QR is short for, Quick Response Code.
Well that didn't last long. It's not so quick anymore, since eveyone and their dog is trying it, numerous problems have shown up.
QR Codes can be read reliably when marketers follow the QR Code standards. But, QR Codes not following the standards and/or indistinct ones may not be readable with some scanners and/or mobiles phones.
It may be a surprise, but a code that looks like a QR Code, and does not follow the standards is not a readable QR Code.
QR codes smaller than two and half centimetres can create problems when trying to scan, if your QR code has a lot of information.
When someone scans your QR code and is sent to a website filled with flash elements and/or big image files.
Most products never say why I should scan a QR code, what I’m in for?
--- and/or what will I get?
QR is short for, Quick Response Code.
Ne-Seed from Hartford CT, is one of my favourites in the USA, when it comes to smaller seed companies, with a large veggy section. They tend to be among the first in the market place with the newest vegetable seed releases.
If I'm looking for something different, hey I most often find it here. I guess, I should also mention that they are, 'No GMO' if you are inclined that way as well.
One of their new releases for 2014, is a series of Mini-Bell Peppers, available in Purple (Inky), Yellow (Dinky) & Red (Roo).
--- They also have a weird sense of humour!
Hugh Clifford "Cliff" Chadderton, CC OOnt (9 May 1919 – 30 November 2013) was a Canadian World War II veteran and Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.
He enlisted on 15 October 1939, serving with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Non-Permanent Active Militia. Chadderton rose from non-commissioned rank to officer commanding an infantry company with the acting rank of Major. He was stationed in Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was wounded twice, once by a bullet at the Abbaye d'Ardenne in Normandy and once by a grenade near the Leopold Canal, losing his right leg below the knee.
In 1965, Chadderton became the Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps.
- In 1977, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
- In 1986, he was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- In 1987, he was named a Serving Brother of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Order of St. John.
- In 1990, he was raised to the rank of Officer Brother of the Order of St. John (OStJ).
- In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) from Acadia University.
- In 1991, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.
- In 1992, he received a Doctor of Laws, Honoris causa, from the University of Winnipeg.
- In 1998, he was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada (CC).
- In 1999, he was granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria and inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
- In 2001, he was admitted to the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the rank of Commander (CLJ).
- In 2004, he was named a Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour of France.
In 1992, he led the fight to put pressure on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from re-broadcasting a controversial documentary series it commissioned called the The Valor and the Horror.
The CBC's Ombudsman, William Morgan, agreed with Chadderton, and stated that: "The series was 'flawed' and 'fails to measure up' to CBC's standards."
--- We can not forget!
There is big news in the Peony World, it's called an 'Itoh', or in our world, an ('inter-sectional hybrid' peony). They are a cross between the traditional herbaceous varieties and tree peonies.
We prairie gardeners are not familiar with Tree Peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa). They are not really hardy here and even require protection from our late spring frosts. Tree peonies are an old plant, and have been grown in China for hundreds of years. They traditionally are woody shrubs that can reach heights of three metres, and sport big flowers.
Height: 90cm (36")
Spread: 90cm (36")
Habit: Upright and Mounding
Exposure: Full Sun
Toichi Itoh, spent his life trying to take the best elements of each parent peony to create a Queen of Peonies. Unfortunately, he past away in 1956, eight years before the crosses he developed produced their first blooms. These new hybrid peonies that he created are amazing. They are finally becoming available in our market place.
The Itoh peonies bloom in late spring for about two to three weeks and unlike our traditional peonies, they do not require staking. Even though their flowers are abundant and huge, (up to 25 cm in diameter), the branch structure is strong enough to support their weight. So Toichi Itoh created a neat flowering shrub, that we trim to the ground each fall.
My favorites are: Bartzella (above), and Raggedy Ann (below)
The new hybrids grow in a domed shape like the tree peony but usually remain just under one metre, making them a show-stopper in your front yard garden. Also, the grey-green foliage is finely cut, it is very disease-resistant,
--- and lasts until fall.
Pike Kilt Lifter has layers of rich malt smokiness reminiscent of single malt whiskey. Like the finest Scotch whiskey this beer is slightly smoky because of the peated malt. This beer is hopped with Magnum and East Kent Golding hops and brewed with peated Pale, Crystal and Munich malts.
Every week more and more products, and/or services are bought on-line. This year, it is estimated that 80% of our Christmas shopping, in some areas, will be done on-line. The king of on-line marketing of course is Amazon. They have completely mastered our addiction to the ease of online shopping. Hey, if you can stick a bar-code label on your product, they can sell it on-line, and that does not matter where you are, or what country you are in.
For an example, Last year, I ordered a mini-keyboard for the Better-Half's tablet from Amazon. After reading the purchase confirmation message from them, I thought the beast was shipping from somewhere in the USA or Canada. When the package arrived 11 days later, the shipping address was Hong Kong. That is faster than many of our seed orders from the USA or parts of Canada.
Todate, all of the products Amazon handles are non-perishable, but that's about to change. Amazon is testing a new company called 'Amazon Fresh' which will provide groceries and/or fresh produce direct to consumers, and small retailers. In fact they are testing this approch as I write.
If you don't believe this is posible, a Majour Management Firm 'Casemore & Company' thinks it will happen,
--- in less than five years!