How to Spot a Twitter Bot

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I like to spend my one wild and precious life arguing with strangers in Twitter reply threads. But I want them to be real strangers, not bots, spammers, or fake identities. I don’t want to waste any of my over-wrought insults and smug dunks on a fake account. And since bots make up 15% of Twitter users—and a quarter…

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This $7 Corkscrew Is The Perfect Housewarming Gift

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I have very specific preferences when it comes to kitchen tools — my pots and pans must be stainless (I’m sure nonstick technology has improved and the coatings will no longer give you cancer, but you can never be too sure.. right?) my spatulas rubber, my spoons wooden, and my corkscrews waiter-style.

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Change Your Screen to Grayscale to Combat Phone Addiction

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If you find that it’s hard to look away from your phone, there’s a good reason for that: it was designed that way. A few years ago, former Design Ethicist at Google and founder of the non-profit Time Well Spent Tristan Harris made the rounds, talking about how technology is engineered to be addictive and hijack our…

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To Make Friends as an Adult, Find a Shared Goal

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A little over a year ago, I joined an 80-person choir. One of the reasons I auditioned was because I had enjoyed choral singing in both high school and college—but if you asked me to be honest about why I was really signing up for all those rehearsals and performances, I’d have to admit that it was because I wanted to…

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