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Your Money or Your Life, 2nd Edition(non Fiction)

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/3/26 20:40:53 (2331 reads)



Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin

If you have problems with the vicious cycle of working your butt off to pay bills, then spending money to make yourself feel better, then this book is a must read.

This book helps you to understand the psychology of what you're doing and how to break the cycle.

Rating ***** (5 out of 5)

Keyword: No BS

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Botanica's ORGANIC GARDENING The Healthy Way to Live and Grow (non-fiction)

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/3/26 20:32:56 (1759 reads)



ISBN: 1-57145-818-2
$24.95 - Laurel Glen

I found this book on the bargain rack at Borders for $5.99. I'm very impressed with this text.

The first part of the book is general tips about what it means to garden organically, with tips about how to manage the soil, deal with pests, and how to plant and harvest.

Most of the book though, is a very impressive reference for the various types of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that you would want to grow in your garden. It's just chock-full of color pictures of each type of plant, and gives specific tips about the growing of each plant as well as how to use the finished product and control pests and diseases common to this plant.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Keyword: No BS

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Febreze (Fabric freshener spray)

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/3/26 20:20:00 (2766 reads)

How on earth did people get by back in the days before Febreze? Gosh, that would have been way back in the 90's. Oh yeah... we actually used to WASH things to get rid of stench.

Febreze is one of these yuppie products that sort of plays into our general lazyness. The purpose of the product is that you spray it onto any fabric that stinks, and it sort of masks the stink with a perfume.

To it's credit, it does smell good, and it is easier to use Febreze than to get out your upholstry steam cleaner. We have two dogs that love to sit on the couch and roll around on top of our bedspread, as well as two kids who like to aim vomit at beds, chairs, and couches whenever they are sick.

I like to spray Febreze on my bed after I make it each day. (Stop laughing - sometimes I make the bed...)

The worst thing about Febreze is that it costs a fortune. For less than half the cost, you can by a generic equivalent at Wal Mart.

The even better alternative to Febreze would be if the manufacturers of laundry machines would actually manufacture something large enough to wash a comforter so that people wouldn't be forced to use products like this.

Utility Rating: **** (out of 5)
Value Rating: ** (out of 5)

Keyword: No BS

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Welcome to the my No-BS product review section

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/3/26 20:05:42 (1946 reads)

It seems like there's way too much marketing hype out in the marketplace, extolling the "virtues" of every piece-of-crap dinky product that they want us to buy.

I buy a lot of things, and quite often end up disappointed. It's not because I shop indiscriminately, but mostly because a lot of products are designed more for the purpose of selling than using.

For instance, take your average new house: I have a house that was built by Fox and Jacobs. The longer I own this house, the more I realize that they cut every corner possible in order to keep the purchase price low. In the long run, it's made the maintenance and energy costs higher. They used the cheapest air conditioning unit and the cheapest ductwork they could find. As a result I've had to replace both, at substantial cost and only after spending a fortune on electric bills. When I recently went to replace a carpeted floor with laminated wood, I discovered that the idiots hadn't even swept or cleaned up the floor from the initial construction before laying the carpet! There was drywall mud splatters everywhere!

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Marketers care more about your initial impression of the product than your long term satisfaction.

Sure, there are consumer magazines and services, such as Consumer Reports (which I highly recommend), but even these services only evaluate the product over a short period. They don't have to LIVE with the product.

Every day, I pour (and spill) coffee from my KitchenAid coffeemaker that has a stupidly designed carafe with a flat plastic spout that is impossible to pour from without spilling. The designers were so concerned about the look of the product, that they failed to consider that simpler is better. A simple glass "beak" spout like the old coffeepots had would have been easier to manufacture, and better. Yet, it's not just KitchenAid. Look at coffee pots next time you're at the store: They all look fabulous, but nearly every one from all brands neglects to make the carafe pourable.

So, welcome to my No-BS product reviews, where I promise to tell it like it is, about the products that I've purchased and live with.

Feel free to post your own reviews, but only subject to these criteria:
1. You must not be affiliated with the company that makes the product or service.
2. No marketing-speak or other vapid BS talk.
3. You must actually OWN or USE the product, and have had sufficient experience with it to be able to give the straight scoop.

Keyword: No BS

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My 6 year old son is driving me crazy

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/3/26 5:23:16 (1936 reads)

I think my son must have A.D.D. It makes me crazy that he can't sit still and leave stuff alone. Mostly because this means that I'm not allowed to sit still for any period of time, because I'm always having to go intervene in whatever it is that he's messing up.

He can't seem to keep from TOUCHING things. I don't think his brain has any control over his hands. No matter where we go, or how many warnings and/or butt beatings I give him, he's always got to be messing with things. At dinner he won't sit still in his chair because he's normally standing up somewhere in the vicinity of his chair. The use of napkins and the attempt to eat with minimal mess is a skill that eludes him.

Please, LORD, give me the strength to deal with this child.

Keyword: Parenting

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