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My friend Dan Hon has gotten me hooked on TinyLetter, which another friend of ours called “artisanal penpals”. Dan is using it as a near-daily writing exercise; I’m using it as a something between a blog post and a sort of longer, more themed Twitter. I’m doing it weekly, and I’m enjoying the pace.

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Have a favorite TinyLetter? Do you produce one of your own?* Let me know, in the comments.

*Maybe you should. Go on.

UPDATE 4/7/14: Dan and I were trying to figure out the best way to connect all these funny little letter things together, so we made a webring, 1997-style: The Internet of Newsletters. Join us, won’t you?

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Working on the Canvas Map Project, Part 1

Every summer as a kid, my dad took me and my younger sister to a couple of new US states for a short vacation. After ten years of doing that, plus some school and personal trips, I’d covered 48 states.

Now that Jey’s here, I want him to see all of the amazing vistas and interesting spots around this massive country, so we’ve started doing a fair bit of traveling ourselves. But we ran into a couple of problems: first, what’s the best way to keep the memories of those trips alive in our home, so that we can enjoy them, and share them with others? Second, how can we display our digital photos, and further, still tell a story about where we’ve been and what we’ve seen?

We eventually landed on a solution…

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Design and Delight is in the Details

Today’s meditation/inspiration is about seeing creative potential in the in-between spaces of technology, user experience and mundane activities.

Every Gmail user is familiar with this menu, which allows you to load images in an email message only when you wish to see them:

Normally, the email message is just a series of blank white squares. But in July of this year, Pizza Express made people want to click that “Display images below” option.

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Cycles of history

Found the coolest iPad app: The Civil War Today. It’s a daily newspaper with push notifications and all the fun gadgetry associated with news delivery apps, only each day’s content is from one hundred and fifty years ago, to the day.

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