Code is poetical science

“You will not concede me philosophical poetry. Invert the order! Will you give me poetical philosophy, poetical science?” Ada Lovelace in a letter to her mother

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Over here, Uber there

The biggest things to hit the Philippines in 2014? Wicked, Spotify, Tim Ho Wan, H&M, McRibs, Sasha Grey, Uber. The last one has earned the ire of the LTFRB (because it falls under colorum vehicles) and that of local legislators (because it’s so easy to jump on a bandwagon to pick their next political crusade), but it’s no simple victim here. In just a few weeks, the local headlines went […]

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Replace with V

Where this brand name trend came from, we can’t be certain, but if there’s anything Web 2.0 has taught me, it’s that companies need to stand out and snap up a good domain name at the same time. This looks like one of the easier solutions. The difference is while it’s still a form of “bastarized text”, it’s not a variation on spelling that retains how the word is pronounced, […]

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The 2013 Blogging Scene

I’ve stood by WordPress for the longest time but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep tabs on the new shiny things. I’ve mentioned Svbtle, Jux, and Medium—before it adapted a more typographic design. Ghost, said to be the next WP contender (I heard that about Anchor before) is the most buzzy one these days now that it’s finally launched to the general public. But the list is a lot longer […]

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Distiled communication

“Over time, the line that separates writing from speaking, coding and design gradually fades away. Eventually, you realize that they’re simply different forms of communication. When you execute any of these four actions, you’re conveying a message. A good writer, speaker, hacker, or designer is measured by how well they’re able to convey this message.” Brevity in Design by Jared Erondu People join groups because they want to find like-minded […]

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Mainstream media website? Use a WordPress theme

Update (09/15/10): The New Philippines Free press is up. Update (07/26/10): gov.ph now runs WordPress, but per technogra.ph, it returns a lot of missing pages and database error messages. Here’s a thought: news sites should take a page out of the Philippines Free Press and use WordPress themes instead. I’m not entirely serious here, because it’s yet another example of how pathetic Philippine websites are, from the highest office in […]

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A basic email marketing guide I didn’t think was necessary

There’s something I noticed with the Philippine online marketing industry that’s ticking me off more and more (see, I give it a few strikes before I go on a full-blown rant now): a lot of them know diddly-squat about the basics of sending emails, and commit the following crimes:

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I’m a Finalist for Best Blog Design at the Philippine Blog Awards!

Edit (09/25/08): Congratulations OctTwelve! Good job! I just found out that Stellify is one of the finalists for the Best Blog Design category of the Best Blog division of the 2nd Philippine Blog Awards. I’m shocked. Even more shocked than I was last year after being a finalist in the Technology category. I feel like the odd one out (again). Just look at this site. Then look at the other […]

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We want a Philippine web design conference. So we’re planning one.

Another problem with web design aside from my previous laments is that it has always played “saling-pusa” (my indirect translation: second fiddle) to fields like print design, technology, blogging, internet marketing—at least in the Philippines. (I leave it up to you to connect the respective dots to Murder By Design, Graphika Manila, BarCamp Manila, iBlog, Philippine Blog Awards, WordCamp Philippines, SEMCON, IMMAP, and so forth.) Maybe because web design is […]

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