Often when I'm reading blogs or news articles online, I notice small spelling mistakes. They're usually the ones that get through spell checkers... the ones where the writer accidentally spelled a different word (e.g. today I saw "cap" instead of "cape"). Every time I encounter a mistake like this, I want to tell the author about it (I'm just that way about spelling). But, I'm too lazy to find a way to contact the author, and describe the mistake. I wish I could just highlight the text, make the correction, and have it sent to the author.
The Coffeeshopped Blog
Here's a preview of the next Coffeeshopped project: Glory Math.
I'm starting an email list for Coffeeshopped, to announce new product releases and major updates. It'll be very low-volume, maybe 1 or 2 emails per month. You should sign up at the Coffeeshopped Website! I'm working on some pretty cool stuff.
I've been freelancing full-time for 3 years now (although I started freelancing about 6 years ago), and after all this time, I've finally found a method for planning my project schedule and keeping my commitments in check.
A few days ago I received the papers from the Texas Secretary of State that made it official: I'm now the proud founder of Coffeeshopped LLC.
Yesterday I visited the Secretary of State building here in Austin, to file (in duplicate) my form for creating an LLC. The visit took about, oh, 2 minutes. I should be getting mail back from them in a week or so. I can't wait!
I've been running into a recurring problem lately: when I have a lot of work on my plate, and a prospective client comes along, I have a hard time knowing if I have the capacity to take on the new project, and when, and by what deadline I could complete it. Surely this is a common problem among freelancers.
Usually, I just assume that I can do it (better to have too much work than too little), but that's definitely made my life chaotic at times, having too many projects to juggle at once, and having weeks at a time where I had to spend way too much time in front of the computer.
I've looked around for a solution that looks good to me, but I haven't found it yet. So instead, I'm going to solve the problem myself, by making a new tool. Development starts today (design started last week).
Today, we launched one of my latest development projects: Pickpocket Almanack. Bay Area folks, you should definitely check it out!
From the website:
"An experimental school-without-walls: Each season, a temporary faculty of artists, curators, writers and filmmakers create courses by selecting from public events already scheduled to take place at venues around the Bay Area."
Yesterday I submitted version 2.0 of Sphericle to the App Store, so hopefully it should be available within a couple of weeks. This new version is a massive upgrade to the app, taking it from a small social experiment to a social, location-based game. And it looks a lot prettier, too! Follow Sphericle on Twitter to find out when the update drops!