Attending SXSW Interactive 2009

I’ve been held back from attending SXSW before for money reasons and also for not being able to take time off of work, but I made a promise.  After reading all of the tweets, blog posts, podcasts and hearing the chatter from everybody from 2008 I made a promise that I would get to SXSW Interactive in 2009 no matter what.  That time has come and I’m happy to say that I will see you in Austin at the Omni and around town!

I’ve created my card that I’ll be handing out so look for that and feel free to leave feedback on the card as well in the comments.

7 Things About Me

A friend of mine, Steve Belt, recently tagged me in a meme to explain seven things about me that you, as a reader, most likely wouldn’t know from talking with me on a normal basis.  This has all the feeling of those lame myspace bulletins, but I feel the added transparency can help open me up and it seems fun and the bottom line; it’s content, something I’m otherwise lacking, so here we go:

  1. I was involved in mixed martial arts before it got trendy and have been through about 13 years on and off of Jiu Jitsu and Pankration training.  I originally got started because I was a skinny kid who had a bigger mouth than body to back it up.  One of the fireman (my dad was FD) was a 4th degree Black-belt Instructor and had started transitioning to Jiu Jitsu, and after talking with him I did some physical labor and electrical work in his condo he taught me everything, which led to classes and clubs later on.  Currently I’m not active, but I would like to get back into some Krav Maga or Savate training but they charge far too much.
  2. I can’t get enough information, whether it be reading more blogs feeds or simply watching endless hours of Discovery, Travel, History or Military Channel. I love knowing everything.  It’s sometimes a curse.
  3. I love math, physics, astronomy, and history.  This leads to my interest in reverse engineering everything, how things are made, or the reason a dragster was a tenth of a second from crossing the line first.
  4. I originally went to college for Aeronautical Engineering and got 3/4 of the way through before being introduced to programming for the internet and never looked back.  I like the puzzle aspect and problem solving of programming, even though it stresses me out at times.
  5. I live and breathe competition.  This goes for sports, work and even conversations; I can’t help it and it aggravates people but I definitely don’t like to lose.
  6. I can name just about every single military aircraft on site, new or old, including x-type and training aircraft.  And, just for kicks, I’ll throw in that I love air shows and love fly-overs at games or racing events.
  7. I actually do enjoy volunteering, although I don’t do it very much.  In the past I’ve built 6 houses and 4 parks with playgrounds for Habitat for Humanity using my construction background.  I’ve volunteered at Burn camps (summer camps for kids with severe burns) through the fire department and helped with construction and remodel projects for widowed military wives.  I like doing it because it makes me feel good but I do pick and choose the recipients.

Thanks for reading and now I’m passing the flame and tagging 7 friends so you can learn more about them as well:

      These are the rules to play the game:

      1. Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
      2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
      3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
      4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

      Why I Left MySpace

      MySpace has become the Goodwill / Walmart of social media sites. My leaving this late in the game may surprise many of you (assuming I would have left long ago) but I have hung out for some not-so-internet-savvy friends, but have finally made the decision official; I’m deleting my MySpace profile and not looking back.
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      .ME Domains for Personal Branding

      Today is the official public launch for the .ME TLD (top level domain).  It’s like a .com but it’s a .me – dig?  If you have a fairly popular name such as Chuck Reynolds, then I suggest you get out and secure your name before the next guy/girl.

      I can’t say enough about how important personal branding is these days, and I do blabber about it all the time, so secure your name and your kid’s names because the internet isn’t going anywhere and managing your reputation online starts with owning your personal brand.

      Most registrars should have active registration for .ME today.  I personally always use NameCheap for all my domains but if you are like the rest of the sheep you can use the other guys.

      So what domain.ME did you buy today?  I got (which for now I’m just forwarding to my .us name) – couldn’t get though… doh

      Flash gets some Search Engine Love

      Adobe Flash (previously Macromedia Flash) has long been a stealth containment of information, hiding its information from search engines.  The ever important need for your site’s content, including your all important keywords/keyphrases, to be properly indexed by the search engines has left flash web sites in the dark.  I’ve personally stayed away from using flash in web sites for anything more than non-content related interaction areas or animated galleries, slideshows, floorplan navigations, etc; basically anything not including copy or anything important to search bots.

      So yesterday Adobe and Google announced that Google, and soon Yahoo (after they “work some bugs out”), will be improving their indexing of Flash files.  This won’t solve all the problems with Flash content showing up on search engines and it’s not the complete and total package but it’s a great step in the right direction for Adobe Flash and their users.

      So what’s going to be indexed?

      All “textual content” in Flash files.  It’s not everything, including images and any descriptive text that those would contain, but will at least start to index your keywords and phrases.

      What’s not going to be indexed?

      I’m not a Flash expert by any means so I’m not real sure how Flash files are built but if you include your text in that initial movie, you’re okay, but if you pull data from XML files or another .html file Google currently won’t include those.  Also if you include your SWF file by way of certain Javascripting, Googlebot may or may not recognize that.  They didn’t get specific on that part but if you read into Googlebot’s javascript ability I’m sure you’ll figure it out.  (Give it a little more time and I bet Google figures that stuff out though.)

      So now what?

      I’m in no rush to start developing things in Flash just because of this news but it is good to know that Adobe is working on getting this done.  I still have my qualms about Flash and the way most web sites use it, its accessibility issues, and the problems of users having older versions and having to update, etc.

      I still say web site content and its navigation should not reside within a flash file and should be semantically marked up for the best search results and best accessibility.  This news also worries me that the people making those crappy flash sites will only use this news to justify their bad sites/code are just that much better.  Fail.

      Read the news from Google and from Adobe for source information and some more details.

      EDIT: (19 July 2008) – Google has rolled out an “update that enables support for common JavaScript techniques for embedding Flash, including SWFObject and SWFObject2”.  So one of the first issues with their news they’ve already fixed.

      Online Satellite Mapping – which is better?

      I need to start off by saying I’m an avid use of Google Maps much more so than Yahoo’s or Mapquest’s or MSN’s (mapblast) – I like the functionality, features and data presented with Google maps over the others. In a real world situation, such as having clients find my office, I wanted to know what was really the most updated image/data and best resolution between the mapping sites.

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      CSS Heading Image Replacement

      A friend of mine recently asked me to weigh in on a question on his blog from a client who was raising some questions after attending a SEO seminar regarding hiding text with css for headings and SEO. Here’s my 2 cents…
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      The Return of Rynoweb

      This isn’t so much of an introduction as it is a re-introduction to myself, Chuck Reynolds, and my blog

      Quick History

      This blog, in her hay-day, used to get around a thousand or so unique hits a day, depending on what I posted, and she made some good revenue for me through the Google Adsense program. I’d follow whatever was the latest trend on the net, whether it be funny, dirty, “illegal” or anything really, it didn’t matter; I’d post about it, link to cool stuff or host files that nobody could find for them to come here and get. All that and all before Digg, StumbleUpon, or any of the other traffic generators that are utilized today.

      So why did I stop? Honestly it hurt my relationship at the time and I got tired of doing it – it got to be a job in itself I didn’t want and I didn’t really care about anything I was writing and had no passion or drive to continue doing it. In another way, it was also due to me entering into the professional industry and beginning to learn how important name branding was starting to become on the net due to the way search and privacy in general was going. So one day I gave it all up, stopped blogging, stopped collecting checks from Google, and took the site down, removed the links and files and locked the doors.


      So why am I back and where is going now? Well I’ve never gone anywhere really. To make a long story short, I moved a few times, had a few girlfriends, grew up a bit, and more importantly over time I started two companies, WebMediaRx and LogoALL, which in December of 2008 I decided to resign from and focus more on freelance work and get back to running things the way I want. On the surface I help in strategy, architecture, and development Web sites and follow through with solid SEO skills for clients and agencies all day everyday. So what now?

      What it’s All About

      I still have that uncanny knack of finding stuff on the Internet but more importantly I read and learn a ton. I love learning just about anything really and the web industry changes so much from week to week it works well for me. The problem comes in when I want to open up a discussion or when I have questions or an opinion on something or have something to teach others that I’ve picked up or discovered and I have no where to discuss it, ask it, put it or say it.

      Welcome to Rynoweb

      I therefore welcome you to the new and most definitely improved and the new home and postings of Chuck Reynolds. The topics here will range from developing Web sites, to user security, to search engines, to Web tech, to social anything, to tips and suggestions, to art and design, to daily life on the grid. Mostly though, the articles will either educate you or expand your thinking on a subject and hopefully get you to discuss and interact with me and the rest of the community. These are my stories, opinions, and vices… here on rynoweb.


      As a final note; the link on your name to your site after posting a comment is free from the nofollow attribute common to blogs because I believe if you took the time to contribute to my site, I should therefore do the same in return and allow the engines to follow you back to your home. The sidebar is somewhat bare right now and I lack archives and informative page(s) but this site is most definitely a work in progress and will continue to be. I don’t feel anything is ever perfect and therefore will continue to modify and improve this site as I do with myself in my profession.

      Thanks to all who have read to this point and as always, stay classy and feel free to comment and contribute!

      Chuck Reynolds

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