Baxter

Baxter

No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch. – Leo Dworken

My cat looks like a Pomeranian

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Business and Increasing Efficiency

My laser engraving business is almost two years old now.  Things have reached the point that I’m getting orders every day directly through the e-commerce website. This is a change from the past where I had mostly corporate orders.  For those, a customer would usually just contact me by email to set everything up. I enjoy doing personal orders for consumers a lot, but it takes infinitely more “hand-holding” of the customers and an order of one personalized item requires almost as much work as a corporate order of 10 items at once.  So as these types of orders increase, and in the holiday season especially, I spend a lot of time taking care of orders. While thinking on how to make things more efficient I do a lot of visiting of other sites....

TED Talk on Cochlear Implants and Music

I have a lot of work to do this time of year, but wanted to post my first thoughts on this TED video. First – no captions yet! gah! I can understand the main speaker, but the video clips aren’t clear enough to hear. Second – I’m entirely happy with my two CIs. It’s been almost 2 years since the second one was activated and this is definitely my new normal and I wouldn’t go back to hearing aids if given a chance. Third – I’m still playing saxophone in the sax sextet and in the band. We often play music in the house from Pandora, usually classical or jazz. Music I know well sounds the same as I remember it (because I’m remembering it), music that’s new to me starts out a bit muddled but becomes clearer with...

Stolen Photos and Copyrighting or The Internet is Not the Wild, Wild West

A week ago a potential iPad Engraving customer of mine expressed concern at sending me his expensive electronics. He wanted to know if I had a way to reassure him that everything about my company is legit. I was just a tiny bit annoyed, but this has happen before, so I knew what to send him. Even though my business website is professional looking and full of photos and testimonials, some people are still suspicious… and maybe that isn’t such a bad thing, as you’ll see. After this happen I decided to make a media page for the website – one place to highlight all the articles about the company. So I set off googling my company to see what I could find. I have a google alert set up so most of it was not new to me. Then I decided to google iPad...

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