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January 14, 2011

Friday Recap: Time Crunch Edition

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The writers’ room is experiencing a flurry of activity because we’re working hard to put together this month’s SEO Newsletter, which will have some great articles from Bruce Clay himself on the search year in preview, an article from Bruce Clay Australia on cloaking and a piece on international search – woohoo! Stay tuned early next week for its arrival (and subscribe over in the sidebar if you’re not already.) That said, let’s do a Friday Recap!

Susan introduced me to a little thing called Squishable this week by sending me a link to vote on the next huggable creature. “Can you please explain to me what this means?,” I said. To my delight, I was taken on a squishy journey to a land of big, puffy, soft, stuffed animals. I now have an opinion, and my vote is for the Manatee. What’s yours? [Regular blog readers know that we’re long-time fans of Squishable here in the BCI writer’s room. Jessica was always doomed. –Susan]

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You’ve created an amazing ad campaign for your business that you just know is going to speak to your audience, solidify your brand and rake in the dollars. That is, until we’re reminded that real people don’t think in advertising speak. There’s lots of gems in here, but the one to the left is my favorite. [Reminds me of Women Laughing Alone with Salad. –Susan]

Google released an updated version of Google Translate for Android that includes the ability to speak the words you want translated and translation of text messages. It’s also experimenting with translation in Conversation Mode, so you can communicate with a nearby person if you need to. Other practical uses: Find out what those people are really saying about you and your fanny pack.

SEO Roundtable exposed a Google Webmaster Help thread in which a not-so-angelic SEO company that guaranteed first-page placement was outed by head of Google’s Webspam team, Matt Cutts. It gets better. A person trying to defend the SEO company yet denying any affiliation straight got served by Matt when he exposed the person’s handle as being the same name as the owner of the company listed in official Ohio business documents.

If you have a God Complex or perhaps are just the creative type, you can now design your own planet. Yep, NASA created the Extreme Planet Makeover, allowing us to build a planet online. But don’t put your planet too far from the life-giving star, or your planet will be dead. Also, make sure the age of the planet is right or else it’ll be dead, too. Damn it, science. I feel robbed.

If you’re interested in linguistics, try making this sound: 

OK, OK, we’ll give you a clue. The sound is made by placing the tip of your tongue behind the upper front teeth and moving the sides of the tongue downwards. This sound is used in some “click” languages and is discussed in an article on a fossil phoneme discovered in a living language. We were able to figure it out, which means we can now potentially feel our way through saying the words “belly” and “water” in Mangetti Dune in Namibia.

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And while we’re on the topic of the use of language and such, this author despises two spaces after a period in type. I agree with you, my friend. But Susan and I were just talking and remembered that in high school in the ’90s, it was still taught that way in computer class. So, what gives? [I love how up in arms the writer is about this. He’s got an Issue, people, and you should respect it! I want to pinch his cheeks. –Susan]

Talk Like a Pirate Day isn’t until September, but we can still indulge in some good ‘ol fashion pirate fun by checking out the sword archaeologists believe to be the weapon of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. A team of people have been excavating the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of North Carolina for the past decade, and new photos have been published on its treasures. Arrrrrrrrr, matey.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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6 responses to “Friday Recap: Time Crunch Edition”

  1. Virginia writes:

    Was Jessica really doomed or just initiated into the proud heritage of BCI writers? I vote the latter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruceclay/2765874556/ :) Happy weekend, ladies.

  2. Susan Esparza writes:

    Doomed to be AWESOME, obviously.

    Get yourself a Gravatar, woman!

  3. Virginia writes:

    Ta daa! Thanks for the nudge.

  4. Susan Esparza writes:

    Perfect!

  5. Andy @ FirstFound writes:

    Good work publicising the Things People Don’t Say About Advertising blog! Makes me laugh every time I see it!

  6. Jessica Lee writes:

    Thanks, Andy! Hope you have a great week; always nice to hear from you.



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