Sticky post Your Online Business is Different Than Your Office or Retail Store

Business websites require a lot more involvement than a personal blog does. There is something constantly going on in the business outside of the website that needs to be updated on the website. This could be products, inventory, new services and other things. This gets added to the content of your website. Every article, instruction, image, video, product and service description is content on your website. However, there is a whole lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes with business websites including everything from hackers trying to get in to techs doing server migration as systems evolve.sub-server-migration

Big business websites have teams that manage everything from taking product photos to security experts who monitor those attempts by hackers to force their way in or utilize new exploit discoveries. Like brick and mortar stores who have people who do everything from setting up displays in windows to loss prevention, there is an equivalent for business websites. Read more… »

I Will Never Put This off Again

After doing what I could to get out of seeing any dentist for a long time, I found myself in the position of needing one quickly. One of my teeth broke after biting into a simple hamburger. It stunned me when it happened and I panicked. I made some quick phone calls to ask people I knew who the best Grand Rapids dentist is that they knew of. I got some good advice, but then I noticed that three friends all referenced the same dental practice, so that is where I decided that I would go.

Aside from the broken tooth, I knew that I had some cavities that needed to be looked at. Read more… »

Deals on Electricity in Texas

My wife and I just bought a house in Texas and we are looking forward to moving in and to starting our new lives in the state of Texas. I think that it is going to be a good experience for the two of us. I am not really sure how long it is going to be, exactly, before we move into the new house, but I think it is going to be rather soon. So I am checking out this website for Texas electricity providers and trying to find some info that will help me to pick an electricity provider to go with.

I am pretty sure that we should try to go with the lowest rate available, but maybe there are some other considerations that would be worth taking into mind before we make our choice. I do not know much about electricity in Texas, except for the fact that it is not regulated here and so there are a lot of companies to choose from, which is something that I can say I have never experienced before. But it is kind of nice to have choices, I can tell you that much.

I like to have choices with regards to pretty much anything, because when one company is the only company that you can buy smiting from, there is nothing really stopping them from making you pay whatever they want. It’s like the company that made a ridiculous increase in the price of some medication that is used to treat AIDS. Absolutely deplorable, but they were the only company that could make the medicine at the time due to copyright protections or whatever, and so they were able to do that. Of course, the guy in charge of the company is in jail now, but that is a different story.

Live to Travel the World

I like to travel quite a bit. For me there is nothing like the freedom which travelling is able to provide to a person; to see the wider world that’s beyond your own nation’s boundaries is the ultimate expression of human freedom. It’s a basic fundamental human right to be able to travel. Indeed, it’s something that humankind has done throughout the entirety of its own meager youthful existence on the planet. We’ve migrated to every continent on the planet so what’s to stop me from working at a shop printing in Brisbane even if I’m from the United States – Kentucky, of all places. When I look back on my Facebook to see how few of my friends from high school have chosen to travel themselves I’m always blown away. Some of them haven’t even left the tiny town that the majority of us grew up in and fewer still have actually left the state itself. Read more… »

NASCAR Statement on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

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NASCAR issued a statement about the controversial new Religious Freedom Law in Indiana – home of the Brickyard 400 at IMS.

“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.”

NASCAR has not been silent on similar issues in the past.  In 2014, before a race in Phoenix, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar law that passed in Arizona. At that time NASCAR said, ““We are pleased with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of SB1062. NASCAR actively strives to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the motorsports industry. NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, gender, national origin, age, color, disability, religion, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.”

In 2013 when driver Nelson Piquet Jr posted a homophobic slur on social media, the sanctioning body fined the driver and released a statement saying , “Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport. NASCAR’s Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code.”

 

The Phoenix Gaynalysis – 8 Men Enter

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8 men enter.  Only 4 leave. Sounds like a fun night!

Kevin Harvick had one job to do….and he did it, happily winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.   The driver of the #4 Budweiser did it commanding fashion, leading 264 of 312 laps.

The win locks Harvick into the Final Four Spots that will decide the Championship next week in North Cuba.  No other driver had anything for the #4 as Harvick lept to a commanding lead on every restart – despite a record 12 cautions giving others ample opportunities.

The other three spot locks were more fluid than a baby’s diaper as the race wore on in front of a sold out crowd in the desert.

Locking in are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.   Knocked out contention were Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

The 4th spot was yanked out of Jeff Gordon’s hand on the last lap when Ryan Newman  “moved” Kyle Larson in Turn 4 – sealing his chance to compete for the Sprint Cup.

Gordon squared off “West Side Story Style” with Brad Keselowski last week in Texas after Bad-Brad made a move to try and steal the victory.  When asked about Newman making a similar move today to knock him out of contention, Gordon said, “it made last week even tougher to swallow,” adding, “if (that move) is acceptable then, it is acceptable now.”

Newman made it into the final four by the skin of his neck. For his part, on bumping Larson, Newman said, “I did what I had to do, I don’t like racing like that. I didn’t take him out. He still finished the race. In a day or two, he’ll understand.”

Never give up!  It is a lesson we were all taught as a kid but a lesson that Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano really took to heart today.

On lap 32 Hamlin got a flat tire during a pit stop when the valve stem was knocked off by the air gun. The odd incident caused Denny to pit a second time and lose a lap.  Many wrote off the #11 team but they fought back for a 5th place finish.

Logano’s day seemed to run downhill several times.  On lap 124, during a pit stop the #22 team was penalized for removing equipment from the pit box.  Starting in the back of the field, it didn’t take long for the lightning quick Harvick to put Logano a lap down.  On lap 212 when Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer made contact, Joey went low to avoid the #18 and in the process contacted Danica Patrick.

The contract resulted in a tire rub on the #22.  After the race Logano said, “We (Danica) hit pretty hard but it didn’t knock the toe out. When NASCAR threw the red flag we had time to talk about the damage on the radio and for me to calm down.”  The #22 quickly pulled the fender out and kept Logano in contention.  JoLo fought to the end and finished P6, sealing his place in the final four on points.  His teammate, Brad Keselowski, didn’t fair so well at PIR.

Former Cup Champion Keselowski, who had the most wins of any driver this season needed to win again at PIR to grab one of those final four spots. He finished fourth – but that was three spots short.  The #2 had several shots at Harvick on multiple restarts but Miller Light had nothing for Budweiser today.

“We were just a little bit short,” said Keselowski. “Kevin was really, really strong all day long. We just weren’t strong enough to win. We were strong enough to run second or third, and ended up fourth. A lot to be proud of, just not enough.”

Now, a short message to all of the Chase Haters filling my timeline at the moment.  STFU!

Yeah, I get it.  If you’re a Keselowski or Gordon fan you are mad that your guy won’t have a shot for another title.  But if you’re a Hamlin or Newman fan you love this new format. This new format has delivered that every week and I expect it to deliver next week in Florida.  So sit back and enjoy the show!

 

Motor City Masters contestant creates Scholarship for LGBT Design Students

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Bryan Thompson, runner-up on this season’s Motor City Masters and recent Out of the Tunnel Podcast guest is putting his winnings to work.

Last night, on the final episode, Thompson came in 2nd to the talented Camillo Pardo.   After the show aired Bryan took to social media to make this announcement:

Congratulations to Camilo Pardo! It was an honor to compete alongside Camilo on#MotorCityMasters, and I had a blast.

We decided to share the prize, with the first place winner keeping the $100,000, and giving the Camaro to the runner up.

This means the world to me because it means I can create, and fund, the design scholarship that I was competing for.

Without further ado, I’m proud to announce the primary reason I decided to compete on this show: to fund The Bryan Thompson Design Scholarship, created to reward exceptional talent in Automotive Design.

Thompson went on to say that the new scholarship fund will reward talented design students by helping pay for eduction at College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design.

Grand Prix of Houston, Race 2 Sunday

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Takuma Sato looked for better results than Day 1

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Mike Conway had his hand bandaged after his shunt into the tires Saturday

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Jack Hawksworth prepares for Sunday qualifying

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Tires were a major story all weekend.

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Castroneves jumped to the lead early Sunday

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Tom Hessert Wins First Super Speedway Race at Talladega

Grant Enfinger, driver of the Casite-Motor Honey-Advanced Auto Parts #90 Ford, and winner of the first 3 races of the season in the ARCA racing series started from the pole at Talladega Superspeedway in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 and was looking for win number 4 of the 2014 season. Once the green flag flew, the front of the field ran single file up front for the first half of the race with Mason Mitchell, Justin Boston, Mark Thompson, and John Wes Townley rounding out the top 5 behind Enfinger.

Green flag pit stops began on lap 36 of the 76 lap event. Multiple drivers were penalized for speeding on pit road including leader Enfinger who had dominated the first half of the race. Clay Campbell, Mark Thompson, and Frank Kimmel were among the 16 pit road speeding violations. Justin Boston in the #25 Zloop Chevrolet took over the lead after pit stops until lap 54 when he was passed on the track by the Zaxby’s #15 of John Wes Townley.

The first and only caution of the race came out on lap 56 when Justin Allison, grandson of Donnie Allison, in the #88 HAVACOSales.com Ford, blew a right front tire and slammed into the side of Clay Campbell driving the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet for Ken Schrader Racing, causing Clay to spin out. The caution put many of the the penalized race cars back into contention for the win.

The race went back to green at lap 64 with John Wes Townley in first followed by Boston, Mitchell, and Tom Hessert. Bobby Gerhart, making his 300th start in the series took the lead with 4 laps to go and was quickly over taken by John Wes Townley. With two laps to go Tom Hessert, driving the #77 Cunningham Motorsports Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge took the lead for the first time of the day after passing Townley on the high side and lead the final two laps to win his first ever super speedway win and the 4th of his career. Hessert was followed by John Wes Townley in 2nd, teammate Austin Wayne Self, driving the #22, in 3rd, Mason Mitchell in 4th and Spencer Gallagher in the #23 rounding out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 were Derrick Lancaster in 6th, Bobby Gerhart 7th, Frank Kimmel 8th, Grant Enfinger 9th, and Buster Graham in 10th.

Leilani Munter, driving the #55 Blackfish Toyota for Venturini Motorsports ran in the top 10 most of the day and ended up finishing the race in the 14th position.

Familes of Flight 370 Forced out of their Hotel for Ferrari F1 Team

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The grief stricken families waiting for news of their loved one on Flight 370 have been forced out of their hotel on Friday.  Their rooms had been booked months in advance buy the Ferrari Formula One team for the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix.

Bernie Eccleston, F1 Chief, confirmed to NBC News that the block of rooms at the Cyberview Hotel in Kuala Lumpur were being taken by the Ferrari team.  “I feel terribly, terribly sorry for these people,” he said. “But it is up to the hotel. What would happen if you told somebody that they no longer had a booking? You would get sued, I’d imagine.”

Ferrari has yet to release a statement.

More than 3,000 team members, support staff and media travel to each Grand Prix race – this does not include the huge number of fans that are filling hotels in advance of the March 30th race.

Malaysian Airlines has transferred the families to another hotel – but it is about 30 miles from the headquarters that is heading up the search for the missing plane and providing updates to the relatives who are desperate for answers.