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keep in touch

I'm absolutely terrible at keeping in touch with people. I'll go weeks without calling my parents, and sometimes months will pass before I'll respond to an email from a distant friend. (I'm also a horrible texter, but I'm blaming Google Voice for a lot of that.) I beat myself up about it a few months back and decided I really had to do better.

The first step is acknowledging you have a problem. The second step, in this case, was to build an Android app to help me. Yes, it's a little embarrassing to admit that I need an app to remind me to talk to people. "Hey everyone, my phone has to coach me on my people skills!" Incredibly humbling, but it works. The occasional nudge to take a moment to say hello to my friend or call my mom has been extremely helpful in keeping the conversations flowing. And if you're dealing with the same problem I am, maybe it can help you too.

So here it is. It's called keep in touch, or kit for short. It will keep track of any phone calls or text messages between you and your friends, and notify you when you haven't been keeping up with them as much. You can contact your friends directly from the notification or within the app. There are also some pretty stats to look at.

I've been working on kit off and on for far too long now, and while there's still a lot more I'd like to do with it, it's reached the point where I need to slap a "DONE" sticker on it for my own peace of mind. (Finished is better than perfect, they say.) So please, try it out, and feel free to share any feedback/requests you have.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.makario.kit

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Great idea and beautiful execution 
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Sometimes I just don't get Android reviewers.
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too-touchy touch buttons
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In regards to our work, I just find it slightly limiting. This isn’t just about writing a long article — it’s about leveraging technology, design and device capabilities to create a deeply engaging experience.

Great interview with the guys who designed yesterday's "Fanboys" article.
Enhancing communication around the world through excellence in visual journalism.
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Here's a great article on how Netflix's recommendation algorithm works. It's really cool to see how the writer reverse engineered it.

There's still one thing I can't understand:
Why do so many Americans like horse movies?
To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our own new-genre generator.
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I've often wondered about this, so it's nice to see that there's solid discussion around it.
 
You read that, Japanese corporations? Get off your lazy asses and try to properly use the power of the web! ;)
In the mind's eye of many people Japan is a land of tranquil Zen gardens, serene temples, and exquisite tea ceremonies. Both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, books and magazines ...
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Have our prediction algorithms improved since then?
 
This is from 1985, could this artist have been 'more' wrong???
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LoL... Wrong prediction. He looked more like Peter Pan
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Look at this, advertising where fathers are portrayed in a positive light!

Go dads.
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now... let's see this same commercial for black dads... would. love. THAT!

[team race baiter]
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Don't know about that "looks almost as goofy as Google Glass" line (if anything, these make Glass look downright sexy), but this is pretty cool.
Back in the olden days, you just tied your cameraman right to the car: Looks almost as goofy as Google Glass. Legendary F1 driv
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GUYS, HOLY CRAP.

Okay, first, the content in the article is worthy. It's an insightful commentary on the how crazy the smartphone fanboy culture today is. Sure, you've probably heard it all before, but the author provides a lot of interesting examples and makes many thought-provoking points. But that's not the cool part.

This is an incredibly beautiful article. And not just aesthetically: it looks pretty, sure, but the experience of navigating through the content goes beyond impressive. Both of these things (aesthetics and navigation) help to amplify the content and enhance your experience, but it gets even better: your experience is even further enhanced by the medium on which you read the content!

So look at the article. Notice how beautiful it is: captivating high resolution background images; calming, intuitive transitions; adaptive scrolling. Now read it on your smartphone. Then go find someone else who runs a different smartphone OS (or computer OS), and read it there. 

All that stuff we learned in our media theory classes about the how the medium is the message? The Verge has given us a prime example. You could consider it an art piece, sure, but I see it not as some singular artistic experiment, but as one of hopefully many more instances where journalists (and others) deliberately use digital mediums to shape the content they present.
 
Fanboys

Have you ever loved something so much it hurt?
Have you ever loved something so much it hurt?
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An interview with two Marines who also happen to be gamers who also happen to be women.

In my time serving, you always come across new recruits who think they can actually serve just because they play shooting games at home “all the time”. These same recruits never make it past their second week of basic. Coincidentally, it’s the same recruits who have a very low opinion of women in the military, so it doesn’t surprise me that those who can’t make it in the actual service go home and design these games with these dumb female characters.
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When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months of radiation. We ate very well. Friends drove Mary Beth...
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Those of you who run websites,

People share from mobile. A lot.

People who click links on a desktop that were shared from mobile do not want to see your mobile site.

No, not even if the link starts with m. or mobile. because that's what the person shared.

Stop using subdomains to determine your presentation. It's leaky and wrong in a world where people share links. TIA.
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I have weird dreams. I love music more than I love food. I hate roaches more than I hate cranberry sauce. I only like pop tarts if they're toasted. I was once run over by a car.

When I'm not busy learning about graph theory and good narrative techniques, I like to develop cool Android apps, design pretty websites, brush up on my photography, and make things out of cardboard and construction paper.
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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Computational Media, 2009 - 2013
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Thai House is my favorite place to eat in Dothan! The atmosphere is very professional and relaxing, the music is soothing, the waitresses are pleasant and prompt, and the food is excellent. It's not the cheapest place to eat, but it's definitely worth the money.
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