When we added a new department to our store, we were pretty excited because it opened up a whole new demographic for us. We had always catered to adults and teens, but now we were entering the market for children’s apparel as well. We wanted to have some things for kids to do when we made our big announcement, and the biggest one was a new app. We were able to find a mobile app developer in Singapore who was able to design a game that is extremely appealing to children. We had our own children test it, and they could not say enough good things about it.
The reason why it is so appealing is because we asked our own kids what they like. Between the six executives, we have nine children, so they were the perfect research group for us. We listened to what they told us, then we told the app developer what we wanted. It is actually a very simple game, but it is extremely addicting, mostly because of the graphics. There are rewards too when children reach certain levels. We had thought about having a percentage off of apparel, but that is more appealing to parents rather than kids.
When a child reaches a new level, they just have to show an associate in a store. There are over a dozen small gifts they can choose from. The gifts are cheap for us but thrilling for the kids, so it is a win win situation. When we released the app, it was extremely popular. How we know that it is as successful as we had hoped it would be is that it is still popular months later. Kids lose interest in things pretty fast, so it is pretty exciting that they are still playing the game we had designed.
I was looking for the perfect pair of work boots. I was wondering if such a thing existed. A really good pair of boots for work is not cheap, so they need to do a lot of things very well for a long time. Comfort is at the top of my list. I know there is a tradeoff in features of boots depending on what you insist on them being able to do. However, I think that good design lessens the compromises you have to live with. I wanted safety boots that were sturdy and could take impact to protect my feet. However, I did not want them to feel like I was wearing a pair of concrete blocks on my feet. I did want tough leather instead of synthetics used for the bulk of the uppers. In my experience, quality leather outlasts anything else.
The toe box had to have a steel insert to protect my toes from being crushed from falling objects. I also needed the extra metatarsal protection. This can make your boots feel really heavy making you tired before the workday is done. My work boots also had to be waterproof. Leather can be treated to let you work in standing water without it getting in to wet your socks. I cannot stand to be working with wet feet. However, if there is no way for the vapor of sweat to vent, you get wet feet even working on dry surfaces. See? There is a lot that needs to go into the design of a great pair of safety boots.
I was not so much concerned about any style, but I was actually impressed with the line of work boots I found online. I had never visited the store before even though I have passed by it many times on my way to work. I avoided the department store boots and went to the specialty boot store to find the perfect pair of boots to work in. The choices really exceeded what you will find in any department store shoe section. The price for my boots was higher than my old pair, but they are so much more comfortable and meet all my demands. I like them so much I bought two more pairs to keep on hand.
Last week, a particular phrase was popping up among my friends whenever we had a conversation. They kept talking about the Vashikaran Mantra, and I couldn’t figure out what they meant. They explained it to me, and where they heard about it, and then I fully understood. They were interested in making their lives better by controlling how their interactions with other people happen. I never really thought about something like that, but it made sense to me. I can think of a number of times where my life has been made worse by the people that I meet, and I wished I could just get rid of them.
I took at a long look at the elements of my life that I wanted to change, and wrote them down on a piece of paper. I learned long ago that when you write something down on paper, it’s easier to visualize it as opposed to keeping it trapped inside your head where you can forget about it after a long period of time, or have it circling around with other ideas and having it get lost in the fray. With a clearer idea of what needed to change, I started making simple goals.
Most people try to make goals that are too broad and not specific enough, which is why they don’t have much success in achieving them. The more specific you keep your goals, the easier they are to accomplish. A big goal can be broken down into smaller goals that may not take as much work to complete individually. My life changing journey isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s a long process that will last a while before I get to exactly where I want to be. The time spent will be worth it when I finally accomplish my goals.
My father wanted to paint his house, much to the dismay of my two brothers and myself. Our father has always been the type to do things himself, and he is quite good at it too. However, he had a heart attack a few months ago, and none of us wanted him to undertake such a large project. It did not take us long to talk our mother into helping us convince our father that this was a job best left to professional Brisbane house painters. While he has never been the type to hire out anything like this, he saw the wisdom in it after we expressed our concerns.
My neighbor had his house painted a couple of years ago, and it looks fantastic. I was able to get the name and contact information for the painter from him. The painter met with my mom and dad, and they were happy with the quote that he gave them. My dad did warn him that he was going to be one of those customers who contractors don’t like, since he was going to monitor the work step by step. Rather than get annoyed, the painter merely smiled and invited my father to watch and offer any suggestions that he had.
When the day came that the house was to be painted, our father did set up a small table and chair in the yard. He did not have a single complaint or suggestion though. The painters were thorough and professional, and they were also very efficient. They had all the proper equipment to make it a safe job too, which earned more kudos from Dad. When they were done, the house looked beautiful. Our father told them that he was glad he hired them, because he could have never done such a fantastic job on it like they did!
I answered a want ad for a summer job the other day and wound up working back stage at a local dinner theater. Of course I was not really expecting that sort of thing when I went there, but it turns out there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to putting on a play. The big thing is getting ready for the next show. You want to go seamlessly from one production to the next. Today I had to find some fifty’s style clothes. The best I could do was a designer called Jaren 50 Kleding which is Dutch. Kleding means clothing and the clothes that are made under these brand names are styled after the clothes that people wore in the 1950’s. They are not exact, but you do not really need to be exact. You have to be convincing. For example Happy Days, the old TV show, they had a whole group of people who took care of the wardrobe. So they could fabricate things if they really needed to have them.
We just do not have the people who you would need to make things or to make things that were perfect. So if what we end up with is less than perfect, that is just something that you have to live with. For the wardrobe we have a nice lady in her sixties, she does all of the stuff that is hard, sewing and such. I have no clue how to do that sort of work, but I help her in the ways that I can. Of course the big thing that she wants to do is to make alterations, because you are not going to get costumes that are going to fit perfectly. This is just a small part of what I have to do however.
Interview transcription is often used by human resource departments to keep an accurate summary of the questions asked to the potential employee. This helps manage to create a better method within their hiring process as they gauge the Q&A flow between interviewer and interviewee. I’ve been working freelance for several companies transcribing their interviews and analyzing the content of each one within the context of a point based grading scale. The scale looks for the strength and difficulty of a question with the corresponding answer given, scored in a similar way within the context of the question’s difficulty. They rarely base whether someone is going to be hired or not with this information but they do look over it with the hopes of identifying the right sort of questions that are not going to be skewed in difficulty or simplicity; so many potential good candidates are often overlooked because of a fumble on a simple question.
It’s quite the interesting look into the hiring process of software companies. Myself, not being a coder, can only guess at the quality of some of their answers. Much of the time the interview appears to fall on whether or not a candidate is capable of solving programming language problems. For the most part it appears they are looking for candidates capable of critical thinking on the fly and under pressure rather than those who are able to articulate good interview answers. Anyone can be convincing enough to pass under the radar if they’re given the typical interview questions. Propose to them a problem that they need to solve right then and there with their supposed skills and you’ll thin the herd rather quickly. You would be absolutely amazed at how many companies actually do not challenge their future employees like most software companies do.
I have a huge music collection and I have spent a lot of effort working to expand it, but of course I really do not like every type of music that was ever made. I have been looking at a few different sites like songs.pk for example and obviously all of the music there is South Asian. I have a few friends from India and they have been trying to interest me in the music of the subcontinent of India. There are some music there that I like, but it is not all of it by any stretch of the imagination. You have a ton of music out in the world that I know very little about, even in the countries of Europe. I spent some time traveling in Europe last year and I ran into a lot of different types of regional music when I was checking out the local festivals. Most of what I was looking at was folk music, which of course is something that every culture is going to have a unique mix of. The South Asian music is obviously much different from any that I am really familiar with, because there just is not much of that culture which is shared in the areas where I was raised as a child. All of the music I was around growing up was American and it orginated largely from European influences. It is not like Jazz arose from these parts of the world, but it had African influences I am pretty sure. You have all sorts of music which is widely known all over the world and which influences all other types of music, but then a lot of other types of music is not really known out of it’s natural area of origin and the people who understand the language.