Friday, April 21, 2006
no discussion needed.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Gauss, the famous mathematican who is revered for the famous Gaussian distribution (bell-shaped curve) , is evidently German.
In fact, his equation and a plot is seen on a dutch mark (marc?):
On the front is a picture of Gauss.
I really like this. While our founding fathers more than deserve being on our money, but why can't science and math get some cred? like on a anniversy coin or something. America has an excellent history of scientific discovery. I think we are 1st in Nobels Prizes (but not per cap), why not celebrate it?
With recognition like this, no wonder Germany excells at engineering; manufacturing; and fat, bearded women.
Friday, April 14, 2006
I went to a place today to order a SATA cable for my new hard drive, and decided to get a bit wacky with not only the company name, but also the comment field:
Monday, April 10, 2006
pop verses soda
I of course new from this experience that this was just in the vernacular of north/central Indiana, and didn’t put much more thought into, although I often wondered what part of the country said what. So I was very happy when I stumbled on this website that shows the distribution of people that call soft drinks: pop, soda, coke, and other.
what do you say, and where are you located?
Friday, April 07, 2006
talking to cashiers
It went a little something like this:
I went to Meijer's late last night to get a cold-air humidifier for my little satchel-of-joy. I had an interesting conversation with the cashier there:
Upon entering the check-out area:
Her: Oh, fine. How ar yoo?
I like to be efficient when I talk. There was a certain rhythm to this conversation that made it almost poetic. actually when i look at it, it is a haiku. (3-5-3 or 5-7-5 right?)
I also saw some vomit splattered on the ground in the parking lot. It always is odd to see vomit in a public place. What happened to the poor guy who had to vomit at meijer’s? Was it that urgent that he had to let it fly right there? I know personally, when I have to puke, I have a at least 30 minutes warning.
I think the summer of 2004 I puked 2 weekends in a row as a result of copious drinking.
What a good summer!
I had another conversation the day before with someone at Best-Buy. I wanted to tell the cashier that I had a good experience with the salesman there.
Me: I know you aren’t a manager, but I thought I would tell you that John was very nice and helpful….
Her: I will tell him.
Me: … and handsome.
Her: … I will make sure to tell him.
I don’t know if she could tell I was kidding. She didn’t give me any indication that she did.
Wife and I had a delightful lunch with Goostermon and his wife. Good times were had by all. He loves Cooper. Who doesn’t?
Monday, April 03, 2006
besides, I have always said that cussing gives people a reason to not listen to you, and I figured I should start living by it.
As for an update on the keyboard situation, the unreasonable jackfanny that I sent this to put in a grivence of some sort and they ruled in his favor. so now they are sending the keyboard back and i will give them their money back. I think I had a pretty good case as I explained it to Paypal, so now paypal has made my "horsemarm list".
I think I am going to stop buying things. Below is a list of companies I am going to boycott because they made me mad due to poor customer service or because they have bad products. I urge you to boycott them as well. In fact, avoid them like the plague.
- Garden Treasures (expensive patio furnature is falling apart in less than 1 year )
- dell (customer service is disorganized, incompentent, and outsourced (however they are very polite))
- gateway (sets a new standard in bad customer service, way worse then dell)
- paypal (see above reasons)
- that verizon store on charlestown rd. (priced high and bad customer service)
- Cingular (terrible reception, terrible customer service)
- Motorola(cellular phones are made of cheerioes and rubber cement)
- Comcast ($50 high-speed internet, waaaa?)
- Hitachi (i bought a DVD camcorder that lost precious memories of my baby being born)
Here is a list of brands/stores that have managed not to honk me off yet:
- sony ( all electronics have been excellent except for a DVD/VCR player i just bought)
- lowes (good everything)
- Best-buy (prices are awesome, good selection, good help, nice-smelling bathrooms)*
- Tiger-direct (good customer service and VERY cheap, good selection and promos too!)
- Ford trucks (so far, so good)
- Nissan (nicely styled, reasonably priced, good features)
- GE (I don't know if I have ever had issues with anything of theirs, even the cheap stuff)
- Sears (craftsman tools are fantastic! (and cheap))
- Von-Maur (customer service awesome, but prices terrible)
- Gap (cheap clothes that are not too-trendy. 70% of my clothes are bought here, no fuss, no muss)
- Amazon.com (set standard for easy online shopping)
- Bosch tools (dependable and handsome!)
At some point, I may make a side bar to display good and bad companies. We can all contribute to them. That way, we can be informed buyers! Lets all start right now. Leave a comment if you want to cheer or jeer a company!