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Introducing April, TSTC Summer Intern

31 May

When I was fifteen, I found a love to write. At first, what I wrote did not really matter. A few strokes of a pen on a sheet of paper started as a form of relief from the stresses of high school and teenage drama, but later, it developed into an art. I wrote a lot of things, but stories became my prime focus, with genres pertaining to fiction/fantasy and some horror/suspense. After two years, I set my mind on what I wanted to be – an author.

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Introducing Our New Intern: Amanda

14 May

For so many years, I thought I would be an English teacher –a teacher who would show students the wonderful universe of the written word and all the amazing adventures that it encompasses. I never dreamed  the desire to teach would slowly fade and become other desires.

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Vibrating Tattoos: Never Miss a Tweet Again!

2 May

Nokia, a Finnish-based company, has come up with a patent to prevent people from ever missing another ping from their phone. Sometimes your phone can be in the other room, on silent, or you might just be too distracted to notice it through your pocket. The way Nokia suggests you may be able to do this is through a tattoo. The magnetic ink will vibrate along with your phone to ensure you note your phone is calling to you.

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Grammar Rules: Plurals an Octopus Couldn’t Handle

5 Apr

Have you ever wondered what the actual plural of octopus is? The answer? It depends. Don’t you hate that? Sometimes it is just too much to ask for a simple answer. English has never prided itself on its simplicity, and since English has been affected by many other languages as well, nothing is simple anymore.

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Penguin vs Amazon – Book Fights Reach Libraries

20 Feb

Previously on Penguin vs. Amazon, Amazon cut prices for Penguin’s new releases of ebooks down to a discount price of $9.99. Penguin retaliated on April 1st by refusing to let Amazon carry any of its new ebook releases anymore. Amazon counterattacked by making those same books, in hardback form, that $9.99 price. Other companies had long since come to agreements with Amazon on pricing deals, but Penguin was stubborn. Eventually, Penguin too came to an agreement, and all seemed finally at peace. The peace was tenuous, however, and all knew that it would only be a matter of time.

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Grammar Rules: A Comma Conundrum

1 Feb

The Oxford Comma cartoon is posted with the permission of Eric Edelman. Copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved. More original artwork and blogging can be found at: http://blog.retrocollage.com. For permission to reproduce or re-post this artwork, please contact the artist at: RetroMan@RetroCollage.com

As we grow up, we learn many rules about grammar and punctuation. We learn about all sorts of different types of commas, like those in a list, the Oxford comma, and those breaking up clauses in a sentence. Many times we had to think hard about where to place our commas and check every rule to make sure our English teacher didn’t mark up our papers. When entering college, however, all those rules change.

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SOPA and PIPA Protests: The Government Pokes the Sleeping Lion

20 Jan

Wired online protests

The government is dealing with a whole new breed of opposition this month as it attempts to pass the house bills called SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA(Protect IP Act). The Internet community has been known to be a group largely apathetic towards activism, but as major Internet hubs like Imgur, Wikipedia, and reddit go down , Internet junkies everywhere are realizing how these bills are greatly affecting their everyday lives.

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