blog and it’s kind of amazing. I’m finding I rarely blog on my own site here, but I’m writing more than ever, it’s just that short Read More...

Thu, 29 May 2014 23:26:13 +0000

I posted some big news about MetaFilter over at Medium.

2013 Gift Guide: stuff I’ve loved

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:37:27 +0000

A few weeks ago I started keeping track of a list of things I’ve fallen in love with over the last year or so, in hopes of putting them all together, and this is the result. In no particular order, these are all items that I’ve used and have impressed me, hopefully they’ll give you some gift ideas for other nerdy bike loving kickstarter backing people like me. Etch Foursquare Maps If you’ve used Foursquare extensively in NYC, SF, Chicago, or Portland, Etch will prepare a custom map of all your check-in history for those cities, letting you choose one spot to highlight, and print it all up on fine art poster paper. It requires a heavy 4sq user, probably more than 100 check-ins if not 200 or more before you get a cool map, but I was really impressed Read More...