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dogma new york

I helped my friend Joey set up the e-commerce site for his clothing line Dogma. Everything looks sick. Check it out and buy some stuff.

I suck at web design, but the fun part for me is playing around with different marketing/analytics tools and blowing shit up. There are so many today and the SaaS landscape is so competitive that you can use most of these tools for free.

Dogma is hooked up to:

  • Segment
  • Google BigQuery (sign-up for Google Cloud with this Segment partner credit and you get $500 on top of the $300 Google gives you.)
  • FullStory
  • Amplitude
  • MailChimp

for a grand total of $0 / month.

Shopify costs $30 / month with fees on top, but it’s totally worth it. It integrates with Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp and more, + a free credit card reader. With Shopify, you’re paying for the ecosystem of apps and integrations, not simply the tool.

There’s another conversation to be had about the ethics of tracking and privacy on the web. But I think it’s cool that individuals and small companies can leverage enterprise-grade SaaS tools for virtually nothing and they can start from scratch without the mountain of tech debt big companies have.

Here’s a cute pic of me in Chinatown pretending to play chinese chess for Dogma:

chinese chess

Harpers Index Sep 18

Excerpts from Harper’s Index September 2018:

Chance that an American aged 18 to 24 has never kissed anyone : 1 in 5

Percentage by which men who make less than their wives underreport their wives’ earnings : 2.1

Percentage of black Americans who say social media helps shed light on issues that don’t get much attention : 80 Of white Americans who say social media distracts from truly important issues : 80

Minimum number of foreign electoral interventions conducted from 1990 to 2000 by the United States : 18 By Russia : 3

Percentage of UK adults who think socializing with Christians is more fun than socializing with atheists : 7 Who would be “cautious” about leaving their children in the care of Christians : 7

iOS sticker app

I made this iOS sticker app with some friends:

 

Free for now on the app store.

[8/26/18] a couple things i learned last week

1). Hydraulic fracking is gnarly and bad news for the water crisis.

Hydraulic fracturing involves the pressurized injection of fluids commonly made up of water and chemical additives into a geologic formation. The pressure exceeds the rock strength and the fluid opens or enlarges fractures in the rock. As the formation is fractured, a “propping agent,” such as sand or ceramic beads, is pumped into the fractures to keep them from closing as the pumping pressure is released. The fracturing fluids (water and chemical additives) are then returned back to the surface. Natural gas will flow from pores and fractures in the rock into the well for subsequent extraction. Fracking – the extreme oil and gas extraction method that involves blasting millions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals underground at enormous pressures to break apart subterranean rock – has exploded in the last decade….

2). As companies make more $$$, workers take home less. Surprise!

income inequality

3).Marcel Vogel, a scientist at IBM who helped develop the magnetic stripe also pioneered the field of crystal healing where crystals are used to “amplify, coalesce, and focus thoughts and energy that you wish to direct into your body/mind.

marcel vogel

The crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance. When it is cut to the proper form and when the human mind enters into relationship with its structural perfection, the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the power of the user’s mind. Like a laser, it radiates energy in a coherent, highly concentrated form, and this energy may be transmitted into objects or people at will. - Marcel Vogel

Italian Debt Crisis iPhone Cliff Notes

Italy’s debt is forecast to dip slightly to 130.8% of GDP. The Italian government projects 1.6% GDP growth for 2018.

italy

For comparison, the debt to GDP ratio of the US is roughly 105%. The highest it’s been was 118.9% in 1941, and the lowest was 31.7% in 1981.

us

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