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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Web of uniforms vs. options

The thing is, I despised LiveJournal’s shoddy features and MySpace & Friendster’s tendencies to fill profiles to the brim with crap. And I have zero tolerance for any Tumblr that blasts autoplaying music. But I appreciate Tumblr’s battlecry to make social networking profiles less of a uniform. People who care enough about beautiful design and code, and are okay with people using their tools to “make a mess” instead of imposing […]

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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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Ideas of March

I came across the Ideas of March before, probably last year, but the time had passed and I had forgotten about it. It popped up in my stream again today, on the last day of the month instead of the 15th. Better late than having to wait for next year!

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A list of sites I couldn’t access inside the Great Firewall

Twitter Facebook Dropbox English Google (by default) Summify YouTube Happy Independence Day.

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Lessons from the 1st Form Function & Class Philippine Web Design Conference

An unapologetic, uncensored list of lessons learned from the <form> function() & class Philippine Web Design Conference last July 10 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati—because if we have to figure out how we can improve next time, we might as well start with ourselves.

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Today in the Philippine Twittersphere: fighting the Book Blockade

Update (05/25/09): The Philippine Star reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has lifted the book tax imposed by the Department of Finance / Bureau of Customs. Also, a postscript from Robin Hemley, the first to write about the whole thing. The Great Book Blockade of 2009 has been buzzing for a few weeks now, but not as loudly as one would have wanted. It’s about the taxation of books and the […]

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And the award for Best Use of Plurk goes to…

Reasons I love Plurk, told in a different way. Like many things on the web, microblogging is a popularity contest, but it’s not just what these personalities say. It’s how they use the medium. Add these model citizens, okay? The Runners-up Comic haven from velociraptors: XKCD (@xkcd) One of the greatest, geekiest web comics of all time, XKCD‘s syndication on Plurk feels like a match made in heaven and not […]

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