Thursday
Sep272012

What Social Media?

I don’t really have enough time to update every single outlet of social media that I have an account on, and unfortunately my website is the least updated nowadays. Recently I’ve spent a lot of time on Instagram (jaysinwtf) and Twitter (jaysin). Then there’s reading up on facebook (jaysin), and Path (jaysin trevino). Then there’s a bunch of others that I barely ever check, like app.net (jaysin) and stuff. There’s just not enough of me to go around. Anyway, I try to keep up with my Flickr uploads (orijinal). See my latest one below.

The story goes something like this: I get texted on iOS 6 launch day with a panorama that was made “in literally like 2 seconds” so I responded with this image that I whipped up after work with Autostich on my iPhone. It didn’t take 2 seconds, but it was definitely more interesting than what the iPhone can do right out of the box. Plus, this is way more fun, right?



http://jay.si/unsocial

Monday
Apr302012

Quicksliver

Quicksilver is one of my favorite utilities on the Mac. You can do tons of stuff with it. Back in the day, I was even able to post updates to Twitter from it with some scripting. But ever since Twitter moved away from Basic Auth to OAuth, I had to resort to a public API service that routed around that little obstacle. This resulted in “via MyAuthAPIProxy” getting appended to my tweets instead of “via Quıcĸsıɩⅴεʀ” like it used to do. I was fine with this for a while, but it just wasn’t the same. So, I decided to register my own Twitter app, and run a local proxy on my own. This would bypass any OAuth friction. I even customized it to say “via Quıcĸsɩıⅴεʀ” which is almost indistinguishable from the original attribution text. (See if you can spot the difference.) That’s basically all I wanted, anyway. I can be very particular about things like that. The crazy thing is that it took less than 20 minutes to set up, including registering the Twitter app name.

I’ve been using it for a few months now, and it’s pretty awesome. I just invoke Quicksilver, type my tweet, and BAM. The added bonus is that the “via” link goes directly to my site. It used to be a lot more prominent before Twitter’s facelift, but things like iPhone apps make it a little more visible. I mean, people click it, so that’s good enough for me.

Since this is just a proxy service that I’m running locally on my own machine, it wouldn’t really work for anyone but me. But the best part is that anyone could do this. I’ve seen people tweet from the command line. See? I’m not the only one who’s awesome and nerdy.



http://jay.si/quicksliver

Saturday
Mar102012

Light Cable

For the next installment of “look what I just bought” I’ll introduce you to my new Dexim Visible Green charger. It’s kind of a stupid purchase, but it’s still cool. I don’t know why it took so long for someone to invent this type of cable. How could you not want to buy it? Now it looks like you can see the power literally being transferred to the phone in real time. Plus, it’s only a few bucks more expensive than a regular old Apple brand charging cable.

Yes, the lights do change speed based on how charged the battery is, and then powers off when the battery reaches 100%. That, right there, is already cool. And it’s also a double-sided cable, so no corners were cut there. Overall, it’s just a nice, though frivolous, accessory. This one claims to be the green version, but the lights are a little bluer than I thought they would be. It’s not a deal breaker, since it’s still fun to watch. Everyone should buy one! Hours and hours of endless fun (until the battery is fully charged, of course).



http://jay.si/cable

Wednesday
Feb292012

Short URL

My name is kinda long. First and last put together is 13 characters. If I wanted to link to something on my blog here, it wouldn’t be very short. So, I wanted to use a nice url shortening service. Why not use tinyurl or bit.ly? Well, those suck. Just kidding. I love those guys. But what I like more is having a nice vanity url. Who wants to click on http://tinyurl.com/6s6stzf or http://bit.ly/xM3hJ2 when you have no idea what those things link to? Technically, tinyurl lets you put in a custom alias, but all the good ones are taken, except for long ones like http://tinyurl.com/jaysintrevino which, at 32 characters, kinda defeats the purpose.

Because of my craziness, I decided to just buy my own short domain and roll my own YOURLS service for my site. I bought jay.si from some Slovenian registrar, which was an, uh, interesting process. There were all kinds of roadblocks like learning about VAT numbers and enduring a 2-week legislative waiting period to make sure my site wasn’t in violation of any Slovenian laws. Crazytown.

After I finally got the domain released to me, then there was the setup of the actual url shortening PHP service. That was fun. No, really. Ignoring all the trouble I had trying to figure out how MySQL databases work and making sure the right permissions were all in place for everything to be executed correctly, it was great. I learned loads of stuff about web services. I’ve even gone back and added a short url permalink to each of my previous posts. Scissors, I figured, would be a clever symbol for cutting down a lengthy url. So now you know that if you see my custom domain, it’s gonna link to my site somewhere.

I’ll try my best to keep it in-house, and use other sites’ services for their own sites; I love vanity url hacks like flic.kr, youtu.be, itun.es, and lifehac.kr because, again, you know where it’s taking you. Even Pepsi has pep.si, which also uses the .si top-level domain. Hopefully this forces me to create more content and link to my site more often, which should help justify the cost of all of this. We’ll see.



http://jay.si/shorturl

Monday
Jan162012

Necklace

Years ago, I received a Guess necklace as a gift. I loved it, and cherished it, and wore it virtually every minute of every single day. I wore it so much that I essentially wore it out. Several months ago, my beloved chain broke. It was a very sad day. I couldn’t find it online or in any store anymore, and there wasn’t any other chain that caught my eye quite like that one did. So I just left my chest bare and got re-accustomed to my lack of bling.

I eventually gave up on finding that exact chain and started searching for an acceptable successor. Months went by and still nothing. I had an idea of what I wanted, but that was even harder to find. Then it hit me. If I couldn’t buy what I wanted, I could try making it. From there began my quest to create the exact necklace I envisioned.

Necklace parts and materials

Most of my supplies and materials were found on the jewelry site Etsy. They have the cutest 404 page by the way. Even with such a specialized website, it was hard to find a gunmetal wheat chain with a bar-and-toggle clasp. Curb chains are nice, but they’re not the same. And lobster-claw clasps are simply the worst. So I ended up buying the chain from a seller in Hong Kong, the toggle clasp from somewhere in New York, and a perfectly-proportioned gunmetal-plated brass gear from Texas.

The finished product

After a few YouTube tutorials on jewelry-making and a trip to Tom Thumb for some jump rings, I buckled down this weekend and created this masterpiece. I was quite proud of myself. I think it turned out perfectly (even better that what I imagined), and I love that it’s braggingly one-of-a-kind.

Moral of the story is: if what you want doesn’t exist, then make it.



http://jay.si/necklace

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