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Trying to build a new site…

For anyone that has stumbled upon this blog, it is rather dormant recently because I am working on building a blog into my official site.  As such, I haven’t been blogging much here.  Just wanted to clarify!

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Go check it out!  I think I got the design pretty much set up the way I like, for now at least.  I will be adding a lot of new content over the next few days/weeks.  Not really sure how I will market it as something that anyone should care about, but I did put quite a bit of time into the site design and think it looks pretty slick.

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So I have been working on a lot of web design stuff recently, trying to update my html and css skills while learning some javascript, and I came across a pretty amazing thing.  For a while I was frustrated about the lack of fonts available in standard browsers.

Not anymore.  Check the link and have fun!

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Everyone who has to make PowerPoint presentations should really take a look at this article.  Seriously, designing a good slide isn’t very difficult, and Joshua provides some great tips in this article.  Especially with presentations coming up during finals week/the end of the school year, this advice will help you make something the class can actually enjoy.

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Websites, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Being the president of a fraternity, I get to know a lot of new members pretty well.  Last year I managed their new membership education program.  This year, I am also trying to assist my vice president set up a substantial member education system that includes real world training.  Topics include etiquette, study habits, financial education, etc.  But most recently, we discussed employment practices.

Interviewing and resumes are always important in hiring decisions, but I think the application process is changing dramatically with the digital environment.  From what I can tell, networking has always been probably one of the most important aspects of who gets hired, and with social networking moving online, our generation has to be ready to take advantage of any of the numerous channels that connect people.

LinkedIn is probably the most obvious professional networking tool out there right now.  I set up a profile just this last month.  It was easy, took about 15 minutes, and already has connected me to about 30-40 friends and contacts.  Many are alums of the fraternity or coworkers of my parents.  Others are current colleagues from the Greek community, classes, or employees at the State Capitol, or are professors at the university.  Whether or not these people will lead me to a direct job offer is still unknown, but why not increase my chances with such a short investment.

Similarly, why students don’t use the Husker Hire Link set up by the university is beyond me.  There are tons of jobs posted, with about 20 just set up over this last weekend.  And these range from career positions to summer availabilities to internships and co-opts.  Finding work at college should not be an issue…

Twitter is a little bit less obvious; I see a lot of people using it definitely as a social tool, like a Facebook status update.  But I feel like if Twitter is used correctly, it should be something applicants tell their interviewers to check out.  Why not put that information on your resume?  It should give others another level of connection to your life, something that can only be partially achieved in interviews.  So many of my friends disregard Twitter as being too “hipster” or “nerdy,” like it is some techy-fad.  Maybe it is, but again, why not just set up an account and start making some original content?

Finally, people should be considering setting up their own personal website.  Our generation (as this blog has discussed several times before) is very much a digital one.  Whether it is true or not, our future employers are going to expect us to be tech-savy.  Having a personal website is probably the best way to prove this.  html and css are not hard to learn; I taught myself the basics in junior high.  It wasn’t until the beginning of this semester and through a JOUR class that I realized I should be putting these skills to use (even if just as a hobby).  Again, being able to put nickholle.com down on a resume, even linking additional information to the site, will probably be a decision I make when applying for jobs in the future.  I can link school coursework, artwork, design projects, essays, accomplishments, pictures, whatever I want, all on a domain that is completely my creation.  Even if this stuff isn’t necessarily related to the job I am applying for, they are still skills I have…

This rant more or less is directed at anyone who thinks having tools like this isn’t necessary.  You might be right; you can probably get a job without these profiles.  But then again, if there are two competing similar applicants, same qualifications, but one with professional social networking skills, who do you think is going to be hired? 

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Weekly (Monthly?) Ad Review - Week 2

So maybe “weekly” wasn’t such a good title for these ad reviews, seeing as how the last one was clear back in late February.  Each week I have been collecting advertisements I want to discuss, but when the time to review these cases comes along, I end up doing something else (sleeping, web design, fraternity work, or school stuff… usually in that order).  Anyways, I have a few good ones to discuss and I also have some free time, so lets do it!

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I thought this article was relevant.  I agree there are probably too many uninteresting blogs out there, and mine probably falls into this category for most internet users.  The biggest problem I see with most blogs is that they lack new content, something I at least try to avoid.  So many people today opt to simply re-post an article or video, or more commonly, retweet a short fragment.  While this content might not necessarily take up much storage space (as it is just linking in other content), it does seem to clutter the web with unoriginality.  When web-surfers then go looking for something cool and new, they have to sort through all the other stuff.

All the statistics out there seem overwhelming and given that I probably come no where near the thousand visitor mark, maybe my blog will be one of the millions that simply drops off after this class finishes.  I hope not; while my topic may shift slightly, I personally enjoy the blogging experience.  I may shift from a media-related blog to a simply creative, possibly short fiction, focused site.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, this content will also probably fully manifest once I transition over to nickholle.com, my own website I hope to build soon (summer 2011?).

And if anyone disagrees about the idea that blogging unoriginal content isn’t fun, creative, or cool, feel free to keep doing it, as I will probably continue not searching for it.

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Who says Lincoln has nothing fun to do?  This spring break, one of my weekends was spent downtown at The Zoo Bar, Duffy’s Tavern, and The Bourbon listening to some of Lincoln’s best local music.  I think someone said it was the 6th annual recurrence of the festival?  Regardless, for $7 a night or $15 for three, ears were treated to some great sounds.  While primarily hipster alternative rock, there was everything from poetry plus acoustic guitar to heavy (which apparently means loud) metal rock, plenty of country and bluegrass, and even some electronica (if that’s what you would label it…).  I’ve recorded and posted 15 videos of several bands, now on YouTube.  Please note, these recordings are via a Droid, but still provide decent audio and video; sorry for any name, date, location mistakes.  The worst thing about recordings is the bands would play a really cool song and then I would record a less cool song; so basically know the shows only got better than as displayed here.




The first night I got out later than I hoped, only catching 3 or 4 bands.  But still, I knew right away that this was going to be a great event.  Crowd sizes the first night were less, given that it was a Thursday.  Still, this actually probably made for better atmosphere.  Not having to struggle to get a drink and seat (or at least decent place to stand) was nice and you could actually hear the quieter bands.
The second night my friend ran into an unforeseen problem: while Duffy’s was clearly just 21+, the Zoo Bar also switched to this policy for the weekend.  Thus a lot of the night was limited to the Bourbon.  Still, the Really Rotten's energy and Solid Gold's groove were awesome.  I also caught a lot of solo acts which were impressive; I didn't like these groups as much, but definitely recognize how difficult it would be to hold down a larger audience with quieter (yet still quality) music.
Night three was my favorite.  My friend was allowed back into the Zoo Bar (even if that was a misunderstanding) and we got to see a lot of my favorite bands from the event.  South of Lincoln (a solo act) had probably the most meaningful and interesting music that I heard that weekend.  Drinking some Empyrean Chaco Canyon Honey Ale, we stuck around at the Zoo Bar for a while to see Lloyd McCarter and The Honky Tonk Revival.  This group was probably most organized; they had great sound and knew what they wanted to play.  The musicians were talented and the group got the crowd up and dancing, even if this was often dangerous in the limited space.
But nothing could prepare me for The Show is the Rainbow.  If you’ve never had a chance to see this guy, you are missing out.  I honestly can’t do the show justice with words.  Expect a lot of energy, body sweat, and strange sounds.  Personally, I thought a lot of the chaos may not have sounded the best, but who cares!?  The show was wild, a definite great ending to the 2011 Lincoln Exposed.  I’m already looking forward to next year.
For a complete list of all who played, click here!

Who says Lincoln has nothing fun to do?  This spring break, one of my weekends was spent downtown at The Zoo Bar, Duffy’s Tavern, and The Bourbon listening to some of Lincoln’s best local music.  I think someone said it was the 6th annual recurrence of the festival?  Regardless, for $7 a night or $15 for three, ears were treated to some great sounds.  While primarily hipster alternative rock, there was everything from poetry plus acoustic guitar to heavy (which apparently means loud) metal rock, plenty of country and bluegrass, and even some electronica (if that’s what you would label it…).  I’ve recorded and posted 15 videos of several bands, now on YouTube.  Please note, these recordings are via a Droid, but still provide decent audio and video; sorry for any name, date, location mistakes.  The worst thing about recordings is the bands would play a really cool song and then I would record a less cool song; so basically know the shows only got better than as displayed here.

The first night I got out later than I hoped, only catching 3 or 4 bands.  But still, I knew right away that this was going to be a great event.  Crowd sizes the first night were less, given that it was a Thursday.  Still, this actually probably made for better atmosphere.  Not having to struggle to get a drink and seat (or at least decent place to stand) was nice and you could actually hear the quieter bands.

The second night my friend ran into an unforeseen problem: while Duffy’s was clearly just 21+, the Zoo Bar also switched to this policy for the weekend.  Thus a lot of the night was limited to the Bourbon.  Still, the Really Rotten's energy and Solid Gold's groove were awesome.  I also caught a lot of solo acts which were impressive; I didn't like these groups as much, but definitely recognize how difficult it would be to hold down a larger audience with quieter (yet still quality) music.

Night three was my favorite.  My friend was allowed back into the Zoo Bar (even if that was a misunderstanding) and we got to see a lot of my favorite bands from the event.  South of Lincoln (a solo act) had probably the most meaningful and interesting music that I heard that weekend.  Drinking some Empyrean Chaco Canyon Honey Ale, we stuck around at the Zoo Bar for a while to see Lloyd McCarter and The Honky Tonk Revival.  This group was probably most organized; they had great sound and knew what they wanted to play.  The musicians were talented and the group got the crowd up and dancing, even if this was often dangerous in the limited space.

But nothing could prepare me for The Show is the Rainbow.  If you’ve never had a chance to see this guy, you are missing out.  I honestly can’t do the show justice with words.  Expect a lot of energy, body sweat, and strange sounds.  Personally, I thought a lot of the chaos may not have sounded the best, but who cares!?  The show was wild, a definite great ending to the 2011 Lincoln Exposed.  I’m already looking forward to next year.

For a complete list of all who played, click here!

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nickholle.com launches (purchased, at least).

Probably will be moving content over to my new domain name soon, but until the end of the semester it will also serve as my JOUR 165 homework website.  So expect some strange content up there for a bit.

Still, exciting.  Now I own the rights to a webpage of my name.  Strange to think it could be otherwise.

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Made by a friend and fellow Beta Sig at Epsilon.  As I just finished my Midterm due prior to break, I am officially free for a week and thus have these beats pumping.  Have a fun, safe, and full Spring Break friends.

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.