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Green Lantern, Sinestro Corps War, Vol 1

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Written by Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons; Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and others; Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

The landmark story arc that shook the Green Lantern Corps to its foundations is collected in this trade paperback volume featuring the best-selling GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS SPECIAL #1, GREEN LANTERN #21-23 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14-15!
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  • 176pg.
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  • Color
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  • Softcover
  • $14.99 US

JCVD

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Directors: Mabrouk El Mechri
  • Format: NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating: height="11"
  • Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes

 

New Avengers, Vol 9

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The Story: SPIDER-MAN VERSUS CAPTAIN AMERICA IN THE JUNGLES OF THE SAVAGE LAND! But who is who and what is what?? At least one of these people isn’t who they say they are. Plus a huge chapter in the Secret Invasion story as more information as to how the Skrulls set their major plans in motion is revealed... Plus, The dark secret of the Illuminati. Could it have brought about the Secret Invasion? And what happened to the Skrulls during the legendary HOUSE OF M event? Also, the Hood must discover the true secret behind his powers. Collecting NEW AVENGERS #43-47. 

Top Gear, Season 10

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  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rating: height="11"
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 500 minutes

Understanding Google Analytics Terms - Bounce Rate

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Here at Visual Lizard we use Google Analytics to track the site traffic to our web projects. Analytics is a very deep and powerful application from Google. With a price tag of free it also fits most of our client budgets perfectly.

Over the years, we have heard the same questions many times. Today I’m going to tackle plain-english explanations for a couple of the more common ones in regards to BOUNCE RATE.

Visuallizard.com Bounce Rate - April 2009

What does Bounce Rate mean?

The bounce rate number that you see in Google Analytics refers to any visitor that arrives at your site, then immediately leaves without clicking any deeper.

As an analogy think of throwing a rubber ball (the visitor) against a wall (your site). It normally bounces right back to your hand without bouncing a second time (further clicks into your site).

Google defines a bounce rate as "Bounce rate is the percentage of single-page visits or visits in which the person left your site from the entrance (landing) page." You can read their definition at http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=81986.

What is a good bounce rate?

We hear this quite often. While you want your bounce rate to be as low as you can get it, if you get any search engine traffic at all, you will get some bounces. If your bounce rate is 40% or less, then you are doing well.

A bounce rate between 40%-60% means that your site is coming up well in search results, but doesn’t present the information visitors are looking for immediately. Or your site might be appearing in many searches that are not necessarily relevant to your site content.

A bounce rate above 60% means that there are some presentation and or content issues with the site that should be looked at.

So What Should We Do About Our Bounce Rate?

There really is no straight answer to this question. It all depends on the type of site you are running. A huge site with a ton of pages and many articles or pieces of information about a specific topic, will likely have a much lower bounce rate than a small site with a broad topic base.

However, there are some basic things you can do to address your bounce rate. One of the main things is to make sure that your headlines on your articles or pages are actually matching up to the content that is provided on that page.

For example, an article comparing "lawnmower models" should have a headline of "Comparing Lawnmowers from Company A vs Company B for Power, Fuel Consumption and Ease of Use" rather than a title like "Company A is Better than Company B" when those companies might make products other than lawnmowers.

The first headline in this example is clear, details the products you are comparing from the two companies and what criteria you are judging them on. This should get you better qualified traffic to this article. Better traffic usually means a lower bounce rate.

Here is a terrific article from Avinash Kaushik, Google’s Analytics Evangelist, about helping to understand bounce rate and what you can do to try and fix it if your bounce rate is really high.

Hopefully this article has helped shed some light on the bounce rate term as it pertains to your web site traffic. If you have any suggestions, questions or ideas for further terms to cover, please leave them in the comments.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival

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The CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival was the brainchild of Al Rae and CBC Radio’s Tom Anniko, who worked in partnership with Osborne Village Cultural Centre to bring the first comedy festival to life. Eight years later, the festival remains the OVCC’s flagship event and has come to include year-round outreach programs, rural tours, workshops and television broadcasts that attract over 2 million viewers annually thanks to the hard work of the CBC team. The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is proud to be the highest rated comedy festival series on CBC Television.

The Spirit

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Adapted from the legendary comic book series created by Will Eisner, "The Spirit" is a classic action-adventure-romance written for the screen and directed by genre-twister Frank Miller (creator of "300" and "Sin City"). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him? In the vein of "Batman Begins" and "Sin City," "The Spirit" takes us on a sinister, gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again.

Marvel Zombies 3

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The Story: Board up Avengers Tower! Lock down the Baxter Building! The ravenous hordes of Marvel Zombies are invading ... the Marvel Universe! That’s right, the next chapter of the MZ saga is a non-stop in-continuity gorefest with major implications for at least one Marvel hero! When the super-undead stumble into the MU from the Man-Thing’s Nexus of All Realities, all of Florida is quarantined against the zombie plague. Time is quickly running out for a cure, so the Initiative sends a most unlikely group of heroes into the Zombieverse on a desperate mission to find the one item they need before the whole MU is consumed! The scream team of Fred Van Lente (INCREDIBLE HERCULES) and Kev Walker (ANNIHILATION: NOVA) unite for a Marvel Zombies story like you’ve never seen before! Collecting MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #1-4.