Tom Dalton gave a good presentation yesterday about Search Engine Optimization. It was quite interesting, and he’s made the powerpoint slides available on his website. I liked that his presentation wasn’t to technically oriented. He stressed the fact that we shouldn’t try to read too much into numbers or things that we have heard. If you want to know how to do SEO, learn the basic principles and try them out for yourself. There’s no magic formula (unless you work for Google and write the ranking algorithm yourself).
There are a few Question and Answer websites out there, like Ask Yahoo! and BYU’s 100 Hour Board, but I just found out about a new Q&A website that is really good at answering all kinds of questions about Mormons. There are lots of different questions, and they’re written pretty clearly, even for those who aren’t familiar with the Mormon Church. This is a good resource to search for things that you’ve heard about mormons (we all hear them, and I’m not sure where they all come from). So if you have a question about Latter-day Saints, ask any mormon or Ask Gramps!
This is just a public thank you for those people who are willing to help others without asking for something in return. I feel like I have been the beneficiary in quite a few things lately, so I Just wanted to say thanks to the no-nonsense people who help to get so many things done.
When we got home tonight after a work party, our toilet was having problems and kept overflowing. It took me a minute or so to realize that instead of trying to get the toilet to stop flowing (the flapper had gone bad), I should turn of the water. So in the meantime we were in the middle of a lot of water. We called the “emergency maintenance” number and the man that helped us was super nice, and I was extremely grateful for that. He had to make a few trips to get a few things like a bunch of rags and a wet vac so we could get rid of all the water, and he impressed me very much with his professionalism. I’m not even sure of what his name was, but he was extremely helpful. When I explained what had happened, he didn’t accuse me of anything, he understood that I had tried my best to stop the toilet leak and he didn’t question what had happened, he was only there to fix it and within an hour we had a nice dry floor again. We’ll have to have the carpet cleaned a bit, but he arranged for that to be done tomorrow, too.
There have been more people that deserve thanks, too, like the people who helped to push me out of my icy parking spot and many others along the way, so I hope I can return the favor somehow in my own way. Thanks to those people who make me believe in people again.
del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website that categorizes everything using tags, which are basically your own little one-word description of a website. You can put as many tags you want on a specific bookmark to put it into multiple categories, which are then viewable to everyone else. The other cool part about this site is that other people can then see your bookmarks, or search for popular sites in a certain category. My bookmarked sites are here: del.icio.us!
Gallery 2 Beta 4 was released earlier today, and we’ve upgraded our gallery to the latest version. The codename for this release is “Flippin’ Sweet”, which, for all you who didn’t spend last summer in Alaska hunting wolverines, is a reference to Napoleon Dynamite. Feel free to take the gallery off some sweet jumps, and we promise there will be more pictures up there in the near future.