A billion dollars in Great Britain is worth a trillion dollars in the United States

A billion dollars in Great Britain is worth a trillion dollars in the United States

A billion dollars in the US is worth a trillion dollars in the UK | Roger ScimeNo, this isn’t about international conversion rates, arbitrage, alternative universes, or even alien abductions (I’m only kidding about these last two.) It’s all about the way the different countries count their chickens and eggs.

You see, in the US, $1 billion is equal to 1,000 x $1,000,000, while in Great Britain, it was equal to 1,000,000 (one million) x $1 million. Get it? It’s sort of like the way the Brits like to add “u”s to words that Americans spell with just “o”s like color  (American) vs. colour (British.) Continue reading

SEO Infographic 2013-14

SEO Infographic | RogerScime.com

I put this SEO Infographic together for the company I work for to illustrate some of the relationships between SEO channels. The chart and the following explanations assume at least a moderate level of SEO knowledge and/or experience. Beginning at the top left, they are:  Continue reading

How to pronounce Scime

How to pronounce Scime

How to pronounce Scime.

I have a last name that is exceptionally difficult to pronounce, and a quick search of the Internet has shown me me that I am not alone. So, for every Scimé out there—and, especially for you kids who dread the first day of class, knowing what’s in store when attendance is called—this is how to pronounce Scime.

Play the song:

Read the lyrics:

“It’s Scimé”
by Roger Scimé

My friends, I’ve got a problem uncommoner than most:
A grammatical phenomenon that’s followed me from coast to coast.
The problem’s my last name: It’s unusual, you see.
It’s pronounced “shim-may” but it’s spelled S-C-I-M-E.

So, I get skime, skeem, shimmy, sheem, skimmy and skimay
Skymee and some others too indelicate to say.
But it’s SCIME, I say SCIME, please don’t pronounce it any other way
Pronounced SCIME, but it’s spelled S-C-I-M-E
Get over it, that’s how it’s spelled.
If you don’t like it, you can go to h**l!
‘Cause that’s that’s the only way to say SCIME

I went through life, full burdened, in pronunciatory hell,
Ridiculed by teachers too damned indolent to spell.
If I’d been named a Smith or Jones, how smooth life would have been.
But now that I’ve grown older, I embrace it with a grin,

When they say skime, skeem, shimmy, sheem, skimmy and skimay
Skymee and some others too indelicate to say.
But it’s SCIME, I say SCIME, please don’t pronounce it any other way
Pronounced SCIME, but it’s spelled S-C-I-M-E
There ain’t no “H”, there’s no “AY”
If you don’t like it, eat s**t and die.
Cause that’s that’s the only way to say SCIME

So, I hope this little tune has somewhat mitigated the awkwardness that sometimes accompanies introductions.

If any Scime (with or without the accent) has story about how their last name has helped or hindered their social or professional lives and would like to share, that’s what the “comment” field is for.


Reanna Scimé – a blast from the past

From 1980 until around 2001, I owned a home in Blue Diamond. Nev. I loved it there because it reminded me of some of the small towns in Upstate New York. While I was there, I earned a living as a professional musician on the Las Vegas Strip, got married and got divorced.

I also raised a beautiful daughter, Reanna Louise.

Blue Diamond being as small as it was only had a 2-room school house for elementary students, but many of the scdhool’s activities were community oriented, such as the annual X-Mas pagent, held in the Community Center—literally a quonset hut!

These videos were taken during the 1988 pageant, if I remember correctly, and feature (who else?) Reanna.

Today would have been my mother’s 95 birthday, and I post them in her memory.

Heads of State: How Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on Canadian Maple Leafs over the years

crownThe unchanging British Monarch?

Collectors—or even mere admirers of Canadian Maple Leafs—know that while the reverse of Canada’s official bullion coin may change motifs over different mintages, their obverses are unchangeable: One portrait or another of the currently reigning monarch—since 1953, Queen Elizabeth II—resides on each coin’s obverse.

Canada, of couse, is not alone in this. Coins from Australia, New Zealand, and even the tiny Isle of Man share similar “heads.”

But, how has the Royal Canadian Mint handled the inevitable aging of the Queen over the years?

The Maple Leaf Changes with the timesGeorgeVI_185

With its usual careful attention to detail, the RCM has portrayed on its Maple Leafs, Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy as she appeared during four periods of her reign. It may interest some to note that her immediate predecessor (both as monarch and on official coinage) was Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, the subject of the film “The KIng’s Speech.”

Period the 1st (1953-1964)ElizabethII1953_185

From 1953 through 1964, the regal profile of a 27-year old Elizabeth graced each Maple’s obverse, surrounded by the Latin for “Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, the Queen.”


Period the 2nd (1965-1989)

In 1965 the portrait of a 27-year-old monarch was replaced by a more mature 39-year-old, and the surrounding inscription shortened to, “Elizabeth II D G Regina.” This representation continues.

Period the 3rd (1990-2002)

The year 1990 saw the emergence of a 64-year-old, regal dowager, serene and secure in her Majesty and confident in her legacy. The Queen’s portrait, designed by Canadian Dora De Pédery-Hunt’s graced Canada’s currency through 2002.

Period the 4th (2003-Present)

In 2003, another Canadian artist—Susanna Blunt—saw her depiction of a 77-year-old Queen Elizabeth II appear on the obverse of each Canadian coin and paper-currency issue, continuing to this day.

Unlike the United States, which seems to reinvent itself every century or so, the British are proud of—some might say “tied” to—their traditions. And that may be why—although the face of the monarch might change over the decades—their “faces” will always be of Heads of State.

And, as Product Director for Goldmart.com (America’s Low-Cost Precious Metals Dealer™, I am proud to represent the Monarch—no matter her age or visage.

Would Woody Have Approved?

Woody Guthrie "This Land Is Your Land"

“This Machine Kills Fascists”

When Woody Guthrie submitted “This Land Is Your Land” for copyright in 1940, he wrote on the manuscript, ““This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”

I hope he wouldn’t mind if others just . . . I don’t know . . . added to it. After all, rearranging and adapting songs has always been in the best folk music tradition. And, that’s what I did, wrote a couple of additional verses.

But before I get to them, whoever’s reading this ought to know that the song that’s been called “A love song to America,” was just a bit subversive. In fact, Woody penned the piece as a response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” a song for which he had a decided distaste.

Two of the original verses that are usually omitted from school-house songbooks, because of their distinctly political tenors, are:

As I went walking, I saw a sign there,
And on the sign there, It said “no trespassing.”
But on the other side, it didn’t say nothing!
That side was made for you and me.

 In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I’d seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?

It is in the spirit of “This Land Is Your Land” that I offer three verses of my own:

On lines like cattle, our hopes unheeded,
We jobless waited, for the jobs we needed;
Wall Street was laughing, and I had to wonder:
Is this land still made for you and me?

 All Wall Street’s power and wealth can’t stop me.
Not its lawsuits threatening; nor its jail cells waiting.
I’ll sing my message—to whoever’s listening, ‘cause
I can still sing for you and me!

 No Plutocrat can purloin my freedom.
I’ve the Bill of Rights and The Constitution.
So, now lets rise up—and stand together. Remind them . . .
This land was made for you and me!

 Maybe it isn’t Woody, but I’d like to think he would’ve approved.

4 Awesome Compliments I Received Regarding My Recent Guest Appearance in a Virtual Classroom*

Roger Scimé, guest lecturerOkay, okay . . . I know I’ve been derelict in keeping this blog up to date. I keep promising to share intriguing, interesting, unique, original, curated, and so-called “remarkable” content, but continue to leave huge gaps.

This time, though, I’m making no promises: I’m just gonna go with the slow and see what happens.

So, then: A few weeks ago, it was my privilege to be invited to be a guest speaker at one of a friend’s online lectures in ethics at The International Academy of Design & Technology. The subject was “The Ethics of Feminism” or some such, and I was to play the part of the archetypal feminist. That was a few weeks ago.

Yesterday, Jerry shared with me a few of the comments he received from students who had either attended in real-time or had listened to a recording afterward. Here they are:

  1. I really enjoyed the guest speakers at the live chat and wish my work schedule would have allowed me more opportunity to attend the live chats
  2. The guest speaker was the highlight of the week; he made the topic “real” and interesting; hope to see more guest speakers like him
  3. The live chat classes were the best, and the most interesting was the guest speaker in week 4 – which I would love to see in more classes. It helps to hear life experiences from others that share your ideas; he was awesome!
  4. Roger in week 4 was our guest speaker. While I could not attend the live chat, I listened and wow! He made it all clear; to hear a real feminist was awesome! I would take the class again just to hear what he and Jerry had to say about other topics. Keep it up!

To say I was jazzed would be a classic understatement. I freely admit that I’m a frustrated academic at heart, and validation like this just makes life a bit more tolerable.

*NOTE: This headline construction is an over-the-top example of link-bait formatting. Of course, the content has to be compelling as well. . . .

Entertaining ideas . . .

My mother used to tell the story of how—at a very young age—I stood up in front of a crowd and, without any prompting, did an acceptable impression of Elvis Presley.

That’s when she knew, she told me, that music and performing were in my future. Accordingly, shortly afterward she bought me my first guitar—a Stella with Black Diamond strings—and thus set me on a course a course for the rest of my life. Continue reading