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Search Engine Optimization

Everyone asks me about SEO or Search Engine Optimization, and how to show up on the first page of Google. As you can imagine, this is a complicated topic, and Google’s algorithms are always changing. If you want to do Search Engine Optimization professionally, you really need to stay up-to-date with Google‘s constant upgrades.

My goal with this post is to go over the timeless basics of SEO. The things that, most likely, will never change.

Generally speaking, SEO can be broken down into two major categories. On-Page SEO and Off-Page SEO.
First, let’s talk about On-Page SEO since this part is completely 100% within your control, making it much easier to understand.

You Have A Reputation With Google

Before diving into keywords and how they affect your site, you need to be aware of the fact that you have a reputation with Google. Your website as a whole, and each individual web page on your site has a reputation level with Google. This is generally how Google decides who gets on page 1, and who ends up on page 18 in their search results.

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tnkPhoto.com is now live!

tnkPhoto.com is now live!

I am so happy to announce that the team of photographers I have been working with has created a new company, and we are live and ready to rock!

For years, I have been working with an incredibly talented photographer named Elmer Escobar. He is one of my best friends from high school and as far as I can remember he has always had a camera in his hands. He started shooting weddings about 10 years ago and has evolved an epic style that most photographers dream about

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The Advent of Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving cars are here.
They hit the roads in the California and the UK on a preliminary basis starting in 2014, and they will be on the streets in the US by the year 2017. By the end of 2016, the DMV is supposed to have sorted out a plethora of new laws to go along with these.. semi-conscious vehicles.

I want to reiterate that these cars are already on the road, self-driving cars are here!

There are others in the run too. The google car doesn’t even have a steering wheel!
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Virtual Reality Music Videos

The music video featured above is a VR Music Video made by Arjan van Meerten from the Netherlands. Being a musician, filmmaker and 3D animator, he was able to create this experience completely by himself using the Unreal 4 game engine. This is the first VR experience I’ve seen where the 3D environment is syncing to the audio, not the other way around. It’s the first look at what the future of music videos and some aspects of film for virtual reality could be like.
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Film VR

If you’re looking for a few places to either watch and/or submit Virtual Reality Films or video clips, here are a few spots to check out:
1. VRideo
2. Milk VR
3. VR Films

This article from New Scientist is a good primer if you’re unfamiliar with where Film VR is today. It goes over the great benefits, as well as a few downsides, but many of those are just problems that need solutions.
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Zombie House Game

I created this little zombie game using the ImpactJS HTML5 game engine. The game is still in a pretty rough state, and its been so long since I worked on it last, it’s going to take me a while just to try familiarize myself with my own code! When I was making the game, I practiced javascript everyday. After I got most of the game put together that slowed down and eventually stopped.

I’m not sure I’ll be going back into the Zombie House project, but Impact now has a 3D plugin available, called TwoPointFive. I think this is interesting since I’ve been playing a lot with the Oculus Rift. Maybe I’ll be getting back into ImpactJS, but with a new VR Browser project.. maybe something mobile specific hmmmm…

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Take A Ride With Me

I’ve recently fallen in love with slow tv. I would put an 8 hour train ride on the TV and play music while I tasked around the house all day. I decided to make my own slow tv dj set video.

1. Junior Boys – FM (Tensnake Remix)
2. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Waulking Song
3. Lindstrøm & Todd Terje – Lanzarote
4. Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite (Disco Mix)
5. Paradis – Hémisphère
6. Sébastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
7. Data – Money
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Lightning In A Bottle

“Lightning” is the latest release under my HMNRBT moniker and I’m not very happy with it. I had been finishing this song up when my computer decided to take a dump on me. Not only did I lose the project, I lost ALL of my projects, samples, libraries, everything. I could only recover a handful of files from the hard drives, and the mp3 posted above is one of them. It’s not the latest polished mix, but you can still hear it.
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