The Weekly Roundup, Volume II

FYI: You may encounter affiliate links in these or other posts of mine. Clicking on these or joining services that they link to can benefit me or Almost Epic directly. But no worries: Absolutely all opinions and thoughts are genuine and my own! #1. Hoosier Hospitality Everyone knows that I love animals. But what you might not know is that underneath my gruff, “I hate people” persona, I actually love when people do the right thing. I […] Read More

Weekly Roundup!

This weekend, beginning with this very post, I’m launching a brand new feature to Almost Epic. I’m calling it, very creatively mind you, the Weekly Roundup! What is it all about, you ask? In an effort to try and keep myself constantly posting original content to this here blog, I’m taking at least five (maybe more!) really cool, really interesting, or maybe even really provocative things here along with my opinion or thoughts on them. I’m essentially […] Read More

Throwing the Book at Facebook

I am distraught by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In case I have any readers who don’t pay specific attention to social media news, let me catch you up. Facebook was recently embroiled in a national scandal after it was revealed that it indirectly supplied personal data about 87 million of its users to a political firm called Cambridge Analytica, who then used it to construct psychological profiles during the 2016 Election to try and influence […] Read More

Birthday Blogging

Once again, I’ve done a little bit of a disappearing act from these pages. If you’re one of my small handful of readers, I greatly apologize! While I always hesitate to describe my life as “hectic” (because there’s always someone way busier than I am), it hasn’t exactly been a slow couple of months. Recently, thanks to a link that I followed from Ma.tt that turned into a link that turned into another link, I’ve opted […] Read More

Battle for the Net

The Internet has revolutionized our society and the world. That’s why it’s imperative to make sure it remain free and open. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) want to end net neutrality so they can control what we see and do online. They want to gut FCC rules, and then pass bad legislation that allows extra fees, throttling and censorship. But Congress can put a stop to all of this. Please make your […] Read More

The End of “AIM” Era

In less than a month, AOL Instant Messenger will be shut down for good. For a lot of ’90s children, it’s the end of an era. Many of us grew up chatting away on AIM to our school friends and, in some cases, making friends elsewhere. I made a lot of friends elsewhere, as a matter of fact, because the world was different then. We weren’t afraid of “strangers from the internet” just yet (even […] Read More

Facing Facebook

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Let me explain. I love that Facebook has managed to bring practically everyone together. Facebook made an innovative community. It even more or less killed off MySpace, what had been the industry standard beforehand. And let’s be honest: It wasn’t hard to do. Facebook provided more structured, standardized profile pages. They made it easy and transparent. And it can be argued that they still need to do some work on […] Read More

Carrying On

My dream job rejected me this week. The past couple of weeks, I’ve been engaging in the interview process at Automattic, the company behind my personal favorite internet product WordPress and its sister service WordPress.com. Towards the end of June, deciding to take a greater interest in the WordPress community, I started frequenting the WordPress.com and Automattic sites more often in search of new resources or an opportunity to connect with fellow bloggers. While I […] Read More

Chasing the Digital Dream

You probably think you’re about to read some sappy inspirational shit by clicking on this blog title. Guess what? You’re not wrong! See, I’ve been doing some really cool stuff lately. Stuff that I’m really proud of myself for. Last month, I completed my very first semester of college. I’m 32-years-old and only earned 7 college credits since I’m going part-time, but even that is a huge achievement. I never thought I’d set foot in […] Read More

Minimalist

Welcome to the new Almost Epic! I realize that “new updates” and changes to the look and design of this site are basically a dime a dozen. But while I loved the previous design and really worked hard on making it look fantastic, it dawned on me at some point over the weekend that it didn’t really “fit” the site anymore. The Kleo theme would have made more sense for a website for a big name […] Read More