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Casey Trees Pruning Recap

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Things have been a bit busy for me lately, but I don’t want to let this blog just sit and collect dust, so here’s a quick writeup for the day. Here’s a video I worked on for you all to enjoy.

You should also visit www.caseytrees.org if you want to learn more about what they do.

Written by Christopher Siler

2012/03/19 at 23:32

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Guess it was just a cold snap

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The server that hosts starvingfilmcritic.com was hacked right after my last post, so this blog is coming out of cold storage. The lesson of the day? Always use strong passwords and don’t be afraid to consult the pros. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2012/03/13 at 20:48

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Consider this an archive until further notice

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I’m moving back to www.starvingfilmcritic.com because I don’t get much traffic in either place and I have a chance to start anew. This will stay up as an archive until further notice as I try to get traffic moving on my personal website.
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Written by Christopher Siler

2012/03/01 at 05:23

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I’m back!

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As you may have noticed, I disappeared at the end of the summer. It’s amazing how quickly things can get busy in life before you start to get a handle on them.

You see, I’ve never had to balance school, a job, and wedding planning before. It’s a pretty time consuming affair and I’m only just now getting the hang of all that and living with my fiancée. It’s one thing to have a room mate that you can hide from in your own room when you need downtime or a private space to do work, but living with someone you plan to marry is completely different. It’s more a problem of a small apartment; we really need a den or office for our computers so that we can work in private, but I digress.

It’s a shame that it wasn’t my obligations that kept me from posting, it was me. It’s not like it takes a long time to write a post (I may or may not be writing this as I perform my morning commute on the Metro). I was letting my fear of putting it out there stop me from writing.

Now we just need to decide what we’re going to do with this blog. I also have a personal website, starvingfilmcritic.com that had been left to rot for a long time. It recently got wiped and reset when my brother and server host decided to do updates. My old data got lost, so I can have a fresh start. So, should I stay or should I go? Use one site for entertainment posts and the other for general posting?

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Written by Christopher Siler

2012/02/04 at 08:38

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Flipbook: Managing Social Media

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Social media is a wonderful tool for information. It allows people to be connected like never before, but the volume of information can be overwhelming for many. Thankfully programs like Hootsuite and TweetDeck have been created to allow us to filter the information we receive, but they can be intimidating when users are confronted with massive walls of text as the programs sort out the information. News aggregation websites and programs can lead to similar circumstances, but iPad users can find some relief in the magazine-inspired Flipboard app.

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The app presents information from the user’s social media networks in a graphical format that gives some relief from text heavy aggregators. Stories are divided up into various sub-sections that can be flipped through by swiping the screen to the next “page.” The app also supports several partnered news organizations, rss feeds, and pre-aggregated sections that users can load into their favorites section for easy viewing.

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The app currently supports Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Instagram, but only one profile from each can be loaded. This can be a drawback for anyone that has multiple accounts in Twitter or other multi-account services.

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Overall the experience of reading social media through Flipbook is enjoyable. The space created by the visually-centered interface makes it easier to skim through the links and stories without becoming overloaded. The app’s support of a sharing feature through Twitter allows for quick retweets without having to use a different app. This can make it easy for users to share interesting stories that may not have been shared through Twitter originally. The app also allows for users to write original Tweets if they want to update without tweeting.

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The app does not currently support Google+, which is a major drawback and can be a problem for anyone that has already moved over to that platform. The options available in the program are also limited. It supports Instapaper and Read It Later as read later options, but Evernote users will have to look elsewhere. The program also does not allow users to change how the data is sorted. The sections are sorted by popularity or chronologically with popular articles sprinkled into the timeline. While Flipboard puts red highlights stating the articles are “Popular on Flipboard” it would be nice to have the option to remove these from the stream of chronological information.

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Overall, Flipboard is a slick and pleasant alternative to traditional news aggregators for iPad users, but it does lack some options that will hopefully be addressed in the future. It would be nice to see some Google+ and multi-account support in addition to more user options.

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/09/03 at 01:18

Keeping the Storify Timeline Organized

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Storify is a useful tool for every reporter that wants to use social media and the Internet as their main source.  Storify allows users to quickly assemble and organize Tweets, Facebook updates, and almost anything else they want by using Storify’s search engine or through add-ons in browsers like Chrome.  Unfortunately, the storyline section can become bloated with sources before you’ve actually started to write your story.  Here are some helpful tips to keep that storyline under control. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/08/09 at 18:32

Debt Crisis Curation

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The end of July marked one of the most contentious congressional battles since Congress passed the healthcare reform bill in 2009.  Tea Party and Republican members of Congress wanted deep cuts in spending without raising taxes while Democrats insisted on smaller cuts while boosting revenues by raising some taxes to offset the difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/08/08 at 22:05