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THIS BLOG HAS MOVED

Posted in neverbeengood with tags , , , on May 3, 2011 by badhex

Greetings, fellow Earthicans.

I’ve moved my blog over to http://neverbeengood.com (which is my excuse for why there have been so few posts of late), so from now on, I won’t be updating this one. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while and now it’s finally happened. Mmm, can’t beat that self hosted flavour.

You can subscribe to my new blog here:

http://neverbeengood.com/feed/

So please update your RSS readers or whatever new-fangled feed-reading shiznips you use, and look out for new posts in the next few days.

Thanks all!

Peace 😉

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HTTP 204: No Content

Posted in General Chang, neverbeengood with tags , , , on January 28, 2011 by badhex

Well, I’ve been rubbish and not posted anything for ages, aside from the numerous posts I have started. I know, I know. Neverbeengood.

Sorry about that. Anyway, needless to say, I’ve been pretty busy and there’s been a lot going on (plus, Fallout New Vegas. Just sayin’). Normal service will resume shortly, when things have settled down.

Peace.

Bad News about Good Crabs

Posted in Decapods!, Nature, neverbeengood with tags , , , , on October 28, 2010 by badhex

I’m sad to say that poor Nebula passed away just after a moult last Saturday. A shame, he was looking like a right bruiser after this latest moult, his claws were huge. I’m not sure there’s a lot I have done wrong, hopefully it’s just bad luck. I’ve kept the tank cycling so I don’t have to start again, but I’m just decided what to do/where to go next. I might get another, maybe a few biggish shrimp too. Either way, I need a little time to have a think.

On another note, I’m sorry for my lack of posting, I have been quite busy of late, but I do have a few posts lined up. Maybe I will have one ready to post again tonight.

R.I.P. Nebula

Pulsar Is Dead; Long Live Nebula

Posted in Decapods!, Nature, neverbeengood with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by badhex

I’m really sad to inform you that over the last weekend, Pulsar, the smallest of my two crabs, unfortunately died.

I’m not sure what exactly was the cause, whether it was stress from attempting to moult, crab battles or just nature winning over. I was quite upset at the time, but I guess it’s just nature. He seemed to be doing much better, but he must have given up the ghost sometime about midday. He will definitely be missed; he was my favourite, the poor little bugger.

What I will do in the future with regards to tank occupants I’m not sure, but I think I’ll have to leave it a little bit first either way.

That’s all for now.

Peace

😦

IKEA’s Double-Edged Customer Service

Posted in General Chang, neverbeengood with tags , , , , on June 24, 2010 by badhex

Yesterday I went to IKEA to help a friend get some stuff for a new flat and grab a couple of bits myself and I discovered a couple of pretty pleasing facts, and also experienced an interesting customer service juxtaposition.

I’ve got to be honest I’m a bit of a stickler for customer service; I tend to think that provided customers are being generally respectful, staff, in particular customer service staff, should always try to make the effort to help. I’ve worked in several customer facing roles such as bars where people can be extremely rude and abusive, and various IT support roles where one can also sometimes be subject to a similar level of venting; my point is that I understand it’s not always cut and dried and I do see it from the staff point of view.

Herewith, the following examples of both terrible customer service and outstanding customer service within 5 minutes from two different IKEA staff members stood not 5 yards apart.

One of my particular reasons for going had been that a few months ago, I was given a couple of LACK shelf units by a friend, but unfortunately they were missing one complete set of screws. I figured this kind of thing must happen regularly and I’d probably be able to buy more screws, so I asked a staff member, who told me to go to customer services behind the tills.

Upon arriving at customer services around 10pm closing time, there was one person being served, but the guy behind the counter brusquely told me that he was not serving anyone else as he was closed which then prompted the following conversation:

“Okay. Is there anyone else I can speak to?”

“No”

“Well, it’s only a one minute question, I just…”

“If it’s one minute that will mean I’m here one minute longer, so I’m not answering it”

“Look, I just want to know if you sell spare screws for your products”

“No we don’t”

<pointing to the large range of screws in little trays behind the desk> “You don’t sell more screws?!”

“We will give you more screws but you have to come back another day”

At this point, the chap being served helpfully pointed to some trays containing screws etc that I hadn’t seen, which were self service, and said I could probably look there. I very pointedly thanked him, and turned to the CS guy to point out somewhat ascerbicly that he a) worked here, and b) could have pointed that out instead of being Johnny Jobsworth. I walked over,  and realised that they were all numbered, and I had no idea which I needed, so at this point was going to give up the ghost when I was beckoned over by another CS lady who said to give her a minute and she would look up the screws for me. I thanked her and apologised for it being after 10pm.

A few minutes later she duly looked up the shelf unit’s instructions, pointing out that even if you came back ten years later, the screws wouldn’t have changed (which pleases me greatly from a design point of view), then went off to look for them. She came back and handed me a full compliment of one type, but said she didn’t have a rest of them in, so I should give her my details and she’d order a full set and post them to me in a couple of days!

Mega pleasing.

So, the moral of the story? In these sort of situations, there’s always gonna be someone who is a dick – but every other employee should not be tarred with the same brush, which it is very easy to do when one has been treated unreasonably. I think the fact that they give you the screws/fittings etc for nothing is fantastic – especially as they will post them out if they don’t have them in stock.

Today, the Internetz called me a douchebag.

Posted in General Chang with tags , on January 12, 2010 by badhex