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Marziah Karch
Technology writer, instructional designer, doctoral student, maker, and dangerous end-user.
Technology writer, instructional designer, doctoral student, maker, and dangerous end-user.

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I don't think I ever wanted to live in a dystopian novel. 

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I miss going to CES all the time. Just wasn't in the cards this year. Maybe next year. 
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The other day I saw a preview of #Moana, and I just have to say it was the best Disney branded movie I've seen in a long time. See it in the theater. Skip the 3D version, though.

The story was original and refreshing. The soundtrack was amazing. Loved it.

Oh, and post-credits Easter egg. Stay to the very end. 

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Had a great day at the PDX mini Makerfaire. 

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Terminal 2

So, using the Swarm app, I encountered an obvious bug. After checking in every day for months, I was the mayor of a competitive location (a city.) I was strangely obsessed with it, so I knew I'd checked in every single day, and if I didn't check in early enough, I'd get dethroned for a day and have to check in early the next day to regain the throne. I also knew I had valid check-ins. I'd have to watch it because every once in a while it decides that the city borders are very small and only allows check-ins near city hall. (I work near city hall, so no big)

Ok, so I check in a couple of days ago, and someone else became mayor later that day. By game math, that should never have happened. Ties always default to the current mayor, so once you check in for the day, you are safe. There's no way for someone to have more check-ins than you if you are both checking in every day and you have checked in first. The most you can have is a tie, and the ties resolve to the current mayor. I thought maybe the bug was just a delayed notification and he'd checked in earlier than I had that day.

The next day when I check in, it says I'm two days away from becoming mayor. Another thing that should never happen. I've been checking in every day, and there are no negative check-ins.

Then the next day, the screen still says that I have 29 and that he has "31 check-ins in 30 days." Only one check-in should count towards this score per day per game rules. So either it's not counting my check-ins or it's overcounting his.

So then I realize that the only location app I currently cared about enough to put up with bugs like this was Pokemon Go. The end. 

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What I did today. 

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Thinking about seeing Finding Dory? Do it! I thought it was a great movie about families experiencing disability.
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