Link Tank #51

by Jamie Sanford on July 13, 2018

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This video about mixing face powder is mesmerizing.

Interesting look at habits that are keeping you from being a great communicator.

I am pretty interested in this master class on photography by Annie Leibowitz. At $100, I expected it to be much more expensive.

I need a house so I can get a Frank Lloyd Wright bird feeder.

Why you need a Roth IRA. I enjoy reading Two Cents pieces.

This is certainly one take on Trent Reznor’s 50 Greatest Songs. I don’t necessarily agree with this list, but I would put many of these into my own top 50.

At a very different place in the musical spectrum, Dave Matthews performed a short acoustic set at NPR.

After 10 years on Twitter, it took a negative tweet regarding Tonya Harding and her appearance on Dancing with the Stars for me to get trolled! All thanks to Yahoo Entertainment for including my tweet in their story.


Throwback to the Gary Numan show from last December. I need to see another one soon.

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Why I Am Still a Big Fan of Amazon Prime

by Jamie Sanford on July 10, 2018

Amazon Prime Day is quickly approaching, and since it celebrates the launch of Amazon Prime as a service, it is a good time to review your account and see what it is doing for you.

There are a lot of perks to Amazon Prime, the biggest one being access to 2-day shipping on over 100 million items without incurring any additional costs (over the fee you’ve already paid). You also receive access to thousands of video titles in Amazon Instant Video – including Amazon’s own original content like Transparent or Mozart in the Jungle. (We started Mozart in the Jungle and fell off for some reason, but it was excellent and I need to begin again.) You can also use your prime account to store your personal photos, an interesting tie-in to Amazon Web Services, which a bit of research will show is a massive portion of Amazon’s overall business.

These are all great. We got a prime account for our household at the beginning because we were already shopping on Amazon quite a bit. However, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate Amazon the most for one big reason.

I don’t have to go to Target so much anymore.

Do not mistake this for a dislike of Target, because I love Target. I love Target so much that I am happy to need a reason to go there and buy stuff, and as the old (ish) adage goes, you cannot go into a Target and not come out with a cart full of stuff that cost you at least $100. The struggle is real.

Out of Swiffer dusters? Let’s go to Target. Out of hand wash? Let’s go to Target. You see where I’m going with this.

The realization that I could buy a number of the items I had mentally decided were only available at Target was a game-changer in terms of trips out to buy stuff that I do not need. I am as aware as anyone that we are living our lives online and that it is good to get out into the world, but it’s also good to not end up with a bunch of random nonsense that I probably didn’t need. I know that it is incredibly easy to shop online, but the tactile experience of shopping in a store is still very intoxicating and influential, at least in my own experience.

For that major reason, in addition to the gratification of quick shipping, I will happily be renewing my Amazon prime account this year. Click the banner below to get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which will include Prime Day specials! Prime Day runs from July 16th into July 17th.

Here are a few of my recent additions to my own Amazon wish list.

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I have been a die-hard fan of Formula One for the past 6 or 7 years. I didn’t think I would be into it when my husband asked if I would watch the first race of the season back in what I think was 2011, but I was hooked from the start. I have, like many other Formula One fans, been disappointed in the online offerings of Formula One for ages. However, Formula One was recently taken over by Liberty Media, who have introduced experiences and content that I am thrilled about. There have been some issues as of late, however, and I’m particular miffed about one of them.

F1 Fan Voice is a new introduction, a way to get direct information from Formula One fans while offering them the chance to win prizes and experiences. I already have an account on F1.com, but I had to additionally sign up for F1 Fan Voice. I don’t know why it can’t be a single sign-on for all of their platforms, but that’s not the biggest issue with F1 Fan Voice.

See below.

Right at the top, you can see that I have 29 new polls to take!

I soon found out that I have to click “VOTE” for every single question, and the entire page reloads every time. This is asinine.

I tweeted to the official F1 Twitter account about this:

 

I have received no response, 9 days later, which is also really disappointing!

I will be back soon with another post about the F1 TV experience, which has also been a mixed bag. I am willing to be very forgiving of the new team managing Formula One media now, because I am such a big fan of the sport, and I’m really engaged in all content and experiences related to it.

More to come soon.

 

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I have moderately dry skin, but do not moisturize it nearly enough. Mostly this is because of the inevitable greasiness that comes with covering yourself with cream/body butter/etc. I have used body oil in the past, the Bio Oil that was recommended to me ages ago by a friend, and it did make my skin feel good, but there was a long period of feeling like I was covered in oil for too long after application. I stopped using that and have tried lots of moisturizers since.

Enter the Kiehl’s Since 1851 Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil.

I wish I could remember who recommended it or which YouTube channel that I heard about it on, because this stuff is amazing. I purchased the small bottle from Sephora to try it out, and I’m a third of the way through it after about a month.

I either spray it right onto my skin, or into my hand, for more precise application. I rub it in with my hand, and the speed with which it soaks into my skin is incredible. It definitely leaves me with a bit of sheen, but nothing like I’ve experienced with oils in the past, because it doesn’t feel wet. (The dry oil thing is no lie!)

This product is a game-changer for me, because the texture of my skin is markedly improved after regular use. I’m not sure that this wouldn’t be the case with another moisturizing product, but the issue there was that I never used them regularly enough to find out because I was too irritated about being greasy.

If you also have this problem, I cannot recommend that you try this product enough. I am definitely a convert.

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Dr Martens | Current Favorites

by Jamie Sanford on May 14, 2018

I am an avid fan of Dr Martens shoes, and have been since I was a teenager. (See this post to have a look at the first pair I bought, back in 1994-95. I still have them.)

My collection continues to grow, as I’m always on the lookout for something new and unique to add in to the collection. The best deal ever was on the Arabella loafers in navy blue, a purchase from Hautelook for over $250 off of the original price. We have a Dr Martens outlet nearby where I found the 1461, Valentine edition. (Which I don’t wear nearly enough.) The Kristy boots are a new addition featuring soft leather that I have loved from the second I put them on.

I have gathered a list of the Dr Martens shoes in my collection (or the closest match), and also some of my wishlist items as well. Check it out below, and tweet me with your favorite Dr Martens shoes.

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