My New Look & Upcoming Videos

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Okay so my look hasn’t changed, but my website has! I’m still working out the kinks, but for the most part, it’s fully functional. Tell me what you think!

In other news, I’m loving my new guitar!! I can’t wait to get an amp so I can hear this bad boy in action!

I’ve been editing a crap-ton of videos lately, mostly N-FAQs. So far, I have around 6-7 videos on my editing table. I might record a vlog before I go back home on the 18th, but I’ll definitely upload a new N-FAQs tomorrow.

While I’m at home, in addition to spending time with my family and friends, I’ll be working on new concepts for videos, including Season 2 of First Impact Anime. The Talkin’ Vedalken and I have been discussing using Skype to comment in real time on the first episode of various anime series. Speaking of which, the long-awaited season finale of First Impact Anime is going to be uploaded when I’m home so I don’t have to hide out at a coffee shop for hours on end, haha!!

As I said before, my roommate and I have agreed upon buying cable internet for our room after we come back from Christmas leave so that we don’t have to go out to get online as well as have reasonable download/upload times.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Hope you all are doing well and I’ll see you again soon!

TheAndySan

Behind The Scenes of TheAndySan.com

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TUTORIALS:

Updated WordPress.com – Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog

How To Use Text-Link-Ads

PROGRAM LINKS:

WordPress (blogging software)

Google Analytics (website traffic analyzing software)

Text-Link-Ads (monetization business)

Google AdSense (monetization business)

DreamHost (domain hosting and registering)

I was watching a video by Jason of the MyArgonauts channel on YouTube and heard that he was thinking about starting up a website dedicated to people in the JET Programme, which in short is a program that sends college graduates to Japan to teach English.

Jason has been in Japan under the JET Programme for 5 years and came back to America in August 2009 so he’s definitely got a story to tell!

The blogging software that I use is called WordPress. It’s very commonly used so it’s easy to find help for it through forums if you need it. There’s also an extensive collection of plugins for WordPress that can enhance your website in many different ways. There are some that keep track of a certain date, some that display your website traffic, some that update your accounts with social media like Twitter and Facebook when you make a new post, and so on.

Since I have my own web domain that’s not a part of a free blogging community like MySpace or Xanga, the options to customize my website are pretty much endless. Because of this freedom, I can take advantage of monetization methods like Google AdSense and Text Link Ads, although there are some free blogging services like Blogger that you can use monetization services like AdSense. For me though, I’m more than happy with buying my own web domain.

The domain hosting and registering company that I go through is called DreamHost. They’re a really reliable company that I have no complaints about. One of the best things about them, aside from their low prices, is that they can auto-install WordPress for you so you don’t have to deal with its sometimes cumbersome manual installation (it might be easier to do now, but it was pretty daunting circa 2008).

Well, that should give you guys an idea of what running a blog is about. If you want a more in-depth article, check out the links I mentioned earlier as well as the following posts by Steve Pavlina:

How To Make Money From Your Blog

How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog)

TheAndySan

I'm Tired Of All The Stupid Questions!!!1

“This isn’t scanning. What should I do?” “Credit. Credit. Sir, I’m paying by credit.” “Do you have to scan the pop?” “The (insert produce here) is (insert price here)” AHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!1

Ok, I feel a little better. Good evening, it’s TheAndySan here to rock and roll the place.

Today at work, I seriously almost walked out. Near the end of my shift, I was ringing up a very obese woman who was in one of those courtesy electric carts. She had left her regular cart beside my register before I got there. She was complaining about stuff and I just kinda brushed it off and rang her stuff through. Then, she remembered that she forgot to get eggs. Keep in mind that this is during the beginning of third shift when there’s pretty much no one around. I page for a stockman anyway, hoping that someone would come and help me out. Fortunately, someone did come. It was the assistant manager so I felt a little relieved. I continue to ring her stuff up and I get to the section of food that she comps. Comping is short for competitors’ prices. Basically, if you find someplace that has something for less than what Wal-Mart has, you can tell us what their price is and we’ll give it to you for that price. She’s angrily telling me the prices like I’m the sole reason she’s been in Wal-Mart for so long and why she’s buying so much. After all that, the assistant manager comes up with the eggs in hand. I scan ’em. No biggie. After she slides her food card (it’s like food stamps, but moAr elegant) and everything is all said and done, she notices that I forgot to comp the eggs. I do not recall her telling me to do that, and she’s even more upset. I’ve already had an aggravating day and she just pushed all the wrong buttons. I tried to compose myself, but I kept muttering “Fuck!” and rang in the next lady’s order, completely ignoring the previous customer. Since the lady I was ringing up was a fellow Associate, she could relate to my woes and I vented just a tad. In one of the best acts of karma, when the associate manager was helping the other lady with her groceries, she forgot her cane. He then said to her that everyone forgets sometimes. Whoo boy, that made my night! Cody, who was also working that night, said not to worry since she always bitches about everything.

In other, much better news, the band finally had the first practice since Jon joined track around March. Jon’s definitely improved, Joe’s about the same but less rusty, and I was kinda crappy. My timing was craptacular on some songs, and I didn’t sound very good I thought. But hey, that’s why you have practice; to shake off the rust and tighten the band up.

Well, I certainly feel better. I’m gonna play me some Halo 3 with my bros so I’ll see you guys later. Night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,514 days since I had a website.

The Shapes Of Things

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr again.

Man, I gotta tell ya, my traffic’s been rather crappy as of late. The highest amount of daily views since I’ve moved has been 33 views. “But Andy, maybe everybody is still going to your old site.” Nope. Ever since I had over 16,000 views, the daily views have been abysmal. I know that people know that my site’s moved because the views from the old site are pretty much ziltch. The views will probably pick up again once the search engines find me. But I digress…

In other news, school’s out so now the band can do stuff again. Ben’s band, Eights on Aces, might be doing stuff again, but their work schedules have been pretty heavy as of late. I seriously can’t wait to see them perform again! I also can’t wait for our own band to finally do something as well!!

Well, I’m gonna go so I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,507 days since I had a website. Also, yesterday was my one-week anniversary of TheAndySan.com opening up!!

Good Customer Service Brings In The Serious Business!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a question.

Before I get to the question, let me fill you in on the situation. Today when I was working, a man asked me, “Why didn’t you ask me if I found everything?” I replied, “Did you find everything today?” He said, “No I didn’t.” I then said “And that’s why I don’t ask. It’s because I don’t know where everything is and also to speed up the process of checking out.” That’s what I was trying to say. What he ended up hearing was, “And that’s why I don’t ask.” I wasn’t quite quick enough to explain myself so I ended up sounding like a Grade-A asshole. I know that in the event that I don’t know where something is, I could page a manager or try to contact someone in that department. However, it would exponentially slow down the checking-out time. You see, from being in customer service for so long, I know that the only thing the customers expect out of me is to bag their items as quickly and as neatly as possible so that they can get their items and leave ASAP. There’s other things besides that, but that is the gist of what customers want.

I try various techniques in order to speed up this process. Such techniques include cutting out certain phrases like “did you find everything today?”, properly bagging items, hand-scanning big things like pop and water, and just plain being fast. The reason I don’t use the phrase, “Did you find everything today?”, is because I don’t know where everything is, it would take up lots of time to find an item that most of the time the customer doesn’t think is essential and aggravating other customers, and if the customer couldn’t find something they would definitely give me an earful about it.

I could do an entire article on proper bagging technique, but for the sake of this article, I’ll just try to highlight some key points:

Point 1 – Don’t bag cans with jars. Putting them together could cause the cans to break the jars during transit from store to house.

Point 2 – Bag raw meats and poultry separately. I’m talking about the stuff you get from the meat & poultry aisle that’s not frozen like ground chuck, steak, uncooked chicken breasts, etc. When dealing with poultry especially, bag it separate from everything else except other raw poultry, provided they don’t make the bag too heavy.

Point 3 – Try to bag things lighter than usual when dealing with older people, injured people, and the handicapped. Don’t do things like put both the flour bag and the sugar bag in one bag. Also, try to put as much stuff into their cart for them as possible. This not only speeds things up, but gets you a lot of brownie points which could put you in good standing with other customers and management.

Point 4 – Bag bread and bread-like items like buns separately so them don’t get squished (lol, grammatics). This is kind of a ‘duh!’ thing, but you’d be surprised how many cashiers neglect this simple rule. There are other items that you can bag bread with like chips, clothes (except jeans since they’re heavy), napkins, paper rolls, and other soft & light items.

Point 5 – Try to bag like items. Even I mess up on this one sometimes, but I try my best to follow it. Bagging a universal remote with ice cream is no way to get through life, son. Which brings me to my last point:

Point 6 – Bag cold things with other cold things and bag hot things with other hot things. If you bag ice cream with rotisserie chicken, you are a fucktard. Period. End of sentence.

So my question to you guys is, “Am I in the right or should I ask people if they found everything?” Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think. Oh yeah, in an effort to combat spam and r-tards, I’ve decided to do first comments by approval so if you don’t see your comment right away, just give me a sec to see that you’re not spam or posting stupid shit like ‘fuckin’ gay’ or what have you. After that, you should be good to go (¬_¬)/¯

When I got home from work today, I found out that my external hard drive is on the fritz now. WTF mate? It makes this clicking sound after it turns on and when it’s supposed to be recognized by the computer. Oh God, I hope I didn’t lose anything!! I’m gonna take it to the computer guy tomorrow to see if he can fix it.

In other news, since we can’t find a bassist, Jon wants me to hop on bass while he sings. He argues that I don’t have the upfront attitude needed to be a frontman and that we can’t find a freakin’ bass player! I’m a little iffy on being bass since I’d have to buy a bass guitar and a bass amp since I have neither. As far as him being the singer, I dunno man, he’s really good at screaming and has that rough rock & metal voice. We’ll see I guess. We’ll see… My stepdad suggested that we both take turns singing different songs or even different parts of a song ala Man In The Box by Alice In Chains.

Well, I’m gonna try to watch some moAr Rosario+Vampire so I’ll see youz guyz later. ‘Night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,502 days since I had a website.

Updating Is Serious Business!!!1

Hello, it’s TheAndySan here with an update (OMG, no wai!!1)

I’ve added to The History of TheAndySan so you guys can check that out if you want. I’ve also done some tweaking to the site as well, including new and improved AdSense placement. My bro Jon looked at it on Wednesday, and he said that I should brighten it up by adding red borders and stuff. I’m not particularly keen on that since I like having a dark background with light text because it’s easier to read. Still, I’d like to know what you guys think about it. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about the site design and if I should leave it as-is or make some changes.

In other news, I think I’ve figured out the majority of the main riff from U.N Owen Was Her. You can find a gazillion YouTube videos with remixes and the like, but I couldn’t find a link to a MIDI file of it. If any of you guys have one or know where one is, please link me to it!! That riff’s been driving me bonkers!! I’ve also picked up the newest issue of Guitar Legends that’s about Iron Maiden. I haven’t read much, but it looks f’n awesome!!

Well, I’m gonna head to bed so I’ll see everyone tomorrow. Good-night and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!!!

TheAndySan