Monday, December 03, 2018

Bleep Bleep Blorp Bloop, @Lowes

I'm pretty sure my recent Twitter correspondence with Lowes was actually a conversation with a very basic Artificial Intelligence.  (Yeah, I said it - Lowes Social Media - ya basic.)

I don't know if it can tweet on its own, or if it just suggests the next response and someone approves it.  It has all the hallmarks of impersonality:

1. Overuse of my name
2. Generic responses that lack context
3. Extreme non-committal / zero pledge to action
4. Not even that little ^ with initials that a lot of social media teams use to indicate that a person made the response.  


Bleep bleep blorp bloop, Lowes.



Q&A: clap along if you feel

December 3 - On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?

2014 - A solid 8. Things aren't perfect but they're much better than a few months ago. - entered Dec. 7

2015 - 7 or 8. Quiet happy, but there's some things still up-in-the-air I'm looking forward to getting past. - entered Jan. 1, 2016

2016 - 8. Things are good but I'm doing things that decrease my happiness (like neglecting my diet)

2017 - 7. Lots of thins are good but a few things are bothering me. - entered Dec. 7

2018 - 8. A mortgage broker ran my credit (above 800) and then refused to try to sell me a refi (when he heard my current rate), my bloodwork looks really good (bad cholesterol a couple of points over) and things are going really well at home and work. If only things were better with this country and with the family who doesn't live here in Burbank.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Q&A: Memories

December 2 - What details from today would you like to remember?

2014 - I felt good, I slept pretty well and I just felt good, positive, happy, content, free of anxiety.

2015 - I wasn't anxious. - entered Dec. 31

2016 - Everyone at work is brilliant. They hired me. I must be brilliant.

2017 - Rachel and Ben at dinner table when I got home from work. - entered Dec. 7

2018 - I really felt validated at work today, like I can make a difference. It's been a good season. - entered Dec. 3

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Q&A: RIP

December 1 - What would you like your epitaph to read?

2014 - Loved God, Loved His Family - entered 12/2 (I've written in the book that I don't want the date 12/2 to be part of the epitaph)

2015 - Died Happy - entered Dec. 31

2016 - After turning 100, only ate cookies

2017 - After turning 90, only ate cookies

2018 - Finally getting that nap he so desperately needed. - entered Dec. 3

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

How Not to Make a Sale (or a Friend)

This is a real exchange.  Sadly, I actually encounter this all the time.

Get a contact request at an odd time - in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing, the internet is global - but a really ambiguous description that screams "I'm not going to tell you I'm in sales or bizdev.

Immediately a nice greeting.  Again, not a bad thing, usually I greet first, thanking people for the connection and wishing them well.  But, a greeting that talks, in generic, about future discussions.


They wait a few hours, and then, "hey, let me talk about me."

Nope, not relevant.

Do you even use a product like ours?

Did you even do any research before you contacted me?  I'm not doing your work for you.



Q&A: Addressbook

November 24 - Who have you recently deleted from your contacts/address book?

2014 - Lots of people with first or last names starting with "B" - and lots of World Vision people.

2015 - I haven't, but I'm overdue. - entered Dec. 26

2016 - People who voted for Voldemort

2017 - People from World Vision - entered Nov. 26

2018 - I can't think of anyone - my list is small but stable.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

approxtimate (n)

ap·prox·ti·mate
noun
/əˈpräkstəmət/


  1. a very rough calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something, so much so that its credibility it called into question
    "Redfin and Zillow varied so much in their approxtimates of the home's value that buyers and sellers routinely discarded both numbers when attempting to determine the value of a home."