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Savannah, Tybee, and Austin, Part 2

After the trip to Tybee, I was home for four days before heading back out to Austin, TX for SXSW. We had a Happiness Bar at the SXSW trade show where WordPress users, or soon-to-be users, could ask us questions about WordPress. It was a great opportunity to meet many creative people working on new and interesting projects.  Continue reading Savannah, Tybee, and Austin, Part 2

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Savannah and Tybee, Part 1

Last month, the support team had a meet-up down in Tybee Island, GA to discuss how we can provide better support to users and for the chance to get to work together in person.

We stayed in a beautiful house close to the beach, which was great for riding bikes along the water. We also took a few trips into Savannah, one of which to test some delicious coffee for Jane’s Jitterbug Bakery at Perc Coffee. We also took a trip to some of the Telfair Museums, including the Jepson Center, which was showing an interesting collection of modern work that touched a lot on gaming and video game culture.  Continue reading Savannah and Tybee, Part 1

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Okupa México

For decades, Mexico City’s elite has hid away in suburban hills. But Bernal is one of the new generation who have descended into the urban cauldron and pushed up the value of centrally-located property. With its charming architecture, Roma was especially ripe for development. Bernal said he would have preferred to remodel the building in Roma, but for decades tenants paid little or no rent, and it fell into disrepair. Instead he wanted to tear it down and erect a six-story condominium with a façade that complemented the neighborhood.

Okupa México: Are Mexico City’s violent wars over gentrification a window onto our collective future? by David Biller

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A place to put my stuff

After a few delays, I finally moved my “stuff” to my new place. Yay! As usual, things didn’t go as smoothly as planned. The morning that I was planning to finally get my furniture (i.e., bed – it’s nice to have a place to sleep) to my new place, Francis had a different idea. While walking the dog, a garbage truck went by and he decided, “I have to catch that.” So he ran, and I found myself propelled toward the road into oncoming traffic. Continue reading A place to put my stuff

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Old school, meet new school

From the WFMU Twitter stream, I found this article on Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl — and the Apps That Can Help Them:

For people my age, having grown up with Napster (and Limewire, Bearshare, and Soulseek — remember those?), it feels silly to pay for MP3s. The same goes for CDs. All you’ll do with them is rip them to your computer and iPod. For those of us who want to pay for music, vinyl is a way to do that in return for something that isn’t easily obtainable for free on the internet. And for audiophiles, the sound quality of vinyl is often a factor too.

As someone with a pretty hefty vinyl collection (though paltry in comparison to my father’s thousands), this rings so true. It took me a super long time before I finally got an iPod/MP3 player. Now, I pretty much solely listen to music from my phone or my record player. Nothing beats the fun of sifting through dusty records, except maybe downloading awesome tuneage for free.

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Flip It

pinball machines

I got to hang out with my closest friend this weekend. He lives in South Jersey and I’m in North Jersey, so we agreed to meet in the middle in Asbury Park. The highlight: he’s a genius for taking me to the Silver Ball Museum. I’d never heard of it before, which is unfortunate because it’s awesome! You pay by the hour and can play all kinds of vintage pinball games. They also have some vintage video games mixed in there as well.