Facebook has changed your email address…yes, without your permission. Here’s how to fix it with a few easy steps.
Two very good posts have come out about how Facebook has reset everyone’s profile email address in recent days to the @facebook.com format whether the member wants it or not. Lifehacker has published Facebook Changed Everyone’s Email to @Facebook.com; Here’s How to Fix It, which contains very good information on how to change your email address back to your original address, and Forbes Magazine has published Facebook’s Lame Attempt To Force Its Email Service On You.
In short, these are the steps to reset your email address:
1. Click “About” on your profile.
2. Scroll down to your email address.
3. Click “Edit” to change them.
4. Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change the setting to “Hidden From Timeline.”
5. Click on the circle next to your other email address(es) and change their settings to “Shown On Timeline.”
6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup to save the new setting.
According to The Wall Street Journal, managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace. Many managers are blaming Twitter, email brevity and texting shortcuts as the roots of the problem. Such looseness with language can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors, many managers say.
Oh, dread, 89 business cliches that we have heard and used that make us either look like geniuses or idiots. Forbes Magazine has a great list of cliches we should purge from our vocabularies as soon as possible.
Think of getting rid of these cliches from your vocabulary as a paradigm shift. Remember, if you do, it will be a win-win for everyone and the ROI will be astounding. But, of course, we may need to circle back to this.
The list goes on and on and on and on.
According to the Sacramento Bee’s current salary database, technical writers in the Sacramento are enjoying a little boost in their 2012 salaries.
Average Wages, 2012 $73,902
Average Wages, 2011 $72,166
Average Wages, 2010 $70,646
Salaries for technical writers from 2008 to 2012 are averaging $70,438.
It would be hard to be a court reporter and keep a straight face during these courtroom exchanges. Thanks to one of our readers for sending us the following excerpts from Charles M. Sevilla’s book, Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said , ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
WITNESS: We do..
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
Do you have writer’s block, or do you THINK you have writer’s block? Here’s a suggestion: embrace your bad ideas and let them lead to good ones. This is playwright and screenwriter Megan Cohen’s method for overcoming writer’s block and getting her creativity back to where it should be.
She writes that when she feels as though the well is running dry on good ideas, it’s time to sit down and just start brainstorming. Brainstorming, as we are taught includes bad ideas as well as the gems in the rough that can be developed over time. But the key here is the keep the bad ideas.
Yes, write down the bad ideas as well as the good ones and see where they take you:
To keep things interesting, you need bad ideas, with their chaos and swearing, their disrespect and vulnerability. But how do you lure them? What’s the solution to good ideas?
Well… it’s more ideas. If you don’t have an idea you really like for, say, the premise of your TV spec script… then we have a lot to talk about over coffee, but also you should sit down and write 100 premises for your TV spec script. Yeah, 100. Like the famous number of Dalmatians minus one.
The “100 ideas” method is straight-up stolen from an anecdote where Judd Apatow tells someone to do it. He probably invented it, maybe? It legit works.
Of course one of the best ways to beat writer’s block is to simply keep writing.
Read Megan Cohen’s full post at Writer’s Block: The Solution to Good Ideas
Recently, Brain Pickings published a real gem of a newsreel (originally from Encyclopedia Britannica Films’ Your Life Work series) that provides a look into the history of what one might imagine as the typical newsroom in the 1940s. Explaining the need for speed and accuracy when gathering the news for the reading public, the narrator walks through the many facets of newspaper’s interworkings.
Cheerfully, the narrator explains the different roles of the reporters and desk editors that take part in moving the story toward the presses. And with the excitement that can only be found in a 1940 newsreel, the narrator adds, “…there’s a real thrill in seeing your own byline over a story when it’s in print, and there’s always the feeling that you’ll try to make the next story just a little better.”
Working through the needs of covering fires and politics, the narrator moves to the lighter side of the news industry…the society pages. This is where the movie takes an interesting twist. As he explains, these pages are, “for the most part reported by news women.” So if any woman in the 1940s were to watch this, all their hopes of entering the exciting profession as an investigative or crime reporter would have been dashed by this movie.
The narrator continues with, “Women find it difficult to compete with men in general reporting jobs, so girls who want to be successful in journalism should prepare for work in the special women’s departments.” Of course, these departments include “meal planning suggestions” and “beauty care.”
Oh, how the times have changed.
By Ron Creel
We have recently been seeing people confuse the words then and than. The word then seems to be used when the writer should use than. Of course, several blogs have made fun of this word misuse. And Yahoo! has an answer to this as well.
THEN - An adverb. Means at that time or next. Remember that then (like when) refers to time.
Example: I went to the store then I went to the park.
THAN – A conjunction introducing a dependent clause of comparison. Means that you are comparing two things.
Example: I like beer more than getting my eye poked out with a sharp stick.
So with this rule, would you rather cuddle and then have sex, or would you rather cuddle than have sex? Do you now understand the meaning of the words and how they differ?