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Pure Dishonesty In These Gosh Darn Infuriating Markets


05 Mar

Dishonesty In The Markets

Dishonesty In The Markets

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Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 5:37 PM

Hi Carla—now that most of the riveting issues that have been bouncing among the Communications and Operations committees and the Board of Directors are beginning to bear fruit, perhaps we can get together for a half hour or so at your convenience to discuss the parameters of building & hosting a web site for your business.

I talked briefly to Julie Rosenthal this afternoon, and she said that you are really busy, and are very much interested in creating a site, but may be a little overwhelmed by the prospects of pulling it all together.

I have been developing web sites since 1996, and would love to discuss the range of options Graphic Solutions Ink Systems can offer in helping you assess your goals, map out a plan, and bringing it all together in an attractive, informative, easy to navigate web package. It's easier than you might think, but you are right, it is important to organize from the ground up.

So let's do it! And thanks for your earlier comments. I look forward to hearing from you again,

Gabriel

Hi Gabriel, I am really busy but would like to pursue this. Julie's right, I don't have much time to spend on this but could give you a few links to competitors sites and to my company's site so you can get an idea of what other info people have included. I am an email link already for several agents in the area and would prefer this to be a link to a website. I'll try to figure out a good time to meet one day later in the week. Thanks for following up.

Carla

Date: Fri Mar 8, 2002 4:03:50 PM America/New_York

Cheers Carla—I'm thinking of you. And I'm thinking, might you please, please, please take five minutes to send me that handful of links so that I can start pondering your situation...Julie says you are still interested in seeing what I can do for you, and I'm still interested in doing just that, so whaddya say, LINK ME...I don't need a lot of hand holding to get started, but I do need just a few details to work out a budget and a design you will LOVE, maybe some ideas for your domain name, and down the line some specific text, that sort of thing. BUT I PROMISE I WILL MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU.

So let me know. Operators are standing by...

Your friendly neighborhood web designer,

Gabriel Thy

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 23:09:57

Hi Gabriel, thanks for your email. Just a note...my business is a different type of business than most mortgage sites gear towards. I do no advertising. My clients are referrals >from agents and former clients and I operate from a different point of reference than other loan officers in my company and most other companies. I'm not looking for a website to attract new business. I would want it used as a tool for my clients. I'd like to have information about the area for new arrivals (links to museums, restaurants, theatre, etc.) and a resource for program explanations, online calculators and maybe an online application. I'm a pretty simple person so although I like sleek and cool as much as the next, I don't want to appear too sleek or cool to my more conservative clients.

Also, I've found that many of my clients do not want to use the online form of contact. They are more interested in having personal contact (phone vs. email) and the type of relationship that is built with one on one conversation...

Let's plan on getting together toward the end of next week. I'd like you to make a very rough proposal and we can go over it and talk about what you have in mind. One more note...although I've spoken with three "web designers" ... one was the brother of a very good friend, one was my dance partner and one was the close friend of one of my agents. They all seemed the far side of reasonable since they have other jobs and this is a sideline for them. So, I don't think I have a very "real" idea of what this all costs which is why I'd like you to make a proposal. Thanks so much for your time.

Carla

Tuesday, March 12, 2002 7:09 AM

No need to send any more links, Carla. I've checked out the sites you sent me, and several others listed below, including the one from a fellow senior officer at Community. Given the feature sets on the sites you've sent me, I am positive that we can implement a site with the same leading edge design and functionality of the more aggressive sites you've seen, and we can accomplish this at more bang for your buck than ANY of my competitors would dare offer, given my own lower overhead and current lull in new business clientele. You've mentioned you've already chatted with other designers. That's great! So you should have an inkling what they would charge you for what you are aiming to accomplish.

What I need to know from you is how much you want to spend. Great designs packing all the latest bells and whistles come with price tags, but of course, almost any option package can be scaled upward or downward to suit the client's budgetary concerns.

Postscript: That proposed face to face meeting never took place. The agony of defeat, unable to close the deal after thousands of prep lines of code, promotional savvy, coins of the realm for the poor, staggered with zero marketshare, wrapped, rippled, and on a warming Mid-summer's Atlantic spring day like this one, runny with certain scarlet sensations, once again strikes the stymied but munificent Fatz Bullwinkle against the slack jaw with the ferocious wink of eternal damnation...
This said, I can guarantee my final prices will tally 30-50% lower than anything you have already been quoted, as several past clients can attest. Hence, more bells and whistles for your design, hosting, and maintenance dollar. Choosing an exciting and informative domain name is an important decision YOU must make. Below I have listed the results of an hour-long online search. But since I have no idea where you would like to go in terms of branding, these queries were merely off the top of my head. Perhaps you already have a few ideas of your own.

So Carla, let's be frank, I'm not much of a salesperson, but am an eager and communicative designer. I'm not going to press or hard sell you today or any other day, but I might just impress you with my dedication and attention to the details of the job at hand. Again, I await your perfect timing.

Let me know how I can make this easy on you, given your hectic schedule. At some point before negotiating and signing a contract, we'll need to agree on a budget, the specific web content and features, a domain name, and a hosting package. Beginning the work is the fun part for me. So you just give the word.

Thanks,

Gabriel

Postscript: That proposed face to face meeting never took place. The agony of defeat, unable to close the deal after thousands of prep lines of code, promotional savvy, coins of the realm for the poor, staggered with zero marketshare, wrapped, rippled, and on a warming Mid-summer's Atlantic spring day like this one, runny with certain scarlet sensations, once again strikes the stymied but munificent Fatz Bullwinkle against the slack jaw with the ferocious wink of eternal damnation...

Troubled Dashboards


03 Oct

Troubled Dashboards

Troubled Dashboards

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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 12:08:16 -0400

Gabriel writes, "Three cheers for the webmaster! I think we're damned close to having everything working like slippery eels again! I'll wash my socks in the morning..."

"Just another buzz in a busy subfrazzled afternoon...and then there was another strong wind roaring in from behind her big yellow crooked lily teeth."

"Win something? I'm still trying to lose these Geneva-sanctioned lycanthropic teeth steering a mouthful of yellow sheep to the back of the bus. I just think it's amazing that some folks in these terse parts still run their experimental mouths tart free. But thanks for your excellent utility. However, I think it would benefit many users if you offered a choice from several different ASS Top 1000 button designs using a variety of colors. As a page designer and webmaster for several clients I can admit that I am hesitant to recommend the placement of the current button due on some of my pages due to aesthetic concerns."

"Hi Anni, trust all is going well with your career in "show business". And your bookselling? Have you made a solid contact here in the States? Just passing by, and thought I'd wave to you from the technicolor dashboards of Kierkegaard Boulevard..."

Surveying books have formulas to determine the area of any irregularly shaped object. It uses the coordinates of each of the vertices of the surface to determine the area. All it would require would be for the object to be placed on a grid, the operator would record the coordinates of each of the vertices. The data can be saved to a text file and imported into a database or spreadsheet for the remaining calculations. If the piece is symmetrical or nearly so, the problem then reduces to calculating the surface of revolution by segmenting the cross-section and summing (integrating) the contributions of each segment to the surface. If the piece is irregular, approximations for each type of item could probably be developed. The idea would be to use calculus to compute the surface of a particular type of piece from various measurements and then use that calculation with some scaling factor that would be applied to a similar piece the next time an estimate is needed. Gwenyth knew these details like the top of her booming bra-clutched white breasts, her cleavage from on high, so to speak, but her cultural brokenness would scatter like cats whenever she smiled at a fence, who was almost always a man. Her skin was USDA shark, the underbelly of a Great White. Similar intelligence. Barely five foot tall, her femininity was all muscle, striking, mannish seething within a functional ugly blubber. Gwen knew how to embalm any potential fence. She swam in deep waters of a secret mathematics, peculiar to her specific trade, her core mission. Gullible fence after gullible fence acutely drawn into her sway by the length and volume of that cleavage was blinded, then bled drop by drop, deal after deal until each collaborator at the hidden variable point of intersection, with or without spatial allowance, collapsed.

I have read a couple of Kosko books in the past, found him interesting and accessible, so I peddle his books as an Associate of Amazon.COM, but I am hardly qualified to, uh, what was it you had in mind, exchange groundbreaking ideas on fuzzy systems or neural nets...
"I live and work in Tucson, AZ. Found your site looking for info about neural nets, Bart Kosko and Fuzzy systems. I'm looking for like minded visitors...to learn and exchange ideas. Also, we have own several sites some recieve more than 50,000 uniques per day. How can we be effective for each other? Are you in need of more visibility for your site?"

Thanks for visiting one of my sites, John. However, I must admit that I'm at a loss as to know how I can be of service to you. The sad truth is I am merely an entry-level graphics & web designer for small businesses and operate the Bookskellar bookstore from my iMotedotcom site. While harboring tragically grandiose "writerly" ambitions, I rarely admit to them in public any more, although my "artistic" site (Scenewash Project 2000), still barely past the infrastructure stage, is my latest attempt to seek that unified field theory I've always rationed in terms of social and literary humanistic notions rather than in terms of high science of which I am woefully inept. I have read a couple of Kosko books in the past, found him interesting and accessible, so I peddle his books as an Associate of Amazon.COM, but I am hardly qualified to, uh, what was it you had in mind, exchange groundbreaking ideas on fuzzy systems or neural nets...

So I must defer to you to explain more fully what you had in mind.

Cheers,

Gabriel Thy
Creative Director
Graphic Solutions Ink Systems

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"Ignorance and virtue suck on the same straw. Souls grow on bones, but die beneath bankers' hours.""


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