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Please Try Highlight

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I assume most people who have iPhones are at least somewhat like me: I generally download apps on a whim, try them out for a bit, and then forget why I thought I'd want that particular collection of kilobytes in the first place.

I have a stack of apps collected in a folder called "Productivity," which is more of an unintended joke than anything, since my phone is more of a time suck, robbing me of actual productivity. (Thanks, Tiny Tower!) However, I sometimes feel some attachment to an app for some reason—and right now, it's Highlight.

Since Highlight is based on social connectivity, and it seems like only one other person in Tucson is using it, I'd like to encourage others to try it.

If I spent much time thinking about it, I'd probably dislike the privacy-robbing features of Highlight, considering it tracks where you take your phone, and "introduces" you to people who also have Highlight if you have something in common on Facebook. The point is to create a semi-frictionless way to meet new people. If you're at a party, and Highlight pops up, you at least can have a cue to remember the name of someone to whom you spoke—but that would require someone else using it.

Let me meet you somewhere! Nothing personal, Meghean (the only person I've been "nearby" so far), but I'd like to see someone else on Highlight.


The week on The Range

We followed the aftermath of the Phoenix New Times' coverage of Paul Babeu and his troubles; tried to clean up after Santorum's visit to town; covered the Project White House debates; watched the polls in the Congressional District 8 special election as more candidates joined the race; tried to watch our language around the Arizona Legislature; puzzled over one man's suggestion of what to do with Bayer aspirin; did a double-take as Republican candidate Martha McSally willingly chose to hang out with liberals; and watched Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod and Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries discuss the week's political events on Arizona Illustrated's Political Roundtable, with your host, Jim Nintzel.

We told you how you can be led on a walk through Tucson restaurants; mentioned new locations for Paradise Bakery and Oregano's; raised a pint glass in honor of Arizona Beer Week; went gluten-free at a new bakery on Oracle Road; watched Pinkberry hand out free samples at the UA; and made our own conversation hearts for Valentine's Day.

We politely sat in the parlor and discussed Downton Abbey in an utterly civil manner; let one high school reader of The Range have a moment in the blog sun; let Joad Cressbeckler offer his theories about illegal immigration; shared photos of the Glen Campbell show at the Fox; gave local artists an opportunity to decorate our distribution boxes; invited you to help fund a documentary about African cats; gave you a chance to meet Foreigner; encouraged you to donate comics to the kids at Diamond Children's Medical Center; watched a Laura Marling video; suggested you mark your calendar for a forthcoming Lambchop show at Club Congress; and tried to keep up with the latest news in the Martha Vazquez drama.


Comment of the week

"Let's see ... understaffed, overworked, underpaid ... it's hard enough finding good teachers to fill positions, now this? ... AUGHHHH!!!!"

TucsonWeekly.com commenter Pamela Lynne Culhane-Turner seems to believe Arizona teachers should be allowed to utter a few profanities ("WTF: Lawmakers Advance Bills to Prevent Naughty Language and Partisan Politics in Classroom," The Range, Feb. 17).


Best of WWW

The Arizona presidential preference primary is just a few days away, and while the traditional media will likely obsess over the debate held last night that featured Gingrich, Paul, Romney and Santorum, we want to give Republican and Green Party voters opportunities to get to know the wide variety of dark-horse candidates with equal standing on the ballot. Before you take your black pen and fill in a tiny box on a very large piece of paper, watch the official Project White House debates—shown on Access Tucson—on The Range. A vote for one of these upstart candidates might even be good for your soul.

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