Stop Calling It Writer’s Block

Writer's Block

Yesterday over the course of an entire hour, I somehow managed to crank out just one sentence for a project. I still have yet to iron out even the foundation, and to top it all off, this is with me hopping on social networks and checking email less than ever before. Cut out distractions, they say. Set a timer and only do your work during that time, they say. Let your subconscious work out all the details, they say. Step away,…

Why I Wear Nikes

Nike

This is not a sponsored post. And if it was, I'd still be wondering if the company was fully aware that my face doesn't exactly help sell product. Since I was little, Nike has been a brand I've been fascinated with. It had little to do with the iconic "swoosh" or famous slogan, but everything to do with the status. Like Versace at a red carpet event, you were somebody or at least felt like you were somebody when you had…

5 ‘Stops’ You Must Implement In Your Blogging

Blogging

Stop Apologizing For Not Writing Unless you've went on a long hiatus, 99.9% of people couldn't care that you missed a post or two. You have a life. Shit happens. Maybe you just got too caught up in work or you just weren't feeling it. There's no need to ever apologize, and when you do apologize for not writing, it simply detracts from your piece while confusing those who discover your content later. Stop Going For Third Base In The First…

Are You Held Captive In The ‘Like’ Trap?

Social Media

This should have been written by now. Instead, it's nine minutes past noon, I'm still in yesterday's clothes, and my super douchey blend of coffee is almost to its last drop. Sure, I could blame the day of the week, Monday, for such a late start, but that'd be as big a lie as...fuck. I opened TweetDeck again. All I have to blame is myself, and my strong attraction to The "Like" Trap. The Like Trap encompasses far more than Facebook,…

Fun To Fans In 6 Seconds: Hunter Harrison, Founder Of Parabox Creative

Hunter Harrison

When Vine first hit the scene in January 2013, I had my doubts. In fact, I made a video (longer than six seconds) calling it "redonkulous," which if you're a connoisseur of Urban Dictionary, means "significantly more absurd than ridiculous to an almost impossible extreme; without possibility of serious consideration." Fast forward to today and I'm one of its biggest fans, using Vine more than any other app on my phone. Short-form video has exploded thanks to Vine and Instagram, who introduced…

The Idiot’s Guide To Not Being Duped On The Internet

Internet hoaxes

Jared, the famous face behind Subway, is dead. #RIPSubwayJared is trending on Twitter, and sources say he was found passed out in a bowl of wonton soup at a Chinese buffet. Actually, Jared is alive and well, but just recently he was yet another celebrity to be hit by a death hoax. Hell, Bill Cosby is far from finished (knock on wood), but seems to be "dead" every six months. Social media facilitates the spread of hoaxes on a massive scale,…

This Message Will Self-Destruct: The Top 8 Encrypted Messaging Apps

Messaging Apps

Privacy isn't what it used to be. And the NSA isn't the main culprit, either. It all begin in 1958, the earliest date of the Internet's beginnings. As with many wonderful innovations, the goal was to help the military better kill people, at least indirectly through a better method of communication. It wasn't until October 1969 that the Internet, then called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), was successfully put into use between UCLA and Stanford. The technology led the…

‘Alien DNA’ And Imagining The Superhuman

Superhumans

Yesterday, scientists reported a significant breakthrough. Well, it hit the front page of Reddit, so I assume it's a pretty big deal. For the first time ever, scientists were able to create a living organism with "alien DNA", a totally sci-fi term for the addition of two new bases, X (titled d5SICS) and Y (titled dNaM). As it currently stands, our DNA is made up of four bases: T, G, A and C. They stand for thymine, guanine, adenine and caffeine. Each base…

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