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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Canker Sore or Mouth Ulcer Treatment Remedies To Relieve Pain

Top three remedies for canker sore treatment to relieve pain. The remedies help relieve the pain and speed up the healing process of canker sores/cold sores/mouth ulcers.

Different names: Canker Sore, aphthous ulcer, oral ulcer, aphthous stomatitis, Sutton's Disease
Don't know what a canker sore is? Read the Wiki here.

1) Fast Treatment: I found this to be very painful but very effective. Take a pinch of brown sugar and apply it to the infected area. Repeat two to three times to make sure it stays there and leave it there. Do this after brushing your teeth before going to bed and after breakfast. Brown sugar sucks the acid out allowing it to heal.

2) Fast Treatment: Take a glass of hot water and salt which most of you may already know and add a piece of alum salt rock. In my family we buy alum at the local Indian grocery store and it is a natural antibiotic salt rock which can heal many cuts and wounds. Once you have the hot water and salt, drop the piece of alum in there and gargle with it (do not swallow the water). Repeat this multiple times throughout the day.

3) Pain Relief: It's very hard to eat or drink water so to relieve the pain temporarily I would recommend using Zilactin B. I have used Oragel, Anbesol, Cloraseptic but none of those work anywhere close to Zilactin B.

Here is a page that provides more steps you can take if my recommendations did not work out for you: http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Canker-Sores-or-Mouth-Ulcers
(Thanks Judy for finding this link)

What are other remedies that have helped you? Share your input as I get these once a month.

Microsoft & Yahoo agree on Internet search partnership- Again

Microsoft and its new Bing search engine has partnered up with Yahoo and its Search Marketing.  About five years ago a similar partnership existed for a few years, which ended with Microsoft essentially saying, ok we can do it better on our own now.  Well that didn't happen but in the meantime Yahoo has been hurt significantly, in both company/stock value and search market share.


According to the article, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_microsoft_yahoo, we care because this gives Microsoft and Bing "access to Yahoo's audience would instantly more than triple Bing's U.S. market share to 28 percent."  Or as Microsoft CEO put it, "the world will be better served for consumers, advertisers and publishers, and there will be more competition for Google, if we can somehow figure out how to get Microsoft and Yahoo together in search."  And that is key since Google's reported market share is 65% of search.


If you are not using the Yahoo and now Microsoft partnership for your search marketing, it may be time.  Ask us- Webconsuls.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2009 California Outrigger State Sprint Championships

This last weekend my neice participated in the 2009 California Outrigger State Championships at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. It wasn't until Ashlyn shared a video off YouTube that I developed a whole new appreciation for her sport. What I adore is that she is so passionate about her racing. She is out there in the ocean working hard at something she loves and having a great time with her friends.

And congratulations to her and her team of 6 from Dana Outrigger the new 2009 Sprint Champions for their age division. Go girls go!

Here is a video of how long distance paddlers jump out of the canoe, new paddlers jump in. The canoe never stops.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Life's Glorious Adventure Check One Off The Bucket List



Friday the coast of California was hit by a mid summer swell sent our way from the other side of the globe. Huge surf closed the parking lot at Aliso Creek, filling it with sand from waves crashing way over the high tide line. Aliso Creek the looked "just like Waimea shorebreak."

But our destination was further up the California Riviera. The sleeping giant we wanted to experience (as well as check off Lisa's bucket list of things to see) was Newport Beach's the Wedge.

The Wedge is a monster of what most consider a body surfing wave. Brought about by the building of a breakwater, the Wedge is a killer, as we found out when we got to the beach that day. We parked a mile away and started walking in, the spray from the surf could be felt on the breeze.

I knew we were in for a show.



These are the free & easy surfers. They don't look much different than other people. But they live differently. To them the most important thing in life is the sun and the surf. This is what they enjoy, this is what they live for. Surfers live the life they love. And love the life they live. Free & Easy.

From the breakwater past the second lifeguard stand people had come from far and wide to see the ocean do her thing.



Here are one of the sets that came thru while we were there, only 6 guys in the 70*+ water and waves with 20"+ faces. If anyone asked if they could go in you can hear the lifeguards response:

"If you have to ask, you can't go."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I went Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River

kennebec river

I went whitewater rafting on the Kennebec river yesterday with an old friend. It has rained just about everyday since I got to Maine, which is great for whitewater but not so great for having a good time. On Saturday the clouds broke to give us a marvelous time, in the water as well as out.

Historicaly the Kennebec River was used for harvesting ice and for ship building. Nowadays the river is used primarily for hydroelectric power and recreation. The Kennebec river is not the most intense river in the state of Maine, but, it is great for a few hours of whitewater and relaxation. The Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot rivers all offer great whitewater for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in Maine.

If you ever find yourself in Maine I suggest spending some time whitewater rafting on the Kennebec river. You wont regret it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

She's Come Undone in the Back Seat of the Minivan

It was the summer of 2000, our son Aaron was working at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge (known at that time as the Cowboy Village Resort) in the Togwotee Pass, on the Continental Divide, just north of Jackson Hole, WY. Dennis and I decided to take a road trip to visit Aaron and we invited our good friends, Arnold and Joyce Glassman, to go with us. I'm sharing this story with you today because it is Saturday and today Arnold and Joyce are coming from California to spend a few days with us. As I await their arrival I thought back to that crazy road trip when I read She's Come Undone in the back seat of the minivan.

We left California on August 17, 2000. It was a long road trip, 2042 miles round trip. We covered a lot of ground and found ourselves at our final destination, elevation 9658 ft, enjoying views of the Grand Tetons and learning to horseback ride, again. When the trip started, I announced to my fellow travelers that I was going to keep copious notes of our adventures. I got into the rear seat of the minivan, arranged my notebook and pen, and then from my tote bag I retrieved my copy of Wally Lamb's bestseller She's Come Undone. Have you read it? It was the Oprah's Book Club selection for January 1997, and according to Wikipedia "She's Come Undone explores a feisty but troubled young woman's journey through her suburban New England existence." I know it may sound a little dull, but believe me it is the kind of book you just don't want to put down. The main character, Dolores, was born in 1952, and the story begins when she is about four. Since I was born in 1949 many of the story's historical references are familiar, particularly the parochial school experiences of the 1960s.

Well, as I said, I don't have a lot of time today. If you are wondering what happened to my "copious notes", it so happens I still have them. In fact, just last night I was re-reading them. You might wonder why I never published them. Good question. Answer: Arnold threatened to sue me! I am not sure how serious he was, but I didn't want to take any chances.

Typical conversation between Arnold (driver) and Dennis (riding shotgun).
Dennis: "We are going to turn right on Rt 12."
Arnold: "Thanks for telling me, that is 60 miles away!"



Here are your action items for today: plan a trip to the Togwotee Pass or sit back and read She's Come Undone. Either way you won't be disappointed.




Arnold, Joyce and Dennis enjoying Bryce Canyon National Park

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This is a photo of a street called "No Name"...just one more highlight from our trip.
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Pearl Jam's New Single, 'the Fixer'

Pearl Jam's new single the Fixer is the 1st single of the new studio album 'Backspacer' due out on the 20th of September. The band is also playing some dates in the US and in Europe in support of it.

Not much else is know of this release but the band played the 1st Tonight Show with Conan Obrien, playing a song called "Got Some", which I highly recommend.  It is a song of energy and emotion- Pearl Jam's calling card in their earlier days.

As a side note, Pearl Jam re-released their epic 1st record titled 'Ten' with new masters of the songs done by famed producer Brenden O'brien, who has done many of their records including the new one mentioned above. As additional incentive, Pearl Jam added other takes from the Ten sessions to the re-release. This record is one of the greatest rock records I have ever heard, and the new masters are good versions- take a listen if you're a fan of the style.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Navigon GPS App for the iPhone

Navigon just released their GPS for the iPhone. Temporarily priced at $69.99 till August 15th then the price will jump to $99.99.

It's a great price if you don't want to carry an additional piece of hardware around when you have the iPhone already available to you. The only flaw is you cannot use your phone while Navigon is running.

Navigon on the iPhone works even if you do not have the data plan. It takes over 1GB of storage space. It downloads the maps directly to your phone (just as other handheld navigation systems). Although Navigon released their iPhone App before TomTom and Garmin did, TomTom has already announced that they will release their application with an iPhone car kit enabling you to charge the phone and use it as a hands free device.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tomato Photosynth


Photosynths are a great way to document, share and record three dimensional objects. In this example we used a strange little tomato from our garden which made us giggle. We have found photosynths to be a fabulous way to also enable viewers to navigate within a space.

Photosynths can be used creatively to capture small details within the whole. This trait of photosynths can be used creatively depending on the subject. An artist signature on a painting, architectural features, food items, artwork, you are only limited by your imagination and inventiveness.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)



#MusicMonday for my Bailey Rose Blessing...

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience...

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.

But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked...

You're not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind...
the race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life... the most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary... what ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either - your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can... don't be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own...

Dance... even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for
good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it.

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY I LOVE YOU BAILEY!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Waiting for Godot on Broadway and it was Quite the Adventure

Dan "Waiting for Godot"


Broadway has a life of its own and is a magical place to be! As you may already know, I saw Waiting for Godot on Broadway and it was quite the adventure. Waiting for Godot is not a play for everyone; it's a drama where the actors drag you into a world where time is obscured. By the end of it you can not but feel mentally exhausted as you take a deep breath outside of the theater and you ask yourself, "what just happened?"

I had read Waiting for Godot several times as well as many other Beckett plays. It was hard to not go to the play with out certain expectations regarding how it would be. I will say that the play was marvelous and kept me entertained the whole way through. Godot is a "tragicomedy" in two acts which on the surface will make you laugh, but, underneath the surface is a world of despair that deals with deep philosophical questions that all people deal with whether they are cognizant of it or not. It was an amazing experience, perhaps once in a life time, the crowd we sat with was the who's who; writers and actors, and such. I am convinced that my friend Josh and I had the best seats in the house, 8 rows back and dead center, we didn't have to look up and we didn't have to look down - we looked the actors right in the eye.

I do want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped me have such a great experience. Angela DeCicco and Matt Stern helped me get the great tickets which as I already stated were the best in the house. Beverly Brennan made it possible for Josh and me to go back stage and meet some of the actors and get a tour of the stage. I have been backstage before, but, something about this was very special and a memory I hold on to dearly. Most of all I would like to thank my folks, for without them these friends would not be a part of my life and I'm sure last week's experience would not have been the same.

"Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!" - Beckett

P.S. Happy Birthday Dick Fay

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walk on the Moon Memories 40th Anniversary

I was 19 years old the summer of 1969. Richard Nixon was president. The Vietnam War was raging and Woodstock would not happen until August 15. 40 years ago this weekend Americans waited eagerly for Sunday morning, July 20th, to arrive. NASA was going to fulfill a dream that President John F. Kennedy spoke of in 1961. Some of us are old enough to remember this day quite clearly and so I thought that today I would share with you my walk on the moon memories on this 40th Anniversary. And yes, I do consider this a technology post...I mean really, man walking on the moon, now that is technical!

As I said, I was 19. I had moved back to San Diego from San Francisco on Memorial Day weekend 1969. The reason I remember the exact weekend is that my first husband and I drove from San Francisco to San Diego and we got stuck in traffic in San Clemente (stop laughing, Darin) on Interstate 5 for six (6) hours that weekend. The good news about that trip is that we were driving our brand new 1969 VW Beetle (air cooled engine), so idling on the freeway was just no big deal. But I digress...

I worked for Wells Fargo Bank and my husband was in college, so he had a summer job of some kind. We lived in a really small, strange apartment that seemed to look more like a motor home and we did not own a television. A friend of ours loaned us a TV to use for the summer. It was a black and white RCA television. This is the same year that saw such summer movie blockbusters as Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider (both debuted in May 1969). If you have never seen either of these movies, rent them, they are classics.

As I said it was a Sunday morning and I don't know if NASA specifically planned this historic walk for a Sunday in order to allow more Americans to watch the show, but we got up early, the television went on and at exactly 20:17:40 UTC (GMT) the Eagle landed in our moon's Sea of Tranquility. That was 01:17:40PM PDT our time. Six and one-half hours later Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon's surface.

I have two distinct memories from that day: First, while waiting for the Eagle to land, the radio played Oliver's rendition of Good Morning Starshine. The words were perfect. (see the 1st YouTube Video below); Second, we watched the CBS coverage with Walter Cronkite and shared another life-altering event with him. (see 2nd YouTube video below).

And so today, as we begin the 40th Anniversary celebration of our Walk on the Moon, we remember with great respect and sadness the passing of Walter Cronkite last evening at the age of 92. And I will think back to the day so long ago that I sat in that little apartment, watched with wonder and together we wrote in our diary: "Today, man walked on the moon!"







P.S. In 1999 a movie was released as a tie in to the 30th Anniversary, A Walk on the Moon. This is another movie that many of you will enjoy.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"It Might Get Loud"- a Documentary on the Guitar and Rock N Roll Music



'It Might Get Loud' is a rockumentary starring 2 guitar legends and one of recent music's only significant guitar contributors- Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, the Edge from U2 and Jack White from the White Stripes, respectively.

This film is released August 14th limited.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Push Notifications Not Working on Unlocked iPhones

Push notifications will not work on your unlocked iphone. There is a problem with push which appeared few weeks ago when Apple released the iPhone OS 3.0 which included support for Push notifications. Weather the application is free or a paid version it will not work.

Keep in mind if you did not go through the process of unlocking your iPhone, which means you are still using AT&T as your carrier, you will not encounter this problem. I personally have not tested the push notifications personally yet but majority of the people using it on an unlocked phone said it either did not work or was not working correctly.

Will there be a solution? Probably not. Apple decided to sell the iPhone to AT&T and no other carrier. Therefore, this is not a problem Apple plans on resolving. Perhaps in the future if the iPhone is available on other carriers such as T-Mobile, then there might a possibility.

Have you tested your iPhone's Push notification?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What is a CSA?


Yesterday we picked up the first basket of our CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it works by the community prepaying for the harvest. We invest in the harvest and every week, or every other week depending on your package, you receive a large or small basket of freshly picked produce.

Our large basket pictured above was beautifully displayed and clearly labeled. The basket included: carrots, beets, tomatoes, parsley, kale, green beans, basil, red leaf lettuce, red oak lettuce, romaine lettuce, buttercup squash, valencia oranges, pearlette onions, rainbow chard, peaches, plums, grapefruit, potatoes, garlic, and white beech mushrooms. South Coast Farms even emailed us suggested recipes.

I'm excited about our basket of fruits and vegetables. I was fortunate to grow up with very fresh vegetables. My Dad worked all summer long in the garden. While our family lived in Delaware we rarely had store bought produce as the growing season was so long.

There is nothing quite like a canteloupe that has been allowed to fully ripen on the vine. Fresh produce brings back wonderful memories of time spent canning and freezing vegetables with my Mom. The green bean assembly line: blanch, ice bath, bag, twist tie, box, label with grease pencil then take them to the big freezer in the basement.

Fresh vegetables just make it feel like summer.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Using Google Insights for Search



Soup or Salad? That is the question, but wait! How has Google been asked that question over the last 7 days, month, year? Was it on the Web? A News item? An Image or New Product and how do you find out?

You find out by using the Google Insights for Search beta*

Soup or Salad?

From 2004 to present it looks like soup gets the most searches in the winter, and salad gets the most searches in the summer, with soup winning the search battle over all.

Next week, boxers or briefs?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Waiting for Godot on Broadway


Last night your Sunday blogger, Dan, was literally Waiting for Godot on Broadway. Since Dan is traveling today, sans laptop, he asked me to post a blog for him. You may remember reading Dan's May 24, 2009 post Waiting for Godot is Back on Broadway. In that post Dan reported that he was able to get tickets to last night's performance of Waiting for Godot and he was beside himself with anticipation. After all, Dan was going to see this Tony nominated production with Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, and John Glover.

I am sure Dan will want to write his own review of this production, so I will take this opportunity to tell the sidebar story of how our Facebook friends played a "role" in Dan's ultimate adventure last evening.

When Dan first discovered that Waiting for Godot was playing on Broadway he went on line to see if and when he could secure tickets. It appeared that the only seats available at Studio 54 for the time frame that Dan could be in New York City were in the back side aisles. So Dennis suggested that we call Angela DeCicco, our longtime friend since 1992 and Facebook friend. I called Angela and asked her if she was familiar with the seating at Studio 54. She asked us why we wanted to know and when we told her that Dan was trying to get tickets for Waiting for Godot, she said "Don't worry. Tell me when you want to go and I will have Matt (her husband) order "house seats" for you." For those of you not familiar with the term "house seats", they are 'not available through the box office. "House seats" are some of the best seats in the theater, set aside for use by cast members, producers, the creative team, and others directly involved in the production.' Keep in mind, these seats are not free of charge, you pay regular price, but they are the best seats in the house and Matt Stern (Angela's husband is a well respected Stage Manager on Broadway) secured these seats for Dan! Just for fun, here is a photo of Dan with Angela taken on Broadway April 1997, when Angela was starring in the Broadway production of Les Miz.




But back to Facebook...a couple of weeks ago I reconnected with a friend through Facebook, Beverly Brennan. She in fact is also a mutual friend with Angela. Beverly contacted me last week to say she had just read on Facebook that Dan was going to the city to see Waiting for Godot. She reminded me that she now works for ON Location Education and she tutored the two little boys who play the part of BOY in Waiting for Godot. I asked Beverly if there were anyway she could arrange for Dan to be able to go back stage after the performance. Beverly sent an email to the stage manager, but didn't hear back. So last evening when the production ended, Daniel made his way to the stage door and waited. The door opened, a gentleman asked Daniel if he could be of help and Dan said something to this effect: "I am a friend of Beverly Brennan, the tutor for Matthew Schechter, and I am wondering if I can say hello to Matthew." The gentleman asked for Dan's name and said he would be back in a few minutes. The next thing Daniel knew he was backstage being introduced to Matthew Schechter and his parents. Matthew gave Dan a tour of the stage, introduced him to Bill Irwin and John Glover. All in all, quite a night for Dan and his friend, Josh.

Now if all this isn't enough excitement...last evening I casually asked Daniel how were the "house seats"? He calmly replied, "They were perfect, Row H, dead center...and by the way I was seated right next to Harrison Ford!"

I have said it before, Broadway is filled with magic and the unexpected! Comments, anyone?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is Bing a decision engine, a surname, a candy bar, a slag heap?

Is Bing a decision engine, a surname, a candy bar, a slag heap? Over the past couple of months I have been reading a lot about Microsoft's new search engine BING.com. We are all familiar with Microsoft, right? We know about Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search. And now we have Microsoft's latest reincarnation, BING, and more importantly BING is being referred to as a decision engine as opposed to a search engine. I suppose MS is for all intents and purposes now a matchmaker! Not only is MS finding you mates to choose from they are determined to help you make the decision.
A few of observations about BING:
  • On the serious side: I want our clients to know that the Webconsuls' Team will be following and studying the impact of BING from an SEO standpoint. That is what we are tasked to do. There are a number of questions to be asked and answered, but we must do this responsibly. And on that front, Webconsuls will keep our clients informed.
  • BING is quite lovely to look at. Everyday the home page photo changes and these photos are dramatic. Google's basic home page is pretty blank, but works. Yahoo, which by the way is still my default home page has a lot of information and I have grown accustom to reading the news' headlines, clicking on finance, travel, etc, I have never had a Yahoo account or email account.
  • There are a number of sites that you can visit that will allow you to compare search results for BING to GOOGLE, like this one. And there is another site that lets you compare search results from GOOGLE, BING, and YAHOO. This site's search results are returned in a "blind" state and the fun feature about this site is that you can vote for which search results best suits your search query. You might be surprised which search engine's results you really like.
My final thought today has to do with the choice of the name "BING". I will say that writing this blog always gives me an opportunity to learn new things and today is no exception. Why "BING"? I understand that originally Microsoft was going to call their new search (decision) engine KUMO. They actually registered both trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. KUMO is a Japanese word that means spider or cloud. Hmmmm, well I guess we can all get the "spider" connection to the world wide web and in the IT world "cloud" is a metaphor for the internet, so I guess it could have cleverly worked. So I come back to question: why "BING"? I am going to assume, although I know that can be a mistake, that someone at Microsoft looked up the meaning(s) of the word "BING".

BING Toy Company founded in 1863, famous for the manufacturing of toy trains
Bing is apparently a fairly common surname, and let's not forget Chandler Bing of Friends
BING Candy Bar, made in Iowa
BING cherries, all with pits
Bing is another name for a slag heap which is a collection of the tailings or by-products of mining (DATA Mining comes to mind?)
Bing is the name of a soft drink produced in England
Bing is the name of Chinese flat bread
Bing is also a phrase used by prison inmates to describe solitary confinement

Ok, maybe they didn't do a lot of name research, maybe they just liked the sound of "BING". Maybe they like saying "Bing and Decide". Whatever....I invite you to go to their Discover Bing informational site and learn all about it.

Webconsuls will continue to study BING and keep you informed. Let me know what you think.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Why Can I get Clicks Outside My Geo-Targeted Area With Google AdWords?

A very important feature of Google AdWords is the ability to target all areas you have defined as your target audience, but just as importantly is not having those outside your coverage area not able to find you.  Pay Per Click is a pay to play game, and throwing away money on a searcher who finds your ad and therefore costs you money without being able to utilize your product/service hurts the program significantly.

In a specific case, I was targeting only the state of Florida.  So to sum up, I only wanted people in Florida to be able to find my ads.  The problem is, my tracking shows a majority of clicks from outside the state, namely New Jersey.  How can this be?  Here's Google's answer:

I. IP Address Does Not Match User's Location- the good old AOL example, where all AOL users have an IP of Virginia, their home base.

II. Target Region Larger Than Expected- this makes no sense.  I have a preset area called a STATE selected.

III. Ad Showing on Location-Specific Queries- technically my ad will still come up when searchers outside the state of Florida specifying Florida in the search query like 'Florida shoe shine'.

IV. Ad Showing on Country-Specific Domain- like point 3, searchers specifying my target area from outside the country will still find my ad.

So to sum up- the geo-targeting is not going to be able to limit the ads as advertised, although for points 3 and 4 seem to still be targeted results.

If you have information outside these 4 Google rep. points- please share.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

How to stop iPhone EMI frequency interference near speakers

Everyone has heard the frequency noise on their speakers when a phone call comes in. The same noise you hear when you receive a text message or when any other connection being made to a cell tower from your GSM phone.

The iPhone apparently makes this frequency noise continuously for some people. I happen to be one of those people and cannot figure out why. It is possible the EMI frequency noise is from one of my apps causing it but I have not confirmed it yet.

Is there a solution? Yes! After researching online, I found one home-made solution and another store bought which I have not tried yet.
1) If you take a piece of aluminum foil paper and place it underneath the phone while sitting at your desk, your computer speakers will not make this frequency noise as much. For me, it reduced it nearly 90%. It will still make the noise when you get a phone call or text message but at least it won't be continuous.

2) Use Ferrite beads on the wire connecting to your speakers. This will reduce the EMI (electro-magnetic interference). Radio Shack has some here.

Do you have any tips on how to reduce the EMI frequency interference?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What is Raw Milk?


I am a dairy enthusiast. I will admit it. I adore milk. Full fatted vitamin D enriched milk is what I usually buy. No skim, no 2% I want the real deal. I want rich creamy yumminess.

Recently I have been trying to find new places to buy fresh produce and in my search for local produce found something that everyone seemed to be talking about. Raw milk, not organic, but raw as in straight from the cow.

What I did not realize is the politics of milk. Procuring a cup of unpasterized unhomogenized milk is not as easy as one might expect. I found a shop about 10 miles from me to try out a half gallon of raw milk. In other states you may have to order your milk and have it delivered as state law prohibits its sale in retail stores.

The FDA is very clear on its position on raw milk calling it, "inherently dangerous." Proponents of raw milk claim all kinds of health benefits. Check it out for yourself and come to your own conclusions. Who would have thought that milk could be so very controversial. Check out this video on NPR for more information on raw milk.

Monday, July 6, 2009

We The People In Order To Form A More Perfect Union



10 of the best reasons you just had a 3 day weekend. These 10 amendments were added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791. A new world is at hand...

1) Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition
2) Right to keep and bear arms
3) Conditions for quarters of soldiers
4) Right of search and seizure regulated
5) Provisons concerning prosecution
6) Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc.
7) Right to a trial by jury
8) Excessive bail, cruel punishment
9) Rule of construction of Constitution
10) Rights of the States under Constitution



I guess the Preamble to the Constitution was not specific enough, and the Preamble goes like this...

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Just Sayin...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

What Happened on July 5th ?

What happened on July 5th? Everyone knows what happened on the 4th of July, sometimes it is easy to forget what historical events took place on the 5th.

5th July 1921 : Players from The Chicago White Sox Baseball team are accused of throwing the World Series.

5th July 1946 : The Bikini swimsuit ( a daring 2 piece swimming costume for ladies ) was introduced by French designer Louis Reard at a popular swimming pool in Paris.

5th July 1950 : The first American reported killed in the Korean War (Private Kenneth Shadrick ) a member of a bazooka squad, was cut down by enemy machine-gun fire.

5th July 1971 : The Voting Age in the United States is lowered to 18 yrs old.

5th July 2006 : North Korea test Medium Range Missiles capable of hitting the Japanese and US mainland.

I love learning about historical events, I think that it is a good practice to take some time to learn about things that happened on a particular date. I hope you find some of these facts as interesting as I have.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July Lady Liberty

Today is July 4th, our federal holiday celebrating 233 years of Independence. While I wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July, I would like to highlight Lady Liberty. Happy 4th of July Lady Liberty!

This July 4th is special for Lady Liberty. For the first time since shortly after September 11, 2001, a limited number of visitors will be allowed to climb the spiral staircase to the crown. Have you ever been to the Statue of Liberty? I will tell you that of all of the majestic places I have visited in our United States, Liberty Island is by far the most awe inspiring, more so than Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite, the Golden Gate Bridge, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, St. Louis Arch, Hoover Dam, Denali, Everglades, Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery. But enough about my travel guide.

I invite any of you who have the opportunity to visit New York City, even those of you who live in New York City, to make time to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island. If you are unfamiliar with Ellis Island, it served as a federal immigration station for steamship passengers from 1892 until 1954. But I digress...as you approach Lady Liberty on the ferry you might recall great movie scenes from Titanic, Funny Girl, to name a few...it is amazing.

Beginning this July 4th, 30 people per hour will be allowed to climb up and down the 346-354 (but whose counting) steps to the crown, that is about 250 guests per day. I have never been to the Crown, but my sons have. I believe it was the spring of 1990...here is my Picasa web album of one of my trips to see the Lady with Aaron and Dan.



Take a minute to watch this NBC Nightly News video of a trip to Liberty Island and the Crown.

Today I cannot begin to impart all that you can see and learn when you visit both Liberty and Ellis Islands. But you can stay in touch with The Lady, as she does Twitter...and Flickr. She is a social lady!

P.S. If you really want to have some fun, then visit the Ellis Island Foundation and search for your relatives who may have immigrated to the United States through this station.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Manny Ramirez is back to the Dodgers Tonight After a 50 Game Suspension

Manny Ramirez, the Los Angeles Dodgers' slugger and left fielder will be back in the lineup tonight against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. This is news because Manny has been forced to miss the last 50 games due to a violation of the MLB's drug policy. Ramirez was caught taking a banned substance, specifically a women's drug known to be taken by athletes ending a period of steroid use. He has not yet been caught using steroids though, to be clear.

The Dodger's slugger bats third in the potent lineup which leads all of baseball with the best record in the bigs. Manny comes into tonights game with 533 career homeruns, 17th on the all-time list.

There are many positions on the steroid issue, and I for one am ashamed the game has been tainted by it. Having said that, since the era is tainted with performance enhancing drugs I don't think you can hold players out of the hall of fame because it must be the case that currently there are players in the hall that have not and will not be caught using, even though they did. So in my view, holding out players you did catch shouldn't make a difference. I don't think 'well you got caught' should be the tag line to hall eligibility.

I will be watching Manny tonight, but then again I watch most all Dodger games. I hate to say that it has become so widespread a problem, steroids that is, that I don't really care anymore. I'd just like to see the sport cleaned up and the issue to go away.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Download pictures from Picasa using DownloadThemAll

Downloading the original pictures uploaded to Picasa all at once is easy if you're using Firefox. DownloadThemAll is a plug-in for Firefox which can be used for many things but I have found it most useful for me when needing access to original pictures from Picasa.

1) Download the plug-in DownloadThemAll and install it to your Firefox browser.
2) Go to the Picasa album where you want to download the pictures from
3) Picasa provides the RSS feed for the pictures so all you have to do is click on RSS on the right hand side of that page to bring up the feed.
4) Still with me? Now just right click on the screen and click on DownloadThemAll.
4-a) Save the files in a directory you specify and select Images under the filters.
5) PRESS START

One thing I am still trying to figure out with Picasa is how to display a random image from the album using the RSS feed... Any suggestions?