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February 2009 - Posts

  • What Are Phone Numbers For?

    In the world of business the most common piece of literature is the business card. This is a small, 2"x3" stiff paper card that contains your business name, address, phone number, email information, and may also contain other information pertinent to your company. When people meet they usually give out these cards so that others can avail themselves of the services your company provides. When I did business for many years in New York I made up these cards in lots of five thousand at a time and I was back at the printer to get more every few months. I also collected many cards from other people so that I had a ready reference of people to call if I needed their services.

    When I moved to the South about fifteen years ago I did business with many folks just as I had done up North. And everyone had business cards and phone numbers. Oddly, the phone never rang. I wondered why and I did some experimenting to determine what was going on. I asked many questions of many different people to find the solution. What I came to learn is that no one down here ever calls anyone for anything to do with business. This in itself is not so much of a problem but when people say they will call, they don't call. In the last fifteen years I have had people tell me that they are going to do many things, like call me on the telephone, meet for business, to do something for fun, like going fishing, to keep appointments for medical or dental work, and I can count on one hand the number of times that the person ever called or showed up. In the event that I was the problem in the equation, I asked around to find out if this situation was unique only to me. It isn't. Although this knowledge makes me feel better that everyone else has the same problem as I do, it is still a mystery that people continue to promise to do something and then they don't do it. Why promise something that you have no intention of fulfilling? 

    It appears that most people will try to say what they think you want to hear at the moment. Not only is this deceitful and dishonest, but also it is downright rude. No wonder there is almost no communication between people nowadays. How would anyone ever know when he or she is hearing the truth? It may be that everyone is practicing to be a politician. If this is the case, then we will have plenty to choose from in upcoming elections.

    In the meantime, maybe it would be better if people simply gave a truthful response to any given question. If you say you will call someone at a given time - make the call - even if you are calling to say that you have changed your mind about doing business. At least you will be seen as a creditable person, one who is reliable enough to conduct business. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Feb 23 2009, 06:42 PM by Sam Post with 2 comment(s)
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  • The Value of Photographs

    Actually, I wrote the article, The Value of Photographs back in September of 1979. (Wow, that was almost thirty years ago!) It appeared in several magazines and in a major book publication. The information contained in the article is as timely today as it was back then. It is a professional piece aimed at professional photographers but the material applies to anyone who has ever seen a picture. Instead of including the entire article here, I will just give you some of the highlights.

    In such a fast-paced world we truly need something in the way of documentation so that we can sit down in our off hours to be apprised of what others have accomplished whether it be current news events, competitors’ products, advertisements, entertainment, or historical documents. Pictures are the best way to present most things. Videos and movies are great when you want to show movement, but photographs are best when you want to show content. A still photo is snapped at the height of the action; it makes a single point; it tells a story without confusion. So long as the photographer knows what he or she is doing, the picture will be self explanatory – no verbiage needed.

    For historical documentation, photographs of past events, or current events, show us things that we can never see again. For example, pictures produced by Brady and Gardner give us an accurate look at the Civil War and our sixteenth president that no book could ever describe so well. Pictures produced from the Hubbell telescope show us what distant galaxies look like; there is no other way to see these celestial objects.  Snapshots taken with the Instamatic and Polaroid cameras record our children’s first steps. Once the children start to grow, those first glimpses are lost to us except in grandma’s pictures.

    There are so many ways that photography helps us that it would take a whole book to illuminate all the uses. We are a visual society; we are so used to seeing pictures everyday that if all pictures suddenly disappeared, we would be disoriented and confused. Nowadays, pictures are absolutely critical to most industries. It is a good thing that the burger places use pictures for their employees; or your burger would not be assembled correctly. Without pictures the employees might be required to learn to read and/or they may have to learn to speak English. Oh, horrors! So says Sam Post.

    Posted Feb 17 2009, 09:41 AM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • Obesity Virus? Surely You Jest!

    Occasionally some very interesting and insightful stories cross my desk; other times I see some of the stupidest and most ridiculous stories. Today I want to present one of the stupidest articles I have ever seen. I came across this "masterpiece of fiction" in a news article. In general, it states that in the ongoing battle against obesity, a breakthrough has been made that explains one possible theory on how people become fat. The "scientist" says that there is a virus (that is contagious) that causes susceptible fat people to become fatter. What planet does this guy dwell on? Certainly not Earth. There is only one way to get fat on this planet and that is to eat too much, and to eat too much of the wrong foods. Add in a sedentary lifestyle where you do no correct exercising, practice being a couch potato, and develop an apathetic attitude. Presto - you are now probably obese and unhealthy enough to require two seats on your next airline trip.

    In support of the reality that one can lose weight if they really care to become healthier, I will mention a movie that I recently enjoyed. It is called The Machinist. The main character (he's the guy who played Batman in Batman Begins) is a worker in a machine shop who happens to be very thin. Actually, he is so thin that he could play the part of a concentration camp victim during the Second World War. Most of you know the actor and what he looks like but you would not recognize him. He lost sixty pounds to play the role. How did he do it? He just cut his eating down to a reported one can of tuna per day. I am sure that he ate a few other things too, but the point is that he lost a tremendous amount of weight by eating very little food. I am sure that he did a modicum of exercise as well to stay healthy. He is so skinny in the movie that you can see every bone in his body; the cameraman showed him scantily clothed in several shots. The point of all this? Well, the virus story doesn't fly. If there were such a virus, why didn't it show up in preceding generations? It is very clear to me that if you want to lose fat, stop filling your face with crap, do a little exercise, and seek out a therapist. In fact, there is a therapist who deals in this very subject. His name is Dr. Richard Marsella and he specializes in helping people who have problems adjusting to a normal life. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Feb 09 2009, 08:33 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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  • Prevarications And Other Lies

    Somehow I feel a little sorry for politicians. After all, there just has to be a few who are honest. It is just a matter of the "law of averages". For the most part politicians are dishonest bureaucrats. It is their job to lie and mislead the population on most issues. Their creed is: "The untruth, the whole untruth, and everything but the truth - etc." I agree that the public does not want to know the truth because, if they did, they couldn't live with it. We need to be fed Pablum because we want to stick our heads in the sand so that we can make believe that "everything is okay". Everything is not okay. There are real problems out there that can be dealt with by real people. Sometimes it is scary but if problems are addressed eye-to-eye they all can be dealt with positively. Unfortunately, almost all people opt for the Ostrich approach, that is, look the other way so that you don't see reality. This is how we get into trouble. We elect a bureaucrat to lie to us and to mislead us to continue the lie that "everything is okay". We feel good and secure that our elected officials will take care of all the problems and that they will keep our hopes up that the sun will rise tomorrow. They can't guarantee any of that and the population is pathetic for requiring the officials to make these guarantees.

    I did hear of one honest politician, I forget his name right now, who not only was honest, but also lived honestly. He walked to work instead of driving a polluting vehicle, he carried his lunch from home instead of wasting money at restaurants, and he created an award for government agencies. This award, I believe was called the "golden fleece award" and it was bestowed upon the stupidest government blunder for the present year. Blunders like spending millions of dollars on a study to find out the mating habits of who is screwing whom in the suburbs, spending $500.00 on a single toilet seat, spending $1000 on a hammer, etc. All of these wasted dollars are from - you guessed it - we taxpayers. Screwed again. So says Sam Post.

    Posted Feb 03 2009, 08:36 PM by Sam Post with no comments
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