xoxo #3

I’ve never been to XOXO, and a few weeks ago I found out the person I was going with had something come up and absolutely could not come. I knew no one else going. Oh no, I thought. I was going to be that person alone in the corner again, except instead of for an evening it would be for an entire four days.

I didn’t realize that people will come up and talk to you if you’re sitting by yourself. Maybe I accidentally selected a great picnic table to eat alone at Thursday night, but within half an hour I was surrounded by people and involved in really interesting conversations. And on Friday, when I was alone in a corner, again, people who I’d just met yesterday came up to me and chatted with me. By Saturday I had dinner plans and breakfast plans with people I’d met that day. It was entirely unexpected and a great surprise. I used to believe the best way to meet new people is end up on a bus together stuck in snow for three hours; I now know it’s even better to end up stuck at XOXO.

I didn’t realize that people are willing to talk to me about what I care about! I’m very passionate about Tumblr culture, but I try to never talk about it because I can go on. Forever. On Thursday, I only mentioned Tumblr once when microblogging was brought up by someone else, and I managed to limit myself to a few sentences. Each night back at the hotel, I told myself I wouldn’t talk about Tumblr the next day. The more I talked to people, however, the more I realized that people wanted to hear my long opinions on Tumblr, and by Sunday night after Joseph Fink’s talk I was talking about Tumblr so much I felt I should apologize to people afterwards. I have been informed that apologies are not necessary so: sorry not sorry.

I didn’t realize how easy it would be to meet people who have the same passions and problems in such a large crowd, but somehow, we found each other. I really am not sorry, because I met other people who had the same complaints about tech culture and we could be critical about it together; because I met other people who understood Tumblr culture and we could be excited about it together. I didn’t realize how affirming it would be to meet these people.

I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy XOXO. There were so many talks or screenings I wasn’t too excited for that turned out to be amazing, that I went to only because my new friends wanted to go or because of inertia. There were even more things I heard were amazing that I completely missed. I came into this thinking I might attend a few good talks and sit in the corner alone the rest of the time.

I am so glad to be wrong.

Tumblr iOS architecture ›

bryan:

Some consider the Tumblr iOS app to be a marvel of modern medicine and science. Others find our custom native HTML rendering to be a telltale sign of our insanity. Other others view our staunch avoidance of Core Data migrations as both prudent and educational.

Whichever camp you fall into, you may find something to enjoy in this high-level overview of our iOS application architecture.

bryan:

iTunes.

bryan:

iTunes.

But now Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “retweet with comment” that would better allow users to participate in a conversation, while also providing context and commentary that can otherwise get lost when using the standard Twitter “retweet” function or “quoted tweets.”
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Molly Mendoza

bigmagnets:

Molly Mendoza

bigmagnets:

Giorgio Barrera, Through the window.

bigmagnets:

Giorgio Barrera, Through the window.

In Defence of Women’s Events & Girly Shit ›

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The Scooters of Marseille (France) - August, 2013
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The Scooters of Marseille (France) - August, 2013

Fujifilm X100S