So I tried it and here is the upside compared to takeout:
- It tastes better. There IS a dramatic difference in the taste when something is served hot straight from the pan as opposed to something that had been cooked 45 minutes ago and has been winding its way towards you in a brown bag
- You can control ingredients like butter/oil/spice etc. You can add/remove and customize it to your taste.
- It is fun. You can cook something tasty and unique and interesting and learn how to cook new dishes.
You can't really customize. You can customize at an extremely superficial level unless you go to the store and buy your own ingredients and are ok with throwing out the ingredients they sent you that you don't like. Which completely defeats the purpose. You can customize takeout the same amount, perhaps even more "hold the onions" "light on the spice" "sub beans for beef" "sub onions for mushrooms" I do it ALL THE TIME.
Perhaps because to me if I am going to cook something, I'm going to cook something that is to my tastes as well as how much cooking as I'm feeling like doing today. I see recipes as suggestions more than anything.
I also don't like my food hot. It tastes much much better when you let it sit for 10 minutes or so.
This is actually really cool. I don't use freezer boxes at all, but a map system like that would work equally well for, say, keeping track of what's in TEM grid holders which I do use.
This is what I meant when I said in my original comment that I think this problem is a difficult one, because so many different scientists are using so many different types of inventory. But I'm sure it's possible, and I wish you luck :)
We use Quartzy at the moment but its just so clunky, especially ordering and facility scheduling. I [used to] work in a facility that almost exclusively provides user services (for 200-300 researchers and students) and scheduling of all our equipment is rather important. I've spoken with you guys in the past about this, and while you say there are plans to do things like weekly interactive calendars (instead of that silly printable one), programmatic addition or even an API (I've wound up scraping and using some of your private calls to build our own calendar app for quatzy)...it has yet to happen. I can only hope that you'll invest a good portion of this on the UX / software integration side. Also, your ordering catalog search sucks, a lot. It doesn't find 90+% of the Hampton products we try to order.
I am considering launching as a freelancer and I'm trying to figure out how to finance it in the context of my bidirectionally extreme (high magnitude; both directions) reputation (which is somewhat an exaggeration of my actual personality; when I write, I'm trying to communicate and sometimes I drive hard.)
I'd prefer to spend most of my time on actual work. I'm getting back into Clojure and rediscovering the joy of coding (which disappeared, with fleeting breaks in it, when I went to Google and had to answer to a middle manager, which just sucks all the life out of what we do). That said, if someone is willing to give me $40,000 to tell him what he's doing wrong, I'll do so.
(In person, I'm much less abrasive, though. If I actually respect someone, and I respect most people, I'm nice.)
Burned Bridges Consulting would work because it's structured to produce the only employment relationship in which telling the truth is possible: one where there is no possibility of continuance.
Are you able to actually solve problems (with leadership) instead of just pointing them out? You have no track record of that.... in fact, just the opposite. But if you managed to change things around you could become an easy hire and own a new niche. Maybe even start a nice big company around it. Work pro bono on two major things, show measured improvements on dimensions you promised to improve, and then ask for your contract rate.
To be honest, I'd rather solve problems with real work and lead by doing. I enjoy work a lot more than I enjoy yelling at people.
I think I'm poisoned by corporate environments (a startup being the worst) where you have to yell at people for days to get the permissions necessary to do a few hours of real work. I fucking hate that shit. Eventually, people stop yelling at each other about work (because they forget how to work) and are just yelling about the yelling. That's what Corporate America really is: recursive wankery with almost no one really working.
I sent in the "I am including a link to zipped file which has a bunch of files. The files are pdfs and images of business cards with corresponding contact information. Please transcribe them: first and last name, title, address, email, and phone number" request.
Premier did an awesome job. Quick, accurate, and affordable. The best part was that I just submitted the request by email and got results back by email instead of having to spend time figuring out another web interface!