monster domain name extension
There is a new Top-Level Domain (TLD) extension, .Monster, that was recently launched by XYZ.com LLC (“XYZ”).  Currently, the .Monster domain is in the sunrise phase.  The sunrise phase is the launch period, February 18th to March 20, 2019, that is reserved for registration by trademark holders. The domain extension then enters the Early Access Period (EAP), March 21st to March 28, 2019.  The EAP is a phase for priority registrations; meaning, you will pay a significantly higher price for the early registration of a .Monster domain. On April 1, 2019, the TLD will enter its final phase, General Availability,
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Plugins for Grid Layouts
In this blog post, I discuss 13 WordPress plugins that enable you to create grid layouts on your website.  A grid layout is a sleek and modern way to display content.  Before I get to my awesome list, let me briefly discuss the types of grids. Types of Grids In a grid layout, content is displayed in a format comprised of rows and columns.  There are different grid styles that are used to display web content.  For example, in an even layout, the items are the same size and symmetrically displayed.  In a masonry layout, however, the height of the items
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.DEV domain extension
The new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD), .Dev, is a domain extension for those who want a developer- or technology-related domain name.  Google owns the .Dev gTLD, and domain names can be registered with that extension on Google Domains and at other domain registrars. New domain name extensions go through three launch phases: Sunrise, Landrush, and the General Availability period.  I will not go into the details about these three periods, but I will give a summary. Sunrise is a window of time in which only trademark owners can register their domain names with the new extension, while Landrush is an
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Amazon Fresh Delivery
A few days ago, I decided to try the Amazon Fresh delivery service. I am glad that I did. I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime (affiliate link) for quite some time now, and I really enjoy using Prime.  While Prime has so much to offer, I keep the service for the television shows and movies–and the free shipping and faster product delivery. My thinking was that Amazon is so good at delivery, the company’s grocery delivery service must be outstanding too.  Plus, Amazon bought and now owns Whole Foods so it seemed that the delivered items would be local, fresh,
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Getting Started with vidIQ
If you are a YouTuber, you too may be interested in using vidIQ which is a tool that provides analytics for your YouTube channel.  It is FREE to sign up and use the Basic plan. Signing Up for vidIQ I heard a lot of good things about vidIQ, so I was very eager to sign up to use the service.  I am glad I signed up, because I am very impressed with vidIQ. It is worth noting, however, that I tried to sign up on their website several times, but I kept getting a reCAPTCHA error message–even though there was
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Amazon Advertising Fees
I recently applied to the Amazon Associates Program, and I am still familiarizing myself with all of the material on the Amazon Associates Central website for affiliates. One of the first things I wanted to figure out is how much money I can earn from advertising products on my website. Makes sense, right? Amazon does not pay its associates a flat commission percentage for all of its products.  Instead, the company pays its affiliates fees based on percentages that differ by product category. More specifically, when an associate refers a customer who makes a qualifying purchase of a product on
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Applied to Amazon Affiliate Program
Today, I applied to Amazon’s affiliate program, called the “Amazon Associates Program.”  I received an email indicating that my profile is now active. However, as I understand it, I now have an Associate account, but I am not fully an Associate yet. There are three steps to becoming an affiliate for Amazon.  First, you have to submit an application. Done. Second, according to the email I received from Amazon, I have to start advertising on my site to “drive at least three qualified sales within 180 days” .  If I don’t meet that requirement, my Associate account will be terminated. Third,
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collaboration app
Trello is a collaboration application that helps you organize your work or home-related projects.  If you want to use a mobile productivity tool to create to-do lists, share files, and collaborate with others, then you might be interested in Trello. I should note that the application is web-based, and you are required to create an account with Trello.  That also means you can either access Trello with your computer’s web browser or with a mobile device. In this blog post, I will only focus on the Trello mobile app. With that said, here is a quick rundown on how the collaboration app works.
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A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post as a long-overdue update to a previous post sharing my desire to get fit again. Unfortunately, I did not get around to publishing that follow-up post. Here’s what I said in that May 26, 2016 unpublished private post:Last summer, I blogged about my plan to get fit again with calisthenic exercises. I explained that a previous injury had sidetracked my workout efforts.   I intended to start an ambitious workout plan that consisted mainly of push ups and pull ups. In addition, I planned to provide frequent updates regarding my weight loss and fitness progress.
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delivery robot
Not too long ago, I saw something on television or online about a robot designed to make deliveries to consumers. Over the past several weeks, I have spotted, on several different occasions,  a six-wheeled robot roving about the streets of Washington, D.C. I was surprised to see the technology in action so soon.  My wife also saw the robot in D.C.  We were both very impressed by what we saw. Yesterday, I saw the delivery robot on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street. I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a picture of the robot. I noticed that there
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Yards Park
Yesterday, my wife and I had lunch at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of Southeast Washington, DC. Yards Park is a spectacular part of the riverfront area. I love the scenic views of the Anacostia River, the charming boardwalk, modern sky bridge, serene water fountain and shallow pool, the sprawling green grass, and the numerous sitting areas and spots for recreation and performances. The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a mixed use area with retail space, condos, apartments, and office buildings. Some of the commercial establishments there include Vida Fitness, Philz Coffee (just opened yesterday), Kruba Thai and Sushi, Ice Cream Jubilee, Potbelly’s (that’s where my
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The universe is incomprehensible. However, I still spend a lot of time pondering our place in it. I have struggled to wrap my mind around the sheer vastness of deep space. The distances from Earth to the other planets in our solar system is staggering. It is mind boggling to think about the distances of the outer planets given that there may be billions of galaxies. Recently, I have been thinking more deeply about how inhospitable it is in outer space. More specifically, how so many planets are hellish realms with extreme temperatures, violent storms, and toxic atmospheres. That led me to think further about space exploration and what inhabiting a celestial body would entail.
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Art Collage
Merriam-Webster contains simple and full definitions for words in its online dictionary. The dictionary’s simple definition of an artist is “a person who creates art.” That implies that anyone who creates a piece of art is an artist. After all, art is essentially the tangible manifestation of imagination, and we all have an imagination, right? So, of course, any person who uses a medium to express something imagined could be called an artist. Moreover, it could be argued that, under Merriam-Webster’s simple definition of artist, a person might even be considered an artist if he or she fortuitously created something that’s perceived by others to be art. While I’d love to
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Autodesk SketchBook - Drawing App
I have been getting acquainted with a drawing app that I believe will help me create more artwork and transition from traditional drawing to digitally sketched artwork. I am used to creating doodles and sketches on notepads and on miscellaneous pieces of paper that I find in my home.  Over the years, I never really maintained or organized my illustrations. Consequently, I lost, damaged, and discarded a lot of my drawings. So I’ve been on the lookout for solutions for digitizing my doodles and sketches. I want to produce and preserve more artwork. To that end, I devised an interim multi-step process of saving my sketches until I find the ideal solution for digitizing my artwork.
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Bounce TV recently released an app that allows you to watch television shows from the network on your mobile device. You can use the app to watch, on demand, full episodes of Bounce TV series. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the background of Bounce TV, it’s a broadcast television network that features programming focused on African Americans. In fact, according to Bounce TV’s website, it is “the first African American broadcast network,” and its “founders include Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young.” Now, let’s get back to the app. The Bounce TV app is free, and it’s available via iTunes and
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Crowd at groundbreaking event
Today, the District of Columbia held a groundbreaking event for its new Inclusive Innovation Incubator that will be located on Howard University’s campus. The incubator, scheduled to open in Fall 2016, will be a venture capital hub that will promote technology and innovation opportunities for underrepresented businesses in the District. The new, first-of-its-kind hub was made possible due to a partnership between the District and Howard University that was announced a year ago. According to the March 11, 2015 press release from the Office of the Mayor, the effort was designed “to establish DC’s first Technology and Innovation Hub which will
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NASA Sending Artwork to Spae
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is offering people the opportunity to send their artwork into space aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that will launch on September 8, 2016, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The purpose of the OSIRIS-REx mission is to analyze mineral and chemical samples from the asteroid Bennu. It is hoped that material from the asteroid might provide insight relating to the starting point of life. We The Explorers Through an effort called “We the Explorers,” the OSIRIS-REx mission team invites people to share their creative reflections pertaining to the meaning of exploration. The mission’s website, AsteroidMission.org, states that
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Hooray! This is just a quick post to let folks know that Suavington.com recently reached and then quickly surpassed 6,000 followers on Twitter.com Twitter is an amazing social media platform with a vast universe of interesting people, brands, organizations, and businesses. Thanks to those who have followed Suavington.com. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to #follow @Suavington_com.
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Hybrid Supercar
The National Geographic Channel has a new television show that focuses on scientific and technological innovation. The show, Breakthrough, premiered on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. ET. As part of an effort to promote the new show, National Geographic partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to offer free rides from a special fleet of vehicles that included a rare and exotic sports car, the McClaren P1. The promotion was limited to Manhattan and ended last week (the promotion ran from October 27-30, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) so you won’t be able to request a P1 ride through Uber now. I should
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Crowded DC Metro Station
The Metrorail service in the national capital area is extremely beneficial to the region when the train rides are affordable, reliable, and safe—the latter obviously is absolutely critical. However, criticism has been growing over service breakdowns, delays, and safety issues. Even Metro officials have admitted that the system is ‘at a low point’ in terms of reliability, and Metro is experiencing low ridership. But safety has been a very big concern. In fact, Metro’s safety lapses have recently led to a major change regarding how authorities will work to ensure the safety of the Metrorail system. New level of safety enforcement The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates
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smart fortwo
A series of local events are being held across the U.S. to introduce a newly-styled “urban microcar.” The car brand, smart (brand uses all lower case letters) is on a national tour that presents its all-new 2016 smart fortwo (words are intentionally combined) model lineup to locals in several major cities. The National Tour The smart USA Tour (#smartUSATour) (“smart tour”) gives folks in select cities a special opportunity to test drive the car. So far, the smart tour has been to New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. The next stops are Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; and
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There are 7 trillion reasons why CloudFlare deserves the celebratory spotlight. CloudFlare is a popular content delivery network that works in various ways to enhance the performance and security of millions of websites. On Sunday, September 27, 2015, CloudFlare reached its 5th birthday. The week before, CloudFlare celebrated the milestone by convening a summit and throwing a party. The summit, which was held at CloudFlare’s headquarters in San Francisco, addressed the future of the Internet over the next five years. CloudFlare discussed the Internet summit and party, and shared event photos in a September 28, 2015 blog post. The company
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Wooden Bow Ties
Bow ties of the wooden variety are sprouting up around the world and enjoying a splinter of the fashion limelight. While wooden bow ties might evoke a love- or hate-it reaction in some, the style has become trendy and might be settling its roots. Indeed, the ties seem to be growing in popularity. Wooden bow ties are featured in photo shoots, they’re in shops, and the ties seem to be a hit among fashion-savvy millennials–who might ensure the longevity of the wooden bow tie. It’s easy to understand why many men like wooden bow ties.  This type of tie is undeniably masculine, modern, and bold. There
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Google Cloud Spin
Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to take part in an exciting technology demonstration. I attended a Google Developer Group (GDG-DC) event that focused on the Google Cloud Platform–a platform for developing and hosting websites and applications–and featured a really cool application that is powered by the platform. The GDG-DC event was held on July 27, 2015, at Capital One’s headquarters in McLean, VA, and Capital One sponsored the event. The event showcased Google Cloud Spin, an Android-based app that uses multiple smartphones that are configured and positioned in a way to generate a single snapshot of a subject in a 180-degree spin. After the overview of how the app works, the audience was
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Starting calisthenic exercises
A couple of years ago, I could do more than 35 consecutive pull-ups with proper form and without pausing. My push-up game was on point too. I was well over 40 years old, and I felt more than strong—I truly felt physically powerful. Actually, I was. Currently–not so much. Earlier this week, I only managed to do 5 pull ups. F-I-V-E. That’s pathetic! I should note that pull-ups are a good barometer of overall strength. Needless to say, I’ve gotten very weak. Dude, What the Hell Happened? I took a break from working out, and I gained weight. When I
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