A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Regaining Your Online Privacy where I discussed various tools and services you can use to ensure your sensitive information remains confidential and protected. In the article I mentioned several e-mail providers known for their privacy and security measures. One such provider is Mailfence. Incidentally, I have been using their service for nearly two months and felt their service worthy of an in-depth review. As you will read in my post about regaining one’s online privacy, I barely scratched the surface on Mailfence as a product & company, who have engineered an e-mail platform to be reckoned with.
For years I’ve advocated the user of numerous tools and/or services individuals and households can use to bolster their online privacy, but I’ve never written about them. I’ve heard a lot of people saying “We live in a post-Snowden era”, which is true. But what does that mean and how do we regain even the tiniest bit of privacy? Earth’s reaction to the Snowden revelation varied. Many individuals already believed this type of state sponsored surveillance had been in place for many years, and this only confirmed their suspicions. Some were truly shocked. Others still live in a state of denial. One of the many things to come from the leaked information was an increase in the number of services designed to block ads, encrypt your connections to websites or services, and not log where you’ve been.
Let’s go over a few of them!
Note: Under no circumstances am I an expert in cryptography, network security, nor am I advocating the use of any security/privacy service mentioned in this post, this blog, or anywhere else on the internet to conceal your illegal activities on the internet.
As some of you may recall, a few years ago I began having a lot of dental work. I needed a lot of work and decided to get some implants in the lower right of my jaw. One thing I didn’t tell many is my Oral Surgeon had located what looked like a tumor in my left sinus and recommended a ENT Doctor evaluate it further. I later found out it was a mucous retention cyst. A lot of people have these and have no idea, for the most part, they aren’t harmful.
However, in the same ENT appointment, I confirmed a suspicion I have had for a while – I have a deviated septum. It was the only explanation for my inability to breathe all these years, and possibly for me being such a loud snorer. On an unrelated note, I had just had a MRI of my brain and the imagery revealed my turbinates are also enlarged, contributing the problem of nasal aspiration.
Without getting too ‘medical-termy’, turbinates help warm the air as you breathe in, keep your nose moist, among other things. Your nose cycles every 6 hours (roughly), as this happens the turbinates swell with blood. In most people, the nasal passages shrink a little, but you can still breathe through both passages. In mine, they couldn’t get the smallest endoscope up my nose. My nasal aspiration was very restricted. Finally, I opted for surgery to fix the deviated septum (septoplasty), reduce the size of the turbinates (turbinoplasty), and endoscopic nasal/sinus surgery (to remove the tumor in my left sinus cavity).
If you’re in a situation like mine and have considered surgery but aren’t sure, I hope this well help.
Attention: This post has been updated to reflect new information regarding the errand service who attempted to scam me. The new information is at the bottom of this post.
Where, oh where to begin. Ripped off, nearly scammed, bought a new mattress, and almost lost it on the way home. Sounds like the type of movie they’d air on Lifetime.
After my fall in St. Thomas, my back and shoulder were injured. The L3 and L4 vertebae, or rather, the discs in between them, were toast, and I wasn’t quite sure what was wrong with my shoulder. Awaking from the mattress I purchased some months ago left me in excruciating pain. When I would walk, the nerve running down the lower left of my back into my though would cause muscle spams, walking felt like I was being electrocuted. Anytime I tried to move or rotate my shoulder more than 90 degrees, the pain was horrendous. I could feel a muscle or tendon clicking as it moved over bone. Sitting, as I do working from home was equally painful. I could never find a comfortable position, and utilizing a keyboard or mouse only made things worse.
Fast forward a few weeks, I see my Doctor, Orthopedics, a Physical Therapist and have a MRI. Turns out I have a mild back injury which will require physical therapy, and mild tendonopathy of the something or other in my shoulder, which *may* require surgery. Lucky me! /sarcasm
During consultations with my various healthcare providers, they all recommended I purchase as firm mattress. Great, I thought. I just bought that nice (somewhat expensive) soft and cushy bed a few months ago, now I have to go through this all over again.
After the anxiety settled, I knew what I would do. I’d buy a mattress from IKEA. If you recall from Part 1 of the now “series” of mattress posts, I was originally going to buy a IKEA mattress but decided against it due to lack of available information on product quality, reliability, and longevity. However, with having to buy a new mattress less than one year from a previous purchase, cost was the number one concern.
Mentally, I’ve written this a thousand times. Tonight is the first time I put “pen to paper” in hopes this helps someone, somewhere. As this post deals with things of a personal nature and how “I” live with them, please do not take the information in this article to be medically accurate, or a recommendation by me. Before doing anything in the course of your care and treatment, always consult with your psychiatrist and loved ones.
I’m almost 29 years old and living with bipolar disorder sucks. Anyone who says otherwise is deluding themselves or isn’t taking their medication. But, you can learn to live with the disease and it will suck less. To understand why this is the case, let’s start by exploring what bipolar disorder is and is not.
If you have a bed, you have linens, sheets, bedding. Have you ever paused for a moment and thought about the quality of your sheets, pillowcases, comforter? Or even thought about luxury features like a feather bed? If so, you’ve probably found the process of shopping for bedding to be complicated and full of deception with price tags that can easily reach the $100, $200, even $300 and $400 price ranges. But how do you know what is good, what’s going to last, and what should be ignored?
Two months ago I decided I wanted a new, bigger bed; my full size just wasn’t cutting it anymore. In the process of mattress shopping, I would have to replace my furniture. As it would turn out, selecting furniture would be significantly easier than selecting a mattress. The mattress industry is one of the most convoluted, complicated, mixed up, upside down industries with dozens of manufacturers and retailers producing or selling the same thing, essentially, with minor variations. It’s a miracle they manage to stay in business.