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Today, on the Freenode IRC network:
<TheFatherMind> I need someone who is good at making themes for wordpress and is willing to do some side work.
<matt> Have you tried Elance or Odesk?
<TheFatherMind> Are those people?
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On content vs. links and authority.

I think content quality should be a stronger signal for informational sites, whereas for business sites, I don't see a way around trust and authority as major ranking factors. Generally, smaller businesses have a decent crack in local packs, unless they're playing the international game, in which case, brand strength is just a result of big/smart marketing dollars and happy customers like anywhere else, no?

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How to build a human.

This is such an amazing animated gif, so much complexity and, yes, evolution captured and demonstrated so simply. The details are in the text below, well worth downloading the photo and reading.

If you can't see the animation, source: http://goo.gl/SXBLFL

The folks at TableTop have even more fun animations here: http://tabletopwhale.com

Especially this one: http://tabletopwhale.com/2014/09/29/flight-videos-deconstructed.html
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A little information can be a dangerous thing. Ranking factor lists; Tweets from Matt Cutts; the latest Google Update, etc. With context, all indispensable information. Without context—and without a well rounded Web background, the SEO novice can easily get lost in a world of bogus advice and exaggerated benefits. Before we continue: this isn’t an [...]
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My little buddy's blood sugar levels are finally approaching a normal range. After some research it's sad to say that most vets push garbage food labelled as "prescription" , even for diabetic cats. Poultry by products and corn meal (!) are the first couple of ingredients in Hills "Prescription" MD canned food, and only available from veterinarians, giving it a real air of quality. Now, the first day on appropriate, no-carb food, and Monty's blood sugar is showing an immediate turn for the better. Our situation isn't an outlier, either. Check out www.catinfo.org for great info on feeding your fuzzy little buddies. It's written by an extremely knowledgeable and devoted vet.

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This short clip -- part of a longer one titled "The Hidden Complexities of a Simple Match" (http://gfm.aps.org/meetings/dfd-2014/5404ec5f69702d0771a40100) -- uses a technique called Schlieren photography which lets you see subtle changes in the density of the air. It's used to study everything from combustion to supersonic flight.

What are you seeing here? When the breath strikes the matchhead, it pushes the column of hot gas that's emerging from the tip -- the flame itself -- to the side, so far and so fast that it can no longer convey its heat back to the match. Fire is a self-sustaining reaction: to cause any molecule of fuel to react with a molecule of oxygen, some energy is needed, and once it reacts, it emits even more energy. So long as some of that energy can be reused to ignite more fuel molecules, the reaction continues. But here, the breath prevents the heat from doing that, and so no more reactions start -- and the fire reaction is quickly extinguished.

If you watch the video at the link above, you'll see the whole story, starting from watching the match be struck, and ending with the discovery that this person failed to blow it out: enough heat persisted in the reaction, and hidden inside the matchhead, that it quickly burst back into flame.

This video won an award for the best fluid dynamics video of the year. If you want some really cool stuff to look at, check out a gallery of all the year's winners here: http://www.wired.com/2014/11/best-fluid-dynamics-images-of-the-year/#slide-id-1659131

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I'm a search visibility geek, Web usability enthusiast, Web accessibility advocate, Web standards evangelist, social media convert, aspiring rocket surgeon, and founder of Springboard SEO in Montreal.
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Consistently the worst wi-fi in the area. This place's only real redeeming quality is its 24 hr factor. If you need web pages to load, go to Press Cafe, El Mundo, or Chai.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We were desperate for delivery at midnight, and ooof, worse than we thought it might be. The beef in the ginger beef (the few strips in it) seemed like some beef by product, and the soup tasted like onions, salt, and maybe drop or two of dish soap or something. The ridiculously overpriced spring rolls were tiny, soggy, and wrapped in so much saran wrap we could barely get at them. 20 min after eating the meal, and I actually feel ill. Terrible food.
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reviewed a year ago
Friendly service, and nice, big breakfasts.
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reviewed a year ago
I've heard about Segal's for years, and shopped there this week for the first time. Great prices on a good selection of typical goods you'd find in any Portuguese market. If you want to take your time to browse the aisles, don't go during peak shopping hours. Don't look for a 'Segals' sign outside, there's only a big, vertical, red 'Epicerie' sign, the second building south of Cinema L'Amour, on the East side of St-Laurent.
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I had what must have been the worst retail experience ever with Layton Audio. I ordered a replacement wire for my Sennheiser headphones, as mine had worn wires near the jacks that fit into the phones. On the way home I noticed that the package had been opened, with the replacement damaged, so I can only assume I was given a returned pair by accident. As soon as I got home I called the store and was told to bring them back for a new pair. I was working night shifts on the other side of town at the time, so told them it might be a week or so before I could show up. The day I showed up, the guy that sold them to me told me it was *impossible* that he gave me the damaged pair. I tried to reason with him, but his condescending attitude and accusations persisted to the point where a yelling match ensued as he retreated to the back office. Who must have been the owner finally came out, and they refunded me, as they didn't have a replacement pair in stock. I left the store with suspicious eyes on me, and no apology. It was a demeaning and undeserved experience.
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Delicious, authentic Indian food. Love it. Small menu, tiny place mostly for take-out, but that's its charm. Try the pickled mango from the little containers on the tables if you eat there, it's yum.
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I hit up Ruby Rouge a few times a month. It's authentic Chinese food in huge servings for super cheap. The huge banquet hall-type space is frequented by mostly Chinese patrons, often in large groups. As a bonus, the waitresses are polite and know the menus very well. The owners at checkout (an elderly couple) are also very friendly.
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