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Comedy

Standup at the Lamp

Greg Reichel and the Big Flats (bass)

Wormy Dog 2/28/14

Calm before the storm

GalleryCat (bass)

Say say say – upright bass at the Max

Life is so great – Club Dada 2011

Move – Granada 10/5/12

Flat People (bass)

Isn’t it Time – Granada 12/20/07

Retool – Granada 8/16/08

From “Rich on Bass” playlist on YouTube

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5 Dallas Liquor Deliveries: Total Wine and Spec’s Instacart, Drizly, Doordash and Favor

I saved as much as 17% of Instacart’s Total Wine over Drizly, but both are great compared to the competitors.

I ordered seven of my favorite 750ml liquor bottles from Instacart’s Total Wine and Drizly to compare prices and apps. Doordash, Favor and Instacart’s Specs are too expensive or don’t have enough menu information to proceed.

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Instacart $10 off coupon for me* and you: https://inst.cr/t/VYtDDWySQ
Drizly Promo Code $5 off for me* and you: SYPWK – http://drizly.com/i/SYPWK
*LOL, full disclosure.

Drizly UX
Each variety contains multiple sizes ( + )
Major price padding ( – )

Instacart UX
Sort by price/unit ( + )
Weird filtering ( – )
Each variety size is an individual item ( – )

TOTAL
Instacart Total Wine $101.97* to $123.97
Drizly $122.79* to $139.04

INSTACART TOTAL WINE WINS BY 11-17%

Kentucky Deluxe/Gentleman 750ml
DRIZ $6.49
ICTW $6.29

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 750ml
DRIZ $22.99
ICTW $17.99

Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
DRIZ $15.49
ICTW $11.99

TAAKA Gin 750ml
DRIZ $5.99
Potter’s Dry ICTW $5.49

Bombay Sapphire Gin 750ml
DRIZ $23.99
ICTW $18.99

Malibu 750ml
DRIZ $15.49
ICTW $13.29

Kraken 750ml
DRIZ $17.99
ICTW $15.99

Product Subtotal
DRIZ $108.43
ICTW $90.03

Service Fee*
ICTW $8.50 (Optional)

Delivery Fee
ICTW $5.99
DRIZ $5.00

Tip* (Optional/Variable)
ICTW 15% $13.50
DRIZ 15% $16.25

Tax
ICTW $5.95
DRIZ $9.36

Total w/ Tax
ICTW 123.97

*Cutting corners on service fees and tips can make Drizly tips and Instacart’s tips and service fee less. These are optional fields, but I always imagine these amounts go into the prioritization and care of my order. Alcohol is a luxury product, so if you can’t afford suggested gratuity for the delivery or the technology, maybe get off your ass. If you’ve served our country or plan on drinking all this yourself and have a hard time getting to the liquor store, by all means, tip less and ditch the service fee, but most of you should do the right thing.

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50 favorites for 2017

No particular order…

Songs/Singles

Sea Change – Thrice

Lust for life – Lana del Rey

Appointments – Julien Baker

Smoke – Mosa Wild

Swim – Mating Ritual

Boston – Dermot Kennedy

Suit and Jacket – Judah and the Lion

Sign of the times – Harry Styles

Every day’s the weekend – Alex Lahey

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

Doubt – Joywave

Don’t take the money – Bleachers

Can’t get it out – Brand new

All we ever knew – The head and the heart

The system only dreams in total darkness – The national

Lay it on me – Vance Joy

Albums

Lust for life – Lana del Ray

Content – Joywave

Sleep well beast – The National

Appointments – Julien Baker

Science Fiction – Brand New

Songs about death – Mount Eerie

OKNOTOK – Radiohead 1997

Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie 2015

We’re all gonna die – Dawes 2016

Signs of light – The head and the heart 2016

Folk Hop and roll – Judah and the Lion

Honorable Mention

No shape – Perfume genius

What now – Sylvan esso

Young blood – Naked and famous 2010

Rhythm and Blues – The head and the heart

Seasons (Waiting on you) – Future islands

Concerts Attended

Mariah/Lionel

Julien Baker

Alex Lahey

Judah and the Lion

David Bazan

Joywave

U2/Lumineers

Listener/Everett

Collin Hay

Comedy Attended

Tyson Faifer

Pauly Shore

TJ Miller

Steve Martin/Martin Short

Comedy Specials

Komail Nanjiani

Patton Oswalt

Brian Regan

Tig Notaro

Dave Chapelle

Maria Bamford

Added later

Just my type – Saint motel

Woodstock. The album – Portugal. The man

In cold blood – Alt-J

Waste a moment – Kings of leon

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Market globally, sell locally?

I spoke with a friend today about web content and thought leadership. I shared a website with him of someone in his industry that is doing a great job of marketing to consumers using thought leadership in a particular geographic region. Geography and the web seem very different, as we know about the world-wide-web, but what about my region-specific-venture?

I told him to write a blog about it, so I’m practicing what I preach. Content equals thought leadership. Thought leadership equals search engine domination. Here are some links to get you started on your world, as it relates to sales and marketing:

HubSpot’s (actually) free inbound certification course including an amazing exam for proof on your LinkedIn profile!

WordPress’s free SEO-rich blogging platform is free, you can add your domain for $13/yr. plus the cost of the domain. Those can be acquired for $0.88 on namecheap.com.

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Cheers,
filthyRich

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Top Songs/Albums Ever

Top Songs

Top Albums

I try to update these. The albums playlist are favs from the album. There’s some crossover, obviously. 

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Nick Swardson, Lynn Shawcroft and Ken Burns walk into a bar

On the afternoon of April 30, 2006, Johanna and I were in the bar at the Marquette Hotel where we’d been vacationing to attend the Mitch Hedberg tribute at the Orpheum in Minneapolis. Based on the vast knowledge of comedians and hotels we’d amassed from Mitch’s jokes, we assumed the comics were probably staying at the Doubletree — or Quadrupletree — as Mitch called it.

We’d figured out the hotel’s bar was adjacent to a fine dining establishment that had fancy macaroni and cheese the bar would sell during happy hour, so we spent a lot of time there. We’d been there for a while when the bartender noticed he’d forgotten to turn on the big screen, so he asked our feedback on our viewing preference. I encouraged him to pass the sports channels, where he landed on the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. I’ve always loved to make jokes about the sad letters and flute music, so I encouraged the barkeep to turn it up.

We were eating our macaroni when Lynn Shawcroft took a seat at the barstool next to mine. Whoa, this was Mitch’s wife, touring partner and stellar opening act, and I couldn’t think of anything to say. We’d flown from Texas to be there, but all I imagined was that she’d probably enjoy a few minutes to herself before the show started in a few hours. Johanna was nudging me incessantly to say something, but I just basked in the moment, being there with the one person in the world who connected me to Mitch more than anyone.

I watched Ken Burns, I had a beer, and I knew that I was inches away from someone really special. That’s when Nick Swardson appeared behind me wearing a hoodie and jeans, “Do you mind turning on the game, I’d like to check the score?”

“I’m sorry sir, but my guests are involved in this show and it wouldn’t be fair for me to change the channel.”

Nick ordered a drink and went and stood behind me in the hall, watching the game on a wall-mounted flat screen. He was really into the game, and Jo and I spent the rest of our afternoon watching two of stand-up’s most interesting people enjoy some ‘me’ time before the big show. Even though we were clearly the most important people in that bar.

Nick was a perfect gentleman, even though I thought it was absurd that a bar didn’t show a big sports event in favor of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and a lonely letter to my dearest Eloise. But we were there. We still love Ken Burns. And the show was great.

Here’s a strange review: http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=330678

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Top ten 2017 in progress

Julien Baker 

Lana del Ray

Brand New

Thrice

Joywave

Arcade Fire (Begrudgingly)

Portugal. The Man

Bleachers

Harry Styles

Amy Shark

Sylvan Esso

Judah & the Lion

Album Name of the Year: “The boy who died wolf” – Highly suspect

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Already leaving, Jester’s Folly

Some lyrics by Greg from Jester’s Folly

This is what I meant to say: I remember the scent that day, hanging in the air.

I like to watch her drink all the rain. This kind of happy, I could never feel again. 

And so it begins again. My love, sweet rapture, gonna take all my sin. 

Pick a park where we can meet. You make me happy feeling. I don’t wanna make you wait. I’m already leaving. 

You’ve got to remember. If you don’t try this one on: Will you make a movie with me? So I don’t have to lose you. 

Greg was my roommate at UT Arlington in 1998. Our band was called Lachrymethod with members Gary and Jarod. I honestly don’t remember their last names. I think about him from time to time. If you’re connected with both of us, send me a note. 

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UX lessons from Dominos iPhone app: What I do

Dominos is my favorite pizza app. User experiences and apps are what I make, so here are a few things I’d change. 


Entry screen call to action is “checkout.” I always push this button when there’s nothing in my cart. The red button should be disabled or say “menu” or “coupons” when the cart is empty. 


Which leads to this screen. Problem is, “continue” takes me back to the empty cart “checkout” screen, not the menu or coupons. 


This “cheese it up” modal is great, but clicking yes could add $2 to your order. Problem is, not knowing could irritate me if I wasn’t expecting the upcharge, or I might REALLY want extra cheese and assume it adds $5 and pass. 


I’ve already confirmed my address at the beginning of this process, so taking up a full screen’s worth of real estate with some things I can’t change and other info that’s probably accurate considering I chose my address wastes my time choosing a card for the transaction. 


I can also only delete expired cards from the choices, most of these cards have been replaced on our end, and I’d like to delete them. 


After ALL this, I have to enter my Dominos password to checkout. If you’re going to require a password, do it at the beginning, and figure out a way to bypass it with a thumbprint. Considering how complicated this app can be, I’m not too worried my 4yo is going to accidentally order a pizza or a nerdowell is going to hack my phone and order a pizza. 


And last, this tiny flip phone icon at the bottom of the screen calls my store in case I have any last minute changes. A great feature. Problem is, I thought this icon let me use my phone as a walkie talkie. Stick with a hyperlinked numerical phone number for accessibility purposes. A developer should rarely assume I know what a flip phone icon means. 

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My First Week at my New Job

I’m proud to have started a new job a week ago Thursday. The new bank had an excellent one-day orientation that included a tour of the massive campus and handing out laptops, testing logins and assigning monitors and work stations. This is nice, as I’ve worked places where new employees don’t have an orientation and sometimes wait weeks for new computers. 

They assigned me an HP laptop, but my boss has already begun the Apple MacBook ordering process, a sign to me that they’re committed to making sure we have lots of tools for testing and production. 

My setup now is the laptop in a dock on the right and a nice-sized monitor on the left. The bank also issued a new mouse and keyboard so I only have to use the laptop as a monitor when it’s docked. 

The cafeteria is very nice and there is also a self-pay convenience store a little closer in my building. So far, I’ve had an Indian Tiki Masala Chicken dish and a gourmet Italian sub. The eating area looks out onto a beautiful lake with fountains and waterfalls and a nice-sized walking trail folks are allowed to enjoy from 11am to 2pm. 

I did get trapped outside this week when I went to the lake around 4pm for a stroll. I was locked out and an executive saw me trying to get back in and walked me around to the side of the building where the doors are open. I should have known when there was no one out there. 

I spend a lot of lunch time wandering through the complex and parking garage and driving around the area, my favorite destination, McDonalds. 

I have an operations supervisor in Dallas and development boss in Charlotte, as well as coordinate with the design supervisor in Charlotte, so I spent much of last week meeting with influencers and stakeholders on my project. 

My main project is coding the design appearance into an app the bank uses for business-to-business banking. 

I also have Lynda access to some cool online classes I’ve taken and attended an amazing web accessibility conference yesterday. 

Things are great so far!