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'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time - The Atlantic

‘Dating’ vs. ‘Married’: How Text Messages Change Over Time – The Atlantic

MEGAN GARBEROCT 21 2014, 7:45 AM ET

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So many loves start with a “hey.” A tentative “hey.” A hopeful “hey.” And more often than ever that “hey” is not spoken, but sent through a text message.

That first “hey,” if all goes well, is returned; from there, the “hey” becomes a plan to get together. Which becomes another plan to get together. And then more plans, and then more…

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‘MRT 7 project plunder of funds for President’s uncle’Manila Today | Manila Today

‘MRT 7 project plunder of funds for President’s uncle’Manila Today | Manila Today

Kulang yung report. Squatter ba mga ito? Sino ba nakinabang sa MRT3, LRT1 and 2? The people who benefit are not exclusively the elite who control the corporations that have extracted onerous or disadvantageous contracts from probably corrupt or incompetent government officials but also the daily commuter who are the back bone of our economy. The Call center people, the services people, the IT,…

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Princeton Gets 10 Times as Much Tax Money per Student as Public Colleges - The Atlantic

Princeton Gets 10 Times as Much Tax Money per Student as Public Colleges – The Atlantic

I’m not that familiar with how corporations/individual pledges to schools are taxed but I have  hunch that something similar is happening in the Philippines.

In 2002, Meg Whitman (Princeton class of ‘77), then president of eBay, pledged $30 million to her alma mater to be put toward building a dorm in her own name. The ultimate cost of the 500-student dorm, which required “skilled masons to cut…

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Dysprosody: When You Can’t Stress Words or You Can’t Stress Words

Dysprosody: When You Can’t Stress Words or You Can’t Stress Words

What’s the difference between telling people they shouldn’t do something and telling them they shouldn’t do something? If you have dysprosody, nothing. People with dysprosody can’t control the stresses in their speech, and it makes a world of difference.

Those who have studied poetry will be familiar with, and perhaps exasperated by, the concept of prosody. Prosody is the rhythm, intonation, and…

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Research shows Portal 2 is better for you than ‘Brain training’ software

Research shows Portal 2 is better for you than ‘Brain training’ software

Now you’re thinking with Portals. Or rather, you should be – according to research from Florida State University, which has shown that playing Portal 2 is apparently better for your thinking skills than your average ‘brain training’ software.

The short study, conducted by Valerie Shute, only took place over 8 hours – so whilst it doesn’t give us the full picture for her findings, it does show an…

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Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live - NYTimes.com

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live – NYTimes.com

“There is a very strong track record of places that attract talent becoming places of long-term success,” said Edward Glaeser, an economist at Harvard and author of “Triumph of the City.” “The most successful economic development policy is to attract and retain smart people and then get out of their way.”

The economic effects reach beyond the work the young people do, according to Enrico Moretti,…

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Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium

Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium

In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones.

Wouter removes his laptop from his…

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Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: ‘every woman I know in the industry is scared’ | Technology | The Guardian

Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: ‘every woman I know in the industry is scared’ | Technology | The Guardian

Earlier this week, Gear of War designer Cliff Bleszinzki blogged on this very issue. He wrote this:

“We’re the gamers, the dorks. We’re the ones who were on our computers during prom. We’re the ones that were in the back of the lunch room who were playing D&D instead of tossing a football around on the quad. We were supposed to be the open, friendly ones, the ones who welcomed all into our…

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rePost::GamerGate: A Closer Look At The Controversy Sweeping Video Games

rePost::GamerGate: A Closer Look At The Controversy Sweeping Video Games

As I said in my last note on the subject: “Bring me a chorus of voices, of opinions. I want them all. I want a loud cacophony of differing viewpoints. Agreement is the death of creativity.”It’s up to all of us to make this happen.#GamerGate isn’t about conspiracies. It isn’t about scandal and corruption. It isn’t about feminists or misogynists. It isn’t about any of these things, and it’s about…

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BOO RAPPLER::Binay will wallop Aquino in 2016 – survey

BOO RAPPLER::Binay will wallop Aquino in 2016 – survey

Shame  on Rappler. 

This is not news in the strictest sense. This is tabloid news.

File this as another proof that Rappler has become the press agent of the VP.

First why is the basic question not stated?

There is a big difference in how you ask/frame the question.

For example:

If they go head to head in the 2016 Elections who would you vote for Aquino or Binay?

versus

If President Aquino was…

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