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The story behind the tweet

My tweet didn’t break the Internet, but it may have left a scratch. Like any tweet, there’s more to be said than what fits in 280 characters. There’s a history behind it, and it goes back to the late 1970s when I was the same age as today’s Stoneman Douglas students. This was when the so-called Moral Majority got its start. And back then, I knew there was something wrong with it.

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Moving forward

One more thing to say about anger (or frustration or worry). At some point, you’ll decide to move forward. You’ll seek to overcome powerlessness by finding areas where you have power.

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You have the right to be angry

Lewis Black's character in Inside OutI got into a discussion on Twitter about the value of social media. It included the issue of anger.

We feel uncomfortable about anger. It makes us feel out of control. It causes us to say and do things we regret. It can also be addictive. We can find ourselves trapped in a cycle of outrage.

But we cannot deny our anger, and repressing it can make things worse. You have every right to be angry. Here are the reasons why.

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If a feature isn’t documented, it doesn’t exist

Owner's manual for a new adjustable bedMy wife and I were shopping for a new adjustable bed. We found the one we wanted and got a demonstration about the importance of technical writing.

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Technology and “adult entertainment”

Booth personnel at the Adult Entertainment Exhibition at the 2009 CESThe following post contains adult themes and links to NSFW content.

When I went to my first CES in 1984, I heard stories of an “Adult Entertainment Pavilion.” I didn’t go because I had booth duty and mixed feelings about “adult entertainment” because of my father. My hornier coworkers came back with excited tales of upcoming video releases and signed photos of their favorite actresses. (Not Stormy Daniels, though. This was before her time.)

It may seem as strange for porn to appear at a technology show as it does now to see it discussed as a political issue. But porn has always driven technology. That’s why it makes an appearance in my novel Amiga.

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