You work weekends. You design your heart out. You listen to your members. You hope for the best. You launch your product. Then when THIS happens, you jump for joy! — Apple featured us in the app store not only as one of the Best New Apps, but also as an Editor’s Choice pick!
They even wrote a lovely review:
“By letting users add notes and photos to specific locations on a world map, Findery adds a bit of intrigue and surprise to thousands of places. As people create and share stories and posts across the globe, each area starts to take on its own narrative. And because Findery can tell you when you’re near someone’s note, you’ll always know when you’re close to a special spot.”
There is great joy at Findery HQ!!
Download the Findery app for iPhone here.
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Maggie Nelson is an engineer on the Findery team, and she architected Findery’s search features, including unexpected and “expansive” definitions of search, such as how to determine what best to show in geographic contexts. She’ll be speaking at tomorrow night’s Elasticsearch meetup. Here’s bit from the Meetup description of her talk:
Maggie Nelson of Findery will talk about how Elasticsearch is used at Findery to help surface notable and relevant information about the world. She will talk about how Elasticsearch’s geo and boosting features help members find hidden and not-so-hidden stories nearby, and how Elasticsearch can be easily set up to find jewels in what might seem like overwhelming amount of data.
She’ll be presenting Findery as a case study of interesting uses of Elasticsearch, and demonstrating how flexible a tool Elasticsearch can be. Maggie tells me that this is a great meetup, well organized and a great opportunity for learning. Join!
I moved to San Francisco a little over six months ago. There was a boyfriend in the picture, but other than that, I was a new girl in a new city. The San Francisco I knew was Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Macy’s in Union Square (more on Macy’s later!).
There’s no better way to get acquainted with a new city than to dive in. That’s what they say, at least. As for me, I’d rather be in bed with a book. It’s the old lady in me. Then I realized that there are places where old ladies gather and have a good time – historical societies! But the draw was more than my “fellow” senior citizens. I love, love, love looking at old photos. It makes me wonder how things have changed since then. And studying history provides tons of information: the stories of economy, architecture, culture, individuals – which creates a complicated web of cause and effect.
Take I. Magnin’s. I had heard of Magnin’s department store, but I didn’t know that it was one of the first department stores. Ever. That’s what writer Therese Poletti discussed in her San Francisco Historical Society lecture, “Grand Emporiums of San Francisco.” (Grand Emporium is the old term for department store, or a place where various goods are sold. In other words, not a small specialty shop.) Immigrant couple Isaac and Mary Ann Magnin opened a small shop in San Francisco in 1876, selling high-end clothing for children. Next, they added bridal wear. Over time, other departments were added. It grew and grew and grew. Voila! The department store was born.
A couple other things I learned:
1. Small shop owners complained about the new department stores the way that people complain about e-commerce giant Amazon today. What does Amazon know about specialties?
2. Many of the gorgeous old department store interiors have been gutted. But the city required certain elements to be salvaged. The stained glass ceiling in Neiman Marcus is from when the City of Paris occupied the building. Also, the 6th floor women’s restroom in Macy’s is the original. It is the only vestige remaining of I. Magnin’s department store, which was located in the same building. (Macy’s gutted the building after the merger occurred. Goodness knows why. The interior feels like a consumer prison today.)
All of this to say, learning about San Francisco through its history has deepened my understanding of the place. I feel closer to San Francisco after six months of living here than I did to Los Angeles after five years. (Well, L.A. is another beast altogether.)
Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. The Hawaiian mountain has been steadily flowing since 1983! That makes it one of the most long-lived eruptions known on Earth. Some things you should know:
1. It is ruled by a powerful Hawaiian goddess.
Her name is Pele. She is the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes. Her home is at the summit of Kilauea, in a fire pit called the Halemaʻumaʻu crater. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
3. And those little rocks are Pele’s tears.
As a volcano erupts, bits of lava goes spewing everywhere. Tiny droplets cool down as they travel through the air and it is also being formed by moving through the air. Hence, these tiny rocks in the shapes of teardrops. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
4. Pele had a hand in the first hula dance.
Visitors can watch as scalding hot lava from Kilauea pours into the Pacific Ocean. To Hawaiians, this is also known as Pele’s wrath. According to mythology, Pele ordered her sister Hi‘iaka to bring a certain handsome chief she fancied to her. The journey took longer than expected and Pele began imagining the her sister and the chief were having an affair. In her jealous rage, lava poured down the mountain. Unfortunately, Hi‘iaka’s friend Hopoe was standing on this cliff, dancing. The lava turned her to stone, trapped forevermore in a gesture of dance. Thus the hula was born. (Image: Bob Webster, Creative Commons)
5. She turns people into plants.
In another story of desire, Pele approached a young man name Ohi’a. But he was in love with a woman named Lehua, and turned down her advances. She, of course, became angry and turned him into a tree—the Ohi’a tree. Other gods had pity on the devastated Lehua, and turned her into the flower on the Ohi’a tree. Hence the Ohi’a Lua evergreen tree. Pick one of the flowers and watch as rain begins to pour from the sky, representing tears of the separated lovers. (Photo: K. Lambert)
6. Take a lava rock and you will be sorry.
These rocks are cursed. The Volcanoes National Park receives packages every day of returned lava rocks. (Image: Discover Hawaii)
Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. Carefully remove a fallen eyelash from your cheek, think about your heart’s desire, and blow it off of your finger. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?
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Jed, Ilari, Maggie, Jessica, John, Caterina, Amanda, Laurel, Donald, Heather, Mike, & Ian
Traveling the world through your notes brings us joy every day. We want to thank you all for making 2013 so memorable. We’re really looking forward to finding your notes in 2014.
At a recent team lunch, we discussed our upcoming adventures, realistic or otherwise:
The rest of us are still dreaming. And you? Do you have a trip planned around the world or just down the street?
Wishing you and yours all the very best of the season.
It was 1928. One year before the disastrous stock market crash. People had money to spend, and Hollywood wanted them to do their shopping in Hollywood! And so the Chamber of Commerce came up with the Santa Claus Lane Parade. It was no Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but it did blossom over the years. Besides decorating Hollywood Boulevard with Christmas trees and lights, a live reindeer pulling a “sleigh” carrying Santa Claus showed up. As momentum picked up in the following years, there were floats, novelty acts, bands and even celebrity appearances. Stars have ranged from Jimmy Stewart to William Shatner to Rosanne and Tom Arnold.
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