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  1. Life hacking love

    Can one apply the life hacking ethos of analyzing and optimizing to the romantic sphere? Some do! If you read Amy Webb, Chris McKinlay, and Val Aurora you will see a focus on two things in particular: matching and selection.

    Webb and McKinlay hacked dating systems to figure out how ...

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  2. Sex vs gender distinction

    It's that time of the year where we give our final evaluation of students and they do the same. This semester I received an interesting bit of feedback, mirroring the comment a student also made in class. At the time, in speaking about things like the Wikipedia "gender-gap" and ...

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  3. Trolling or Harassment, Androcentric or Sexist?

    In writing about online life, I've found it necessary to distinguish between the behaviors of trolling, hating, and harassing, and the attitudes of androcentrism, sexism, and misogyny. Many writers tend to conflate these terms, especially in the popular press. For example, most any troubling online behavior is called "trolling ...

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  4. Thinking Geek

    I consider life hackers to be geeks, and I understand geeks to be those who are enthusiastic about a topic.1 For instance, reef geeks are into aquariums. Of course, when speaking of geeks what is most likely to come to mind are those enthusiastic about technology and fantasy, such ...

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  5. Selfies and Acceptance?

    Like many people, I've often thought of selfies as artifacts of the immature or self-obsessed. Granted, we all have pictures of ourselves, including some taken at arms length. Similarly, we are all somewhat preoccupied with ourselves and our appearance. But those who complain of selfies are speaking of the ...

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