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February 17, 2012

Manny-ball, Lin-ation, and quick hits

Being Latino Deportes
by Ryan Almodovar

Happy Friday, sports fans! With the close of another week, let’s take a look into the world of sports…

It’s been reported that the Oakland Athletics are close to signing notorious free-agent slugger and dreadlock enthusiast Manny Ramirez to a minor-league deal. For those that may not remember, Ramirez’s latest return to baseball was marred by a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. Rather than serve his league mandated 50 game suspension, Ramirez declined his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, opting to enter semi-retirement while he looked for a new team.

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February 16, 2012

How to be a model internet citizen

What makes the internet special is the fact that it offers you a voice – a platform in which you can clearly define who you are and what you believe to the world at large. Recognition and validation from your peers is only a click away…in theory.

The truth is that as wonderful as the internet can be, it can also be a desolate cruel place where ignorance runs rampant. It’s important to remember that in order to effectively engage and interact online, you need to have some semblance of civility and class.

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February 14, 2012

Thomas Suarez: the next Latino Steve Jobs

by Ryan Almodovar

An unassuming kid takes the stage, dressed simply in a blue shirt and khakis. He is holding an iPad in his arms, as he begins to deliver a speech to the gathered audience. What sets this apart from a presentation that could be found in any middle school is the fact that this child is Thomas Suarez, a technological wunderkind who is making his first TED conference presentation.

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February 13, 2012

Breaking up? Facebook knows what you want to hear

Heartbreak. We’ve all been there (even Valentine’s Day can’t save you from it) – but in a world that is so connected and social, a lot of times relationships that go sour find themselves reflected within our social media habits.

For a lot of people, relationships aren’t ‘official’ until they are noted on Facebook, and a lot of people won’t consider it truly over until Juan Doe is no longer in a relationship flashes across our newsfeeds.

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February 10, 2012

Being Latino Deportes

Being Latino Deportes
by Ryan Almodovar

Welcome to the first edition of Being Latino Deportes – your weekly wrap up of all things deportes in el mundo Latino!

Here, we will be covering all of the biggest stories and events – stay tuned for updates every week.

The Giants are Super

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February 8, 2012

Have we met? You might have ‘face-blindness’

Do you have problems remembering the names of people you meet? Have you ever awkwardly engaged in conversations, knowing full well that you can’t remember the name of who you are talking to, and hoping against all hope that you don’t have to introduce them to someone else?

You’re not alone.

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February 7, 2012

Facebook and your mental health

Remember the last time you got a new friend request? Remember how good that made you feel – how validated and important? It’s a common experience for most people, as ‘friending’ validates our social behavior and is rewarding to us as users of Facebook.

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February 6, 2012

Nuñez and Carmona: MLB’s problem in Latin America

by Ryan Almodovar

On September 23, 2011, CBS Sports reported that Leo Nuñez, the closer for the Miami Marlins, had been playing under an assumed name.

Team management was notified, and within days Nuñez had fled the country to his native Dominican Republic – only to be arrested by authorities when he tried to renew his visa. The man who had posted a decent 4.06 ERA and 36 saves in 2011 is not Leo Nuñez at all, but really Juan Carlos Oviedo – a man who had falsified both his name and age (Oviedo is a year older than Nuñez), before reaching the majors.

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February 2, 2012

3D printing: the world at your fingertips

Imagine yourself sitting at your computer, shopping around for some deals. You see a new pair of sneakers for sale – which you really need. Excitedly, you pull out your credit card and complete your purchase. Now imagine that instead of waiting for your new kicks to show up at your doorstep, your printer springs into action and voilá – brand new sneakers have been rendered for you instantly.

Sounds like some distant imagined future, right?

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February 1, 2012

Victor Cruz, ‘doesn’t want Super Bowl run to end’

…unless it results in a New York Giants victory. Of course.

Cruz, a wide receiver, has quickly become a standout in professional football, both for his prowess on the field and for his struggles to make it to the biggest game on Earth.

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