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Today’s Reading List: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

What we are reading for Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

  • Are Thanksgiving traditions a relic of the past? A Google Trends investigation | Search Engine Watch | http://g-3.me/1IaYHaP
  • Google Accelerated Mobile Pages In Search Coming Early 2016 | Search Engine Roundtable | http://g-3.me/1Nd6EMQ
  • 30+ Important Takeaways from Google’s Search Quality Rater’s Guidelines | Moz | http://g-3.me/1Yuu9VA

Today’s Reading List: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

What we are reading for Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Dancing with Allie

November 21, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Dear Allie,

Allie and Darrin at the 2015 World Series Parade.

Allie and Darrin at the 2015 World Series Parade.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” I do. (What I cannot believe is that you are 16 today. Where has the time gone?)

Also, I cannot believe that I am one of those people who always wonders where the time has gone. When I wore a younger man’s clothes, I promised myself that when I grew older I wouldn’t say “back when I was a kid” and “I remember when” and “where has the time gone.” But I do say those things. And I am saying them now to you. And as our youngest child with a sister off at college, you get to hear it all the time now.

Allie, who can dance, with her dad, who can't.

Allie, who can dance, with her dad, who can’t.

But yes, I do believe in magic. For one thing, “Do You Believe in Magic” was the song played during our first Father/Daughter dance routine. I know you were petrified about how I was going to act — and how I was going to dance – in front of all those people in the Lee’s Summit High School auditorium.  (And you were right to be worried about my dancing!)

And I believe in magic because it is magic – a miracle – that you have any ability to dance at all. For though I am a proud Dance Dad (not as hard of work as being a Dance Mom … but still hard work) I. Cannot. Dance. Period. But miracles happen, and you have worked so hard at it, and you are able to dance, and I love that you can do something that you love so much.

I believe that, as my Darling Dance Daughter celebrates her birthday, I can reflect back on your 16 years (where in the hell did the time go?) as a wonderful daughter.

I believe I know exactly the moment that it became clear that dancing was your future. One year, you decided to give soccer a chance. You were pretty good at it, too. But I remember the moment when a boy on the other team blasted a shot off your leg. And I remember the look on your face that said, “That will be the last time I am standing on some goat pasture getting kicked by a ball on one of the legs I dance with.” With that kick, that first soccer season was also your last and you became a former soccer player and a full-time dancer.

The "Mizzou J-School and Erin Andrews Wannabe" sign worked in getting Ms. Andrews's attention.

The “Mizzou J-School and Erin Andrews Wannabe” sign worked in getting Ms. Andrews’s attention.

I remember your early interest in Mizzou sports. Early on, a lot of it had to do with watching the cheerleaders and Golden Girls. But you also knew a lot about the football and basketball teams, and we have always enjoyed great trips to games and Homecoming and GameDay and parades and House Decs and Bowl games.

I remember your interest in ESPN College GameDay, especially the segments with Erin Andrews. When Game Day came to Columbia in 2010, you made a sign for Erin: “Mizzou J-School and Erin Andrews Wannabe.” I was hoping beyond hope that you would get to meet her, but it looked grim for most of the morning.

Allie, Abbey and Erin Andrews

Allie, Abbey and Erin Andrews

I could not believe when we finally positioned ourselves in the perfect spot after GameDay was off the air and I heard Ms. Andrews, as she was meeting-and-greeting sponsors, read your sign aloud and head straight to you to chat for a moment, autograph your sign, and pause for a photo. I was so happy for you.

I don’t know when it was, exactly, but you kind of became a Daddy’s Girl. Mom spent a lot of time with you, helping with backstage dance stuff and hair and makeup and all the things dads can’t do. And I was often running your sister around to soccer fields all over the Midwest. And you are more liberal, while I am more conservative. And you can dance, and I can’t. And I like barbecue ribs and spicy food and you don’t. And you like high school boys, and I don’t like high school boys. But you somehow became a Daddy’s Girl. And I love that about you.

I believe you have a great high school career ahead of you. Your grades are awesome. Your teachers spoke so highly of you during our recent parent/teacher conferences. You do a great job on the Touch of Silver Dance Team and Heart of America Youth Ballet. I can’t wait to see where you go from here. I am proud of you.

I believe you will do great in journalism school, or whichever major you choose at Mizzou or Arizona State or some other warm place (hey, we better get some visits planned!). Whether you become a sideline reporter or writer — or whatever field you choose — you’ll do great. And I’ll be proud of you, just like I have been for your first 16 years.

So, yes, I believe in magic. And I believe in Daddy’s girls. And I believe in dance, and sideline reporting, and Instagramming, and attending college at your parents’ alma mater, or maybe going someplace warm for school. And I believe in you.

Happy 16th Birthday!



Today’s Kansas City Reading List | Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

What we are reading in the Kansas City news for Monday, May 11, 2015.

  • Nice story! | H&R Block Surprises Student with $120,000 Scholarship | H&R Block Newsroom
  • Much needed! | New 800-room convention hotel coming to downtown Kansas City | KCTV5
  • Core4 government supergroup tries to bury the (MO & KS) state line | The Kansas City Star

Today’s Reading List: April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Our Reading List for Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Today’s Reading List: April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Here’s what we are reading on Wednesday, April 29, 2015:

  • Study: Searchers Use Question Formats 27% Of The Time | Search Engine Land
  • Twitter’s share price crashed 18% thanks to ONE LONE TWEET | The Register
  • Bud Light Withdraws Slogan After It Draws Ire Online | NY Times
  • Microsoft aims for 1 billion devices running Windows 10 | CNET
  • Twitter’s Full Google Search Integration Is Coming In May | Search Engine Land

Today’s Kansas City Reading List

April 28, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Kansas City news we are reading today (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) …

  • ShotTracker hits the mark with endorsement deal | via @KCBizjournal
  • H&R Block’s Final ACA Stats: Refunds Impacted for Most Who Received Advance Tax Credit
  • Bill Self Teams With Former KU Wild Man for Lawrence Eatery | KC Confidential
  • KC’s newest venture capital firm invests locally | KC Business Journal
  • Safe Fleet brand company Seon Acquires US Computing Assets

Today’s Reading List: April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Here’s what we are reading today:

  • Stock split could cost Google over $500 million | Yahoo Finance
  • Are These The Winners & Losers Of Google Mobilegeddon? | Search Engine Land
  • Discover to Support Apple Pay This Fall | News & Opinion  | PCMag.com
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Everything You Need to Know | Time
  • Apple Watch Diary – On the road | SlashGear

‘Don’t Say I Didn’t Say I Didn’t Warn Ya About My Blank Space, Baby’

March 3, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

So while driving my daughter to school recently, I received an imaginary FaceTime call. We didn’t recognize the number, but I had my daughter answer it anyway. I couldn’t really see the face while driving, but the voice sounded familiar.

blank-space-2“Nice to meet you. Where you been?” the voice asked.

Again, I know that voice … but I just can’t place it yet, and I can’t see the face while driving. “Well, just driving my daughter to school,” I say.  “Who is this, and how did you get my number?”

“I could show you incredible things,” she said in a sing-songy voice. “Magic, madness, heaven, sin.”

“Umm, are you sure you meant to call me? I’m happily married, you know? Who is this?” (At this point, my daughter is freaking out, and telling me that I am embarrassing her because I didn’t recognize the famous singer on the line. Both of my daughters are always telling me how embarrassing I am, though, so I still didn’t believe it was someone famous on the line.) Anyway, I assume it’s a setup or a prank, but I’ll play along. “What do you need, Miss Swift?”

“Saw you there and I thought, ‘oh my god, look at that face, you look like my next mistake!’”

“Well, that makes two of you, then, because “a mistake” is certainly what my wife thinks about marrying me.”

“Love’s a game, wanna play?”

“Like I said, I’m already playing. Have been for 25ish years (I’ll get back to you on the exact number).”

“New money, suit and tie. I can read you like a magazine.”

“Well, this dog-eared magazine probably should be easy to read. This suit, however, is actually kind of old. I don’t really wear suits much, and only buy new ones when I outgrow the others, so you’re wrong on that one.”

“Ain’t it funny — rumors fly. And I know you heard about me. So hey, let’s be friends. I’m dying to see how this one ends.”

“Yes, I’ve heard about you. You seem to be a little young to have had all these experiences with love and everything, but I guess you do live in a world I know nothing about. Anyway, does ‘let’s be friends’ happen first or does ‘we’re talking’ happen first? I don’t know the order of things.”

“Grab your passport and my hand. I could make the bad guys good for a weekend.”

“I do have a passport, but something tells me if I grab your hand, and my wife finds out, that may be the last thing I ever touch with that hand. Not worth it for a weekend, even if you think I’m a bad guy.”

“So it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”

“Not exactly a ringing endorsement on us being friends, huh? Forever … or down in flames. No middle ground?”

“You can tell me when it’s over if the high was worth the pain.”

“I can tell you right now … down in flames ain’t worth the pain.”

“Got a long list of ex-lovers … they’ll tell you I’m insane. Cause you know I love the players, and you love the game.”

“I think you may be warning me about something ….”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless, we’ll take this way too far.”

“You’re young, and the fact that I have FaceTimed with you this long may be way too reckless and way too far for my well being.”

“It’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar.”

“The scar you leave won’t be anything like the one my wife will give me (she’s a dentist, you know. With pliers and needles and sharp picks and all kinds of scar-inducing tools).”

“Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“Remember when I said earlier that you might be warning me about something? I’m slow and all, but I’m hearing a refrain (no pun intended) here.”

“Cherry lips, crystal skies … I could show you incredible things. Stolen kisses, pretty lies … you’re the king baby I’m your queen.”

“Do you always talk in rhymes?”

“Find out what you want. Be that girl for a month. But the worst is yet to come. Oh no.”

“Oh no is right! There’s worse than this?”

“Screaming, crying, perfect storms. I could make all the tables turn. Rose garden filled with thorns, keep you second guessing …”

“Is this where I interrupt you to say, ‘Like oh my god, who is she?’”

“I get drunk on jealousy.”

“I get drunk on a couple beers.”

“You’ll come back each time you leave. Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

“I’m dumb, but not stupid. If I ever were dumb enough to visit once, I’m sure I wouldn’t be stupid enough to come back to this nightmare.”

“So it’s gonna be forever. Or it’s gonna go down in flames. You can tell me when it’s over if the high was worth the pain. Got a long list of ex-lovers. They’ll tell you I’m insane. Cause you know I love the players. And you love the game.”

“Not sure, but I think you may be repeating yourself.”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless. We’ll take this way too far. And leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar. Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“How sweet of you ….”

“Boys only want love if it’s torture.”

“Sadistic boys only want love if it’s torture.”

“Don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“I think that is a double or triple negative or something.”

“Boys only want love if it’s torture. Don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“Double negative or not, one thing nobody can say is that you aren’t straight forward, because you certainly did warn the players.”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless. We’ll take this way too far. And it’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar. Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“No, no you won’t. I’ve heard enough. I’m out.” And I ended the imaginary FaceTime chat. It seemed ok in the beginning, but the tables did indeed turn there.

What is strange is that it seems like this call comes back once every hour or so. Like it’s in heavy rotation or something.

Weekly Tweet Roundup 09/19/2014

September 22, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, September 19, 2014

  1. Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships | TechCrunch
  2. Bing Ads Rolling Out Dynamic Sitelinks In U.S. | Search Engine Land
  3. YouTube once again looking to help fund original content | 9to5Google

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  1. Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content | Mashable
  2. Twitter Updates Tailored Audiences for New Targeting Capabilities | ClickZ
  3. Google Drops Google+ From Knowledge Graph Box | Search Engine Roundtable

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