Why Facebook Live is ruining America

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Facebook Live (courtesy Facebook)

An open letter to America.

Dear America,

You are ruining society with Facebook Live.

As soon as the feature was announced on CBS This Morning last month, my gut told me this would be the inevitable outcome. And you’ve proved me right.

We already overshare detailed facts about our indigestion, our fancy plates at Olive Garden and that silly thing our cat did the other day (cats still don’t like baths). And now, we can show these things live to anybody scrolling through a news feed. And that’s a problem.

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Continuing my nerdom in NYC

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Two Dots screenshot.

If you find me on a New York City subway, you will find me in one of two positions: eyes closed, pretending to sleep so no one approaches me, or headphones in (even if there’s no music playing) and eyes glued to my phone.

Yes, I have taken steps to become a true New Yorker.

If it’s the latter, my eyes are typically glued to a game I discovered long ago called Two Dots. It’s basically a game of connect the dots — the goal is to connect dots of the same color while battling obstacles like fire, ice cubes and magnets.

It’s not quite as ridiculous as it sounds. Promise. But it’s highly addicting.

And when I heard there would be a Two Dots Tournament in New York City this week, of course I pounced.

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How I Lost My Chance to See ‘Hamilton’

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Screenshot of Ask Me Another‘s website. Link below.

Earlier this year, I wrote about that one time I was a game show contestant.

Now, I have the proof.

The episode of the radio show/podcast Ask Me Another featuring yours truly has finally been published. It was recorded in February.

You can listen and/or download it here (or wherever you may get your podcasts).

And though I’m not one for spoilers, I’m about to give one. I didn’t win. Otherwise, I would’ve been bragging about it since February. And here’s why.

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My day is your night: Working overnights

I have the perfect icebreaker in my back pocket. It’s always guaranteed to be a conversation starter, and the conversation can thrive for several minutes. It typically goes something like this:

Stranger: “What do you do?”

Me: “I’m a news writer for a morning show.”

Stranger: “Oh, you must go into work pretty early.”

Me: “Yeah, I work overnights.”

Stranger: “What time do you go in?”

Me: “2 a.m.”

What follows is some combination of a dropped jaw, a gasp, an expletive or bulging eyes. Hook, line and sinker.

But let’s talk about the reality of working overnights.

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Reporting live: Putting together a résumé tape

That’s my new résumé tape. Demo reel. Reporter showcase.

There’s something I learned from years of producing résumé tapes. There’s no perfect résumé tape.

Maybe there’s a perfect résumé tape in the mind of a potential employer. But his or her version of a perfect résumé tape could be the complete opposite of the competitor’s version of a perfect résumé tape across town. It’s impossible to please everybody.

But I’m confident this will please somebody.

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Views (and booze) from the top

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A look north from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, with the Empire State Building front and center.

I’m not one for heights. So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than from the top of the tallest building in the Western hemisphere?

My stomach is still settling. But it was a chance to show off some Instagram skills.

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Dumpling Night and the food blog you should read

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China House on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia, the place that originated Dumpling Night. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

As far as I was concerned, every Monday night in college was officially dubbed Dumpling Night.

Monday was production day for The Temple News. As editor, I would generally get into the office around 1 p.m., and I wouldn’t leave until the digital copy of the newspaper was sent to the publisher. That time often ranged between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

As a reward for our hard work, we called China House, one of Temple’s fine take-out establishments. The conversation went like this:

Me: “Hi. I’d like to place two order of steamed pork dumplings for pickup, please.”

Them: “OK. Ten minutes.”

Me: “Thanks!”

Simple. Straight-forward. Delicious. This began my dumpling obsession.

I tell you this story because of my best friend, my most favorite person in the world, LeAnne Matlach. She was the reason for the second order of the steamed pork dumplings. And now, she is sharing the stories of food and recipes in a new blog called Big Taste Tiny Space that you need to read.

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