Author: Blake Kraus

Blake has written for numerous websites and publications, with a strong focus on non-profits and industry trade groups.  He really enjoys cooking as well and graduated from GWU School of Media and Public Affairs.

How Does Netflix Work?

Over the last 20 years, Netflix has almost singlehandedly revolutionized the way we watch movies and TV shows. Without Netflix, we would not have so much media on demand. Binge watching would not exist and you would still have to wait a week for a new episode. We would not have “Netflix and chill!” Here is everything you need to know about Netflix. The company started in 1997 as an online mail service. Instead of […]

Online Photo Storage Options

We all love photos. They are great ways to remember trips, people, and special occasions. But digital photos are large files that take up precious space on your hard drive. That is why we will explore some great online options for storing photos. There are so many services that we cannot cover them all. Here are some top options: Dropbox Dropbox hit the market in 2007 and syncs across several platforms. It also makes it […]

Tesla Stock Explodes in 2020

The year 2020 has been marked by slowdowns. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the economy to a standstill. Major companies are declaring bankrupt left and right. The stock market has plummeted. Someone forgot to tell Tesla, whose stock has soared over the opening quarters of this year. This week, the tech giant’s stock surpassed $2,000 a share for the first time, marking a 392 percent increase year to date. Of that increase, 130 percent happened […]

Streaming Music Service Options

Several years ago, streaming services were almost unheard of. When you wanted a song, you had to buy it. Now the options are endless and at the tip of your fingers. With so many available, it can be hard to choose. But we are here to help! Because there are so many options, we can’t cover them all. Today we will go through five of the top options in music streaming. Spotify Spotify is a […]

Apple iOS and Android: A Comparison

So, you’re ready for a new phone. You have a big decision in store. Do you go for the iPhone with its iOS software or another phone that runs on Android? The answer depends on your needs. Here is a comparison between the two. Android is based on Linux and is partially open source. It was mostly developed by Google but not exclusively. This means that it feels more like using a PC. Android is […]

The Forgotten Founder Part 1: The Boston Massacre

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton. These are the names we think of when we think of our founding fathers. But there was another man there, at every critical juncture of the early republic. His thinking was ahead of its time. Without him, the Declaration of Independence would not look like it did. The judicial branch, indirectly, would not have the power it does today without him. Foreign relations for the young country could have easily gone […]

First Amendment Series: Freedom of Speech

What is free speech? That’s a question that has been debated since the First Amendment was adopted in 1791. Restrictions have come and gone, largely shaped by the Supreme court. Today, we will explore how this freedom has changed over time and what free speech looks like today. In the latter part of colonial times, speech was not as deeply censored as it was in the England proper. This set the table for political dissent, […]

Weird History: The Great Molasses Flood

The following story sounds made up. I could not believe it the first time I heard about it. But rest assured, it is completely true. In 1919, Boston experienced a tragic flood. But the liquid flowing through the streets was not water. It was molasses. You heard that right. Molasses. This may sound funny, but the truth is it was tragic. In the end, the flood killed 21, injured 150, and destroyed countless homes, businesses, […]

First Amendment Series: Freedom of the Press

The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees five distinct freedoms: freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and freedom of petition. The guarantee of these freedoms, in writing and respected by the government, were groundbreaking at the time. Today is just the first in a series explaining each one of these freedoms, how they came to be, how they have changed over time, and what they mean. Freedom of […]

Who Was Shirley Chisholm?

In 2020, Senator Kamala Harris of California was chosen to be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate. She becomes the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be on a major party ticket. Many women, especially women of color, have paved the way for Harris and it would be unfair to credit one person over another. However, an important person to start with is the groundbreaking Shirley Chisholm. Born in Brooklyn, […]

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