Monday Miscellaneous

I’m in another insurance class this week, with a final state exam on Friday (prayers appreciated), so time’s a bit precious to write anything in-depth. Below are links to stories I’ve read you may also be interested in. Even if one is not necessarily your cup of tea, give it a skim, you might be surprised. Case in point: I don’t run and have no interest in running, but the Boston Marathon piece was so interesting I read all the way to the finish line.



Protecting Your Data Assets on the Road – Most of my readers know that I worked in the IT field for almost 30 years. Don’t ever, ever leave your phone or laptop in the car, and almost never use open wifi (we’ve all been guilty of it at some point). Anymore, the worst thieves may be the ones you can’t see. They lurk in the invisible airwaves of unsecured wifi spots in coffee shops and hotels around the world. Read this Upstate Business Journal piece by Laura Haight if you (don’t) know what’s good for you.

When Trademarks Get Vulgar – Federal trademark law does not protect profane or vulgar words or images. Sadly, our society is increasingly and unabashedly vulgar in the public square. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case where the trademark is pronounced identically to the F-word, but spelled differently. Is such blatant vulgarity protected? We shall see.

How the Boston Marathon Messes with Runners to Slow Them Down – Even in heaven, with my glorified, eternally-young body, I’ll not ever want to run a marathon, but this article was surprisingly interesting to me. I’d only ever heard of the terrible uphill bits of the Boston Marathon; I had no idea it was almost entirely actually a downhill run. Still, this WIRED piece details plenty of reasons why it is considered to be one of the hardest and slowest marathons to run.

Be Sure You’re Insured – Home insurance. It is a hot party topic only at really boring parties or places where its sky high, like California or Florida. this Insurance Journal piece should give us all pause to make sure what is likely our most-valuable asset is adequately insured against loss. [One caveat: I strongly disagree with line in the article, “In many respects, the wildfires expose the true costs of climate change…” because I strongly disagree that “climate change” is real, but that aside, the article is a good reminder to make sure your insurance is at the right coverage amounts.]

The Very Bad Habit of Using “Very” – It isn’t long before an aspiring writer learns the word “very” is, well, very much frowned upon. It props up the word or phrase that comes after it, often at the expense of using better one. Judge for yourself: The new parents were very happy at the birth of their baby girl. Or, The new parents were overjoyed at the birth of their baby girl. This post suggests 45 alternatives for writers to eliminate that oh-so-pesky “very.”