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Weekly Roundup – It’s Officially Okay to Wear White!

In Weekly Roundup on May 27, 2008 at 8:00 am

Now that Memorial Day revelries have subsided, it’s officially acceptable to parade around in your favorite white outfit for the season.

Whether you’re at work or just hanging out, here are some fashion tips for summer from fellow CPs:

Start with the basics with Fashion Don’ts for Spring and Summer: The Errors to Avoid for the 2008 Fashion Seasons courtesy of the chronicler.

A new addition to the family probably has your hands full, but you can pick up some shopping tips with Summer Fashion Tips for the New Mom, courtesy of Kendra Dahlstrom.

Guys can finally put together that summer wardrobe with a few tips from T.W. Payne; check out Men’s Summer Fashion for some great pointers on beachwear and more.

Embrace your social conscience with some Fair Trade picks; learn about Summer Fashion Without the Sweatshops, courtesy of Farzin Mojtabai & Jason Cangialosi.

Still looking for the perfect hat?  Take a look at Country Gentleman Hats – Elegant Summer Clothing for a tasteful selection of caps and brimmed hats ready for your summer closet.

Turn back the clock with a retro look and pick up some inspiration from days gone by.  Take a look at Vintage Pin-Up Summer Fashion, courtsey of Tanya.

Don’t forget the accessories!  erica williams provides us with the Top Six Bags and Backpacks for Summer Fun.

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Who in the World is Jason Curran?

In Interviews on May 7, 2008 at 6:00 am

jason curranWe count on him to update our pageview counter, unveil the latest AC developments and bring us the most recent updates across AC channels.

Jason Curran has been with AC for over 3 years, a critical part of the web development team and a die-hard fan of all things AC.

I had a chance to squeeze in some Q&A time with this busy coder to find out what in the world Jason does at work, what the average CP can do to improve their content, and what he’s busy doing when he’s not stuck in the office:

S: How did you get started with AC?

J: I joined AC in Feb 2005. Previously I worked with one of the founders and when the site started to take shape they needed more help. As one of the first employees, it has been a great experience building the site, watching it grow into the current platform. We all have a lot of responsibilities, but my main focus is developing the platform and database.

S: What’s the best thing about working for AC?  Why?

J: The challenge of making AC the best place for people to contribute and share their experiences. We are developing a new way of publishing content and everyday I am truly challenged to make the site perform better.

S: Your favorite form of caffeine?

J: Coffee. Large with 3 sugars in the raw.

S: Your biggest pet peeve with the AC Community at large?

J: I have no pet peeve, I am thankful for there contribution and dedication. They provide a lot of great ideas and feedback that goes into the development of the site.

S: Three content categories you’re usually caught reading?

J: Poetry, because I am amazed how many poems that are submitted. Food, because I love eating and finding new recipes and reviews. And I search a lot, the amount of information within all the content is great.


S: Two websites or blogs you visit regularly, outside of AC

J: sfgiants.com, because I am a huge Giants and baseball fan and wikipedia.com, it is a great example of what an online community can create.
I am constantly searching for new sites and ideas, seeqpod.com is a really cool site that is creating a new way of interacting with content.

S: Two must-have items on your desk at AC:

J: My MLB baseballs, music, a little wise man and a jar of Jolly Ranchers.

S: Three hobbies/interests that keep you occupied outside of the AC grind:

J: My kids, it is really fun to share your interests with them and watch them grow. Anything that involves the outdoors, snowboarding, surfing, fishing, camping, mountain-biking, golf, baseball, etc. Eating, I love trying new things, finding a new restaurant, and when I travel I am always planning something around food.

S: Are you a writer yourself?  If so, what style/type of writing do you do?  If not, what other writing-related interests do you have?

J: No, the only thing I can write is code. But I really enjoy a reading, I read the Wall Street Journal everyday, read Wired monthly, and of course associatedcontent.com.


S: Your all-time favorite article?

J: I enjoy the content that has created controversy outside of AC, unfortunately they end up be removed.

S: Three things a CP can do to succeed with Associated Content

J: 1. Create content that is honest, accurate and means something to you. You will be surprised how many other people have similar interests and are actively looking for it on internet.

2. Create a lot of content, the more content you have on the site the more likely you will be found and enjoyed.

3. Tell others about your content on the site, get them to link to it, share it with others.

S: Your favorite quote?

J: “You do not walk off the island” In reference to Raul Mondesi, LA Dodger outfielder at the time, not being selective enough at that plate and striking out swinging to many times. I like it because it says a lot about taking chances and making an impact, a walk is nice but you are never going to hit a home run if you are not swinging for the fences. Aspire to do something great.

Weekly Roundup – Cashing in That Stimulus Check

In Weekly Roundup on May 5, 2008 at 6:00 am

The web is all abuzz with tips on using  that stimulus check on its way for most of us.  Have you made plans for a shopping spree?  Ready to pay off those high-interest credit cards?  Or are you just going to save it and rack up a few dollars of interest this year?

Here’s what CP’s think about this year’s gift from the IRS:

yapbuzz makes it easy to calculate when you’ll actually get your gift with Stimulus Checks Deposited Overnight.

If you’re a struggling content writer like Chadd De Las Casas, you’ll need to read this article on How the Economic Stimulus Plan Could Help Struggling Writers.

Modern Impressionist debates whether the stimulus package is really valuable with Stimulus Package Including Tax Rebate Checks – Too Little, Too Late?

Robbrian joins the critical crew with Stimulus Package – A Deception

If you want to get more bang from your buck, read Shawn Zapalac’s tips on How to Make Money Off the Tax Rebate.

Play it smart and avoid the temptation of the spending spree with decker’s tips:  Rebates Will Be Coming – A Few Tips to Spend Wisely.

Look on the brighter side of the tax rebate debate with JMichol’s article The Proposed Economic Stimulus Package Will Help My Family.