The World of Online Job Guides

Anyone who’s conducted a job search in the last 15 or so years can tell you that the Internet is full of career resources. Whether you’re looking to make a change or looking for a place to start, there are nearly countless websites dedicated to your purpose. Increasingly, online is becoming the only way to search and apply for jobs. Not to mention it’s one of the best ways to network, get resume-writing tips and find practice interview questions. Sifting through the information out there can be more work than you’re reasonably able to take on. Fortunately, there are a select few websites on which you can zero in to help make things easier when it comes time to looking for…

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<p>Every day is a day for Star Wars.</p>Superfans of the future

An increasingly large number of Americans will start playacting as characters from their favorite television shows and other mass media in their day-to-day life. It will start simply, with online name generators providing people with names appropriate to characters from science ficiton programming, super-hero comics, rap music, etc. These superfans will then insist on being called these names at all times, even going so far as to get their names legally changed.

Many will also start to dress in costumes appropriate to their character, and a cottage industry will spring up around this. In order to dress in character at work, superfans will develop religions around their shows (often inspired by fictional religions inside the show) and will make it…

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March Issue Now on Stands

The concept of design carries different meanings in various fields, but it’s fundamentally about what brings together the elements of form and function. From the clothes on our back to the layout of our cities, from the smallest of logos to the most complex facilities, the work of designers in a multitude of disciplines is everywhere you look. The Reader surveyed five design professionals from different disciplines to get their insight—with respect to their particular fields—on how design touches, influences or even controls our lives individually and as a community:
What drew you to your particular field?

Leahy: In college, what I liked about it is that it was always changing, the multiple skill sets, and a complexity that…

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any problem. Years ago, Heartland Healing wrote about biophobia, a portmanteau we coined describing humans’ irrational fear of life and living things. We kill animals, insects, weeds, plants, bacteria, viruses without considering the consequences. Our earlier column on biophobia is pretty good so if you missed it, we reprise it here.

Humankind typically tries to solve a problem by destroying or killing. Nothing could be more misguided than our intense crusade to kill bacteria that exist all around us and within our bodies. It turns out that even scientists, who typically lag…

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It’s a lonely old town

The next few years will bring a change in the way people think about antiques. A preservationist instinct will take over, with people being less concerned with collecting items for age, beauty, or value, and instead collect items for historical significance. There will especially be an explosion of collectors with a great interest in regional history, collecting items from local department stores, restaurants, closed movie theaters, and the like. Clubs will form where collectors bring new items they have found, along with stories they have researched about the items, resulting in groups of people who are intimately familiar with the history of their town, neighborhood -- even of something as localized as the house they live in.

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<p>The future of skin color is limited only by your imagination.</p>The Skin I’m In

The next few years will see an enormous break from the past in terms of skin color. Inexpensive dyes will come on the market that will make it possible to have any skin color you like. At first, this will simply allow people to lighten or darken their skin, but soon bright primary colors will become available, as will complex dying processes that allow people to put multicolored patterns on their skin. The dyes will be semi-permanent, in that they will change a person's skin color until the next time they get their skin dyed.

People will start to dye their skin to identify with peer groups, sports teams, or even popular bands, many of whom will perform in signature…

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News You Can Use — Good, Bad, Ugly

Recent news items to keep the brain cells percolating.

The Good

Eggs aren’t bad anymore. Eggs never were bad in my estimation. Decades ago when the common wisdom was that butter was bad and margarine was good, I didn’t buy that either. Even as a grade school kid, eating something that science had concocted instead of a natural food didn’t make sense to me.

Eggs have been freed from the aspersions that science cast upon them as far back as the 1950s. It’s good news that people unaccustomed to thinking for themselves can now take the word of the same “experts” who told them eggs were bad, now telling them that eggs are okay. Well, at least the panel is…

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Devil in the Detail

Do you suffer from “Fact Fatigue”? Are you confused and exhausted after turning on the television, opening up Google alerts or reading the newspaper...

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Wahls Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

There are 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in the United States each week. MS is usually classified as an autoimmune disease. But...

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Hello, Honey! Hasta la vista, hay fever!

Get ready for the glut of commercials and ads for allergy medicines. It’s that time of year again and right now is when anyone who suffers the...

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any...

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