Patience

While building this wonderful business of ours, we’ve been confronted with many challenges (some would call them opportunities), with some seemingly insurmountable. For the most part, we’ve plowed our way through them, adjusting where we could to stay on track. We’ve tried to stay focused, and although we haven’t launched the beta (next week or so) of the initial platform, we’re already working hard on conceptualizing the follow-up products. Being strong believers that you must evolve to stay relevant, our biggest challenge hasn’t been defining our ideas but the time it takes to convert our ideas into a usable product.

By far, time has been the hugest and gnarliest limiting factor we’ve confronted. Between our primary careers during the day, our parenting of four awesome kids and the necessity to get at least a couple hours of sleep a night, our ranjeR time is limited to snippets here and there throughout the week. Our partners in the project, from our developers to our professional resources have been amazing in adapting to our constraints and we’re actually amazed at how much has been done so far.

And yet here I sit frustrated. Why you might ask? Because as far as we’ve come, ranjeR still hasn’t officially gone beta (or viral but that will happen). No one to blame, just time (or lack of it). Knowing the potential ranjeR has but having to wait – ouch, that hurts. And frustrates. A lot. Soon though.

However, we’re turning into marketing gurus so the wait is helping us amass a huge potential user base. We’re amazed at the global interest we’ve been able to garner so far. The sign-ups on our two pre-launch pages (ranjeR.com and ranjeR.ca), our likes on Facebook and the number of hits on our sites is spectacular and we truly believe ranjeR will live up to all your expectations.

We’re really excited about the product we’re ready to launch in beta mode and hope you’ll come along for the ride. Thanks to all. ranjeR on!

Simplicity. Efficiently defined.

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Me and You? You and Me.

I know I’ve held you in suspense for a few days. Sorry about that. Wasn’t intentional. Was just a bit out of it with a cold and a bad back. Anyways, I gather you really want to know what the answer to the last riddle was. If you haven’t read the first two posts, be sure to read them in the archives section (click here) so you can get caught up. Well, here goes. The answer to the second post is You (if you want an explanation to the riddle, email me at support@ranjer.ca).

You is the essential word necessary to define the person that Me is interacting with in any scenario. Now, obviously, Me and You are interchangeable depending on the person speaking. If I am the one describing, then I am Me and the person I am dealing with is You. However, if the You mentioned in the previous sentence is the one describing their dealings with the Me mentioned above, then the roles are reversed.

All good? Hope so.

To recap, a Me is the person describing an action taken that affects someone. The someone that is affected is a You. So that describes two types of entities in our universe of descriptors. Which leaves two more to go. If a Me and a You are connected via a common interest, then what would you call someone that Me is not connected to in the same manner? I.e. Me and You both have sports cars and they both talk about it on www.imsocoolcuzihaveasportscar.com. Now say another person has a sports car, but because they are not as cool, they are not on the blog. What would you call that person? Me and You might even know the person. But if the person isn’t on the blog, then what do you call them?

Some clues for you. Britain’s was called this but Canadians had to guess. The third third, when put in front of the first third and after losing the middle is an expression all to itself. And not only does the first third look like the first half from previous posts when seen in a lake, it’s actually confusing because it’s a letter squared that makes it but it’s actually called something else. And if you ask me “How to arrive at the answer”, I’ll answer “How, unscramble it of course!” and I won’t mean undoing the torture of an egg in a bowl.

Have fun…..

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It’s all about Me

Welcome back! Glad everyone could join us on our little journey. Hope readers didn’t hold their breath waiting for the answer to the question. Otherwise, there would be fewer people reading this (oops, sorry about that). If the original post was accidentally missed, just click here. Well, if some readers still haven’t figured it out, here goes. I think. Well, okay, since some readers are pleading, I guess I have to spill the beans. Ok, alright already, stop yelling. I’ll tell.

The first word is Me – it is the universal definition that can be used when describing an action the user is doing. It’s pretty straightforward. If I am the user, then I would refer to myself as Me. However, if someone else is the user, that person would still reference themselves as Me. However, if we are both users that are interacting with each other, can both of us be referred to as Me? It depends on which one of us is doing the referring. If it is the other user that is speaking, then they would refer to themselves as Me but if I was doing the referring, than I would be the Me. Me is always me. But then how would I refer to the other user? To me, it seems pretty straightforward. And it leads us to our second reference term for identifying people.

This second term identifies someone that a Me is connected to in some way. It could be a Me’s friend on a social media site. It could be a Me’s co-worker. It could be someone a Me is playing an online game with. Basically, it’s anyone that a Me is connected to directly via whatever mechanism they are using.

Now, some hints about the beloved but unknown second term. Similar to Me, it’s a word that the general population is already using, very frequently I might add. It’s short in length, long in meaning and its participants come only from the second half. It can be shortened (even further) and when shortened, it’s present only in the fourth quarter; and it’s the last third. Finally, in its short form, it’s straight and curly; in its long form, it contains something very few of us will ever be able to recreate manually in our lifetime.

Stay tuned for the answer!

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Word of the day

Why is the population not defined in a way that allows easy reference by others. This affects us in so many ways, but especially when we try to explain a process that involves multiple users that can play multiple roles. If I am the user and I interact with another user, how do I describe what the other user sees, after I have performed an action, in a simple and concise manner (as if they were the describer or put another way, as if I were them). What words would everyone understand? Do they already exist or are new ones needed? (Hint: partial new ones are partially needed). It’s actually fairly simple. Everyone has heard of the six degrees of separation (apparently down to 4.7 according to the most popular social media sight). In keeping with that them, we believe there are only four words that need to be known to describe the entire population and how it relates to any individual, from that individual’s perspective.

The first word is a popular one that we’re all familiar with and we should all love what it describes. It’s short (not in height but in length), uses both forms of letters (capital and lower case), uses both types of letters (consonants and vowels), and is very curvaceous (when printed). Any guesses? Come-on, you should be able to figure it out.

You’ve been using it all your life. It’s a simple word. Said backwards, it’s a slang question (a bit of a stretch), a comment and a short form of plurality. And it’s the most important person in the world (when seen from your own perspective).

Give up? Stay tuned for the answer in the next few days. And the oh-so interesting description of word #2…..

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