hi there bricin…

unfortunately this hello is also a goodbye.

we’ve been going strong for a few years now, thanks mostly to your support, usage, and feedback. some of you even helped us literally turn the lights on via kickstarter. you’ve helped us find out where soft spots were in our service, what features you wanted next, and pointed out how to make voyurl better. and, we’ve done our best to listen… to the tune of tens of thousands of awesome members.

but despite our best efforts to serve our growing & enthusiastic member base, the tank is dry; we simply don’t have the resources left to keep things going. so, as of august 4, 2012, we’ll be taking voyurl offline. we’re as bummed as you are, probably more so. it’s been an incredible journey that has allowed us to build something we love in the hopes of solving a problem we’re very passionate about. so, as you can imagine, it’s hard to walk away… especially when there’s so much more to be done when it comes to personal data.

but that doesn’t mean we’re walking away with your data; you won’t be left without it. please reply to this note with your voyurl account’s email address before august 3, and we’ll send you a .csv containing your voyurl data. it will be legible and parse-able, which is to say that you’ll be able to dig around and manipulate the info as much as you’d like. it’s the least we can do. besides, as personal data advocates, we want to make sure we do the right thing by you and your data for trusting us to build a service you want to use.

thanks for being our friend. hopefully, we’ll see you again soon.
so long…. for now 😉

– adam, mike, and the entire voyurl team.

This arrived in my inbox…

Path Thought

Checking out the new books and movies on Path. Far better than their music app (needs Spotify!!). Now if they would integrate with Kindle and Netflix.

A Tale Of Two Companies

parislemon:

Steve Jobs, 2010:

“If you see a stylus, they blew it.”

MIT Technology Review, 2012:

Microsoft Mulls a Stylus for Any Screen

This is such a trite thing to say. Yes, Microsoft does some wonky, geeky work. But to dismiss the writing implement of the past, oh, 8000 years because Steve Jobs says so?

Tried drawing with your fingers lately vs. a pen, pencil, brush? Sketching?

Tried doing anything requiring precision on a tablet with your finger? It doesn’t work.

A stylus makes sense in some applications, not in others. I love simplicity too; doesn’t get much simpler than a pencil does it.

“Maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it,” Mr. Bloomberg said during his weekly radio program, “because this is obviously a problem across the country.”

Well said.

New York City mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, during his weekly radio show, reacting to today’s mass shooting in Aurora, CO.

Well said.

(via the New York Times)

Like.

(via dpstyles)


One in one out. A Nike running device for use with the iPod Nano. I dont have a nano anymore. Does anyone? The tracking features are ostensibly built into the iPhone now (in fact you can’t delete the Nike+ app) although the GPS drains the battery and such…

I loved the Nike+ tracking and Nano combo, trained a lot with that. Solid and worked well but now a useless gadget to me. Bought a new fan at CostCo as temperatures soared into the 70’s today (trust me, that’s hot for Seattle).


One in, one out

I have long been a proponent of removing one thing from the house each time I buy a new thing. Today I am donating one old t-shirt in payment for a new pair of Betabrands casual pants I purchased.

This t-shirt was purchased after running a marathon on Whidbey Island. I failed to pack a clean shirt and so bought one from the inn we were staying in.

26 things I’ve learnt in 3 years since ‘escaping the city’ to start this website
Team Esc, escapethecity.org

[Post by Rob Syming­ton (@escroberto), co-founder of Escape the City.]

Fri­day 17th July 2009 was the last day of my cor­po­rate life. 3 years ago today I walked out of the revolv­ing doors at More Lon­don Place for the very final time.

6, 7, and 8 are particularly true for my #dayjob right now. We got a ton of press but that doesn’t mean the spike is sustainable. Ask Pinterest how many people stayed after the surge this past spring (not knocking Pinterest, their sustained growth is great).

Uh Oh, Facebook Is Losing Its Popularity – Technology – Rebecca Greenfield via The Atlantic Wire

Uh Oh, Facebook Is Losing Its Popularity – Technology – Rebecca Greenfield via The Atlantic Wire

Ban on Advertising to Children Linked to Lower Obesity Rates

Ban on Advertising to Children Linked to Lower Obesity Rates

The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)
Emily Badger is a contributing writer to The Atlantic Cities. She also writes for Pacific Standard, and her work has appeared in GOOD, The Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area. All posts », theatlanticcities.com

The enclosed sub­ur­ban shop­ping mall has become so syn­ony­mous with the Amer­i­can land­scape that it’s hard to imag­ine the orig­i­nal idea for it ever spring­ing from some par­tic­u­lar per­son’s imag­i­na­tion. Now the scheme seems obvi­ous:…

Ironically the inventor of the shopping mall thought they would become suburban centers. He didn’t imagine them as the soulless blights they would become.

But happy 60th birthday! According to the trends many or most are being removed, yeah!