Wednesday, November 30, 2005

PriceRitePhoto: Abusive New York Camera Store

Just read this blog entry about an abusive NY Camera Store. It's pretty amazing to see the lengths people will go to, to be dishonest. To me, it just seems like a lot more work to live your life that way.

As a business owner myself, I can vouch for how hard it is to build up a a reputation and a client base. It's definitely much easier to lose customers than it is to gain them.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Driving Habits

The other day I was wending my way through traffic. As I normally do, I was on a constant scan for holes that would allow me to advance my position in the flow of traffic. After exploiting a few opportunities and stopping at a red light, I noticed a blond woman that I'd passed (and been passed by) a few times, looking at me really annoyed, as if to say, "all of lane changing and it didn't even get you anywhere". In the past I've had people ask me as much, when I told them about the way that I drive. Is it so hard for people to realize that I'm totally cool with driving the way that I do, even if it gets me to my destination slower some of the time?

Let me say one thing before we go on though. I'm definitely not one of those jerks whinging my way from lane to lane so fast that my back can be seen swerving. I give plenty of space between me and the car in front of me, and I do not change lanes unless I have room to do it safely without causing people to tap their brakes.

What I do do is constantly exploit growing gaps in order to make it through traffic in a more efficient manner. I find this activity interesting and fun. My mind is constantly calculating vectors and lines of sight. I fully acknowledge that it does not always result in a more efficient path through traffic. In fact, many times it results in a loss of favorable position. I really am ok with that. What I've gotten out of the experience is a respite from the usual boredom that driving brings, perhaps some time savings and an opportunity to improve my driving skills.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

An Evening With Kevin Smith

I'm watching "An Evening with Kevin Smith" tonight. What a great show! Kevin Smith can tell some great stories and really knows how to work an audience. One thing that really intrigued me was at time index 1:01:24 on disk two. There's a strawberry blond woman with a phone number written on her hand. I have a really nice DVD player connected up to a new TV (not HD) via expensive RGB Monster cables (not to be mistaken with RCA cables). The screen is about as clear a representation of the DVD that you can get with today's technology. I can make out the area code (320) and some of the other numbers, but I can't seem to see the rest. It's not that I don't have a life, but stuff like that jumps out at me and seems interesting to explore. Has anyone else observed that? Have you figured out the entire number? Ever called it?

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Tech Ghetto

Some of us live in the tech ghetto. We're talented, intelligent and good at what we do. Secretly though, we know we're living a lie. It's easy to do what we do, so easy in fact that it's obvious to us that we're artificially limiting ourselves. The reasons are varied, job security, laziness or fear. When asked what we're specifically good at, we simply state that we're a jack of all trades, yet a master of none. Inside we realize that we've gotten as far as we've gotten on talent and that we could go so much further if we'd simply put more effort into ourselves. This is the tech ghetto. We're not going anywhere, yet we all dream of getting out.

Thankfully, I've gotten a chance to change that in my life. Working at this latest opportunity I'm creating something real that I can put my name on and be proud of.