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  1. MostlyHarmless says:


    Life’s a bitch. It will set you up with the shiniest, coolest, spiffiest wireless internet tablet you can imagine with super sweet apps for anything you want… and then put you in a dead zone. Without a recharging point. Oh, and while it is at it, it will also break your paws so you can’t walk around for a signal either.

    Thats all.


  2. Smashville says:

    If you order nasty smelly lunch and I am at the front desk…at least have the courtesy to come get it within…I dunno…an hour?

  3. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    ok, the last few times i have posted adoptable kitty pictures here, the kitties got adopted over the weekend. so you guys are the rescue’s good luck charm… or something

    this week’s adoptable kitten pics:
    introducing jayden, julius [orange] and [snow white] blizz

    poor blizz was hit by a car and found in a parking lot, here’s her first baby pic [she’s much better now]

  4. ovalseven says:

    I know that merchants aren’t allowed to set a minimum amount for in-store credit card purchases. Does this apply to online shopping too?

    Amie Street charged me $3 for a $1.50 album, since $3 is their minimum price for credit card purchases. I accepted it and now have a $1.50 credit on my account toward a future purchase.

  5. theblackdog says:

    I’m going to bite the bullet and try online dating again because I’ve grown tired of the fact that many of the folks I know center their whole social lives around certain bars.

    Any recommendations on dating sites where the folks want to do more with their friday nights than just sit at the bar and chat with their friends?

  6. pop top says:

    This weekend should be lots of fun. Going to a wine tasting at the local cider mill, playing some D&D, hanging with some friends tonight. I’m also going to my mom’s tonight to dig through the attic and the crawlspace to see if I can find any of my old toys, specifically my Ghostbusters proton pack and ghost trap (see here: []). Maybe some My Little Ponies too. Who knows? :-D

    I also did my first big craft project this week; I made one of those knotted fleece blankets. It was a lot of fun, but it’s challenging when you have a place that’s too small for a dining table. I had to do everything on the floor. But it was a great success.

  7. nbs2 says:

    So I decided to read the Wheel of Time series about a month ago. I’ve finished the prologue through about 150 pages left in the third book (yeah, I have a long commute on the train).

    Just so I know what I’ve gotten myself into, am I reading The Days of Out Lives, Geek Edition?

    • hewhoroams says:

      @nbs2: It is really a great series, and I actually like it that some of them are longer.
      The series itself starts to lag a little around 8,9,10, but knife of dreams was good and I finished Gathering storm in about 14 hours. It was the best book I’ve read in a really long time.
      In Summary, it’s a great read and very time consuming, which is generally the point of reading.

    • Dustbunny says:

      @nbs2: The 1st 3-4 books of WOT were terrific. I really thought Robert Jordan would be the next Tolkien. But around book 5, the series started dragging IMO. I kept wondering why Jordan’s editor didn’t try to get him to move the story along faster but then I read his wife was his editor which explains a lot :)And apparently Brandon Sanderson, who’s finishing up the series, will take at least 3 books to do so. Aarggh.

  8. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    See if I can get this img tag thing to work …. bears:

  9. thesadtomato says:

    I’m really surprised and disappointed that the Consumerist didn’t post on the Philadelphia SEPTA strike. I understand it’s a regional thing, but you guys did the 2005 NYC strike and this one looks like it isn’t going to be resolved today, possibly not over the weekend, either.

    This strike has been hell, I can tell you. I would think the commentors here would have interesting things to say about what the strikers are striking for, and commuting/transit in general.

  10. katstermonster says:

    Wheeeeeee open thread! :) This weekend should be a fun one…

    Tonight I’m gonna correct some papers, write a few essays for fellowship applications, and make some yummy stuffed shells. Yee-haw.

    Tomorrowwwwww I’m getting another piercing! I haven’t decided what yet, but it will most likely be an industrial. I have helix and tragus piercings (one of each) in my left eat, I’ll have to remove the helix to put in the industrial, because my right ear doesn’t have enough cartilage for an industrial. In my right ear, I already have a rook and a conch. (Go here for a diagram, it’s easier than my explaining: []) My friend is going, too, and getting a conch piercing. I figure I have another 3 1/2 years of grad school, I may as well enjoy my ability to get pierced, etc. Also, some of my friends are testing for various degrees of black belt (I did taekwondo for over a decade), so I’m gonna go watch that.

    Sunday….back to the lab to do work. :( Lame. But only one day of work this weekend, yay!

    • pop top says:

      @katstermonster: Industrials are so cool. I’d love to get another piercing (had an eyebrow one for three years), but I really hate needles and tattoos are more of my thing anyway.

      I’ve always wondered how they come up with the names for the piercings…

  11. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    I just got over a cold and now I feel like I am coming down with the flu.

    Grr. Aarg.


  12. katia802 says:

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to be online this weekend, (kid and hubby will be on my comp) so here’s my rant. Feel free to ignore this.

    Took hubby to an orthopedic surgeon this week, he’s got a herniated disc, and a torn disc in his back, been out of work since july. Surgeon, when informed that hubby has no feeling on the last three toes, and that half of his foot, says “Oh, you don’t need those toes anyway, it doesn’t matter!!!” Now I have to find another doc for him again.

    Okay, food part….Anybody ever heard of Primani’s in Pgh? Had a pastrami & cheese for lunch, and am still so full I can barely move! (for those of you who haven’t heard of it, Primani’s puts coleslaw, tomatoes and french fries on their sandwiches)

    Catastrophe, wish I lived closer to you, would love to meet that beautiful orange kitty, he looks like a doll!

    Happy bday Kimaroo

    happy weekend everyone!

  13. dragonfire81 says:

    Why do so many people not bother to sign their credit cards these days? The number of unsigned cards I see at work is staggering. Do these people not know that anyone could take their card, sign it and go on a shopping spree?

    Apparently some people really didn’t don’t give a crap about identity theft.

    • morlo says:

      @dragonfire81: Many places let you just swipe your card yourself without signing anything, so the signature on the back is somewhat obsolete

      • dragonfire81 says:

        @morlo: I believe you still have to sign for most credit transactions though. I am aware that some places won’t have you sign if it’s under a certain amount.

  14. Smashville says:

    Running my first 5k after beginning my running program tomorrow. I’ve entered them and walked them numerous times, but I’ll be running essentially half of this one…so a wee nervous.

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      @Smashville_now with Monster Energy: Don’t be nervous. Remember these two things:
      1) If you truly cannot run anymore, you can walk. You know that already.
      2) Don’t worry about your time. But mark it down! You’ll be better next time and it’s nice when you break your old time.

      Enjoy it!

  15. Smashville says:

    For my next rantily rant…

    When you are calling somewhere and have an extension and a LIVE PERSON answers…DO NOT DIAL THE EXTENSION IN THEIR EAR.

  16. EtherealFlame says:

    This weekend I will be attending a vigil for the people that were killed in the Fort Hood shootings and helping my ex-husband cope with the loss of one of his friends.

  17. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Happy birthday, Kimaroo! Hope Mr. Aroo got you something good – sounds like you already got some nice presents.

  18. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:
  19. Ratty says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Happy birthday! :D

    Mmmmm cakes!

  20. locakitty says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

  21. katstermonster says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Happy birthdayyyyyyyyy! I’m very jealous of the bluetooth headphones, I’ve really been wanting some. I hope you have a good birthday! :)

  22. Paladin_11 says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Hippo Birdies! I mean Happy Birthday! Don’t eat all that cake at one sitting–it’s no fun having a tummy ache on your birthday.

  23. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Happy belated birthday Roo!

  24. Taliskan says:

    @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: All the time. I feel your pain.

    Though sometimes I will come up a super long response and then realize “oh I am sure someone else has already said this in simpler terms” or “I really don’t feel like reading backlash for saying this”. Thus, I rarely comment. :P

  25. kexline says:

    @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: Nope, not at all. But thanks for hitting “submit” on this one!

  26. Kuchen says:

    @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: I do the same thing. Mostly because I have a hard time controlling the sarcasm. If I read it once and I think it is too sarcastic or will be misunderstood, it gets deleted.

  27. Rachacha says:
  28. katstermonster says:

    @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: I do it all the time. Here’s the good thing: as long as your comment isn’t just for the sake of being a douche, people actually DO care. :) Or at least, care enough to make conversation!

  29. Chris Walters says:

    @gStein_has joined the star bandwagon: I do it, and I write for the site! I frequently have to remind myself that the comment threads are for commenters, that I had my shot above, and that unless it’s something really worth contributing I should sit back and enjoy the other half of Consumerist’s content.

    These Friday gabfests are particularly entertaining to scroll through.

  30. theblackdog says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Yeah, I figured that, I just must be looking in the wrong places. Probably doesn’t help that I like men as well

  31. MostlyHarmless says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Yeah. but life broke them. and typing is painful. so i chose a 4 letter word.

  32. hotdogsunrise says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese wants it to be winter already: I’m jealous. I would love to be in Disney right now.

  33. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese wants it to be winter already: Oooo, used to do that when I lived in FL. Have a little extra fun so I can live vicariously!

  34. theblackdog says:

    @catastrophegirl: If I was looking for a cat, I’d consider you guys, but I don’t think one would like the 7 hour car ride back to MD

  35. katstermonster says:

    @RecordStoreToughGuy_IsBeing(pur)SuedByAMonster: Will do! And good luck to you! I left because I felt like I was spinning my wheels…and for some personal reasons, school politics, etc. I miss the training, but not the school. But I miss the training a LOT. What discipline do you train in?

    @HogwartsAlum: Piercings have allllll kinds of weird names. I’ll send along the good wishes. :)

  36. pop top says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): I love it too. D&D and wine tasting are on different days though, but maybe with the same people, depending on who goes. Hahaha.

    I can’t believe how warm it is either. Mine is polka dots on one side and solid chocolate brown on the other. The other hard part of making it involved my cat thinking she could sleep on it whenever I rolled it out on the floor to work on it.

  37. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:
  38. nbs2 says:

    @RecordStoreToughGuy_IsBeing(pur)SuedByAMonster: Ice and Fire? I’ll check it out. Dresden Files sounds interesting, but I haven’t found a good detective story in a while.

    If it is any indication of what I can tolerate, I thought that Turtledove’s Southern victory series was good, if a little repetitive and generally predictable (with the occasional twist). It was a bit soap opera-ish as well, but it managed to throw enough of the occasional action to keep things moving.

  39. MostlyHarmless says:

    @larrymac – please put me on your do not call list: I’d really prefer that you not look here. Thanks. /images/churchill15-07.jpg

  40. nbs2 says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: If MTA ever goes on strike, I’m toast. Without the MARC, I have no way to get to work. WMATA I gave up on after the Red Line accident. I can walk to/from Union from/to work in less time than it would take me to go three stops. Now that it’s fixed, I can’t be bothered.

    How many other DC-working Consumerist are there on here?

  41. pop top says:

    @katstermonster: As long as it isn’t some poorly-done candy skull or some navigational stars, I think you’ll e safe from being too cliche.

  42. HogwartsAlum says:

    @catastrophegirl: I”m sure someone will snap her up in a minute.

  43. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @catastrophegirl: Is she a Bengal? That’s what I’d guess. Sooo pretty.

  44. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @HogwartsAlum: well she’ll be at the adoption center this weekend. crossing my fingers for them all!

  45. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    @katstermonster: I do Shaolin kung fu with these guys: I really lost my rhythm when I hit brown, but I’ve been starting to hit my stride recently, so maybe I just needed to get my mind right. ^_^

  46. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: after posting about my grandmother teaching me how to make chicken soup in the “reporter measures 30 feet of noodles” article, i want to create a weekly “recipes” thread in the open post.

    @katstermonster: my original post was about how excited i was that we got a new clothes dryer. yeah, nobody cares about my new dryer, i know. (but HH gregg delivered it with no problems, they were in and out with the old one in less than 15 minutes!)

  47. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    @MostlyHarmless: I am too tired to figure this out. I checked all file and directory permissions and things look right, but I didn’t get any sleep last night, so who knows.

    If anybody cares at this point, you can go back the polar bear thread and follow my flickr link, I think that one works.

  48. HogwartsAlum says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Honestly, the ten-pager was harder than the one-pager. I kept wanting to put everything in!

  49. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): the best part is they keep making new colors and the collection never has to stop – but they are small enough that they don’t take up much space.
    not that i am buying dice for anyone as presents lately, but been there, done that

  50. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Oh, um.. harrumph… Get off my lawn, you kids, or I’ll utilize my special secret ops martial arts firearms skills on you!


  51. EtherealFlame says:

    @floraposte: Very near by. Fort Hood is his Duty Station and up until August we actually lived on the military post where the shootings happened in the one of the Comanche family housing areas. It’s just heart breaking because his father passed away two weeks ago, now this. We make much better friends then we do spouses so I have no issue with supporting him. I just hope they can really get to the bottom of why this all happened. There just seems to be too many puzzle pieces missing.

  52. locakitty says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Vera, my older kitty, was begging me to give her turkey while I made my sandwich for lunch yesterday. She rarely talks, so it was quite amusing. Especially when she answers me back in different meows when I ask random questions.

  53. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @JulesNoctambule: jayden is a little girl

    Petco Brier Creek
    Alexander Promenade Place
    Raleigh, NC

    Saturday and Sunday
    November 7-8
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  54. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @catastrophegirl: heh, nice call!
    i find that the majority of my recipes are altered in order to remove sugar, or replace with splenda. i’ve had some come out very well, others… not so well.

  55. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    @catastrophegirl: DUUUUUUUUDE!

    I would gladly submit recipes to a Consumerist cookbook they could sell to raise money … but only if it was called “I Make My Own at Home”!!!!!!!

    (Also? The title page should have Consumerist Bingo on it.)

  56. theblackdog says:

    @nbs2: I’m one, WMATA Green line all the way between work and home.

  57. katia802 says:

    @RecordStoreToughGuy_IsBeing(pur)SuedByAMonster: all I can say to that is wow, hope she doesn’t breed!

  58. JulesNoctambule says:

    @catastrophegirl: I just saw your other post — if she’s still around when the adopt-a-thon ends today, please let me know! I’ll see if the spouse will mind me coming home with another one tomorrow (our middle girl has been having anxiety issues, so we’re still debating).

  59. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @JulesNoctambule: i won’t be at the adoptathon today, not something i usually can do because of my health issues. but i’ll ask and see if i can find out before the event tomorrow.
    if you specifically want a brown tabby female, there are a couple you could meet before making up your mind.
    here’s the link to the main page – you don’t have to wait for adoption events to meet them or apply either

  60. HogwartsAlum says:

    @EtherealFlame: Give him a hug from us. *HUG*

  61. JulesNoctambule says:

    @catastrophegirl: CUTENESS! Now, the great debate — tabby or calico? The spouse tells me ‘not one of each’, which is fair; five cats in a three-bedroom ranch would be a little much. Our girls are twelve and our little guy is seven, and I’d like to get the next generation going while the girls are still around to instill their goodness. My middle cat is a brown tabby and people swear she thinks she’s my child, and while I know no cat could ever replace her once she’s gone I figure I may as well go for a backup while the time is there.

  62. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Finnally on my PC so I can answer this.

    He didn’t get me anything on his own.. but he let me pick a place to go pick out something.. so I picked Bed Bath and Beyond and had a mini-shopping spree. (I love the coupons!)

    These are all my presnts. I already listed everything above but I wanted to post links incase anyone wants to know more.

    I’ve been using the heck out of my bluetooth headphones.. My dad got me thoes. They are Altec Lansing Backbeat 903s and they are awesome. I’m suprised by how far away from my Ipod I can get without any dropoff or anything. I tried them with my phone as well and the calls sound really good. A happy accident happened when I reconnected them to my Ipod, my phone was somehow still connected. I was listening to music and I did a test call to my cell, I heard it ring and I could pick it up.. then when the call ended it went right back to playing music. Two different devices connected at one time. That is awesome.

    Anyway, as for the Mr. Aroo presents I got:

    Oster Bread Machine
    Cuisinart Stick Blender
    And I picked up Some “cheese spreaders” because I’ve been looking for some for a long time. Mostly for butter-knife use.. but whatever.

    With all my coupons I got that whole set of things for $100 dollars. So I’m pretty happy.

    He also took me out to dinner at WaZa, which is a Japanese restarant. I had Tuna steak.. but what ever it was he had was way better.. lol. Thankfully we kinda shared. I also had chocolate mousse, which is my most favoritest desert ever.

    So it ended up nice. I guess it was as good as it could have been with how much time he spends at work all the time. We even had to spend an hour while he worked that evening, : /.

  63. JulesNoctambule says:

    @catastrophegirl: So. Adorable.
    That’s what I see when I wake up every morning, only it’s my little Clare doing it!

    Clare had another stress incident last night, but I mentioned to the nieces that we’re thinking about getting another cat and the youngest wanted to get in the car and go right away! We had to explain that there was no way to get a kitty at half-past nine at night.

  64. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): recipes that i can think would definitely fit certain themes:

    a hollow, somewhat deceptive golden bread recipe: cash4gold
    souffle [full of hot air] – ‘taking it seriously’
    mostlyharmless has suggested that EECB be a pizza recipe
    i’m a bit disgusted by laura northrup’s suggestion for ‘executive customer service’ to be chocolate mousse with a side of foie gras though

    got any suggestions?