Curing Austin’s Cedar Fever with Teatime Domains

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If you’re fortunate enough to move or live in Central Texas for an extended period of time, then you’ll become quite familiar with a term not as common to the rest of the US: Cedar Fever. 🤧

What’s interesting is that I didn’t suffer with Cedar Fever or any sort of allergies until being here in Austin for nearly seven (7) years.

It was as if someone flipped a switch, then I became allergic to everything under the sun, specifically Cedar. 😷

From November to March of each year, “The Austin Plague” sideline a number of new and longtime Austinites.

In fact, Cedar Fever is so bad here in Austin that there are days that the trees appear to be on fire because of how thick their pollen is when bursting into the air. 🔥

Plume after plume of cedar fill the air like a wildfire’s smoke plumes. Some days it limits line of sight for flying and driving occasionally.

Personally, I’ve become addicted to curing and staying ahead of Cedar Fever using the Neti Pot or Rinse Starter, and religiously having daily teatimes of tea and warm lemon water.

I drink all sorts of tea, but mostly English Breakfast is my go-to tea, also known as premium black tea.

However, the other day I was rummaging through my assorted jars of tea and came across two different teas: Blackberry, and Organic Chamomile with Lavender.

Forget to register the .com with that .tv domain…?

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From time to time, I stumble upon churches making good use of domains to promote their church and share their ministry with the world.

This past weekend, I was invited to sit on a panel at my church, MosaicChurchAustin.com. Mosaic hosted Every Nation’s 2018 Conference here in Austin March 2-3.

Impacting Media Through Conscious Intention

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We’re all impacted, whether positive, negative, or in between, by the media in which we consume and produce. No matter how small or large our platforms, we’re all producing and consuming media powerhouses.

I was reminded of these very thoughts as I strolled by a poster tacked to a Rudy’s Bulletin Board on my way to consuming some breakfast taco goodness. 🤤

Is .us domain extension for “Us” or “US”, or both?

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Most folks surfing the web are quite familiar with typing domains into web browsers and appending legacy extensions — .com, .net, and .org.

Most United States (US) based internet users have routinely used and come to expect most domains ending in .com for the last 30+ years and counting.

However, most non United States internet users routinely use their respective country code top-level domain (ccTLD) as the primary extension for their websites.

I’ve long known about the United States country code top-level domain: .us. The .us ccTLD was created as the Internet’s first ccTLD February 15, 1985 (33 years old as of last week and counting). In addition, ccTLDs consists of two letters and there were 255 ccTLD domains as of May 20, 2017.

And although .us has been around for quite some time, rarely do I ever encounter as many .us domains in use as I have in the last 6-9 months.  In fact, just the other day I encountered a clever usage of the .us extension that I had never thought about.

Out of and Into “Hot Water” with Geo Service Domains

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What a week it’s been in the “House of Brown”. Every week has it challenges, and this week brought us into uncharted territory.

This uncharted territory consisted of the water heater finally tapping out and refusing to provide our humble abode with something we all take for granted until we don’t have it: hot water. 😱

Should your business register domain variations?

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Another season of soccer is just around the corner. I know this because we recently registered our oldest son.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing 5 year olds attempting to mimic the adult version of soccer, then you’re missing the laugh of your life.

Nevertheless, as we were leaving from completing registration, the following domain captured my attention as it was prominently displayed via a wrapped vehicle: RainTechGutterSolutions.com.

Speak to the world with .international!

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This week I’m traveling to attend one of the biggest annual conferences for domain investors: NamesCon.

As I await my flight this early Sunday morning, I briefly checked and responded to email and social media notifications.

As I checked Twitter direct messages, I stumbled upon a photo sent from a fine gent living in Australia who knows my fascination, passion, and love for domain names.

.org Domains Takeover Rudy’s Bulletin Boards

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Now that things are somewhat quieting down from the holidays, I was able to do a bit of end of year cleaning.

I’ve tidied up my office a bit and managed to wrangle my email inbox into a somewhat manageable state to start the new year off right.

As I clean up my inbox, I ran across old a collage of photos I snapped one morning while at Rudy’s meeting a group of Christian men in our bi-weekly Entrepreneurial Council.

A Christmas Pie Worth Talking About

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Well, Christmas has come and gone just like that, in a twinkle of an eye.

The Christmas tree sits bare with gifts no longer underneath it, and discarded boxes and wrapping paper are not far behind.

Toys have been played with and meals have been had or soon to be. And oh what meals we’ve had with dinner soon on the way.

What a joy it’s been to celebrate the birth of Christ with family, friends, and neighbors this season.

Speaking of neighbors, one of my neighbors so graciously shared a gift that has me writing at this at this very moment.