Archives for March 2010

Chile Quake Moves City 10 Feet

I was just reading this: Chile Quake moves city more than 10 feet over at CNN and couldn’t help but share.

The magnitude-8.8 earthquake that rocked the west coast of Chile last month was violent enough to move the city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and the capital, Santiago, about 11 inches to the west-southwest, researchers said.

10 feet!  Can you imagine?  We all walk through our lives with certain preconceived ideas.  One of those would be the location of our home town.  Sure, 10 feet isn’t much, but it’s an entire town!  And it’s 10 feet further to the west than it was before!

And if that isn’t enough to blow your mind, read this:

NASA scientists have also credited the quake with shifting the Earth’s axis enough to create shorter days. The change is negligible, but still worth noting: Each day should be 1.26 microseconds shorter, according to preliminary calculations. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second.

Yep.  Now it’s affecting the length of the day and the rotation of the earth.

Gives me a whole new realization of how powerful earth quakes can really be.  And makes me glad I live in a relatively fault free, earthquake free zone.

SEO and Marketing are Like Dating: 5 Reasons Why

Everybody has ’em.  Little relationship nuggets that they swear by that lead to happiness and utopia.  (Nevermind that they are invariably flawed.)  And just like dating, SEO and marketing have some rules that are better lived by.

  • The Grass is Always Greener: Remember that hot twitter star (@lisabarone) that you had your eye on?  How your infatuation got in the way of your relationship?  Then, when the relationship was over, that star wasn’t so bright?  Sometimes it’s better to be focused on what you’ve got rather than the hot new thing.
  • It Still Pays to be Nice: Unless you really are the leather wearing, Harley riding, Marlboro Red smoking, bad boy of marketing, it still pays to be the nice guy on the block.  Nobody likes an a$$hat.  No doubt, there is money in blackhat, but white/gray hat is still the right thing and will get you further.  Besides, do you want to be looking over your shoulder all the time for the father with the shotgun?
  • Chocolate Helps: Just because you’re the nice guy doesn’t mean that a little bribery isn’t in order now and again.
  • Cut Your Losses: Sometimes the relationship is just doomed. Sometimes, no matter what you do, the two of you are just not meant to be together.  And, while it probably is a bit taboo in dating, selling your site is an option.
  • Pay Attention: Sitting at your PC and gaming all the time is a surefire way to get dumped.  It’s also a good way to not get anywhere, and not sell anything.

Treat your business like a good date and you’ll have success most of the time.  Remember though;  Sometimes it just isn’t a match.  Until you decide that, put your full effort into the relationship and make it bloom!