Steve Lovelace Blog

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My Favorite Birthdays

Today I turn 20, at least in hexadecimal numbers. And to celebrate my 0x20 birthday, I’d like to take a look back. Like Christmas, birthdays provide a landmark in the memories of life. I...

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Marketing Gimmicks That Need to End

Having worked in marketing for a number of years, I keep seeing the same mistakes made over and over. When it comes to gimmicks, some approaches have stood the test of time, like the...

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Texas: A Whole Nother Country

I’ve been living in Texas for over five years now, and it’s an interesting place to live. I never planned on living here this long, but at least for the foreseeable future, I don’t...

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Gifted and Talented

Back in grade school, I got admitted to the “gifted and talented” class. Once a week, I went off to the school library for an enrichment session. It was supposed to give us a...

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Penmanship and the Palmer Method

The Palmer Method still strikes fear in my heart. No other curriculum ever did so much to stifle my interest in a topic I found fascinating. I spent a good chunk of the third...

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4 Reasons You’re Losing Twitter Followers

One thing that’s nice about Twitter is that the connections are not as solid as Facebook. On Twitter you have followers, not friends. That means it’s not a big insult to unfollow someone. But...

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Playground Nazis

In the fifth and sixth grade, I went to school in East Carondelet, Illinois. It was a small town of 600 sandwiched between the Mississippi Levee and the MoPac Railroad. I loved my teachers...

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Online Check-In Etiquette

Social media sites like Facebook have been around for a decade or so, but one of the more recent developments has been the “check-in”. Check-ins make it easy to tell people where you are...

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The Pontiff: Older Than Jesus

Everyone knows the Pope is old, but so is the office. The Papacy traces its roots back to St. Peter himself, but it turns out the institute is even older than that. In fact,...