42 hobbies that can actually make you money

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Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Emilee Geist

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

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An affordable way to make college free

Emilee Geist

When the coronavirus pandemic sent students home in March, colleges scrambled to move courses online. 

Administrators, professors and students griped that the hastily developed remote classes were inferior to what was offered in-person, and often a worse experience than classes developed to be taught online. Jokes about Zoom University bounced around social media, and some families sued colleges, arguing they shouldn’t have to pay full tuition for what they viewed as a lesser education. 

But what if every college in the country didn’t have to invest time and money into transitioning their Econ 101 or English 101 courses to the web? What if students could continue to progress toward their degree affordably from home? 

These were some of the questions that popped into Suzanne Kahn’s head as she watched the rapid move to remote education and colleges — whose already shaky business model was pushed to the brink by the

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How to Avoid 10 Common Web Design Mistakes That Hurt SEO

Emilee Geist

Picture this.

You’ve spent a ton of time designing your website.

You’ve picked an attractive theme, added stunning images, and crafted compelling copy.

You’re sure visitors will love it (and you).

The only problem?

You aren’t getting any visitors.

In fact, your site is nowhere to be seen on Page 1 (or even #2 or #3) of Google.

What’s going on?

Well, here’s the thing.

Your web design might be the reason your site is ranking so low in search engines.

Ready to turn things around?

What follows are 10 of the most common web design mistakes that may be hurting your SEO efforts and your rankings – and how to avoid them.

1. Poor Website Navigation

Ever visit a website and have no clue what to do next?

You know, something like this.

How to Avoid 10 Common Web Design Mistakes That Hurt SEO

I bet it had you running for the hills in panic.


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2020 Hack-A-House Winners Announced

Emilee Geist

Newswise — Salt Lake City – Today, Ivory Innovations announced the winners of Hack-A-House 2020, a student-driven entrepreneurial competition resulting in innovations to reduce housing costs. The first ever all-virtual Hack-A-House competition included more than 170 participants from 20 universities from across the nation. A total of $10,000 was awarded, with winners in three categories taking home $3,000 each and $1,000 for the “People’s Choice” award.

“Hack-A-House is by design setup to engage, encourage and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, community builders and decisionmakers in identifying new and innovative solutions that make housing more affordable and attainable,” said Abby Ivory, director of Ivory Innovations an applied institute at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. “The connection between housing, the pandemic and associated economic challenges made this already vexing issue that much more real to many participants. Our winners were able to demonstrate additive solutions

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10 Halloween decorations an interior designer would buy at Dollar Tree right now

Emilee Geist

Dollar Tree has a bunch of affordable decorations for Halloween. <span class="copyright">Dollar Tree</span>
Dollar Tree has a bunch of affordable decorations for Halloween. Dollar Tree
  • Dollar Tree is selling a range of Halloween decorations for just $1 per item. 

  • Insider asked an interior designer to pick her favorite Halloween items from the discount chain. 

  • Designer-approved items included orange string lights, spooky tea-light holders, and sparkly jack-o’-lanterns. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Spooky season is upon us, and that means bargain-priced Halloween decorations are on sale at Dollar Tree. 

The chain is known for its range of $1 wares, which now include a selection of holiday items and frightfully affordable Halloween decor. 

To figure out which seasonal decorations are worth buying, Insider spoke to interior designer Jillian Ziska, creative director at To Be Decorated in San Diego, California. 

Here are some Halloween decorations an interior designer would grab at Dollar Tree right now:

Disclaimer: Prices and availability are subject to change. Keep in

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As More Schools Move to Hybrid or Virtual Learning, Construct Working with Canvas to Improve Online Learning Experiences for Students and Teachers | News

Emilee Geist

With growing emphasis on virtual learning, online program enablement is more important than ever

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As more schools respond to COVID-19 exposure with hybrid or virtual learning this fall, educational technology providers focus on delivering interactive online learning that engages students. That is why Construct, a global leader in learning design, today announced a new case study highlighting how one school district with nearly 20,000 students has moved to 100% virtual learning while maintaining student engagement.

“Our work with Canvas and Construct began several years ago, as we looked for viable solutions to keep virtual classrooms open even when our physical buildings were closed due to wildfires,” said Aaron Ferguson, Distance Learning Design Coach for Oxnard Union High School District. “Little did we know how years of emergency preparedness combined with insights from students and teachers would help us respond

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What to expect from your first virtual date with an Irishman (or woman)

Emilee Geist

Unprecedented? Once in a lifetime? A flaming-dumpster of a year? 2020 has put a kibosh on a lot of things but having to socially distance doesn’t mean that we can’t have a bit of virtual romance, intrigue, and a bit of craic online. 

Virtual dating is a relatively new concept, most of us probably only heard about it after the outbreak of the coronavirus, but here we are in October and now it’s practically normal. However, even if you’ve had an ample amount of experience of real-life dating you may need a little guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for your first virtual date. 

MyIrishDate, a new dating app for Irish and Irish Americans, recently did some research to find out what’s going on among the dating community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their survey found that 82.52% of those questioned have been using online platforms, like Zoom

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Denise In Wonderland

Emilee Geist

Socialite and fashionista Denise Lo invites us into her home to discover how she makes her trinkets and objects the stars of the show

Perched above Kennedy Road, the balcony of Denise Lo’s Christian Dior-inspired home overlooks the heart of Hong Kong. A self-proclaimed hoarder, Lo has made her residence a museum of personal likes, souvenirs and artworks amassed from her extensive travels. Her previous home, a little further uphill on Bowen Road, was an exercise in minimalism – “completely concrete and graphite, with dark-grey and light-brown tones” – but after a tenant moved out of Lo’s Kennedy Road space, she took the plunge and moved in. The move coincided with her new role at Dior at the time, which seemed reason enough to make the change.

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Her stint at the brand appears to have influenced her home decor quite heavily, with light grey coloured walls

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Everything an entrepreneur needs to know

Emilee Geist

7 min read

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

  • Personal branding is the soul of your brand.
  • Make a business plan.
  • Check with your network of contacts.

Developing our personal branding ( personal brand ) is gaining popularity not only among the Baby Boomers and Generation X generations, but also among the youngest such as millennial entrepreneurs .

The statistics prove it: Mexican millennial entrepreneurs are becoming the group that registers an accelerated growth.

According to data published by the digital magazine Entrepreneur:

33 percent of entrepreneurs in Mexico are between 25 and 34 years old.

  • 66 percent of entrepreneurs are men and the remaining 34, women.
  • 52 percent of the businesses are operated from home.
  • 1 out of 3 Mexicans who want to start a business
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