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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
My first thought was, who does this kid think he is? I mean, doesn’t he realize that this is a competition? The audience is entitled to its opinion of whether Astro is worthy of winning the competition. Just because he feels that he is the best, doesn’t mean that everyone else feels that he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Astro ought to be grateful that he has the opportunity to perform live before millions of people and world renowned judges. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not available to all.
Then, I had to remind myself that he is only fifteen years-old. As much as his attitude sucked, if I were fifteen again, and in his position, I might react in the same manner. I think that he was stressed out, frustrated, and might have felt a little unappreciated. Astro is very good and I am rooting for him, because he is original, creative, and he exudes a surprising degree of confidence for his age. Well, at least he apologized for the outburst. I just hope that he is sincere, and realizes that Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid are only trying to help him. I would imagine that these people don’t have time to deal with someone who is not very cooperative or humble. In the music business, it’s on to the next one, without much after thought.
I was sort of glad that Stacy Francis was eliminated, because I was tired of the crying and runny mascara. Stacy Francis can definitely sing, but her performances over the last few weeks were totally whack. Plus, she misled the audience into thinking that she was green, with no experience in the music business. A bit disingenuous of you asked me. So, I think that the judges made the right decision in sending Stacy Francis home. Anyways, I wish Astro the best.
Also, fellow contestant, Melanie Amaro surprised me. On the show, she gave thanks to God for seeing her through in her life. It is surprising to me, because the U.S. seems to be a society dominated by secular humanism. We have shifted from being a nation founded on Christian values, to a nation of self-absorbed people, imbued in immorality. Religion has been removed from the public school system and you can’t even mention “God” without getting dirty looks from professors in the public university system. People are free to worship (or not worship) as they choose. At the same time, I think that there is an attack on religion in this country. My hat goes off to Ms. Amaro for embracing her beliefs and giving thanks to God.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here are some of the features that come with the Toshiba Satellite L505:
- Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System
- Preinstalled trial software such as Norton Internet Security software suite, MS Office Suite 2007
- Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Media player
- Roxio for ripping and burning Cds and DVDs
- Intel Pentium R Dual Core processor 2.20 GHz
- 3.0 GB RAM ( 2.87 GB usable)
- 320 GB Hard Drive
- DVD-RW/CD-RW Optical Disk Drive
- Web Cam with built in microphone
- Keyboard and silver 10-keypad
- Touchpad pointing device
- 15.6” TruBrite® TFT LCD Display
- Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
- Integrated memory card reader
- 3 USB v2.0 ports
The main functions that I use my Toshiba Satellite for are creating documents in Microsoft Word and Excell spreadsheets, surfing the internet, editing photos, listening to CDs, and ocaisionally watching DVDs.
Initially, I was happy with this laptop, but as time went on, it became very apparent that this laptop was flawed. One of my chief complaints with the Toshiba Satellite L505 is that the sound quality is horrible. It is the worst that I have ever heard on any electronic or computerized device. I am not sure if this is due to a defect with the sound card or a problem with the speakers. There are times that I can’t enjoy music with iTunes, because the songs sometimes drag.
One of the weirdest things happened to me one day, after I logged into, my AOL e-mail account. Most people that have AOL e-mail are very familiar with the male voice that announces, “You’ve got mail!” On one strange day, the male voice repeated “You’ve got.., You’ve got.., You’ve got..,” like a broken record about 30 times, before voice finally said, “You’ve got mail!”. That never happened before with this laptop and I was a little freaked out by it. I think this is related to the sound quality problems that I described before.
My other complaint with Toshiba Satellite L505 is that I can’t watch videos on iTunes. For some reason the laptop freezes up when I try to play any videos through iTunes. I get an error message and the display freezes. Also, when I use the QuickTime player I can hear the audio, but I don’t see any visuals in the QuickTime player. The screen remains black. It makes me very angry, because I downloaded the entire season 2 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey from iTunes and now I can’t watch it on my laptop. Also, when I try to edit videos in Windows Movie Maker Live, this laptop freezes up. With all that said, I rarely have any problems watching videos on DVD, in WMV or FLV formats.
I went to Toshiba’s product website to see if there was any information available to help me resolve this issue, but I couldn’t find any helpful information. I have visited many tech-related internet message boards and forums seeking help. There are some interesting suggestions, but I don’t want to go through all those hassles. I don’t feel like uninstalling and reinstalling software. That’s just opening up another can of worms for a person like me, who isn’t a computer geek.
I am not going to run out a pay extra money to get the problem fixed, either. If a consumer is paying this amount of money for a laptop from a brand like Toshiba, these problems should be nonexistent. I am not getting my money’s worth with this product. My experience with Toshiba Satellite L505 puts a bad taste in my mouth, when it comes to this brand. Toshiba no longer manufactures the L505, but it continues to make upgraded versions of the Toshiba Satellite laptop. I will never buy another computer made by Toshiba again, EVER. Please don’t waste your money on Toshiba Satellites. My next laptop will be a Sony Vaio, HP Pavillion, or a Mac Book.
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Monday, November 7, 2011
|Dawn Hand Renewal With Olay Beauty|
Dawn dishwashing liquid is a household name, and it is a trusted product that my family has used for years. It is manufactured by Proctor and Gamble and is widely available at most grocery stores, mass market retailers, and drug stores. I bought Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty at a local Winn-Dixie store in the 19 oz. bottle for $2.50 (The regular price there is $3.49 and I bought it on sale). It is a bit pricey compared to others, but I think it is worth the money. Proctor and Gamble almost always offers coupons for this product once a month in the Sunday newspaper.
Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty comes in many varieties: Pomegranate Splash with vitamin E, Lavender Silk with vitamin E, Aloe vera scent, and Waterfall Mist. The only variety that I have used in this product line is Pomegranate Splash with vitamin E. It is a creamy, viscous, liquid that is pink colored, contained in a transparent bottle, with no handle. It does not contain phosphates.
You know, washing dishes is very therapeutic for me. I sing or reflect on different things as I wash my dishes. I like the feel of the warm water and soft suds on my skin. It takes me back to when I was a child and my snuff-chewing, Georgia bred aunty would tell me to do the dishes after dinner. I never want doing the dishes to feel like a chore. Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty is one of those products that makes the process smooth and easier.
This product is a powerhouse: Not only does it clean the food residue and grease from the dishes, it smells so lovely and makes your hands feel soft. I don’t worry about wearing cumbersome rubber gloves while doing the dishes with Dawn Hand Renewal. I know that my skin won’t dry out. It is like pampering yourself to a luxurious spa treatment for the hands while doing the dishes (Okay. That was a tad bit hyperbolic, but I really love this product).
I usually add about ¼ cup of Dawn Hand Renewal to a large basin of warm water. This is enough for me to do the dishes all day long. The product is thick and forms a lot of suds. Although the suds may die down, the solution doesn’t lose it’s potency and cleaning power after sitting .
The makers of Dawn Hand Renewal are claiming that the product transforms the look and feel of your hands in just five uses. Well, from my experience, there was no real change in the look of my hands after using this product. However, the product did make my hands feel softer after a few uses. So, in closing, Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty gets five stars and two thumbs up from me.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
|Lever 2000 Perfectly Fresh Soap|
The scents are pretty nice, too. I would describe them as unisex and universal scents for anybody, of any age. In fact, my little nephew loves it. Lever 2000 bar soap deodorizes your body, leaving you smelling so fresh and so clean for hours. The scents available are the original Perfectly Fresh, Citrus-Fresh, and Aloe Fresh.
They come in white, 4 oz. bars. One bar lasts me about five days and I normally bathe twice a day. After soaping your wash rag, you can work up a good amount of lather with Lever 2000 bar soap. It does not melt away like other expensive, luxury brands. It is very reasonably priced, so it is a good value for the money spent.
It contains a hint of Vaseline (petrolatum), glycerin, and lipids to moisturize the skin. Lever 2000 also contains the following ingredients:
Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Stearic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Methyl 2 Sulfolaurate, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Glycerin, Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Sulfate (CI 77891), Disodium 2 Sulfolaurate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
My only complaint with this product is that since I have fairly sensitive skin, I can’t use Lever 2000 bar soap for long stretches of time. After about a week or so, the soap becomes a little irritating to the genitals and sometimes makes my skin itchy. So, I limit my use of Lever 2000 bar soap to times when I am running short on cash. Otherwise, I purchase Olay or Dove beauty bars and body washes. That’s just my experience, though. Lever 2000 bar soap may or may not have the same effect on you.
Another thing is that this product contains petrolatum, which can aggravate acne-prone skin. Therefore, this is not a soap that I would use on my face, since I get occasional acne breakouts. I still feel that it is a good product. If you are a no-frills sort of person, that does not require extras or luxuries, then this might be a soap for you. This products gives customers their money’s worth.
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|Monster Energy drink orginal|
Monster Energy drink is a carbonated beverage manufactured by Monster Beverage Company, which is owned by Hansen Natural. Some of Monster Energy drink’s ingredients include riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, sodium, taurine, and Panax ginseng. It also contains a proprietary energy blend with L carnitine, caffeine, glucose, guarana, inositol, glucuronolactone, and maltodextrin for enhanced energy and stamina.
It is available in 16 oz., 24 oz., and 32 oz. sized aluminum cans. I usually buy 4-packs of the 16 oz. cans, because it is more cost effective than buying the product in individual cans. It may cost $2.60 for one 16 oz. can of Monster Energy at a convenience store, but it is cheaper to purchase the 4-pack at a Walmart or Target for about $8.00. Once in a while I buy the 4-pack on sale at Winn-Dixie for about $5.99. There are also 24-packs available online for even cheaper. There are over 20 flavors and varieties in the Monster Energy drink line, including Low-Carb, Java Monster, Khaos, Assault, M-80, Mixxd, etc. The brand has also expanded to offer energy shots.
|Monster Energy original, 4-pack case|
I can remember the first time that I tried the original Monster Energy drink in 2004. I worked the graveyard shift fulltime and went to college fulltime. I was looking for something that would keep me alert during my work and study hours. I did not like the taste of some other energy drinks. I relied mainly on shots of espresso from Dunkin’ Donuts. However, espresso has a bitter taste, so that got old rather quickly.
After searching the internet and grocery stores for months, I stumbled upon this interesting looking carbonated beverage with a bold, gothic looking, green “M” on the front of the can. I gave Monster Energy drink a try. It has a delicious, citrus taste which knocked my socks off. The energy boost made me feel like a superhero. I have been using it ever since.
I tried other energy drinks, like Red Bull and Rockstar, but they did not work well for me. The slogan "Red Bull gives you wings" is Bullshit (Pun intended). I can literally drink a can of Red Bull and go right to sleep. Monster Energy is the only energy drink that keeps me alert, without a jittery, nervous feeling. When I drink it, I have mental alertness, and I focus better on my activities. Monster Energy drink tastes delicious and it has a fizz similar to soda. *I liked it so well, that I bought shares of stock in the company that manufactures it some years ago.
In my opinion, the brand is mainly targeted to young people and/or people whom are into skateboarding, motor sports, or extreme sports. However, it is a product that any healthy person seeking a nice energy boost can benefit from. Even though I am middle-aged, I feel young and cool, sporting this drink in my hand. Right now, I have about 3-4 Monsters in a week tops. I don't drink so much of it now, becuase I no longer work the graveyard shift and I am not in college.
Now for the cons of consuming Monster Energy drinks. Although there are low-Carb versions of this drink, the regular versions are high calorie and loaded with sugar. One 16 oz. can contains 200 calories and 54 g of sugar. This is not too good if you are trying to control your weight. Also,this product is not recommended for people with certain health conditions, like sensitivity to caffeine. Monster Energy drink is not recommended for pregnant women or children. This is not an exhaustive list of people who should avoid the product.
I am not a medical doctor, but I think that people who have heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure should definitely avoid this product. Consult a health care provider prior to using this product or contact the company if you have any concerns/ questions. Drink in moderation.
*I am not suggesting that anyone run out and buy stock in Hansen Naturals. It is incumbent on you to do your own research when deciding to purchase shares of stock. I am just mentioning that I bought stock in this company, to illustrate that their products made a positive impression on me. I no longer own shares of stock with Hansen Naturals.
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