Friday, April 20, 2007

Change It To Jack

I can't help being a shameless promoter of good music. Some guys from the college I graduated from started a band a few years ago. Just in the past couple of years they have put together some really good music, played some local gigs, and really have created a name for themselves. They're in the process of releasing their first album, possibly getting signed with a label, and are in a contest to be a part of a huge Christian music festival. Their name is Change It To Jack.

There is a contest for unsigned bands to have the opportunity to perform at Creationfest, which is a huge Christian music festival held at various locations across the country. The band with the highest ranking will have the opportunity to perform onstage a set at an event featuring the biggest names in Christian music. All you have to do is go to this website, find Change It To Jack, take a listen to their music and rank them. I'm saying you should give them a 5 out of 5 stars, since I really do think they are the best band on there. You can only vote once, so make it count. They're already up there in the rankings, so voting will give them a chance.

Vote for Change It To Jack

Change It To Jack on MySpace
Change It To Jack on Shoutlife

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Money Problems Your Own Fault?

Don't just go by the title of the thread. Read the article before you respond. I've been saying a lot of this (not all of it) for years now.

Money Trouble? It's Your Own Fault

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Is It The Best Buy?

This guy must have Best Buy stock.

Best Buy a bargain?

He speaks of Best Buy as the second coming. Their profit says they've been doing very well, especially compared to their competitor Circuit City. He attributes it to their focus on customer service and to their knowledgable employees. I attribute it to their brand name. People buy from places they know.

Having worked at Best Buy for about 6 months I like to think I know what I'm talking about. From the first day of training they spent so much time on their "Customer Care" shtick that they never actually trained us on the products or how the store runs. They left the seasonal people to fend for ourselves and just figure it out. The rub I have is that "Customer Care" amounts to common sense and helping customers, which would have been more helpful if we knew more about the products we were selling. The prices weren't necessarily all that much better than Circuit City, the stock wasn't all that different, and the employee knowledge might even be less than at their competitors. When it came down to it, they laid me off for my guess is that they had to pay me more because I have a college degree.

You'll notice that the article says their computer and printer sales weren't that good, even though they have the Geek Squad, which is a sort of personal tech support for the average computer owner. Again, untrained (or undertrained) employees don't know enough about computers, while anyone can sell a video game or TVs ("this one is big" or "this game is fun"). People want to buy computers from people who know what they're talking about, and Best Buy isn't it. If you know what you want, go ahead and go to Best Buy, but if you have questions or aren't sure, you're better off figuring it out for yourself.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

New Toy

We're back from our vacation. It was great. I did nothing and it was everything I thought it would be.

On another note, with my brother beating me to the punch by one day, after church today I got a new black 80 GB ipod! I already have over 31 GB of music and almost 1 GB of video podcasts loaded. I'm looking for more stuff to add, but also looking into a way to rip some of my dvds to load onto the ipod for viewing pleasure whenever I feel like it. You may now drool, but don't short out your keyboards.