Read a little something about Roger Scime, who is a really cool and talented guy

Why Roger Scime?

Roger Scime
Roger Scime

I recently filled out an online job application, and in one of the fields it asked for information about me—about Roger Scime.

Well, I’m originally from New York (Long Island) and have lived in Nevada, via Chicago and Los Angeles, since 1980. Before moving to Reno in 2001, I lived in Las Vegas, where I had dual personae as a professional musician and founder/owner of a website company. Roger Scime: Right-brain, left-brain conundrum.

Roger Scime, writing and other jobs

I’ve always loved to write, both fiction and non-fiction, and although I have little regard for my own scribbles, have managed to convince enough people that my writing is valuable enough that I have been able to make a nice living at it at one time or another. Continue reading Read a little something about Roger Scime, who is a really cool and talented guy

In SEO high-quality content counts

High-quality content impacts SEOA few years ago I came across Stone Temple Consulting‘s  Eric Enge interview of Google’s Matt Cutts that dealt with the overriding importance of a website’s having  high-quality content.

During the course of the interview, Eric used an an example he’d employed in some of his SEO presentations, having to do with a person typing “frogs” into Google’s search box and how low-quality sites often failed to deliver the information the searcher was actually looking for.

In Eric’s example, while the text on the pages was technically non-duplicative, the content—the meat—wasn’t. It wasn’t new, it wasn’t original or authoritative. The content on the page added absolutely no value to what the user was seeking. It wasn’t high-quality content, just a regurgitation of what other sites had offered elsewhere. In other words, it could have been written by a monkey with a thesaurus!

Those other sites are not bringing additional value. While they’re not duplicates they bring nothing new to the table. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with what these people have done, but they should not expect this type of content to rank.

Not high-quality content . . .

Here’s Eric’s first example:

Here is some info on frogs:

Frogs are green
Frogs live in water
Frogs like to jump
Frogs are not toads

Thanks for reading our article on frogs

The keyword (as you can easily ascertain) is—of course—”frogs.” Not exactly high-quality content, is it?

Now, here’s a example of how someone might have taken the above and fleshed it out, so as to not receive a duplicate-content penalty.

Eric’s second example:

Frogs are interesting creatures, partly because they are green. Many people do not realize that they are not toads. Frogs like to jump and live in water.

But, frankly, the content is entirely duplicative. The text may be somewhat different, but the content is precisely the same and adds absolutely no value to a searcher’s understanding of frogs.

High-quality content might contain . . .

A post containing high-quality content might have added information about frogs’ different pigmentation (green,) how one differentiates between frogs and toads, how and why they jump, and the types of water features in which they live.

Read the entire interview.

Leave birthright citizenship alone!

THE US CONSTITUTIONDonald Trump,  Gov. Scott Walker,  Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Rand Paul (so far) don’t believe that children born in the United States are automatically citizens of the United States. In other words, they are in favor of either “revisiting” or repealing the “birthright citizenship” provisions of the XIV Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Donald Trump, from today’s Huffington Post.

 What happens is [Mexicans], they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby — [the lawyers are] saying it’s not going to hold up in court.

[…]

I don’t think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — and I know some will disagree — but many of them agree with me and you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship.

Continue reading Leave birthright citizenship alone!

Cary Tennis is still giving amazing advice . . .

Cary Tennis, Writer
The Thinker

A while back I posted a review of Cary Tennis’s book, Since You Asked, a compilation of his columns that appeared in (on?) Salon.com from 2001-2013.

While Cary no longer writes for Salon, he continues to offer the sanest, most insightful, and empathetic advice online or offline — anywhere—on his own website.

Cary also conducts regular writing workshops, a few of which I have been lucky enough to attend. He also hosts some pretty cool jam sessions.

 

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

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.