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4 posts from July 2008

July 28, 2008

Does Johnny Bunko know best?




Sitting poolside yesterday, I read through a fascinating career book written by Daniel Pink. Yes, that would be the same Daniel Pink who wrote New York Times bestselling  A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. His message and writing style really resonate with me.

This time, however, I read The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need. Johnny Bunko is not a typical book in many ways. It's written in the Japanese comic style called manga. Visually engaging through the use of illustrated facial expression and movement, it's different than the ordinary career book. The reader feels a part of the story, taking in anecdotal blurbs while also heeding the advice offered to the main character in the story. The advice is relatively straight-forward, but I won't divulge any career secrets here. You'll have to read the book - and it's a fun, quick read.

The book does have good advice and occassional chuckle-inducing scenes. I wonder if readers are more open to understanding an author's point when innovative ways to tell the story are used? In fact, Johnny Bunko will be the topic for a virtual book discussion within the 3D world called Second Life. In any case, check this book out for yourself and keep a few set of chopsticks in your desk drawer... you might need them someday.

Ok, but can this phone make dinner, too?




I'm thrilled to have my new 3G iPhone, though I'm still learning how to use it. So far, I've entertained myself and the kids with funny applications like Jared, Bubbles and a rotary dialer but I've also found some great ways to be productive while waiting in line at the grocery store or in between the kids' sporting events. 

It's the little things that make me smile. Sure, it's great to have access to most of my music, email, text messages and the internet.  The device is so intuitive, it almost reads your mind (pipe in sci-fi music here). Moving within applications is a snap since they're designed with multiple user options in mind. Even the earbuds have a microphone attached to the cord which doubles as a way to click from phone to music by simply pressing it. Very sharp!

There's no limit it seems to what this gadget might do, but I hope to share more as I learn what I've been missing with my ordinary cell phone. In the meantime, I would suggest someone create an application that plans dinner for the week!

July 25, 2008

Shop, shop, shop... for ideas with Retailman!




Hi everyone! I'm Courtney, one of the community leaders here on the site. I will be posting some featured members here and am pleased to say we have our first one!

RetailmanRetailman is our first featured member on the blog AND our first Simple Thanks recipient! Since joining the site in early July, Retailman is already up to 28 posts so he has earned it! Make sure you visit his page and congratulate him!

With experience in retail, merchandising, sales and more, Retailman is your one-stop-shop for advice and solutions in the retail industry. Recently, he has suggested pushing brands into Sears and Kmart. What a great idea! What brands would you like to see? Check out his post on New Products and Servicesand let us know what you think. Interested in general store layout?From kids clothing to the location of the pharmacy, Retailman has interesting suggestions on where to put each department. I will have to admit that I am a little bit of a shopaholic so I've got blinders on when I shop but Retailman shared some noteworthy thoughts that now make me peek over the stack of clothes in my hands once in a while.

Lately, Retailman has caught the attention of all of the leaders on the site as well as the leaders at Sears and Kmart so grab your shopping carts, head over to the posts forums and start filling them with ideas!

We are more than excited to have him in our community and look forward to his contributions in the future! 

July 21, 2008

Still waiting for my 3G iPhone




Let me introduce myself... I'm Mickey, also known as michelina on I work for Sears and will be guest authoring in the AskRob blog from time to time. I hope you'll enjoy reading my musings, rants and raves about many topics and will also share your thoughts!

Unlike the many die-hard iPhone fans who braved the early morning lines on July 11, 2008 I decided to stop in to my local AT&T store later that day to order the much anticipated 3G iPhonein black. I knew there was NO chance of walking out with the device when I arrived at 5pm, but I'd been assured to receive it within 2-10 business days. Placing my order through Direct Fulfillment, I was told, should put this exciting new technology in my hands soon enough.  

Well folks, it's been 8 days and still no word on when it will ship. The AT&T wireless forumconfirms that I'm not the only one who's wondering if this is a minor delay. A friend of mine gently inferred that I might have to wait a few weeks, while another rolled her eyes at me for being so consumed with the idea of having an iPhone at all. "What's wrong with an ordinary cell phone?" she asked. My mind drifted as I quietly envisioned being able to carry carry thousands of songs with me, tapping through vibrant screens to surf the internet and reply to email, and of course, calling my school-aged kids as I typically do a couple of times each day.

But more than this, I really want to learn. I'd consider myself one of those life-long learners. You know the type... always taking classes at the local community college or collecting (and reading) books on a wide range of topics just for the sake of keeping boredom at bay. The thought of figuring out how something that fits easily in your hand can do so much out of the box yet can be customized based on individual interests just amazes me. I'll be curious to see which of the FREE downloadable applicationsI'll use most. I doubt that I'll pay for any applications, unless they're really worth it. I wonder how the lucky ones who have the new 3G iPhone are using it?