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15 Reading Apps for Students

September 24, 2015

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When I started this series, I intended to have reading and book apps in the education post, but I just had too many. They warrant their own post. Plus, I am still collecting reference sources for the big masterpost. So. Reading!

I had an early Sony Reader back in the day and swore that tablets wouldn’t replace it–but then I got an iPad through my first college and suddenly had more convenient access to books and class uploads and fanfic. Now my beloved reader is sitting in a box collecting dust. But more than half of my tablet and phone time is reading now, across a variety of apps.

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entertainment, free stuff, moving, resources

10 Ways to Find Local Hot Spots

April 10, 2015

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Now that I’ve moved to a better host and I can actually make updates, it’s time for an update to How To Find Local Events!

I grew up in Tourist Central, surrounded by chain big box stores and Disneyfied everything. Moving to Iowa City gave me some serious culture shock because there’s such a big locavore culture here and I grew up on a block that had two McDonalds restaurants.

I’m never at a loss for places to go or people to visit–in fact, I’m usually overwhelmed with choices. Where do you want to go for dinner?  is a really hard question to answer when there are hundreds of restaurants at your disposal. And I don’t have to give in to #2 Party School  culture to keep myself entertained.

I’m never bored by Iowa City. There’s so much to do here, and it’s not hard to find the best places to eat, shop, and people-watch. So whether you’re just moving to a new town or you’re looking to find something new and interesting to do this weekend,  here are my ten best tips to find local hot spots.

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