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Why I’m Passionate About Porn

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Last week, I posted this video on Facebook: I should have known better, of course. I mean, I hate controversy, and I have several Facebook friends who are in the pro-porn camp. So, of course, controversy came. As I realized

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Alumni LENS: So close, yet so far

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My first professional job out of college was with Michigan State University Outreach & Engagement (UOE for short). One of my primary tasks throughout my six years there was the maintenance of MSU Statewide (formerly the Statewide Resource Network, or SRN), a massive

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Feedly vs. Google Reader: A Brief Evaluation

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The impending loss of Google Reader falls into the category of “Deep Personal Tragedy,” since in addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, it’s one of the sites I check multiple times a day, and have been since 2007 or so.

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Myers-Briggs, Bible-Style

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So I have a blog post in the works all about how Google+ screwed me over, but thinking is hard/meh effort/etc., so instead of finishing that you get a nifty Myers-Briggs infographic of characters from the Bible. Noah? Yeah, I

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This is why I am going to die alone.

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The story begins, as so many of my stories do, with my car. I finally ditched my Alero in December, and bought a brand-new Subaru to replace it. There were many reasons for this, but a big one was that

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It’s National Poetry Month! Here’s my favorite poem.

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In spite of – or perhaps because of – our annual celebration of Robert Burns’ birthday, I never really got into poetry. I’m still not sure I really get it, in spite of the wisdom of the years and my

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Just bragging for a moment

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A few comments: If you ever hear me ranting about white flight in Detroit and the Index of Dissimilarity, this should help explain why (and why I can rightfully claim I know what I’m talking about). Also, I’m kind of

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Found Object: The Rant, dated November 1, 2000

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One of Grand Valley’s student publications was a dubious collection of journalism known as “The Rant.” I don’t remember most of the things they covered; I think I stopped paying attention to its existence after Freshman year, and never did

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In which I write a poem (or, I put my Classics minor to use)

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I wrote a poem. But there’s a backstory. As part of Operation Lisa-Does-The-Assigned-Reading-She-Never-Bothered-Doing-In-Undergrad, I’ve been reading a LOT of classics. Like, Ancient Greek classics. Like Plato and Thucydides and Aristophanes and Homer. A couple of texts in particular caught my

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Design Tips for Non-Designers: Creating Charts That Don’t Lie

Three bad representations of data. If you're reading this with a screen reader, you'd have an advantage in that you'd probably get the numbers straight-out so you wouldn't see the warped data...but I'm not including the numbers here. Sorry.

As someone who does a lot with design in her work, I have several design pet peeves. The obvious ones, of course, are designs incorporating Comic Sans or Papyrus, but 3-D graphs rank up there in surprising ways. Having just

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