Friday, January 13, 2012

Wow! Is Google ever complicated?

Wow, is Google ever complicated. I've spent days now trying to figure out how to split myself into 3 or 4 unique identities for the purpose of boosting my Facebook friends count. Doesn't everybody do that?

Anyway, I finally figured out that as long as I give up on ever getting my favorite email names and every password I could hope to remember, then I could set up a couple accounts. Unfortunately the new accounts were still somehow linked with each other behind the scenes, no matter what I did.

Did I mention that getting to talk to a person at Google is easy?  It is...if you already have an account number. How do you get one of those?  Well it's simple if you spend a bunch of money on advertising on the internet...but that's a pricey way to get a few new friends, right?

So if you need help understanding the unreal world of Google, you can get it. You just have to persevere...I now have a contact who will reply to me...the day after next. I understand since they have spend a lot of time learning how to navigate their own products...of which there are many. So many products in fact that if you ask the wrong question, your rep will very nicely pass you along to another expert in that specific area, who will contact you...the day after next.

Look...Google is amazing, their products are great, and their penetration into our lives almost cannot be over estimated...(can you say Google Earth?). I just wish that their many tentacles made more sense to a guy like me, who just wants a few more Facebook friends.   

    

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Are you driven? By what? Why?

Are you driven? Are you driven by physical things like pain, hunger, or thirst right now?  Are emotions like love, fear, anger, compassion or loyalty pushing you onward today?  With so many possible choices, do you ever feel like decision making is becoming more and more complex? If so you are not alone.

With images of the "ideal human experience" being poured into our heads at the speed of light (or at least minimum, 50 mbps if you have a decent wifi connection) it can be difficult to know what to give priority in your mind and in your life.

So which is more important...being in shape, or being honest? Being in hip, or being trustworthy? Being connected, or being accessible?

These seven things listed below are ones I think are important, very important. It's not my list, and it's not a complete list, but it's a very very good list. And to be clear, just because I can type these words doesn't mean I can, or always do practice them well. Howeverwhen I have the time to dwell on the highest order of things, these characteristics are always there when I arrive.

Courage...The ability to go forward in spite of your fears

Faith...The belief in things not yet seen. Promises have been made to you...by your friends, family, by God and his universe. Faith is your willingness to believe, and act on those promises without concrete evidence that they are a certainty.

Compassion...Being willing to put yourself in the shoes of another, perhaps before you judge them.

Truth...The one thing you want most from others after recognition, but that you may not deliver very often, yourself.

Friendship...A treasure to be protected, since contrary to "common sense" it's often true that those who know you best, are the ones that love you most.

Family...The epicenter of the big bang that created you, and perhaps the most misunderstood, undervalued asset on your books.

Common Sense...The single most valuable kind of thinking. The opposite of sophisticated over thinking. The antithesis of being clever, devoid of personality flaws like ego, arrogance and haughtiness. ... it is in part simple objectivity.
    
I got these ideas from reading the book, The 7, Seven Wonders That Will Change Your life. And it  may sound corny, but it has changed my life for the better to focus more on these 7 characteristics.

You may be wondering who wrote this book, but I'm not going to tell you. I want you to judge the message before you judge the authors.

After that, judge away. Just check out the book while your at it.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Social media?...whazzat?

Apparently there's a giant group of people out there who spend almost every waking moment trying to connect with each other in every way possible, hoping that by doing so that good things will happen for everybody. Thats nice, huh?

After spending a good bit of my day with some really enthusiastic devotees of this "Social Media" thingy, I think they may have something after all...What the hell, I'll give it a try...oh wait, I already am, do, are. (whatever)

Blig blag blog, tweet, twang, twitter...You can expect more of the same in the days to come...post, ping, pontifacte....Mark

Now...Cube Solutions Office Cubicles at OfficeMax.com

We don't really brag that much about our company but this really is pretty cool. You can now buy Cube Solutions "Professional Grade" Office Cubicles at officeMax.com. Here's the Cube Solutions Office Cubicles at OfficeMax link.

You can still buy direct from us at CubeSolutions.com and save more, but there are definitely some advantages to considering buying from OfficeMax, too.  Ask me for a list of pros and cons if you really need to know.

In the fall will be in their print catalog, then it's on to the 900 or so stores...Thank you OfficeMax.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Searching for meaning? Look here.

This old guy is something special indeed...Listen to his story and a little of his music. He has discovered true happiness. We could all learn a big lesson from The Harmonica Man.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Trends in luxury cubicle living...sort of.

We're cubicle manufacturers and know better than anyone that a cubicle is just a cubicle. We are not alone...See how some othe world's more forward thinking companies are offsetting that reality with luxury cubicle dweller perks in this article at Forbes.com. Can you really blame them?

For Great Deals on the Office Cubes that you need, visit Cube Solutions today or call us toll free at 866-734-6628.

With the money you save you'll be able to afford to choose your own perks.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

About happiness...Priceless.

The value of understanding lifes intangibles better can hardly be
over estimated...I think this is worth your time.

Let me know if you agree.


The pursuit of Happiness in Business...priceless

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Office Cubes ... What’s in a name?

Our company is called Cube Solutions, and in case you haven’t noticed, we make office cubes. They happen to be really good office cubes, but that’s not the point. The thing is that even though our website (http://www.cubesolutions.com/) is plastered with info about office cubes, we get a lot of traffic from people looking for ways to conquer the world-famous Rubik’s Cube.

“Puzzled” by this, we did a little bit of world-class investigative work into the matter and while looking for a Solution we realized that Google is convinced we are the “go-to guys” for solving the puzzle created by Mr. Rubik back in 1974.

Speaking of Rubik’s Cube, have you seen that kid who can solve it behind his back in twelve seconds with one hand while wearing a blindfold and evading a rabid muskrat? Seeing this got us wondering if there is an untapped market for muskrat proof clothing, but mostly it made us realize that there are probably other common misconceptions about cubicles out there. Sure enough there are...Here are a few things of our favorites

Word Play. We make cubicles. Or to be clearer, we make office cubicles. Believe it or not, that’s an important distinction because as it turns out, there are some places in the world where a cubicle is not a place where you sit for long periods of time each weekday reading or playing with your iPhone.

Spending 40 hours a week in a cubicle in the U.S. may be a bit tedious, but just consider that same experience in UK, where a “cubicle” is the place you go to answer the call of nature. Sure you could still spend long periods of time reading or playing with your iPhone, but it sheds a whole new light on “filling out TPS reports.” or “doing your paperwork”.

Typos & Misspellings...Here are my favorites, I do them all the time.

#1 CUBCILES. Close, but no cigar. No matter how many times I mistype it, I haven’t been able to convince my spellchecker to accept this alternate version. I’m not giving up the fight, though.

#2 CUBICALS. This one sounds right and phonetically it’s there too, but again, it’s not quite correct in the eyes of the internet or the office furniture industry (Hey this is 2010 - why can’t Google read my mind yet?). Actually, we see a lot of people using this common misspelling because it does sound right.

#3 CUBUCLES. This one looks like a mixture of cucumbers and shoe buckles, but I think it’s actually an aquatic life form found only in the Marianas Trench.

#4 QUBICLES. This one is cute, or is it qute? Maybe it’s just quaint, or is that kwaint? I’m getting lost. Actually there’s a hip, modern shelving product that goes by the name Qubicles...it’s got a quool, trendy looque. See more here...

Etymology VS Entomology. Etymology is the study of the history of words and how their form and meaning have changed over time. It differs wildly from Entomology, which is the scientific study of insects. It really bugs me that these words are so close and yet so far apart. What’s it gonna take to get the dictionary changed around here?

Anyway, the word “cubicle” is derived from the Latin word cubiculum, meaning bed chamber. It eventually came to be used for all sorts of small chambers, small rooms or study spaces with partitions. Maybe that’s why so many people are asleep at their workstations.

What’s the Cube Solution to all of this? I’ve been trying to figure out that Rubik’s Cube thing out since I saw the movie “The pursuit of happiness’” with Will Smith a few years ago. I guess I’m not cut out for high-pressure-taxi-ride-puzzle-challenge-interviews, so if you know how to solve it, you're doing better than I am.

I could Google it, but I’m sure I’d just end up back at our website, oh well.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Great Movie!

Man, I saw a great movie this last weekend.

I'm going to try and see another one this coming weekend, too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The immortal office cubicle.

The office cubicle: Famed in story and song; immortalized on screen and stage; popularized in office buildings worldwide; made famous by Herman Miller, and infamous by Dilbert. By most accounts the office cubicle is among the most useful, yet the most disliked, furniture items on the planet, and maybe even the galaxy. The office cubicle system may be the most controversial type of furniture ever invented, and it is certainly the most controversial furniture idea ever mass produced.

Office cubicle history starts in the middle of the 20th century, with the generally-accepted inventor being Robert Probst, who designed the first prototypes for Herman Miller in the 60’s. Herman Miller went on to produce the Action Office line of cubicle office furniture based on those designs, and to say that it’s been a successful venture would be a serious understatement. Today, office cubicle systems are everywhere. They are in nearly every office building in every city, state, and country on the planet. The development of the office cubicle has created huge, fundamental changes in the way most of us do our work, and for some of us, it has even affected what we do for a living.

More than any other factor, your opinion of cubicles may be influenced by your role in your company. As an employee, you may see the office cubicle as a somewhat boring - even restrictive - place where you end up "doing time" 40 hours per week. As an owner or manager, however, your role may give you additional insight into the benefits of using cubicles to fulfill needs related not only to the working-space requirements of your employees, but also to office culture. The goal of every manager should be to efficiently and equitably apportion workspace to each employee as a semi-private environment where all the necessary tools are readily at hand. The office cubicle makes this possible while remaining affordable.

Discussions on the merits of the office cubicle will continue for decades to come, but one thing is certain: With preferences and points of view as diverse as the workforce itself, there’s simply no way to give everyone everything they want in a workspace. Until we figure out a way to do that, the office cubicle will continue to be the best alternative.