Happy Employees and Happy Customers Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

There is a disturbing trend among employers that has been going on for some time. In the last 12 months, thanks to the recession, I have seen this trend steadily worsen, and I believe it is almost at critical mass…I’m referring to a trend I’ll call Retail-itis.

Retail-itis happens when a business is vastly more concerned about the happiness of their customers than they are about the happiness of their employees. This is a fundamental flaw in many businesses, and one that if fixed would literally change the entire face of business as we know it.

Let us examine a few examples of this problem. I’ll start with my least favorite company in the world, Walmart. Continue reading “Happy Employees and Happy Customers Aren’t Mutually Exclusive”

My Life in 10 Songs

I do now, and have always loved music. I own maybe 40 gigs of music, which is a small amount these days, but my collection covers an extremely wide range. I was thinking the other day of putting together a list of my Top 10 favorite songs, and I finally got around to it.

A friend of mine recently introduced me to GrooveShark, a website that allows free streaming of music, playlist creation, and much more. So, I’ve used GrooveShark to create my Top 10 playlist for your listening enjoyment.

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I Got Into Mensa

So, I received my acceptance letter today…I got into Mensa! American Mensa is a national high IQ society, based in Arlington, TX. In order to get in, you have to score in the 98th percentile on a standardized intelligence test. On most common IQ tests, this equates to an IQ of 132 or higher.

I was tested as a kid, but couldn’t find the doctor who administered the tests, so I was forced to take the Mensa Admissions Test, which was actually pretty cool. It was actually 2 separate tests, and you have to score in the 98th percentile on just one of them to get in.

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Twisted Classic Computer Games

So, continuing on the theme of twisted, I thought I would chronicle my favorite childhood computer games. I first started on video games in the 80’s, when Nintendo came out. Not long after that, personal computers became common, and I migrated over to computer games.

The first computer game I remember playing was Wolfenstein 3D, in 1992. It was an incredible game at the time, with cutting edge graphics and more gore than anything else out. It was followed closely by the original Doom (1993) and it’s three sequels (1994, 1995, and 1996, respectively), some of the coolest games ever made in my opinion. The fan made WADs (custom levels) were some of the most entertaining I have ever played for any game. I qualify these as twisted due to the graphic and often disturbing environments.

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A Twisted Sense of Humor

Those who know me best know that I have something of a twisted sense of humor. Some things that amuse me might actually be considered tasteless, while other things people just may not want to admit they find funny. In honor of my twisted sense of humor, I have decided to provide links and information about some of the things that amuse me most.

First on the list would be my love of irreverent cartoons. South Park, Family Guy and the Simpsons are my favorite cartoons of all time. Everything is funny, nothing is taboo. I can’t tell you how many times I have laughed myself to tears listening to Cartman rant about one thing or another. Along the same lines, my cousins and I spent many a rainy day watching Jackass and Viva la Bam, two of the funniest shows on TV. Well, formerly on.

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Christmas is not about Christ – The True Origin of Christmas

First off, I love Christmas. It is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Family, holiday cheer, presents, no work or school. I love it.

However, it seems the vast majority of people are enjoying Christmas under some false pretenses.

I detest mindless traditions that are carried out without any idea of the meaning behind them. For example, saying “Bless You” when someone sneezes. Last time I checked, I wasn’t possessed by any evil spirits, which is the origin of that custom. People once believed that sneezing was a sign of demonic possession.

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The Origin of Phrases

How often do we use a phrase without any knowledge of where it came from? In the recent movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets, there was a part of the movie where Nicolas Cage’s character gave the history behind the phrase “His Name is Mud”. I had been equally intrigued by the origins of symbols discussed in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. So, on the theme of hidden meanings and origins of phrases I have come across an interesting site.

https://www.phrases.org.uk

This site does an excellent job of finding the root of over 1,500 common phrases. From “Beck and Call” to “Zig Zag”, you’ll be entertained for hours (or bored to death, depending).