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Used this easily. Nice UI. Does a ton of other functions that seem useful. I'll have to remember to come back to this site.




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A friend of mine passed this site along to me. It's a great resource for beginning bi/multilingual learners and readers as all of the books are translated into a number of different languages. Of course Spanish is represented across the board, but you can also access books translated into Tagalog or Somali, for example. The site could be more intuitive and include more books, but this seems like a good start.




I was standing in line at Duane Reade listening to a mother talk to her daughters about older people needing glasses to help them read menus, as an example, when the woman behind me pulled a tiny frame case out and said, "Like these!" She opened this tiny case to reveal a pretty stylish pair of reading spectacles that folded in half. Even the pre-teenage girls commented that the glasses were nice and about the smallest they'd ever seen. They looked pretty stylish to me so I asked the woman where she got them. She said --- good to note in case the parents need something like this in the near to distant future...



Madewell clothes and shoes are just as the name suggests - made well. The clothes are a sort of cross between JCrew and Anthropologie, with more like Club Monaco or even TopShop sorts of prices. The store itself is way too overwhelming for me to go into -- it's a bit like Urban Outfitters meets Abercrombie (yeah, it can be bad, especially the Soho store). Since I more or less know my sizes here, shopping online is a whole lot more pleasant. Everything's super easy and reliable. There's a flat $5 rate for shipping, no matter how much you get, so that's a perk.


At midnight last night I decided that I really needed a shower spray that wouldn't smell like Windex / chemicals. Having read about here, I went there to see what the fuss was about. I was able to order a better shower spray, and in order to get free shipping, I ordered a couple other items (vitamins and lotion). The process was quick, and when I woke up this morning I'd gotten a message from Soap letting me know that the items had shipped. Okay, I thought. I glanced at the shipper and saw it was a company called "Laser Ship". I've never heard of that and felt a little bit uneasy for a bit. However, the other reviews I'd read here allowed me to ignore that discomfort. I got home from work just now, and who should ring my doorbell? A Laser Ship delivery man with my package. That literally took about 16 hours. Amazing.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications


I've yet to encounter a more disorganized company than Verizon. In anticipation of my move, I called Verizon to activate high speed internet. Everything appeared to be fine, but I received a couple calls subsequently with different agents confused about the status of my order (supposedly the guy in the apartment hadn't canceled, though he had a confirmation number and all). Once that was settled, I received my installation package early and was delighted to be able to get hooked up on the first day of the move. However, to my dismay, I could not get connected. I spent that first night waiting 2 hours for representatives who were again confused as to the status of my order. One agent told me I had a business account while the business rep told me that wasn't the case. It was pretty ridiculous. On my fifth phone call with Verizon I finally was able to get a very nice gentleman named Santosh who tried his darndest to get me up and onlinebut to no avail. Before all that, however, he informed me that the name on the account was not even close to that which I gave him (I have no other name!) and that my account shows up as being a business account (which I thought was cleared up the first night).

In short what should take place without hitches (the DSL jack had already been set up and everything was ready to go) actually is taking hours on the phone and lost time at work. I know everyone gets down on AT&T, but I'd choose AT&T over Verizon in a heartbeat.



I discovered the Improvd line from a MyHabit sale, and it was love at first viewing. Different shades of grays, blacks, and darker hues of colors...soft cotton or jersey fabrics blended with mesh...draping, cowl necks, subtle asymmetry...slightly avant-garde...most importantly patternless and simple. All elements that I value in my clothes. I bought a couple pieces from the MyHabit sale but continue to monitor for deals on their stuff through the flash sale sites and places like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth.




Okay, I'll admit - a mall salesperson managed to weasel her way into a conversation with me about my make-up preferences. At the time I was going au natural with an Origins cream. It was decent but didn't provide the best foundation (not make-upy enough). Before that was another Origins foundation that was a bit too make-upy. The Bella Terra Cosmetics associate, in a matter of minutes, managed to convince me that their mineral foundation would be the Goldilocks just-right of make-up for me. I'm kind of an impulse buyer, for sure, but even my sister, a make-up and beauty guru, admitted that the foundation and blush looked great on my skin. It's a bit pricy, especially as compared to Bare Minerals (twice as expensive), but I've also tried Bare Minerals and didn't think it felt as good as Bella Terra. I might go back and see how I feel about it though, just to save that extra $35.



Smashbox is probably my favorite line of cosmetics right now. I use their eye shadows, eyebrow tech (which is something I can't do without), lipsticks and lip liners / pencils. The shadow trios are a great combo and allows me to apply without needing to think about which colors go best together. The products for the lips go on smoothly and provide moisture at the same time. I haven't felt the need to change anything up thus far. I only wish their stuff would last a little longer during the day so that I wouldn't have to retouch. However, that might be expecting for a miracle.



It's supposed to be 98 degrees in NYC, and the apartment in which I'm staying for the month has no air conditioner. Rather than stay inside and pass out from heat exhaustion, I've taken my studies to the streets. But I couldn't possibly read without wifi - how else would I be able to distract myself from the riveting text related to social justice and educational access? Finding a place that allows me to sit all day while spending little money is difficult. OpenWifiNYC lists places around the city with wifi, the strength of it and power outlets that are available. Unfortunately it's just a list without any ability for me to find a place by neighborhood. It doesn't actually have a very long list either, and this couldn't be a comprehensive directory of all the wifi hotspots in the city. However, kudos to them for the attempt.




This is a pretty neat site that will allow you to see if the name of a domain is still up for grabs with a .com, .net, .biz, .org, or .us. When you start typing in the name, the results start to appear, and blue means the site is up for grabs. When you mouse over the extension, you're given various choices of hosts and prices. Really nicely done!


Opening Ceremony is a fantastic store in NYC - I was just there today and found myself an amazing pair of Repetto derby booties/shoes for 1/2 the original price. HOWEVER, that being said, the website looks awful in comparison. It looks totally unreliable, and the thousand plus sale items look too good to be true. However, I can vouch for the fact that, while the clothes are probably more eclectic than most might be inclined to wear, there are some gems in there. I certainly wouldn't pay $650 for a designer sweater, but after second or third markdown, it's more reasonable (not saying it's still a reasonable purchase, just MORE reasonable - for shoes though, it's great).




Shadow G. beat me to reviewing this site, but I thought I should give it some props. Brainpop, though it comes with a heavy pricetag, is a jewel for any teacher. Brainpop has an immense collection of short educational videos (cartoon style, narrated by Tim and Moby (a robot)) ranging from science to math to social studies to language. I've been able to find more than 1 video on any topic in which I'm focusing in my classroom. The videos come with a pre-tests/practice quizzes and final quizzes, in order to evaluate what the students have been able to get from the videos. I always supplement these videos with interactive / hands-on lessons. The only downside to Brainpop is that it's fairly expensive, though there are lots of free videos available. If purchased for a school, it's a drop in the bucket. Brainpop is also available in Spanish!




I'm not exactly a hypochondriac but I am a bit of a worrywart. So whenever I feel under the weather, you can bet that I'll be googling the symptoms while contemplating my life with [whatever life-threatening illness you can think of]. WebMD has been okay, but I don't find that it really puts me at ease. If anything, it makes me even more paranoid. is a pretty new website, I *think*, that allows you to interact with it to enter your symptoms and have the program spit out what it thinks might be wrong and what your options are in dealing with it. There are a handful of check-ups, also, that allow you to answer questions and get the doctor's analysis of whether or not you have said condition and what you should do about it (for example, see a doctor or go to an emergency room immediately). The website is really pretty nicely designed, easy to follow and has a multi-sensory element of a corresponding video of the doctor in charge.




This is a copy / paste job from I'm not a Christian Louboutin kind of girl but I thought I'd write this review to let it be known that, according to the Louboutin people, this is the only authorized site that can sell Christian Louboutin shoes at outlet prices. In taking a look at the site (and it has other designers also), I was pleasantly surprised by the prices - though still out of my league, they weren't too far off from the prices of Chinese replica sites that will scam the crap out of you. However, the thing is that it is indeed an outlet center, meaning that you might not find items in your size, but if you check often enough, I'm sure you could find some pretty good deals.




really? another website with cool images? is this because we no longer read and just like to look at pretty pictures? there's and imgfave. now there's piccsy...though i'm not sure who came first. in any case, aren't we filled to the brim with sardonic or melancholic images and texts of cats in uncompromising situations (though i have to say i still like that) and people feeling lonely enough that their very existence makes you want to sleep for days? after a while of looking at this stuff, my brain feels kind of dead.




Edited 12/31/14: Since my original post in 2011, I've used AirBnB 5 times easily and successfully in 5 different cities both in the U.S. and abroad. I'd probably use this site before trying to find any hotel. Seems like I just knew how to look for the right places/people.

2011: AirBnB is great in theory - rent from or rent out your apartment to travelers who need a couple days to a couple weeks of housing in a city. The site also looks fantastic, especially as compared to Couchsurfing, which feels like a dirty forum. You find the place you want to book (making sure the host looks like s/he's not going to murder you, selecting the accommodations that are to your liking, etc.) and then you wait for the other person to respond to your request. Your credit card isn't charged until after the fact.

However, what you end up getting is this - the people who are more likely to respond to you are charging up the wazoo for their place. One woman wanted $3400 for the month that I was looking to stay in NYC. Then there are specifications like you have to stay a month or you can't stay longer than 5 days, so it gets tedious dealing with their little conditions. The people that you are interested in won't respond to you at all. Terribly annoying.



Okay, I'm going to have to kind of disagree with some folks about Endless. Too many shoes (well that's not really the complaint but it kind of is)... and a kind of disorganized customer service section going on there. A few weeks ago (or was it months) I ordered a pair of BCBGs (okay, I have to hand it to them, they have more BCBGs than Zappos and DSW combined, and I like that and hate it at the same time - why you gotta be enticing me like that?) and was happy with them. However, to my surprise, I found a double charge on my account. I got in touch with customer service, and it was almost nightmarish how poorly they handled the situation. In the end, I was able to prove that I didn't buy the same pair twice (I mean, yes, it's true I do that often when I like a pair, but that's AFTER I've had some time with it) and got the refund. Still, not much fun... doesn't necessarily mean I won't go back though....



This site is supposed to be a place for everyone to vote on 'things' - doesn't matter what it is. It's way too broad, and the site is poorly designed...not to mention that when I visited it, some terrible looking pop-up appeared that scared the buhjeebers out of me, making me run for dear life to scan my computer for nasty viruses.

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