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Welcome to StevenSokulski.com. As I now have both a MySpace account and a Facebook account I have decided that it is high time for me to unify my bloggings in one space. Thus the domain StevenSokulski.com will actually serve a purpose, providing that unifying space. Stay tuned for the thoughts, theories, and tinkerings of someone who isn't trying to see things too differently, but can't help it sometimes.

Sons of Anarchy - Season 4, Episode 3 Song

Season 4 Episode 3 (S04E03) of Sons of Anarchy is a killer episode. Lots of conflict being setup for the rest of this season and beyond.

One of the highlights is the closing of the episode, which plays out against the song All of This Could Have Been Yours by Shooter Jennings & Hierophant (iTunes).

Great song, great ending.

SkyBus: Grounded for life?

On March 31, 2008 SkyBus, an Ohio-based budget airline covered previously on this blog, abruptly ceased operation and grounded all planes. Those on round-trip flights were stranded as SkyBus became one of a handful of airlines to close its doors that week. "Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and a slowing economic environment. These two issues proved to be insurmountable for a new carrier," read an announcement on the airline's site.

iPhone Launch Brings Many Delays, Few New Features

This story appeared in the July 14 edition of the UNLV Rebel Yell and a link appears at the bottom of the text. It was edited for space, though, and the full text appears below.

Friday, July 11 marked the launch of the iPhone 3G, sporting a faster internet connection and GPS functionality. While iPhone and AT&T stores alike struggled to activate the phones, delays and connection problems left many would-be customers waiting impatiently for the new phone, while many of its features were provided to current iPhone and iPod Touch users.

How Great Customer Service Can Hurt You

When asked to name a company that exhibits exceptional customer service Disney might be the first name most people think of. Walt's company, now nearly 75 years old, is now the second largest media and entertainment company in the world and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts entertains millions of people the world over with a distinctly Disney brand of family-oriented playtime. When searching for the source of Disney's customer service blue ribbon the Parks and Resorts department is the likely culprit. Surely this department has the most face to face time with Disney customers than any other.

Derailed and Damaged?

According to the UPS tracking data I obtained on UPS.com a package that was supposed to arrive at my office yesterday has been "delayed due to a train derailment." That is an exact quote from the UPS tracking website. Now in this particular case the package contains two sticks of RAM. RAM has no moving parts and thus will likely be totally unaffected by this little incident, but a package I ordered form this same retailer at nearly the exact same time contained a very expensive hard drive that likely would have been damaged by being bounced about inside of a derailed train.

The Smarter (Cheaper) Way To fly

While airlines such as JetBlue and the former Song (now Delta) work to increase the number of free amenities they can offer their passengers another airline is bucking the trend. Song vied for a younger, more stylish crowd by offering in-seat entertainment systems at every seat. The small seat-back screens featured satellite TV supplied by DISH Networks, configurable MP3 playlists consisting of preloaded songs, and games that pit passengers playfully against each other.