Residents are bracing for the worst, wondering whether measures taken so far are enough to keep devastation of the Queens community at bay.
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- Hey, women: Here's how to soften life's toughest emails using exclamation points!
By Chloe Bryan - Wednesday Jul 12, 2017
Hey! Hope you're well and that the week is going smoothly. Just wanted to check in and remind everyone that if you're struggling to write a tough message, exclamation marks are a great resource!
As Amelia Tait reminds us in her recent New Statesman piece, women use exclamation points at a rate higher than men. This is partially because of something called "emotional constraint" — because of institutional sexism, women have less room to appear unenthusiastic than men do. In fact, simply using a period instead of an exclamation point is far more likely to put off the recipient if the sender is not a man. Just wanted to let you know! Read more...More about Email, Women, Workplace Culture, Culture, and Work Life
- Rockaway ferry stranding commuters on the dock
Wednesday Jul 26, 2017
To the Editor:Since its launch, the 2017 Rockaway ferry has been a huge success as far as ridership numbers (even more than I expected) but that is clearly still no excuse for leaving commuters at...
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- Four Credit Repair Agencies Accused Of Misleading Customers, Charging Illegal Fees
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Four different “credit repair” operations have been ordered to pay a total of more than $2 million in penalties for allegedly tricking people into thinking their bad credit could be easily fixed.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that it filed complaints and proposed judgments against Prime Credit, LLC, IMC Capital, LLC, Commercial Credit Consultants, and Park View Law, …
Words to Avoid—2017 Edition
Thursday Mar 2, 2017
It’s 2017 and we’ve emerged from our post-inauguration fog to get back to the business of what we do best: Guide nonprofits toward clear, conscious, and engaging communication habits to stand out in this noisy world.
Yearly disclaimer: We offer this list as a friendly guide towards making stronger, more thoughtful word choices in your everyday communications. What you find below may be the right—or only—choice at times, and that’s fine. But, with a little extra consideration, a much better word can almost always be used in its place.
I’d love to be driven to as many places as I’ve seen services and programs described as “data-driven” or “research-driven.” Instead of suggesting influence, take your reader on the ride! What research shapes your programs? How exactly does data inform what you do?
To describe individuals who have been excluded from resources, tools, or opportunities to succeed, the sentiment makes sense, but is vague and ubiquitous. The dictionary tells me that “untapped” is actually best used to describe natural resources that haven’t been exploited yet. I don’t think the true function of potential (or anything) is to be used up until it’s extinguished. What does your participants’ potential actually look like?
This word serves social, family, and feminist organizations exceptionally, but I feel uncomfortable about its implications. The idea of giving authority, opportunities, or dignity to people when they should (ideally) have access to those resources in the first place emphasizes the one who’s doing the giving (and owns the power). If your program is meant to help people learn enriching skills, cultivate confidence, or find mentorship, say so specifically.
If you look this word up in the dictionary, you’ll find a tautological definition, “relating to or involving iteration, especially of a mathematical or computational process,” which wouldn’t be an issue—if you were talking about a math problem. But this jargon comes up far too often in nonprofit context, and for what purpose? If a process, plan, or development is very complex or involves multiple trials, maybe it’s useful to talk about it in a way that’s less alienating.
As a shortcut to say your organization does everything, comprehensive hurts more than helps. The idea of doing it all does a nonprofit little service in differentiating who they are. If you really are doing everything in your field, by all means, use this word, but please make sure it’s true first. Otherwise, define your objectives and mission clearly for potential participants, donors, and supporters so your audiences personally connect with your unique slice of the pie.
A special tip: Hyphens (-), en dashes (–), and em dashes (—) are not the same.
This isn’t technically a word to avoid, but a lesson in clarity. The differences among these three lines are subtle, and when used improperly, don’t drastically change a sentence’s meaning, but please take note:
- The hyphen (often improperly stylized -- as an em dash) should only be used to connect words that work together to form a single concept, such as “year-end” or “community-led.”
- The en dash middle child connects things across distances like, January–March or 1994–2017.
- Use the em dash (—) to add a thought within a sentence—as I have attempted to do here (and be sure to close that thought with another em dash if it’s in the middle of a sentence).
This level of grammatical detail isn’t absolutely necessary to get your message across, but will certainly ensure consistency and convey expertise.
That’s all for 2017, and I hope it helps. What words would you like to remove from office this year? We’d love to hear your nominations in the comments!
- Guy remade the upcoming 'Star Wars' trailer using only an 1984 Apple computer
By Yvette Tan - Tuesday Jun 27, 2017
If Star Wars: The Last Jedi were a retro video game, we imagine it'd look a lot like this.
Indonesian illustrator Wahyu Ichwandardi made it his mission to remake the upcoming Star Wars trailer using only an Apple llc from 1984.
Ichwandardi, who is based in New York, painstakingly drew his tribute on a KoalaPad from the '80s, using a 1984 bitmap paint program, Dazzle Draw.
In the '80s, the setup was deemed the "most complete computer graphics system," but it's clear from his process how far we've come.
For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference. Read more...More about Apple, Star Wars, Indonesia, Movie Trailer, and Graphics