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Some tout them as low-interest rate loans, others as “free money.” So, which is it?

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This is a massively dry, boring topic, of course, and unrelated to web development. But, as a digital marketer, I find it interesting, as it’s a fine example of the intersection between advertising technique and ethics.

You see, for the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing ads for PPP loans — especially in my Facebook feed. At first, I ignored them, as I didn’t think they applied to me (as a self-employed individual). …

… with direct links to their career portals!

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Let’s face it: Well-known brands look good on resumes. I was thinking lately that it would be useful to gather lists of well-known brands and link out to their career pages. Sure, you could find these on your own. But, for me, a nice well-thought-out list would come in handy. (Besides, as a web developer, it’s interesting to me to compare and contrast UX design on major web sites.)

So, for starters, I threw together a list of some highly well-known, well-respected brands that I’d love to work for as a writer…

Here’s a roadmap for you to downshift into less intense television, freeing you from “Breaking Bad prison.”

Image by Dennis Buntrock from Pixabay. NOTE: This piece originally appeared on my Vocal.Media page, in response to a specific writing challenge.

⚠️ Note: This article contains a few spoilers regarding the shows Breaking Bad, Ozark, and Good Girls. Also noteworthy is that this article was written on Bryan Cranston’s 65th birthday (3–7–21). Somehow, I found a suitable royalty-free image, above, to go with this!

Well, yes, but you *could* argue that it doesn’t!

Photo by malith d karunarathne on Unsplash. NOTE: This article originally appeared on my Vocal.Media page, here.

I hesitate to share this article, as I’m neither an astronomer nor an astrophysicist, though some have called me a lunatic. But, years ago, curiosity got the best of me and I went in search of some specific information — and found it! So, in the name of Vocal’s “(Un)Common Knowledge” challenge, this is my contribution. (To clarify: I certainly didn’t come up with the following! It’s pretty basic science and well known by those in the field. Yet, most normal people I’ve met definitely don’t know this.)

The question in…

… and now I can never visit Russia.

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash. NOTE: This fictional work originally appeared on my Vocal.Media account, here.

I always suspected they were watching, as my frequent and fevered Bejeweled Blitz sessions routinely push the expected limits of gem-chasing intensity. Where newbie and casually mainstream players swipe at painfully obvious three-tile matches, aimlessly passing the hours of their simple lives, CIA analysis of my historic (and continuing) gameplay clearly demonstrates an uncanny propensity for setting up powerful three-plus-gem matches, exploding the board into impossibly endless cascades and prompting unparalleled, nonstop deep-voiced adulation from the game’s narrator.

Oh sure, other noteworthy (and even “great”) players exist, as I’ve been told (albeit…

Wearing cat t-shirts and rock & roll t-shirts into executive offices.

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On my way to an online meeting this morning, my wife stopped me. She seemed downright concerned and asked, “You’re not really going to wear that cat t-shirt on video, are you?”

I definitely, 100%, was going to wear it, I assured her. “I mean, it’s an internet job, isn’t it? What kind of internet guy would I represent myself as if I didn’t wear a cat t-shirt? That’s the real question.”

Will it be an update or a full-on migration? And, what kind of planning should you be doing now?

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At some point in the fairly near-ish future, as of this writing (March 2021), the next major release of Joomla! (Joomla! 4) will come out. If you’ve already got a current Joomla! site, it’s hopefully a Joomla! 3.9.x site, as Joomla! version 3 has been out since September 2012.

It wasn’t long before that when I got into specializing in Joomla-based web development, a choice that’s kept me gainfully employed the whole time. (I’ve told many others: Joomla!’s …

Some lessons about customer service and being a caring corporate entity.

NOT a Penske truck pictured here, obviously. But, I needed a truck photo for this article and did not want to soil my page with something as unsightly as their logo. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

Recently, we went on a one-way long-haul trip from Portland to St. Louis. After researching rental trucks based on pricing, we ultimately decided on Penske (over U-Haul and Budget). Pricings differed widely for the basic rental but, once you crunched the numbers with all of the add-ons (insurance, moving blankets, etc.), Penske came out a bit cheaper. So, we went with them.

Then we set out across America. It was February, which meant cold weather and the possibility of running into trouble. …

Diet, Weight Loss, Health

And here’s how I’m feeling.

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Usually, when I want to tune up my diet, I return to raw vegan foods for a while — salads, nut dips, smoothies, etc. I actually love all of those things, anyway, and they’re super-healthy no matter what diet you’re following. So, if/when I slip back into eating too much pizza (and/or other rich food that makes me gain weight), raw vegan food offers a dependable reset. I talk about this in what somehow became a mini-viral post of mine:

This time around, though, my wife found some interesting stories about the “all-potato diet.” …

An idea with many go-to lists to get started

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Sometimes, even though we’re writers by vocation, we just need a prompt to get us going. For me, I’m busy with a few WIPs, and to be honest sometimes feel like I’ve touched on every topic imaginable when it comes to writing about writing. I got to thinking that writing about writing might be easier if someone were to ask me questions about it.

From there, I though of this as a writing prompt idea: Seek out some author interviews online, copy down the questions, and then answer them as a published article (not necessarily here in The Writing Cooperative

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