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Making Your Bed is Pointless

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” someone said one time in a viral video.

I say, making your bed is one of the most pointless things you can do. Unless you’re showing your bed to someone, it’s an exercise in futility. You expend energy and take time to make your bed, then you have to expend energy to unmake it when you go to sleep.

Do you close your bedroom door? Oh, then nobody looks at your made bed, so it benefits no one to have it made. So for the most part, the only reason to make your bed is because you like opening your bedroom door to a bed that looks nice. (There was a time when I had to make my bed, when I was sleeping in a living room. That made sense.)

There are measurable scientific benefits to an unmade bed — it’s more hygienic (Google it). But my favorite part of an unmade bed… It’s ready for sleeping in, all the time. When my ex-gf would make our bed, I would get really angry. I just want to go to sleep, and now you’re making me work.

To the point of the video, if the first thing I do is brush my teeth and take a shower, those are real actions with real benefits that last throughout the day. I feel clean and am reminded that I was able to accomplish one thing, and it wasn’t something that was utterly pointless.

I got sold a fake USB flash drive on eBay. Here’s how I fixed my situation and how you can avoid this situation yourself.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

So I was searching for a 32 GB USB flash drive, and I really like the Kingston DataTraveler 100 series (I have 3 of them). I found one on eBay for a great price. What I didn’t realize was that the Internet is infested with unscrupulous sellers trying to unload fake flash drives onto unsuspecting buyers. I happened to be one of those buyers this go-round.

I had the fake flash drive in my possession; what now? Lesson one, the most important thing: Immediately leave negative feedback for the seller and report the item on eBay as counterfeit. Why? Check out this awesomely informative article at SOSFakeFlash entitled Why Leave Immediate Negative Feedback For an eBay Fake Flash Seller?

Now, I normally give the seller the benefit of the doubt and try to work things out, but in cases of fraud it just makes sense to leave feedback first. Of course, the seller will complain, beg, maybe even bribe. But they deserve the negative, even if they unwittingly sold a counterfeit. And it appears that your odds of receiving a refund are improved by leaving negative feedback.

SOSFakeFlash has no evidence that holding back a negative improves the chances of a refund. The opposite has been seen.

Second, if at all possible, use a credit to make the purchase. See this article on SOSFakeFlash: Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account. Fortunately I did, but I wasn’t forced to do a chargeback, as the seller immediately refunded my money after I posted the negative feedback. (Probably should’ve though just to stick it to him more.)

What’s a fake USB flash drive and why should anyone care?

A fake Gucci® handbag might be fine if you’re Asian and don’t care that everyone else knows you have a fake. A handbag doesn’t have a lot of specs other than to look like a replica and let you put shit into it.

A fake flash drive is a lot more involved. To use a car metaphor: Imagine you were sold a vehicle that supposedly had a 32 gallon gas tank. The salesperson claimed it, the owner’s manual says it, the fuel gauge even indicates that it holds 32 gallons. But when you go to fill it up, it only holds 4 gallons. Try to put more than that in, and gas obviously just spills out.

Ok, that was a shitty metaphor, but hopefully you get the picture. I was sold a 32 GB drive that was actually 4 GB that claimed to be 32 GB.

How to tell if a drive is fake/counterfeit