While browsing the Internet one day for some funny videos to watch, I found a pop up ad, with the message “click here invoicehome.com”. I didn’t need an invoice for any reason, but I had a friend who did. My friend is an up and coming game developer, and he has already made a few games for the PC. He sells the games from his website. I’ve played the games, and they are pretty good, but there’s just one thing that irks me. Whenever you buy the game from his website, he sends an email with the access code for the game in an invoice.
Normally, there would be nothing wrong with this, but for my friend, this wasn’t too great for him, because his invoice looked terrible. The invoice looked like something I could have thrown together in a paint application in no time, and I’m terrible at using the paint application. I’ve told him that he needs to make the invoice look better, but he didn’t listen to me. He told me that the invoice wasn’t really important, and that the game was the only thing that mattered to the customers. He didn’t realize that everything is important, including presentation.
I sent my friend the link from the pop up ad and told him to go there and get a new invoice. He didn’t want to do it, but after enough coaxing, I was able to talk him into doing it. He downloaded the template and used it in place of the old one. He assured me that the invoice itself didn’t matter at all. I told him to put a survey on his website to see if the customers liked the new invoice and he agreed. Two weeks after he started using the invoice, he shared with me the results of the poll. Everyone liked the new invoice.
We have decided that we need to expand our business a little if we want to bring in more money. Right now it is a cross between a beauty shop and a barber shop, but of course it used to be the garage of the house that Lida and I bought about a year ago. So we have started to deal in wigs and hair extensions. It is a pretty tough thing for you to know about before you see the product. For example we have people wanting to sell us my natural hair extensions. However you have to have the extensions in your hands so you can see what they look like and what they feel like as well. Continue reading Looking to Expand Our Product Line
For centuries, education in the West was based around an in-depth study of the Greek and Latin classics. In recent decades, however, these classic works have fallen off of the curriculum in many schools. Far too many students are able to graduate from high school without ever reading a play by Sophocles or Aeschylus, or without encountering Plato, Cicero, Horace or any of the other literary giants of the Greek and Roman world. However, without having at least a passing familiarity with these writers, it can be difficult to fully understand much of the literature that comes after their time.
Much of the Western canon involves a reaction or response to these earlier writers. Continue reading The Importance of Reading and Studying the Classics
There are many people that feel that ancient literature is completely outdated. Even though no one can debate the fact that ancient literature is very old, it is very important to consider the content of some pieces of ancient literature before completely ruling out the fact that it does not have any benefit for us today. There are many people that spend almost their entire life studying writings from Bronze Age Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt to early medieval works from the fifth to ninth century AD.
One reason that people have taken such an interest in these ancient writings it is because they feel like we can learn a lot about past civilizations based on the writings that have been left for us. Continue reading Just Because the Text is Old Does Not Mean It’s Not Useful