21 Geo-Social Media Domains You Can Register Today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some unregistered domains your can get your grubby little domaining mitts on.

Here’s 21 {geo}socialmedia.com domains you can register today:


Have at ’em.

2012 Year in Places

It is an odd feeling when you log in to your blog to write your annual Year in Places entry and you realize that the last post on your blog is last year’s Year in Places post.

I’ll try to make some changes in 2013.

2012 was an extremely light travel year for me. This has been the first year in over a decade from my best recollection that I didn’t spend a single night on the road for business reasons. I did have some opportunities to expand this years list, but a health scare with my wife postponed many of those trips (she’s fine now, relatively minor surgery to correct an issue, so I count ourselves as blessed).

In 2012 I spent at least one night in:

  • Omaha, NE (home)
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Carroll, IA*
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Scottsbluff, NE
  • Denver, CO

*indicates more than one visit
As mentioned previously, I missed out on some travel opportunities including San Francisco, Kansas City, Chicago and albuquerque, NM.

My goal for 2013 travel is to double that list to at least 12 entries.

2011 Year in Places

Continuing a trend started by David Burn, and capturing my year in travel.

In 2011 I spent at least one night in:

  • Omaha, NE (Home)
  • Kansas City*
  • Las Vegas
  • Carroll, IA*
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Iowa City, IA
* indicates more than one visit.

It was a rather light year in travel for me this year, similar to my 2010.

For 2012, I’m also keeping a living post for my 2012 State Log.

Chicken Stew & Dumplings

chicken and dumplings1.25 lbs chicken breast (2 large halves)

2 cups chicken stock
1 10oz jar turkey gravy (or 1.25 cups homemade gravy)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 large potatoes 1″ diced
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup frozen peas
3-4 carrots 1″ chop or 1/2 bag baby carrots, halved
1 can Grands Biscuits
4 bay leaves

Step 1 can be skipped and the breasts cooked in the slow cooker, but avoid the taste test in step 7. I like to poach the chicken first so it is falling apart tender at serving time.

    1. Add chicken breasts, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 of the onion to a deep pan. Cover to top of chicken with water, bring to a boil and poach for 15-20 minutes until chicken cooked through.
    1. While the chicken is poaching, dice the vegetables and add to slow-cooker.
    1. When the chicken is cooked. Shred or 1″ dice and add to slow-cooker.
    1. Add remaining bay leaves.
    1. Add turkey gravy, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock and butter.
    1. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
    1. After 3 hours in cooker, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
    1. 45 minutes prior to serving. open the can of biscuits, tear or cut in pieces and add to stew.

The Dirty Secret of Google Apps

Before you click that submit button to sign up for Google Apps for your domain, burn this into your brain right now:

If you ever think about letting your domain expire, this doesn’t destroy your Google Apps account. You must cancel this service as well.

Any future registrant of your domain, if they determine you had Google Apps – and it is a trivial process – all it takes is a couple of days and they will have full control of whatever information resided there – which includes Google Apps email archives, Google App Docs and more.

I don’t blame Google for this, this isn’t a hit piece on them and they shouldn’t be policing the expiration of domain names from Google Apps accounts.

It is no secret that I buy and sell domains. I’m not as active as I once was, but I still browse the drop lists for expired domains and actively search new domains with keywords of up-and-coming business/tech and terms in the news.

In the last 6 months alone, I’ve picked up 3 domains1 that I realized, after the fact, had Google Apps accounts configured. Between those 3 domains, and before I deleted the Google Apps accounts, I had access to 37 email accounts and their archives. A cursory look through a few of those accounts and assuming people lagged behind in changing the email address associated with their accounts, I could have likely found a way to access:

  • Cell Phone Accounts
  • LinkedIn Profiles
  • Facebook & Twitter Acccounts
  • Affiliate Network Accounts
  • An Ashley Madison Account (hmmm)2
  • Business Plans
  • Apple ID & iTunes Account
  • Hundreds of Contacts
  • And more, you get the idea

Like I said, I deleted the accounts associated with these domains. Mainly because I would hope someone would do the same for me, but also because there was some temptation to dig for some competitive information that I didn’t feel right doing. I removed the temptation and kept the ethical compass pointing north, mostly north.

Before you let any domain expire, audit its past usage and clean up the loose ends so they don’t come back to bite you.

1 Don’t ask, I’m not revealing which domains they were.
2 A married, and from what I gathered, a prominent business person in his city.

2012 State Log

2012 looks to be a busy travel year. How many states can I visit? I’ll keep this post updated.

  • Nebraska – Personal & Professional HQ
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
    Very weird to be in Minnesota in January, seeing no snow, and a daytime high in 40’s. My brain is having troubles comprehending as the last time I was here in January it was -15 and there was more than a foot of snow on the ground.
  • …more coming soon…

2012 Personal Goals

I wrote down my goals for 2011 and published them here on the site. Outside of losing weight and getting back on the bike, I did fairly well; especially on the lower part of my list. Disconnecting was fairly easy and I even managed to do a bit of travel without lugging along the laptop and I routinely have email-free weekends. I spent a bit more time on design, but as I was going through the process, I shifted gears in to some other directions that I found I valued more.

My failures are pretty easy to pinpoint as I threw goals on the table, and didn’t bother putting any plans in to place. This year, I’ve changed that up and have been working on my goal planning and the steps I need to take for the last 60 days or so. I’m not broadcasting them publicly this year, but I did write them down along with the steps I need to take, printed them out and stuck them to the bathroom mirror and shared them with my wife to keep me accountable.

I broke them down in to several categories: Health, Financial, Personal Improvement, Professional and Focus (encompassing my digital disconnection, and addressing how my connected time is spent). Giving me a healthy mix of overall improvement.

I hope your 2012 is prosperous. If you see me on the street, make sure give me a dose of external will power and ask me how my resolutions are coming.