How Porky Pig Works From Home

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How Porky Pig Works From Home

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In the debate about whether the pandemic will permanently end office jobs, Bob Bergen has a compelling message about the enduring power of personal collaboration.

Bergen is the voice behind Porky Pig and a zillion other animated movies, television shows and TV commercials. For voice actors like him, the pandemic shifted work that had already been mostly done at home into an entirely remote profession.

Bergen told me he is grateful to have a job suited to our upended lives, but he can’t wait to work with people again.

“I don’t have to get on the freeway and drive from job to job so I can do more work. I don’t have to wear pants if I don’t want to. There are lots of pros to doing this,” he said. “But I do miss human interaction.”

Brian X. Chen, a personal technology writer for The New York Times, has a couple of handy tips for people using Google’s email service for professional purposes:

It often surprises me how many people are unaware of some of Gmail’s special features, like scheduling emails to send later and blocking senders.

I suspect it’s because so many of us have used Gmail for so long — with a design that has barely changed in over a decade — that we don’t expect it to add features.

It’s better late than never, especially while many of us are working from home.

Here’s how to schedule an email to send later:

  • Compose your message and click the icon next to the Send button. On a computer browser, the icon is shaped like an arrow; on the Gmail mobile app, it’s three horizontal dots. Then click “Schedule send” and choose a time and date for the message to go through.

Here’s how to block someone from sending you emails, using an email from Target as an example:

I find scheduling emails especially useful for important work memos that I want to land in someone’s inbox first thing in the morning.

And blocking emails from a sender is a great option when you don’t want to go through the hassle of clicking on the “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of a marketing email.

  • This story is just WILD: A person with the screen name “lol.” Peering into the employee chat system at Twitter. A craving for short user names like @y and @6. My colleagues Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger have the strange tale of a group of young people — one of whom lives at home with his mother — who orchestrated the takeover last week that targeted the Twitter accounts of more than 100 well-known people.

  • This changes everything. Or maybe not: Several times in the last few years, there has been a cascade of people speaking out about what they said was rampant sexual assault and inappropriate behavior in the video game industry. There have been fresh accusations of mistreatment since June, but many gaming experts say they doubted these will change a video game culture that has often been hostile to women, my colleague Kellen Browning reported.

  • The man behind a series of dangerous online hoaxes: An investigation by The Washington Post found the 38-year-old man who started a number of false online rumors — including a campaign to confiscate guns and a planned flag burning at Gettysburg — that have led to real-world confrontations. The man, Adam Rahuba, told The Post that he had used multiple online aliases for years to manipulate the fears of conspiracy-minded Americans, mostly for his own entertainment.

Did you know that cattle love eating bananas — peel and all? (You should definitely follow everything from this unfailingly cheerful Twitter account of an English farm.)

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