Are coders worth it? on Aeon Magazine
Yup, I should have worn braces when I was kid but somehow talked my parents out of that. Sometimes I think I have lost my power of persuasion over the years. I mean, getting out of braces and talking my parents into letting me go to college thousands of miles away from them.
I digress…So it was time to deal with my crowded bottom teeth. Mostly, because I started to notice my top teeth starting to move a little. And my nightly teeth grinding had put a dent in one of my front teeth. My dentist insisted for a little while to try Invisalign. I listened but mostly filed the advice away as a nice-to-have and not completely necessary investment. Invisalign here we come!
So I found a good orthodontist (thanks to Yelp! and my list of providers from my health insurance) and pulled the trigger. Here were my options:
Yes, Incognito sounded amazing as a option but not really possible for my budget. And since wire braces were out of the question, Invisalign was the obvious choice.
So here’s what happens
1. Go in for a fitting: They make a cast of your teeth (pretty much) with a material similar to silly putty. This is a quick thing, 20 minutes tops.
2. Approve the plan: At the time I was unaware that I was coming in the office to do this. You are presented with a what a model of what your teeth look like now and what they will look like after treatment. They also let you know how many anchors or little stickers they will attach to your teeth to make the braces work. In my case, 24. Everything looked fabulous to me, so I said yes to the plan. In addition to the Invisalign plan, my dentist told me he would have to shave a 1 mm or 2 from two teeth to make the teeth fit! Yes, crazy. Well, not having any other options but say yes, I agreed to the plan.
3. Get your first set of trays: That means coming into the office for your set of Invisalign braces (called trays) and learn how to get them off and on and take care of them. Sounds easy, right? Well, putting them on, no problem. Taking them off was a completely different story. So luckily, I was told to come back in a week to get those 24 attachments after I got used to them and learned how to get them on or off.
It’s been 3 days. Yes, it’s a pain to take them off for meals. A simple bite off a cookie looks—a trip to the bathroom, stick my fingers in my mouth and pull, and rise—like too much trouble to bother. I am constantly thirsty and my mouth has a terrible taste to it. But again, I am grateful to even be able to care of the overcrowding in my teeth. It just seems like pure luxury but I know it also means I might be able to keep more of teeth when I hit old age. I am just waiting for the moment when taking them off and dealing with them will be like taking my contacts lenses out at night.
I laugh when I see the ad below. This is not what I look like when I take them off…
Louis C.K. Rolling Stone April 2013
If you define yourself as a “newspaper,” social media is bad for you. You are going to lose. There is no way around that. But if you frame your world differently, the scene changes.
Like the universe, journalism is expanding. AP plays a shrinking role in that universe, at the head end of the reporting process on primarily world and national news. Journalism used to be describable as “gather, order, and present” — or reporting, writing and publishing. AP lives in the first two layers, disconnected from and sometimes baffled by the rest.
But that’s not the process any more. Journalism doesn’t end with publication of a story, or even necessarily begin with the reporter. Journalism now is a dynamic and continuous process that can begin with the “people formerly known as the audience” and continues after publication in a public, social interaction in which the community discusses, digests, processes, adds to, remixes and redistributes information.
One-way journalism was an illusion of the 20th century. It’s over. Past tense. It was illusory anyway. Social processes existed even when we didn’t see them.
Practicing journalism in this century requires social media literacy and engagement in all the layers. Yes, it’s a time suck, along with everything else. As an old copy editor once told me, “that’s why they call it work.”
AP’s Liz Sidoti: Social media is a “time suck” and threatening young journalists’ understanding of reporting basics. #apme2012
Read more about it, from Steve Buttry, here.
Stuff like this is why I try not to follow news about the newspaper industry anymore. It’s usually just people being dumb.(via ianhillmedia)