Bryan W. Reid

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I’m a creative professional interested in helping others create personal autonomy through education, technology, and meaningful action.

June 26, 2013 at 7:39am
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I’m Moving to Denver

And so, I think I’ll start this back up again. 8 days and counting.

March 21, 2013 at 7:34am
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Your moment of Zen

March 19, 2013 at 7:37am
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Here’s How You Get 10 Million Users

Spoiler Alert: You cheat.

You may have gotten an email from me recently to join ‘skillpages.’ Sorry about that! Wasn’t intentional.

Note: After some researching on this it looks like this has been happening for a month or two to most users. Sucks.

I’m pretty savvy when it comes to signing up for websites like this, so imagine my surprise when I ‘accidentally’ clicked through to invite everyone I knew in my contacts. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I must have been duped.

Here’s the initial email I got from someone in my contacts list:

Oh, lovely. Seems innocuous enough. And that seems neat, ‘Skillpages.’ Now let’s click through and see where we go.

Cool, connect with Gmail. I can do that seeing as I’ve done this on many other websites and they’ve acted responsibly with my information.

Perhaps I should have known better here. Hunh, “Manage your contacts” sounds pretty vague. But what could go wrong? (Double Spoiler Alert: EVERYTHING.)

This is my favorite page on the entire internet. Let’s read it together, shall we?

Great! You’re almost there… Oh, why thank you. So excited

Click ‘Invite’ to continue Alright, so as a user of other sites on the internet I can expect to come to some page where it shows my contacts and allows me to select a few (which, in the case, I honestly would have done) and then ignore the rest because who uses bait and switch tactics these days? (Imagine me going to click the button in slow mo)

or manually select your contacts …!? What? NOOOOOOOOOO!

Yes. Well done, Skillpages. WELL DONE. Well done at having, at worst, one of the most deceitful spamming practices I’ve seen and making me feel like a total noobs with the internets and at best, having a horrible UX team.

You are winners.

I imagine Skillpages is like this.

Which is obnoxious because according to their Twitter feed, they just pulled in millions in funding.

Good luck to anyone funding this mess. If the best your company can do is be ‘tricky’ I question your… all of it.

March 15, 2013 at 5:36pm
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Second Quarterly Project: akio

These past two weeks have been a tumultuous relationship/fight with both javascript & Heroku; but at this point I think I can say I’ve successfully won. As we move on to a larger project this week, I can’t help but love how seamless the user experience is when all the basic functions of the website are rendered through ajax calls. And of course, having my project online is exciting, especially when you look at your database and it’s not just dozens of dummy accounts you’ve created.

The project I present this week was akio, a simple online app to help you save jobs you want to apply to. Given that searching for jobs online sucks, and most people suck at searching for jobs online (hey, it’s true), akio enters to help you divide your time between researching (eg. dreaming) and applying (eg. actually job searching).

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March 12, 2013 at 7:13am
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The constant process


The constant process

March 10, 2013 at 2:12pm
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Betype: Please take a moment to read this and help me. →


Okay, is hard for to imagine that I can be in this situation, it’s the kind of things that happens to you and your brain have a delay of days in order to understand that is really happening to you.

First of all I want to say this is not Hoax, no fake, is totally real; neither is a submission of…

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Secure your own mask


Secure your own mask

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6 Nice Things to Say About Javascript & jQuery

I learned early on if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all. This explains why I’ve been pretty much absent from social media this past week or two as we’ve been all about Javascript in class.

What an annoying language to learn, especially after going through Ruby and Rails which make so much sense! I had worked with Javascript before, but usually as an afterthought rather than powering a whole site. Working with it so closely now, I firmly believe all Front-End Developers must have the patience of a thousand zen monks. Meanwhile, I’m still working on not doing this.

However, as this past week has progressed I’ve learned to appreciate many things about JS, giving me a few nice things to say about it.

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March 6, 2013 at 7:10am
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Joan of Arc


Joan of Arc

February 28, 2013 at 9:38am
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Writing in Ruby vs Writing in Javascript