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Coronabuzzwords

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

“Mutual aid” is a new buzzphrase that simply means “being neighborly”.

Same with “social distancing”. Twenty years ago we called it– at worst– “quarantining”. At best, “being careful”.

Stop making up hipsterisms for concepts that have existed forever and passing them off as original ideas. You’re embarrassing yourself.

Oh, and get off my lawn.

I retired at 28 because of Adobe – Part I: The Policy

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Maybe “retire” is a strong word, but hear me out: I effectively retired for five months and still received regular paychecks while in Adobe’s employ. It wasn’t me taking advantage of a policy loophole or sneakily subcontracting someone else to do my work remotely. In fact, Adobe encouraged me to do this, no strings attached. Read on for why and what happened.

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Christmas 2019 Santa Tracking Teletype Broadcast

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NORAD has been tracking Santa on Christmas eve for generations. Google has recently taken a greater market share from NORAD (after once being on the same team). However, with all these fancy apps and sites and games and visuals, there has been a marked absence from the Santa tracking wars from the very beginning– something so simple and pure, perhaps nobody has really thought to do it. No longer; as of Christmas 2019, that void is now filled: live Santa tracking via teleprinter is now a yearly event.

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Halloween 2019 Teletype Broadcast: The War of the Worlds

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Somewhere between the day I got my prized possessions of the Teletype Models 15 and 19 and the day my oldest boy became interested in Christmastime, I came up with the scheme to run a Santa Tracking broadcast via teleprinter. From that hatched the less ambitious yet no less creative idea to run a Halloween night story broadcast.

That being said, what story is more fitting for teleprinter news adaptation than the radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles?

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Teletypes at Local Schools' STEAM Events

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While at the 2019 Thanksgiving Point Mini Maker Faire, I happened to meet up with Beth Drees, who helps run the DIY Festival in Salt Lake City. Apparently this is a maker-faire-esque event that’s been going on for twelve years now, and I only just heard about it.

She invited me to bring my machines around to a few schools’ STEAM events (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in conjunction with her organization, Craft Lake City, the events being sponsored by Google Fiber, apparently. Well, whaddaya know, Haddi- Man?

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