links for 2011-08-29

  • Search Engine Optimization can be an almost infinitely complex subject. You can easily get caught up in all the fun details of latent semantic indexing, canonicalization, and c block hosting, but it’s much easier to focus on a simple holistic approach. One concept that has helped me learn most in this field is to look at search engines the same as you would any other user.

    Far too many people get caught up in “How do I get my site to the top of Google?!!?” and they forget that Google is actually the one that wants to put you “at the top”. Google wants to look at your site as any other user would and then make a judgment on how likely they are to tell their “friends” about you. The entire purpose of a Search Engine is to return accurate and meaningful results to the person who submits the query. If the search engine fails at this, then their customer will try another query, maybe one more, and then finally give up try another search engine. They’ve essentially lost a customer.

  • The Sermon Browser WordPress Plugin allows churches to simply upload sermons to their WordPress website, where they can be searched, listened to, watched, read, downloaded and podcasted. It is:

    a one-stop solution for audio and video sermons on your WordPress blog
    easy to use with comprehensive help and tutorials
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    written and maintained by Mark Barnes, a pastor from the UK
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  • Fans of the classic tunes from adventure series The Legend of Zelda will get a chance to hear those tracks performed by a live orchestra.

    Nintendo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise with a symphony concert this fall and a full tour launching next year.

    A 70-piece orchestra and choir will perform a variety of songs from The Legend of Zelda's 25-year history.

    The first symphony concert will be held in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, and a tour is planned for 2012. Tickets start at $35.

    Readers may recall hearing the orchestra play at Nintendo's E3 2011 media briefing last month. Here's footage from the event:

  • This gives new meaning to the industry term "going gold."

    Nintendo will launch a special bundle for adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword that will include a gold Wii remote.

    The publisher also says initial copies of the game will feature a CD with orchestral arrangements performed at the 25th anniversary symphony concert in October.

    The golden bundle will sell for $69.99, and launch with standard copies of the game on Nov. 20.

  • With funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (grant number U48MC08717).
    Providing the right resources at the right time:

    Supporting state and local Title V professionals with programmatic and research materials.
    Reaching new parents and families with information on safe sleep and risk reduction.
    Helping families who have experienced a loss access bereavement support.
    Assisting child care providers with state child care/safe sleep guidelines and trainings.
    Serving first responders with resources for EMTs, ER staff, medical examiners, and others.

  • Because of efforts by the Institute and other organizations, the sudden infant death rate is at an all time low. Since 1983, the rate of SIDS has fallen by over 50 percent. Sadly, there are still about 2,500 deaths per year in the United States, and thousands more throughout the world.
    We believe that within our lifetime, we can eliminate SIDS as a cause of infant death, but only with the financial and personal support of corporations, foundations and concerned individuals. There are many ways institutions and individuals can contribute to this effort which are available through the Institute's website or through its office. Please join us in this fight. The death of even one more infant is intolerable! Together we can end the tragedy of SIDS.
  • BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, July 13, 2011 – A new system using video and computer software to monitor a baby that could be used to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), as well as for telemedicine applications, has been developed by two students at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

    The new system called "BabyBeat" was developed by students in the BGU Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. It uses computer algorithms to convert video footage to pulses that represent a baby's heartbeat and skin tone. In the event that the system detects an abnormal heartbeat, an alarm sounds to awaken the baby, change its breathing pattern and alert the parents.

    SIDS is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age one in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. No one knows what causes SIDS, but researchers have theorized that a dramatic drop in heart rate occurs just before death. Thousands of babies die from this phenomenon each year in the

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