Software always looks simple from the user’s perspective, but anyone who’s dug in their heels and actually prototyped, you realize that every pixel is a decision. When the product is your baby every pixel is a heartfelt decision and then some.
I’ve been working on Superflare for about a year now, and as I head to South Korea I can’t help but feel like it’s time to actually launch this thing. All I have to do is finish prototyping and then let this thing fly.

I’m terrified to fail but also full of so much hope. It’s time to tighten up the leftover loose ends. I’m so close and I’m going to conquer this list once and for all. It’s time to turn these ideas into something real and working.
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Finding old to do lists always feels a little like recovering old fragments of self stuck in time. I’m sure they’re of no interest to anyone else but I’m going to start keeping my tasks here for progress tracking and archival purposes. I like the pressure of transparency and want to look back on these and get a little of that breathe-easy, grateful-to-have-survived feeling. So here we go, my first to do list that’s still a work in progress. [continue reading…]

Alver coffee in gangnam seoulI’m in the most stunning coffeeshop I’ve ever seen. Drinks are 8,500 won, which is about twice the price of a typical coffee shop (e.g. Starbucks or Cafe Bene) in Seoul. For a little extra context, you can get a legitimate meal in most areas of Seoul for 7,000 won. Yet 8,500 for a coffee s is normal for Gangnam’s other boutique spots, and in some ways this coffeeshop is just on par with others in the area. There’s something different here though, and I think it’s the sheer size of the place.
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I arrived in Korea late on Friday night, just in time for a nap and the beginning of New York City’s workday. I could barely keep my eyes open so I took a catnap and woke up just in time to power through some work and a couple phone calls. Nearly a day of travel had gotten to me so on my first night in South Korea I crashed to sleep at AMASS Hotel and dreamt of nothing.
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At first I thought everything was falling apart (Chinua Achebe style). It started with an audit letter. I’d forgotten to list one of my freelance gigs in my earnings and owed thousands of dollars to the IRS. The next day I received a rent increase. The week after that the startup I was working for collapsed. I got laid off alongside some of my closest colleagues. [continue reading…]

A few days ago I wrote what might be my most revealing post yet. If you haven’t read it, feel free to click here and do so. If you prefer the tl;dr version, I’ll give you the gist: Just when I thought I had everything together it all fell apart. Within a matter of weeks my cruising-along-just-fine life turned into catastrophe.
Not “I lost my health or a loved one” catastrophe, but the regular kind you can’t really admit to because it’s so normal. I struggled before pressing publish, but ultimately decided to share. I don’t think enough people talk about the hard parts of being a thirty-ish year old tech person who lives in a big city and wants to do things like find love and have a family (whatever that might look like).

So here I sit today, writing my way out of the rubble. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.
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Dear The Person Whom I Will Marry,
Maybe we get married, maybe we don’t. But you’ll know what I mean by that. Since this is public-facing I guess I’d better make that a little more accurate…

Dear The Person Who Will Share With Me a Beloved Infatuation For Life and Each Other. Dear Endlessly Ambitious But Totally Attuned Individual Who Is Committed And Stubborn But Flexible And Understanding,

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I’m just going to come out and say it. This is where I want you to ask me to marry you. Or maybe this is where I want us to get married.

Or as I mentioned before it doesn’t have to be married per se. It could just be a trip you find for us because you understand the importance of inspiration. Or maybe on a whim you want to look into my eyes for a long time in a jungle house we’ll always remember. Or maybe it’s a huge party we pay for our friends to attend as an expression of love and commitment for an expanded life (partially because we found each other).

While I’m making corrections, it actually doesn’t have to be this place at all. But again, you know what I mean. It has to be a place like this.

Rare, daring, imagined, handmade, cultivated, one of a kind.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

I love you already,
Lauren Proctor Handwriting

 

Today we present you with an SEO-related post from Edwin Smith, a Toronto-based expert in the field. 
Learning about SEO and how you can optimize your site’s SEO performance is an eternal effort. There are new things to discover as search engines update their algorithms. However, there are also a lot of basics that most site owners still forget regarding their on-site SEO efforts. In this article we will offer some tips for avoiding a few critical on-site SEO fundamentals.

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Wipe your favorited tweets and start with a clean slaternwith Bulk Twitter Unfavoriting Service

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Do you have more twitter favorites than you know what to do with? Are you tired of manually clicking through Twitter deselecting those orange stars to undo all the tweets you”ve favorited? I was there once too. Desperate to actually participate on Twitter instead of tediously unclick favorite after favorite, I created a tool that unfavorites tweets in bulk for you. Now I want to help make your life easier as well.

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All you have to do is select your package below. We”ll exchange two emails and before you know it your profile will be free of tweets. You just sit back and relax (or retweet) until I send you a message confirming that I”ve fulfilled your order. It”s that simple.

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Ready to order? Select from one of the packages below.
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FAQ

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Does Twitter have a problem with this service? Isn”t doing things in bulk on Twitter wrong?

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This process is 100% safe. I”ve carefully looked up the Twitter guidelines and spread out the process of deleting favorites over time so Twitter doesn”t think you”re doing anything suspicious.

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How long will it take you to deliver my order?

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I usually start working on your account within one business day. At that point you can expect to drop at least 1,000 followers per day. Because I”m careful about mass deleting favorites at a rate that Twitter finds reasonable, sizeable orders may take awhile to deliver. I”ll keep you in the loop though, and you will see results almost instantaneously.

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I have another question but it”s not answered here.

I”m happy to answer any of your questions. Just contact me here and I”ll get back to you.

Paper plane prototype
Paper planes are the best and the worst thing. Small, easily constructible acts of wonder. But the bursts are short. Great for prototyping I suppose, but I want my inventions to be built to last.