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Inbox a hot mess? Unroll.Me.

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A few days ago, a friend of mine put me up on some shit for which I will be forever grateful.

I was trolling through my timeline and came across this update:

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up...

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up…

It’s called Unroll.Me and it’s probably the most simplistic but powerful email management application I’ve ever used.

Sound like I’m talking pure shit right?

I don’t blame you for being skeptical.

I was too.

Before I get too deep, let me explain what Unroll.Me is first.

Unroll.Me is an application which allows you to unsubscribe from any of your email subscriptions with one click.

I’m going to give you a second to let what I’ve said sink in.

Unsubscribe from email subscriptions in one click.

If you’re like me, over the years you’ve signed up for one thing or another, registered for something or otherwise gave up your email.

More likely than not, you legitimately subscribed to things you’re no longer interested in receiving – or are at least not interested in seeing in your inbox every day.

And now, your email is a virtual parking lot for spam.

Even with the best spam-catchers, there are some things that still get through.

Enter Unroll.Me.

I signed up and entered the email address for the inbox I wanted cleaned up.

Within a few seconds Unroll.Me had compiled my 206 subscriptions.

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A few seconds later I had unsubscribed from 203 of them, and created a rollup of the few I wanted to keep.

What’s a “rollup”?

Rollup is a way to manage the emails you want to keep.

The Rollup (what it’s actually called) allows you to combine your favorite subscriptions into a daily digest email called the Rollup.

Kinda like a Google Reader for your emails.

If you’ve ever tried to unsubscribed from an email subscription through the so-called “unsubscribe” links, you’ve probably had mixed results.

But I’ve been on Unroll.Me for a week and it’s made a tremendous difference.

I’ve had nary an errant email in my inbox.

Not one of the 203 subscriptions removed by Unroll.Me have returned.

Not one.

And my inbox is as lovely (and manageable) as it ever was.

So if you’ve got an inbox that’s driving you to drink, get with Unroll.Me.

And you can thank me (and Cara) later.

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I’ve Been Tagged – Honest Scrap Awards

So I’m perusing my Twitter account, and I come across my girl Aliya S. King’s tweet, which said “this post will self destruct in one hour” and provided the following link, http://bit.ly/HonestScraps.

Since I LOVE Aliya’s writing, and she’s one of my collegiate homeskillets, I followed the link to her blog, to a post in which she divulged 10 honest things about herself.

Always one to read about the bats in other people’s belfries, I went in and was genuinely touched by her profoundly personal piece. I was even more touched, when she tagged ME as one of the people for this chain-letter style social media experiment.

So (pursuant to the instructions for the Honest Scrap Awards), first, let me thank Aliya for presenting me with this Award.

Now without further ado, 10 honest things about Stephen:

1. I like big butts and I can not lie! Like Sir Mix-a-lot, I’m a bootie man. I love butts. Some men are boob men. Some like legs. Me, I’m all about the derriere. Bubble butts. Apple bottoms. Heart-shaped. Tight muscular. You name it, I like it. I’m not checking for a sloppy butt or a flat one either, but if a nice set of female gleuts pass my line of vision…well, let’s just say, I’ll pay attention.

2. My johnson curves slightly to the left. I used to be very self-conscious about my slanted schlong. I thought women would take one look at it and bust out laughing. I learned that despite the curvature, I was ‘endowed’ and quickly got over it.

3. I have a favorite child. Parents all say that they love their children equally and have no favorites. And I’m sure that many of them believe it. But it’s not true. We all have our favorites. For all parents, there is one child that stands out (for whatever reason) from the rest, and that you take to.

4. I think I’m going to win the lottery. I know that it sounds ridiculous. Who doesn’t think they’re going to win the lottery? If you didn’t think you’d win the lottery, why would you play? Right? But I REALLY think I’m going to win the lottery. Something deep in my bones tells me it’s true. Now even though I almost never play (I spend a grand total of $20 a year on the lottery), I know that one time I do, I’ll strike it rich.

5. I haven’t had a drink since 1997 (didn’t mean to one-up you Aliya). No. I never had a drinking problem. As part of my religious observation, I gave it up. And although I no longer actively practice, I didn’t miss not drinking. So I still don’t.

6. I think rappers are the most clever wordsmiths. Their faculty with language always impresses me. Now I think a lot of rap is garbage, and I’m constantly appalled when my wife turns up a REALLY ghetto song on the radio, and sings along. The first time I heard her sing, “she opened up her mouth and then I blew her brains out” with Lil Wayne, I thought, I married a gangsta bitch. But all the while marveling at how Wayne was able to so poetically describe a blow job.

7. I want to write a book. I started blogging because my friend Denene Millner said that you’ve got to write to write, and that blogging was a simple way of practicing the art of writing on a regular basis. I have no idea if I will ever actually write a book, but I’m enjoying blogging for my audience of 8, so I’ll keep doing it.

8. I want to meet Oprah. Yes. I said I want to meet Oprah. People may not acknowledge it, but Black women are treated like fourth class citizens. In terms of societal hierarchy, it goes: White men, White women, Black men, Black women. Some would argue, that it’s White men, Black men, White women, Black women. But either way you cut it, Black women are always last. I want to meet the woman, who, despite the odds, is the richest Black person in the world. Oprah, I will be your baby daddy. For real. Forget Dave Chappelle.

9. I support reparations. If the American government, actually paid reparations to the bona fide ancestors of slavery (as they did the Japanese for their internment), then they would have the moral authority to tell people of color to put slavery in the past. But so long as slavery remains the unacknowledged open wound that Blacks simply need to ‘get over’ we’ll always have problems in America. I’m not an ancestor of slaves, so I have nothing to gain. It’s simply the right thing to do.

10. I’m afraid of going bald. Sure I’ve got a head full of dreadlocks, but that don’t mean a damn thing where baldness is concerned. Lots of my contemporaries are rocking baldies to hide the male pattern baldness lurking below their shiny shaved surfaces. They say it’s genetic, and you can tell by looking at the males on your mother’s side. One of my uncles is bald and the other isn’t. How does this help me? A balding dread is not a pleasant thing to behold.

Anyway, I’ve got to present this award to seven bloggers that I admire. They are:

1. Denene Millner http://www.mybrownbaby.blogspot.com

2. James Andrews http://www.thekeyinfluencer.com/channel/

3. Cara Reynoso http://commutefromhell.wordpress.com/

4. Ben Tannenbaum http://bentannenbaum.com/

5. Anike Robinson http://anikerobinson.blogspot.com/

6. Keith Williams http://bobcatsaddict.com

7. Oneika Mays http://waytolivenow.blogspot.com/

Fellow bloggers unite!

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