Harry Wolff

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Fatherhood

On April 7th, 2018, my son was born and I became a father. His birth turned me into a father. A dad. His daddy. Someone who will always be there for him, no matter what. I've long wanted to be a father, to have a child. It's something I've wanted for as long as I can remember…
May 7, 2018
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Blog Posts vs Articles

I've long struggled with what content I should write for this blog. I enjoy writing about technology and programming, but I also enjoy writing about my personal life and other interests of mine. I've long known that there are two key parts to writing a successful blog: publish…
August 15, 2015
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One Year Of Selfies

For the past year, at around noon everyday, you would see me take out my phone and snap a selfie. Everyday you'd see me do this. Most people thought I was just posing for a selfie, but when they saw me do it again the next day, and the day after they'd get curious and ask what…
June 26, 2015
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Don't Deal With It, Fix It

I've used Sublime Text for a long time. I started using it when it hit version 2 and clung to it like all hell was about to break loose. It fit my needs well. Opened nearly instantaneously, had sensible defaults for editing, and a lush and vibrant community of third-party…
April 23, 2014
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I moved my blog because I do other things than write

December 3, 2013
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Finding an Apartment in NYC

November 5, 2013
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Big things comes from little things

February 25, 2013
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My First App: Jot

February 11, 2013
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Permalink Structure Update

I've just updated the permalink structure of the URLs for this blog. Previously I was using the 'month and name' configuration for each post, i.e. this post would be "/2012/05/post-name". My main problem with this structure was the impersonal tone it set for each post…
May 2, 2012
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Blogging Is Harder Than You Think

When I began to blog I wasn't aware of the challenges I would be facing. ’So many people blog all the time, it can't be that hard!’. I could not have been more wrong. The first (non) challenge of blogging is what software or service to use. The most popular choices are WordPress…
April 30, 2012
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Version 0.3 of HarryWolff WordPress Theme In Use

Well, look what we have here! If you would be so kind as to look around you'll notice that this blog has a new paint of coat. This paint of coat is one that I'm particularly happy with as it's the first WordPress theme I've used for this blog that I created myself. I shouldn…
April 25, 2012
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What Happens When I Don't Post?

This is the first time in two years that I have gone more than a week without a blog post. On one hand I feel very shitty about this. I feel like I should be beating myself up for not being more proactive in writing a post. On the other hand I feel quite liberated. I think I…
April 19, 2012
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Mashable Tours GetGlue Offices and Takes My Picture

About two weeks ago Christina Warren from Mashable visited GetGlue's office. While there she took a few photos. I happened to be wearing my GetGlue shirt that day and in a delightful turn of events had a sudden yawn attack which she managed to capture on her phone. Head over to…
March 27, 2012
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Groupon and LivingSocial: My E-mail Friends

I just unsubscribed from my Groupon and LivingSocial coupon e-mails. I'm sad to say that in recent memory none of the deals have been appropriate for me. More often than not the e-mails head straight to my trash bin. A few deals I let sit in my inbox for a few hours, giving…
February 5, 2012
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My Writing Niche Is Me

I write a lot here about my difficulties writing. This is kind of oxymoronic as when I do write, the topic is about how I can't write. Yet because I'm writing about how I can't write I actually have written something - despite the subject of the written work being how I can't…
November 28, 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving 2011 Everyone

Hope you had a fun day filled with good fun and company! I managed to pace myself to one plate of turkey as well as one plate of dessert. Right now my eyes are way too heavy for it to only be 7:00pm but I'll do my best to manage. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2011
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Living A Busy Life

There’s gotta be something to write about. I have some downtime, so I have time to relax and just write about what comes to my mind. I find that’s what’s easiest. When I have nothing else to do but write. That’s when I get the most writing done and the best writing done. Sadly…
October 20, 2011
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Occupy Wall Street in New York City

Over the weekend I was in New York City with my girlfriend for my birthday present: a wine and pizza tasting class at New York Vintners . It was an awesome present. We each got served 7 glasses of wine paired with 3 different flat-bread pizzas. The wine was great and the pizza…
October 18, 2011
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Happy 25th Birthday To Me

Today I turned twenty-five. That could also be written as 25. Two digits, two hyphenated words. It could also be said that I am a quarter-century old. One quarter of a full 100. That still makes me 25. 25 years old and I get a quarter. When I turned 21 I celebrated. It was…
October 11, 2011
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RIP Steve Jobs

MG Siegler wrote a very touching piece on the passing of Steve Jobs . He wrote: MG touches on many true points as to why most people feel so sad about Steve's passing. However I feel like there's a deeper reason that hasn't been properly elucidated. Hopefully in the next…
October 7, 2011
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The Difference Between Numbers and Letters

Most of my day is spent working with numbers and equations. That’s a big part of coding. Putting logical expressions into code for the desired outcome. Commonly the desired outcome is a functioning website. What’s a functioning website? It’s a website where you click on a…
October 4, 2011
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Be a Cult Leader (or things I learned at YCNYC)

I attended YC NYC on Monday where I had the fortune to listen to many vastly experienced people speak to a rapt crowd. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian opened the night by welcoming us and thanking everyone for coming. After warming up the crowd Alexis introduced YCombinator…
September 28, 2011
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Consume or Create

When consuming a lot of media it makes the process of creating media very difficult. On an average day I read about 250 blog posts. This done with the help of the very excellent Google Reader which centralizes all these posts to be accessed in one location. Without it I would not…
September 20, 2011
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Writer's Jujitsu - How to Write When You Don't Want To Write

Your body is busy defending itself against invading germs, leaving you with just enough energy to watch TV... That's how this post originally started. After that second sentence I became blocked. I always run into this problem. I’ll start writing something and then start…
September 15, 2011
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Guitar Recordings On Soundcloud

I find playing guitar to be hugely relaxing. Every so often I'll pick up my acoustic and begin strumming some chords. It soothes my mind and nerves and lets me creatively explore my musical impulses. I first started playing guitar way back in 1999. Or it may have been 2000, I can…
September 4, 2011
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One Year Anniversary

One year ago yesterday my girlfriend and I met. Up until that date we had only talked over the phone or over IM. We met at a restaurant called The Ginger Man and haven't looked back since. To celebrate our one year we went out to eat at the Tarry Lodge . We shared a bottle of…
September 1, 2011
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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has come and went. She wasn't as damaging as first predicted, however the damage she caused was still pretty great. The night before the eye of the storm was supposed to hit me in Connecticut I was watching the news. The news was of course tracking the storm…
August 30, 2011
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Varieties of Sleep

The varieties of sleep come in complex shades, each version informed of the day past so it may shape the day ahead. While grey remains the primary color there are other hues that are infrequently used. A night of blue sleep is deep and murky - not unlike the ocean deep. A pink…
August 8, 2011
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Stand-up Comedy

Comedy is a funny thing. I don't mean that in an overly punny and witty way but the goal of comedy is to get people to laugh. I love getting people to laugh. Growing up I was pretty interested in theater. I took part in a good handful of plays growing up: some were school…
August 5, 2011
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Positive Feedback

When I make a new blog post I never know what to expect. Some posts I can predict will do better than others, however there is no way to know exactly how a post will be received. Some posts I'm hoping for some positive feedback - or any feedback at all. Sometimes I just want to…
July 31, 2011
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Habits

There's a certain amount of comfort that comes from habit. It keeps things predictable, which in turn lets you worry less because you know what to expect. It's much easier to go about your day with expectations than having to constantly relearn the behaviors around you. There's…
July 27, 2011
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Video Games

There was a time in my life when I was constantly playing video games. It started when I was near six years old and introduced to my first video game, 'Bubble-Bobble'. It was a simple Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game, with simple mechanics and addictive gameplay. You…
July 11, 2011
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Plugging Away At All My Tasks

Right now in my life I am confident that I am trying to do too many things at once. Theres no doubt in my mind. Each day I seem to add a new todo to my already full todo list, and each day that todo list never seems to get any smaller. For starters I have my full-time job as a…
June 29, 2011
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Waking Up In The Morning

Traveling to work every morning is not without its dangers. When the first alarm goes off at 7:15am it's silenced without a sound. Just a swift arm's throw to the nightstand, a moment's hesitation as the 'snooze' button is found, and then back to dreaming. I don't know how long…
June 22, 2011
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South Beach

We're on our way back home after spending a week in Miami's South Beach. It was quite the well needed vacation. I haven't felt weather this hot in such a long time - I almost forgot that I am way over-capable of producing buckets of sweat at a seconds notice. The weather stayed…
May 28, 2011
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Why Creative Writing Is Scary

Every time I sit to write I'm looking for the perfect start. The perfect way to begin my first sentence that'll encourage (and in large part demand) the reader's continued audience. I commonly find myself at a loss for words, a phenomenon seldom experienced in real-world…
May 12, 2011
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View from GetGlue office

Ninth floor views are breathtaking.
May 9, 2011
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The Jitters Of [a] New [Job]

Tomorrow I start my first day of work at GetGlue. I'm nervous, excited, and anxious all rolled into one fluffy ball of dough. This fluffy ball of dough is wound so tightly right now that even though it's tired from being kneaded all day it remains stubbornly against the idea of…
May 8, 2011
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Dreadfully Dreary Mondays

It can be so hard to stay awake on Mondays. It's definitely the weekend's fault for being so lenient with morning sleep schedules. Waking up at the wondrously late hour of 8:30am instead of 7:30am is downright gluttonous as far as I'm concerned. The green tea just doesn't seem…
May 2, 2011
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New Job At GetGlue

In the land of Harry things have been mighty busy. He has been away from his lovely blog, out marauding for new land and fresh fruit. He has been searching high above the coastline, cupping his hand above his eyes to shield himself from the sun's mighty gaze. He stood there…
April 27, 2011
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Interests, Focuses & Accomplishments

Computers, Words, Music, Movies There are only so many things a person can accomplish during their life. Trying to do too many things can result in one of two outcomes: nothing gets done or nothing gets done well. Both of these options more or less terrify me which is why I take…
April 15, 2011
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As I Regress I Will Assess And Subsequently Progress

When writing one of your strongest assets is that of concentration. The ability to start and finish a sentence without pause during its construction is one vital to strong literature. When a break is taken between the beginning and end of a sentence's creation its fluidity is…
March 25, 2011
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Good Morning Spring

Good morning Spring. Why so pale?
March 21, 2011
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The Creative Mind Resurfaces

I've been trying to write anything recently without much success. Every time I think about opening a document to write something I balk and fearfully run away, believing whatever I would have written wouldn't add up to much. It's not something that I call writer's block. It's…
February 24, 2011
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Working In Overdrive

You may be wondering why I haven't been so active here recently (recently being the past two months, which I suppose should more appropriately be described as 'lately'). Work, the 9-5 gig that keeps me warm, has been placed firmly into overdrive the past two months. This…
February 15, 2011
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New Apartment Reflections

The life away from home is a unique one. The many innocuous and small discrepancies from living under the roof of your parents are completely unknowable until their existence is forced into clarity. From arriving home with dinner already prepared to a constant stream of overly…
February 4, 2011
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Let's Try Some New WordPress Themes

It's been almost a year that I've had this blog using the default WordPress theme "TwentyTen". Well, it's about time for a change! So feast your eyes around...there's new decorations everywhere you look! In case you weren't sure, this theme redesign is a work in progress that…
January 26, 2011
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Snowing In New England

It's snowing again in New England. I thought 'Mother Nature' would have grown tired of dusting us with her white dust bunnies but she seems to be getting a kick out of making everyone's commute a certified thrill ride. You are so crafty Miss Nature! I think all of us in New…
January 26, 2011
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Year Two Of Blogging Begins Today

One year ago yesterday I started this blog. I wrote then that " This [blog] is the start of a beautiful relationship " and today I still agree with that sentiment. I wasn't confident that I would be able to follow-through with my commitment to keep this blog maintained and…
January 24, 2011
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Nothing To Write Home About

All work and no play makes Harry a dull blogger. It's not his fault that his work is working him in overdrive, or that he is taking on many side-projects in his free time, or that he is trying to lead a social life. It is not his fault that he has somewhat of a writer's block…
January 14, 2011
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Making A Brain Dump On The Internet

I had an idea the other day to start documenting all the various pieces of information that I've collected over my years of living. The types of information I intend to share are those that I have found aren't common knowledge. The knowledge is more 'special'. As in - it is…

Blizzard Sunday And Chase & Status - Blind Faith

What a wonderfully lazy Sunday. I hope you're having fun lazing about like I am. I'm up here in New England caught up in the first blizzard of the season and enjoying my movie marathon of Despicable Me , The Sorcerer's Apprentice (surprisingly highly enjoyable), and after…
December 26, 2010
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Finding A Wider Audience

When I was in theatrical plays I would rehearse my lines in my room. Over and over I would repeat my lines. I would read them in my head and then repeat them aloud. After a few strong read-throughs I would begin to act out my lines, performing to the phantom audience in my…
December 20, 2010
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A Busy December Is A Lovely December

For a variety of reasons I have been exceptionally busy the past couple of days, resulting in no new posts or explanation. This is the beginning of an explanation, but before I jump into detail let me derail my train of thought: Until this year, every December I've experienced…
December 15, 2010
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December is a Bewilder-beast

December is a busy month. Seriously. I haven't felt like I have had a moment to myself this entire month. The pace of everything, including the speed of the wind, has picked up with such ferocity that I am often left dizzy and bewildered. That's definitely been the word of…
December 10, 2010
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Novel Craigslist Scammer

After buying my Nikon D7000 I decided to sell my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D40. It wasn't more than a week after my D7000 arrived that I could already see the tell-tale signs that if I didn't sell my D40 fast it would be fated to a long life of dust collecting. So it was…
November 29, 2010
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Happy thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving everyone. I hope it was a happy, healthy, safe, and warm one. This year's thanksgiving marks my official second proper thanksgiving (that I remember) and it was quite delicious. Sleep well. :)
November 25, 2010
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Working Toward Becoming A Workaholic

Although seemingly antithetical to a healthy lifestyle, I'm in the process of cultivating an addiction to work. This has the end goal of assigning myself the label 'workaholic', with the hoped for side-effect being an increase in works created, produced, and ultimately visible…
November 22, 2010
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Vital Information for Western Civilization

For a little while I’ve been curating and saving a list of thoughts and ideas that I felt were important enough to remember. This list most definitely has pieces of information that you already know, however I felt it was important to have them set down and saved. I actually…
November 9, 2010
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Facebook Anxiety and More Nikon D7000 Videos

I read a post the other day that links posted to Facebook in the morning perform the best, i.e. they are more prominently displayed on other friends' news feeds, thus getting seen more and subsequently (it is the hope) being clicked on the most. For the past two days I've been…

With or Without: My 24th Birthday

Life is moving far too fast to keep up with nowadays. I’m surprised I’ve even given myself enough time to write this little post. It would have been easier to write this if all the previous events had occurred spaced out, such that I was given enough time to process what…
October 12, 2010
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Improve Your Diet: Go Gluten-Free

Last night I read an article that has all but convinced me to go gluten-free with my diet. I've been in the process of reducing the amount of wheat and grain that I eat, going from highly processed white bread to whole wheat. I’ve also been avoiding unnecessary uses of bread…
September 20, 2010
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The Human Condition (or I Hate Being Human)

Attention: The views expressed below are not wholly descriptive of my own, they retain an expository style meant to impart the feelings contained. I hate being human. I realized this suddenly and strongly the other day. I also realized it with a sigh of relief: it may well be…

The Best and The Worst Project

A little while ago I wrote a post that had an idea for a list of ‘best things’ and ‘worst things’. It was a quirky idea based off then-recent observations of my over-use of the phrases ‘the best!’ and ‘the worst!’. What’s interesting to me is the fact that those phrases haven…
September 1, 2010
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Writing to Capture an Emotion

This morning I woke up with a smile on my face and sunlight sneaking its way past my curtains. Laying on my back, I watched the curtains twitch and slightly move due to the air conditioner blowing against them. There was never quite enough pressure to fully move the curtain…
August 12, 2010
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Life as an Unemployed College Graduate

Life is all sorts of slow right now. Ever since I finished my college degree I’ve been reveling in the glow of unemployment and pet-projects. It’s a glow that doesn’t waver, however it was never all too bright to begin with. Just a week after I clocked my final hour of…

BBC’s Steel Rail – Delicious Ale

Earlier this weekend, from Monday till Thursday, I gave myself a mini-vacation and visited my brother in Boston. I had a great time while there: I was reminded how much fun city life is and how amazing public transportation is. While there I also got a chance to hang with a…
July 16, 2010
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100 Posts and College Graduation

This post marks two awesome achievements for me: I have, since last Thursday, been a college graduate, and this is my blog's 100th post. I was going to post about my graduation on Thursday - when it happened - but I delayed it so that it would strike on the 100th post. For a…
July 13, 2010
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Powered Speakers Return To My Bedroom

Look at what clever thing I did that made me feel so smart: I’ve missed having powerful speakers in my room for a long time.  Until today I’ve been subsisting on this to produce music in my room: I mean sure I have these speakers on my computer desk, but they’re in a separate…
July 11, 2010
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iPhone 4 Launch

I don't think many people got a lot of work done today. Between the sweltering weather and the launch of the new iPhone 4, I can only imagine people were doing their best to not get caught slacking off. I was up at the crack of dawn this morning - 6:30am - and stood outside my…
June 25, 2010
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Learning About MacGuffins

Every day that I learn something new I consider a success. Sometimes these new-found pieces of knowledge are nothing more than old thoughts and ideas repackaged. Or sometimes they’re displayed from a different perspective. Or sometimes they are truly new to my knowledge-base…
June 20, 2010
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What an absurdly slow, boring day.

June 2, 2010
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This is the start of a beautiful relationship…

Last time I counted I’ve been the unsuccessful creator and successful destroyer of three blogs. One I began and stopped in High School (shouts to my co-blogging friends from back-then). The second blog was made mostly in private. I’m not sure if a blog needs to be public to be…
January 23, 2010
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