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<em>This article was originally published before Instagram responded to the outrage with <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/38252135408/thank-you-and-were-listening">this message</a>. Instagram has removed the confusing clause and apologized for the misunderstanding. Therefore some of the content of this post is no longer timely, but I believe the over-arching point about what people will accept from a social network is still worth discussing.</em> <p style="text-align:center;">--</p> <a href="http://blog.bookbyte.com/2012/12/18/instagrams-new-terms-did-it-cross-a-line-for-social-networks/instagrammy/" rel="attachment wp-att-1222"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1222" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/instagrammy.jpg?w=300" alt="instagrammy" width="300" height="300" /></a> Thank goodness there's somebody out there pawing through massive license agreements and thank goodness the Internet allows for people to share the important parts. Instagram just made everybody very, very unhappy by tweaking their terms of service. Here's <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/38143346554/privacy-and-terms-of-service-changes-on-instagram">the changes Instagram highlighted</a>, in my words, not theirs: <ul> <li>You still own your photos.</li> <li>Instagram now syncs more effectively with Facebook.</li> <li>The new rules help protect you.</li> </ul>
The most sinister thing about finals week is the way it tempts you into thinking you have more free time. There's a voice in the back of your head that says, "Yeah! No classes!" That voice is very hard to shut up when your head is buried in your textbook or in front of your laptop re-reading your final paper for the 100th time. If you find yourself fighting with your brain about how to spend your study time, consult this list. While definitely not comprehensive, you can be sure that if your brain is telling you to do something on this list, you should definitely <em>not</em> do it.
There's three kinds of college students during Thanksgiving break. There's the people who travel home, gorge themselves on food, and return in the worst possible mentality going into finals. Group two are the people who see a break coming and decide to get as much out of it as possible. <a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/lazy.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1145" title="lazy" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/lazy.jpg?w=300" alt="Lazy College Senior meme: "Thanksgiving break/ Leaves the Friday Before"" width="300" height="199" /></a>
Every November, the staff at Bookbyte breaks into groups to compete in a food drive. Each team gets a giant metal barrel and gets a short amount of time to decorate it according to a theme. Then we stuff the decorated barrels with as much food as we can scrounge up and donate it to the <a href="http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/Default.aspx?tabid=534">Marion-Polk Food Share</a>, a charity that feeds the needy in our community of central Oregon.
It's gotta be tough coming up with new things to talk about when you're basically just selling bubbles with water in it. That's why the people at Polar Seltzer were kind of brilliant for jumping into the comments of this USA Today article on bad college essays , just because ...
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/fbdidyou.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-1107 aligncenter" title="FBdidyou" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/fbdidyou.jpg" alt="Message saying "I voted... did you?"" width="400" height="300" /></a></p> Anybody who logged onto Facebook on election day got hit with a crazy number of "go vote!" messages. Most were from your friends, many were from the companies you've Liked. (We tried to make ours go down easier by pairing it with <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=547476708600705&set=a.443035592378151.117322.123909837624063&type=1">a picture of an adorable puppy</a>.) But there were also some messages from Facebook itself. They were either just general messages to go vote or a list of your friends who've already voted (who then told Facebook that they voted, of course).
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utf6HbNqidk] With Hurricane Sandy, which you might know better as the Frankenstorm, pounding the East Coast, it got us thinking about the weird practice of naming hurricanes after people. It was odder still in the not-too-distant past, since from 1954 to 1979, <a href="http://www.history.com/news/why-do-hurricanes-have-names">hurricanes only received ladies' names.</a>
You can educate yourself about candidates, but at the end of the day, most people will vote along party lines. That's just the way things are. But in most elections, there are other things at stake than just who will take office. The times democracy really gets to chance to shine are with propositions (or ballot initiatives or measures or whatever your state calls them).
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/vote.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1066" title="vote" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/vote.jpeg" alt="Vote pin on an American flag" width="540" height="230" /></a>I was an out-of-state student. For four years, my family and mailing address were in Virginia, but I spent the majority of the year up in Massachusetts. I kept my voting registration in Virginia, mostly because I'd rather cast a vote in a swing state than in one that tends to lean blue.