Yelp decided to filter my August review of this place, so I wanted to re-post it here.
10 of us went 8/12/2012 to see my favorite San Diego-area band Space Milk. $5 cover for an all ages show. I am (well) over 21 but I had minors with me and knew that minors would have to leave by 10 pm. However, since Space Milk was promised the 9-10pm time slot we thought we would be fine. Oh how wrong we were.
First bad sign: the cocktail waitress behind the bar that would not stop texting while she was having a conversation with me. Second bad sign: opening band was allowed to play until 9:35pm. I go to a LOT of live music and you just don't see this in professionally-run venues. 3rd bad sign: the venue continued to collect cover charges from minors entering just a few minutes before 10pm, even though the venue planned to kick them out minutes later.
Space Milk started playing a great show but after four songs the lights came on and the staff started clearing out minors, as per state law. Personally, I have no problem with this as it is state law. I have a HUGE problem with the way the patrons were treated. Minors who had entered minutes before were roughly and harshly told to leave (with no refund, of course). Hensleys had their money, but the patrons -- most of whom were minors -- did not get what they paid for. Kudos to Space Milk for refusing -- in true punk rock fashion -- to play any longer and be complicit in this orchestrated rip-off. They unplugged and packed their gear, and the place just CLEARED OUT. It was actually kind of funny in a way to see a couple hundred people pissed off simultaneously. Hensley's closed early, locking their doors.
I hope the doors stay locked for good. These people are thieving douchebags. If it were possible to give zero stars I certainly would. PLEASE do not reward this unethical business with your hard-earned dollars.
PS It is amusing to read what are obviously Hensleys staff writing their own reviews in defense of their atrocious behavior (new Yelpers, one review). They make it sound like it was kindergarten in there, which would be funny, if it were true. The fact is that despite the show being "all ages", it was mostly a 18-21 year old crowd that paid $5 each to see Space Milk. You can call them "toddlers" but these are the young and women the venue believed it could steal from with no consequences. Apparently the staff of Hensley's believes that stealing from, lying to, and insulting your customers will make their business successful.
Yelp decided to filter my review of this hotel so I am reposting here
I stayed here two weeknights on business and write this review from the hotel's restaurant. My room was on the second floor pacing the patio.
In a country where all the hotel rooms look the same, it is pleasing to stay in a different environment. The concrete walls and retro architecture evoke a Manhattan loft, and the rooms are clean. The lobby has furniture that would fit well in an Austin Powers movie. However, style alone was not enough to overcome this hotel's shortcomings.
(1) On neither morning did I have hot water for my shower;
(2) I received a 6:00 am wake-up call that I did not order;
(3) The restaurant too has its problems. The two servers are dressed in street clothes, which makes it difficult to discern them from guests. They provided disinterested service in an uncrowded restaurant. The breakfast potatoes were so salty as to be inedible, and the inside of my omelet was VERY undercooked.
(4) Noise. As mentioned by other reviewers, the concrete architecture carries sound well. Lots of music and conversation carried from the restaurant/bar to my room, even though there were not many people in it.
(Now I am sitting in the lobby awaiting a taxi. Lots of staff coming and going but none of them stopping to ask how my stay was. I would gladly give them a chance to explain/correct the problems.)
In sum, know what you are getting into before booking here. If you are a frequent business traveler that depends on hotels providing the basics (sleep, food and hot water) efficiently, you should consider other hotels.
Astronomers have used two big telescopes to create an infrared survey of the Milky Way that is the largest of its kind: the resulting image has an incredible 150,000 megapixels containing over a billion stars. Something that large is difficult to use, so they also made a pan-and-zoom version online
which should keep you occupied for quite some time.
"While it would be wrong to say that there is no evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy, there is no conclusive evidence
that homeopathy is more effective than placebo. This is is exactly what you would expect given the fact that homeopathic solutions are water."Full article here.
Are you learning about your customers? Or, rather are you learning from
them? Pick up your cellphone, and call one of your best customers right now.
You will learn a lot about what you are doing right and wrong. Here are 15 simple, straightforward questions to ask:
- How did you first find out about us?
- When you were shopping for [insert your product/service here] why did you select us? Is there anything you saw about us that especially helped you decide to buy from us?
- Are there companies that you see as our competitors? (If YES, ask these follow-up questions)
- What are the top two or three that come to mind.What do our competitors do better than us? What’s one thing we do better than our competitors?
- How did you first become aware of these companies? [May be different for each.]
- Among the companies you mentioned, which one, besides us, would you consider to be the best choice if you were making this decision now? What are this company's key strengths? Weaknesses? Are there changes about our company that we should make in order to be clearly superior to this competitor?
- Why/how do you use [insert your product/service here] ?
- When you talk about our product to friends and family, what do you say?
- Do you refer us to others? (If so, why?)
- If you were us, what three things would you be sure to say about [insert your product/service here]?
- How do I find more people like you? (That is, What do you do? Which professional and trade associations are you a member of that are specific to your line of business? Are there newsletters and "e-zines" that you read regularly? How do you spend your free time? Et al.)
- How are we really doing?
- What would you do differently if you were the owner of my business?
- Have you ever thought, "If only a company like ours could do [BLANK] for me, life would be so much easier?" Tell me about BLANK and how you would find it useful.
- What do you think is a fair price for [insert your product/service here]?
- Would you pay more for a better product?
- Is there anything I should have asked you, that I didn’t?
- May we use what you just told me as your "testimonial" about [insert your product/service here] and its value to you on our website and brochures? (Be careful to get permission to use their name.)
Most of us are familiar with the Facebook "Like" button. When someone posts a photo that you enjoy, or when someone makes a witty comment, you may click "Like" to express your approval. Facebook users can "Like" just about anything: products, bands, TV shows, politicians, and other pages that have been set up in Facebook.However, if you come across something that irritates you, something you can't stand, a product that doesn't work as advertised, you are out of luck: Facebook doesn't have a "Dislike" option. What the average Facebook user does not know is that the "Like" button
plays a central role in the Facebook business model. By collecting billions of Likes across millions of users, Facebook has amassed a great deal of consumer preferences that are used for targeted advertising. If I have a product that I want to sell I can run an ad on Facebook that displays only to my chosen customer demographic. Let's say I want to sell Coach purses. Using Facebook's advertising system I can ensure that my purse ads only display (for example) to unmarried working women aged 25-35 living in Manhattan who "Like" Coach and "Like" Gucci.
I could get more specific, but you get the point. Facebook's advertising model allows me to target a consumer group with far greater specificity than Google Adwords does. This ability to target is important because every time someone clicks on my ad, I pay Facebook. I want to maximize the chance of an ad-clicker being someone who is actually goin to buy from me, not just drain my ad budget.Where Facebook's advertising model falls short is that an ad cannot be run based on peoples' dislikes. I
realized this limitation first-hand when I tried to target an ad for Quellitall
. (For those of you unfamiliar with it, Quellitall is a dietary supplement that prevents and relieves night time leg cramps, muscle overuse cramps, dehydration cramps, and cramps accompanying kidney dialysis.) I began designing an ad targeted for people that suffer from night leg cramps, and was suddenly stopped by the realization that I had no way to identify those people. I couldn't target by age, by geography, or by Likes. What I really needed was an option to target my ad toward people that "Dislike" nocturnal leg cramps, but the option didn't exist. Because there was no good way for me to use a combination of other demographic data and Likes as a proxy for a "Dislike" button, I didn't run the ad.I can't be the only person that has encountered this opportunity for Facebook to make more ad revenue.
By adding a "Dislike" option, Facebook is not just giving users an opportunity to whine, but collecting valuable data that is useful to advertisers. How much additional revenue would they realize? Who knows. But given the evolving nature of the world's most-used social media website, it is worth exploring.
Maybe. A Princeton University research team has found
that rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. Long-term consumption of HCFS also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen. "Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said one researcher. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese -- every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."Why would this be?
In humans, triglycerides (which are a type of fat in the blood) are mostly formed in the liver. The liver acts like a traffic cop coordinating how the body uses sugars. When the liver encounters glucose, it decides whether the body needs to store it, burn it for energy or turn it into triglycerides. When fructose enters the body, it bypasses the process and ends up being quickly converted to body fat. So what can we as consumers do? A few things:1. Read your labels. HFCS is everywhere, even in unexpected places like whole-grain bread and cereals.2. Stop drinking beverages containing HFCS. No soda. No punch. No Sunny Delight. No Gatorade. Even pure friut juice, which has no HFCS, is very high in fructose. Eat the fruit; don't drink fruit juice.3. Exercise! It keeps your resting metabolic rate up.
Passed by Congress in 1984, the National Organ Transplant Act makes it illegal to pay any compensation to organ donors or their families. Before reading any further, pause a moment and decide whether you agree with this law.
Decided? Most people I talk to about this issue favor the law. They rely on altruism to supply organs to those in need. The lawmakers' intentions were good: They didn't want human organs being bought and sold like mere commodities. They probably also wanted to avoid the poor being exploited to supply body parts for the rich. Those things have indeed been prevented. Yet this is a classic
illustration of the Law of Unintended Consequences
. By criminalizing organ sales we have needlessly caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans who could have been saved if only the organs they needed had been available. 80,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant right now; another 3,000 patients are added to the waiting list each month.
is huge. I don't think it's "let's enshrine it with a holiday huge" but it will redirect scientific approaches to finding alien life and creating artificial organisms:A bacterium found in the arsenic-filled waters of a Californian lake is poised to overturn scientists' understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms. The microbe seems to be able to replace phosphorus with arsenic in some of its basic cellular processes — suggesting the possibility of a biochemistry very different from the one we know, which could be used by organisms in past or present extreme environments on Earth, or even on other planets.... The finding implies that "you can potentially cross phosphorus off the list of elements required for life", says David Valentine, a geomicrobiologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.