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31/03/2009

29/03/2009

Sunday Quote

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“If you have no critics, you will have no success.” -Malcom X

27/03/2009

Ghost Twitters Do Exist

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Ever wonder if the celebrity you’re following on Twitter is actually tweeting their own twits?  The NY Times has a nice little article on the ghost twitters behind the celebs.

Thanks to AroundHarlem

26/03/2009

25/03/2009

Above The Influence

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above-the-influnce-logo-grungeI was in Borders bookstore the other day looking to see what new comic books where out.  Yes, I admit that I’m a closet geek.  Anyway I don’t remember which new comic book I was perusing but I came across these really intriguing ads (Slugs and Wasps) from Above The Influence.  When I got home I had to check out their website because I loved the imagery and message of the ads.  I actually found all of their ads to be pretty intriguing.  They tackle everything from peer pressure to drugs to sex to doing something with your life.  Check them out.

 

Images courtesy of Above The Influence

22/03/2009

21/03/2009

19/03/2009

Bad Customer Service

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When we receive bad customer service why do we tolerate it?  You hear stories of bad customer service apathy-bad-customer-servicebut rarely do hear about anyone doing something about it.  I always tell folks they should inform a manager or write a complaint letter.  I notice that as soon as I mention this option I can see all the fire and vinegar die down.  It’s like watching a balloon being deflated.  I think it’s disgusting that employees can give such poor customer service  and get away with it.  We know that when an employee goes through orientation that they aren’t trained to give bad service.  I don’t think some companies realize how much business they loose on account of bad customer service.

Because I’ve been both a customer and an employee I don’t agree with the old motto that “The customer is always right”but I do believe that the customer should be treated at least with civility if not respect.   I always remember what my mother use to tell me as a child, treat others as you expect to be treated.   I believe in complaining when it’s appropriate. 

So here are some tips on handling bad/poor customer service.

  • Speak to a manager or supervisor.  Do not be afraid to speak to a manager and let them know that you received poor service.  By bringing the situation to their attention they’re able to offer a resolution immediately.  Remember to stay calm because when you start to yell and become belligerent your complaint isn’t heard.
  • Fill out a customer comment cardor call the customer service line.  Believe it or not companies do actually pay attention to the complaints that are received.  Most times they will offer the customer some type of compensation (i.e. gift card) to show they appreciate your patronage and want you to continue being a customer.
  • File a written complaint with your local Better Business Bureau (BBB).  The BBB acts as a mediator between the business and the consumer.  When filing a complaint with the BBB it needs to be in writing because the complaints are kept on file.  Once the situation has been resolved and depending on the outcome the business will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating.  So in future whenever a consumer inquires about that particular business they’ll know what type of rating they have and why. 

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17/03/2009

Barack Obama is Irish

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 Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Enjoy or not.

11/03/2009

Texas chili cook-off

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A friend of mine sent this to me and I laughed so hard that my face and tummy got a nice workout.  Much kudos to the author.  Enjoy.

Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.  Frank: “Recently, I was honoured to be selected as a  judge at a  chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last  moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table  asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came  in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could  have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge  3.”

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
CHILI # 1  – MIKE’S MANIAC MONSTER CHILI…
Judge # 1 — A little too heavy on  the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 — Nice, smooth tomato flavour.  Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) — Holy shit, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two  beers to put the flames out. I hope that’s the worst one. These  Texans are crazy.

CHILI # 2 – AUSTIN’S AFTERBURNER  CHILI…
Judge # 1 — Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge # 2 — Exciting BBQ flavour, needs more peppers to be  taken seriously.
Judge # 3 — Keep this out of the reach of children.  I’m not sure what I’m  supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had  to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.
 
CHILI  # 3 – FRED’S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILI…
Judge # 1 —  Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick.
Judge # 2 — A bit salty, good  use of peppers.
Judge # 3 — Call the EPA. I’ve located a uranium  spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows  the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded  me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I’m  getting shit-faced from all of the beer.
 
CHILI # 4 – BUBBA’S  BLACK MAGIC…
Judge # 1 — Black bean chili with almost no spice.  Disappointing.
Judge # 2 — Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge  # 3 — I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to  taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid,  was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300lb.woman is  starting to look HOT…just like this nuclear waste I’m eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

CHILI # 5 – LISA’S LEGAL LIP  REMOVER…
Judge # 1 — Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly  ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 —  Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the  cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 — My ears are  ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus  my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The  contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given  me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer  directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I’m burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop  screaming. Screw them.

CHILI # 6 – VERA’S VERY VEGETARIAN  VARIETY…
Judge # 1 — Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good  balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 — The best yet.  Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3  — My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with  gaseous, sulphuric flames. I shit on myself when I farted and I’m  worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand  behind me except that Sally. Can’t feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone.

CHILI # 7 – SUSAN’S SCREAMING  SENSATION CHILI…
Judge # 1 — A mediocre chili with too much  reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 — Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment.  **I should note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be a bit distressed as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 —  You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t  feel a thing. I’ve lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili,  which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed  me. I’ve decided to stop breathing it’s too painful. Screw it; I’m  not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

CHILI # 8 – BIG TOM’S  TOENAIL CURLING CHILI……
Judge # 1 — The perfect ending, this is  a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its  existence.
Judge # 2 — This final entry is a good, balanced chili.  Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when  Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it – poor feller.  Wonder how he’d have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge # 3 – No  Report

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