Migrated to WordPress!

I did it. I finally did it. I ditched Blogger! You know, there’s a certain satisfaction to this. I’ve been wanting to ditch Blogger for years, ever since I discovered WordPress. And I finally did. I’ll consider the completion of this migration to be the fulfillment of my unstated New Year’s resolution. 🙂 Thanks to the generosity of one of my Twitter contacts, @Navarr, I now have a self-hosted (er, friend-hosted) WordPress blog. He offered to host my blog after seeing me complain a lot about things I couldn’t do under Blogger. Eventually I bit the bullet and bought a…

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Google Voice App Rejections: Catalyst for Cellular Openness?

If you haven’t heard, Apple rejected Google’s official Google Voice application several weeks ago (article from this week). However, I (at least) didn’t hear the news until recently, when it became known that Apple also began pulling other Google Voice apps from its iPhone/iPod Touch App Store. TechCrunch’s sources say that AT&T was behind the bans, and I’ll believe it. Now, I’m not an Apple fanboy, but I’ve been considering getting an iPod Touch lately. One of my roommates here at Emerson’s summer program (yes I know I need to blog about that too; soon, I promise) has one, and…

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Updated Topify Gmail Filters

Well, Twitter got prettier follow and direct message notifications today. Bully for them. Now I have to publish this update. Update (05/07, 22:45): My update was broken, so the update had to be updated. The filter should now catch DMs, too. Believe it or not, I was wrong that Twitter changed the address that direct message notifications come from; it stayed the same. So that part of the filter didn’t need to change. All’s well that ends well, right? Update 2 (05/07, 23:05): Well, scratch the new filters. Twitter went back to the old From addresses tonight. Y’all can use…

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How To: Safely Use Twitter Notification Enhancement Services

Latest update: 2010-11-20: Twitter tweaked the addresses again. Remove the twitter- part of the addresses in your filters if you’ve set them up. Update (2010-11-11): Twitter changed their addressing scheme again. See below for instructions. As you all have probably heard, Twitter is gaining popularity in leaps and bounds. All the new users mean more follower notifications arriving in my inbox, and Twitter’s default messages aren’t very useful. (The direct message notifications are pretty bare-bones, too, but I don’t get many of those so it wasn’t a priority.) Update (05/06): Twitter prettified their emails, but I still think Topify’s are…

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I Never Thought I’d See This Happen…

Fires show up on the news all the time, right? Right. Fires happen in one’s neighborhood all the time, right? Uh, no… I never thought I’d see it happen in my neighborhood. But today, it happened. It got me out of the shower, too. (Yes, my schedule is weird, and late. Don’t bother me. 😛 ) My mother just happened to look out the window. It was really a luck thing; otherwise, I would have missed the beginning part of it. I heard the sirens as I was getting into the shower, but sirens are common enough in this city…

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Theatre Experience Q&A [via Facebook]

Facebook is teeming with chain notes like this. Usually I ignore them, but this one was actually interesting. So, I’m filling it out. Facebookers, I’m giving you guys a link to this post; Facebook is still not getting any content from me, besides statuses and comments. Without further ado, the “survey”: What was the first play you ever did? I believe it was The Wizard of Oz. I was a munchkin. (I was also seven years old.) What was your most recent show? Interesting question. The last show I was really “in” was Romeo & Juliet at Children’s Theatre Company…

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GrandCentral Becomes Google Voice!

It’s taken 21 months—almost two years—but GrandCentral (“One number for all your phones, for life”) has finally gotten an upgrade (and a new name). I’m totally excited, and happy that the long-awaited upgrade (previously known as GrandCentral 2.0) is finally here. Meet Google Voice: “One number for all your calls and SMS”. New Features Yes, Google Voice added several new features. One of the things that always, always bugged me about GrandCentral was the fact that my number couldn’t receive or send text messages. Well, now it can. According to TechCrunch’s expansive overview, the same technology that powers the SMS…

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich [Book In Review]

Over the holiday break, and continuing after I got back from New York City (which I will probably never blog about, unfortunately; it’s been too long now, and I have other posts to write), I read a series of books checked out from the local library on topics ranging from the history of eBay and Microsoft’s hiring practices to the true economic impact of big-box stores like Wal-Mart and even a book on cosmic complexity. While all of them resonated with me to a certain extent (the latter, Big-Box Swindle, being the most compelling of those I’ve mentioned so far),…

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Gmail Chat FAILs with Ping.fm GTalk Enabled

Image via CrunchBase Last night, I found a chat in my Gmail account that I’d never seen. It was sent an hour after I left the public library on February 26, while I was offline, but never showed up in my Inbox. It wasn’t even labeled as sent while I was offline. I was baffled completely until I realized this afternoon what I’d been doing that night at the library. February 26 (a Thursday, the day of #snowmageddon here in Minneapolis/St. Paul) was the day I discovered that Ping.fm—my very favorite social networking tool, second only to Twitter—had added support…

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You Gave the Wine List to Me?

I told myself I probably wouldn’t blog about New York, but I decided this would be a worthwhile story. (Not to mention the fact that I promised a certain person I’d publish this; you know who you are.) Of all the things that happened in New York City, this is possibly the funniest, and the most unlikely to happen back here in MN. Aside from Broadway shows, that is. Image via WikipediaPicture this: Times Square, a moderately upscale Asian restaurant, and a party of five. Two mothers, three “children” (though none of us were under 14). The age spread for…

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