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Sun. 6.25 4p ET: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar

If you, or anyone you know, needs step-by-step guidance on how to ship your first Alexa Skill, then join me for a free webinar this Sunday, June 25th at 1pm Pacific Time, 4pm Eastern.

Here’s what we will be doing: “5 STEPS TO CREATING, PUBLISHING, AND PROFITING FROM ALEXA SKILLS (AMAZON ECHO APPS), AND HOW TO DO IT IN ONE EVENING”

Source: AlexaDev Tuesday: Free Alexa Skill Programming Webinar – Love My Echo

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Introducing IFTTT’s New Data Access Project

Today’s eMail brings news of a new IFTTT.com feature: the Data Access Project. Public / government data, created by workers paid by our tax dollars, stands ready for our ultra convenient manipulation. Quick example: you’re planning a trip outside the U.S.; you can now arrange receipt of travel alerts via SMS.

We want to bring you closer to the institutions and agencies that impact your life. So we’re launching over thirty new services today. Learn the details, and why it’s just the beginning of our new project.


Exploring the new offerings cries out for a high spot on your ToDo list.

Source: Introducing the Data Access Project

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QuickNote: Alexa embraces reminders + named timers

And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms →  the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.

One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

Source: TechCrunch

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QuickNote: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When

Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

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Writer? Enable Alexa My Thesaurus Skill

Plucked an item off my Someday/Maybe list, then went hunting through the Alexa app. Turns out, there are several new skills claiming to play synonym king. Most lie. This one nailed my request, “…another word for travel.” Girlfriend showed off, announcing she had 13 total. As she rattled off each, my grin grew wider. It’s Mikey time, y’all: “try it, you’ll like it!” 🤗

My Thesaurus helps you find synonyms for words

Source: My Thesaurus – Alexa Skills Store

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QuickNote: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

The other way manufacturers create fountain pen friendly paper is through a specific finish. In Clairefontaine’s case, vellum finished paper (what’s used in their notebooks) adds significant resistance to feathering and bleedthrough and for a more extreme example, Tomoe River paper has a silky smooth finish that resists ink, causing it to dry on the surface rather than leeching down.

Source: What Makes Paper Fountain Pen Friendly?

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Pens. Refills: Who Dates Whom?

Trying to figure out if xyz refill will fit abc pen? Suggestion: visit JetPens, & enter the name of the pen in the search box. When you get to the pen’s description page, tap the Compatible Products link. Should provide the answer you seek.

Source: Pens – JetPens.com

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QuickNote: 10 Reasons Why You Need a Journal for Your Creative Projects

Having a dedicated journal lends itself perspective over time, revealing what you were thinking and planning at a specific time, including at present. There are a plethora of benefits to gain and you can make it your own. It will help you organize your thoughts, gain clarity, and pave the way to accomplish your focused goals.

Source: Fstoppers.com

For Pet Lovers, a Heads Up: Euthanasia and Your Dog/Cat/Pet

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Our 4-legged 🐶son🐶 was beyond the reach of curative drugs and surgery. The vet quoted a $400 price for the final act. Despite the background heartache, common sense prevailed. Research. Result: $0.

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Meet our 4-legged son, Jag

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