Year: 2016

Silly, but official, NFL hashtags

The NFL is assigning official hashtags for each of the 32 teams. Anytime someone uses one of these hashtags, an emoji of the team logo appears right next to the hashtag. Tweet out #Broncos, and you’ll get a Broncos emoji next to the hashtag. It’s pretty cute when that happens. Back during the Olympics, whenever …

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List of search operators deleted by Google over the years

Google has a list of advanced search operators to give you more accurate results. With these search operators you can limit your search to include results only from one website (Search for origami on spudart.org using origami site:spudart.org). Or you could tell Google to search only the title of the website. (Find webpages that have croquet in …

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Endorphins or ten dolphins?

“When I get a task done, I get a little endorphin shot of satisfaction.” A blogger explains his brain rush with productivity. For many people these endorphins apparently come out during good physical exercise. I don’t get it. Whenever someone speaks about how they experience “a rush of endorphins,” I get visions of dolphins jumping around …

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Amazon might open 300-400 physical bookstores across America

Amazon already has a physical bookstore open in Seattle. Chicago is due to get two bookstores next year. Portland and San Diego are due to get an Amazon bookstore. Just how many bookstores does Amazon plan on opening? Publishers Weekly reports: Sandy Mathrani, head of General Growth Properties, said in response to a question about …

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Diving into a blog's archive, one day at a time

Subscribe to a blog’s posts in reverse chronological order

Sometimes you come across a blog that is just incredible. After reading the latest ten to twenty posts, you want to read more. Instead you subscribe to the blog, figuring you’ll just read the new posts as they come in. An entire untapped archive of posts are waiting to be read. It’s a shame that these older posts won’t get …

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Will Pinterest become the champion of saving online content?

With Pinterest changing its “Pin It” button to “Save” a few months ago, they are focusing on the saving aspect of content, instead of pinning it to a visual board. Pinning, saving. What’s the difference? Pinning something to a board implies short-term use. You have a project going on, and you want to gather information …

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NPR doesn’t want you to talk on their island

NPR’s decision to disable comments from their site is quite disappointing. On face value, it’s understandable why NPR shut off comments. Most of them are simply flamers and trolls. Tech blogger Anthony Dean notes that some types of sites simply don’t receive quality comments. Whereas other sites do receive quality comments. Thankfully, my sites haven’t seen …

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Say something funny for each of your #firstsevenjobs

A fun meme called #firstsevenjobs is going around where you list the your first seven jobs. Here’s mine: 1. Ice Cream Artist 2. Sculpture Lab Technician 3. House painter 4. Design Intern 5. Design Lab Technician 6. Art Director 7. Graphic Designer Some people add additional info to their list, like the company name, maybe a …

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How to upgrade Google Play from individual plan to family plan

Everyone loves Spotify for its unlimited music. But imagine if you could have unlimited music and no ads on Youtube videos–for the same price as Spotify. That would be Google Play. The Spotify individual plan is $9.99/month. You get music. The Google Play individual plan is $9.99/month. You get music and no ads on Youtube. …

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Tweet or blog?

Do you find most your ideas end up on Twitter, because it’s much quicker than writing an entire blog post? I’ve certainly fell victim to that. To help myself blog more, I’m going to alter my tweeting procedure. Every time I have something I would like to tweet, instead of heading to Tweetdeck, I’m going …

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The prize for being subscribed to an email newsletter for 5+ years

When I’m subscribed to an email list for over five years, I feel like I should get a prize; and thus I hesitate when considering unsubscribing. You know those email newsletters you pass by every week without reading. I bet you sometimes “clean house” and unsubscribe to a bunch of them. But are there some …

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List of 140+ Chicago design agencies and design organizations on Facebook

The Chicago design list is a master Facebook list of 147 Chicago design agencies and design organizations. Follow this list to see what’s happening in the Chicago design scene. Or maybe you can use it to network with other designers in Chicago. I combed through Facebook to find all the design agencies and design organizations in Chicago that …

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Pinterest can drive long-term consistent traffic

Post a link to Twitter, and it’ll stop getting traffic within a few hours. A Facebook post might give you traffic for a day–if you’re lucky, two days. So many social media platforms are a river flow–post something, and it’s away down stream into the ocean in a matter of moments. However, Pinterest does have …

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