May. 20th, 2012 04:18 pm
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Arrg! The bleeping touchpad on my new laptop has a movement that automatically redirects me to the last page I browsed. Unfortunatiely, I can't replicate it purposefully and it mostly seems to come up when I am in the midst of typing up a post and navigating the page in order to post it, which makes me lose the text. &@^%!

I am really good with touch pads. I've used one exclusively for about 4 years. There is no reason for this to be happening to me accidentally.

This just pisses me off no end.

Am I getting ThinkGeek pranked?
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I've been reading a lot of nonfiction lately in an effort to feel like an adult and get edumacated.

I've run into a several books now where the designer/whoever does the layout puts part of the text in a call-out box to call attention to it. I find it aggrivating. I understand that someone thinks the sentence is important and all, but since it's not a new idea - it's in the main body of the text  - it just looks like the publisher is bulking up the page count. I promise, I'm a growned up person and can figure out the important bits myself. It's not just parenting books, which are written for idiots*. I've found this in business development books, too.

Oh, and Ms. Big Margins, you haven't written a text book. Save a tree and cut back on the white space.

On the other side of things, I really liked and recommend wholeheartedly, Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata. It looks at the history of dieting and the current science about the biology that thwarts dieting. It's well researched and written.

*You lost me at "Your child is a brightly burning flame..." *eyeroll*
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At the end of January, I ordered some stationery online. It's a company I've bought from before, so I didn't think much more about it. Around Valentine's Day, I realized I hadn't gotten the package and checked the order status. It showed that the package had been delivered to my old address.

Never mind that I got a catalogue from them in early Feb. Never mind that I had to enter my current adress for the credit card validation. They sent it to the old address. So, I emailed their customer service, gave them the correct address, and asked them to resend. I got a slightly offensive* "as a one time courtesy" email from them saying they'd resend. Great.

I still hadn't received the order by late last week. Even by Pony Express it should have been here from Colorado. So, I emailed again asked what was up and asked that they refund my money. Their customer service agent told me that the package had been waiting in their shipping department for address verification. Seriously? WTF? I gave them the correct address with the original order and in the first email to customer service. How many times do I need to send it to them? Since the Shipping department never bothered to contact me, how were they planning on verifying the address?

Bah. I confirmed that I wanted a refund and ordered from a different company.

*If their web programming allows the saved customer information to override the adresss that I just entered (despite putting that info into their mailing list database), it is neither my fault or problem to fix. I can't say I appreciate the implication that I'm trying to defraud them just because I actually want to receive the goods I ordered at the address I specified.
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I am on a quest to rid my life of corn syrup in all of the places that it just doesn't belong. Like spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, or ice cream.  I've gotten to the point that I can taste it in things and it really turns me off.

Anyhoo, I was at my friendly local grocery store and was looking through the cinnamon raison breads and english muffins and the only brand that did not have high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or corn syrup solids (whatever those are) was Oroweat. So, go team Oroweat! Keep fighting the good fight.

Oh, and joycebre, after talking to you yesterday, I had to make some mini apple cakes in my little bundt pans.
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How come every "green" arguement about cutting back on petroleum products comes down to fuel? How about cutting back on the polyester and the (other) plastics? You wanna stop drilling for oil? Mine landfill.

That is all.


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