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Chas Blackford
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The big unanswered question (being on the verge of launching a new site) is continue with responsive design - one adaptable page for all screens or do you go back to a multi-page (same canonical) delivery with simplified AMP mobile pages?
http://www.platypustours.com/sonoma-wine-tours.php
vs. http://www.platypustours.com/mobile/sonoma-wine-tours.html
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Always a good one!
7x7 is the San Francisco Bay Area’s daily go-to for the best restaurants, shops, cocktails, live music, weekend happenings and more.
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Awesome news about Platypus Tours earning top ten US tour honors from TripAdvisor:
http://www.platypustours.com/Trip-Advisor-Top-10-Tours-in-USA.php
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What team Tinko-Saxoff is teating at the Tour de France:
 http://velonews.competitor.com/they-are-what-they-eat-a-day-with-tinkoff-saxos-chef
Hannah Grant, once a chef at the world's best restaurants, is in charge of feeding the Tinkoff team during the Tour — no easy task.
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A great ride anytime!
A visit to one of the Bay Area’s most scenic vistas is not soon forgotten – getting to it on a bike for the first time is even more memorable. Today we’ll tackle a top tourist attraction that is also a challenge for cyclists of all abilities.
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A day after Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory cuts to water use, Californians said they worried that their efforts to conserve were simply not enough in the face of a four-year drought.
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Always a great ramble in wine country!
7x7 is the San Francisco Bay Area’s daily go-to for the best restaurants, shops, cocktails, live music, weekend happenings and more.
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Really fun - great bike, great riding...
New trend alert: gravel bikes bear a resemblance to endurance road bikes, but are outfitted for use on gravel, dirt, or fire roads. No doubt you'll be seeing these babies around town, so here's where to take yours when you finally give in to the peer pressure. 
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Do you believe in magic?
These days, Muir Woods is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area, and as a result, it’s generally mobbed with visitors, leaving few opportunities to enjoy the peace and solitude that a primal Redwood forest should provide.
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It suffered at the hands of the editors, but still here's five that are good to get away to...
When Karl the Fog camps out along the Pacific, feel free to escape to one of these sunny, warm, and inviting beaches around the Bay Area. 
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I'm often surprised how much traffic some of the more obscure topics in the LegalMatch Law Library get, such as this one:
http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/eeoc-right-to-sue-letter.html
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Cycling and hiking and writing.
Introduction
A California native that loves to travel, hike and ride the back roads of the world on a bicycle. Deep into the Internet from almost day one (1995) search engine optimization, conversion optimization, and user experience occupy the days (and nights) between bike rides.
Bragging rights
Once held the KOM on Stainback Hwy in Hilo until Craig Lewis rode it.
Education
  • Center for Electronic Art
    Internet Studies, 1995 - 1996
  • College of Marin
    Multimedia, 1996 - 1998
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
SEO & Internet Marketing
Skills
web production, web content authoring, search engine optimization, social media
Employment
  • Consultant
    SEARCH Marketing, 2015 - present
  • LegalMatch
    SEO/Web Production Director, 2001 - 2015
  • CarStation.com
    User Experience Group Manager, 1999 - 2001
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San Francisco Bay Area
Good prices, not very good customer service - argumentative, non-cooperative - you'd think they'd want to solve a problem, not cause more, ensure a sale and a satisfied customer. I made an error in the order due to the confusing nature of their 1990's website/shopping cart. I immediately realized it and contacted them. Could they fix it? Not interested.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Platypus Wine Tours provides a very entertaining wine tour experience. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, funny and very flexible. He quizzed us on what our tastes and background in wine and made some recommendations as to the wineries we could visit, and in no time we had our short list, We had a join in tour, so of course we didn't know the other people we were with but by end of the tour I feel like we'd made a bunch of new friend. First rate, I'd go back.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Great spot, close to Termini station and the Colosseum, 2 blocks from hop-on, hop-off bus and Cavour metro stop. Good trattorias nearby on Via Urbana. Hotel was very clean, helpful and friendly staff, great breakfast.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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If you're looking for a bike shop that's a passionate about cycling as you are, look no further. They've got all the good stuff here and more. What you won't find are beach cruisers, kid's bikes, etc. What you will is knowledgeable staff that want to know about you so they can give you the right stuff. I'm on my second custom bike (a Cyfac) from Studio Velo and thinking about how I can swing my next mountain bike here - maybe a Yeti 29er. Colin the bike fitter is first rate, I'm riding better than ever thanks to his exacting measurements.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Board your dog and come back to a bill with lots of extras tagged on. This is the second time this has occurred to us - and the last. We were specific about what we wanted - boarding and a bordetella vaccine - they decided to throw in rabies and DA2PP - and had the nerve to tell us later that they "aren't mind readers". Dr. George Walters has no clue about customer service or following instructions.
Public - 9 years ago
reviewed 9 years ago