Friday Recap – Happy Trails Edition
What a long strange trip it’s been, huh? Today I say goodbye after 6 years, 7 months and 17 days at Bruce Clay, Inc. You can read the official good-bye here and a bit about what’s in my future now and why in my guest post on Outspoken Media today.
Enough about me. Let’s get recappy.
Marty Weintraub is my hero and he should be yours too. Here he is laying down SEO truths just a short time after recovering from cancer and heart surgery. Do you feel like a slacker by comparison? I sure do.
A crackpot Republican rep from Riverside wants to split my beloved state in two and he wants good Southern Californians like me to be part of – I can hardly type it – North California. Ugh. Do you know what’s in Northern California? Giants fans, that’s what. The whole idea is nonsense. (Although, if Anaheim is in a different state instead of just a different county than LA, do you suppose they’ll finally have to stop calling them the “LA Angels of Anaheim“? There may be an upside yet!)
Speaking of [ahem] South California, did you hear they’re shutting down the 405 for two days (non-Californians, please note that you always use “the” before the number when talking about freeways around here.) They’re calling it Carmaggedon, because nothing is so minor that we can’t hyperbolize it with a catchy nickname. Local companies are scrambling to take advantage of this. My favorite marketing stunt comes from Jet Blue who are offering $4 flights over Carmaggedon. Because it’s totally worth facing the TSA to get around that traffic nightmare. (That might not be sarcasm.)
Are you thoroughly sick of hearing about Google+ yet? Too bad because here’s a couple more pieces of news: First up, the fledging network already has over 10m users according yesterday’s quarterly earnings call. Second, Google will no longer require your gender to be public, which allays some of the privacy fears about the service. Last, more changes are on the way as well with Google responding and adapting to feedback as their limited field test goes on. What sort of changes? Well, nested comments, merged circles and collapsing comment strings to name three. Good stuff. And last, Vincent Wong has interesting ideas about what Google+ is really about (and it’s not beating Facebook.)
There, all done with G+.
Here’s something to make you facepalm. In one school district a banned book was unbanned when someone actually read it. Not only that, but the guy who originally voted against it now finds it “outstanding.” It’s not Banned Books Week but in solidarity with the idea that opinions should be based on evidence, why not pick up a banned book anyway and expand your horizons?
Next up in things only I care about: Space! It’s the final frontier, you know. Here’s some loosely related space stuff. [Only you care about space?! Pshaw! ─Virginia P.S. It feels weird on this side of the brackets.]
- Photos from the last space shuttle mission: STS-135 Atlantis
- Happy anniversary, Neptune! That’s right, it was discovered just one year ago yesterday. One Neptunian year, that is.
- Speaking of space as the final frontier, if you can get over Netflix price hike, you may be excited about the news that all of Star Trek is available on instant streaming. No? Just me? Okay. [Alright, yeah. That one is just you. ─Virginia]
Before I go, I’m going to cover everyone’s desks in this graph paper tablecloth. It says right in the post that it makes kids smarter!
[P.S. You have an extra week to enter the Small Biz Discovery Contest and win a full pass to SMX East. Is $3000 in prizes worth your time? Of course, it is. Get your submissions in by July 22.]