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  I'm a latecomer to emojis. Early emojis—emoticons—I found especially hard. I was not ok with suggesting human emotion with dots and dashes. It didn't communicate anything real, no filled-out sadness or anger or shock or surprise. What it did communicate felt empty and cheesy and not like myself, so I stayed away. I also stayed away when illustrated emojis came along. They were better, but still fell short, even when it came to non-face-based emojis like hearts and...
Aubrey Bellamy and Fran Hoepfner are unsigned flirting experts working at the top of their field in social skills and saying good sentences out loud. As a kind and generous act of charity they've supplied the world with 50 successful and specific flirts. WHEN YOU SAY THIS TO ME... 50. 49. "You should check out this restaurant." 48. "Oh yeah? What’s it about?" 47. "Force Majeure was one of the best movies I saw in 2014." 46. "Don’t worry, I...
A new "Subway Agony Index" hosted by WNYC is using emojis to convey whether New Yorkers' commutes will mildly suck or really suck. Designed by the Data News Team at New York's public radio station, the interactive index uses the MTA's Real-Time Data Feeds to gauge how well subway lines are running, then visualizes each line's service with a smiley face (normal), meh face (meh), or frowny face (delays/not running). Emojis represent the status of the lines in their entirety, as...
Yesterday, it was announced that along with mega-mugginess and "blazing heat", July will unleash 250 new emojis upon us, including "Lower Right Shadowed White Circle" and "Fog." Most of these additions are unfortunately very boring and weather-related (with the exception of the much-needed middle finger), and none of them accurately portray the many, many emotions that Brooklynites feel on a daily basis. Here are the ones we're hoping to see next time around: Person Running...

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