Awaiting The iPad Mini

Oct 23, 2012 by

Here are some things we hope happen with the iPad“Mini” announcement today and why we think this is so important:

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

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Apple also will release a new version of iBooks Author to help make more books for the iPad and the smaller version, though we suspect that the resolution matter will be more of a one-size fits all aspect, updates to iBooks Author, to add new bells and whistles, new layout options and the ability to add social components to these books, would be a great addition.

We think that the release of the iPad “Mini” (we don’t know yet what Apple is going to call it) will help significantly advance the potential for schools to purchase the units and get the advanced form of books that we’re making at Claxton Creative into the hands of more students of all ages.  With a lower price point, the threshold for financially strapped public school districts across the world to introduce these units to their classrooms, and then buy electronic textbooks will save lots of money in the long run.

Those two aspects alone make the potential for today’s announcement very, very exciting.

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Super Bowl and Super Service, Genghis Grill is the place to be Super Sunday

Feb 5, 2012 by

(Editor’s Note: The original for this post is on the Genghis Grill site.  Please jump over there and give me a positive vote for it.  We’re in a tough race.)

I have to say the icing on the cake about this challenge with Genghis Grill so far has been the people who I have enjoyed getting to know.

At Genghis Grill

At Genghis Grill (Photo credit: toastforbrekkie)

Here at the Mesquite, Texas store is a variety of coolness, from the manager, Jessica, who will meet you with a beaming smile every time you see her, to the assistant manager, John, who seems to be one of the hardest working people I know, you can tell why the atmosphere of this store is open and fun.

One of my more frequent servers has been Jasmine.  Talk about a bowl of fun and energy!  She got me on Friday.  I for the life couldn’t recall her name from last Wednesday, but after two days of people coming and going in here, she could remember mine.  She also saved me a ton of headaches as I left in a hurry Friday and left my secret Genghis Grill Health Kwest card and my debit card.  It wasn’t till this morning I realized my debit card was missing.  John had given me back my GG card yesterday.  My point is, Jasmine should get an honesty bonus.

My server today is Katya.  She’s Russian by birth and has been in America for the past 11 years.  She is so friendly and smart.  I know from having friends who were born in other countries some times when you talk to them the conversation runs with a little lag because as you talk in English, they mentally are translating it to their native language, deciding on an ansswer in their home tongue, and then translating it back to you in English.  Katya says she’s been stateside long enough, and she doesn’t get to speak Russian often, that she pretty much does it all in English now,  Not that that matters; her smile is exciting in any language.

Teriaki Chicken

I followed the GG recipe for teriyaki chicken today and added a couple extra ladles of sauce.  I have been mixing the sauces and not going with 100 percent of the same.  To me, it’s a little too strong.  I’m going to have a clean bowl when I leave, but just a reference note.

So who will I meet here next?  Yesterday I made reference to the lady who was going through the line just ahead of me.  She and her friends were having a great time a few tables down when we left. It was clearly girls night out.  Any bets they went to the movies after leaving here?

Next to me now is a family with mom and dad sitting there with their tablets.  This must be the tablet section today.  Did you know they have free WiFi here?

So what do you do when you come to Genghis Grill?   Anyone going  to come in for the Super Bowl?

Who is your favorite GG server?


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Gillette Products You Don’t Have to Sweat Over

Oct 28, 2011 by

During the past year and a half, I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with the people at Gillette.

Gillette logo.

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I have become a fan of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor and have shared a few with friends and even my dad, who last time I saw him, was still using the one I gave him. The ProGlide is the only razor I ever plan to use again.  Seriously.  I’ve not cut my face in more than a year and that was a daily occurrence when I was using those cheap-ole Bic Razors.  No more of that.

In the past few months, they’ve also been generous and asked me to try two other products of theirs–the Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and the Odor Shield Body Wash.

Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant

I have no problem with either product and have given them both a chance.  I’ve long been one to use Sure roll on so switching to something else was a huge loyalty issue.  I also have skin sensitivities so that was another issue to consider.  I have used Old Spice in the past and that’s caused incredible rashes, etc. so I was leery of trying something else than what I already knew worked.

To be honest, I had some of the same issues with the Odor Shield Anti-Perspirant & Deodorantt, but not enough to tell anyone not to use it.  It did what it was supposed to.  It kept me dry.

The Body Wash

Okay, first of all, I do historically fast showers.  Soap?!!  I am a guy, you know.  I use the body wash during some showers but I don’t use it every time.  Ironically, I’m not real crazy about the smell of it.

Tips for Guys Who Don’t Want to Stink

But like the fokes at Gillette reminded me, no one likes stressful moments – especially those guys who are heavy sweaters.  Personally, I’d rather be freezing cold than hot. And I tend to have those Broadcast News sweating spells when I get too hot or too stressed.  It’s very uncomfortable.  So is not having shaved for a day or so and getting hot.

In literature Gillette sent me to consider while using their products, they also reminded me about some tips provided by Dr. Avery Gilbert.

These are things we all can do to keep the odors of living at bay:

·         Stock up on greens at your grocery – A diet with a based on greens (parsley, cilantro, celery, mint) can act as an internal deodorizer while strong-smelling foods (garlic, curry or onions) seep through pores, creating a more unpleasant odor.
·         Opt for antibacterial – Although fragrant soaps and sweeter smelling gels might seem like a good way to get rid of your body odor, many only mask the odor causing bacteria.  Using an antibacterial soap regularly or pre-moistened wipes during a workout can reduce the amount of bacteria causing body odor.
·         Arm yourself with the right products – Bacteria has a hard time breeding in dry areas; be sure to immediately apply underarm antiperspirant to clean, dry armpits.  It helps to eliminate odor and releases a fresh scent in its place.
·         Dress Appropriately – Be mindful of the materials you wear when working out.  Nylon and polyester can impede airflow and prevent sweat from evaporating.   When that sweat doesn’t evaporate, it feeds germs and bacteria that cause odor.  Look for natural materials that breathe, such as cotton.

He also suggested one other: Going Hairless! “Not every guy is up for this, but shaving your armpits can actually prevent bacteria from accumulating and can significantly reduce sweat and odor.”

Uh, I’m not going there, or any lower, either….

Give these products from Gillette a try.  The Fushion Pro-Glide Razor is the world’s best.  The deodorant and body wash are good products, too, and worthy of your consideration.

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First Book Signing For Author Will Manning

Jun 18, 2011 by

Last night was a milestone event for new author Will Manning, who has recently published his first full-length book, MLGW – A Peace of War.

The event was held at The Weekend Reader Book Shop in Balch Springs, TX. 

Attendance, though light for a June Friday night, was enough to give the author a boost and start a new and exciting phase of being an author:  Promoting a book project.

The discussions in the store were light and fun.  WRBS owner, Flo Lockett Miles posed interesting questions to ask, and here, we capture the first, official book sale with a signature event.   (Pardon the pun.)

More great things are coming from Author Will Manning in the next few months.  He already has two other book projects underway and they are books that already are getting attention–from the federal government.

Manning writes with a stunning level of accuracy and conviction.  It’s that level of accuracy, in part based on tidbits shared by those in similar real-life roles as his characters, that has stirred even more interest in his first book.  Wait until you see what’s coming in books two and three.

If you’d be interested in having a book signing event with Mr. Manning, please feel free to call us at 972-863-8784.

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