Plot twist: not a speaker

If you’ve seen my updated Twitter bio lately, it reads like that. Here’s a little more context behind it.

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Seeking out sources

I saw this set of Marvel characters morphing into their movie counterparts in my social media feed. If you use Tumblr long enough, you’ll recognize when something comes from a photoset (a grid of images in different configurations, which are captioned and/or animated) even after they get screencapped and land elsewhere, like Twitter, or Imgur, 9gag, or Pinterest. Thankfully, I could finally make out the credit watermark on the Imgur […]

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Of Manila

I find it ironic that out of reportedly 150+ accounts that attempt to capture a certain demographic of Manila, it’s the one about Cats which has been the most productive & meaningful. Their account gained attention for the humor, then for featuring real cats that need real homes, and most recently for organizing an actual adoption event & fundraiser. View this post on Instagram "Magulo na ngayon. Lahat na lang […]

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#socialmediaprobz

Social media is not as easy or brainless as you think it is. Especially when you’ve spent a fair amount of time on it for things that you’re really passionate about. The more you use it, the more you want the workflow—the experience—to be better.

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Summarize & visualize your year on social media

As another year winds down, the major social networks have gone and partially liberated the information they collect about us in the form of a prettified year in review. Several years back, you had to manually and intentionally enter data to produce such reports. Bespoke ones are still the loveliest of course, with Nicholas Feltron’s leading the pack. But now that there’s an app for checking in to everything—from music […]

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Anything you say, post, tweet, reblog can and will be used against you

I will spell it out for those who don’t understand: The recently signed Cybercrime Bill provision of libel will mean: 1) You can be taken to court for expressing a negative opinion. 2) You can be taken to court if someone is affected by your opinion. 3) You can be taken to court at a court which is farthest from where you live, because you as the defendant has to […]

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The cultural equivalent of dark matter

TIME Magazine writes about fan fiction (with a timely Harry Potter slant, of course). I want so badly to quote the whole thing here (but it’s long, 5 “pages” long) so I’ll just grab the snippet being passed around on Tumblr: Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed […]

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Over the walled gardens

WordPress.com has already adopted two Tumblr features (likes and reblogs) but the third one coming in version 3.1 may complete the transformation: post formats. That’s not to say it hasn’t been done. And can you really replicate the Tumblr experience on self-hosted systems? Beyond the debates of regurgitating posts killing originality/identity/attribution though, I’m more interested in the ability to interconnect blogs, tweets, tumblelogs, notes in the most seamless way possible. […]

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Things that kill blogging & things that inspire it

“…the key to understanding a blog is to realize that it’s a broadcast, not a publication. If it stops moving, it dies. If it stops paddling, it sinks.” Why I Blog by Andrew Sullivan I’ve been meaning to post this, but as usual I kept it saved as a draft. Then I read that quote. You’ve read the proclamations of why “blogging is dead”, whether it’s because of social media, […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.