The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Google Glass Explorer Edition

Have you heard about Google Glass? This thing sounds a bit freaky, IMO. I don’t know if I want to be THAT connected to everyone and everything. Here I thought Twitter and Facebook led to TMI…what’s gonna happen if everyone starts walking around live-streaming their current POV?

CNET review here.

Asics Gel 1170

After 8 months of daily use, my Asics Gel Nimbus 12 shoes finally gave out. I loved those shoes so much that I decided to stick with Asics for my new pair. I thought about getting the current incarnation of the Nimbus (it’s up to 14 now), but after careful consideration, went with the Gel 1170 instead.

The 1170 is very similar to the Nimbus in terms of looks, but they do feel a bit different. While the 1170’s do have the gel bottoms, they aren’t quite as soft and cushioned throughout as the Nimbus model. Now that I’m running on trails instead of pavement, I figured I could give up some cushioning in favor of extra stability.

After a couple weeks of use, I have to say that the 1170 is a very good shoe. The size and fit are excellent, so I never developed any blisters during the breaking-in period, and they live up to the Asics reputation in terms of performance. But I admit that I’m kind of longing for the Nimbus cushioning. I like the bouncy, springy feel that I got with each step in my Nimbus shoes. I don’t get the same reaction from the 1170’s, and I miss it. When these give out, I’m going back to the Nimbus line.

All in all, though, I think the 1170 is a good shoe — especially if you just want a medium amount of cushioning. The price (about $90) was excellent for a shoe of this quality, so I’m happy with my purchase despite wanting to go back to the Nimbus!

Shiseido La Creme

Shiseido has announced that it will release a special edition face cream on September 21 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its Cle de Peau Beaute skincare line. The special edition cream, called “La Creme”, will be priced at more than $13,000 for a tiny 50g jar — making it even more expensive than gold.

Shiseido will only produce three of these special editions. Each one will come in a handmade crystal and platinum jar, though that hardly makes up for the sky-high price.

I can’t imagine who would want to buy this product. No doubt the jars will go to millionaires who spend $13,000 like the rest of us spend $13.

Under Armour HG Fitted LS Shirt

I usually hit the gym for my workouts once summer comes around, but I’m trying to save money this year by giving up my membership and just exercising outside. I don’t mind the heat and humidity (usually I go out in the early morning anyway); however, I do need appropriate gear. That’s why I bought this Under Armour HG Fitted long sleeve shirt.

This product is from their Heat Gear line, which means that it is supposed to keep you cool and dry in hot weather. Even though I’ve had great experiences with UA before, I was a bit skeptical about this particular shirt because I’ve never worn sleeves for a summer workout. I wanted the sleeves as protection against the sun, but was worried about being hot and uncomfortable during my runs. After several outings, those worries are long gone!

As usual, UA really delivers. This shirt actually does keep me cool and dry, and the sleeves don’t bother me at all. I’ve even been caught out in the rain (not exactly a full-on storm, but not just drizzle either) and the shirt protected me from that as well. I didn’t even feel like my skin was wet and the material dried in just a few minutes after I took cover. It was great!

Overall, I am very pleased with how this shirt has performed. I really want to buy at least one or two more for my rotation, but at $50 a pop, it’s just not feasible. Luckily, the shirt is easy to wash by hand!

Adidas Shackle Shoes Controversy

Have you heard about these shoes from Adidas? They were designed by Jeremy Scott and set to be released in August.

But when Adidas put a picture of the new kicks up on Facebook, they were met with a huge outcry. People are offended by the orange “shackles” (which Adidas called “handcuffs”), saying they were reminiscent of slaves being forcibly shackled by masters.

After first trying to defend the shoes as being just another one of Scott’s quirky ideas (he also created some weird teddy bear shoes), Adidas has decided not to release the shoes after all. Here’s the statement they made:

“Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”

Without weighing in on the shackles themselves, I just wanted to say that those are some damn ugly shoes anyway!

Acne Lamp Review Update: Week 4

Note: I recently purchased a red and blue light acne lamp from AcneLamp.org. I will be posting brief, periodic updates about my experiences with the lamp to give you an idea of how the $249 piece of equipment works.

Past updates:

Week 2

Okay, now that I’ve been using the red/blue light acne lamp for four weeks, I can say that I’m finally starting to see some improvement in my skin. The overall tone is still not where I want it to be (still bumpy in places instead of smooth), but I really think I’m better than I would be without the lamp.

Last week was actually a critical week because it marked the middle of my cycle. I usually get hormonal acne (bumpies, mostly) at around that time, but with the help of Aleve, Nizoral, and this lamp, I didn’t have ANY kind of breakout at all. For me, that’s incredible progress and is certainly encouraging.

I have to say that even though I’m seeing good results, it’s hard to stick to the treatment regimen. I mean, it’s so damn boring sitting in front of that damn lamp for 30 minutes every day — even with my iPod. But obviously I’d rather put up with this inconvenience and have clear skin than deal with the alternative!!!

Let’s hope the next two weeks of using the lamp shows even more progress!

iTunes Movie Rentals

Back when iTunes rolled out movie purchases and rentals (in 2008, I believe), I was intrigued by the idea. What an easy way to get great media on all my i-devices without having to go through tedious conversion processes! But it didn’t take me long to sour on the whole thing. The reason? The prices were just too exorbitant.

Four years later, I still feel the same way. Have you looked at iTunes pricing for movies recently? To rent a new release, you have to pay $4.99 — and only get 24 hours to watch the damn thing! But it’s not just the new releases that are overpriced. Sometimes titles that are 2, 3, or 4 years old (and older) cost just as much.

Look, I’d probably be able to accept paying $4.99 for 24-hour access to a new movie if the old ones were reasonably priced ($2.99 at the most). But That’s not the case, so movie rentals remain a no-go for me.

The only exception is the $.99 Movie of the Week. That’s a good deal, and if they wen to Movie of the Day, I’d be thrilled!

For now, Netflix is a much more affordable option.

New MacBook Air

I’m thinking about getting a new MacBook Air. As much as I love my iPad, it just isn’t powerful enough to fully replace my laptop at this time. I have to use some complicated Excel spreadsheets for work, and the Numbers app for iPad cannot render all the data and functions accurately.

I know there are cheaper options out there, but I love how thin and lightweight the MacBook Air is. I don’t do anything with graphics — ever — so I don’t need anything from the more powerful MacBook Pro line.

Before I buy anything, I’m going to go to the Apple store and check out the different offerings for myself. I’m definitely interested, though!