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I just dropped $70 to the state to renew my license so this better be worth it.


Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy

From a board-certified and licensed pharmacy technician, here are tips and tricks to getting the most out of your local retail pharmacy:

Most people know that they can ask if they have quetsions about their prescriptions, but most pharmacists are also happy to answer questions about products sold in the store. Having been to school to four to seven years for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, they are qualified to answer your questions about common ailments and personal medical needs.

Confused about different types of cold and flu products? Need advice about Advil versus Tylenol? Need help in treating poison ivy or picking out a knee brace? Just stop at the pharmacist counter and ask to speak to the pharmacist.


3. You Can Get Certain Immunizations Right There

Depending on the state, pharmacies will often offer simple shots for common ailments including Influenza (they reformulate for new strains annually), MMR, Tetanus, and Shingles. The pharmacists receive extra training for immunizations and are certified for sterilization and intravenous techniques by the state. Although often covered by insurance, the flu vaccine, for example, only costs about $30 out-of-pocket.

I also included info on discount programs and how to write prescriptions off as health care expenses on your taxes.  Click the link to read the rest!

Read more at Suite101: Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Local Pharmacy

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Categories: Health Care Tags: CPhT, discount programs, drugs, flu shot, health care expenses, medication, pharmacy, pharmacy technician, prescriptions, rx, save money

When I was 14, I made a Geocities site. Although the content was embarrassingly 14-year-old (lists of inside jokes and collages of male celebrities), the layout didn’t look half bad, and it got better as I gained some rudimentary HTML and Photoshop skills. I’ve had an online journal in one form or another ever since for the last 9 years. But the newer incarnations had considerably less teen angst and BDSM squirrels.

My Old Xanga Banner

Some WordPressers obsess over their stats, seeking to maximize their page views, and publically posting data.

If you’re curious:  I have 100K hits. This will be my 312th post. I have 418 comments, although to be fair, almost half of those are probably me replying to people. Most referral links come from Google, and the most popular posts are the ones on weird and controversial topics.

It’s been fun—learning what trends and what doesn’t, how to use tags effectively. But it’s not something about which I ever had huge hubris. I know I could have been more aggressive by commenting on other blogs and posting on random forums. But I know views alone don’t immediately result in quality comments or discussion.

Over the last year, I’ve noticed an increase in random “likes” and followings by other bloggers. There are a lot of terrible blogs out there, mostly from people who never made it past the level of my first Geocities site. So, if you’re reading this in your subscriptions and I didn’t follow or like you back, it’s probably because your blog is boring. I’m not interested in joining your little microcosm of bloggers’ circle jerking.

If I did follow you back, congrats. You’re above average.

I was watching Girls on HBO. Otherwise known as Nepotism: That Show with Starring Famous Daughters.

The main character is a 24-year-old trustafarian who has a Bachelor’s in English. She approaches her boss at the place she’s been interning for two years and demands to be compensated for her services. He tells her he’ll be sorry to see her go.

“But Joy Lynn got hired after interning!”

“Yeah, well, Joy Lynn knows Photoshop.”

That’s when I realized that I have a shot at this game.

I can do typography (logos, banners, and professional shiz) but I can also Photoshop squirrels with giant balls holding barbeque lighters. I’d be a good PR rep for a small start-up, preferable ones that needs squirrels with giant balls.

I made a resume, which didn’t turn out quite as pathetic as I thought it would be. I can haz paid writing job?


Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: blogging, Clantily Scad, freelance writing, page count, page hits, popularity, readership, wordpress, writing

Nerf Herder – Love Sandwich (2001)

Yeah you, and me, and Steve makes three
And Dave has got the video,
Dave has got the video


Garfunkel and Oates – Me, You, and Steve (2011)

I could’ve wish a thousand wishes
For Steve to disappear
What the fuck’s your fucking problem?
Why he’s always here?

Categories: Pop-culture, Social commentary Tags: gafrunkel and oates, nerf herder, sexy time, steve, threesomes

Aaron Sorkin, pushing the invisible “fire everybody on my writing staff (except my ex)” button.

So Aaron Sorkin is apparently just as big of a controlling dick as his character, Will McAvoy. Gotta take one to write one, I guess.

Via HuffPo:

The writers’ room at “The Newsroom” is going to look very different come Season 2. According to The Daily, creator Aaron Sorkin has reportedly fired the entirety of the show’s writing staff with the exception of ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury.

A separate report from EW cites a show insider who insists the layoffs aren’t quite so severe. “Every year each show reassesses the needs of its writing staffs,” HBO told EW in a statement. “This process is nothing out of the ordinary.”

I think it’s important to remember that even mostly consistently good writers are not infallible. Even Sorkin’s The West Wing started to fall off a bit in later seasons, and I still think that there were parts of The Social Network that were slow.

I hope he puts his hubris in check. Because I’m really enjoying “The Newsroom” and don’t want every character to end up as a phallus-shaped avatar of Sorkin.

Categories: Pop-culture, Social commentary Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Corinne Kinsbury, HBO, The Newsroom, The Newsroom season 2, The West Wing, Will McAvoy

As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’m really poor. That’s what happens when you quit your job and try to do any kind of freelance artistic work.

Recently, I’ve been looking for ways to get supplementary income that don’t involve retail and sadness, and as desperation kicks in, I’ve been looking at things like Amazon Mechanical Turks and online survey sites. One of the ones I’ve come across that offers surveys is Swagbucks.

Now you’ve probably gotten an e-mail from one of your friends at Swagbacks and written it off as spam, but there’s a reason it’s one of the fastest growing companies in LA: The points system is very diverse.

The surveys alone are really slow. Around 60 points a piece, you’d have to take 10 of them to get a $5 gift card. However, the contracts they have with retailers (point values often in the hundreds) are pretty impressive. For example, I needed a Macbook battery and was going to go to the Apple Store anyway. A week later I needed printer ink, and found they have a couple generic ink company contracts too. If I had an iPhone, I’d be downloading their advertised apps like crazy.

Now, there’s a lot of crappy loyalty programs out there. UPromise, for example, is awful. (As of 2008, the average member earned only $47 towards future college expenses.) I had a Borders Rewards card before they went under and you had do something like spend $100 before you got a coupon. But for this one, I got a StarBucks gift card pretty quickly just for buying stuff I already needed. They do PayPal cash deposits too for a little more.

Their Daily Deals sections is pretty decent also, including Froobi–I got a $10 earbuds/iPod charger combo there. So suck it, Groupon, I got Swagbucks.

They do point matching, so if you do decide to join, do me a favor and do it through the referral link?

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying my free Starbucks Lime Refresher.

Categories: Reviews Tags: Daily Deals, internet work, loyalty programs, online surveys, online work, paid survey sites, SB, survey site review, surveys, swagbucks, Upromsise

Here’s my full review + heckler story + info on his recent reddit drama.

Remember, I get paid for this (unlike all my other projects), so remember to hit the “like” the button on the Suite101 page:

MC Chris The Monster Hunter Tour 2012 at The Knitting Factory

In a middle of the act, a young woman in a Batgirl T-shirt threw a plastic cup in the air close to the stage. An empty cup had been tossed onstage earlier, but this one had liquid which reflected blue in the stage lights as it burst through the air.

“You don’t throw a cup at digital Woody Guthrie!” the performer exclaimed.

The crowd was torn with boos for the woman and cheers for mc chris. He instructed the audience to clear a path so the woman had an exit route for the door. The woman instead climbed up onto the stage and appeared to ask for the artist for a hug, but he brandished a portable stage fan defensively to “blow away the stench.”

Read more at Suite101: MC Chris The Monster Hunter Tour 2012 at The Knitting Factory

Categories: Reviews Tags: Brooklyn, heckler, hip-hop, mc chris, nerdcore, Race Wars, reddit, the knitting factory, The Monster Hunter, twitter, Williamsburg

I got retweeted by MC Chris! I feel like I’ve been touched by a Nerd God. @HeardinBK  Send me your hipster quotes!

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“I thought ‘Pynchonian’ was a type of lunch meat.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“Going to the dentist is like going to Cirque de Soleil except I’m always going to get mauled by tigers.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“I never preheat my oven. I’m a rebel.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“I just used ‘ceteris paribus’ in a text message. Yeah… I’m a nerd.” ‏@BARBandBEAR

‪#overheardinbk‬ “it was great! i really got to experience the cultural anonymity of dressing barn animals in old-timey people clothes.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence would be a great indie band name.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“Dolphins Rape People. Band name or PSA?” At Norman ave and Jewel st, Greenpoint.

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“I saw a girl with a brass-colored leg and my first thought was “what a great steampunk outfit.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK

“Sometimes when I’m bored on the train I play ‘Who in this car would I most likely fuck.’ ‘Me too.’”

Previous collections of “best of” tweets are Here and Here.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, Viral Things Tags: Brooklyn, Greenpoint, heard in NYC, HeardinBK, hipsters, long island, mc chris, Overheard Brooklyn, Overheard in Brooklyn, park slope, retweet, twitter, Williamsburg