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28 April 2016 @ 09:37 am

Partnership vs Patriarchal Relationship Model

Every once in a while I'll see online comments or commentary from guys that women don't want nice guys, they want bad boys. Maybe not criminals, but certainly the stereotypical "Alpha"male. I've seen more than one guy (very confused and hurt) saying he respects women, he treats the women in his life well and yet - in spite of the fact this is what women say they want - they really don't.

Theories abound. From the men, it's usually the idea that women want an Alpha, someone who can rock her world in bed, protect her from her enemies, and provide for her children. From the women, it's usually, "we just don't want a wuss, we want someone who's confident" which I can more or less agree on. Then comes the add-on. The comment that always confuses the hell out of me and makes me want to gag.

"We want someone who'll wear the pants in the family"

Or something that essentially boils down to that.

Given that if I wanted to do something and my boyfriend, lover, or mate tried to tell me "no", it would be a very short conversation. I do not need a keeper. I'm flabberghasted that anyone would think it's his job to be responsible for me. I'm not a child. I'm not a mental defective. I can take the consequences of my own bad decisions thank-you very much.

But that's the key isn't it?

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Task Complexity as a Measure of Job Satisfaction

I get bored easily. The longest I've ever managed to stay employed is three years and then I either quit or get fired. I've worked for some good companies, some bad companies, and one really great one. It didn't matter. While many factors could reduce how long I stayed, three years seems to be the upper limit for me.

Obviously homelessness is my big concern, but it hurts the companies I work for too.

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25 April 2016 @ 09:15 pm

Link: http://www.amazon.ca/Curse-High-IQ-Aaron-Clarey-ebook/dp/B01BG9VV1U?ie=UTF8&keywords=curse%20of%20the%20high%20iq&qid=1461543314&ref_=sr_1_1&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Rating: 3/5


Usually I review on Amazon, but I had so much to say about this essay I decided to post it here. Be warned,

The concept is interesting. Clarey postulates that people with high IQs - essentially everyone above 120 on a standard IQ test - are an extreme minority. He argues that this carries with it certain disadvantages personally and professionally.. Since the world is designed to service the average, it is not only not capable of meeting the needs of the above average, it actively hurts them.

This isn't a joke. Clarey is quite serious in his opinions and many of them are thought-provoking. I don't disagree that high IQ people can be disadvantaged in an average world. However, I found that while the book is fairly well-structured, it had a slight identity crisis. I'm not sure if it was intended to be a thoughtful essay or an extended rant filled with clear personal bias.

While the author strikes me as highly intelligent, I also found him incredibly narrow-minded. He knows what he knows because that's what he's seen - and he often seems to assume that his interpretation of an event is a self-evident truth. For example, Clary cites the case of a friend who was chastised after upselling a customer a $60 DVD set but didn't offer the customer membership in a loyalty program.

Clary was clearly disdainful and later in the chapter mentions that this company went out of business as an example of corporate losses due to average IQ idiocy. The underlying assumption being that the sale had more value than the membership program and the manager was too stupid to see this. I also suspect, given the tone of other things he has said, that Clary saw the membership program as just another invention of an average IQ upper management idiot who took a "fluffy bunny" degree, doesn't have a clue about the real world, and is just making life harder for smart people who know what they are doing.

Here's what jumps out at me. First, since when are sales and membership offers either/or propositions? They aren't. What happened here is that the salesperson failed to do her job. Management had prioritized the membership program and she chose not (or forgot) to offer it. Clary would have you believe this is a null issue and the salesperson was getting her chops busted by an idiot who is just complying with the corporate rules instead of recognizing someone for doing a good job.

Now, I'm not trying to say sales aren't important. They are incredibly important. Without sales, nobody gets paid. But, consider this. What is the absolute value of a $60 DVD sale? $30 gross profit? Maybe? Okay. So at this point in time, the saleswoman's efforts have earned her company $30. Here's the thing. There's a lot of competition in the DVD market.

Prices are fairly standard from company to company so there's not much the company can do there to obtain a competitive advantage. This was a gaming store so the customer likely came in looking for a game or game-related accessories and the sale was opportunistic. Good job on the saleswoman's part but since gaming stores don't usually carry a lot of DVDs someone looking for DVDs is probably not going to think of them first when they go shopping in the future.

So really, this customer is a gaming customer, not a DVD customer. Sales of corporate merchandise and opportunistic upsells will rely on getting that person back into the store at a future date. All those marketing ideas for gaming events and upsell displays and anything else the company needs to use to drive foot traffic rely on getting future marketing literature into the hands of the customer.

What better, easier, cheaper way to reach an already happy customer than signing them up for a membership program? The customer earns loyalty points for purchases driving future sales. They give you their email address and actually read your marketing emails. And they know about gaming events in plenty of time to get excited and plan to go.

There are also spin-off benefits regarding the loyalty and satisfaction that comes from belonging to a community. (Touchpoint Theory 101). All of which can help to drive future sales. So let's assume that the company estimates that a member of the program averages 3.5 more trips to the store in a 12 month period over someone who is not a member. And lets assume 50% of those trips result in a sale worth approximately $25 each.

That means the value of each membership is potentially $43.75 each year, direct to the bottom line. Yes, there is a cost to maintaining the lists and the loyalty program, but that's offset by the higher cost of marketing to non-member customers and new customers.

If the saleswoman had done her job completely, she could have earned the company the $30 profit from the initial DVD sale plus $43.75 per year thereafter. And loyal customers who come to the store more times might be statistically more likely to bring friends and family along who might also contribute to future sales.

So, was a $60 upsell a good thing? Absolutely. It required the saleswoman to know her merchandise and listen to the customer. But did she do her job when she ignored the company directive and didn't offer the membership program? Absolutely not.

And that's just stupid.

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17 April 2016 @ 04:40 am

So, I'm back. Well, sort of. It's been a long time.

I wanted to give an update for anyone still holding out hope I might finish some of my outstanding WIPS.

First, I'm trying to go pro! I will be self-publishing my first novel this year on Kindle under the penname A.E. Silver. If you are interested, there's more info posted at www.aesilver.com.

What does this mean for my fanfiction?

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So there it is. Not the best news, I know, but what I can finish, I will.

Lastly, I really wanted to thank everyone who has taken time to review my stories over the years. It's been a long road for me to get back to writing again and your encouragement had a lot to do with convincing me to stick with it. So thank-you. I may be lousy at replying, but every review was much loved and appreciated.

Warm Regards!


30 January 2009 @ 02:48 am

People are going to end up on the government payroll one way or the other - either during a Bail-Out or through the Social Safety Net when they lose their jobs. Rather than going through the same-old, same-old, personally I'd like to see the government take the opportunity to use that money to encourage positive changes. 

SGCBearcub's 2009 Stimulus Package

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25 November 2007 @ 05:01 pm

The XO laptop. Not-For-Profit. Can I just say what an amazing concept this is? I have no doubts that this piece of equipment is going to quietly revolutionize the world for children everywhere.

My one problem with charity programs is that so many attack the symptoms (necessary), without solving the root cause(depressing). This laptop will go a long way toward attacking the problems. I can't believe what they managed to pack into that case. Inexpensive, rugged, internet and wireless local network. It's even an ebook reader which means textbooks and teaching tools can be digital! 


Go see! Personally, I'm trying to figure out if I can scrape up enough money to participate in the Give One, Get One program. $399 and I get one of these laptops (individuals can't buy otherwise) and a second is donated to a needy child. Deadline December 31. They are focusing on third world countries first, where the budget for education is so much lower, but eventually they want to see every child in the world with one of these. The product is that amazing.

I honestly think they could do it.

Current Mood: enthralled
11 November 2007 @ 11:34 pm
Maybe I was spoiled, growing up in an age of W5 and Dateline news reports. Or maybe my memories are blurred with time, but I seem to recall that journalism used to mean something. Reporters actually went looking for facts and the meaning behind the story. They actually presented news in a way that supposedly allowed the reader to understand the events affecting their lives. 

At the moment, all the articles about the WGA strike seem to be carbon copies of one another, providing little beyond the basic information provided in the first couple of days. And without behind-the-scenes interviews and opinions by experts providing a peek into the motivations of the people driving the decision-making, readers are left to be influenced only by their natural compassion for the below-the-line workers losing their source of income. 

I'd like to think this is a masterful example of the media being used to influence public opinion, but I have the lowering feeling it's because the people writing the articles can't be bothered to find out what the drivers behind the issue actually are. Or worse, they don't know how to find out. Which is scarier.

I don't pretend to be a journalist. But from the outside looking in, several things jump out at me:

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
02 October 2007 @ 11:17 pm

Why Stargate: Atlantis is Doomed (or: A Failure of Archetypes)

This is what I get for buying story structure software right before NaNoWriMo. Gah!!! I had no intention of ranting, but in lieu of tearing my hair out with frustration or sending a Howler to TPTB, this will have to do.

I want to love Atlantis, really I do. But I've been finding the stories increasingly flat-especially this year. I think I finally figured out why.  Unfortunately, they seem to be so busy recreating the character roles from SG-1, that they have completely ignored the  underlying archetypes that made the characters of SG-1 so fascinating and easy to understand.


Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
21 November 2006 @ 09:49 pm
I'll be MIA for the next few days. Our call centre closes for the American holidays and I managed to finagle some vacation time and turned it into a five day week-end.(Although I saved days for NY in May!)

Now here's hoping I can cram the better part of 50,000 words into 5 days. Hoolies. Forget the virtual chocolate. I'm going to need a virtual hospital bed,lol.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
08 November 2006 @ 06:44 pm

Well...I got a lot of words written...

Note to self: Do NOT start a new fanfic two weeks before NaNoWriMo.

So far I've added 12,000 words to the story. It's not the right story, alas. Not sure yet if I'm going to get a chance to finish a real Nano fic this year. I have another 4 day week-end coming up (Gotta love being single at Thanksgiving,lol). So...maybe. Meanwhile, i suppose at the very least I'll aim to complete the word count if not actually qualify.