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Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for November 17, 2017

A roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed Hilary’s desk this week (or last few weeks as the case may be when I’m WAY too busy.)

1.) What I’ve been up to:

#barn #sunset #kentucky #lexingtonkentucky #lexky #visitlex

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Happy dance! ? . Old phone left (a 5s) & my new precious on the right. IPhone X. . In recent years I walked into the Apple store no fewer than three times and couldn’t bring myself to buy the larger iphone Plus as an upgrade. First with the 6s and then with the 7. Couldn’t do it. . PLEASE do not make me regret early adoption on this!!! . Iphone on the left is in an amazing waterproof case … case for the X is on the way just to prevent scuffing and I know the X is water resistant but I want the waterproof case at some point because it can go deeper for longer (I have dunked my phone before … on purpose.) The case I want isn’t available until January. . And I did stay up til 3am hitting refresh on the Apple side because I wasn’t willing to buy via AT&T – they previously wanted me to enroll in their upgrade program even though I keep my old phones for various uses. And their customer service reps told me I shouldn’t want to keep my old phones (jerks) when I last inquired about a year ago. Still ok with AT&T just want going to buy my phone with them because of those interactions.

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? (testing out the iPhone X in low light – quick shot on the way to the car.)

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  • Car failure, oil change, alternator and battery replaced. Traumatic driving experience since the vehicle was failing slowly as I drove it. The oil change was in hopes that they could check why the battery light had come on and I needed the oil changed anyway. Nothing like driving and having lights come on and then the dash light dimming and RPMs stopped registering… while still making it to … close to your final destination. I still had to call AAA from the auto parts store to get it towed to the repair shop (though really they jumped it and I drove it to the repair shop with the tow truck behind me because the dash still wasn’t on.)
  • Chiropractor (I’m sore), client meetings, general work odds and ends, updates, upgrades, and respond to community questions for the Southland area.

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

  1. My takeaway which goes beyond what the article is saying: Technology is moving so fast that labels like “graphic designer” or “advertising agency” or “digital media” seem too restrictive and not descriptive enough for those who want broad crossover in their design and marketing while exploring the bleeding edge of things.  The Future Of Ad Agencies Might Not Be Advertising At All  [FastCompany] Though I will admit I’ve met some people who call themselves “storytellers” who drive me up a wall and seem to know nothing about value propositions so I don’t like that label either and it seems the one they most identify with.
  2. A framework for resolving software / development bugs used for something else: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/3354 
    Issue Overview
    Steps to reproduce
    Expected behavior
    Current behavior
    Possible Solution
    It’s clear that this is meant for program bugs but in this case they used it because something was lacking a clear roadmap for the entire project so some of the content IS important (I’m not posting this so you to understand Gutenburg better – I’m posting because it’s an interesting adaptation of a framework IRL.)
  3. James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How I find it interesting to peek into people’s lives when the overview isn’t just superficial. This one is good.
  4. I’m loving investing and teaching myself how to invest. THIS was amazingly useful to know … How to Track Stock Data in Google Sheets – With GOOGLEFINANCE Function [tutsplus] Though I’m still not sure that my dividend yield info is correct because that is somehow not as straightforward as some other pieces. You should have more than one form of income if you want complex and complete freedom. I also have a set of rules for myself with stocks and at the core I remind myself that it’s gambling and I haven’t earned money until I SELL a stock or get dividends.
  5. Check and see if your most heavily used apps are compatible before upgrading operating systems (mac, windows, iOS) https://roaringapps.com/apps
  6. Effective Instagram Marketing for Clients [WPelevation] & I Read More Than 20 Instagram Studies so You Don’t Have to. Here’s What I Found [Buffer] Good checklists.
  7. Google Ventures HEART framework
    Happiness
    Engagement
    Adoption
    Retention
    Task success
    https://library.gv.com/how-to-choose-the-right-ux-metrics-for-your-product-5f46359ab5be
  8. CSI tv show tech is becoming REAL! This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Images [FastCoDesign]
  9. This Is Why We Default To Criticism (And How To Change) [Fast Company]
  10. https://coinhive.com/ Innnnnteresting … using your website visitors cpus while they visit your website to mine bitcoin. Could be used as ad revenue replacement. Can be abused (overworking machines) or can be done ethically by setting a max load based on capabilities of machines using plugins. If I used this I would make sure I posted a note about how it’s being used.

 

4.) Creative inspiration:

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

 

iphone X … it was well past time for a new phone given what I do for a living. OMG I have been so far behind. I’m even in love with things like the live photos that the 5s couldn’t do.

I don’t think I need to count the ways I love this phone, it will probably bore you. 🙂

 

The case I bought it: Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone X Case with Air Cushion Technology and Hybrid Drop Protection • http://amzn.to/2zMVWNc

I like that:

  • there’s not much added bulk
  • but it makes it easier to hold the phone without feeling like you will accidentally throw the phone (seriously, I felt like the phone could just magically leap from my hand.)
  • reviews of this particular case across various models of phones is outstanding. I bought Tim this case for his older phone because he just replaced it (he broke his and the 4s wasn’t sufficient enough for some things he needed to do for a few months while he decided on whether the X was worth it for him.)

The additional case I plan to buy but it’s not out yet: Catalyst Waterproof case for Iphone X

https://www.catalystcase.com/collections/catalyst-case-for-iphone/products/catalyst-waterproof-case-for-iphone-x?variant=45220485134

Why do I even want a waterproof case? I have a history of deliberately dunking my phone and even thought the waterproof rating means I SHOULD be able to swim with this, I expect that rating to break down over time and use.

I had this brand on my 5s. They do last about a year to a year and a half with daily use before they start to have problems and lose some waterproofedness (fogging inside.) The current one for the 5s had a small bit of plastic break inside finally.

They also feature a spot for a camera strap which is a great option in case you want to adjust your buttons and swim with it (touch screens do not work underwater.)

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for October 27, 2017

A roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed Hilary’s desk this week.

1.) What I’ve been up to:

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

 

VIDEO SEO – How to Rank #1 in YouTube 2017:

A little something from a car ride:

 

 

4.) Creative inspiration:

Halloween is coming … this is just a cool concept. Decorating digitally.

 

 

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

I’m looking for little ways to improve my life on a regular basis. Solving stupid things that annoy me regularly.

One of those things is that I hate drying my hair. I don’t look great with my hair chopped off. And actually I like longer hair but I just hate drying it and hair dryers. Hairdryers dry out my hands in the winter and in the summer make me feel like I’m overheating.

Excessive towel drying can equal frizzy mess. So I started reading about “plopping hair” because I have curly hair. But wasn’t into the idea of finding a tshirt to leave in the bathroom and also wanted something to make things faster with less hairdryer. Honestly didn’t care if my hair stayed curly or not but I wanted to look presentable faster.

I resort to wearing a hat WAY too often to avoid looking like a wet headed mess because I just don’t do that 2 hour beauty ritual some women apparently do (2hrs WTF?)

Then I found something that said microfiber towels dry faster without frizz. Where has this advice been all my life?!? I had some microfiber washcloths so I gave it a test run and was impressed. But washcloths really aren’t right for a full head of hair and I wanted more.

Enter the microfiber hair towel: http://amzn.to/2gPwRq7 It looks decent in the bathroom and is in fact super absorbent.


I don’t know if it’s legit microfiber because it’s not quite like my washcloths… but honestly what is microfiber really anyway and let’s revisit my goals. Dryer hair faster. This accomplishes that. I can finish with the hair dryer or leave the house and be dry enough by the time I get where I’m going.

It also has an elastic loop in just the right place that you can make a tight turban so you can continue to get dressed while your hair dries. I do expect the elastic loop to wear out well before I’m ready to buy a new towel though so that’s currently the only likely downside.

Would I buy another? Maybe. I think I also want to try one of the others that’s a little more microfiber as well just to see if any are better but I am really happy with this one. I rather like the waffle pattern because it reminds me of staying at a really good hotel.

Since I’m finalizing this post a few days late …

Towels … <snicker> I need more inside jokes … I may never be able to say towel or moon again without a certain image popping into my head of a very hilarious accident…

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for October 20, 2017

A roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed Hilary’s desk this week. (I missed a week … shhh… don’t tell anyone. I’ll recap two weeks this week … and decide if I want to go bi-weekly or monthly at some point since these take a decent amount of time.)

1.) What I’ve been up to:

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

4.) Creative inspiration:

Stop-Motion Animation Good Enough to Eat [Magenta]

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

This falls into the arena of … just being an adult. I don’t even want to admit how long I’ve been using the same quilt so I bit the bullet and bought the following just as it got colder:

“Tahari Home” plain white comforter & DKNY duvet cover from Home Goods. About $50 each. I once bought a $200 set of sheets … ONE SET $200 from a department store and the were the biggest disappointment EVER. Since then, I’ve explored bedding mostly from TJ Maxx and Home Goods.

With the nights being cooler I’ve been really glad that this warms up way faster than the quilt or quilt WITH fuzzy throw did. That said, I will probably have to buy something lighter come next summer.

I’ve bought enough Tahari bedding at this point that I can wholeheartedly recommend that brand even if it were full price. I’d also say most of the Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein bedding is a good bet. Everything else is a bit hit and miss so this is one of those things I still buy in person instead of online.

Man, this is really not the best picture but not terrible either…

At some point I will talk about this mattress and why it’s not the same kind of mattresses everyone else is selling (think low VOC and no chemicals added.) Do NOT buy the thick wool “organic” futon mattress I first bought … I think I want to talk about that soon too.

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for October 6, 2017

A roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed Hilary’s desk this week.

1.) What I’ve been up to:

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

• The Good Life Project: Accelerated Learning with Exercise. & Getting Out of Your Lane

Really epic review of the Insta360 camera … I want it…

AND I also want the GoPro Fusion:

4.) Creative inspiration:

Using the audio/video time lag, this band created a mesmerizing visual loop sampler:

Because it’s just plain funny:

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:

Because apparently fall is now summer (it’s continued to be 80º in the daytime), I decided to buy some fall appropriate summer shoes. AKA closed toe but perforated. I bought the tan and am already thinking about buying this exact style in a second color.

I now have two pairs of Franco Sarto dress shoes and I’m really liking that they look really dressy without being a heel and that they have a rubber inset on the bottom so I am walking instead of sliding. http://amzn.to/2yw11cY

I know that this is not a unisex suggestion since it’s a woman’s shoe so if you’re a dude you might check out Tim’s favorite dress shoes. It’s a men’s dress shoe that doesn’t have a heel but doesn’t look weird.  Zero drop shoes with a non-slip sole for men are usually … Vans and not dressy. (Hey shoe companies, listen up!) http://amzn.to/2yvKANQ:
BOTH of these shoes look WAY better in person than how Amazon has photographed them somehow.