Showing posts with label SimiValley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SimiValley. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bruce Clay (go local biz!) provides a free SEO Power Tools and SEO Tutorial

PR Newswire - Free SEO Power Tools Now Available In the Most Complete SEO Tutorial on the Web

Bruce Clay, Inc. brings free, online SEO tutorial completely up to date with five critical search engine optimization concepts absent from other popular SEO guides. No email, login or download required to view and use the step-by-step tutorial and free integrated tools.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's digital world everyone is a marketer to some extent. Bruce Clay, Inc. has published an SEO tutorial that publishers of all technical levels may find bookmark-worthy due to free, embedded tools. Online marketing and public relations professionals, website and blog owners and content marketers can use the hands-on resource to check the SEO efforts on their own pages and their competitors'.


The Bruce Clay, Inc. SEO Tutorial, spanning 20 webpages, stands out among other online SEO educational resources available. It's the only SEO tutorial that includes free tools anyone can use, no sign-up, login, download or trial required.

And it includes vital SEO concepts not covered in any other popular SEO tutorial, not even Google's:

  • Tools to monitor backlinks and the process for pruning backlinks
  • Mobile SEO and user experience optimization by device
  • Competitive analysis and tools to do competitive research
  • SEO for video, audio and podcasts
  • Tools to do on-page optimization analysis

The free SEO tools integrated throughout the tutorial include:


I don't usually blog about SEO stuff, but this is a local company, one I walk by every so often, and they are giving away free stuff! So it's a win-win in my book :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microsoft Store is coming to a Mall near me, The Oaks in Thousand Oaks gets Microsoft'd

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - NEWS: Microsoft Store coming to Thousand Oaks, “The Oaks Mall”–May 13th, 2014

A Microsoft specialty store is opening on May 13th, 2014 at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. – one of 15 new locations coming.


  • May 13th, 2014


  • The Oaks Mall – Lower Level, near Center Court
  • 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360
  • Phone: (855) 270-6581

Web Page:

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The closest store to me right now is Century City, which is a 405 required drive and I really hate that freeway. This new store is pretty darn close and in a Mall we go to fairly often (okay it's been many months, but still it's a heck of allot closer... :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I live in the 4th "most pleasant," weather-wise at least, place to live in the US! Woot!

Simi Valley News - Study: Simi Valley Named Fourth-Most Pleasant Place to Live


Mayor Bob Huber is pleased to announce that Simi Valley has been named fourth on the list of “Pleasant Places to Live in the U.S.” The term “pleasant” was defined by a mean temperature between 55 and 75 degrees with “no significant precipitation or snow depth.”

As reported by, the list of “Pleasant Places to Live” was created by Kelly Norton, who compiled National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data for the past 23 years and determined that Simi Valley has averaged 156 “pleasant” days per year. The City of Oxnard was named third on the list with 166 “pleasant” days per year, and the City of Los Angeles was named number one with 183 “pleasant” days.

Norton is a designer and software engineer who resides in Georgia. He decided to identify “pleasant” climates after flying between Atlanta and New York throughout the month of January.

“We are very pleased that Simi Valley has been recognized as one of the most pleasant places to live in our country,” Mayor Huber said. “Our residents would definitely concur that the weather here adds to our quality of life.”" [GD: Post leached in full]

Simi Valley also still ranks high in the Safest Mid-sized Cities (well usually at least) category too... :)

Go Simi!

Friday, October 04, 2013, where your Local Government can get naked...(well, as in Budget Transparency, that is) - Simi Valley



What an awesome way to grok my home town's budget. While you'd think "budget = boring" this sight makes it actually fun to look at, explore and spelunk the budget. It's very eye opening to see where all the money is going...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

[Limited time local offer] LA Dodgers Do Simi a Good One... Out of respect for our July 4th Firework accident, Simi residents can get a discount for their July 12th game...

Simi Valley News - LA Dodgers Extend Special Offer to Simi Valley Residents on July 12

Out of respect of the events that took place on July 4 in Simi Valley, the LA Dodgers would like to extend a special invitation to all Simi Valley residents and their family and friends.  The team is offering special discounts for this Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies, starting at 7:10 p.m. on July 12.

Please click here to access the discount, create a Dodgers account, and use this special password: Simi

Special pricing is:

  • Infield Box $50 (regular price $80)
  • Preferred field Box $26 (regular price $50)
  • Loge Box MVP $45 (regular price $65)
  • Infield Loge Box $35 (regular price $55)
  • Preferred Loge Box $20 (regular price $28)
  • Reserve MVP $18 (regular price $28)
  • Infield Reserve $11 (regular price $20)
  • Preferred Reserve $9 (regular price $16)
  • Left field pavilion $14 (regular price $17)
  • All you can eat right field pavilion $26-28 (regular price $30-34)

Remember to use the special code: Simi [GD: Post Leached in Full]

There might only be one or two of you out there who can take advantage of this, but still I thought it a nice move by the Dodgers. Go Dodgers! Dodgers FTW :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Does social media hurt or help? Well here's one pooch, and family, it helped...

Simi Valley Missing Pets is a Facebook page that's a labor of love focused on helping local, Simi Valley, pets find their humans, humans their pets, pets new humans, etc. This update today touched my heart in a "wow, that's just awesome" kind of way...


I love it when this works the way it should. 45 min ago I was sent a pic of a found boxer. 17 min ago I posted it. 14 min ago someone saw the post and said it looked like a dog she knew. 4 min ago the owner called me. 2 min ago the dog was on it's way home.~ All in 45 min. All because of networking at its best.~

One of the comments;

Thank you SO MUCH to this page & people willing to help a scared dog running down the street, I KNEW this was Tank, he's my buddy & much loved by his owners (& me!), when I called him, his owner said "please tell me you found my dog" & was so happy he was safe.

Simi Valley Missing Pets

I just got a call from a second friend of the boxer's owner! What I love about this the most is it gives everyone a chance to help. You can be at work and just happen to see a post that is about a pet you know. And I notice so many people are more apt to stop and pick up a stray knowing they have a community that is here to help. Gone are the days that if you find a pet you must keep it or take it to the pound!

Kudos to Simi Valley Missing Pets, our community for helping out a stray and to social media in general. Tank and family are so much happier because of you...


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Music of the... Simi Valley couple that's part of the Smithsonian gaming exhibit... (Think "8 Bit Game Geek Music Madness")

Ventura County Star -Simi Valley couple's music is part of Smithsonian gaming exhibit


Simi Valley couple Seth and Michelle Sternberger are proof you can make a career out of video games.

Five songs from their bands — 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer — were selected to provide the soundtrack at the entrance to "The Art of Video Games" exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit, which runs from Friday through Sept. 30, will explore the 40-year evolution of the genre. When it leaves the Smithsonian, it will tour the country for five years.

Visitors to the exhibit see a 12-foot projection that includes footage from most of the 80 games featured in the show, said Georgina Goodlander, coordinator for "The Art of Video Games."

"The exhibits team struggled to come up with the right soundtrack for this — something that would capture the excitement and energy of the games without being specific to any one title or genre," Goodlander said. "We had seen Seth and Michelle perform and thought that their music was the perfect fit. We are thrilled that they not only allowed us to use several of their tracks, but that they also titled one in honor of the exhibition."

"The Art of Video Game Anthem" and two other songs — "Mini Dub Bounce" and "Chip on Your Shoulder" — from their band 8 Bit Weapon's new album, "Bits with Byte," along with two songs from the "Modemoiselle" album of Michelle Sternberger's solo project ComputeHer — "Twilight Byte" and "Dark Pub" — will be on a continuous loop at the entrance


Not only is this kind of geek-cool, but it's a local couple too! Got to love that...

You have to check out their site, and their music page,, where you can buy their CD's or download a few of them free (like the TRON one! :)


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Rent-A-Grandma" (really... )

Ventura County Star - Rent-A-Grandma helping older women find work

"Shelley Walta needed a job.

Michelle Julien needed a grandma.

Todd Pliss saw an opportunity.

Pliss paired the Simi Valley women through Rent-A-Grandma, a Los Angeles-based employment agency he founded in 2010. The agency places older women with families in need of everything from child care to domestic help to cooking to pet-sitting.

After he launched Rent-A-Grandma, put up a basic website and passed out a few business cards, he heard from Fox News.

"They did a segment on us and the phone started ringing," Pliss said. "We got slammed. We got calls from all over the U.S."

He also got about 600 requests from people wanting to open franchises. A Rent-A-Grandma is opening soon in Virginia, two have opened in Texas this year and Pliss is considering franchises in Florida. His business has been featured in national media outlets such as AARP magazine, ABC News, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, Business News Daily, CNBC and National Public Radio, to name a few.

This month, Pliss met with a producer for some of Oprah Winfrey's programs about the possibility of a reality show involving Rent-A-Grandma, he said.

"They seemed pretty serious," Pliss said. "We'll see."

Walta, 48, was laid off from her job in 2005, and separated from her husband. She needed a job, so in 2011, she answered an ad on Craigslist, where Pliss was advertising, and drove to Woodland Hills for an interview. Walta had worked as a receptionist but most of her skills were those she had gained as a mother to her children.

"I told him about how I've been told I'm a domestic goddess because I can do cooking and sewing and gardening and everything around the house really well," Walta said.

It was exactly what Julien, 40, needed. The Simi Valley first-time mom and her husband both work, and she wanted reliable care for her 2-year-old, Ryan. She wanted someone mature, rather than a young baby sitter.

"I worried about Ryan being unsupervised, and him being a 2-year-old, I was afraid he would get into something he wasn't supposed to and the teenager wouldn't be paying attention or watching TV or on the phone," Julien said. "With Shelley, I'm very at ease. I know she's watching Ryan and he's not going to get into the cupboards and get detergent and pour it all over the place."

Some families' preference for the dependability and knowledge of an older woman is the marketing hook Pliss saw when he first got the idea for Rent-A-Grandma.


The nice thing about Rent-A-Grandma, she said, is taking age out of the interview process.

"People know you're older before they even interview you," she said. "You don't have that hurdle to jump over."

Grandmas make $15 to $20 an hour, depending on the type of work, Pliss said. Rent-A-Grandma takes 12 to 15 percent commission before the Grandma gets her fee.

Pliss has placed about 75 Grandmas since opening the business but said many more have been placed through the website, which serves anyone in the world.

"We're trying to automate it as much as possible," he said.

As Pliss' business expands, he also is planning a Rent-A-Grandpa branch, based on the men who have called him.

"They'll call and say, 'I want to be a Grandma,'" Pliss said with a laugh. "I say, 'What part of 'You're not a woman' don't you get?'"

Pliss said "Rent-A-Grandpa" will probably be more of a handyman service. He expects to launch it sometime this summer.


Rent A Grandma


That's awesome, I mean besides the cookie (well okay, that looks awesome too). I thought this story very inspiring...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

While I can’t condone breaking the law, this was a pretty awesome senior prank… "Mr. Pickles" FTW! - 30 Foot Gorilla, Mr. Pickles Found

“Simi Valley - Call off the search! "Mr. Pickles," a 30 foot gorilla that vanished from a Simi Valley car dealership has been found!

The inflatable ape was found at a local high school in what may have been a senior prank. Hal Eisner has the story in this video report.


My son attends Royal H.S. (as I did many many years ago) so this has a personal connection of a  vague sort. Like I said, I can’t condone breaking the law, this was pretty awesome.

I’m glad they are not going to press charges, seem to embrace the exposure/opportunity, and I’m glad no one got hurt doing this, but let’s let this end here. Someone could really get hurt trying to top this…

Sunday, September 12, 2010

5th Annual 9-11 Freedom Walk Pictures

This is the first time I’ve tried the new Windows Live Writer Photo Album feature, so I’m also cross posting the pictures to a Facebook album here.

Here’s a couple panorama's that I liked;

IMG_2207 Stitch 

IMG_2227 Stitch

Update: Not sure why, but the “View Slide Show” doesn’t seem to work. I’m getting a blank page, or browser weirdness/crashes/etc.

The Pictures on SkyDrive can be directly accessed here, and/or the Facebook pictures here


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Fifth Annual Simi Valley Freedom Walk - See you there…
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Third Annual Simi Valley Freedom Walk, 9/11/2008
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