Emojis are changing the way we communicate.

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Shipping a Cake

Shipping a Cake

Yes, you read that correctly: I shipped a legit cake via overnight mail.  What began as a simple favor for a good friend became a problem-solving adventure.

This is less of a “Product > Problem > Solution” post, and more of a “In case you need to ship a cake, please proceed.”  I had a lot of fun with this favor-turned-project, and I hope you’ll be amused with my creativity and resourcefulness, especially under a serious time constraint.

If you follow my Instagram, it was my featured Instagram Story that day!
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The Ziploc

The Ziploc

I embarked on my first backcountry camping trip in May at Sequoia National Park.  It was so refreshing and absolutely beautiful beyond what a photograph could capture (try as I may).

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woke up like this ⛰ #flawless

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On our last day, it rained.  It started raining around 2a, with the sky forecasting rain for the remainder of the day.  As we were breaking camp, I made sure to Ziploc all the essentials, which included: iPhone, iPhone charger, extra battery pack, extra batteries, change of clothes, and two pairs of socks.  The change of clothes and socks were stowed away, so I could look forward to sleeping in dry clothes and avoid getting sick.  Needless to say, it was really important that all my essentials remained dry.

As I was opening a new gallon-sized bag, one of sides just under the Ziploc “zipper” tore.  I was shocked.  This was not the time for Ziploc to fail on me –in the middle of nowhere, under rain for the next 16 hours, with valuables to keep dry.  Even though it was a small tear, a ripped Ziploc is useless against water.

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Plain Tickets

Plain Tickets

Alrighty, folks, I will be discussing plain tickets 🙃 today.  As you may notice, my thoughts and questions revolve quite similarly to those regarding –you guessed it, receipts (1 & 2)!

I’ve been flying since the early 90s, and one of the things that has barely changed in the two-and-a-half decades is the paper boarding pass.  It’s usually long, and ends up getting folded to fit into a wallet, pocket, or bag.  There is a dotted line around a third of the length in –so not a great place to fold at, but usually starts getting torn before arriving at the gate anyway.  There is also a lot of cluttered text in clunky fonts.  Some airlines make the gate and boarding time info relatively large and/or bolded so you can distinguish that info from the rest of the text.

For the past 15 years, I have pondered when airlines would revamp their boarding pass.  There have been electronic tickets, kiosks, early check-in –all great things.  But, like paper receipts, paper plane tickets are sticking around.  My thoughts center around two concerns: 1) How can we convey relevant information to the passenger? 2) How can we use less paper for environmental reasons and for ease of handling by the passenger?

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