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Matt Refghi

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November 16, 2017

Why Is Facebook Taking So Long to Delete a Video of a Guy Having Sex With a Chicken?

So I'll cut right to the chase on this one. On Friday the 10th of November, at 6:15 PM EST, I received an odd Facebook message from a friend, one that I'll call Jane for the sake of this article. At first glance, just from the thumbnail, her message seemed like a risky thing to click on. Here's what I saw: (Minus the text overlay) Now, I knew Jane pretty well, so I knew that she often said and did things that weren't particularly appropriate - but it wasn't a constant thing, it happened from time to time. So, even though the preview to this video concerned me, I reasoned that perhaps this wasn't what it looked like. After all, it could have been a play…
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August 8, 2017

The Pizza and the Compass

On a particularly normal morning a few weeks ago, I was preparing to leave for work. I had a small pizza cooking in the oven, one that I planned to eat for lunch - it was not a standard small pizza, more reasonably-sized. When the timer rang, I opened the oven, took the platter out, and placed it on the top of the stove. I then tried to do my usual next step: lifting the pizza from the aluminum foil. To my surprise, on this day, the pizza was very much stuck to the aluminum foil, making for a complicated task - I had to separate the pizza from the foil without comprising the structural integrity of the crust underneath. Photo by Jeremy Keith Now, what's…
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July 28, 2017

Microsoft: Edge Is Better Than Your Browser

So there I was, browsing the web with Chrome as I always did, when I noticed a new pop-up in Windows 10. Take a look at this: Microsoft Edge is safer than Chrome. Now, as much as I like Windows for its simplicity, I have to express my total and utter disgust at this type of tactic. This is basically the corporate equivalent of a kindergardener pointing to another child and boasting how much better they are than them, in an attempt to increase their own popularity amongst the rest. And you just know that they're using the fact that their dad is the principal to more easily get away with it. See, that's the thing... if Microsoft actually had any ounce of fairness in their…
June 4, 2017

How to Use the Selective Sync Feature in Dropbox Transcript So in this video, I'll be showing you how to use the Selective Sync feature offered by Dropbox. So you'll notice in the bottom right corner, I have a Dropbox icon that has a green checkmark next to it. That means the files are fully synchronized, they're the same on my device as they are on the Dropbox servers. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on this icon, and then I shall click the folder icon here, to show you the actual Windows Explorer version of my Dropbox. Now what you'll see is that it's fairly simplistic, I have a Word document, and I have some photos. What you're actually seeing here is a selective sync version of the Alternate…
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June 3, 2017

Imagined Nationalism in Grand Theft Auto Online

Note: The following is a reading response that I wrote for my Mass Communications class, earlier this year. I've added photos, links, and formatting to make the content a little more readable online, but other than that, it is identical to the version I submitted. In “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism,” author Anderson (1991) explores the idea of a nation being both a political and sociological construct. In the first three chapters, he starts by defining nationalism in abstract terms, then proceeds to analyze its cultural roots, and finally, he reviews the changes in society that made a national consciousness possible. While reading the text, the concept of nationalism being “imagined” interested me. “It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will…