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UN Panel on Economic Empowerment for Women

Written by Pats Papers | Monday, 23 September 2013 6:12 PM

UN Panel on Economic Empowerment for Women

I moderated a United Nations panel discussion on empowerment of women today. Among the things I learned from actress and activist Geena Davis: that women are under-represented in most areas of science and technology jobs—with one notable exception. She credits the success of television shows like CSI and NCIS for getting a huge number of women interested in becoming forensic investigators.

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The Art of the Fake Newscast

Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 13 September 2013 7:30 AM

The Art of the Fake Newscast

Don’t believe everything a television anchor says. That advice, from the Wall Street Journal, is accompanied by a picture of my face. After a close read, however, I decided not to be offended as the article is a good one about how film makers use fake newscasts as a “quick and dirty plot-exposition device.”

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Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: ‘Rock’ and ‘Rose’

Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 7:55 PM

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: ‘Rock’ and ‘Rose’

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego comes from a reader named Brooke, who sent us not one, but two doppelgängers.

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SFW Alyssa Milano Sex Tape

Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 5 September 2013 9:12 AM

SFW Alyssa Milano Sex Tape

Stop what you’re doing: an Alyssa Milano sex tape has been leaked. Except this one may actually be suitable for work.

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Starbucks Alter Ego: Shame

Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 7:09 AM

Starbucks Alter Ego: Shame

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego comes from a reader named Sam, who wonders if her local barista is trying to call her out about something.

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VIDEO: Water Bomber Plane Drops Load on Vehicle Fire

Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 20 August 2013 8:15 AM

VIDEO: Water Bomber Plane Drops Load on Vehicle Fire

This seems like overkill, but it makes for a pretty awesome video. Watch as a water-bombing jet drops its full load to take care of a vehicle fire on a remote highway in Canada.

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Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: An(n)

Written by Pat Papers | Wednesday, 14 August 2013 8:46 AM

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego: An(n)

Today’s Starbucks Alter Ego comes from Ann, who says her barista was so close to getting her name right and was clearly contemplating adding another letter before deciding against it.

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WSJ Slims Down Front Page Design

Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 12 August 2013 8:46 AM

WSJ Slims Down Front Page Design

The Wall Street Journal’s longstanding “What’s News” box on the front page was slimmed down today.

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Reduce Data Roam Charges in Spain

Written by Pats Papers | Saturday, 10 August 2013 10:56 AM

Reduce Data Roam Charges in Spain

If you’ve got travel to Spain ahead, here’s now to avoid a $300 roaming bill for your phone.

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VIDEO: Dumpster Apartment in New York

Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 9 August 2013 8:16 AM

VIDEO: Dumpster Apartment in New York

No, his name isn’t Oscar. It’s Gregory Kloen and he’s fashioned a New York home out of a dumpster. Though based in California, the designer stays in the dumpster anytime he’s in New York on business. Inside is a fully functional house, with running water, a working toilet and even a mini bar. There’s even outdoor space, courtesy of an umbrella attached to the roof, and a grill for al fresco dining. VIDEO

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