Monthly Archive for June, 2012

The roar of the crowds, the ITCH of the greasepaint?…

Brad Pitt portraitWell, add stage makeup to another class of products that appears to frequently have detergents in them, sometimes pretty strong detergents like SLS.  Wow, I was a theater buff as a teenager and remember the thick oily makeup and the greasy cold creams necessary to remove it.  Things must have changed.  I’m guessing detergents help the makeup go on easier and wash off with less pain and … grease (elbow and otherwise).

I was handed a container of stage makeup recently that was supposed to be hypoallergenic.  SLS was the second or third detergent on the list!  I don’t even know what came after.  No wonder Brad Pitt, who I’ve read has eczema, had so many problems finding makeup that didn’t bother his skin when he was filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  (I wonder if that has anything to do with why he plans to retire from acting?  I hope not!  It would be such a waste and so totally unnecessary.)  Given the odds, it’s also possible one or more of his kids has some eczema, dry skin, asthma, or allergies.  (I did try to find a contact address to send a link to SolveEczema, but Pitt is famously private and anyone online these days gets so much spam, it seemed a fool’s errand.)   Note from the universe to Brad:  Switch to true soaps at home and use only makeup that contains no detergents!

Photo attribution:  Thomas Peter Schulzen
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Catching up … if my computer will cooperate …

Well, when I drop off the face of the earth for awhile, at least relative to my blog, I feel like I should catch up before posting more.  But I’m not someone who writes well about the usual slogs of life, so — my apologies!  I am still wrapping up from the crowdfunding and cleaning up after a particularly long season of computer troubles.   (I didn’t win the Changemakers healthcare competition, by the way — I didn’t expect to — but take a look at the winners who did, and some who didn’t, it’s both eye opening and inspiring.  Links on my last post.)

I heard somewhere that Steve Jobs had an employee whose job was just to take care of all the time-consuming technical hassles so that all Jobs had to do was use his computers for their intended purposes when he wanted.   (I need that guy!!!!!!!)  Barring that, I sure wish the computer industry was paying attention to what the rest of us slog through that keeps us from using our computers the way WE intend to use them…

Anyone at Apple have eczema?  I’m happy to barter some expertise…