Questions you want answered.

Why does the area around my computer desk smell like cat pee? I don't have a cat, and my dog has not peed in the house. I'm also pretty sure there are no stealth rodents in my apartment.

BadKen wrote:

Why does the area around my computer desk smell like cat pee? I don't have a cat, and my dog has not peed in the house. I'm also pretty sure there are no stealth rodents in my apartment.

Have you eaten anything with pineapple/pineapple juice at your desk lately? I spilled some pineapple juice on my chair/desk, tried to clean it up, and damned if it didn't smell like cat pee a few days later.

Is there an easy way to get over my "it will be too much hassle" mental blocks and sell off some of my excess stuff cluttering my apartment? In the past I've taken car-loads to Goodwill, but some of this stuff is probably worth some money and could help out with bills/new toys. Like an easy step-by-step process or SOP I can go through instead of working out that crap for myself?

We are close to tax time, donations are as good as money right now. You will probably get more with a tax refund for donating, than you would on Ebay, a garage sale, or a Pawn Shop.

BadKen wrote:

Why does the area around my computer desk smell like cat pee? I don't have a cat, and my dog has not peed in the house. I'm also pretty sure there are no stealth rodents in my apartment.

Have you soiled yourself in anticipation/rage/fear lately? It could just be that.

Rezzy wrote:

Is there an easy way to get over my "it will be too much hassle" mental blocks and sell off some of my excess stuff cluttering my apartment? In the past I've taken car-loads to Goodwill, but some of this stuff is probably worth some money and could help out with bills/new toys. Like an easy step-by-step process or SOP I can go through instead of working out that crap for myself?

Have you thought about Craigslist? I have used it multiple times in past and have had good results.

This is also dependent on the thought of people coming to your home, though I have never had any issues with that. YMMV.

Rezzy wrote:

Is there an easy way to get over my "it will be too much hassle" mental blocks and sell off some of my excess stuff cluttering my apartment? In the past I've taken car-loads to Goodwill, but some of this stuff is probably worth some money and could help out with bills/new toys. Like an easy step-by-step process or SOP I can go through instead of working out that crap for myself?

The Lifehacker Complete Guide to Selling Your Unwanted Crap For Money

Except my problem is that its not totally unwanted crap...

How do I go about finding out if there's any proper science behind herbal remedies? Specifically, the use of "super lysine" as a suppression therapy for HSV2?

All I get from google is fluff "studies" from companies that are selling it.

Different question.

How much worse, ecologically/environmentally is a wood fireplace vs gas-fired central air?

To paraphrase, am I being an ecological douchebag by lighting the fire when I could just turn the heating up?

Jonman wrote:

How do I go about finding out if there's any proper science behind herbal remedies? Specifically, the use of "super lysine" as a suppression therapy for HSV2?

All I get from google is fluff "studies" from companies that are selling it.

If that's the case, then there probably *isn't* any proper science behind it. The people at Skeptic's Guide to the Universe might be able to help you - they include an MD whose interests lie with herbal/homeopathy scams.

Tanglebones wrote:
Jonman wrote:

How do I go about finding out if there's any proper science behind herbal remedies? Specifically, the use of "super lysine" as a suppression therapy for HSV2?

All I get from google is fluff "studies" from companies that are selling it.

If that's the case, then there probably *isn't* any proper science behind it. The people at Skeptic's Guide to the Universe might be able to help you - they include an MD whose interests lie with herbal/homeopathy scams.

Good call. I'm a listener of their. I'll ping them.

Jonman wrote:

Different question.

How much worse, ecologically/environmentally is a wood fireplace vs gas-fired central air?

To paraphrase, am I being an ecological douchebag by lighting the fire when I could just turn the heating up?

Yes. Wood fires are a major source of carbon pollution.

I keep my hair fairly short and have found that Garnier's Surf Hair putty is oddly enough the best thing in the world. It's only 4 bucks, gives your hair a bit of body, and most importantly, doesn't get your hair greasy or shiny.

So, apparently, they changed it. I saw a new bottle and it's now about $6.00 and the container, while being the same size contains about half of what it used to. I had a quick look on Amazon and saw a review that said the formula actually changed for the worst. So, anyone know of an alternative hair product that would fit the bill? Everything I ever used before was just awful and would always get greasy.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I keep my hair fairly short and have found that Garnier's Surf Hair putty is oddly enough the best thing in the world. It's only 4 bucks, gives your hair a bit of body, and most importantly, doesn't get your hair greasy or shiny.

So, apparently, they changed it. I saw a new bottle and it's now about $6.00 and the container, while being the same size contains about half of what it used to. I had a quick look on Amazon and saw a review that said the formula actually changed for the worst. So, anyone know of an alternative hair product that would fit the bill? Everything I ever used before was just awful and would always get greasy.

For similar price range, try their Fiber Gum (if they haven't changed that too) or American Crew fiber. I think you would really like the Aveda clay for the same reason you liked the Surf Hair, but unfortunately it is a lot more expensive (but lasts forever).

LeapingGnome wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Different question.

How much worse, ecologically/environmentally is a wood fireplace vs gas-fired central air?

To paraphrase, am I being an ecological douchebag by lighting the fire when I could just turn the heating up?

Yes. Wood fires are a major source of carbon pollution.

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it?

Thanks! I don't know if the fiber gum stuff changed. I think I bought some of that at one point, and it wasn't as good, but you never know at this point. I never really liked the American Crew fiber stuff because my hair would get greasy after 4-5 hours IIRC. I used it for quite a while in the days before Surf HairTM. That branding never gets old. That Aveda stuff might work. It's soooo expensive, though. At this point, though, I may be running out of options. This little stunt being pulled just leaves a sour taste in my mouth, so I would rather not buy any of their products.

I think it's a lot like the propane vs charcoal grill argument. Gas does burn cleaner but wood is a renewable resource.

Jonman wrote:

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

By selling it to us

clover wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

By selling it to us :D

Seriously, do you want to take some of it off my hands? I've got way more than I need for the winter. I'll sell it to you at cost, with the proviso that I may have gotten reamed when I bought it.

Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

By selling it to us :D

Seriously, do you want to take some of it off my hands? I've got way more than I need for the winter. I'll sell it to you at cost, with the proviso that I may have gotten reamed when I bought it.

How much did you pay for the full cord?

clover wrote:
Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

By selling it to us :D

Seriously, do you want to take some of it off my hands? I've got way more than I need for the winter. I'll sell it to you at cost, with the proviso that I may have gotten reamed when I bought it.

How much did you pay for the full cord?

$360 + tax + $25 fuel surcharge for delivery came out to $420.

Like I said, reamed.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I keep my hair fairly short and have found that Garnier's Surf Hair putty is oddly enough the best thing in the world. It's only 4 bucks, gives your hair a bit of body, and most importantly, doesn't get your hair greasy or shiny.

So, apparently, they changed it. I saw a new bottle and it's now about $6.00 and the container, while being the same size contains about half of what it used to. I had a quick look on Amazon and saw a review that said the formula actually changed for the worst. So, anyone know of an alternative hair product that would fit the bill? Everything I ever used before was just awful and would always get greasy.

I used to use surf hair until I discovered Axe hair paste. I found that the yellow version, was very similar.
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It costs more usually $8 for tub, but it lasts longer. It also doesn't have a typical Axe-like overwhelming scent.

Jonman wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Different question.

How much worse, ecologically/environmentally is a wood fireplace vs gas-fired central air?

To paraphrase, am I being an ecological douchebag by lighting the fire when I could just turn the heating up?

Yes. Wood fires are a major source of carbon pollution.

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

Pass the ecological buck and sell it to someone else so they will burn it.

Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Next question - how do I dispose of 3/4 of a cord of wood without burning it? :)

By selling it to us :D

Seriously, do you want to take some of it off my hands? I've got way more than I need for the winter. I'll sell it to you at cost, with the proviso that I may have gotten reamed when I bought it.

Your sexual peccadilloes are of no consequence to this transaction.

Also, good for you, phone voice recognition.

S0LIDARITY wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I keep my hair fairly short and have found that Garnier's Surf Hair putty is oddly enough the best thing in the world. It's only 4 bucks, gives your hair a bit of body, and most importantly, doesn't get your hair greasy or shiny.

So, apparently, they changed it. I saw a new bottle and it's now about $6.00 and the container, while being the same size contains about half of what it used to. I had a quick look on Amazon and saw a review that said the formula actually changed for the worst. So, anyone know of an alternative hair product that would fit the bill? Everything I ever used before was just awful and would always get greasy.

I used to use surf hair until I discovered Axe hair paste. I found that the yellow version, was very similar.
IMAGE(http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/205078/220.jpg)
It costs more usually $8 for tub, but it lasts longer. It also doesn't have a typical Axe-like overwhelming scent.

But without the overwhelming sent, the womenz won't be all over me like in the commercials. Thanks for the suggestion! Now, I have 2 alternatives to try.

But it's "whatever"-scented! How could any woman resist that?

clover wrote:

But it's "whatever"-scented! How could any woman resist that?

The cat pee smell has dissipated from the area around my computer desk. Either that, or I have just become accustomed to it. Does anyone want to come over and smell my computer desk so I can tell if it's just me?

Jonman wrote:

How do I go about finding out if there's any proper science behind herbal remedies? Specifically, the use of "super lysine" as a suppression therapy for HSV2?

All I get from google is fluff "studies" from companies that are selling it.

There is a specific term for herbal/alternative/complementary remedies with proper science behind them that have been proven to work: medicine. Pretty much everything else is a mixture of pseudoscience and the placebo effect. If there's real evidence, you'll pull out a bunch of hits from places like PubMed or UptoDate - and a big pharma company will be making money selling it.

Not my area, but AFAIK there have been a few small studies showing that normal lysine supplements can help the healing process, but nothing major. It's just one of the normal amino acids found in basically anything with protein in it (the first HSV protein I looked at was about 5% lysine, for example), so there's not really a plausible mechanism by which it should inhibit HSV. It looks like "Super Lysine" is just lysine + some vitamins, so it's unlikely to do much good. Get a proper antiviral - generic acyclovir or something should be pretty cheap.