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Punctuation is the homely, workaday cousin to the glamorous word. It works quietly in the background, sweeping up and trying to keep the information flow tidy, while words prance around spilling thought, meaning, and feeling all over the place. Punctuation marks accept their utilitarian roles, but they too carry feelings, and…
Grab a copy of Speak or of Catcher in the Rye or of any of Toni Morrison’s books. With the kickoff of Banned Books Week, it’s high time to talk about these books and what it is that makes them scary and worth banning.
This is pretty well-tread territory. The content inside of books scares people and as a reaction and a way to control what it is others have access to…
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Laszlo BockSenior vice president of people operation, Google
I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.
I have seen a lot of resumes.
Some are brilliant,…
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Aesop: we’ve all heard the name, and most of us are familiar with at least a few of his fables with the anthropomorphized animals facing extremely unrealistic yet entertaining dilemmas.
There is no concrete evidence that the ancient Greek moralist and former slave we call Aesop ever wrote down any of his stories (in fact, it was several…
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One of the intriguing things about languages is that they eventually develop vocabularies comprehensive enough to describe themselves, often down to their smallest units and components. So as well as drawing a distinction between nouns, verbs, and adjectives, we can talk about things like synonyms (happy, content) and antonyms (happy, sad); homophones (oar, ore,
by Allan A.
It’s a go-go-go world. Read. Act. Write. Send. Repeat. We are just machines using machines to be faster machines. From the top down, we’ve all been instructed for decades to get things done more efficiently. What’s it gotten us?
Are law firms and accounting firms sending staff home because they worked so fast on their deliverables? Probably not.
Are software developers standing…
Last week I took off to Montana with some good friends for a few days lake-side. We mountain biked, paddle-boarded, wake surfed and bon-fired our brains out of work mode and was fabulous.
It’s now a new week and I am back to work feeling like a million bucks. In wondering why I am feeling so ready to take on the world, I did a little research into the science behind the…
Kansas and Arkansas aren’t so far from each other on the map, but their names seem to want nothing to do with each other. Though they share all but two letters in common, Kansas comes out as “KANzis” and Arkansas as “ARkansaw.” Why so different?
Kansas was named for the Kansa, a Siouan tribe that lived in the region. The Kansa people were called, in plural,…
Ann Marie Gardinier Halsteadis a mom, prof. at St. Lawrence U. & author of the bullying-prevention play Have You Filled a Bucket Today? http://www.bucketfillingplay.com
It’s about that time again. Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so…
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The symbol we know as the ampersand first appeared in some graffiti on a Pompeian wall around the first century A.D. It wasn’t called an “ampersand” at the time—it was just a ligature of the cursive letters “E” and “T” forming the Latin word et, which means “and.” (This is why “etc.” is sometimes written “&c”.)
At first, & had competition for use, as…