Streaming is the new cable, or so the common wisdom goes. It’s easy to spend more on streaming services now than the average cable bill was 20 years ago, because there are too many streaming services.
This is a change. In the early days of cord cutting—in the late 2000’s—the entire point was to save monty. This was when could pay for Netflix and watch pretty much everything, before every media conglomerate decided they wanted to take their content off Netflix and launch their own streaming service.
Here’s the thing, though: there’s still a lot more flexibility now than cable ever offered, if you take advantage. Here’s my advice for saving money on streaming while still having plenty to watch.
It’s just a few ideas! I thought you might find it handy.
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In 2020 I wrote a guide to using emoji at work, mostly because a male co-worker kept creeping out female co-workers by sending them winky emoji. He stopped after the article went live.
Last week I discovered, through the magic of Twitter mentions, that an article in La Vanguardia—the biggest newspaper in Catalonia—cited me as an emoji expert:
Here’s a quick Google translation:
Another emoji on which caution is recommended is the winking eye emoji 😉. In the opinion of Justin Pot, an expert who writes for Wired or The Wall Street Journal, many people should think twice before using this emoji in the workplace. “For some, the wink emoji is a harmless way of clarifying that a statement is meant to be a joke or, at the very least, to sound friendly,” he says. “The problem is that there are numerous references on the internet that warn that the wink emoji implies that you are being flirty and/or suggestive. In the best of cases you will seem unconscious”, Pot writes about the potential ambiguity of the stick figure.
That’s right: I’m an “expert”. On emojis. In Spain. Take that, haters.