“[T]o anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned…
Seems like Reddit, Tumblr, maybe Twitter lean left/Democrat for this election.
If so… go vote!! Turns out it does matter. And sitting home posting your angry rants won’t swing any key states.
So either a) make a ton of money and buy an election or b) vote now.
I’ve been enjoying Lift so far. But I have one suggestion: start tracking on a 21-day habit forming cycle. One of the key pieces of advice most gurus and habit-freeing people say is that it takes 21 days to make a habit. So why not put in some encouragement like that, e.g. some peer recognition or perhaps simply making sure that people have a goal line in mind.
Okay, I said one suggestion, but another: allow for a simple habit to roll up into something real. For instance the top habits right now are things like “exercise” which is great. But the real goal for most people is “get fit so I look good”; then add habits around that. Yes, keep the UI clean and simple, that’s one of the really nice pieces of Lift.
I used GymPact some time ago. I stopped because it was buggy; I tried stopping and starting and it wouldn’t work correctly. I reported the issues but somehow I think my account was corrupted.
At any rate…. They just added support for RunKeeper. So now I can tackle my workouts either at the gym or via biking/running. Nice touch, worthwhile to try again. I’ll report back on the progress this week.
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”—
I was waiting for my wife and it was getting late in the afternoon and hot. Ah ha, what about an iced coffee. I trotted over to the coffee shop, a Starbucks in this case, and stood in line. And I marveled at the fact that there was not a healthy thing to eat in the store. Paleo/primal was right out, not a single item. But even if you eat grains the food is all bleached flour and sugary.
Fine, fine, so don’t eat the food. I order a 16 ounce iced coffee. And I’m asked if I want that “sweetened”. What the hell does that mean? Does that mean sugar? Or some funky chemical? Honey? Who knows. But no, in fact I don’t want it sweetened which catches the server off guard.
I go to pay and am asked, incredulously, no syrup with that?!? They even ring it in differently, no syrup. Price doesn’t change by the way.
I listened to a bunch of other orders like “a creamy sweet drink flavored like coffee but decaf”. Huh? They are pushing something called a Refresher right now, looks like a slushee for grown-ups.
Folks, Starbucks may once have been a coffee company but right now it serves upscale slurpees and junk food. It’s 7-11 with better music. And people love it. And slurp it up and then wonder why their pants no longer fit.
Is how they fix problems. Every system has flaws, every system breaks down at times. When this happens a good company acknowledges the problem, apologizes, and makes it right.
Yesterday on the way to my sister’s wedding, car full of flowers, our rental car just stopped. Not ran out of gas. It stopped. It stopped so quickly I assumed some sort of weird anti-theft setting. I tried to start the car and while all electronics would come on, the starter wouldn’t fire at all. Oh, and now the car is locked in “park” so we can’t push the car to the side of the road either. And we can’t take the key out of the ignition.
A quick call to roadside assistance: they are very sympathetic and can have a car to us in three hours. Just wait right there. Um, no. I am walking the bride down the aisle in under an hour, family has flown in from all over the world, somehow waiting for three hours isn’t going to happen. So they tell us to call the local police and have the car towed. The local police decline to do so. Roadside assistance told us to abandon the car but couldn’t provide much else. I asked if they could just deliver a new car to the wedding reception; nope, need to wait for the car to be towed.
Call #2 is to roadside assistance again after the wedding. The nice fellow assures me they will tow the car and I am welcome to call the local office to arrange a new car. Well no folks, you should really get a car to me. But hey, sure hope the car was towed.
Call #3 to roadside assistance this morning. Their systems are down. They can’t confirm anything. Nor can they send a new car out. I need to call the car company.
Call #4 to reservations. Wade through their call tree, speak to someone briefly before I am transferred to customer service. Interesting note that on the paperwork for the car customer service isn’t listed as an option. Wait on the line for around 5 minutes for customer service who then puts me on hold to call roadside service. To tell me their systems are down. But he, customer service, can’t send a new car out. I need to wait for their systems to come back.
The issues in this system so far
1. Roadside assistance needs more tools at their disposal. Call a taxi company for instance to un-strand people if the local car company can’t get there.
2. Once I’ve called and reported the failure, take command of the situation. Proactively call me back (or text or email, this is the 2010s people!) You could even automate this with a trouble ticketing solution.
3. Contact a local car agency and get a new car sent out. Really, you are in fact a car rental agency, this should be the easiest thing to do. Don’t leave me stranded, on vacation, wondering how we’re getting around.
Bottom line is once you know a problem exists, fix it. So far I am being offered two days off my rental. Okay, so how do I get back this missing day of vacation?
In the old days, some travelers would simply cancel their hotel reservations if their plans changed. But online travel agencies now only give their best prices with strings attached. If you don’t show up, you’re still out the…
Good idea for a reseller. But… the hotels should really be tapping in here. Offer to resell or similar for a small cut. Or offer inventory which is going to waste on Airbnb or similar.
If there is a service like this it means the hotel isn’t being as efficient as it could be.
Lots of news in the past few weeks about security, being hacked, and what to do about it. I decided the time was right; travel coming up, a few hours to mess with security settings, etc.
I embarked on the Google/GMail two-step authentication process. I expected to be confused, annoyed, and probably back out again. But I wasn’t: it was really easy. Few simple clicks, an SMS to my phone, generate a few new randomized passwords for my non-Google accounts (Exchange, Outlook). Done. All working in under 5 minutes.
Thanks Google, I appreciate you doing the work to make security better on my accounts.
p.s. a little weird that Chrome Sync is one of the 3rd party, non-Google accounts.
At first, Starbucks customers will need to show the merchant a bar code on their phones. But when Starbucks uses Square’s full GPS technology, the customer’s phone will automatically notify the store that the customer has entered, and the customer’s name and photo will pop up on the cashier’s screen. The customer will give the merchant his or her name, Starbucks will match the photo and the payment will be complete.
I was just read this phrase “salary commensurate with experience” in a email list I’m on, and thought perhaps it should be “salary commensurate with effectiveness” or “salary commensurate with excellence” instead. A lot is gained…
I found is page via a FOMO (fear of missing out) article but liked it better. Indeed experience is good and all things being equal should equate to more excellence and effectiveness. Sure, many people don’t learn in which case experience isn’t a step forward it’s repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
Salary commensurate with effectiveness or excellence. Sounds like a good way to run things.
Limited Run, a digital distribution outfit specializing in labels, musicians and artists, has decided to take down its Facebook account after discovering through its custom-built “page logger” that 80 percent of the clicks on i…
Not exactly damning evidence but certainly something to make the sharks circle.
Does Facebook really need more bad press?