Everyman Links for December 2, 2009

No Finish Line. Apparently the Hardest Part of Social Media is that there’s no finish line. Are you kidding? That’s the best part! I’ve been thinking about the non-existent goal post in Social Media and in clean energy technologies lately, which is why it’s so exciting to see developments like the launch of this hydro-electric wave energy device. Oil-based energy is not only stupid and destructive, it’s also boring. Give me a livelihood and an energy source with no finish line any day.

This iPhone app will find the bar and call a taxi, too. This Stella Artois bar finder iPhone app is being hawked for its augmented reality features. I’m impressed that it’s smart enough to call a taxi for you after you spent the evening at the bar it found for you. Let’s get our feature priorities straight.

10 Quirky Holiday Gift Sites. I don’t know about you, but buying Christmas gifts is a major pain. Perhaps one of these 10 Quirky Holiday Gift Sites will come to my rescue this year. A lot of press the last few days about Cyber Monday as the new Black Friday. What IS Cyber Monday anyway? I have to put bits on the screen for my clients on the Monday after Thanksgiving just like any other work day.  “Uh, Dave, you billed me over $500 dollars for Monday and I didn’t see any site updates.” I guess I’m supposed to say, “Dude…Bubby, it’s Cyber Monday!”

Check your Webmaster Labs Menu. Google today released a new page speed report lab in Webmaster Tools. It’s definitely worth a look. All of my pages on dbvt.com and sueetie.com were graphed in the “fast” range, but I still received what appears to be the 3 standard speed-up tips to enable gzip compression, combine external JavaScript and minimize JavaScript DNS lookups.

Top 10 Viral Videos for November 2009. It’s good to see Collman Liquidation Mobile Homes as the top viral YouTube video for November. I linked to Collman in a recent Everyman. I’d also like to give a mention to two other videos that weren’t on the list, the guy singing about his Out of Body Experience and to my favorite video of the year, the JK Wedding Entrance Dance.

Google in Asynchronous Mode. Very cool development from Google I discovered from my tweeting New Hampshire neighbor Tim Laughlin. Here is the new asychronous tracking javascript.  Just replace the UA-string for your account web property ID.  I updated dbvt.com and sueetie.com and I’d swear they seem faster.

Breadcrumbs and SEO. I never thought about breadcrumbs in relation to SEO but I can definitely see their place, particularly when thinking breadcrumbs as keywords. There’s also the fact that keywords placed higher in a document score higher than those which come later. Breadcrumbs. SEO. Hmmm.

Button Report for December 2, 2009. Smashing Magazine publishes a new post all about buttons. Buttons? I am DOWN for buttons!

Tooltip Report for December 2, 2009. The only web UI element that approaches my affection for buttons is tooltips. Here are 35 useful tooltip scripts.

Lab-grown pork, hot. No, I won’t stop eating meat, but if we can grow it instead of kill it, fantastic! Scientists grow meat in a Holland laboratory for the first time. “So far the scientists have not tasted it, but they believe the breakthrough could lead to sausages and other processed products being made from laboratory meat in as little as five years’ time.” While excited about the real world possibilities, all I can think of is Jean-Luc Picard standing by the replicator saying, “Earl Grey, hot.”

This is how links should be done. I love this Tutorial9 approach to presenting links in Creative Bookmarks: Best of November 2009. Everyman could learn a thing or two from this guy.

Stihl: Beduin. As in Chainsaw. Desert.

Twittering Spam Free. I had to stop following people on Twitter I liked because they couldn’t rid their streams of spam. Sorry, man. Here is how to see what applications have access to your twitter account to learn where your stream might be getting cracked.

80 Useful Tools and Resources for Freelancers. 80 of anything has to be good. Categories include useful blogs, useful Firefox plugins for designers, useful websites for stock photos, popular forums for freelancers, and best ASP.NET-based online community applications, in which Sueetie was ranked number one!!!  Okay, I made that last one up.

Conversation is not Community. This is an interesting distinction, elaborated upon in this Six Pixels post. “Even if someone has bought from you, loves your product and raves about it everywhere (both online and offline), it still doesn’t mean that they are a part of your community (or that they want to be). The only way that anybody joins any community is by voluntarily doing so.” Maybe it’s time to re-read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer again.  Seriously.

Exercise Improves Productivity by 20%. No foolin’, that’s what Toronto Marketing Blog reports. I wanted to include this link last time but forgot. For a long time I’ve maintained that the most important part of my workday is the 60 minutes I spend on my [NordicTrack]. Don’t delay. Jump on your Office Nordic Track Ski Machine today!

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.