Steve Lovelace

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PowerPoint Sucks

PowerPoint sucks. I can’t be the only one who thinks so. PowerPoint presentations are unpleasant to make and unpleasant to sit through. But what saddens me most is that it doesn’t have to be...

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I Am Not a Coffee Snob

I’ve been telling people for years that I am a coffee snob. After all, I’ve been a coffee drinker since I was five. I rarely ever drink Folgers and Maxwell House. I spend an...

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Weird Things I Thought as a Kid

I though a lot of weird things when I was kid. There were words I got wrong and concepts I got mixed up, all to the consternation of my parents and teachers. Here are...

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Biggby Coffee in East Lansing

I’ve enjoyed coffee since I was a kid, and I always enjoyed going to coffee shops with my dad and/or grandpa. But it was only as a teenager that I really got into the...

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The Student Government Election

I was in student government in college, and I had some good times. I handed out candy and hot chocolate to constituents, and traveled to Washington, DC for a conference with the World Bank....

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The Rise and Fall of OS/2

When IBM decided to get into the personal computer business, they knew they had to move quickly to get a foot in the door. Thus the makers of the original IBM PC worked outside...

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Dealing with Clickbait

Recent years have seen a rise in clickbait articles online. These clickbait articles have alluring headlines that promise to make you lose weight or regain faith in humanity. Clickbait stories tend to be “shallow”....

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The Genius of Weird Al Yankovic

I wish there were a Nobel Prize in Music. I would nominate Weird Al Yankovic. He is without a doubt one of the greatest musicians of our time. Since the 1970s, he has been...

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The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

You don’t often hear people talk about the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Most people would rather discuss Game of Thrones or the latest celebrity gossip than a century-old pact between dying European empires. I can’t...

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Facebook’s News Feed Algorithms

Facebook is at it again, violating users’ privacy in new and bizarre ways. This time it’s a psychological experiment, performed on some. 700,000 users, to see if positive statuses can invoke negative feelings and...