Happy Easter Everyone! Like Good Housekeeping says, “You are your home’s most frequent guest” and I can definitely say I intend to do some housekeeping with this blog in the next year or so, it sure needs it! Tonight marks the 6 year anniversary of the start of iapetus, and I’m finally starting to wrap up my recent move in the tangible world, which is has been plenty exhausting, but I’m actually feeling pretty good, what can I say, it’s spring.
I love living in New Mexico (most days), & the mixed cultural heritage of Santa Fe, we all have our own personal histories that blend with the national & global histories going on around us, & I have a deep respect for that. 5 cool tatts to share on this day:
I was never that keen on GoDaddy, & I can know say I’ve heard plenty of poor reviews, so I feel alright about never giving them my full attention, however I have heard good things about HostMonster & they definitely advertise a nice price..
2011 has been a quite a year..
hopefully 2012 will be as full of adventure, while also filled with more blog posts!
iapetus remains on the backburner for the time being, hopefully unlike all the delicious food out there this time of year
Tracfones, I’ve had experience with a couple little Nokia tracfones for the past almost 5 years now, & gotta say the coverage is great, even though the price for roaming units is not. However, that’s kind of something you’re willing to put up with for a pay-as-you-go no contract deal.
That being said, one hitch with these is the service expiration date. If you don’t buy a new phone card every so often, your phone deactivates, and you’re no longer on the grid, so to speak. For the most part this has never been a problem for me, I might use my little tracfone as often as every month or as rarely as a couple times a year, since it’s not my primary cell phone, and this ebb and flow use provided me with an expiration date always being pushed far enough into the future for me not to worry about it.
Then a second little tracfone was passed on to me, and after a summer of minor use, all hell broke loose. The previous owner had stocked up on units all at once, instead of buying it in smaller amounts over time, meaning the service expiration date once set stayed there (no new phone cards were bought to extend service), and when that window of opportunity to prolong the life of the phone (and the thousand+ units loaded on it) closed, it sure snapped shut hard. Not using it every day, or even every week, the expiration date passed me by, I quickly realized this within a few days though. I purchased a $30 phone card to try to reactivate the phone myself, the recordings on the customer service help line made this sound entirely possible, and to me it seemed like the easiest solution. However it didn’t work, and when I tried again my P.I.N. from that card was no longer valid. I decided I would try again, this time buying yet another $30 phone card, but making sure to talk to a real human being on the phone first, who would hopefully know what to do to make it work this time. Well, the first time I called I was put on hold for so long my cellphone battery died just minutes after getting to talk to someone (it had been 3/4 charged when I began the call). On my second attempt talking to someone, I used my P.I.N., but it was not working due to some “error” in the system. The young man informed me it was probably because my phone had been deactivated for “so long” (a matter of days). I was transferred several times from desk to desk, it seemed nobody had the administrative authority to solve this problem. My cellphone battery died again. I got the distinct impression that Tracfone does not spend much on it’s customer service, nor does it have much prepared for those poor souls who happen to let their tracfones expire.
So consider yourself warned. Tracfones are useful, but it’s completely up to you to look after your investment.
I did call again, & complained about the $60 futile endeavor to save my little nokia, & how powerless the company seemed to be with solving its own service issues. At first I was told to use my receipts to go back to where I bought the phone cards & get my refund. I tried to inform the lady kindly that on the receipts it clearly states the store is not responsible for refunding tracfone units – that’s up to the company. I was given a case number, and told to call back again within a couple days, but after wasting countless precious hours of the past several days on this, I completely lost faith that it would be worth my time to call again, get the run around from department again, only to be told they’re still working on it or something. They have my name, number, and address. If Tracfone cared, they could contact me, but it’s been months now, and they have not. Should my other little Nokia accidently expire sometime, I will not seek to continue to be a tracfone customer. They still make handy alarm clocks though, if you keep the battery charged.
a really cool band I’ve been listening to lately, based in the UK, I first noticed them when I saw the singer, Elly Jackson, on the front page of The Guardian a couple summers ago in association with an article about a music festival going on at the time, & as it turns out the other main member, Ben Langmaid, is musically linked to Rollo Armstrong of Faithless, who I also love, I finally got around to buying their self-titled album, La Roux, this spring, & since then I’ve been happy to learn they won a Grammy earlier at this year’s awards ceremony for Best Electronic/Dance Album
you can check them out here: LaRoux.co.uk
www.smashingapps.com this is a really cool blog that regularly posts articles featuring neat online tools & programs you can use on your computer, phone or web & digital work, to spiff things up, or organize your life better, & the apps are free
2 Of My Favorite Showmen Briefly Shared A Stage Last Night
the joke being that they shared a bathroom key now
but it also helped draw attention to donating to the red cross which is busy helping those who have recently had to deal with sever flooding in the USA
it’ll be a sad day for me when either of these two go off the air, Colbert being a favorite source of current events with a witty take, & Letterman for the candid class he just seems to have when giving interviews, sure Leno might be more hip to the web generation I’m a part of, but I just haven’t seen that same air of showmanship in him…
I’m seriously trying to eat healthier this year, after a long series of occasional half-assed attempts & fleeting fascinations with nutrition info in the past. I recently discovered the Dr. Oz show too, which is now one of my favorite parts of day time TV.
We’ll see how this goes… heh, no but for real, so far.. not so bad. So who knows, this might actually be real progress, or so I hope. But yeah, either way it’s worth putting in the effort, cuz’ I’ve been spending a little too much money on vending machines & eating out in recent times, & there are a couple pieces of clothing I’m not ready to let go of simply cuz’ they don’t fit so nice anymore.
Now, being the neurotic numbers nerd that I am, I’ve found this BMI Calculator at the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute’s website handy, & possibly a little more trustworthy than others. However, we still know what they say, for a more acurate depiction consult a physician, did I mention I need to save money though?
Anyway, I’ve seen friends try the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, or just simply go vegan, & I’ve observed mild success as well as unenviable failure. As for me, I’ve pretty much concluded that there are only two food rules that work for me, especially if this is going to be a lifestyle change, & those are: that it’s not what I eat, it’s how much I eat (cuz’ there are certain guilty pleasures I doubt I’ll ever have the discipline to quit) & that variety’s the spice of life, I love the adventure of trying some new foods, & that’s probably my best chance at rounding out the load of vitamins & minerals we’re all supposed to be getting as well, right? & Please, if there’s something delicious you know of that you’re not sure I’ve tried, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.