Short Trip to Lao

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Travel
Luang Prabang Lao Waterfalls

This beautiful waterfall is just outside Luang Prabang Lao

I just returned very late last night from a trip to Lao.

I have been many times to Lao, I love the country, it is a safe quiet little Buddhist country based between Myanmar, China, Thailand, and Cambodia. I would highly recommend it to anyone that already visiting a neighboring country, although it is beautiful, most of the country is inaccessible, and there is not really that much you can easily see.

The best way to view this country is by taking river boats up and down the Mekong river. There are some one or two week trips available you can book at the travel agents in Vientiane, you can usually get away with only spending about $20-$30 USD per day for food, travel and accommodation.

I visited the capital city, Vientiane, this week which is right on the Mekong river. Vientiane is beautiful, it is often referred to as Asia’s Paris. It has lots of large green trees all around the city, tons of beautiful Temples, and a lot of french architecture. The food is excellent,  and the people are very friendly. There are virtually no cars making the air fresh and the city quiet enough to listen to the birds.

If you ever go to Vientiane I would highly recommend visiting the Buddhist sculpture gardens just outside of the city, most people overlook this treasure, the monk that created this garden later went over the river to Nong Khai in Thailand and created a second sculpture garden.

There is also a nice little hippy community on a beach on a bend in a nearby river from Vientiane, I have not been there yet  but it does seem like my kind of place.

Nong Kai Thailand Sculpture Garden

Nong Kai Thailand Sculpture Garden Across the Bridge from Vientiane

I have added some images from the Thai version of the sculpture gardens, the Lao one is very much the same, ufortunatly I do not have my pictures with me from the Lao version, same artist anyhow and they are only about two KM apart as the crow flies.

Anyhow this is just a quick post, I am still very tired from the trip, I will likely talk more about it later. Though more about the people I met while traveling this time.

Does PageRank Matter? What Does Google PageRank Mean? Will PageRank Get Me More Traffic?

Jan 18th, 2010 | Filed under Computers and Internet, Work

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about Google PageRank, which has compelled to post this article. The general response on forums these days is that PageRank doesn’t matter, but it does, just not probably in the way most think it does.

Let me explain what I know about Pagerank, which is more than most people,  and then  you can decide if Google PageRank  matters to you or not.

What Does Google PageRank Mean?

  • PageRank is the name of Google’s link analysis algorithm, and is a tool used by the Google search engine.
  • PageRank analyses incoming links to a web page and measures its relative importance to the site.
  • PageRank  assigns  values of relevance, and authority to the incoming links, this is to help Google return the best possible, most relevant search results to the search tool users.
  • (Links from sites about dinosaurs to sites that sell televisions are not really relevant are they? PageRank would rate this link very very low)
  • PageRank will  be transferred from the linking web page to the linked to web page, this is often referred to as “Link Juice”.
  • The “Link Juice” can then travel from the linked to web page to any other pages linked off of that page, whether internal or external pages, and then the “Link Juice” will continue to travel from those pages onto all the other pages linked from there etc etc.
  • The “Link Juice” deteriorates every time it travels from one place to another. Pages that link out to other pages actually lose some of their Juice.

Note: The site that links out will still lose some of its PageRank by linking out, even if they use the NoFollow tag.

Does PageRank Matter?

Yes, of course it does, if you want to have more customers from Google for your keywords.

If you are the only one using your Keywords, and have no competition then it won’t matter as much, but everything you type including these words here may come up in a Google search at one point or another.

Will PageRank Get me More Traffic?

Yes, more traffic from Google, but how much more will depend on your site and keywords etc.

If there are many Websites with exactly the same relevance score for a particular keyword a customer is searching for, and you have the highest PageRank, you will usually be at the top of the search results. If you have the lowest you will generally be at the bottom of the search list.

To demonstrate this I will search Google for the word “The” (Obviously one of the most common words on the internet.)

Google Search for The

If you hade a PageRank of 10, you might make the top result for “The”

Results 1 – 10 of about 10,110,000,000 for The

 

 

You will notice the first results are always going to be very high PageRank, but not necessarily the highest because Google takes relevance into the equation.

The top four results here are PageRank 9, 8, 8, and 8 respectively.

You can see all the top results are of extremely high PageRank, imagine all the visitors  you could have if you had  a PageRank of 10.

Unfortunately I believe only Google has attained PageRank 10.

Is Google PageRank Important?

It certainly is to me, but it isn’t the only important thing in a website, I run a funny t-shirt website,  and decent keywords for funny shirts are extremely competitive.

When I type Funny T-Shirts into Google I get the following message

Results 110 of about 33,500,000 for funny t-shirts.

When I do this, funny-tshirts.com actually gets the top search result, it is just more relevant than PlanetaryBargains.com, it has a PageRank of 3. Even if I had a PageRank of 5 or 6 I probably still couldn’t beat them for that keyword, but I would certainly move up the list, I am pretty sure if I had a PageRank of 10 I would be on the front page.

How do I Increase PageRank?

  • The more relevant links to your website the higher your PageRank will be.
  • The higher the PageRank of the page that links to you the more “Link Juice” that will be transferred, unless they use the “NoFollow” tag.

So now you will have to decide if it is important to you.

For me personally I wish I had a very high PageRank,  I would get more people to visit it if I did, but if my website is not up to par, they wouldn’t stay very long would they?

You may wonder why my PageRank of my homepage today is only at a two, well that is because I dont have that many incoming links, and at the same time lose all my PageRank by having fifty or so outbound links to the rest of my website. I may actually be higher than two already, but the Google Toolbar is generally months out of date. The low number however doesn’t stop me from getting more than halve a million visitors each year.

If you really want to help, link to me, you know I could use it. After all PageRank does actually matter.

The Communist Party Shirt

Jan 13th, 2010 | Filed under Shirts
The Communist Party Shirt

The Communist Party Shirt-Click Image $17.99 USD

As a journalist, I often have to go to places that could end up getting me flagged on some sort of watch list.

I attended a meeting recently, don’t mean to name drop, but in attendance there was  none other than Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Karl Marx, and Joseph Stalin.

It was quite a lively affair, there was a vodka spiked punch, party hats, lamp shades, and Cuban cigars.

I must admit when these guys all get together it can be quite entertaining.

I took a photo of that night, and placed it on this t-shirt, you can have a look below.

There are more pictures of the event if you click on the image.

Hooray Its The Communist Party ! Anyone have a party hat ? Wee this punch sure is strong, hey Mau did you bring any fortune cookies? Yes Castro I will trade them for a cigar ! Weeeee !

Mount Rushmore Rocks

Jan 10th, 2010 | Filed under Shirts, Work

This is possibly the most important story of my life or anyone else’s for that matter.

I have often wondered what all the American Presidents sitting up there on Mount Rushmore would say if they could see the current state of their nation.

With the enormous curiosity that grew inside me ever since I was a  child and first  saw images of this amazing mountain sculpture. I packed my bag, grabbed my passport, reporters notebook, camera, recorder, and  air ticket.  Then literally  ran off to the airport to get this incredible story.

I won’t bore you with the details of my eighty seven hour flight, and ten week drive to the mountain, but let me just say,  I will never eat another kit-kat with my right hand ever again.

Upon arriving to this historic and amazing place, a piece of wonderful nature and art combined, I set up my camera, and recorder, got out my notepad, and prepared to document this once in a lifetime event.

I have placed my work below for you to have a look at the amazing and important events that transpired.

Mount Rushmore I'm Stoned Dude We Rock Funny Shirt - Click to see more or buy $17.99 USD

Washington and Lincon Share a Message T-Shirt - Click Image $17.99 USD

Funny Olympic Martial Arts Fighting Shirt – Karate Kid Tee

Jan 7th, 2010 | Filed under Shirts, Work
Funny Martial Arts Competition Shirt

Olympic Martial Arts Fighting Shirt - Click on Image $17.99

Karate Kid Training:

Miyagi: First, you wash all the car. Then wax. Wax on…

Daniel: Hey, why do I have to…?

[Daniel wonders if Miyagi is picking on him just like all the kids at school do.]

Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

Daniel: Yeah, but…

[Daniel begins to wonder why he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Hai!

[makes some circular gestures with hands]

Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget breathe, very important.

[Miyagi: walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

[Daniel in protest tries to stop breathing, but cant because he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

Real Martial Arts School Training (Where the popular kids go):

Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

[Kreese thinks he is cool, and wants to beat up some of the kids in his class later for fun]

Daniel arrives to the fight with his new wax on wax off skills

Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

Miyagi: Don’t know. First time you, first time me.

[Daniel thinks WTF]

Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

[Daniel thinks he is going to die]

Miyagi: For life, not for points.

[Miyagi also thinks Daniel is going to die]

Daniel Walks towards his doom

Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?

[Daniel thinks he is going to die soon]

Miyagi: Hai. Number three.

[Miyagi tries to hold back a smile, knowing Daniel is in for it]

Daniel: What’s that guy kneeling like that for?

Miyagi: Don’t know.

[Miyagi knows what he is kneeling for, he is praying for forgiveness for the things he is going to do to Daniel]

Daniel: Don’t you know anything you can tell me?

Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.

Kreese: Bobby – I want him out of commission.

Bobby: But Sensei, I can beat this guy!

Kreese: I don’t want him beaten.

Bobby: But I’ll be disqualified!

The opponents bow.

[Bobby shuts out all outside destractions, concentrats on Daniel, thinks through several fight scenarioes in his mind, remembers his training]

[Daniel prepares to Wax off]

They both assume fighting stances.

The fight begins.

Bobby kicks off Daniels head.

[Daniel wonders why he is such a loser]

UFC Fight Tee

Karate Kid Gets It Shirt

The actual story behind The Karate Kid, non hollywood version:

Karate Kid Training:

Miyagi: First, you wash all the car. Then wax. Wax on…

Daniel: Hey, why do I have to…?

[Daniel wonders if Miyagi is picking on him just like all the kids at school do.]

Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

Daniel: Yeah, but…

[Daniel begins to wonder why he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Hai!

[makes some circular gestures with hands]

Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget breathe, very important.

[Miyagi: walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

[Daniel in protest tries to stop breathing, but cant because he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

Real Martial Arts School Training (Where the popular kids go):

Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

[Kreese thinks he is cool, and wants to beat up some of the kids in his class later for fun]

Daniel arrives to the fight with his new wax on wax off skills

Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

Miyagi: Don’t know. First time you, first time me.

[Daniel thinks WTF]

Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

[Daniel thinks he is going to die]

Miyagi: For life, not for points.

[Miyagi also thinks Daniel is going to die]

Daniel Walks towards his doom

Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?

[Daniel thinks he is going to die soon]

Miyagi: Hai. Number three.

[Miyagi tries to hold back a smile, knowing Daniel is in for it]

Daniel: What’s that guy kneeling like that for?

Miyagi: Don’t know.

[Miyagi knows what he is kneeling for, he is praying for forgiveness for the things he is going to do to Daniel]

Daniel: Don’t you know anything you can tell me?

Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.

Kreese: Bobby – I want him out of commission.

Bobby: But Sensei, I can beat this guy!

Kreese: I don’t want him beaten.

Bobby: But I’ll be disqualified!

The opponents bow.

Theu both assume fighting stances.

Bobby kicks off Daniels head.