Those Awful-Sounding Phone Speakers
One of my cardinal pet peeves is people walking around holding their phone up in front of them with the tiny little speaker inside blasting hip-hop music. Or any music for that matter. Or anything at all as a matter of fact.
Those speakers are designed primarily for voice and there are times when putting your phone in loudspeaker mode is of valuer. Such as when you are on a phone call and need to use your hands. And don’t have earbuds or a headset. If you have earbuds or a headset, use that.
Getting published is the goal of nearly every writer. Whether you’re an aspiring novelist, a frustrated freelancer or a poet-in-waiting, you want to see your work in print (or on a popular website) so that it can be seen by as many readers as possible. Maybe you’d like to make a few bucks off your writing as well.
In order to reach this goal, there are a few things you need to understand. I’m going to tell you the three that I think are most important.
How hard is it, when you’re waiting for an elevator, to let the doors open and allow the people inside to leave the cab before you try to barge your way in? Is that really so hard?
I hate when I’m on an elevator, maybe on my way out of the office for lunch, or better yet, on the way home, and when the doors open someone starts pushing their way in with their coat over one arm and a big briefcase in the other. …
It really burns me up when I see people not using their God-given (OK, Detroit- or Japan-given) turn signals. Those are outfitted, indeed required, on every car sold in America (since the Turn Signal Rights Act of of 1965) and most other countries for a reason.
So I’m driving down the road in the right-hand lane and the guy in front of me starts getting slower and slower. Like any good American driver, my mind is only half on driving and half on something else so I don’t notice at first, but all of a sudden I’m going what feels…
I install Windows on lots of computers. I’ve been doing this as part of my job for years. And for years, at least since Windows Vista, one thing has irritated me more than anything else about this operating system. It’s the option “Hide extensions for known file types.”
What an ignorant thing to be set as a default option in the most used “operating system” in the world! First off, it’s an oxymoron. With emphasis on the “moron” part. …
Many people have a dream of getting published. Most of us have a book inside just waiting to get out. Few people ever go to the trouble of writing it, but for those that do, here are some ways to get it out into the wild.
This is the dream of all aspiring writers — to be “published” means that you have pitched your book to an agent, or directly to a publishing company, and been accepted. The publisher will provide an editor, which may or may not be the acquisition editor that purchased your book and worked with you…
You may have heard of geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt; geocachers, often just called “cachers,” like to say they “use multi-million-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.” And actually, that’s pretty accurate.
Geocaches are all around you. You’ve probably parked your car next to one more than once and never known it. They exist in the woods, in urban settings, even at the bottom of the ocean and the top of Mount Everest. In fact, there is a geocache circling the Earth right now aboard the International Space Station.
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