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12
Feb
09

Women’s Health Series: Cloth Pads

When I heard about cloth pads I was pretty squicked – who really wants to deal with that? Ew, right? I’ve heard about them for years, some of my friends use them, and I have been told time and time again that I needed to change over to cloth.

As always, click the jump to read the rest of the article. Nothing explicit or gross, just wanting to cut this for uninterested readers.

Continue reading ‘Women’s Health Series: Cloth Pads’

03
Feb
09

The Acer Laptop Returns

(To catch up on the Acer saga, please check the Acer Nightmare tag. First post is here, second is here, and third is here. The laptop in question is an Acer Aspire 5100 series, which had a loose screen hinge, faulty touch pad, chronic overheating, whining fan, and would occasionally freeze up with blue and white vertical stripes on the screen, which I was told that was the video card going out.)

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So, Acer sent the laptop back to me, completely and utterly untouched and unfixed. Even the problems that would NOT even be close to being caused by this mysterious liquid – loose hinge for the screen, bad touchpad – they didn’t even bother fixing. Thanks, Acer.

They sent it back in a box that I had sent it in, and the box was wearing thin and breaking in spots.

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A couple shots of the box.

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Same packaging, everything, and no paperwork – so I have no idea if they even opened it, what they *might* have done to it, nothing. If something would have happened to the box since it was so flimsy anyways, there would be no identifiable info about the laptop itself.

Here are a couple of pics of the outside of the laptop – the touchpad, the lose hinge, etc.

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This is the back hinge. The white residue you see is from duct tape.. I had to use duct tape to keep it from wobbling. I took it off before I sent it back.

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This is the touchpad, and this is the wear from only a year and a half worth of use. The buttons want to fall out, the color is actually wearing down, you can see scratches on the laptop. The laptop has spent most of it’s time on my desk. The touchpad itself was faulty.

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It’s just made from cheap plastic, as you can see. Hasn’t held up well.

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This is the bottom of the laptop. I have no idea what this white powder is, but it is covering a lot – I just thought it was worth noting.

I have to admit, I am defeated. I think the main thing that broke me was the constant jerking and pulling from the customer service at Acer. Insisting they want to make me happy, paying for FedEx shipping back, offering to correct the wrongs that they made and then deciding against it. Telling me that they wouldn’t touch it, and if they did, it would be $449. Naming a mysterious liquid as the problem, making even outer fixes like the touchpad and hinge un-doable. Assuming that I accused the repair reps of spilling a drink in the laptop when it had never even crossed my mind.

But even though I am defeated when it comes to this laptop, I can honestly say I will do absolutely everything in my power to make sure everyone knows the lack of quality and horrible Acer customer support offers. I will make sure that everyone I know, speak to, pass on the street, run across on blogs, forums, social networks, anyone that is looking for anything computer related will know what hideous treatment they give their customers, and that they have no problems promising something then deciding differently. I would have taken them very little to make me happy, but instead they give excuses and false promises.

I don’t want anything from Acer anymore. But what I do want is for people to know how Acer treats the people that buys their products. I have filed a report at RipoffReport.com, I will be filing with the BBB, and I will be contacting the consumer media watchdogs. Yelp is probably a good idea, too.

If anyone needs the contact info for the top 5 executives at Acer, here you go:

These are the person business emails of some of the Acer Pan America Executive Team

Rudi_Schmidleithner@acer.com, President
Mark_Hill@acer.com, General Manager, Acer America
Mark_Groveunder@acer.com, Vice President, Customer Service
Clarence_Worthington@acer.com, Senior Director, Sales Operations and Fulfillment
Joe_Castillo@acer.com, Director, U.S. Retail Sales

03
Feb
09

Getting better skin for cheap

Soon I will be reviewing and having tutorials using the minerals from Eyes Lips Face. In preparation for this, let’s work on getting better canvas for the makeup! This info is from my friend Abby’s blog, who has great information on how to clear up and get better skin for pennies on the dollar. I figured since we are doing makeup, let’s start with the face!

• Cleanse your skin using a gentle cleanser in order to remove surface oil, dirt and germs. If you have oily or combination skin, use a foaming gel cleanser; if you have dry skin, look for a creamier blend that won’t dry out your skin

• Exfoliate. Natural exfoliators include: Ground oats and pineapple. Grind oatmeal in your food processor and add 3 T. oats to 2T. plain natural yoghurt or whole milk. Apply to the face and remove after 10 minutes with a warm towel. Or put ¼ cup pineapple and 3 T. plain natural yoghurt into the food processor and pulse. Once combined apply to the face and remove after 10 minutes with a warm towel

• Massage- This is where having a partner to help is great. Here is a great protocol for facial massage:
• Apply the massage cream or lotion and begin massaging the face and neck areas in small symmetrical circles. The strokes should move up the neck and along the contour of the face. Do not leave out any facial muscles.
• Next, gently glide the back of the hands across the fore-head with light pressure. Placing the thumbs side by side on the center of the forehead with the hands cradling the face, draw the thumbs outward towards the temples and make a gentle sweeping movement around the temple. Repeat the movement several times to relieve tension in the temples.
• Apply pressure in the hollow areas under the eyebrows by placing the hands along the sides of the face; use the thumb to press gently under the ridge one spot at a time. Move the pressure point from the inner to the outer edge of the brows and repeat the thumb pressure. This technique can help relieve tension headache.
• Position the thumbs alongside the nose bridge with hands cupping the face. Firmly slide the thumbs downward to the nostrils and outwards along the contour of the cheeks applying pressure along the way. Gently release the pressure when the thumbs reach the hairline. Then pull both hands up alongside the face towards the top of the head and away from the face. Repeat this motion two more times.
• Position fingertips in the cheek muscles and gently make circling movements counter-clockwise for a few times moving along the cheek muscles. This motion alleviates tension in the cheek area.
• Gently stroke the ears with the index fingers and thumbs while moving along the rims of the ears. This technique is very relaxing and enjoyable.
• Position the fingers just behind the neck while pressing with a thumb pad on a spot in the jaw area and circling this spot before moving to the next one. Holding the chin with the fingers, stroke the chin with the thumbs using circular motions downward. Finish the jaw massage with gentle strokes alongside the chin. This movement releases tension in the mouth and jaw.
• Make circular motions on the scalp and comb the fingers through the hair to release tension from the face and the head and to stimulate the scalp.

• Finally, remove the massage cream or lotion with fresh and damp cotton pads. Most facials end with a special lotion applied to the face.

• Apply a mask. If you have oily or combination skin, use a clay-based mask; for dry skin, look for a hydrating mask. Most beauty supply stores or drug stores sell masks in small sachets if you do not already have a favorite mask. Apply mask to the skin, being careful to avoid the eye area (this can lead to sagging skin). Leave mask on for 10 to 20 minutes or as directed. Remove the mask with warm towels and follow with a light spritz of toner.

• Moisturize. Apply a light moisturizer in order to prevent dehydrating the skin. Look for a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher in order to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

29
Jan
09

Almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else

The Pew (pew pew pew) says that almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else.
One of the cities lowest on the desirability list, though, is Cincinnati.

The last two paragraphs were particularly interesting:
Brianna Fahey lives in a city the survey says an overwhelming majority of Americans would prefer not to live in: Cincinnati. Like many other large Midwestern and Northeastern cities, Cincinnati ranks near the bottom on people’s lists of ideal spots.

For Fahey, 30, Cincinnati is truly home. She grew up in North College Hill, a suburb where her parents and friends still live, but bought a downtown condo after college. She gets by without a car in a city that has few mass transit options. “I like the self-sufficiency of the city,” she says. “It’s a good place to be in all stages of life.”

I find this comment.. well.. odd.

Cincinnati, to me, does not seem to be all too self-sufficient. I live in Walnut Hills, but taking the bus is difficult – it’s very unreliable, and most routes over 2 miles (to areas I need to go) need a transfer. Or two.

But, ok, mass transit in Cincinnati sucks. But just because a few aspects suck doesn’t mean that the city, as a whole sucks.

I suppose I ended up here by chance. I was raised in the country, ended up in Cincy for the sole reason of my boyfriend living here. There was no particular reason, other than the boyfriend, that I moved here.

I really enjoy it, though. From the front, without knowing anything of the city, I can see why people think it sucks. Downtown is dead, no good public transport, mainly conservative (after all, whenever Bush visited he went straight to Indian Hills – they closed down the highways and brushed all the homeless people from under the bridges.)

But, underneath – Cincinnati is vibrant. Cincinnati is growing. There is a huge liberal and artistic undercurrent, support of reproductive rights and gay rights and other “liberal” areas. We have a great assortment of restaurants – they can be hard to find, but once you do find them – they are a treasure. Our library system never fails to impress me, we have a huge assortment of liberal hippy stores – Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and indie natural and organic stores. We have people dedicating their lives to revitalizing downtown, OTR, Walnut Hills. The cost of living is still low, we have great bloggers who bring Cincinnati’s qualities to the forefront. Cincinnati is growing, changing, and it’s wonderful. Will I never move from here? I doubt it. There are bigger cities calling, but I can say that I am enjoying my time in Cincinnati and enjoying all that it offers.

28
Jan
09

Am I in a standoff with Acer?

If you need to catch up on this saga, first post is here, second is here. Check out the Acer Nightmare tag to see all Acer related posts.

So, I sent out my laptop 1/6. I got an email saying it had arrived to the Temple, TX location on 1/10. I got a call on 1/13 that they would not fix my laptop, and that they would hold it until 1/20, and then ship it back, unrepaired. I’ve not heard anything from
Acer, and no sign of a laptop.

I’m not quite sure what to do here – I know I should probably call them, but I have a feeling that I would get a poorAcer representative on the line and then bust out crying. This is stressing me out, and Acer’s not doing a damn thing to help. It’s been all up hill.

The amount of money I have invested in this is huge. I spent $800 on the laptop, and an extra $100 a year later for an extended warranty. I just laid in bed last night, thinking. That’s $900. That would cover a beater car, that would cover health insurance for 9 months, that would cover my last class I need to take to graduate. Instead I’m sitting here, carless, uninsured, and ungraduated (..I had to quit with one class to go.)

I know the money is spent, and I spent it at the time when school was paid for, I had great insurance, and a car. And I know that I walked in there willingly, handed over $800, and paid for the laptop. But I suppose I had trust in the company, especially with (what seemed like) a really good warranty, that I would at least have a working and functional laptop for a while. Not something I can barely use and has this mythical liquid spilled in it (that was sarcasm, Acer. No liquid has ever been around the laptop. Especially mythical liquid, that shit is rough.)

And I suppose that I put faith in a company when they wanted to make things better, that they wanted to prove to me that their repair service isn’t full of bad excuses and bad repairs. They told me it would be fixed, and they would pay for shipping both ways to help me out. They wanted to make things better to the point of calling me and telling me that would happen.

And then once it got to Temple, TX, they changed their minds. They weren’t going to help me, no, they were going to leave me up a creek without a laptop. And now I have no idea where anything stands.

I’ve had a lot of hits for stuff like “acer, mark_hill”. It says he is the U.S. sales exec for Acer. I wonder if other people are also having big problems with Acer repair services? Who is looking for Mark Hill?

28
Jan
09

E.L.F.

I need to replace my makeup brushes, so I asked my friend Abby (who is an esthetician) where I would be able to get inexpensive yet quality brushes, and she reminded me of a favorite place of mine, called Eyes Lips Face. Most of their products are a very good quality (lots of pigment) amazingly, most of their items are $1 each. Their mineral collection and makeup cases run a bit more, but they are still really, really affordable.

To add to the savings, RetailMeNot always has a Coupon Codes that you can use on your E.L.F. order. Get free shipping, or 50% off your order, or free items! How great is that? I plan on placing an order soon to replace all of my makeup brushes.

Also, keep an eye out for a new segment to the blog! I will be covering techniques and products for women’s beauty and skin care that are inexpensive and effective. I also want to being making makeup tutorials, like found on youtube, but featuring makeup that is more affordable – the tutorials often feature brands like MAC and Sephora, and while I love both brands, they can be hard to afford! I want to make easy to understand tutorials featuring makeup that can be found almost anywhere or easily attainable over the internet. Any suggestions or requests would be great!

27
Jan
09

AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline – free meds?

Does anyone have any proof, anywhere, that patients are actually enrolled in the free medication programs from the above mentioned manufacturers?

I am uninsured. I was also on medication that was extremely expensive ($280 and $160 a month). Since I am unemployed and well under the income limit, I decided to enroll in the programs for free medication from AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

I started enrollment in early December. Both enrollment programs said that I would have my medications in well under two weeks.

It’s January 27th, and I have yet to see any medications from either programs.

Both have told me I am enrolled and I am eligable. But here is where the nightmare begins.

Dealing with GlaxoSmithKline and their Bridges to Access program was a nightmare. The nurse from my doctors office worked very, very closely with me on enrolling and making sure I had extra meds. GlaxoSmithKline, though, does not know what in the hell they are doing.

My application was returned to me numerous times for “corrections”, although I didn’t need to really do anything. They have no records of when the doctors office call, they had trouble with my prescription, and furthermore, if something screwed up *no one knew what to do.* I was told to re-enroll, call back tomorrow, just wait (yes, just wait), and to call my doctors office, and to have my doctors office call them. (Although they had no idea when my doctors office called back.)

I finally gave up. I went off the medication, went through withdrawal for a couple of weeks, and was fine. Well, relatively.

With AstraZeneca and their AZ&Me program, they are having “problems receiving my prescription slips.” What this means, though, is that they are actually sending me the multiple prescription slips that they have “rejected because they were unsigned.” I have a stack of prescriptions here for Nexium. Complete with social security number, date of birth, address, and signed. Not stamped, AstraZeneca, because you keep telling me “Well, if it was signed it must have been stamped, and we can’t accept that.” But when I say “I am holding it IN MY HAND, there is no stamp” you say “Well, it needs to have this info on it..” and I say “Yup, it has that.” And this is the point where the representative starts stuttering around so I just say “Goodbye” and hang up.

The thing is, I can’t just give up on this one. My stomach issues insist that I use something for the GERD, and that happens to be Nexium. So every day I call AstraZeneca, I am told the same thing, and I call the doctors office, and the nurse patiently calls again.

Is anyone actually enrolled in this program? Do they give out free meds, or is this just a PR trip? I have been very, very diligent about this, and my doctors office is great, and they work with me. I would figure that if anyone was able to enroll in the program, it would be me, since I have been playing the medical ropes for a long, long time. But I’m finding it damn near impossible.




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Dislikes: Our health care system, celery.

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