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Advocate Personality: INFJ-T

Advocate Personality: INFJ-T

For the past 11 years, I've been receiving advertising emails from a pizza shop located 975 miles from my house. I don't even really notice the emails anymore; when they hit my inbox, I delete them without opening. Being that I live south of Pittsburgh, it's...

Why Do I Keep Looking at Facebook?

Why Do I Keep Looking at Facebook?

The great American writer Kurt Vonnegut, famous for such novels as Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle, coined his own Neo-religious language in the latter book, which has now thrived for nearly six decades. Bokononism, the religion is called, speaks of the karass,...

5,000 Days

5,000 Days

What feels like a thousand years ago, I was sitting in a college classroom, listening to my professor talk about some crazy platform called Second Life. "It's a new virtual world," he explained, "where everything is made by its users. Like a game, but not a game....

In With the Old: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

In With the Old: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith published White Teeth at the age of 24, having received a £250,000 advance and the title of "the new Salman Rushdie" from her publisher. The book is 400+ pages of delightful prose, pushed by a kinetic energy that is sleek and modern and fluid. Its story is...

In With The Old: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

In With The Old: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

In the fall of 2006, I was a junior in college. My communications professor mentioned something about a virtual world called Second Life. He described it as this odd, rapidly-evolving, user-driven experiential environment where people could create and do anything....

New Thing Today – 3/5/20

New Thing Today – 3/5/20

Honestly, what happened to February? I swear. I was inspired to become a substitute teacher for three main reasons:1. Last fall, I realized I really wanted to be a teacher. But after looking into what it would take to become one at this point in my life, I decided it...