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Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Birth of Rock and Roll Music

Billboard magazine – and their accompanying music charts—have been the defining music industry trade magazine since 1894. Any musician who believes they have made look at the Billboard charts for recognition in the music business. Of the top ten albums on the Billboard Rock Albums chart as of August 2012, we see bands like Pierce the Veil, Linkin Park, HellYeah, The Lumineers, Shinedown, fun., Tremonti, Baroness, Gotye, and Of Monsters and Men. None of these artists are or contain African American members, which shows a huge gap between the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s to today. When…

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Create an Original Domain Name

I have been designing websites since 1998 when Yahoo! GeoCities was still only 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…

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There is No Shelter from the Storm: My Naming Convention for Pokémon Go

I picked up Pokémon Go on July 7, 2016, because I wanted to relive my childhood. I had to share a GameBoy with my kid brother, and I watched him defeat the Elite Four of the Kanto region back in the day. We couldn’t afford a separate GameBoy for me, so I played his saved files. I watched the first season religiously. I wrote fanfiction. We collected cards, but we didn’t get far because, again, we were poor. I learned the Poké Rap. I collected the soundtracks. I memorized types. I favored water and psychic types. Still do! I have…

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Tips on Relocating Your Life

Moving is an inevitable part of life. Check out some of my tips to consider when you're moving out. Packing the Goods When packing boxes, create a Word doc or Excel sheet and record the items that end up in that box. Label each box A-1, A-2, A-3 (e.g.- kitchen 1, kitchen 2, kitchen 3, etc,) and pop that info next to the list of items in the box. When you need to find something specific, just ctrl-F to figure out which box it is in if you're not ready to open every box.Pack bathroom & kitchen essentials last. Include…

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Internal Interview Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager

I've interviewed for tons of jobs over the years. One thing that always tripped me up was the simplest of questions: "Do you have any questions for me?"Hiring Manager Oftentimes, they do cover the questions I have going into the interview. But, it's always nice to have other options to fall back on when you're in the heat of the moment. Here are 50 options for you to consider when your go-to won't suffice. Buy this book! By the by, mine is always "what's the dress code?" as I often worked in uniformed corporate environments. I now refuse to work…

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15 Tips on How to Feel Safe in Your Own Home

I've had this in my files for ages, and it's time to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it! Buy this book on Bookshop.org and support indie bookstores! One of my favorite books is "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. It's a deep dive into people who did not trust their instinct and unknowingly put themselves in danger. It got me thinking about what I've done with my own life and how anyone - whether you're a single woman living on her own for the first time or you have a growing family - could make…

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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. The Killers - made up of lead singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist David Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer, and percussionist Ronnie Vannucci - became an outfit after Flowers answered a newspaper ad…

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That’s Not My Name: Ethnicity and the Writer’s Life

I am an introvert. I find small talk exhausting, and being around the general public makes me feel like I am on The Truman Show. It feels like I'm only being spoken to because it's part of their job as an actor in the story of my life. The worst feeling in the world for someone like me is walking into a room of people you have never met before with your name plastered on a sticker. Your primary directive is to glad-handle everybody and their grandmother for the sake of networking. A typical script: (deep breath) “Hi, hello, my…

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Tutorial: An Intermediate Guide to Social Media Hashtags and How They Work with Examples!

You’re here because you're someone who has a brand that encourages you to be active on social media, or you're biting the bullet and building yours from the ground up. If you’re like me, you post most of your content from your phone on the fly. Many big brands (and small ones, too!) use programs that allow them to post on a schedule. My favorite is Buffer (not an affiliate link). If you’re a one-person shop, don’t stress yourself and wonder if you need to have scheduled posts. You don’t. You've got enough on your plate! Whether you like it…

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69 Financially Conscious (Okay, Cheap) Date Night Ideas

Taking your significant other out on a date is a fundamental part of getting to know one another. You're testing the waters, and you want to see if they're into the same things you are. People significantly change when thrown into social situations. Take me, for example, I avoid them at all costs, and I have to pump myself up to do anything where there are loads of people. I remind myself that I'm the NPC in these other people's lives, as they are in mine. What they do doesn't affect me. My boyfriend and I have our ups and…

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Tutorial: Send and receive external emails through Gmail

One of my favorite features of Gmail is the fact that you can send emails from your other accounts without having to log in to them separately. 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, of which I have a fair few! My fanlisting emails are sent to and from fan@gpacheco.org. Any email sent to fan@gpacheco.org is forwarded to my Gmail account. When I reply to those emails, it appears as though it comes from @gpacheco.org and not Gmail,…

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How to: Make Your Own Instagram Puzzle Template

I'm excited to share this DIY tutorial with you because I learned it myself quite recently. I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if anything is missing! I know the trend is to rely on Canva to create stunning images for you to post on social media. I'm not knocking them. It works for a lot of people. But, I think it's contributing to the cookie-cutter look of graphic design nowadays. If you want to parrot everyone else's aesthetic, then more power to you. I'm a little old school; I use Photoshop. I don't even have a fancy…

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