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I changed my browser homepage (which is a self-coded HTML file) to have this background color: #ff0080. I'd describe it as fluorescent reddish pink. It's so beautiful, especially with my links in contrasting yellow, and a browser theme in a complementary color. Having nearly the whole screen be that color has much more of a visual impact, compared to this small paragraph.




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I discovered that it is much easier to pull out small tree saplings using a pair of pliers, rather than only my gloved hands. But my hands got the same achy, because instead of pulling out all the easy ones like last time, I was pulling out harder ones.

With bigger pliers, maybe I could even pull out some of the ones with bigger trunks/roots... say up to nickel-sized? Maybe there's even a special tool for that.

I spend so much of my free time doing yard work, and it feels very pointless. Other than the work it requires, it's nice to have a yard and trees and flowers, etc. But if I didn't have dogs, I'd seriously reconsider living in a place where I have to take care of a yard.

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Little Secrets : dark chocolate candies with a sugar-shell coating. Yummy like M&M's, which I haven't had since becoming vegan. I hadn't remembered how nice it is to feel the crispy crunch of a thin sugar shell between my teeth. The packaging doesn't mention it, but the sea salted peanut, classic dark, and raspberry flavors seem to be vegan based on the ingredients. Some of the others include milk. Ahh.. their FAQ says they don't label them as vegan because the sugar was produced with a non-vegan refining process (ie., bone char filtered).

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vegan products

Sunday, December 11th, 2011 02:47 pm
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Gummi Cola Bottles (still seeking)

As a child, I was fond of Haribo gummi cola bottles. But I haven't had them since becoming vegan, since most gummi candy has gelatin in it. Yesterday I found Jelly Belly Soda Pop Shoppe Gummi Bottles for sale at TJMaxx. It pleased me a great deal to see that the ingredient list included potato starch instead of gelatin. The Jelly Belly bottles include 5 flavors, and while "cherry cola" is included (which tastes suspiciously like Dr. Pepper), unfortunately, "cola" is not. The 5 flavors taste quite good, but I shall still be in search of good vegan cola gummi bottles.

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Marshmallows (intermittently available)

Most marshmallows, like gummi candy, also contains gelatin. After a long time of not being able to find vegan marshmallows other than by mail order, this year my local EarthFare store had some yummy ones from Chicago Soy Dairy available. But EarthFare has now discontinued them. I may have seen them recently in another local store, but I'm not sure.

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Kiss My Face Shower Gels (vegan)

A query I sent to Kiss My Face:
Most of your products that I've seen indicate on the label that they don't contain any animal-derived ingredients. However, I've noticed that your bath & shower gels (anti-stress, peaceful patchouli, active athletic) do not have this statement. Does this mean that these products do contain an ingredient which is most likely animal-derived? Or do they contain an ingredient whose source you cannot be sure of?

Their reply:
Our Shower Gels do not contain any ingredients that are animal derived. We do have a few products that do contain honey and/or beeswax that would not be appropriate for Vegans.

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Durex Avanti Bare condoms (apparently vegan)

A query I sent to Durex:
Hello, I would like to know whether or not your Avanti Bare polyisoprene condoms are manufactured with casein, as most latex condoms are.

Their reply:
All Durex® Avanti Bare condoms are made of polyisoprene which does not contain casein, and the lubricant does not contain animal derivatives.

My review:
Durex Avanti Bare condoms look and feel exactly the same to me as latex condoms. The lubricant has a faint lemony/spicy scent (in my opinion), and tastes ok for oral sex.

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Pasante Unique non-latex condoms

My review:
I tried one of these condoms a few years ago, from here. The material was crinkly and not at all stretchy like rubber. Even worse, it had an extremely unpleasant petroleum-like smell. And even worse (if I recall correctly), it came off during sex. Perhaps they've been improved since then, as they are now marketed as "odor-less", and other reviews indicate no bad smell.

not on the internet

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 09:55 am
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It seems downright odd nowadays, if I do a websearch on a product and get absolutely no results found. I mean, how unlikely is it that a professionally-packaged product available in the United States would have no mention on the internet?

Someone gave Q a curious Halloween novelty candy. It is a clear plastic test tube filled with orange goo and candy gummy eyeballs. Another odd thing is that the label says that for Nutritional info, write to such and such address. It's a U.S. address. But no ingredients list nor web address is on the label. I was curious about the ingredients - it probably contains gelatin and is therefore non-vegan, but you never know. So I did a search on the product name and company - "gummy eye balls" + "imaginings". No results found! I did find out that Imaginings 3 is another name for Flix Candy. Flixcandy has a website showing their candy products, but these gummy eye balls are not included. A search on "flixcandy" + "gummy eye balls" also yields no results. The fact that I didn't find what I was looking for is no big deal. But the fact that no results were found is an oddity!


Addendum:
Now that I've posted this entry, if Google indexes it, there will no longer be no results found. Heheh.

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009 03:52 pm
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When I was looking at the Valentine's cards at the pharmacy, there was one which was worded "To My Partner"... I liked that part of it (and there was only a single card worded like that), but the rest of the text wasn't quite right. There was another card, where almost all the text sounded appropriate... but then I saw that the card had a narrow side-flap which said "To the Woman I Love". I thought, I could cross out the "Wo"... I mean, who cares if the card was intended for a woman or man - the message is the same. I thought, I could cross out the "Love" part too, because I'm not comfortable with that word... no, crossing that out would be bad. I could have just cut the whole flap off... Then I looked at the text of the main card again, and the very last part said something about me feeling "truly happy", and I realized, that part wasn't right either. I can't honestly say that I feel truly happy. I'm happier with Q than without him, but "truly happy"? No, I don't feel that way. There were a couple of cute cards which I didn't find any fault with, but which didn't say much at all. I was thinking, maybe I should get Q all of these cards which came somewhat close, and tell him, these are the ones which come closest to what I feel, even though none of them are quite right. That didn't seem like the greatest idea though, either.

I thought of perhaps getting Q's mother a birthday card, but then I thought that she has so many family-members, and she must get so many cards... And the cards I was considering seemed humorous to me, but she might not be as amused by them.

It's too bad that all the little heart-shaped candy with the little messages on them has gelatin in it. I used to like them as a kid. But I guess I wouldn't want a whole bag of them anyway. I'm not as fond of eating sugary candy as I used to be. Sometimes my teeth are even sensitive to the sugar.