Introducing the SEO Quickfix Ebook

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A friend, and colleague, of mine, Aidan Henry has written a great SEO ebook called SEO Quick Fix.

He gave me a copy to review at Northern Voice 2009 and my life has been so crazy lately that I hadn’t gotten the time to share it with you.

If you don’t know a lot about SEO this book will be a godsend. If you are well-versed in SEO it’s a great reminder of best practices and I’m sure you’ll learn a thing or too. It’s definitely $25 well spent!

Designing Cradle to Cradle

I was reading the One Red Paper Clip blog last night and came across a very inspiring video of a presentation about design, taking into account “All children, all species, for all time.” The note to readers on One Red Paperclip read:

Dear all citizens of planet Earth. I think you should watch this movie:

*You can watch the video is full-screen by clicking the rightmost icon above “VideoEgg” or you can see it at its original source.

The presenter is William McDonough (bio), an architect and designer. The message is that we need to focus on sustainability – and it appears that he’s walking the walk. His book is called “Cradle to Cradle“. From McDonough’s website:

“I believe we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework—one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . . It is time for designs that are creative, abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start.”

I’ve been reading The Upside of Down the last few weeks, and regularly watch/read info related to the environment, business, and people. Sometimes it really feels like we’ve got our heads in the sand… This video is refreshing and made me feel hopeful that somewhere out there people are working to design a better future for all of us. Watch the presentation and share it with your friends!

Book Review: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother Hardcover Book

I received Mark Haddon’s latest novel from my girlfriend’s Mom for Christmas (thanks Pat) and I’ve just finished reading it. I started reading A Spot of Bother three days ago and it was very hard to put down. If you’re from a family you’ll like this book.

I’ve read a few reviews of the book online and they weren’t particularly favorable but I really enjoyed A Spot of Bother. It may be that if you’re having to read the book for a living it’s harder to enjoy the family drama and have a good laugh at it.

Having read and enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon’s best-selling novel about an autistic teen, I was looking forward to reading another one of his novels but was fearful it would be much the same as The Curious… It wasn’t -it’s written in a completely different voice, from a number of points of view.

If you’d like to know the ins and outs of the story before reading it check out New York Times review, About.com’s review, or The Guardian’s review.

A Spot of Bother wasn’t mind-blowing but it was just the read I needed to start the new year. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and I laughed out loud a good many times throughout the book – to the point where I thought my neighbours might be wondering about me.

A Tuesday with Morrie at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver

Vancouver Arts Club's Tuesdays with Morrie Brochure

Last night Bridget and I went to the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island in Vancouver to watch Tuesdays with Morrie. In a word, it was amazing.

I read the Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays with Morrie, a number of years ago. My mom gave me a copy and told me I would enjoy it. As usual, she was right. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me think about the special people in my life. You can’t ask for a whole lot more.

I don’t have a great memory for stories – I usually remember how I’ve felt when reading the stories, rather than the details of the story itself. This was the case with Tuesdays with Morrie too. When we arrived at the Arts Club last night I new I was going to really enjoy the play because I remembered how good the book made me feel.

The play included only two characters, Mitch (Warren Kimmel) and Morrie (Antony Holland), and a small set. The performance drew me in right away, a fly on the wall in Morrie’s den while both men meet every Tuesday. Holland was incredible as Morrie, from dancing at the beginning of the performance to shaking and being bedridden at the end, it didn’t feel like I was watching actors, it felt as though I was really there. Kimmel did a wonderful job as well – the chemistry between the two actors was phenomenal.

Tuesday with Morrie at the Arts Club Theatre only runs until August 26th – so go see the show. It was worth every penny…and tear.

Interviews with the actors and video reviews are available here.

Solid in-depth review from TheCommentary.ca
Georgia Straight review
Buy the book
Visit the Arts Club Theatre

Freakonomics – More interesting than your college class

Freakonomics Book Cover
Visit the Freakonomics Website & BlogFreakonomics Image from Wikipedia

It’s summer so I’ve been reading more than usual, partly because I’ve taken more holidays than in the winter and partly because the weather is more conducive to sitting outside with a book.

This morning I finished the last chapter of Freakonomics. It was a very interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about how the world works. Levitt’s book was certainly more entertaining than Economics 101, but it also validated a lot of the economic theory we took in school.

The best part about Freakonomics was to read an economist describing things in terms other than “pizza”, “widgets”, or “beer”.

Following is a list of Freakonomics content, by chapter, from Wikipedia:

  • Chapter 1: Discovering cheating as applied to teachers and sumo wrestlers (See below)
  • Chapter 2: Information control as applied to the Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents
  • Chapter 3: The economics of drug dealing, including the surprisingly low wages and abject working conditions of crack cocaine dealers
  • Chapter 4: The controversial role legalized abortion has played in reducing crime. (Levitt explored this topic in an earlier paper entitled “The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime.”)
  • Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education (instead, the authors assert that it is what the parents are, not what they do, that makes a difference)
  • Chapter 6: The socioeconomic patterns of naming children

Other summer reading this year: