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  1. That guy. says:

    Hi everyone!

    Anyway, I was gone, couldn’t log in, now I’m back.

    That’s about it.

  2. Alfred E. Newman says:

    consumerist needs more cute animal photos. :) SOO CUTE!

  3. El_Fez says:

    Many things to speak of today!

    1) Hurray! My self imposed “Dont buy nothing for the month” is over today! Man, I’m telling you – that was hella tough, but strangely liberating. But now back to spending money like a drunken sailor on leave! :)

    2) Weird Al is awesome. I caught him in concert yesterday and it was far and away the best of the three shows I’ve seen this year.

    3) You guys dig on old video games? Did you ever play Wings by Cinemaware on the Amiga? They’re doing an updated directors cut on modern computers funding it over on Kickstarter:

    Yeah it’s a bit of shameless pimping, but I loved the old game and would kill to see this project get funded.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I think my favorite old game is “King’s Quest”, from the 80’s. And Tengen Tetris on the original Nintendo, along with Zelda. Happy times.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      They want 350k? That’s extremely ambitious.

      • El_Fez says:

        Yeah, I’m not holding out much hope that it’ll get funded – but it would be awesome if it did.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I hope I’m not threadjacking, but Oatmeal started a campaign to raise funds to buy the land and building where Telsa’s old lab sits, and it’s a pretty worthy cause considering the original building, while still there, has been in disrepair for decades but could probably be salvagable. And Tesla is one of the most important scientific figures of the modern technological age. Elon Musk already said he would donate.

      You can find the campaign at

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’ve seen Weird Al in concert. He’s a lot of fun.

  4. Thyme for an edit button says:

    I got married last weekend. T’was a fantastic wedding. Still don’t have a job in California though so going back to the east coast tomorrow night. I am sad we are still going to be so far apart, but I will keep applying. Hopefully we can live together in the next few months!

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Today I am 30. God have mercy on my soul.

    Pretty crappy way to turn 30, though. Huge car repair. Water heater dies and must replace. Annual exam blood work comes back: prediabetic.

    Old, fat, balding. Is this really my life?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Happy Birthday (or, if you prefer, I hope you can skip this day quickly and move onto tomorrow).

    • Banished to the Corner says:

      Happy Birthday !!! :-) Today is my 20th anniversity with the same company.

      Now Loias, if you have problems with 30, you will really hate 40, 45 etc. My sisters had a hard time with the big date bdays, 29, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 65. I’ve never had a problem (they get mad at me when I tell my real age -45). I loved my 30s, and so far the 40s are good too. Yes, you always have sh*t to deal with, but for the most part, 30s & 40s are better than 20s.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I didn’t have problems with 30 (was in fact going to celebrate it happily) until the last two week hit me hard.

        And even while trying to improve my diet drastically over the last week, my stomach has been topsy turvy the whole time. Eating healthy makes me literally sick to my stomach! What gives?!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Aww, happy birthday. At least you can still bask in the glow of being a newlywed.

    • Tegan says:

      Happy birthday! Enjoy the weekend and hopefully things will be less sucky next week :)

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Happy birthday. Don’t be too upset at 30, after all, after 21 life is all downhill (coming from a 53yo).

      Sorry to hear about the pre-diabetes. 2 years ago I got the same news and it scared the bleep out of me. It runs hard in my mother’s family, my grandmother lost both her legs due to it in the 70’s. I was close to my highest weight and the doctor said to lose some.

      Knowing what diabetes can do and being scared, I lost 30 lbs in 4 months (put back on about 5 or so but keeping steady). When I went back to the doctor for a followup, he looked at me, looked at the blood sugar and shook his head. He told me that out of 100 people MAYBE one will lose weight and get more active to get back under a blood sugar of 100. And I was that one.

      So knuckle down and do what you need to get back under pre-diabetic.

      As to the balding, am there, doing that since my late 20’s. Don’t have a bald spot yet, but it is pretty thin. Still trying to figure out the beach and pool. No matter what I do, the little bit of hair left prevents the sunscreen from getting onto my scalp and I always get burned on the top. It is kinda hard to wear a hat while in the ocean or in a pool.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I will be that one.

        I am determined. I’ve been trying to eat “better” and exercising occasionally over the last 2 years since my last blood work, but I really didn’t go anywhere (I was borderline but now in the definitive pre-diabetes area).

        My uncle lost both legs then died in his 50s after battling Type 1 his whole life. So it scares the living shit out of me.

        I will be that one.

        Regaridng my balding, it’s just sucky. I look fantastic from the front, so I always forget about it. Then I get a haircut and look in the double mirror and cringe.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Despite what men think, women don’t really care that much about whether their men are balding or not. We care about things like him being healthy (!) so he doesn’t die on us, how he treats us, what kind of a person he is, etc.

          • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

            But I Care, damn it.

            • Jane_Gage says:

              At least she can’t leave you because you’re married. How would you look with a shaved head? That’s always hot and screams badass!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Happy birthday. You just got married, didn’t you? Well, you’re way ahead of me. Try to enjoy your day.

    • mauispiderweb says:

      Happy birthday, Loias :) 30 was such a good age … enjoy it!

  6. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    Huzzahhh!! One week and a day (Saturday morning) to opening cannon. Socked away some money for the kids garb. And I get to debut my first kilt. It is even in my step mother’s tartan, McGregor. My oldest is TERRIFIED that I am going to go “regimental” or wear it the official way (kilt and nothing else). No I won’t, but she is still scared.

  7. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Wanted to say sorry for disappearing for a while. Things were and still are crazy in life, and there was a lot of gnashing of teeth and lost gadgets (we moved), and also a lot of calls to customer service. Next, I’ll start sorting out other stuff like what the heck happened to my Google+ account.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      We were wondering where you went! I can still see your G+ profile. A bunch of us added you to circles while you were on hiatus.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I’m glad to see you again! I remember you having said you were moving and all of that but I did start to wonder what was taking so long. lol.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Glad to see you back!

  8. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    I’m a little bit ashamed to admit, but I have fallen down a rabbit hole that leads to eBay auctions. : /

    I hate eBay and PayPal, but somehow I got sucked into justifying doing business with them. I have no one to blame but myself.

    I speak of Vintage Tupperware. And more specifically, a rare childhood memory I have from before my parents were divorced. About a week or two ago I became obsessed with acquiring the measuring spoons I remember from back then, and then this lead to being obsessed with getting the matching measuring cups to complete the set.

    After a couple of completely heart-breaking attempts at winning a couple of auctions, I was able to make a deal on a set of spoons that were listed as “Buy it Now, Or Best Offer” and my offer was accepted. The spoons arrived yesterday, and they are everything I thought they would be. I can’t even tell you how happy I am about them.

    But I still have the drive to get the cups that match them.

    What I really need to do is stop thinking about other things that I remember from long ago and try to find them on eBay as well. I already found some iced-tea glasses I would love to have, but really don’t need, and don’t need to pay a premium for just because they are old. lol.

    Tupperware, however… Oh… I just can’t resist that particular siren song : /

    • slyabney says:

      This is going to be weird cause you don’t really know me, and I don’t post on here often BUT I am going to an antique fair on Sunday and there’s a booth with just tupperware.

      If you’d like, I’d be happy to see if they have what you’re looking for and we can work out the shipping payment. I can give you my e-mail to discuss, and my eBay profile if you’d like so you can see I’m not sketch. No money up front. :)

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Those spoons aren’t orange, by chance, are they? My mom has an orange measuring spoons and cups set. I believe she’s still using them, even though they’ve been around since… well, since orange was a valid color to un-ironically make measuring spoons and cups in. And/or since I was a toddler.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Actually, the ones from my memories are the orange ones. I don’t like orange though, so I didn’t want to spend that much money on a color I didn’t like.

        You know how much I love blue, so when I found out that they have ones that have blue speckles on them I couldn’t pass them up. (They didn’t make them in *just* blue, or believe me, I would have been all over them.)

        From what I understand, orange seems to be the most popular color for these things. Silly 70s.

    • IGetsAnOpinion says:

      Do you need orange or yellow colored cups/spoons? I think I have some that have been passed down from my grandmom to me that are just sitting in a box somewhere.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        My mom had mentioned wanting a set of the orange ones, but if I were you, I’d try selling them on eBay, because you can actually get pretty decent money for them. Depending on the condition and complete-ness you could get up to 30 dollars for it.

        If you really want to give them away I could email you an address to send them to, and thanks for the offer : )

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

    I had a really fun time at the Chicago Comic Con last weekend!

    I also had a really fun time hanging out with Jenny Cupcakes on Saturday night and going to the Ren Faire on Sunday. My BF got picked to go up on stage for one of the shows again; he got picked when we were there 2 years ago.

  10. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    That cat looks a lot like my Gabby, who sleeps next to my pillow on her own special pillow. I’ve seen a sight like that up close on many mornings.

    I made soap! Real soap from shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, distilled water, and lye. I am so excited! I’m going to make another recipe/batch this weekend. And although I’m not so graceful (I’m a klutz), I managed not to harm myself when mixing the lye and water, or when I combined everything together! The soap is curing for a month to dry out so it lasts longer, but I shaved off a little piece, and it’s sudsy and makes my hands soft. Yay!!

    Dad wants to sell two of his old tractors, so we got them out, cleaned them up, and took pictures this week. Secretly, I think Dad just wanted to drive them around in the yard. I’m going to try to make up some flyers for him so he can take them along to the tractor show next month. They’re a 1939 Farmall F14 (with electric start, no cranking), and a 1949 Case.

    Work is much more tolerable now that I don’t feel like the food police are watching my every move. Not one word Miss Skinny Pants about my food choices. What a relief. I’m still wondering if she read this blog and realized she was being a pain in my rear. Plus, I’m getting a new computer at work today, finally, so hopefully when I go back in on Monday it works OK.

    My Mom slipped two Women’s World magazines in with my coupons. The main stories are “Lose 9 Lbs in 2 Days” and “Lose 13 Lbs a Week with the Miracle Fiber Diet that Works Like Gastric Bypass!” At least I know Mom means well. The good news is, and I haven’t said anything to my friends, coworkers, relatives, etc., I have lost 16 pounds since the last week of June. That was as of last Saturday, so it might be a little bit more as of tomorrow AM. I have a long way to go until I’m within a normal weight, but at least I’m making slow steady progress back down the sales :)

    That’s all for now. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Fast and dramatic progress down the scales is overrated. If any of those magazine cover stories really worked, there would be a lot fewer fat people running around.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I know, right? I think losing 13 lbs in a week would mean your body was really struggling or losing the fight with something. I’m happy with 1 or 2 lbs here and there. The weight didn’t come on in 6 months, and it’s not going to leave in that time frame, either!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Wow, I’m glad your soap making went well! Also that you didn’t harm yourself or get arrested for cooking “other things”. lol.

      I could see getting into doing something like that… but the last thing I need to do right now is take up a new hobby that requires buying things. I would like to try it at a friend or relatives house first to see what it’s like.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      There was a post a while back on Ask a Manager that was similar to your dilemma with Miss Skinny Pants. It was a bodybuilder who had written in to complain that a dietician was harassing him about his food choices, which were carefully calibrated to his nutritional needs as a serious athlete. AAM updated it recently with the news that the zealous dietician got banned from the premises (she was a subcontractor of some kind) for her harassment!! Perhaps Skinny or someone else read that, heh heh.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        :) I like that! I guess what really irritates me is that overall, I am healthy. I don’t smoke, drink, take drugs, or do dangerous things. My biggest vices are diet Mountain Dew and maybe too much coffee sometimes. But if someone looked at me, and one of my coworkers that exists on cigarettes and Monster drinks, they’d think she was much healthier because she’s so bone thin.

        And – I would NEVER dream of telling my friends or coworkers they should eat this, or not eat that. I might say, hey have you tried “x”, I thought it was pretty good, and it’s fortified with whatever, but I wouldn’t tell them they should eat or drink anything. Geez!

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I might say something if someone were complaining about health issues, etc., and I had some information that might be helpful. But there’s no way I would go around forcing my opinion on them in the way that the AAM OP said, or that Skinny did to you. That’s just rude and annoying.

  11. chucklebuck says:

    Anyone know how I can delete my Consumerist commenter account? I’ve mailed support, but no answer.

    • Banished to the Corner says:

      I had asked the same thing when first forced password change came about. I scolded them for not allowing us to delete our accounts – not consumer/customer friendly.

      They replied that it would cause problems in historical records because there would be replys to something that didn’t exist.

      I suggesthed that they simply change it from e.g.: “chucklebuck” to “deleted account 1”, 2,3 etc
      no reply.

      • chucklebuck says:

        I’m pretty sure I’ve seen unflattering stories here about other sites/companies that make it hard/impossible to delete accounts.

        Well, so it goes, I guess.

    • Jane_Gage says:

      Get banned and have fun doing it?

  12. Dustbunny says:

    I got an email to reset my password for the 4th or 5th time. And now my Consumerist account has reverted back to a user name I haven’t used for over a year. Sigh.

    -The Poster Formerly Known as CrankyOwl-

  13. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Wow, things just keep getting crazier.

    1. Vocational Rehabilitation showed enthusiasm over a certificate program I showed them that would give me better online skills, which I could then take to various jobs, but I have not heard a peep from them since. The program starts TODAY. If they hadn’t dropped the ball, I would be in. Well, it does start again in October but that’s a long wait when I need a job NOW.

    2. I found out the former bf is still going on the trip (nonrefundable ticket), but not planning to attend any of the events we were going to. I broke six weeks of silence to message him to at least consider coming to the main event, which I would hate him to miss because of me. I don’t know if he will or not. I was hoping it would give us a chance to talk a bit. I don’t know which is worse; him being in the city but me not seeing him at all, or him showing up and completely ignoring me (not likely, but sitting far away on purpose, etc.). I have decided I must be the best I can be, in the event that he returns, so there will be something to return to besides just a hot mess.

    3. Generally, a lot of stuff happening that would have benefited us were we still together, but now is meaningless, or too little too late. Why? Hell if I know, unless it’s just some Q-type entity’s idea of torture. Also, another friend is moving back to near where he is, and I feel like the entire universe gets to be with him except me. Very hard to shake how bad this feels. Making the resolution in #2 VERY difficult because all I want to do is roll up into a ball and die.

  14. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    First off, happy Friday, everybody! This will likely be the last time I ever post to you all on this ASUS Transformer tablet that I’ve been ranting and raving about since I got it over a year ago. I’ve read about all the hate some of you Consumerist regulars have toward ASUS, so in response, I went out and bought a new…

    …ASUS Transformer Infinity! I’m just killing time while it does its “let’s be nice to Google thing” and setting itself up. That new 1920×1200 screen is the bomb, I’ll say. But the real story is the clueless clerks at the TigerDirect I spend a lot of money in. I walk in there and notice this new piece of awesomeness in one of their display cabinets. The clerk comes up and asks if he can help me. I point to said awesome slab and say “Ah, I see you’ve got the Infinity.” He looks dumbfounded. He obviously knows about the thing, but didn’t know his own store had them in stock! Now he’s drooling over it, as is three other clerks playing with the display model (as did I). My only gripe: my original Transformer’s keyboard dock won’t work with the shiny new toy. So there went another $150 to buy the keyboard dock for this one. But I’ll be drooling immensely over the new one. Once it stops playing nice with Google.

  15. The Beer Baron says:

    By Lucifer’s beard! I missed the open post this week because of the Lake Geneva Convention. GenCon, I believe the young people are calling it these days. Do you know they have a game that will allow you to “play a role” of a knight of yore? I can re-enact Gawain and the Green Knight, just teh way I have always wanted to do! Will the wonders of this new century never cease?

  16. wombats lives in [redacted] says:

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