Who I was / Who I am becoming

I wrote these words down on a piece of paper to make a list today. Two of them, actually.  I know who I was, and I miss him.  But I wanted to see who I was becoming and determine if I liked who he is. Continue reading


Climbing mountains (literally)

A little while ago, I wrote a little thing about climbing mountains.  And I am happy to report that there are real benefits to climbing in silence.  Here is what I have learned from my multiple climbing experiences.

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Saving Groupon, LivingSocial, and other daily deals sites

This post is a response to a couple of articles I recently read predicting how daily deals sites cannot sustain themselves with their current business model.

As a daily deals user, I can attest that repeat business is not something I have provided yet. At best, the deals that I get have served as an opportunity to do something new for date night with my girlfriend. However, I believe there are ways to turn opportunists such as myself into repeat customers and create a loyal fanbase. Here are three ideas to make this happen: Continue reading

Moving at the speed of social networking

A few years ago, when my Nintendo Gamecube broke down, I called them up and told them about my problem. I shipped them my unit and received it back repaired.

Total turnaround time: 7 days. Cost: $0.

A disappointed customer was instantly turned into a super loyal fan. (present problems aside)

In present day, being able to call a company isn’t always a given. A lot of things are done online.
Submitting a complaint form in itself is a gauntlet of frustration that oftentimes filter out the weak.

But what happens when companies become accessible through social networking? Continue reading

Restructuring, Repurposing

I’ve been playing around with tumblr, wordpress and xangafor quite some time now.  It’s been difficult trying to pick just one to work with, but blogger seems like the best bet moving forward since I have more content here than tumblr and wordpress. Also it’s more accessible than xanga.

If I choose to move forward with this I will need to repurpose this blog. It may not be the best place for developing thoughts anymore (thus the name, distillery).  In that case, I will need to go through and privatize some items.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned for now.
//Edit 2011-10-24// I just found out how to import all my entries, with comments, from blogger. So wordpress may be the way to go now. We shall see. More changes to come.