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  1. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    Cat needs its ear hair trimmed. And its whiskers.

    • pastthemission says:

      It’s a maine coone. That’s their breed’s style. They’re HUGE. They have tufts of fur in their paws also.

      • segfault, registered cat offender says:

        Sounds like a job for some Wahl clippers.

        • pastthemission says:

          The tufts help keep dirt and water out of their paws. Also cutting a cat’s whiskers is extremely cruel.

          • segfault, registered cat offender says:

            I trimmed my neighbor’s cat’s fur and whiskers, and he never complained about it.

            You might be able to keep the cat from being scuzzy with a regular bath, but I’d keep the clippers handy just in case.

      • Angus99 says:

        They’re awesome cats indeed – we have four. And you’re right about big; the largest male is 28 pounds, and it’s all muscle an bone. The best thing about them is their goofy personalities; very friendly (for kittehs, that is).

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I think he looks distiguished.

  2. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    I feel like that kitty is trying to give me a guilt trip about something…

  3. herbie says:

    That looks like a kitteh school photo.

  4. pop top says:

    I just picked up Picross 3D for the DS. It’s a lot of fun and actually quite challenging. I have to have something to do until the new DLC for Mass Effect 2 comes out. I don’t think there are any more games coming out this year that I care about, except maybe Halo Reach (and I only want to play campaign anyway). :(

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      I really liked Picross 3D, but I still prefer the original Picross. It seemed more challenging to me, and the replay value for the offline puzzles was greater, IMO. But definitely worth the money.

      • pop top says:

        I didn’t know that this was a sequel until after I had bought it. Maybe I’ll look into getting the first one after I beat this. Thanks for the suggestion. :D

        • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

          The original puzzles are in physical form too; it’s called “O’ekaki”. I do love having the puzzle books, but watch out, they use a lot of ink :)

  5. hotdogsunrise says:

    For really no specific reason, this has been an extremely stressful week and I’m so excited for the weekend to be here. I think I’m in the wrong state of mind regarding life in general right now and need to get myself out of this funk. Any suggestions for getting out of this state of mind?

    • herbie says:

      Yoga? Meditation? Trite, but they help me…

      • hotdogsunrise says:

        I was actually thinking about doing some yoga. I may have to find a class to take next week to see if that helps.

    • pop top says:

      Find a nice park in your area and just chill out there for a while. Do a few laps around the trails, or bring a book and a blanket and hang out by a pond or river. Bring some bread and feed the local wildlife. If you’re a lady, treat yourself to an at-home spa day. Those are always nice. :D

      • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

        Seconded. We just got back from south Louisiana, for my grandfather’s funeral. We were there all last weekend and most of this week. It was great seeing so much of the family, but that much visiting and traveling with a baby and a 2 year old is exhausting, especially under the circumstances. The husband suggested we go to the park and have a picnic with the girls this weekend, and I’m all for it. Plus, it helps that we finally got some quality “alone time” together yesterday.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Read a really funny website and just laugh til your sides hurt and your eyes water. I was feeling so down earlier in the week and finding something so hilarious it makes your sides hurt just made me feel so much better. It didn’t solve my problems (also of a general life funk thing) but it did make me feel more enthused to tackle them.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      When I feel that way, I always go on a mini-vacation.
      Either a day-trip or a weekend trip.

    • pastthemission says:

      get a maine coone

      • hotdogsunrise says:

        Needless to say, I have two dachshunds, and I believe one of them might find the taste of cat to be quite delicious. She was a stray and gets very excited when she sees cats. I don’t know if that means she wants to eat them or if she wants to be the cat’s friend, but that’s probably something I shouldn’t try to find out.

  6. NarcolepticGirl says:

    So, hell froze over. I watched 6 Harry Potter movies in the last week.

    Some lady was dumping out a bunch of DVDs she was going to sell/trade into the free bin – so we grabbed them all. The first 4 Harry Potter movies were in there.
    I dislike 90% of movies – especially fantasy/sci-fi. The rest of the selection was horrible so I decided to give Harry Potter a try.

    After we watched the 4th one, I went out and bought the 5th and 6th.

    I annoyed the living hell out of my boyfriend with endless questions and I got the typical “It’s just a movie” response. So I had to look up a lot of stuff online and find answers from people that actually read the books.

    Also. I hate reading the books AFTER the movie, so I’m still not sure if I’ll read the books. Maybe the ones after Year 6 – so I can find out what happens before the movie comes out next year.

    no spoilerz!

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      I tend to prefer reading the books after the movie. That way I am not disappointed by the casting choice later. Like I was with Sirius Black. In the books he was described as being very attractive… and Gary Oldman definitely did not fit the part for me!

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      The books are far better than the movies, especially the third. So much information is missing from the plot as a whole in the movies so far that’s going to be very relevant to the final films in the series.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      OK, no spoilers, but the 6th and 7th books may make more sense if you read the previous ones.

      So…they were enjoyable but baffling? I’ve always wondered how people who haven’t read the books follow what’s going on from the 3rd movie and on.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        Yes. It’s amazing how kids can watch and follow these movies. Probably because they have a better imagination than I do. I get stuck on little details or questions of why a character did or didn’t do something – in reailty, I should just watch the movie without questioning anything.

        So, I’m probably not the best example of how someone feels about the movies without reading the books.

        • Rectilinear Propagation says:

          I get stuck on little details or questions of why a character did or didn’t do something – in reailty, I should just watch the movie without questioning anything.

          A movie shouldn’t jar your suspension of disbelief though and there are times that they should have left in the ‘why’ of someone doing something and didn’t.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        I also thought 4 and 6 were the most confusing and the ones I least liked.

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      I think it’s okay to read books after seeing the movie, because it will most likely IMPROVE the experience. When it’s “book first, movie second” things tend to get soured for you.

      And yes, good books. Harry is one angry young man and I really think the last movie would be better served as a pretty violent PG-13 (I would say R, but MPAA is fine with violence, just not sex).

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        If they do the scene in the first chapter in the last book justice then it will make any small children in the theater run out screaming.

    • pop top says:

      How can you not like sci-fi and fantasy? Some of the best movies ever are in those two genres. But I see you’re not being slowly sucked in. :D

      I prefer to read the books after the movie so I’m not always going “Well that didn’t happen”, etc. I will read comics before the movie comes out though, just so I’m familiar with it. I’m currently on book 4 of The Goon series, which I got turned on to after seeing the trailer for it on io9.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        I think I don’t like sci-fi/fantasy because I can’t relate to it and I get irritated and confused.
        “Why didn’t they just…” is the beginning of most of my 6,000 questions when watching any type of movie like that.

        • pop top says:

          I know what you mean, I do that for any movie though, lol. You do have to take bigger leaps of disbelief with those two genres, but it’s worth it a lot of the time.

    • sufreak says:

      If you even remotely liked the movies, read the books. The movies are utter trash compared to the complexity and depth of the books. (Yes, I’m aware these are Harry Potter books. But they were written very well).

      The movies have plot holes so gaping you can drive a train through them.

    • dizzy says:

      If you skip just to reading the last one, without the backstory left out of the movies in 1-5? You’ll be horribly confused, I think. There’s a LOT of building of background characters that play integral parts that had to be cut from the movies.

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        Okay. Maybe I’ll start from the beginning.
        I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with all the names, though.
        I’m horrible with names and when a book has too many characters, I get confused and irritated.
        In fact, even halfway through the 6th movie, I had to ask my boyfriend who someone was talking about because I couldn’t remember who Draco was.

        I mean, look at this list!!!

        • Rectilinear Propagation says:

          OK, that list includes any name that ever appears any Harry Potter book at all. Just know that:

          1) Some people are only just mentioned. We never see them or hear them say anything so it’s not a big deal if you don’t remember their names.

          2) This list includes people in the supplementary books like Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They aren’t in the main story at all.

          You won’t need to keep track of even a tenth of the names listed.

        • ArcanaJ says:

          You’ll be fine! And the books have so much more in them that the movies never hint at.

        • dizzy says:

          Rectilinear Propagation is right, you won’t need to know hardly any of those names on that list. And I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but I tend to remember what I read more than what I watch. When I’m watching a movie I can get sidetracked and my mind will wander, but a book takes more focus I guess? So I have this feeling like the people you do need to remember in the books, you won’t be confusing that much. And if you do, google, haha.

          I hope you enjoy them! I’ve only read the books once, and only seen most of the movies once, but I still consider myself a fairly big fan.

    • pastthemission says:

      rocks fall everyone dies

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:


        I had that animated icon as my avatar for a while back on the Consumerist Forums.

  7. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    So excited for dinner tonight. My dad gave some (home-grown) beef steaks to me when I was home the other day. They are always 100 times better than anything I buy in the store.
    Steaks on the grill on a nice summer night; there’s nothing better!

  8. Magspie says:

    I have tickets to see Arcade Fire tonight, but I’m too sick to go :(

  9. theblackdog says:

    Wooo, I can’t wait for the weekend to begin so I can start my vacation. I’m going to be going to Pennsic, which means a full week of camping.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Oh, wow, that’s such a *huge* event! Have fun! Will you be fighting? Or competing in A&S? (and if that’s a dumb question, forgive me, I’m not a SCAdian, just have lots of friends who are)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      only a week? my friends who go always seem to stay longer. i always wish i could but i had to give up the SCA when i stopped being able to be outside in warm/hot weather.
      have fun storming the castle!

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Do you think it’ll work?

      • theblackdog says:

        It actually lasts two weeks, so you either stay the full two weeks, or you show up after the first week. It’s my first Pennsic so I am going for just one week.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          well if you run into a wench named little1 selling leather wares, you’ll have met one of my friends. she’s been going for years.
          try not to overheat

  10. Rocket says:

    I got paid today :-D

  11. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Does anyone have experience with printing? I do graphic design as a hobby, and I made a pretty big design for some friends and I wanted to give it to them as a gift…but I’ve never had anything like that printed before and I have no idea what I need to do or where to go. I’d prefer it to be on canvas so I can mount it for them but I also don’t know how much that costs. If it’s a lot more money to print on canvas than on paper, I’d rather just stick to paper.

    • KJR52 says:

      I use a lot for different things. Very speedy, and great quality. Never been disappointed with them after several years of using their services.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Thanks! I was looking at some local shops, and I’d love to support them but their pricing was about $40 more than mpix. I’d still rather use a local shop, but if no one is competitive I’ll have to look at larger outfits.

  12. JulesNoctambule says:

    This company where I buy makeup is closing, and part of me wants to buy a ton more makeup so I’ll always have it and another part of me loathes the drama that the owner creates and encourages while maintaining a victim status to her fanclub. I’m conflicted.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I admit that I’m still using the eyeliner I bought a year ago. I’ll use it until the pencil is a nub, okay? That being said, it depends on the makeup you buy. I buy more foundation when it’s on sale because then I have a stash and I didn’t pay full price for them, but anything like powders and mascaras don’t last nearly as long. It’s fine to buy bulk and stash it but if it’ll go bad or be unsafe to use after a while, you shouldn’t do it.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      how long does it last before it goes funny? i tend to have a lot of makeup that sits around in a box during the year because it’s only for hallowe’en and i always have to throw out something that’s gone rancid by the next year. powders are usually ok but anything oil based can turn on you if you store it too long for the future

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        It’s not a storage issue for me — it’s whether or not I want to essentially reward the business owner for being a little unhinged and creating drama where there was none.

        As far as makeup storage goes, I have no idea. I know there are charts and lists and stuff published in every woman’s magazine everywhere, but my rule is ‘Does it smell off or look funny?’. If the answer is yes, I chuck it.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          the freezer helps but just how much cream blusher can you keep in the freezer before you run out of room for food?
          my opinion would be don’t support the drama, but then i don’t wear non special effects makeup anyway so i don’t know how you’d feel about not having your favorites

  13. Ladybird says:

    So I haven’t commented in a while (damn work!), but I need to show Chase a bit of Consumerist love.
    Sometime yesterday, my debit card was used at a Tesco to buy over $400 worth of groceries. Chase declined the purchase, shut down my card and called me at 8am this morning. After verifying all of my information and that I did indeed have my REAL debit card, the phone rep was incredibly nice and even picked up a smaller charge (less than $3) that looked like fraud, but didn’t trigger an alert due to the small amount. She told me that I could dispute that charge if it went through, since there is a fraud alert on my card.

    While a lot of banks blow, I have been really, really lucky with Chase (so far). And though I’m pissed about not having my card, I’m really glad I have my $$$.

    Also: KITTY!!!!

    • pastthemission says:

      You can also set up e-mail alerts with chase to let you know if there’s a debit over a certain amount on your card. That way if they don’t pick it up at first you might be able to with the alert.

      • Ladybird says:

        I have a few alerts set up already, but after this incident I really should have one for over a certain amount. Thanks for the tip!

  14. dragonfire81 says:

    I was diagnosed with ADD as a child (I never had the hyperactivity component). I have recently begun doing some research and it appears the condition is affecting my adult life more than I previously believed and I am contemplating seeking treatment but I doubt my meager insurance would cover much of it. Anyone else have experience with this condition?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Not ADD, but exploring the highly likely possibility of dyscalculia (learning disability involving math). You might try asking your doctor first off, and seeing if he has any ideas. If not, check with your area mental health office. They might also know of something that can help if insurance doesn’t cover it.

      My therapist referred me to several sources for my thing A visit to him is covered; the testing is not, I don’t think. The doctor may know of something or someone you could ask.

      Good luck!

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Is there a similar thing regarding languages? I have ADHD, and after a certain age, learning grammar rules became hard, and learning a foreign language near impossible.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I don’t know, SteveDave. I only stumbled across this one because someone mentioned it on TV and I looked it up on the intertubes.

          I know that it is harder to learn a foreign language for adults vs. kids, but what role ADHD would have in that I can’t say. An expert on it would probably know if it’s at all related.

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        There is a learning disability specific to math incomprehension? That is pretty fascinating.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Yes, and I never had anyone really diagnose it, so it has been an exercise in frustration. I found several websites with comprehensive lists of symptoms and nearly fell off my couch. Like “Omg, that’s me!”

  15. dizzy says:

    I just moved into a new place after a year and a half of glorified couch-crashing while I was unemployed, and I’m the most miserable I can ever remember being. I thought being on my own would feel good but now the stress of having to pay for my own place and worrying that I’ll fail just like the last time I tried this (job fell through, had to break lease, couldn’t finish paying the woman I was renting a room from) makes me curl up and cry every time I walk through the door.

    • pop top says:

      Everyone goes through that when they have their own place. Just channel those feelings into something more positive, like creating a budget that will allow you to save as much money as possible in the event of another emergency. Work on selling off stuff you don’t need, or hell, even get a second job.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      squinko has good advice and you will feel better if you are actively doing something to prevent those bad things from happening again.

      Yay, your own place! You can decorate and even furnish very cheaply with things from the flea market. :)

  16. Blueberry Scone says:

    I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed being able to comment on this site! I have been reading Consumerist for about two years, and I just never got around to becoming a commenter. I’m glad I’m here!

  17. Cantras says:

    I sent in a resume recently for a job that I really, really want. I had to breathe through my fingers several times to get myself to calm down enough to write a resume. Job in my field, at a great company, all that jazz.

    I got a fortune cookie that says “You will be asked to adjust to a new environment.” I’m really, really hoping.

    And all this awesomeness of this potential job makes it really hard to stomach my current job, which may be part of why I bit the bullet and called the health department on us. They should be coming by today, wish me luck and/or interesting stories.

  18. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Yay it’s Friday! FINALLY! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    The heat wave broke here for a bit, but I’m afraid it’s going to come back. My little window units could barely handle it and my house was so hot it was hard to sleep. Stupid coworker came back from vacation with a horrible cold and I’ve been trying like hell not to catch it. I really don’t want to ruin my mini-vacation next weekend!

    I’m looking forward to seeing Savannah (GA) and spending time with mah honey. I don’t know what he has planned, but I would like to go to the beach at least once. I haven’t gone in years. We don’t have a lot of time, though, so a ghost tour is out. If anyone knows of anything I absolutely can’t leave Savannah without seeing, please feel free to suggest. Thanks! :)

  19. katia802 says:

    Honestly, i’m glad it’s friday because I get back to school on Monday. I was off all this week and have been bored out of my skull! Why is it the idea of being off for a few days is always more interesting when it’s still an idea, not a reality?

    • dizzy says:

      I definitely agree with this. My boss was off at a conference all week long and didn’t leave me anything to do (I’m a personal assistant)… I looked forward to it for weeks but then spent every day of the pseudo vacation bored out of my mind.

  20. MaytagRepairman says:

    A couple of shows on Netflix Watch Now changed my perspective on life a bit. One is a story of none. The other is a story of plenty.

    The first is Ken Burns “The War”. A series following the lives of characters in WWII. One of the characters was a lady who was a little girl in a prison camp in the Phillipines. After the war was over her family couldn’t relate to other people back in the United States. They would listen to a group of people complaining about how the war was so tough having to live with rationing and what not while her family had spent the war living off of spoiled food and bugs. I realized my life’s problems are nothing compared to what she went through.

    The other show was just the opposite extreme. I believe it was called “Born Rich”. A series of interviews with people who inherited so much money they never had to have a job. You think money would solve all of your problems but some of these people looked like they had a form of mental illness because they had everything yet nothing in their life produced meaning any more.