WP Engine Easter Egg Saves You 20%

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I got a hot tip in my inbox today from one of my favorite hosting companies, WP Engine. For a limited time, when you visit their website and put in the Konami Code (below), you’ll save 20% on your purchase. To activate this discount, enter the following code using arrows and letters on their keyboard when viewing their website:

Cheat Code: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a 

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Wednesday Scrapple 1

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I’ve been sharing a lot of links and such lately so I figured I’d try one of these Scrapple posts that Colin introduced me to.  Here we go!

I’ll do a bigger write up on this (eventually), but every Tuesday you can pick up the OnePlus One without an invite. I absolutely love everything about this phone. You should check it out. [#]

My co-worker Craig created a neat new WordPress plugin that will map your Instagram photos. I will be using it to map where I’ve smoked cigars. [#]

I’m trying to sell my Google Glass for $600. That’s less than 1/2 the price. So far, there have been no bites. However, a 3 pack of notebooks went for $950 on eBay. Original price? $10. Supply & Demand man. It’s crazy.

Uber is now in Scranton. This makes me incredibly happy. It will be very nice to have it in a few months (but more on that later 🙂 ). [#]

I have 4 side projects I want to work on between now and June. I’ve made a timeline/matrix thingy. I will post more about that later, but it’s the first time I’m trying it.

I’ve been using Unmark for bookmarks lately. You should give it a try. I really dig it. [#]

Season 2 of the TIL Podcast

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If you follow me on social media, you’ll know for the last month or so, I’ve been publishing new episodes of the TIL Podcast. I decided to change the format to make it more of an interview-style podcast, with one expert each week talking about some interesting topic. So far, we’ve had a few good ones about Disney, Music, Accessing Medical Information, and Web Development.

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Workflow, Responsible Responsive Design, And More Friday Links

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I have already come across a few things this morning that I’ve wanted to share out, so it seems a short blog post is in order!

  • Profession Workflows & Best Practices | WPSessionsBrian over at WPSessions is hosting a free seminar on best practices for development and you shouldn’t miss it! It’s going to be a great learning opportunity for anyone, whether you’re new, a freelancer, or work with these tools every day. I can’t wait for this one!
  • Pixact.ly: This is a fun little game that shows you how well you can eyeball pixel values. I’m just OK. How do you measure up?
  • Sleeping Position by Profession: Funny and pretty accurate from my experience.
  • Story.AM: This service that’s launching soon. From the site: “Create and sell interactive longform stories on a collaborative platform built for storytelling.”
  • Responsible Responsive Design: The latest book by A Book Apart, penned by Scott Jehl. This is bound to be a good one. I can’t wait to read it.
  • Silicon Valley Job Title Generator: What are you? This morning I got “KICKSTARTER EVANGELIST.” Funny because yesterday, I blogged all about Why Kickstarter is bad for Christmas Gift (what I don’t mention in the title is what I think it’s great for).

On Net Neutrality (2014)

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There’s been a lot of hubbub about Net Neutrality again lately now that Obama has officially come out in support of it (something he supported when he ran in 2008, then seemed to not when he appointed Tom Wheeler to chair the FCC in 2013). This week I put together some notes for my students to review so that next week, we can have a class discussion about Net Neutrality and how it can affect us moving forward. After the jump, you’ll see the resources I provided to them.

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New Blog on How to be Distraction Free: Uninterrupt.Me

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Over the weekend I happened to be awake and in front of a computer when I came across this tweet from @jenseninman, where she mentioned that she had 2+ hours of uninterrupted time to work on the amazing @CenterCentre project. This got me thinking that it’s been a while since I had some solid time to myself, uninterrupted and distraction free. I also thought that a dedicated blog for how to becoming distraction free seemed like a good idea. When I looked, the (amazing) domain uninterrupt.me was available. What was I supposed to do?

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Announcing 1085 & a Beginner’s WordPress Workshop

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When the weekly coding sessions were announced, I also alluded to courses, or workshops, that will be taking place at the Launch Pad in Downtown Scranton. I’m very excited  to announce the first one, as well as the venture behind it.

First, the Workshop: This is one that’s been requested to me personally a few times so I wanted to make it happen as soon as I could. It’s called The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress and it will cover what WordPress is and how to use it, from adding posts to managing users and everything in between. The Workshop will be July 10th, from 6:30-8:30pm and will cost $20. For an extra $27, you can get access to 23 intro videos for WordPress, reinforcing what we talk about in the workshop.

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Next is the venture I’ve started to support these workshops, which is called 1085 (https://1085.co/). 1085 is a place for teaching and learning. It’s a place that organizes Workshops & sells Books, and there’s a lot more planned, all in downtown Scranton. You can read more here. Throughout the summer, there will be more workshops and resources added. I’m really excited for what’s in store, and you should be too!