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With the installation of a president I do not support and women on seven continents protesting said installation who I stand with, I turned inward to my own journey and what it took to get me here. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. We’re so concerned about what is going on outside, in the news, and in our neighbor’s yard that we often never stop to say, “what about ME? What are they doing that affects ME?” Today I am here to tell you that it is okay to be SELFISH. Take care of you first. Something doesn’t feel right, you just can’t shake that cough you’ve had for weeks now? Go to the doctor. Have some spare time, even just ten minutes? Go outside, enjoy the sunshine, take your dog for a walk. I bet you’re like the many people I know and love, and you’ll logically…

#RatedNC2017: Create an Original Domain Name

I have been designing websites since 1998, when it was GeoCities and not Yahoo! GeoCities. I learned how to code in HTML, all on my own. My very first website was *NSYNC Revolution, a fansite about the boy band *NSYNC. I was constantly at odds with my family because if someone picked up the house phone, I would be kicked off the Internet and I’d have to start all over again. Am I showing my age yet? I didn’t invest in my own domain name until about 2000, when I purchased metal-idol.net. It was to be my first vanity domain name, and housed my various projects such as my fanlistings and my blog. The name was inspired by one of my favorite anime, Key the Metal Idol. Over the years, I’ve been through quite a few domain names. Most of them were inspired by music (nothingbutsong) and strings of words…

Send and receive emails through Gmail

Another perusal of my files yielded this tutorial I’d been working on since July 2015. All screenshots and information are valid as of the published date. One of my favorite features of Gmail is the fact that you can send emails from other accounts without having to login to them. I like to have vanity emails for all of my different projects. It helps me to categorize where my mail is coming from for all of my different domains, without having to login to them separately. My fanlisting emails are sent to and from fan@bangingtune.net. Any email sent to fan@bangingtune.net is forwarded to my Gmail account. When I reply to those emails, it appears as though it comes from @bangingtune.net and not Gmail, while utilizing Gmail’s intuitive interface. Furthermore, I have a filter, so that any mail sent to fan@bangingtune.net gets sent to a specific box within Gmail. It automatically…

The Killers: Insert “Killing” Cliche Here

An edited version was published in the April 2, 2005 edition of College of Southern Nevada’s Coyote Press.

What if I told you that there’s a song on Top 40 radio dedicated to our humble town?

“Somebody told me/that you had a boyfriend/that looked like a girlfriend/that I had in February of last year.”

Who hasn’t dated someone in Vegas that didn’t look androgynous? If so, send them my digits.

You Know You’ve Been Watching Too Much of The Alliance of Destiny When…

You call your teachers “Professor Smith” or “Professor Jones” when a simple “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones” will suffice. You believe Voldemort is in the shrimp dimension. You believe love conquers all. You get migraines and scream “Department of Mysteries!” You eyeball a blond father and son when you’re shopping and think they’re Lucius and Sark. You name your Sim Anastasia Darcy or Meliza Masterson. You go to grassy fields and try to resurrect dead Amazon warriors. You deadhead your mother’s roses, wondering if they were Meliza’s singing ones. Your mother runs a charity organization. You realize that your best friend’s dad and your dad were rivals in school. One of your guy friends has really beautiful green eyes. You find 2 black books and think they’re the Books of Living and the Dead. At an abandoned shack near school, you find a sassy blonde woman kicking someone’s ass. You…

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