Archive for March, 2009

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quote

March 23, 2009

“The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it”

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Fun Eco-Cloth Giveaway on An Island Review

March 11, 2009

I’ve been reading up on E-cloths and I have to say I am intrigued. They require water only to clean your home. The cloths are you need to clean – no sprays, no scrubbers, no sponges etc. just the cloth and some water. They are made of microfiber and the manufacturing process utilizes “technology to split and combine fibers which create millions of tiny scrapers that serve to cut through dust, dirt, grime, oils, grease, bacteria without scratching surfaces.” They are made from a “combination of two fibers, polyester and polyamide (a nylon by-product).” The Polyester is lyophilic which attracts oil and grease, while Polyamide is hydrophilic which attracts water.” They’re fascinating to me because if they work and lots of people say they do, they would cut down on items to buy, store, carry around and use while cleaning. An Island Review is doing a giveaway the Kitchen Pack.

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Find Your Peak Time of Day for Productivity

March 5, 2009

While surfing around, I stumbled on this article: Accomplish More: Work At Your Peak Times Of Day In the article, Ali Hale talks about how it’s important to find your peak work time and utilize it to the best of your ability. I learned this lesson pretty quickly when I was going to school and working full-time. I learned that morning/early afternoon is my peak time but unfortunately I was usually at work then so I figured out when my next best time was immediately after work. So, I tailored my schoolwork schedule around those times. On Saturday and Sunday mornings I would get up (after letting myself sleep in of course) and do as much schoolwork as I could before calling it a day. Then during the week, I would have a snack in the afternoon at my desk before heading home to hit the books.

When I talk to college students I try to offer this bit of advice (if I think they’re open to receiving it) find your most productive time of the day and do your schoolwork then. Make it a priority to capitalize on that time. It works.

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Goodbye Circuit City. I Will Miss You!

March 3, 2009

I find it sad that Circuit City is going out of business. Largely because a lot of people will be out of work but also because they were the most convenient electronics store in my area. The second most convenient is Best Buy but I “lost that loving feeling” for them many years and purchases ago when it became such a headache to find someone who knew what they were talking about  and experiencing their awful check out process for large items. This is pretty much the process, add 20-40 minutes to each part: Find the item you came in for, ask around for help, give up on help and make the decision on your own, find someone to tell that you would like that item and want to know if it’s in stock, wait for that person to have a smoke break or whatever they do when they disappear into the warehouse “looking” for your item, have the person come back to tell you they’ll have your item upfront in 5 minutes, go upfront and wait, 20 minutes later ask someone if they have seen the item you are trying to buy,  wait for another employee to go look, ah they found it, go through the check out, get hassled for maintenance plan, credit card, Monster power strip, finish check out and carry/push item out to your car yourself wondering why no one offered to help.

I loved Circuit City’s checkout process. Get help deciding on what’s the best item for you, make your purchase, walk out, back the car up and have someone else load it for you. Nice. I will miss that.

As of this Sunday, they are done. Kaput. Outta here.

Goodbye Circuit City, you will be missed.

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A Bluetooth Headset that Doesn’t Scream Dork

March 1, 2009

Sleek, Unobtrusive Bluetooth HeadsetToo bad it’s a concept design because finally there is new spin on Bluetooth headsets that has me wishing I could have one. I have had my share of Bluetooth headsets but they all felt too big and dorky looking for my taste. We recently gave them out to friends and were resigned to the idea that we’d either answer our calls using our iPhone headphones with the built in mic or actually hold the phone the old-fashioned way. Gasp! But if I could get my hands on this new sleek, unobtrusive and dare I say sexy headset I could be convinced to ditch the “mug me” white iPhone headset in exchange for this tiny elegant headset.