Bro, did you read yesterday’s post? You should, our new author wrote it. Have I read it? Hell no, I don’t care if it’s good or bad — we pay him in Trident Layers. But he did tell me he has this thing where he really likes it when people appreciate what he does. Make his day.
While we’re on the subject of liking things…Like us on Facebook! If you do, next time I see you I owe you one high-five. If I don’t know you, you can go around telling your friends that someone you don’t really know told you on the internet that they owe you a high-five. Kinda cool?
Well, today’s graphic expresses America’s disgust towards customer service. Sure, there are plenty of ways to get what you want from a customer service rep, but knowing how to talk to one is key. Being polite and having all of your information on hand when you make the call is essential. Although, it can be very frustrating when you’re speaking to someone whose first language isn’t English.
My English professor last semester was doing her dissertation on outsourced call centers. She said that when a bunch of companies first moved to India, it was one of their greatest mistakes. She told me that these companies didn’t teach sarcasm to their service reps – bad idea.
Say you’re on hold for 20 minutes. You finally get a representative.
“Thank you for calling Dell, how may I help you today?”
“Well I’d just love to listen to that hold music for another 20 minutes.”
Just one of the many reasons outsourcing customer service didn’t work out too well. [Via]
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Good Monday to all you Daily Infographic readers! I, Diego Martinez-Moncada am the newest addition to this wonderful site. To start things off I am going to go ahead and jump right in with an infographic on China. Unless you haven’t seen the news for the past couple of years, you know that China is an up and coming powerhouse.
China, as you may know, was the host of the 2008 Olympics, which helped to bring them into the international spotlight, having both negative and positive effects on their image. Prior to their spectacular opening ceremonies, China experienced much grief from other countries because of the lack or respect they have for human rights. However as time passes and other countries, like the United States of America fuel a middle class (by buying their goods), slowly China will see itself becoming more and more democratic.
As it stands now, China can best be compared to the United States during its industrial revolution. For one China does not consist of solely Chinese. There is a reason it is called the People’s Republic of China: the population consists of Han Chinese, Tibetans, Manchu, Miao, and many others. Secondly China is seeing a large growth in its utilization of unskilled labor, and with this unskilled labor comes much pollution, due to the fact that much of unskilled labor involves work in factories. However unlike the U.S. during our industrial revolution, China sees the way it is going will quickly destroy its environment, which in turn will just as quickly end their run as a powerhouse. With this in mind they are investing millions in green energy and are showing much promise in that field. Sooner than we think our run as the top dog will end and China will be deciding what happens to the international economy. [via]
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I think whales are really cool, but I think those bros on Whale Wars really must like em’. They are really intense. If you didn’t hear from last season, a Japanese Whaling vessel rammed right into a Whale Wars boat and cut it in half. Ridiculous. The owner whose boat got cut in two boarded the Japanese Whaling ship and ended up spending a few months in a Japanese jail. Crazy?
I’m glad whaling has slowed down in the last hundred years. I hope these chill creatures stick around. [Via]
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What’s up team? Today is a special day, our 100th infographic! Yup, that’s a hella lotta information if you ask me, and I know information. So to commemorate this grand Thursday, October the 14th Twenty Ten, I’ve posted my favorite infographic ever. And it is about the best thing ever. Nachos.
Nachos are a staple at all sporting events and festivals. Sometimes they suck. At least you tell that to your friend to sound cool, but you know deep in your heart they still taste amazing. I mean, come on, we all love them, except those who are lactose intolerant. I’m sorry, you’re missing out on the greatest food in the history of mankind.
Moving on, or moving back to the topic, I love cheese. Chile con Queso is what we eat down here in Texas. It is the exact same as nachos, but the chips go in the cheese, no cheese on top of the chips. Dipping chips is such a smarter way for a few reasons:
1. No soggy chips
Soggy chips don’t taste horrible, but you’ll get all that nacho cheese all over your fingers and you’ll have that faint smell of nachos on your hands during the entire game. Unless you wussy out and head to the washroom.
2. You decide how much cheese goes on your chip.
Letting some underpaid, under appreciated nacho stand worker put cheese on your chips is equivalent to death. They’ll put it all on one side or not put enough on. Maybe he even has the nerve to let your chips soak in a bath of melted cheddar — untouchable by any human hands.
All you yankees should keep this in mind next time you’re watching a Texas football team wreck yours and your fingers are tainted with nacho cheese. [Via]
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I drive the deadliest stretch of pavement in Texas every weekend. I may be a little badass, but what’s not badass is the traffic. Going through downtown Austin on IH-35 is always congested unless it’s past midnight.
I read a few years ago that the average speed for 35 in Austin during rush hour is around 3mph. Yup, three. It is kinda unbelievable. I have no idea why this problem isn’t being fixed. It isn’t like it is something new. Traffic has always been a problem and between San Antonio and Dallas is said to be one of the most overloaded-unorganized roads in the nation.
I’m not sure if y’all have been down 35 in a while, but near Cabela’s is a lane shift. Now, most the time we just slow down 10mph or so, but there are sometimes when a car will not shift and everyone has to slam on their breaks. Another problem with this is that there is a merging lane during the lane shift, if you don’t merge in 100ft or so you’re going straight into a cement barrier. Those problems are due to construction, and I hope they are done soon.
The absolute worst drive I’ve ever had on 35 was during tax-free weekend on my way to San Marcos. I know soccer moms may not be the best drivers, but I’ve been driving this span for over a year and I have never seen traffic in the middle of the country like this. I was certain, 100% sure that there were multiple wrecks. Not the case, just dumb drivers blindly flailing their vehicle down the road at 70 miles per hour causing massive traffic jams. Dubs. [Via]