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lyrics: And it talks to me in tiptoes
And it sings to me inside.
It cries out in the darkest night and breaks in the morning light,

But with all my education I can’t seem to command it,
And the words are all escaping, and coming back all damaged,
And I would put them back in poetry if I only knew how.
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Oct 30 2017, 03:30 PM
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about Vincent is honest, genuine, and generally the sort of person who isn't often noticed, which isn't his fault and tbh, he's not trying to be seen. He's quite content with a lot of things in his life, so he sees no reason to rock the boat, and is generally comfortable with how much he's achieved. He's the app developer for Blindfold, a blind date app, along with his business partner, so he can come across very work-focused because, as it stands, he's the one who keeps a lot of the back end of the software running, so he might run off mid-coffee meeting because he's spotted a bug. He's pretty active otherwise, enjoys things like hiking or general sports stuff. <p>
Vincent grew up in a very free-love household, which he rarely bothers to talk about but does mean he took a long time to figure out that not everyone is all about nudist colony weekends (which he never took part in, thank you very much!) and also none of his guy friends care about Say Yes to the Dress. Fortunately, he went to university to study journalism and found a great job at a writer at Cosmo magazine, where he was generally very happy to be there and liked his co-workers a lot. He only left last year to pursue Blindfold, so he's probably still very good friends with a lot of people in the industry; he doesn't like to burn bridges.

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friends Vincent is the sort of person who likes to go with the flow and won't really rock the boat- but he's also great for straightening his friends out when he thinks they've gone too far. He values integrity and honesty in his bros, but can overlook it if the person is, y'know, worth befriending; mostly, if you can handle his obsessing about work, he's a good person to have in your friendship group to help you move house. <p>
enemies Uh. I don't know? I'm sure his attitude might have annoyed a few people, maybe, but obviously those people aren't worth knowing. :| <p>
lovers Vincent is picky af when it comes to romance, you can blame the fact he's consistently surrounded by a dating app for it. He's nearly always going to find a flaw in someone and not like it, so he's probably the guy who ditches after a first date. :|


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<div style="text-align: center;">WHY I QUIT COSMO – AND WHY IT’S EASY TO REGRET THE MOVE<br>
Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with being a guy.<Br>
Guest article by Vincent Fitzgerald</div>
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Full disclosure time: I’ve been working at Cosmopolitan magazine for a few years now. When I joined, it was still the magazine that my friends and I had giggled about in high school, secretly wondering what was so great about it and why our mothers always bought it (or was that just my mom? She’s a very open lady).
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The longer story is that I started to work at Cosmo just after I graduated from university. I interviewed for a few places rather indiscriminately; I had done internships and work experiences and a sandwich year, all of which took place at newspapers and thus I thought that that was where I’d end up. A lot of them were places with great atmospheres, but a very heavy focus on print journalism right when it was becoming obvious that print journalism was going out of style. Clickbait wasn’t a pandemic yet, but it was coming up on the horizon; you could just vaguely spot it out of the corner of your eye, telling you that number five would shock you (and I’m totally guilty of this – but in my defence, it usually is the most shocking one!).
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I interviewed. I interviewed again. I brought in a portfolio of work and assured people that I could totally handle working in a female-dominated office and, in fact, I would probably be more comfortable with it. I’m not a sports guy. I’m a ‘my dad watched Sex and the City growing up’ guy. A ‘my parents were occasional nudist camp visitors’ guy. A ‘I’ve seen too much and I need to discuss it with someone and none of my guy friends actually care because it’s not cool to discuss that’ guy.
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Let me tell you, the first week was a trip. I was given a prescribed list of words that I could and could not say – I actually have it open right now, just to double check. I started to pick up the lingo and was added to numerous group chats (one for my bank of desks, one for my floor, one with the people in catering – not sure why, but I appreciated being the guy who could announce which day was donuts day). I got into researching and writing straight away and rounded everything out by hitting my deadline with a neat article on break ups.
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One week I interviewed thirty women for a sex article. The next, I was interviewed for the male perspective. Someone asked me if they could makeover my wardrobe for a week for their piece, so I spent a day walking around in spandex, which is surprisingly comfortable but not great on the tube. I walked in every day knowing I wouldn’t know what to expect that day; there are jobs in the world where that feeling is not welcomed, but that is not this job. This is the job for people who love a challenge.
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I’m not happy that I’ve left. I’ve worked here for five years and that’s a lot of time to dedicate somewhere. My desk became steadily more peach and pink (apparently, they are my best colours and I need to integrate them into my life – thank you, Felicity). I actually love donut days and my co-workers are hilarious, brilliant women who might ask me uncomfortable questions sometimes (“I’ll explain to you how it works but I’m not gonna demonstrate”) but they also want to know what I did last weekend. And I want to know what they did. And then I want to talk about where to get a good bargain on wine, because it’s important to always have wine in your home in case of sudden companionship.
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That was a year ago. My articles tapered out very steadily, and I handed in my notice when I felt I was ready to move on. I always considered myself the sort of person who knows what they want, and I don’t see a problem with being honest about where my life is going or what I plan to do. It’s always been important to me- right from when I was the only sane person in my childhood home, trying to explain to my parents why Wally wasn’t a cool nickname for a kid.
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The reason for the move is Blindfold, a dating app that a business partner and I created. I don’t consider myself much of a dater, but I do know how to code- you can teach yourself, which I did to get me through a boring winter- and I was asked to put together the algorithm behind the whole thing.
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When we were coming up with the app, we were thinking of what we felt was missing from dating, which was that sometimes we don’t always know what we want. Sometimes, we swipe left on a whim when, if we’d stopped to say hi, we might have been happy with the right. So Blindfold is about the other stuff. It matches you based on your preferences in the other person (want someone who loves to bingewatch? There’s a check box for that), then, if you like who you’re talking to, sets you up on a date for somewhere you’ll both love at a discounted rate.
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We definitely did not expect Blindfold to take off the way it did. It was an idea that, we knew, required marketing and actual participants to work, and it relied very heavily on knowing our way around people (that’s my business partner’s job!) or computers (checking in over here!). But it did. Someone, somewhere, is enjoying the fact that they got to go paintballing with their new life partner just because they both love active hobbies.
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So, in the end, I had to leave my Cosmo desk behind. Blindfold had gotten too big for it and I needed to make room for it. We moved to a proper office with proper servers so that we can do our respective jobs without worrying about article deadlines at the same time. It’s terrifying. We’re both profoundly aware of what we gave up to follow something that came out of nowhere. We’re consistently working to make a product the best it can be – because this one has only our name on it.
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It’s totally easy to regret the move. What if the server spontaneously explodes? What if everyone decides that they don’t like our colour scheme? Then I’m left with nothing, surely. And a smaller office means that we have donuts more often, so I have to keep going to the gym so that I can justify the move. We don’t have as many co-workers, so the place is quieter and it’s hard to keep yourself motivated in the same way when Jasmine isn’t next to you, typing a mile a minute on her new piece.
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I don’t know what the next year is going to bring, both in terms of my life and in terms of the app that’s taken over my life. I have to keep reminding myself what I get out of the move, and that can be difficult. But I do get some great things – good friends, and a chance to come back to the office to write guest pieces, and a partner I trust to handle the things I can’t. I get to pursue something I’m genuinely interested in, using a hobby I never thought I’d use.
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So, yeah, I’ve been gone from Cosmo for a year, and it’s been a difficult, strange change- but maybe this is the next step I was meant to take.


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