Please don’t use this study to justify your horrible habit of using two spaces after periods

Is it better to have one or two spaces after a period? The first study investigating this hotly contested issue is here, and it supposedly gives the win to the two-spacers. But a closer look at the research suggests that the only reasonable interpretation is that double spacing after a period remains bad. It’s ugly, it doesn’t help when it comes to what matters most (reading comprehension), and the experiment that supports its benefits uses an outdated font style.

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Courage Over Comfort: Rumbling with Shame, Accountability, and Failure at Work

I think the people who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses in this world.

This is especially true of people who rumble with failure. These are people who choose courage over comfort, accountability over blame, and are able to embed key learnings from failures into their lives.

For early interviews about the rising strong process, I was able to meet with Andrew—a senior leader at a successful advertising agency and a total badass.

I recognized some of myself in his story, and I think you might, too.

Read the entire story from Brene’ Brown and follow Brene’ @breneebrown

I am familiar with college anxiety–I still occasionally have nightmares that I forgot my schedule, started picking classes late, went to the wrong classroom, forgot there was a test… you know what I mean! I realize that many of our students feel nervous about starting a new college program, but I can reassure them that their instructors and classmates will make sure their experiences in the Strategic Communication MA program never feel like those bad dreams.

In the end, the fact that we are not all physically together doesn’t stop us from learning a lot and having a fun time doing it. Community-building in virtual spaces can be just as fun, reassuring, and helpful as an in-person experience. And since our virtual communities include animated GIFs… they might even better than in-person!

Read the entire story from Valeta Wensloff and follow Valeta @digimae

Karl Gude teaches classes on creative thinking and problem solving and conducts Design Thinking workshops in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Gude is the Director of the college’s Media Sandbox and a faculty instructor in the School of Journalism. Prior to entering academia, Gude was the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. In 2017, Gude received the MSU Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award and was also featured in the university President Lou Anna Simon’s Report on teaching creativity.