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The challenge of 280

When Twitter announced that they are expanding tweets to 280 characters, we all thought about this guy.

President Trump's Twitter Heading

With the trouble he’s caused with 140 characters, imagine what he’d do with 280!

For the rest of us who don’t have nuclear launch codes, what does the ability to create longer tweets mean? What do we gain when we can express more? And what do we lose?

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About that word

Image from Amazon.comPewDiePie is the latest celebrity caught uttering the n-word. Unlike celebrity n-word eruptions in the past, this situation cannot be treated the same way. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, racists are emboldened. More racist material has been appearing, along with more racial violence. The n-word can no longer be dismissed as a casually tossed around lyric in hip-hop music or a primal grunt of an unenlightened past. It’s time we take an honest look at it.

We can start with a man who put that word on his album covers, Richard Pryor.

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When technology fails us

My old Apple Watch heading to repairIn two and a half years, the Apple Watch went from something I didn’t feel I needed, to something I bought, to something I discovered that I couldn’t live without. I didn’t realize how much I depended on it until it needed to be repaired.

But our dependence on technology isn’t just about fancy gadgets. We depend on certain technologies to live.

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You weren’t welcomed either

Anti-Italian cartoon from 1888 (from Wikimedia Commons)

When looking at immigration in general and DACA in particular, there are two things to remember:

  • You are a descendant of immigrants.
  • You weren’t welcomed either.

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“The solution that increases the problem”

I found myself stumped on the new novel I started. I had ideas about where I wanted the story to go, but I couldn’t put the pieces together. That was when I thought of six words that helped me put the plot together and make the story move forward: The solution that increases the problem. Here’s why this works.

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