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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Bandwidth is the Modern Currency

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Facebook Messenger Group ChatWhen I was 9 my family took a vacation to Colorado. I fell on Pike’s Peak and scraped my knee. After a few days in Vail, we spent the end of our trip exploring the state’s capital city. The Denver Mint ranked chiefly on our list of sights to see. I spent a good chunk of the visit in the bathroom dealing with stomach issues, but I remember my fascination with the idea of making money from scratch. Perhaps they had some to spare — after all, $5 was like $50 to a 3rd grader.

In the years since, I’ve learned about economics and inflation, I’ve held nearly a dozen jobs, and I understand the value of limited resources. Yes, in the dystopian post-apocalypse we’ll surely fight wars over clean water. But for now, in the civilized world, bandwidth reigns as the modern currency.

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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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Inertia and Apathy in Your Technological Life

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Phone ApathyWatching a movie ranked as one of grade school’s great pleasures. On special occasions the teacher would pop in a VHS, turn off the lights, and allow you to just chill out for 30 minutes. For my generation, no video title stoked a more immediate reaction than Bill Nye the Science Guy. The television personality was Beyoncé in terms of universal likability. His explorations of matter, electricity, and digestion were flavorful delicacies during the malaise of a watered-down school day.

More so than any single concept from Bill’s informative episodes, the theme song sticks with those who watched the show. During the 30-second warm up, and amidst the sick electric guitar riffs, there is moment where an almost-robotic woman’s voice says the phrase “inertia is a property of matter...

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Apple Is Making a Television Show

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Apple Television ShowApple is making a foray into the television programming business (as are all companies even remotely adjacent to media). Apple tends to put everything in a sleek, stylish package so hearing this news got me excited. Then I read that the show’s concept is an unscripted series about apps and app developers. I get that not everything can be Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but watching app developers geek out over something they made (that Apple benefits from you downloading) isn’t exactly my idea of scintillating television. You can read more about the fledgling television project here. I don’t mean to be too hard on the maker of my computer, phone, and streaming device, but here are five app-related show ideas I’d rather see Apple invest in.

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