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I laugh

13 Feb

when I see celebrities lecture us and grace us with their wisdom.

Look, I don’t look to my plumber for political advice. For the same reason, I don’t look to celebrities for political guidance. It is NOT their domain, and they usually don’t know crap.

 
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Welcome to the future!

12 May

If you don’t understand that this is the future, you may well be hopelessly confused. And it’s only the beginning. Waitstaff is becoming increasingly irrelevant, though I doubt that it will go away completely (it may be only very high-end places that go that route, though, and it may well be a distinction for them).

I gotta say that I HATE going to a restaurant and giving the server my credit card! Who knows what they are doing with it? There have been recent problems with that. There should be touch screens and a card reader at each table (or better yet, fingerprint reader) , and you order and pay right there. Maybe even before the food is delivered. Just have an “add to bill” button for things you think of later. You need a drink refill? Push the button. If you have cash (it’s been years since I’ve used it) or otherwise need help, there is a button for that. You just need cooks and someone to bring you the food. It’s not like the waitstaff does either of those things even now! Realistically, what are they good for? What do they actually do? What service do they provide that others can’t? Recommendations? Uh, this is a national chain. You can’t say, “The filt-o-fish is great today.” Uhm, the filet-o-fish is the same as it is every day…

Sushi bars are perhaps one of the best options for this. I don’t need to get the sushi chef’s attention. I just put what I want in the computer. The sushi chef then gets it and makes it. I am in the queue. When it’s made, I get it.

Oh, that is a lot cheaper and much more convenient/effective as well as safer! And no anachronistic tip to the irrelevant waitstaff.

 
 

It’s just unreal.

23 Aug

I know in my own provider area, prices are grossly inflated because you know you’ll never actually get your list price. I routinely discounted cash-only prices.

I once had an argument with an insurance company. They wanted me to sign a contract saying that I would take something like half the regular price for a procedure if it was for them. I declined. I said to the executive (we had already gone up several levels in my complaint), “Why should I work for half price so you can drive a Lexus? I drive a Toyota Camry from last century. I can’t afford a Lexus.” Needless to say, that was the end of the conversation. I think I just refused to take that insurance.

 
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Posted in Political Philosophy, Waste

 

Really?

18 Oct

Your tax dollars hard at work. On robo-squirrel.

Well, I guess there could be a reason..

 
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Posted in Buffoons, Entitlements, Taxes, Waste

 

Et Chu, Brutus?

30 Sep

Yeah, Chu is going to get the ax over this. He richly deserves it.

Like Obama himself, he just is not up to the job, never having done anything like this. Nothing on this scale.

 
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The $16 muffin

23 Sep

is no joke.

Sure, we all grumble and roll our eyes and such stupid human tricks. But we need to understand that there is a serious aspect to this. With the HUGE budget deficit we have it’s not like a few $16 muffins are going to make all the difference. But the problems go much deeper that that, and they are part of the attitude. Here’s a quote:

The lesson of government waste, whether on $16 muffins or $535 million loan guarantees to solar power companies or $48 billion in“improper” Medicare payments, is one worth relearning every day.

Managers whose budgets do not depend on customer satisfaction and who do not face competitive pressure in the marketplace, will not, on balance, spend their money wisely. Vendors selling to those managers know that price matters much less than it does to, say, Wal-Mart. And anywhere there is political urgency and official involvement high up the command chain, conditions will begin resembling a gold rush.

Yep, the truth is that a person is not very careful with money when it is not their own. THAT is the overriding lesson of government.

For my own business I really want a scanner. Yeah, I have an all-in-one that scans, but it is slow. The one I want is a dedicated scanner that is very fast and it would really help. It also costs just north of $400. So I don’t buy it. Why not? Because it is my own money that is being spent, here. I can just wait for the one I have to do the job, even though it is much slower and far less efficient.

This is exactly why you never elect a guy who has not run his own business. Sorry, your vacations to Martha’s Vineyard are not “free.”

 

 
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