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Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

Written by Pats Papers | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 8:25 PM

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

As I sit comfortably at home tonight I’m thinking of those lost in Hurricane Sandy, and recalling what I was doing at 8 pm a year ago.

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Clever Headline of the Day: Rubber Ducking

Written by Pats Papers | Monday, 28 October 2013 6:25 AM

Clever Headline of the Day: Rubber Ducking

A New York Post story about condom use is my pick for today’s most creative headline writing.

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6 Problems With Apple’s iOS7 (And How to Fix Them)

Written by Pat Papers | Thursday, 3 October 2013 1:56 PM

6 Problems With Apple’s iOS7 (And How to Fix Them)

It feels like there’s a lot of “change for the sake of change” in Apple’s iOS7 update for iPhone and iPad.  For the past week I’ve been finding my way around trying to undo some of the “improvements” in the new operating system. Here are some key problems and solutions:

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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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