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Relentless Pinging: Notifications are Losing Their Umph

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facebook notificationsLast week I logged into Netflix and saw a pile of notifications. A growing number of little red flags, letting me know about new shows that were being released – shows that I had never even seen or heard of. That’s what Netflix thought was worth sharing with me personally.

Other sites are no better. This weekend I didn’t check Facebook for hours and tallied up 15 notifications, a number that doesn’t seem too crazy anymore, considering all they ping about. Except not one of them had anything to do with me. It was all mutual pages that had been posted on and random views … nothing that needed immediate attention. Yet I scrolled through each and every one of them...

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6 Ways to Prompt Your Writing

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typewriter meme keep calm and write somethingWe’ve all heard of the term “writer’s block.” Even if you’ve never experienced it – as a writer or otherwise – you know exactly what it means. How someone gets caught up without the words to say, or without the ideas to create, and it leaves them frustrated and un-typing. Sometimes before they’ve already started a piece of text, and other times, right in the middle of an incredible plot twist … only the person who invented it doesn’t know where to take it next.

As a writer, it’s a condition that’s about as terrible as it gets; it keeps you from continuing your craft. Sometimes altogether, while others, you are stuck with all of the “bad” ideas and none of the good ones...

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Taking Grammar Personally

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grammar lessons cartoonWhen I was a copy editor in college, I learned a lot of lessons publically. My first day in the seat of head copy lady, the university president’s name was spelled three different ways. Three. It was my first experience running a team, and I assumed that writers, let alone copy editors, had done their jobs. By the end of my 2 am shift, I wasn’t checking much for spelling so much as I was writing headlines and making sure stories weren’t cut off mid-sentence. This ignorance on my part led to several emails, public jokes, and a level of embarrassment that, seven years later, I’m still not quite past. I should have known better.

That, of course, was the worst mistake, but there were plenty of others. Like the time we printed “remberance” in a headline...

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Why Do We Randomly Capitalize Words?

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Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.03.01 AMAs a proofreader, my number one change – by a long shot – is lower casing letters. It’s always been my biggest change. Random words that got the proper noun treatment without warrant, I return them back to their correct and lowercased status every time I switch on Track Changes. (Yes, that’s capitalized, as it’s a Word trademark.) Job titles, departments, and more are all shift+typed without reason, or rather, without clout. There is reason, after all, a majority of the population seems to think these words are actually capitalized. They believe they’re readily important, and I’m just the person demoting them with no cause.

But it’s not my rule, it’s English’s rule...

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Side Effects of Wearable Technology

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The rage of wearable tech has made a serious go at becoming one of the most-used forms of tech. These watches, pedometers, and more tell us how much activity we’ve had throughout the day, notify us of calls, texts, emails, etc. They let us check the weather without even having to reach into our pockets … really, they’ve made a life of notifications about as easy as it can get.

But what about the downsides? Even the best things in life come with some type of consequence, and wearable tech is no different. Aside from all the great things associated with daily tracking and notifications, what are some of the downsides?

First of all, they provide constant communication. You’re never not plugged in...

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