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New World Experiences: Wearing a Vest

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Note: One of Danny’s responsibilities at TSR is writing blogs — like the one below, or this one that already posted. When we discussed potential topics, I wanted to give him creative freedom, and told him he could write about anything, so long as it related to social media or the Internet in some form. And in true intern fashion, he ignored me and turned in this ∇ instead.

Who knows, maybe I am bad at explaining words. Maybe he’s playing like he can’t understand me. Maybe he just feels strongly about vests and needed to get the word out as quickly as possible. Either way, you get to read a blog about vests. (Which is totally true, BTW. He wore it to our important business meeting and zipped it up when the vent got too cold). Enjoy. — Bethaney

danny in a vestSomeone left a black fleece vest at...

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“I’m an intern, and you will treat me with disrespect!”

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devil_wears_prada_meryl_streep_2I’m disappointed with things in my life. Not in like a 45-year-old kind of way, but there’s some things that just didn’t go as planned: I’m not a knowledgeable car guy, I never won a spelling bee, I still don’t know what to do with broken glass. These shortcomings sting (or bleed when mishandled), but the biggest disappointment I’ve suffered in my time on Earth has been my experience as an intern. I’ve done it twice prior to this, and it’s been disgustingly pleasant.

Growing up, every reference to being an “intern” I ever encountered suggested that the arrangement was similar to that of indentured servitude. You were supposed to work tirelessly, scrounging for mere minutes of sleep every night...

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The Need for Quality Photos

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Images are important. There’s just no way around it. As the reach of Internet-based posts continues to grow, so does the importance of using photos that won’t blur or pixelate on a web page. The same goes for printed materials, which can easily smudge as soon as ink hits paper. And as cameras continue to advance, even those that are built directly into our phones, there’s really no excuse for hosting a bad photo. (That is, unless you’re taking screen shots from a favorite 90s TV show, which is itself blurry.)

But with clear images also comes the need for quality poses and facial expressions. (When a questionable picture is clear, it just means you’ll look that much more awkward when making a face...

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From Microsoft to Apple – How My Allegiance Changed

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IM-A-MAC-laptop-vinylI’m a Mac. Have been since 2010, when, after purchasing my third computer in five years, I decided to upgrade and save myself the hassle of pouring money into Dell. Also, my computer-nerd brother is a layman Apple spokesperson and had been nagging me about making the switch for a year. So I gave in.

Yes, it was more expensive, but I’ve now had the same MacBook for four years, and the same iPhone for two and a half. (Much to Verizon’s dismay.) Overall, the extra funds were worth paying upfront. Not only have I not had to purchase a new computer, I’ve saved hundreds in anti-virus software and repair bills. And also Tylenol.

Besides, my Mac is fast, compatible, and runs Chrome – and everything else Google –like a champ. Its battery life is even running strong...

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Are Selfies Over Yet?

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phone taking a selfie of itself with a mirrorThe selfie. The photo taking practice that has now turned into an everyday event. One that started out of a necessity – when there simply was no one else to snap a pic – has now become a daily occurrence. Faces are made, poses given, and other events that don’t necessitate the need for a photo. And yet they still take place each and every day. Worse, they’re blasted all across the Internet with hashtags like #selfieSaturday. It’s enough to make this pre-smartphone-er sigh uncontrollably.

Remember back before everyone was carrying a camera at all times? Or when they were, it took only pixelated crappy pics that couldn’t be shared online? Now, with the help of technology, those primitive days have taken a very sharp turn toward ample picture taking, and ample picture sharing on any...

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