Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Or: How I learned about EVERYTHING from a coin. I like to collect money. Who doesn’t? But I’m talking about weird money. If you travel, it’s actually not strange to see different sorts of money, but 35+ years ago when I first stumbled across a coin bearing non-Latin characters, it seemed a magical treasure. A … Continue reading Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

File Under Coronavirus Regurgitation

A decade ago, at the end of the aughts, I succinctly summarized the decade in health. Well, at least what I thought were the two biggest takeaways. You should read it. I mean, clearly, there's probably nothing earth-shattering in there. But y'all shoulda listened ten years ago. Just sayin'. Covid-19? Intrigue? Handshakes? Pop culture? Coughing? It's … Continue reading File Under Coronavirus Regurgitation

WordPress Managed Hosting Comparison

Updated for 2020: A good host and webmaster grease the SEO wheels. One of my clients is with ProntoMarketing. They're awful. I loathe working with them. (Pronto, not the client.) I more or less told the client, "It's them or me." Rather than leave a great client in the lurch like the prima donna I … Continue reading WordPress Managed Hosting Comparison

New Pedal – JHS Kill Gaze!

Great new JHS shoegaze guitar effects pedal. Dial it in using five different controls over the Kill Gaze. Ah… Just kidding. Though JHS did sell a Shoegazer mod, they didn’t actually make the JHS Kill Gaze pedal. It's pure parody. I'll clarify early on that I'm not insinuating JHS wants to kill gays. Nor does … Continue reading New Pedal – JHS Kill Gaze!

Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide

  Updated for 2019. When this UX snob of a pedal junkie caught the tremolo bug, he started referring to himself in the third person and made a spreadsheet comparing 30+ different tap tremolo pedals. ...Then he blogged about it. If you're lazy or impatient, use these links to skip to a juicier section of … Continue reading Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide

iDrive doesn’t take security seriously. Switch to Backblaze.

Backblaze offers unlimited backup space for one computer for $60/yr. I just signed up. I've mentioned before how I'm able to act as a canary in the email-database coal mine. ...And how companies often don't take my free, valuable chirps seriously. It happened again. The unique email address I use to access iDrive started receiving … Continue reading iDrive doesn’t take security seriously. Switch to Backblaze.

Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

AT&T just installed fiber to my house. It's fast. I get a steady 949 Mbps up and down. I had no complaints about the 160 Mbps/14 Mbps I was getting from Cox, but my inner geek couldn't say no to faster-for-the-same-price. The install was pretty smooth, but during the bumps, I would type nonsense URLs … Continue reading Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go

Comparing Rank Tracking Software

I've been using Advanced Web Ranking (not to be confused with Advanced Web Ranking Cloud) for eight years. Read riveting tales from 2010 wherein I try to find a replacement for WebPosition, eventually deciding on AWR. Things were simpler then; there weren't many players in the ranking software space, and almost everything was desktop-based. Fast … Continue reading Comparing Rank Tracking Software

Ending an SEO/UX relationship

I've blogged twice before about firing SEO/UX clients, but there are other reasons practitioner and client separate. What are some reasons to part ways? The best reason: "Dan, you helped us sell all the inventory. We're done. Thanks!" (Only happened once: Hawaii housing development) One of the most annoying reasons: "Some guy in a suit … Continue reading Ending an SEO/UX relationship