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Eric Van Buskirk
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I do data, very big data, for analysis of Web search
I do data, very big data, for analysis of Web search

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Damn I miss office cubicles soooooo much! #DigitalNomad #Vietnam #NhaTrang
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NASA isn't going to Mars just yet. Maybe not even ever. There's a lot that can or won't happen in the next 15-20 years. Let's take a look at three myths about the space agency's Martian ambitions. - CJ

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Back In The Day there was no blabbing in open workspaces.  Get a private room, people. What happened? The last 2 co-working spaces I've been were louder than Starbucks.  I hope that's not the future.  Remember libraries?  Wasn't the idea to respect people's need for concentration?  Can we concentrate without music/earphones if their are constant simultaneous conversations? Do you remember a librarian saying "please whisper"?  Sometimes we don't want earphones and need to concentrate intensely. 
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I just hit the publish button on this today. I hope to write more on the topic. I'm fascinated by how new tech can be "re-purposed" to better serve those with vision, hearing, or cognitive disabilities. If you didn't know, right now us web-tech folks are doing a poor job at making content available to them.

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All about our the 1 Million search results study I oversaw for Backlinko.  This is a fantastic new look at the results, some of it re-states what Brian (Dean) wrote.  Some of it gives some new perspective.  

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After overseeing the Backinko 1 mm keyword study I'm pumped to do my next data case study, again using Google SERPS. This post is about one study that is crying out to be done, and which I've done on a smallish scale: using GOOG organic results to understand keywords for AdWords buyers. There's gold in them there hills. http://clickstream.cc/reverse-engineering-google-humingbird-for-adwords/

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This is a real email I just sent to my extended family. Happy holidays! I'm in great spirits, myself, in spite of all you read here.

Family,

Most of you now know that on two days in a row my flight was cancelled and the airline "couldn't" put me on a later flight in the day to VT even with their “partner” airlines. I'm often unsuccessful with my dry humor via email, but please understand this is me: dry and perhaps over the top, an alternative way of looking at a time of year I am VERY exited about this year (and is two day away).

If you didn’t hear, I didn’t not go to the airport, and got notice in advance. So, I’ve just promised American Airlines for the third time over the Web as I checked in again that I will not bring hazardous materials on the flight. I guess after three verifications they can really nail someone who is not honest and the screening process is now awesomely effective. That's a upside here.

Tomorrow we find out if it's true "third time's the charm." If it's not, indicating 3 strikes, you're out!...If indeed that happens, American Airlines will have the wrath of God come down on them vicariously: through ME. I know, this might sound blasphemous to say I can find a way to vicariously work through God himself, but I feel the power is attainable if it's 3 strikes vs. 3rd time charm. I’m thinking at least God can coordinate with Santa to have children of the senior management get coal in their stocking this year.

In seriousness, since this time it's the morning flight, I think it's much less likely they'll kill the flight for the entire day vs. delaying it for hours as would happen in countries like Sudan or Cambodia which have more reliable airlines. Granted the aforementioned countries may be less reliable with respect to number of people that die, in the air or hitting the ground, while using their services.

I'd like to say that 3rd world countries or socialist countries have worse problems, in the case of the latter because the state has no competition-- just as AA Airlines has no competition for this route after buying US Air so doesn't care about malfeasance toward flyers. My experience, however, after traveling in 30 countries, is this is the first time ever when a flight was canceled two days a row when the weather was fine, with visibility over 200 yards, but prepare yourself for this.....THICK CLOUD COVER and LIGHT RAIN!

At least I know the flying safety in this country hasn't faltered with the other disasters in the industry.

This email is not meant as sour grapes! I'm just trying to generating some dry humor and fun from an otherwise frustrating situation. I mostly didn’t want to miss a chance to visit my fantastic Mom after looking forward to being with her immediately after her (very minor) surgery which went so well.

Love to you all. Looking forward to celebrating Xmas side by side, and to those of you not by my side, please consider the merits of the horse and buggy/sled this time of year.
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