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Book Review: Crush It!

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Web maven and wine connoisseur Gary Vaynerchuk has got a new book out, and it's not about wine. Gary's latest book provides an overview of building a personal brand and how to start killing it online. Gary's book, Crush It!: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion, is great for anyone still scratching their heads about the world of social media.

This book review is best described from the viewpoint of my grandmother and small business owner, Seattle Sutton. She started her diet-delivery business in 1985 with the sole goal of paying her grandkids' college tuition. After her 5 children begot 14 grandchildren, she knew she had to hustle. (For the record: she's met her goal. Thanks, grandma!) But the Internet is unlike many other media she's had to interact with throughout her life. Just as her business grew up with radio and television, her customers are growing up with the Internet and have a different set of expectations. She's confused by this world and needs a primer. Crush It! is the perfect primer for her.

Guest Post: Buying Meat on a Student Budget

This post is sponsored by Beer Tees Season Favorite:  Fun Halloween Costumes Popular Product:  Pabst Beer T Shirts Most Popular Category:  Beer T Shirts   Sure you might not be barbequing now that we’re moving into the fall, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t get some quality meat. This is a guest post submitted ...

Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee

This post is sponsored by Beer Tees Season Favorite:  Fun Halloween Costumes Popular Product:  Pabst Beer T Shirts Most Popular Category:  Beer T Shirts   Hello! I shot this little video going over how I make my perfect cup of coffee (twice) daily. Enjoy! For more coffee-related posts and videos, check out our coffee week!

Blog the Olympics, Courtesy of Microsoft

This post is sponsored by Beer Tees Season Favorite:  Fun Halloween Costumes Popular Product:  Pabst Beer T Shirts Most Popular Category:  Beer T Shirts   Blog the Olympics. Courtesy of Microsoft. Secret: if you start a blog, you will get bombarded by PR people. 99% of it falls into the “noise” category. Every once in ...

Sponsor: Introducing Beer Tees

This post is sponsored by Beer Tees Season Favorite:  Fun Halloween Costumes Popular Product:  Pabst Beer T Shirts Most Popular Category:  Beer T Shirts We’re pretty picky about our sponsors, which is probably why you don’t see many of them around here. Today we’re pleased to announce one that goes well with what we’re about: ...

Introducing the Bibliograph! Bookmarklet

Contrary to their claims, many bibliography services out there are just not that easy to use. You have to sign up for an account or install some funky Firefox plugin. We here at HackCollege set out to change the way people think build bibliographies for papers. Introducing, the Bibliograph! bookmarklet. Once it’s in your toolbar and ...

The Move to 21

Image courtesy of flickr user TheTruthAbout… Unbeknownst to most of our generation, the drinking age was–kind of recently–below the age of 21. In fact, it wasn’t until the National Minimum Drinking Age Act that the United States mandated that all states change the legal purchase age to 21. Before then, it varied by state. I ...

Featured Desk Space: Orian’s Bedroom

Orian makes the best use out of a narrow on-campus room. Today’s featured desk space comes from Orian, an aeronautical engineering major at Rensselaer in Troy, NY. He’s living in an on-campus apartment what houses 3 other dudes. It seems that the HackCollege readers are ultra-productive and have the two monitors to prove it. Orian’s ...

How to Find the Best Coffee Beans in Your Area

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Beans, beans the magical fruit. Image from flickr user nate steiner

When it comes to most things, the final product will be crappy if the initial ingredients are crappy, jungle juice being the exception. Because coffee is by now a twice-daily part of your life, shouldn't you treat it with some respect? Today, we'll be talking about getting the best beans in your area.

When it comes to coffee beans, there's the order of quality is usually based on where (non-geographically) the beans come from. In descending order: your backyard farm, a coffee shop that knows what it's doing (e.g. Intelligentsia, Philz, Blue Bottle), a fru fru grocery store (like Whole Foods or Bristol Farms), a local, mediocre coffee shop, Starbucks and its competitors and finally run-of-the-mill grocery stores (Safeway, Ralph's, Vons, etc.).

How to Super-Suite Your Dorm Room

4 beds, 1 room Last week, reader Ben Torell submitted his desk setup for our regular Featured Desk Space feature. He also mentioned something in his email I think deserves its own separate post. I had debated about doing this my sophomore year, but never quite got around to it with my roommates. It’s called ...

Google Docs to Blackboard, “Your days are numbered”

Is it true? Did Christmas come early? I read TechCrunch yesterday morning and just about couldn’t believe it. Google has launched a home page for students (kind of, see picture). The page is a landing page for Google Docs, with Google Doc templates for RAs, TAs and other student leaders. Even in the first ...

Featured Desk Space: Simple Serenity

Today’s featured desk space comes from Jared Catapano, an intern over at the Ology on Campus! blog. Jared’s setup seems focuses around serenity and simplicity. His 1968 Multisonic receiver powers the speakers in his room, while he’s rocking the 15″ Powerbook G4. He’s picked up an iMage webcam to mimick the iSight of the recent ...