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Zimbabwe’s comedians are ready to deliver satire for the post-Mugabe era

Joshua Carl Ncube was away in the resort town of Victoria Falls, more than 430 miles from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, when his countrymen took to the streets in mid-November last year to protest former president Robert Mugabe’s rule.<p>For several years now, Ncube, who calls himself the “biggest …

For Serious Writers Only: Why Most People Won’t Succeed at Writing

If You Think Writing is D****d Difficult, You’re On the Right Track<b>“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but</b> …

The Hero's Journey

<b>Miraculous or unusual circumstances around the Hero's conception or birth.</b> Bonus points if there was a prophecy. Less common in modern stories, which …

See the Index / So You Want To

This index holds the various pages of the <i>So You Want to</i> namespace. Go to Write A Story and Be Original for basic advice that transcends genre …

Write a Story / So You Want To

<b>Principle Number One</b><p><i>When you write a story, don't make it boring.</i><p>The rest of this article addresses how to accomplish that.<p>A Foreword<p>No story ever …

Elon Musk emails employees about 'extensive and damaging sabotage' by employee

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Monday morning about a factory fire, and seemed to reference possible sabotage.<p>Now, CNBC has …

“None of Us Is Entirely Innocent”

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104

The jurors were looking at her when they filed into court. That, Dovey Johnson Roundtree knew, could have immense significance for her client, a feebleminded day laborer accused of one of the most sensational murders of the mid-20th century.<p>Little had augured well for that client, Raymond Crump …

Black History

There’s Something About Yogurt

Several new studies suggest yogurt might reduce inflammation—a process linked to different types of diseases.<p>A couple years ago, I was taking a swim with my very pregnant friend when I asked her if it was hard to keep straight all of the doctors’ health recommendations for expectant mothers.<p>Not …

The war on gluten

The patients weren't crazy—Knut Lundin was sure of that. But their ailment was a mystery. They were convinced gluten was making them sick. Yet they …

Biomarkers

How India’s Welfare Revolution Is Starving Citizens

One morning last December, Uttam Kunwar awoke from a terrible dream in which his mother had died. Any relief he felt lasted only until he turned over on the floor, beneath the blanket he shared with her, to find her dead. We spoke on the last day of February, in a tiny settlement at the eastern …

4 Examples That Will Confirm You Were Born to Be a Leader

Do you have a natural bent for people and relationships? That's a good starting point.<p>Ever wonder if you're true leadership material? Perhaps you've been told you are, but the question is, <i>by what standard</i><i>?</i> Thousands of leadership books are written each year, many of them with marketing agendas to …

Non-Obvious Tips to Improve Content Marketing from Andy Crestodina

Back in the early 2000s when I first met Andy Crestodina, most websites were just digital versions of corporate brochures with lots of images and …

Marketing

Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits

The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to tell it.<p>You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise …

A Design Lab Is Making Rituals for Secular People

Will it work?<p>Religions have long been the dominant suppliers of rituals, gamely stepping in with an answer to every question from <i>How do I celebrate the birth of my baby boy?</i> to <i>How can I transfer my own sins onto a live chicken?</i> But in an age of increasing religious disaffiliation, these rituals now …

SDG Blueprint | Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

The objective of this online tool is to make the Blueprint easy to explore and to spur readers to think in innovative, creative, and ambitious ways …

Leadership

Gone in a Flash: Top 10 Vulnerabilities Used by Exploit Kits

Analysis Summary• Adobe Flash Player provided eight of the top 10 vulnerabilities used by exploit kits in 2015.<br>• Vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet …

How to enable Flash in Google Chrome

Flash is on its way out. Adobe announced in July 2017 that it would stop supporting the previously ubiquitous plug-in in 2020. That’s because Flash …

‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism

“I Feel Pretty” is based on a pretty little lie: Looks don’t matter. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.<p>In the film, the down-on-herself Renee (played by Amy Schumer) conks her head in a SoulCycle accident and awakens believing that she has miraculously become supermodel-hot. She revels in it — …

Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Doesn’t Even Go Skin Deep

Amy Schumer puts out so much energy in “I Feel Pretty” that it’s hard not to feel charged up, too. The movie is seriously suboptimal, but she is such a force for good — for comedy, for women — and the laughs land often enough that you can go, if somewhat begrudgingly, with the messy flow. But dear …

Why some people have issues with Amy Schumer's new movie

Change everything, without changing anything. Watch the trailer for my new comedy, I Feel Pretty – coming soon to theaters. …

Black girls are disciplined more harshly in school. Dress codes play a big role.

“We’re sending the message that what girls wear is more important than what they think.”<p>Black girls are often disciplined more harshly in school than their white peers, and dress codes seem to be part of the problem.<p>A new report from the National Women’s Law Center that looks at schools in …

This poll asked Americans if they believe in God. The answers were fascinating.

20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible — but 17 percent of religious “nones” do.<p>“Do you believe in God?”<p>The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that …

Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much …

Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

How Did Zimbabwe Become So Poor—And Yet So Expensive?

The first thing you notice about the money in Zimbabwe is that it's filthy. The bills have been passed back and forth so many times the numbers are …

How Do You Know You Are Reading This?

The only thing you know for sure is that you are conscious. All else is inference, however reasonable. There is something in your head that generates …

Use bookmarks to create new Google files

Avoid having to find your Drive tab to create new Docs/Sheets/Slides/Drawings – simply create bookmarks, if you know the right URLs…<p>For a quick way …

31 Five-Second Reminders that Will Make Calmness Your Superpower

<i>Your goal is to grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace of mind without your conscious permission.</i>The …

Make & use a template event in Google Calendar

With this handy tip, you can generate a new template from a standard event in your G Suite Calendar.<p>This method utilises the publish feature in a G …