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David, we’ll miss you so much.

Saying goodbye to a legend, and a friendContinue readingDavid, we’ll miss you so much.

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The right way to ask users to review your app: How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

tl;dr: 1) Build a great app, 2) Don’t annoy your users, 3) Ask nicely, don’t begContinue readingThe right way to ask users to review your app: How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

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To See One’s Reflection In Their Black Mirror

Quelling an addiction and considering value in a blank screen. In late 2011, screenwriter Charlie Brooker introduced the television show Black Mirror to the world that had yet to fully embrace smartphones. In fact, in Q3 of 2014 there were nearly as many smartphones sales as the entirety of 2011 when the series was released.…Continue readingTo See One’s Reflection In Their Black Mirror

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Photography

San Francisco From Above

Over Labor Day Weekend 2014, I got a chance to see San Francisco and the Bay Area from above, with my friend Ian as the pilot. Below are a collection of photos that I took during the trip. Enjoy! The above photo was so fun to capture. It took me a minute to get the…Continue readingSan Francisco From Above

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Life Photography Thoughts

10,000 Hours

Re-dedicating myself to some of my favorite hobbies, starting with photography For years I’ve collected hobbies—seemingly always finding a new one shortly after growing bored with the last one. But recently I realized just how much I’ve let two of my passions — photography and playing music, languish. So rather than let either fall by the wayside…Continue reading10,000 Hours

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Lifehacks Tech

Email is a constant: Why I turned off email notifications

A little while back, I realized just how often my iPhone’s lock screen was lighting up for email alone. It would go something like this: Marketing email! Non-urgent work email! LinkedIn request! Millions of dollars from a prince in the UAE! It never stopped. Ever. It was a continuous flash of typically unactionable information that…Continue readingEmail is a constant: Why I turned off email notifications

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Life Social Media

#dadjobs

A Twitter poll, turned tribute to our fathers and the careers that put food on our family’s tables Later in the evening of Father’s Day, I was thinking about my dad (pictured above) and his not-too-common job of being a coal miner in Illinois. He’s been working in that mine since before I was born (I…Continue reading#dadjobs

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Ideas Tech

Developers need referral tracking for apps

The top app marketplaces lack any ability for a developer to know exactly where their downloads are coming from — an incredibly important metric. First, I should provide a bit of context: I’m the CEO and co-founder of Circa, a company whose primary product is a mobile news application which can be downloaded from both…Continue readingDevelopers need referral tracking for apps

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The Second Amendment and digital security

What would a more modern interpretation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution look like? A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. One of the origins of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can…Continue readingThe Second Amendment and digital security

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Lifehacks Productivity Tech

How I work: Staying on the offense with email

With the use of a handful of helpful tools and techniques, I’m able to ensure that no email can slip through the cracks. Email is awful. It’s a beast of a technology that’s thirty years old and definitely doesn’t conform to most of how the world operates today. But no matter how much we decry its…Continue readingHow I work: Staying on the offense with email