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Expertise and The View from Below

(This post was created as an experiment using the WPMU Prefill Post Templates plugin). I answered (well, tried to answer anyway) a question posed in a LinkedIn Social Media group today. The question was basically, “If starting from scratch, what would you need (equipment, software, etc) to grow a big Social Media presence online”? In Read more
Category: General, Technology

10 Ways To Succeed In Personal Development

Personal development plans may look good on paper, but they sure are difficult to follow in real life! Use the following tips to help you get through your personal development agenda. 1. Begin now. Putting off your plan by even a day is allowing yourself to make excuses, and that is not getting yourself off […] Read more

5 Reasons to Use Numbers in Post Titles

You hear the advice all the time – “post top 10 lists”, “post a comparison list”, and so on. Why? Because it absolutely works. Let’s see why…. 1. People Like Numbers and Lists You do it, don’t you? Create a “to do” list? You think of something that you need to do, but you can’t Read more
Category: General
Four-color map of the united states

Perspectives

I just read this on Twitter, from @SciencePorn: “If the Sun was scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky way would be the size of the continental United States.” I started thinking about that. If the sun is the size of a white blood cell (which, by the way, is […] Read more
Category: General
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How to Quickly Adjust Contact Form 7 So It Fits in Your Sidebar

I was working on a website for a friend, and in order to “comply” with best design standards, installed the Contact Form 7 plugin so I could add a highly visible contact form prompt to the sidebar. CF7 performs its duties via a shortcode. So, I added a text widget to the sidebar and copy/pasted […] Read more
Category: Blogging, Wordpress

Fixing an Annoying Lenovo Flaw

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have and use a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 laptop. It is a great little machine – fast, reliable, lots of easy to use features. In general, I like Lenovo products and recommend them to others. However…. I absolutely HATE the DVD drive. It has a flaw that was starting to drive me […] Read more
Category: General
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Humbug Day is Right!

Today happens to be Humbug Day (the day you are supposed to be grumpy and mean, and get all of that out of your system before the actual Christmas holiday). It also happens to be the day when three Mountain West teams have bowl games. Here’s a rundown of them so far. New Mexico Bowl Colorado State (the Rams) […] Read more

Happy Cat Herder’s Day!

From Urban Dictionary: “…the common saying that something involving coordination of many different groups or people is as difficult as herding cats. ” The phrase is supposed to reveal a sense of frustration when trying to deal with uncooperative groups. You can use the phrase in just about any capacity. Just say something like Read more
Category: General, Holidays

Just Monkeying Around…

Today is Monkey Day, a day set aside to monkey around. It’s celebrated around the world by people acting like monkeys. The day is also intended to support and raise awareness of animal rights. Here’s some monkey stuff to celebrate (I like the monkey hat :)): 1. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet Who […] Read more
Category: Holidays
Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Happy Violin Day to You…

Yep, it’s violin day. Hmmm. Guess I’ll celebrate – maybe a couple Kansas tunes? For fun, here’s a few fun violin related products. Enjoy! 1. Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition The bestselling guide to teaching yourself the violin just got better Despite being one of the most popular musical instruments for budding musicians, Read more
Category: Holidays
Mike & ASU Head Coach Bryan Harsin

The Prodigal Son Returns. Bryan Harsin

So, it’s true. Boise native, former player, and former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin returns to become the head football coach at Boise State. Here’s my take (FWIW). When Coach Petersen was lured away to the University of Washington, my initial assumption was that former BSU coach Dirk Koetter, former BSU defensive coordinator Read more
Category: Boise State

Today is Poinsettia Day!

Today commemorates the day American botanist and ambassador Joel Roberts Poinsett died. He originally discovered the Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) in Southern Mexico. Poinsettias are traditionally used as a decorative flower during the Christmas season. Mexicans believe the plants represent the Star of Bethlehem, which is one reason for their Read more
Category: General, Holidays
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