Give your eyes a break with f.lux

The way we work has changed. More writing happens in front of a computer screen than ever before, and it’s not uncommon to spend hours in front of a screen every day.

It turns out, that’s not great for your eyes. But eye strain can seem hard to avoid – when almost all your work is on-screen, how are you supposed to keep your eyes rested?

One option available is f.lux. f.lux adjusts the light coming from your computer screen to mimic the natural light cycle of the day. It can help ease a bit of the eye strain, and some users have seen improvement on insomnia as well. Give it a shot at justgetflux.com.

This is literally the worst change to the English language since ‘irregardless’

Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation:

The definition of the word literally has been changed. Dictionaries including Google, Cambridge, and Merriam Webster have all made the controversial move. Frustrated grammar nerds everywhere can probably take a guess at the new meaning; it’s like their worst fears have literally come to life.

Literally now officially means “used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true.” That’s right, figuratively is now actually an antonym and synonym for the word.

For those of you out there ready to commence with the weeping and gnashing of teeth, know this: Dictionary.com’s got your back. They’re holding their ground, though an editor’s note does mention the controversy.

The Type of Horror

He Knows You're Alone typography

Modern horror movie posters seem to follow a formula: take a dramatically lit photo of the lead or big bad person, crop it in super close, and throw an all caps, simple, sans-serif font on it for the title. Or maybe a very thin serif in all caps, if you wanna get crazy. (Seriously though, just look at these: The Purge, The Last Exorcism, Carrie)

But it wasn’t always this way – there was a time when horror movies got the first class treatment with beautiful custom logotypes. In the 80′s the genre enjoyed a boom in popularity, and movies like The Evil Dead and The Fog led the way with beautiful distinct type. Take a closer look at The Verge.

The Internet Changed Music, but We Still Don’t Know How

CDs will soon disappear like cassette tapes. The new trend is to plug in an auxiliary cord and let your music playlist flow or shuffle through Pandora and other music services. The Verge recently referred readers to an interview in The New Yorker between Sasha Frere-Jones and Dave Allen of UK punk band Gang of Four, which includes a brief discussion with Damon Krukowski a pop/folk-rock musician. In this interview they discuss how to consider “the internet” as a complex and unpredictable factor that affects artists and listeners across the world, instead of reducing it to American users of iTunes, Pandora, and The Pirate Bay.” It has always been a struggle for musicians to make a profit. With the Internet the hustle just got real. Allen points out, “there are plenty of people out there who fully support music and musicians and who will happily pay to see them perform, buy their T-shirts, their downloads.”

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image from The Oatmeal

On the other hand, there’s the tactile generation. Allen describes these fans as a group, “which doesn’t see the Internet as a replacement for books or vinyl records.” Despite the Internet changing music, it’s unclear how. The illegal sharing of music has become an epidemic. It’s important for music companies to be creative and find new innovations to promote their artist. Krukowski mentions that the goal of music isn’t to reach everyone, but to reach its audience. There’s no going backward to gain what’s lost. The Internet has thrown the music industries lemons, so they need to grab a juicer and make Mike’s Hard Lemonade. How will musicians survive, there’s no telling where music will be in the next century.