Keeping people happy
Friday, October 03, 2008 12:45:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Sometimes it's the little things that keep workers happy so when I saw the little surprise that online conference callers Powwownow do with their cards I thought I'd share.
When you sign up at www.powwownow.co.uk you get the option of being sent your number on a card to hand around to your friends, clients and anyone else. It comes through the post in a little card holder (mine was missing our spare cards but hey). If you rip it open, on some of the folds, they've put jokes for the people putting them together! Look:
Just like the jokes on lollipop sticks -costs next to nothing (in this case I would imagine it was free) but makes that works day just a little more entertaining :).
The turnover challenge 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008 4:02:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I'm always up for a laugh and a challenge -especially where business is concerned, without pushing yourself I think your company will just shrivel up and die. This time however I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew -which may very well result in public humiliation, women's clothing and the most bizarre gym session ever!
While "playing" squash the other day with a mate of mine -Ian- who runs Avant Garde - a hair salon based in my local gym Next Generation and I jested about challenging each other to increasing our turnover to (for me anyway) ridiculous heights for the tax return 08/09 and so began the turnover challenge 2008.
The aim of the game is simple -we have to turnover more than £x00,000 in the next tax year. For a little more fun we decided to add in a forfeit for the company who earned the least. What's the forfeit I hear you cry! Well that's what's up for debate at the moment but basically it should be:
- Suitably humiliating to make sure you don't want to lose!
- Non-harmful to us (i.e. no tattoos, piercing's etc)
- Non-harmful to the businesses
- Non-harmful to others
We've come up with a few ideas but I thought I'd throw it out there for other ideas as I'm sure something amusing will come up! My fav's so far:
- A gym session in women's clothing: miniskirt, sports top and high heels (knowing Ian he'll wear the panties too!)
- Do a parachute -though I think that's something I want to try anyhow...
- Paragliding/Snowboarding/Other etc in the nuddy
- (Me) -become a hairdresser (Ian) -learn to code
The thing I like about the gym session is that it's scaleable i.e. "for every £10k difference in turnover, the other has to run for another minute on the treadmill..."
If you don't think that's a hard challenge, put it this way, to meet the target we've both got to more than double our turnover. If neither of us make it I suggest you get a weeks pass at my local gym -Next Generation April 2009!
You've got until April 1st 2008 to get the forfeit ideas in...
Issues with sensitivity of Links Crossbow training on a huge projector screen
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 2:28:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know we were lucky enough to get a projector a while ago but it's not without problems. As silly as it sounds, playing the Wii on a 98" screen is sometimes pretty hard!
The main issue I've found is that it's expecting a screen at most 42" and so you only need to move the end of the controller a tiny distance for it to go from one side of the screen to the other. In the case of Links Crossbow Training we found it made getting bigger scores really darn hard.
Last night though I was fiddling with some of the settings and have found if you reduce all the settings to a minimum (the screen you're first shown asking you to point at the center) it really helps, I've set the crosshairs to move more slowly and I also increased the Wii's sensitivity in the main settings so I could sit futher away and check out the results - Big Points on a Big Screen!
FWIW if you're into the arcade shooters this is a great game to play -certainly worth the £20 price tag...
Our beer making weekend
Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:36:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
My mum gave me a slightly odd Christmas present this year -a beer making weekend. I like many 20 something relished the opportunity to spend a weekend trying out a multitude of different beers, learning what goes into making one and more importantly how I can concoct my own sweet ale. Why then did I start this post saying it was somewhat of an odd present? Well mainly due to my training and much to Stacey's delight I'm virtually tea-total which means my beer-drinking experience thus far in life has been vastly limited to the odd drop of Kronenberg Blanc or Corona (my two current favorite beverage choices) and I can in no way call myself a beer connoisseur (or indeed want to call myself a beer connoisseur). Always wanting to try new things however I went to the beer making weekend with a clear and open mind.
We arrived at Nether Stowey Brewery after a fairly straight forward journey (god bless in-car sat nav systems -they really do take the pain out of navigating) a touch later than planned which meant the other attendees of the beer making weekend had already had the chance to get acquainted with our teacher for the weekend "Ian". I don't know too much about Ian other than he enjoys beer, works -as and when he likes (or so it would appear)- as a very successful employment lawyer and that he likes good beer (I know I've already mentioned that but he really did like his beer...).
The weekend started with a short lesson in beer making, some of the different techniques/flavours produced and a little background behind beer, for instance, did you know that beer was drunk as the primary drink until fairly recently as water was not safe to drink? Or that pale ale was produced by running water through the already used mulch? It was then given to the children as a much weaker beer? Or how about: Most beer and wine is not vegetarian as they use "finings" to remove the impurities (cloudyness) which are made from Fish Liver...
Followed was a discussion on both which drinks we tended to drink at home and what sort of beer we were all looking to produce. There were 5 of us in our group, obviously we were all going to have different opinions of what we wanted from "our" beer. Before we made our final decision we had the part that I think everyone was looking forward to the most -the beer tasting.
The idea behind the tasting was not to get drunk or simply down a load of different beers, we were taught how to taste (and so appreciate) each beer's qualities. It's amazing how different beers that you would assume were similar taste. The names of different beers was also intriguing. My favourite was the acclaimed "Titanic". Having won numerous awards I thought it was going to be a delightful drink, but lets just say the drink went down as well as the boat...
Ian and his most hospitable wife Lynne also run a B&B (The Old Cider House) so your accommodation over the weekend is in very pleasant surroundings -and the food to an excellent standard, we quickly relaxed. It turns out that Ian not only runs beer making weekends, he also produces a selection of fine ales for the local pubs -some of which go down a storm, others not...
The Saturday was primarily spent mulching the various ingredients in a giant vat before leaving it to simmer for a few hours -during which we were left to our own devices -Sam, Pat and I resorted to wandering the streets and playing Pooh sticks of all things in the village's stream.
We then spent most of Sunday naming our new creation, I really dislike trying to name things, naming my company "The Site Doctor" was hard enough but something that came over time, we had a matter of hours to name the beer and create the label. We went round in circles trying to think of something witty yet meaningful, comical yet serious. In the end we settled on "That" with the slogan "Making Life Taste Bitter" -I can't say it was my first choice but the majority ruled.
It was a good 6 weeks before Nether Stowey Brewery finally sent us the products of our weekend of hard work. Carefully packaged in a large cardboard box were 12 bottles of fine ale. I for one (as I'm sure is true with the rest of the group) was not sure what to expect from them so decided to store them away for a special occasion. When I did finally crack one open, I was pleasantly surprised, I can't say it's something I would choose to buy in a pub but it was certainly more drinkable than I was expecting! I've still got a few bottles remaining so if you are -or were- the recipient of one of my bottles, you were either very much liked by me -or disliked, depending on your outlook ;) Needless to say the "Gaunt Brewery" will remain little more than a dream for now...
If you're interested in learning how to make beer, why not try out Nether Stowey's beer making weekend for yourself? I would think it'd make a good stag do. Check out www.4ale.co.uk for more information.
Setting trends - high value IP addresses
Monday, June 18, 2007 4:49:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
In a somewhat random chat with Chris Anderson today I decided that I wanted to obtain the IP address 80.08.13.55 (IP6) or even better 184.108.40.206 (both timeout atm). It got me wondering whether you can you purchase a specific IP like that and whether that could be the new trend...
wants felt 220.127.116.11 was more appropriate for our American comrades but I think that’s a little boring...
For those of you who didn't make it to school, type it into your calculator without the periods and see what you get (note my primary school calculator example -I'm returning it to it's roots)...
See it yet?
No? Turn it the other way up:
How about now?
Joost invites for all...
Thursday, May 03, 2007 4:46:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I found out this morning that my Joost account has been credited with 999 invites (I kid you not) so feeling all summery I thought others might want to join in the Joost fun and I’d share them around a little.
I’ve only got 999 Joost invites so it’ll have to be strictly on a first come –first served basis (as if I’m ever going to get rid of them all haha).
I don’t want anything in return but if this offer is too generous or you feel I’ve helped you in the past and you’re debted to me, why not click some of the Google Adverts –or even better, make a donation to our 96 mile canoe race (the Cheshire ring race) in aid of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, Multiple Sclerosis Society, CLIC Sargent and Mac Millan Nurses, I like to think of it of a “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back” arrangement.
Regardless of whether you want to donate to our worth cause or not, drop me an email (or leave me a comment) and I’ll send an invite over ASAP.
For more information on our 96 mile canoe race (the Cheshire ring race) in aid of charity go to www.paddlathon.co.uk or read my blog posts about the Cheshire ring race.
Threshers do it again -another 40% discount voucher! This time for Easter
Friday, March 23, 2007 12:00:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
As you're probably aware, at Christmas the Threshers Group put out a 40% discount voucher for the Threshers Group, well it would appear they’ve decided to do it again so I thought I should share it again, as before, the Threshers Group 40% Easter discount voucher can has a couple of T&Cs including no Champagne, Sparkling or Fortified Wine, other than that, it doesn’t appear to have the same £500 limit as before so drink up guys and girls!
Download the 40% Easter discount voucher for the Threshers Group
The voucher is valid until 1st April 2007
Remember: If you're looking for some naughty fun this Easter, check out the Miss Mays Adult Store for all sorts of adult toys and games
Employing someone 101
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:22:48 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Stacey recently wrote an excellent brief on the pro's and con's of employing someone however this morning when I came to post it online I realised that it was deleted when I formatted the laptop for a system demonstration last week. Luckily however I have a hard copy so I'll have it re-typed and put online ASAP.
In the meantime however I shall reflect with this classic (which I’m looking to implement in The Site Doctor ASAP)…
It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada sneakers and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore you do not need a raise.
If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress in-between, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.
Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday and Sunday.
Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch as they need to eat more so that they can look healthy.
Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to g et a balanced meal to maintain their average figure.
We will no longer accept a doctor statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.
Entirely too much time is being spent in the restroom. There is now a strict 3-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open and a picture will be taken. After your second offence, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the "Chronic Offenders" category.
As long as you are an employee here, you need all your organs. You should not consider removing anything. We hired you intact. To have something removed constitutes a breach of employment.
Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplation, consternation and input should be directed to the State Unemployment Offices.
WowWee FlyTech DragonFly -awesome!
Friday, February 16, 2007 6:49:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I was planning on writing about this new gizmo that a friend of mine from the states Doug Setzer has got his hands on but then he asked me to and I didn’t really feel like it after that ;)
Just kidding, Doug’s bought a WowWee FlyTech DragonFly and I have to say it looks great fun. He’s written a review about the WowWee FlyTech DragonFly at www.mydragonfly.info which is worth checking out. As usual he’s pimped the site out with Google AdSense so before you start clicking on his adverts make sure you have a click on mine!!
Now I’ve got to plan a trip over to the states so I can have a play with his WowWee FlyTech DragonFly...
The Behemoth has arrived
Thursday, February 08, 2007 6:14:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Quite why I’m posting about my new mug I don’t know but hey why not –it’s all good for a laugh!
Basically Stacey got me a new mug for Christmas and it’s put my last ones (largest “old” mug was ½ liter) to shame so much that I just had to write about it! This mug is awesome, I can make a cup of tea in the morning before I go into the office and it’ll keep me going until at least mid-morning.
- 1.2 Liters
- Teabags per brew
- Time to drink
As usual, this post is more just about fun than anything else ;)
Police Christmas party fund raising scheme
Friday, December 01, 2006 10:29:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I know it's an oldie but it still makes me smile and I haven't seen it for a while (all the more suitable now I drive a car that can go faster than the speed limit)...