Monthly Archives: January 2013

  1. A PSA from Mrs. PQ

    A PSA from Mrs. PQ

     

    Last night I listened to a violin concerta by the 14 year old as I was racing around with last minute packing.  The impromptu concert wasn't at the top of my to do list, but the kid volunteered and how can you say no? Ironically I'd listened to a speech from Tony Dungy (NFL coach and analyst) in which he expressed deep regret at not hugging his son goodbye one final time.  His son passed away a month later.  It was a reminder to me to approach life with more patience and fewer regrets.  Watching my son's concentrated face that twitched in agony over a sour note, but exploded in pride at the conclusion of his song, I realized when I pause to listen I hear so much more.

     

     

    Speaking of hearing, the youngest quill needed homework help the other day.  He was charged with writing a PSA.  Fair warning, this will get stuck in your head, here is the example his teacher gave for what not to do.  [link].

     

     

    The tune was so catchy I borrowed it for my own little Pad & Quill PSA

     

    You can make a call to our CS(customer service) line

    Karl's voice is mighty fine

    Or go online with your credit card

    Using PayPal is not so hard

    Easy ways to buy, so many easy ways to buy

    Easy ways to buy uy uy, so many easy ways to buy

     

    You can right by our warehouse shop

    We'll offer you an ice cold pop

    Or you'll get a nice hot tea

    When you buy 2 items your shipping is free

     

     

    Easy ways to buy, so many easy ways to buy easy ways to buy uy uy

    Beautiful cases of iPads, iPhones Kindles and Mac Airs are so easy to buy.

     

     

    Yeah, so totally killed (and not in a good way) that last line.  But it is quite simple to order, made easier by 10% coupon code: VAL21

     

     

    Look for

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  2. Winter and Design

    Winter and Design

    Minnesota weather. As of this writing the low temperature last night was -14F. The mental strain of this weather get's to us up here. Mrs. PQ checks the coldest temps on earth daily just to make herself feel better.  About 3 days ago, parts of Minnesota were actually competing with Nunavut, Canada, coming in close to -35 degrees below 0.  

     

     

    So that might be why we get real busy this time of year working on all types of new designs and prototypes. Sure as heck can't go outside and play as it's the one time of year that Minnesota weather...is trying to KILL YOU.

     

     

    Maybe all these extremely low temperatures is why we think that 2013 is going to be one of our most exciting product years to date.  Many new beautiful designs are in the works and some interesting new products that have never been done before.  All of this innovation, passion and creativity is designed for one purpose to make holding your favorite technology device a more beautiful experience.  That is what Kari, myself and the PQ team love to do, craft handmade beautiful accessories that we hope people will love to use. Now how do I turn up this woodburning stove...

     

     

    Mr. PQ
    (Brian)

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  3. Mrs.PQ and TechO

    Production was whistling along here at P&Q world headquarters with the flurry of post holiday purchasing by our great customers.  With a double shift in place, it’s quite cozy in the shipping department in spite of single digit temps outside, however, we still rely on space heaters to keep fingers nimble.  Of course, us folks in the back offices housing Customer Service and Human Relations prefer the cut off glove approach, but that’s largely due to Mrs. Quill fancying herself as a scrivener, scratching away in a corner with her quills and abacus.  So, when the power went out mid day, leaving the warehouse dark, and the cold encroaching rapidly, Mrs. PQ sprung to action with an ample supply of candles and an offer to grab one of several cook stoves ferreted away in her “emergency road kit”, so employees could heat their lunches.  However, once the trusty Will and Mr. PQ had ensured all computers against surge destruction, they gathered the troops for an early lunch at Chipotle.  

     

     

    Crestfallen at the loss of an impromptu winter picnic, Mrs. PQ had to be assuaged by a trip to the local hardware store to purchase flash lights and lanterns to light the shipping department for the balance of the afternoon.  Productivity resumed, and alas within hours, electrical power returned to service, candles and flashlights were extinguished and hot spots were exchanged for WiFi.  All was back to normal, except for Mrs. PQ who spent 10 minutes in a frustrated grumble towards her computer, she hates when the “on” button doesn’t work.  But it’s not her computer’s fault.  For no matter how intuitive or brilliant Apple products are, there’s not much they can do to overcome user error when the user doesn’t know that surge protection=unplug the iMac. 

     

    Mrs.PQ

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  4. Best Organization Apps for iPhone

    Best Organization Apps for iPhone

    Is one of your New Years resolutions to get organized? You don't have to rely on willpower alone to keep your resolution. There's an app for that. Actually, there are lots of apps for that. Here are 5 of our favorites.
     

    1. Wunderlist

     
    Ditch the refrigerator to-do list. Use Wunderlist instead. This iPhone app allows you to create recurring tasks and subtasks, set reminders, and share your task list with family members or friends. You can also use the cloud sync feature to access Wunderlist on any of your devices.
     

    2. Astrid

     
    As the top-rated full-featured task management app in the App Store, Astrid helps you organize your personal life, your family, and your work. It's like a personal assistant but without the hefty price.
     
    A couple of unique features include voice recognition for adding tasks by speech, email and calendar integration, and checklists for packing, shopping, and getting ready for the party you're throwing next weekend.
     

    3. Toodledo

     
    Your New Years resolutions are bound to fail if you can't break them down into specific goals. Toodledo helps you capture those goals and set priorities to keep you focused. The app is designed to be as simple or complex as you want, depending on your organization style.
     

    4. Simple Grocery List

     
    If you're a list person, you'll love Simple Grocery List. Although the name implies it's only for groceries, you can make lists for anything, including packing for that winter getaway in Florida, getting ready for your kid's birthday party next week, or making a "honey-do" list for the weekend.
     

    5. Remember the Milk

     
    If you're having a difficult time separating your work life from your personal life, Remember the Milk can help. This app lets you separate tasks into categories such as "Personal," "Work," or "School." The

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