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8 Toxic Habits to Give Up

8 Toxic Habits To Give Up If You Want To Be Confident And Successful ◇ ~850 words ◇ How to ditch the habits that are dragging down your success and self-esteem so that you can fly higher.

Elle Kaplan  ※  CNBC contributor  ※  cnbc.com  ※  September 18, 2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?  ◇  ~5,000 words  ◇  More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

Once, she [Athena, a 13-year-old] told me, she was hanging out with a friend who was texting her boyfriend. “I was trying to talk to her about my family, and what was going on, and she was like, ‘Uh-huh, yeah, whatever.’ So I took her phone out of her hands and I threw it at my wall.”

Jean M. Twenge  ※  The Atlantic  ※  theatlantic.com  ※  September 2017 issue

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched ◇ ~4,600 words ◇ Armed with Nest Cams and 24/7 surveillance, one company promises to fix even the most dysfunctional child — for a price.

The best quote is not even from the article but from ‘bananarama’, a commenter: “That was….an amazingly disturbing read. Jesus…American parenting is a mess.” – Steve

Kim Brooks  ※  The CUT  ※  thecut.com  ※  August 22, 2017

 

Let’s Eat Grandma – Writing and Communication

If you want to be understood better, write better. — Steve Edwards

UW-Madison Writer’s Handbook

Grammar Girl :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™➚

Common Errors by Prof. Paul Brians at WSU

Remember the FANBOYS Rule for Proper Comma Usage – Melanie Pinola

Commas handout – The Writing Center – UNC

Google Search Tips

2 minutes long

  • “Pancakes are amazing” – search for an exact match by using quotes
  • jaguar speed -car – exclude words by using a minus sign
  • “worst * ever” – asterisks can be placeholders for unknown words
  • @techinsider – an @ in front of a word will search social media
  • Alien OR Intel – use the word “OR” to combine searches
  • computer $400 – the dollar sign can search for prices
  • computer $400..$800 – combine with two periods to search a range of numbers
  • site:businessinsider.com history – search a specific site by using “site:”
  • related:ebay.com – or find related sites by using “related:”
  • many of these can be combined – giving you the exact results you want

Tech Insider [YouTube channel] – published on Jun 7, 2017

The 25 Horses Puzzle [YouTube / MindYourDecisions]

 

9 minutes long – pause at 1:35

It’s not too hard if you think about it. Supposedly, this is or was a question given during interviews at Google.

 

 

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others [YouTube / PragerU]

by Tom Shillue – 4½ minutes long

Have you ever envied someone else’s success? Do you sometimes wish you had another person’s life? Well, comedian Tom Shillue explains why comparing yourself to other people will put you on the fast track to an unhappy life.

Published: Feb 13, 2017 by Prager University (prageru.com)➚

Can you solve “The Bridge Riddle?” [YouTube / TED-Ed Riddle]

3⅚ minutes long – pause at 2:00

I gave up because it looked impossible. It is possible though.

This riddle’s solution is similar to the following one, the River Crossing Riddle. In both cases you seem to have to take back some of the progress you have made to finish the crossing task.

4⅓ minutes long – pause at 0:58

Maxine, Not Voting, and the Electoral College

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http://www.facebook.com/maxine

Whether you vote or not, the government is going to tax and harass you until death (and even then they tax your estate) — I say go ahead and complain about it, no matter if you voted or not or even voted for third party candidate.

If you say you don’t vote (for president), because your vote doesn’t count – you know what? – your vote does count in the state you live in. In California, which for now consistently votes for Democrats, if enough Democrats in California don’t vote then the state will swing back to Republican. California has voted Republican as recently as 1988, actually from 1968 to 1988. Arizona and Colorado used to vote solidly Republican, now Colorado votes Democrat and Arizona is very close to voting Democrat. Your single vote does count in those states.

The candidates and everyone involved in the campaigns know the rules for winning when running for President of the United States. -Steve


Do You Understand the Electoral College?

5 minutes long


What is the Electoral College?➚  (archives.gov)

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