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Water Cooler / Re: Lock down projects
« Last post by buckworks on Today at 01:28:36 PM »
>> Buckworks is building a house

Alas, not yet. We had hoped to have "shovels in the ground" already but with the pandemic situation we've pushed our plans back.

We continue to work on the property, though. Among other things we've planted five kinds of fruit trees in the last couple of weeks.
Water Cooler / Re: Significant upward surge in client positions.
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 06:37:22 AM »
No, but I have seen a massive drop in the cost per click on adwords and bing.
Water Cooler / Lock down projects
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 06:35:34 AM »
Just thought I would share one of mine, that I am looking forward to, and is a little daunting, as I know there is some time pressure involved... This lockdown will not go on forever, and I will have to start earning.

I am building a garden shed out of old pallets. I bought the wood for 750, thats really cheap in the UK, as it is second hand, I offered a 20% over ride to get it now, and not in 3 months, as demand is high. The base is 4 pallets and the total floor area is 4350mm x 5680mm.
I then bought an old double door and window on ebay, for 30. The glass is blown, but the frame is mahogany.

so its now not a garden shed, but a summer house. I am not a joiner, and not a perfectionist,  or artistic, but I do know I can make things sold, and work well, as I am an engineer.

so far I have fixed gutter, rewired bits of the house, taken down trees, but this is my first project after 3 months.Photo of the pile of wood attached

Anyone else with a project they would like to share?  (I know Buckworks is building a house :))
Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 06:25:52 AM »
My "too read" list is getting longer, I can no longer hold it in my head! 

Great thread, thanks for starting.
Water Cooler / Significant upward surge in client positions.
« Last post by gm66 on June 01, 2020, 11:38:36 PM »
It's been 3 weeks now and every single one of my clients has had a major upswing, every single one, all in different markets.

Algaroo has reported no amazing volatility, of course we had the May core update, but up across every client, i've never had that before as a single surge.

Since they introduced the so-called rank-brain i've recorded massive swings, in comparison to pre-rank-brain ranking. Rank-brain seems aggressive in it's recalculations, it seems to be trying new things all the time, which isn't necessarily good for a fixed space like search.

Anyone else anomalously benefiting recently, sudden upswings with no extra work, across the board ?

Web Development / Re: Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar
« Last post by ergophobe on June 01, 2020, 10:39:32 PM »
>>But it is fun. Adventure!

I was just surprised how random it is and the fact that the searches
- [famous city]
- [famous city] [obscure feature of famous city]

yielded the exact same results and none of them were actually about said city, let alone the obscure feature of said city.
Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Last post by ergophobe on June 01, 2020, 10:33:42 PM »
Top pick: Desert Solitaire - I'd be surprised if you haven't already read this one but if you haven't, you MUST.

I have, but I've been thinking about reading it again. I recently read "All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West," by David Gessner. It's certainly not on my "best of all time" list, but I enjoyed it. If you loved Desert Solitaire, you might enjoy All the Wild That Remains.

As for Desert Solitaire itself, and especially the bit on "industrial tourism," it is rattling around somewhere in my brain almost every day, either explicitly or implicitly. The world would literally appear differently to me without that book even though I don't think I fully appreciated it at the time. I read it long before I moved to a national park, but I didn't really fully see how bits of it were lying latent in my mind until I moved here and couldn't see the world but through Abbey's eyes, at least a little bit.


That's one of the ones on my vague mental list. I just saw someone reading Black Swan in the last couple of weeks.... now if only I could track him or her down and steal that book....

>>The Radical King

I've been hearing a lot of whispers about this general topic (about how MLK had something like a 70% disapproval rating on the eve of his death, for example). I bet I would enjoy this one.
Web Development / Re: Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar
« Last post by Brad on June 01, 2020, 09:31:33 PM »

Heh, isn't for serious fact finding.  Wiby is about fun and finding independent, non-commercial, mostly HTML sites.  It only spiders 1 page deep, has no link pop and is selective about what it will accept in it's index.  It's about surfing the web not competing with Google.  It could care less about Google, it's about fun and exploration.

I classify it really as a non-hierarchical, directory that indexes metas and on page content of the page submitted, with human review.

But it is fun. Adventure!

Back on specialized:

I'd still like to see blog search engines and RSS search engines. It would be nice to not have to use Twitter to find newly posted  blog posts.
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