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August 31, 2011

Could we have a little global warming PLEASE

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This summer hasn’t been.  It’s the last day of August and we’ve had two days in that broke 80º.  Brrr.  Normally we have 2 weeks of 80º+ temperatures.  I’m having trouble keeping my aquarium warm enough for my fish, my aquaponic grow bed outside is not getting enough warm days for the tomatoes and peppers to ripen and I’m going to have to move my grow wall back inside well before I planned.  Brrr.

I remember summers like this when I was a kid . . . where it didn’t get warm and our garden struggled.  Texas is in the middle of a drought now and that’s not new either.  In 1951 Texas started a six year drought that devastated the mid and southwest.

So I’m asking . . . just a little global warming . . . please?

December 25, 2010

How to drive new customers away

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I need a multi-vitamin and it needs to be soy and gluten free.  I did an internet search, found a company with what looked to be a good multi-vitamin that suited my needs and tried to get the free sample they offered on their website.  <shakes head>  It did not go well.  I bailed without spending a dime.  The company sent me an email welcoming me as a client.  Oh yeah?  Really?

This is what I emailed back to them.

I bailed on my intended purchase. There were too many problems with the checkout process for me to feel comfortable purchasing from your company. I know that’s not fair, but there are definitely issues in your shopping cart programming which makes your business appear flaky.

Did you know . . . if a non-registered customer puts something in the shopping cart, then tries to check out, they lose the contents of the cart during the registration process? Yup, it’s true and this one’s ugly . . . and frustrating.

Did you know . . . though the Country field in the registration isn’t marked as a required field (no little blue star), if you don’t fill in the Country field the process errors out? Yup.  <wince>

Did you know . . . there’s no *home* button once you start the registration/checkout/shopping cart so there’s no way to go back to the entry point to the site? So now that the customer has finally managed to register, there’s no way for them to get back to the start to redo their cart. They have to guess at a category (horizontal tabs) and wander around until they figure out where they were before registering. Ugh.

Like I said, too many problems for me to feel comfortable. Checkout/registration should be brainless AND flawless. Anything else will drive customers away. It certainly did it for me.

Oh, and while you’re at it . . . remove me from your mailing list.

How the checkout process is handled may not have anything to do with the reliability of the company or the products they sell, but I am unable to separate the process from the perception.  Color me cynical.

October 5, 2009

Andy Rooney, religious symbols and my take

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This great bit of knowledge came from Andy Rooney.


As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the US Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view … it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments .


As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.


As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments.


There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington , D.C.


James Madison, the fourth president, known as ‘The Father of Our Constitution’ made the following statement:

‘We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.’


Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.


Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy the rule of few over many.

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 232 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

I laud Mr. Rooney for reminding us of our foundations.

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. It is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display, ‘In God We Trust’ on our money, having God in the Pledge of Allegiance or having symbols of our nation’s founding faith used to honor fallen soldiers on public lands.

We’re at the point we need to tell the 14% who are raising such a fuss to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!  The majority rules and they are NOT the majority.

I believe in the value of the church, in the importance of religion and in living by the Ten Commandments.  I am an agnostic leaning atheist.  I do not see these ideologies as being mutually exclusive.  Religion and living by the Ten Commandments is the moral foundation of our great nation and should continue to be the moral compass of her citizens.  I do not believe we should be removing these symbols of the foundation of our nation.  I’m siding with Australia’s Prime Minister’s view on immigrants.  If you aren’t able to behave in accordance with the 10 Commandments and you can’t speak English,  adapt or get out.

Personally, I have no time or patience for anyone who cannot respect the foundation of our country and the religion it was predicated on.  I guess I’m still working on that “turn the other cheek” lesson.

March 7, 2009

Respect the blog

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