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Thanksgiving Shopping and Eating Guide

23 Nov

Everyone’s minds are on focused on Thanksgiving this week. Whether you are sweating having a big Black Friday, sweating from your Black Friday /Grey Thursday shopping excursions or just sweating from  massive gravy and turkey consumption (4500 calories for a typical T-Day meal) this week should be an interesting one.

 Black Friday Shopping

If shopping is your bête noire or if it’s more of a traditional post tryptophanic exercise, you’ll want to know who is open and when, so you can plan accordingly.

Best Buy: Opens 5 PM Thanksgiving Day; closed from 1 AM to 8 AM on Friday morning, reopens at 10 PM.

Costco: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 9 AM to 8:30 PM Friday.

GameStop: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 5 AM Friday.

Kmart: Opens 6 AM, closes 10pm Thanksgiving Day.

Kohl’s: Opens 6 PM Thanksgiving Day, closes midnight reopening Friday 8 AM to midnight.

Lowe’s: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 5 AM on Friday.

Macy’s: Opens 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day open through the night until closing10 PM on Friday.

Sears: Opens at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, closes at midnight. Reopens 6 AM to 9 PM on Friday.

Staples: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Opens 6 AM Friday.

Target: Opening at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, and will stay open overnight until 11 PM or midnight on Friday.

Toys/Babies ‘R’ Us: Opens at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day; stores will keep their doors open until 11 PM on Friday.

Walmart: Most stores will already be open, but their official Black Friday event starts at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day.


Thanksgiving Dinner Costs

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that for the first time, the cost of the average Thanksgiving meal, will top $50.

The average cost of this year’s feast, composed of 12 typical items, is up slightly from last year, from $49.41 to $50.11.

While avian flu and pumpkin shortages won’t have a huge effect on prices this year, and frozen orange juice concentrate futures  remain unaffected as well, turkey prices are up 6.4%.

A 16-pound turkey will go from $23.04 to $21.65, while sides like sweet potatoes, rolls, stuffing and pumpkin-pie mix/shells are up by about $0.01 to $0.08, according to a survey by 138 volunteer shoppers in 32 states.

Price reductions include a gallon of whole milk ($0.14 cents less), fresh cranberries, green peas, miscellaneous ingredients and a relish tray will cost you less as well (from $0.03 to $0.30 less).

“Retail prices seem to have stabilized quite a bit for turkey, which is the centerpiece of the meal in our market basket,” John Anderson, the farm group’s deputy chief economist, said in a statement. “Despite concerns earlier this fall about pumpkin production due to wet weather, the supply of canned product will be adequate for this holiday season.”


Happy Thanksgiving to all.Thanksgiving-Clip-Art


Amazon Flex -es It’s Delivery Muscles

29 Sep

Amazon officially launched its new Amazon Flex package delivery option yesterday, using everyday drivers to deliver packages in their own cars Uber-style.

The company advertises drivers can make $18 to $25 per hour provided you are  at least 21-years-old, have a car, driver’s license, a clean background check and an Android phone. Amazon’s driver recruiting website opines that these jobs offer advantages that traditional employees don’t enjoy i.e. schedule flexibility.

Amazon Flex launched in Seattle on Tuesday and is now recruiting drivers to handle Prime Now’s 1 & 2 hour deliveries. Flex will be offered in eight other cities, including NYC.

Amazon tells the Wall Street Journal it will continue to use its previously contracted courier companies  for  same-day deliveries, but it will now also have the ability to route some orders through Flex.

“There is a tremendous population of people who want to work in an on-demand fashion,” Clark told the WSJ. “This is another opportunity for people to work with the company.”amazon flex

Configure Google Analytics to Alert You to Organic Traffic Changes

3 Aug

If you’ve ever wanted Google Analytics to automatically alert you to changes in your organic traffic, Ben Goodsell at SE Land  shows you how.

New Gig

23 Jul

I’ve taken a new gig over at Myers Media Group. MMG is an enterprise SEO house that handles only the world’s best brands. They leverage Big Data with technology to massively scale content creation and linking, opening up vast new opportunities for their clients.

And when I say ‘massive’…you just have no idea. Give me a call or send me an email to say hi anytime.


Privacy Minded Search Engine Passes 3 Million Searches 8 days after Hitting 2 Million

19 Jun
  • DuckDuckGo  tweeted this morning about its latest milestone: more than three million direct searches in a single day.


Last week they had just cracked the 2 million mark.

Two other alternate search engines, and, that also focus on  keeping searcher activity private, also just announced that they passed three million daily searches.

With the focus on the NSA and the PRISM eavesdropping and snooping scandal, a once cottage industry is starting to gain traction.

Google Checkout To be Retired; Say Hello to Google Wallet

21 May

Retiring Google Checkout Announcement

On November 20th, 2013, Google will shut down its Checkout product. Here’s how this may affect you:

  • Merchants selling digital goods may transition to Google Wallet for digital goods
  • Merchants selling through Google-hosted marketplaces (e.g. Google Play) will be unaffected
  • Merchants selling physical goods will need to switch to third-party alternatives (see below)

This decision was not made lightly—ultimately, we decided our focus is best concentrated on other areas of the payments space. As we begin to sunset this product, you can expect to see a number of changes through 2013:



Product Change

May 20th, 2013

Last day to sign up for Google Checkout

November 20th, 2013

Last day to charge orders

November 21st, 2013

Last day to ship orders

November 27th, 2013

All outstanding orders will be cancelled

December 20th, 2013

Last merchant refunds permitted through Checkout


We’re committed to helping you remove Google Checkout from your sites, as well as assisting in finding alternative solutions for your payment processing needs. To that end, we’ve addressed many common questions below and throughout the Checkout Merchant Help Center. You can direct questions to our product transition specialists, available 24 hours a day at 1-855-WALLET-6. Thank you for being a user of Google Checkout.


Is Google offering a replacement product?

No, Google is not offering a replacement processing solution for physical goods and services. We’ve partnered with three premier players in the payments industry to offer alternatives for your eCommerce needs. The links below will guide you to more detailed information about each offering, including negotiated discounts for Checkout users:

We recognize this transition may be difficult; it impacts you and your business. We’re committed to helping you with a smooth transition. While we are unable to offer a direct replacement for Google Checkout, we are continuing to invest in a variety of exciting new payments products to meet real world needs for both buyers and sellers. You can learn more about our recently launched payments products below:


First ever website brought back to life at its original URL

30 Apr

From CERN:

When the first website was born, it was probably quite lonely. And with few people having access to browsers – or to web servers so that they could in turn publish their own content – it must have taken a visionary leap of faith at the time to see why it was so exciting. The early WWW team, led by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, had such vision and belief. The fact that they called their technology the World Wide Web hints at the fact that they knew they had something special, something big.

In 1993 the WWW team wrote an advert for the web that appeared in Tagung Deutsches ForschungsNetz. They wrote:

“To find out about WWW:

telnet [a command you would type into your network-enabled computer]

This will give you the very basic line-mode interface. Don’t be disappointed: use it to find out how to install it or more advanced graphical interface browsers on your local system.”

I think the ‘don’t be disappointed’ is crucial here: the WWW team knew that they had something revolutionary that could look rather ordinary, even disappointing. But they had an idea of what they were building.

The first URL was:

For many years, this URL has been dormant, inactive. It simply redirected to the web host root of

We just put the files back online, using the archive that is hosted on the W3C site. This is a 1992 copy of the first website. This may be the earliest copy that we can find, but we’re going to keep looking for earlier ones.

Take five minutes to browse the first website. Don’t be disappointed…

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