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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2011
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    So for those wondering how the piercing was going, um...well it looks like one of them got infected. There's a bit of pain, sensitivity and a bit of clear pus with slight blood when I tried to investigate. So...I guess I leave the piercing be and still clean like a motherfucker?

    I think this might have to do with the fact that the side that it's infected on is the side I sleep on.
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    #howiscaffieneformed

    I'm having this issue where sometimes (not actually that often, but enough to notice a pattern), after I drink a cup of tea, I get an anxious feeling w/ racing heart-beat and slight nausea. I first noticed it happening very late in the evening, so I stopped drinking tea after dark unless I'm all-nighting, but it just happened at 4:00 in the afternoon.

    I have an anxiety disorder so, y'know, it's not ideal to be triggering it with foodstuffs. Why is this happening, why doesn't it happen EVERY time I drink tea and how can I stop it short of quitting caffiene entirely? (tea is my only source and I get a bit vague and headachey without a morning cup... the other three-four cups a day are just a Russian comfort thing :P) Would drinking out of smaller mugs help at all?
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2011
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    @oldhat yup, just keep at it. it'll get better over a few days, hopefully. Be sure to treat yourself right & eat/drink properly so as not to tax your immune system.

    signed,
    Glukkake, who recently bashed her microdermal and has it angry, swollen and weepy and is trying not to freak out that it will have to be scalpeled out of her bits.
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    #showusyourboobs

    I also join the chorus of discouraging anybody from disabling right click save, or doing a website with Flash. That stuff is web design douchebaggery. A far better way would be to watermark the photos with a tasteful logo and url, so when someone leaks them to 4chan or where-ever, people know where to come for more :)

    Building the site itself is another matter. If you want to do it on the cheap, while at the same time keeping the strings in your own hands and keeping it easily updateable and editable, WordPress is a good publication platform and MemberWing-X -plugin is great for dividing content into configurable subscriber materials. We've been using it for about a year now professionally without any major problems. It requires a little bit of tech savviness though, so unless you are a techie, you'll need someone to whip up the site for you and do a bit of housekeeping now and then. In the end both systems are very easy to learn when they're running and need relatively little tinkering with.

    The custom video thing is an another matter. Frankly, I'm not sure what the EULA of video services like YouTube and Vimeo say about pron, just thinking about unlisted videos here like we do with Sneak Peeks. Of course you can just set up a Dropbox account, create the movie file and share it like that for the client to download.

    I used to write for local adult entertainment magazines here in Winland for a few years and review net stuff etc, I'll try to take a minute and see if those services are still up and how they did their thang.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2011
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    Saw this and thought it would fit nicely.

    Pay attention
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    So for those wondering how the piercing was going, um...well it looks like one of them got infected. There's a bit of pain, sensitivity and a bit of clear pus with slight blood when I tried to investigate. So...I guess I leave the piercing be and still clean like a motherfucker?


    I saw last time you asked lots of people suggested rock salt. When I've had infected piercings I've found the best thing is to soak them in a salty water (rock salt, not table, obviously). Soak it for a good five minutes, dry it with cotton tips (or whatever, but it definitely needs to be dry), and repeat that at least once a day. Don't step when it seems to have come good because you'll probably find the infection quickly return, so keep up the soaking regimen until it's well and truly fixed.

    But don't discount the fact that it might not be able to be saved - I gave up on my vertical nipple after much soaking because it was apparent that it was never going to work because the piercing was maybe too deep, and definitely got caught on my clothing. It's amazing how much more a vertical nipple piercing will catch than a horizontal one.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2011
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    #cleaningapiercing

    Annnd....yep. Just cleaned out a whole whack of brownish pus. Definitely infected. Washed that bastard throughly with salt water and regular hot water and got as much pus out of the clamp as possible. Plus side, it's feeling a bit better now. Down side I'm seriously fighting the urge to rub a bit of dettol on it.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    @Oldhat, with new piercings, that's actually pretty normal. I mean, your body is healing. That is a wound. If you clean it properly, you can often minimize or even eliminate the infection, but it's not 100% definite.

    I mean shit, my second holes still get infected when I wear cheap metal.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    OH AND I CAME HERE WITH A QUESTION.

    #ChoosingADentist

    SO I HAVE DENTAL! For my job. I also have a jaw-clenching/tooth-grinding problem as well as fully mature and grown in wisdom teeth. The former means I'm putting a lot of pressure on my teeth every night (I do wear a mouthguard but for some reason I just use that to chew on) and the latter means I haven't been able to wear my braces retainer for oh, 7 years now?



    This means that my teeth don't close in front. Because they have migrated. And I think it's getting worse. And they're changing the way I speak because I have to talk around molars. I wouldn't give a shit if it was something aesthetic, but these suckers mean that I can't do things like open stuff with my front teeth. On the plus side, I can't bite my nails anymore.

    A lot of background for a simple question.

    In choosing a dentist, should I look for a periodontist or a general practitioner?
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    See a GP and get a referral to a specialist. Ask around and find a dentist with a good rep.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    #ChoosingADentist

    Are your gums unhealthy? Do they bleed when you floss? If not - general practitioner. If gums bleed - periodontist first. Many practices have both under the same roof, as well as endotontists and orthodontists, so you can be given appointments for whichever is necessary. It seriously cuts down on waiting between appointments if you end up needing some complex sequence of work (which I have had to have on an embarrassing number of occasions).

    I usually start either with a list of dentists from my insurance provider (so I know I'm starting with offices that will accept that insurance), or referrals from friends (that is the optimal method, by the way. People hate dentists. So if they like theirs, you know it's likely to go well) - then hit Yelp and read about them. Yelp is gold!

    Then I'll make an appointment and go, but I won't get any work done unless I have a good feeling about the place when I'm in there. I have left dentists after a single visit and never returned based on the feeling I got about the place. It's worth it to be very picky. Dental work is expensive, even with insurance, and it takes a long time. Find dentists you feel you could continue seeing for years, that you actually kind of like. It will pay off. You will go more regularly, and your mouth will be happy.

    You are taking dental advice from this man:

    crooked

    You can trust me. I have experience in this realm.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    #howiscaffieneformed

    You're describing classic intoxication, known as 'caffeine jitters' and can be caused even by mild doses of caffeine. Every persons tolerance varies, depending on how often and how much you indulge.

    The headache in the morning is probably just withdrawal, if you find that not having tea causes it.

    SOLUTION: There are a few ways to go around this, the first is just to be hydrated. Have some water with your tea. And some biscuits.
    AND/OR changing how you take the tea. Smaller cup means smaller dose, weaker tea means weaker dose.

    Hope this helps!
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    @Oddbill, but you probably didn't have 7 years of orthodontic work between the ages of 7 and 14.

    I did, they just didn't plan for my wisdom teeth fitting into my mouth and my anxious anxious tooth grinding.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2011
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    @dorkmuffin - yeah, I never actually had any orthodontic work done until starting about 6 months ago. I'm doing it now. In a few more months I'll do a before/after.

    But to stay legit I'll note that I did have all my wisdoms pulled right out of my head some years ago, and my gob is still crooked. All the teeth want to be up front.
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    @Comicbookbunny

    I can help you out with web design and also with contacts for folk who have ventured into similar territory, for advice/support. My email is in my profile.

    #showusyourboobs
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2011 edited
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    #ChoosingADentist

    A sort of an aside, if you haven't yet tried laser drills, I can heartily recommend them. I'm not horribly pain shy, having done piercings and scarrings on myself and popped dislocated fingers and shoulders & like that back on place, but when I hear the whine of a dentist's drill, I scream like a six year old girl (background: drilling hurts like motherfuck every time for me, and up here in the 70's and 80's school dentists didn't use numbing agents when drilling, so we have a generation of dentist fearing 30-somethings here). The laser drill doesn't really hurt that much less, but instead of that pure terror inducing whine it just goes pop-pop-pop.

    Also, motherfucking lasers!
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2011
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    LASER DRILLS ARE A THING?! When I go back for my checkup in 3 months I'm so asking for the laser.
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    glukkake:

    #ChoosintADentist

    YEP! Did I mention it smells like burning keratin?



    >.>
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2011
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    #howiscaffieneformed

    Actually, on reading that, it sounded a lot like some anxiety/panic attacks I've had. And had described to me.

    Is it possible that the effects aren't actually being caused by the caffeine? That seems particularly plausible if you don't get them every time you have a caffeinated drink. I don't know if this interpretation is actually useful, but it might be worth considering.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2011
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    #Awesomegroomsmangifts

    Trying to figure out a good, hopefully unique groomsman's gift I can give to my best man and groomsmen at my upcoming wedding (June 30th, so have some time, but I'd like to get it nailed down.) I was considering customized Beer Steins until I realized they would be a minimum of 50 bucks a piece. Any ideas? They're all nerds-Video games, comics, Tabletop gaming, Fantasy and Sci-Fi if that helps narrow the spectrum. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!