Under Construction

This is here to list the projects I have yet to upload:

  • DC Trip on ArcGIS web, May 28 2015 http://utdepps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=39c93901b3a64446b9d5098a57383f70
  • Custom walk score program, Dec 9 2014 – github
  • Urban ecology slides, Nov 25 2014
  • GIS workshop project, Aug 11 2014
  • Design Principles project, May 14 2014
  • ULI contest entry, Jan 27 2014
  • GIS Day project, November 19 2013
  • Land Development Aug 1 2013
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Featured image credits: http://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/free-construction-clip-art-1757415

Back Online

I haven’t posted in a few years due to a technical glitch. The database for this site somehow exceeded it’s storage capacity when I went to upgrade… yada, yada, yada. It took some time to even figure out what happened and then I kept putting off getting it fixed until I completely walked away from it.

But now I’ve created a new database and a new site and tried to bring in everything I had here before. I don’t think I got all the images so you may see some missing if you go back to previous years. I’ve also condensed the categories because I don’t plan to write much more about marketing or try to curate business ideas anymore.

So what have I been doing in the last 3 years? After I finished my Masters of Science in Real Estate (see: http://www.austintinyhouse.com for details), I got into the Arts and Technology (ATEC) PhD program at UT Dallas. There’s a whole story about that and now I’m technically a double major PhD along with GIS or Geospatial Information Sciences (more often referred to as Geographic Information Systems). Oh, and I’m now also a Commercial Realtor with Keller Williams Commercial. As if I wasn’t busy enough.  🙂

I’ve finished my coursework for ATEC and have begun my dissertation hours. But then seeing as I still need a few more technical skills to complete my PhDs, I’ve begun studying data science. I’m doing a sort of self directed boot camp for at least this semester if not the next. I’m enrolled in the data science tracks on both Coursera and Udacity and am reading a couple of O’Reilly books.

The reason I’m back online blogging here is that I’ve been accumulating papers and projects over the years that I want to post. And I’m investigating data science internships and jobs and they’re needing to see portfolio work. I’ve installed a portfolio theme here so hopefully that will work out. I probably should clean some of the work up and submit it for publication in academic journals but I have conflicted thoughts about that given the advent of open data and all.

The next few post will be the work I’ve been doing over the past few years. I’ll backdate the publish date so they appear in order that I worked on them. Enjoy!

Update to NLP Marketing Blog

I’ve completed building the tiny house and now I’m ready to get back to some marketing.

Over the months, I’ve been attending the Internet Marketing Party here in Austin and have a new vision for how I want to do this site.

Specifically, I’ve come to realize that I no longer want this to be a site that focuses on NLP marketing – firstly because I think the only thing left to say about it is to test new things and I haven’t been doing that lately. Secondly, not many people are searching for “NLP marketing.”

Ranking #1 on a keyword doesn’t mean much if it gets less than 400 searches a month. Most of the time it’s hard to monetize that small amount of traffic. Most spell checkers still don’t recognize copywriting as a real word and most humans think you mean copyrighting.

Another interesting observation is that even though I only posted twice in this last year, my biggest traffic month in the past 3 years was October 2010. That tells me that there’s a steady interest in this topic but also that no one else is trying very hard to compete on this keyword.

I’ll leave up all the post I’ve done this far if anyone is specifically interested in weaving NLP into copywriting. I am going to take down my hypnotic writing course and eventually put it up as a ClickBank product so others can sell it too.

On to the new vision – I’m planning to do a curation site for starting a new business and getting new business ideas. Eventually I plan to roll out the modeling projects I’ve done because most of them relate to gaining skills that would be useful to anyone starting a new business.

Least you fret, it’s not going to be another internet marketing site. A curation site tries to take all the incoming news from anywhere on the internet and reference it and comment on it.

My intention is to make this the blog to read for getting new business ideas and starting a business. It’s not going to be my advise but rather my comment on all the news out there as it happens – as best I can.

I’ll need to write a number of pillar articles before I start curating. I’m planning to start a fitness curation site as well. I actually have always spent much more time studying and practicing to improve my health and fitness than marketing. There may not be too many noticeable changes before those things happen.

The NLP marketing and NLP modeling will still be here – they’ll just be operating quietly in the background as this site transforms into a resource for starting new businesses.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see here, feel free to leave a comment. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of CommentLuv though as it seems to attract lower quality comments.

Upgrading Saga Completed at 2.8.4

I’d mentioned before that I’ve been having issues with WordPress upgrades. My last fix I detailed in a previous blog but I’d still had one hold out until now.

When I’d used InstantUpgrade on the rest of my blogs, everything had worked out fine. This blog is my oldest one though and after the most recent upgrade, wouldn’t display the “Edit Posts” page nor the “Export” page. Fortunately I could still backup though I probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if everything crashed.

I think the issue with this blog was that I was still using the first version of InstantUpgrade instead of the new beta version. When I deleted the old one, the new one installed just fine. When I upgraded though, I was still on WP 2.8.2 instead of 2.8.4. I tried it again and got the same result. When I tried it a 3rd time, I manually typed in the version I wanted to upgrade it to and everything finally worked.

I’ve reactivated and upgraded all my plugins and everything seems to be working now for the first time in quite a while. That’s a relief. I noticed I’d let some spam build up and most of them were for pharamcueticals. Hmm. I wonder what happened to all the porn spam. Not that I miss it of course. It was just a surprise to see that the industries have shifted their spamming activities.

Upgrading to WordPress 2.8.2

I’d been having issues upgrading the version and some plugins on this and other of my blogs. The automatic upgrade tool hadn’t been working. If you’re having the same issue and contemplating a manual upgrade, I have shortcut for you.

Turns out, there’s a plugin called InstantUpgrade. I’d been using it before WordPress started including that feature in their new versions. My experience has been that feature doesn’t always work. I’ve been several versions behind because I didn’t want to face the prospect of a manual install.

Here’s the way I finally upgraded automatically without using the WP tool. I can’t guarantee it will work for you. It worked on 7 blogs with different WP versions flawlessly and one more almost flawlessly (I can’t seem to access the Edit Posts page anymore):

  1. Make sure you back everything up first.
  2. Install the InstantUpgrade plugin.
  3. Deactivate all your plugins except InstantUpgrade.
  4. Go to the InstantUpgrade admin page.
  5. Select your preference for HTTP or FTP install (HTTP worked fine for me and doesn’t require entering additional info)
  6. Upgrade to the latest version.
  7. Log back in.
  8. Reactivate your plugins.
  9. Check to make sure you can still access everything.

Also, I found that some plugins won’t automatically upgrade. What I figured out it that just about all of them upgrade just fine if you deactivate them first.

Hope that helps. Use these directions at your own risk. They didn’t work perfectly for me and might not for you either.

Easier to find it

I finally did some housecleaning.

Now you can browse past posts according to the subject you’re interested in. I realized that some of the NLP examples would still be of interest especially to people new to this blog.

Now you can find everything more easily.

Get Keywords in Your Anchor Text

Steven Lohrenz recently posted on getting content rich backlinks .

It wouldn’t have caught my eye except a reader recently posted a comment and had "NLP" as their name. I thought that was strange but didn’t think much of it until I saw Steven’s explanation.

The deal is that you upload two plugins and then people can get their keywords in their anchor text. That helps their SEO since they’ll have links with their keywords included.

It’s a good idea now that I get it and I’ve installed it too. Feel free to get your keywords in your comments from now on too. So if "NLP" wants to comment again, you can use a name now. 🙂

The two plugins are KeywordLuv and DoFollow .

PS. When I went to look for a trackback address, I saw a commenter on Steven’s site that linked to a subscribe to comments plugin. So now that’s installed too. If you comment you can subscribe and see who replies to that post too.

Almost there…

As you can see, I’ve transferred the hosting over for my site.

I’m still working out a few bugs including in my email. If you email me today, it probably won’t work.

The whole process was much easier than I was expecting. I exported my content, installed WordPress on a new domain directory, waited for the domain name servers to switch back, and then imported my content onto the new site. I’m still customizing a few things to clean it up.

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