Dry Eye Problems resolved

Beginning in 2007 I had a serious dry eye/corneal problem which resulted in frequent early morning sleep disruptions with severe pain and discomfort in my eyes, mostly my left eye. I missed some work, and saw several doctors over the next three years. The official diagnosis was Recurrent Corneal Erosion, which is a scratching of the cornea due to drying of the eyeball surface.

I tried drops and gels, and then discovered this web vendor http://www.dryeyeshop.com/ and related support websites. I purchased their recommended nighttime goggles with replaceable foam inserts and started to get some relief from my problems. The rubber-like googles called Tranquileyes were troublesome.  They had lots of complaints about the glue provided with the foam inserts, and the foam pieces required frequent washing, sanitizing and drying.   But it seemed worth the trouble. Then http://www.dryeyeshop.com/ announced a new foamless goggle and I tried that.  It is apparent that the goggles retain moisture, because there are often little beads of water on the inside when I get up in the morning.   My only problem has been tears in the silicone where the headband attaches.

Its been over a year now without symptoms, so I’m calling myself cured.  I use the silicone goggles during sleep at least 90% of the time, and I’ve discontinued the drops and gels.  And I discovered the ones designed for foam inserts work just fine without the foam too.

Earlier posts on my RCE problem:

July 2008 posting http://www.baribob.net/?p=777

April 2009 posting http://www.baribob.net/?p=966


Medicaid reform

visit Linda Solash-Reed on facebook.

Linda Solash-Reed, an attorney affiliated with the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys criticized the new law because she said there is no data to prove it would save money. Worse, she said, the state has no evidence that the new program would work for senior citizens because they were not included in the original pilot project.

Glee Season 2 Finale


New Directions is writing their competition song(s) the day before nationals?
Finn wouldn’t understand or like New York?  after that montage w/Rachel?
Rachel doesn’t know that Cats has been closed for 11 years, but Quinn does?

Does this show ever watch itself?

Palm Pixi Plus smartphone

Pixi on inductive touchstone chargerRecently I picked up a Verizon 3G Pixi Plus smartphone because they’ve been dumped on the market and I could buy one for only $60 w/no contract. I’m not eligible for a contract phone upgrade until April 2012. The Pixi runs the WebOS operating system and has a lot going for it, however application development is behind the curve because this smartphone platform is at least 4th behind Apple, Android and Blackberry. I’ve also ran into some severe limitations of this tiny phone, and I’m already craving an upgrade. here’s the good and the bad.


  • great small form factor, slick physical design, allows me to ditch the belt holster
  • although small, the tactile keyboard works well
  • verizon navigator is built in which I use a lot
  • drPodder app has revolutionized my podcast acquisition and consumption
  • email and calendar integration works really really well, for work and personal accounts.
  • wifi works seamlessly and flawlessly.  also has a built in 3G hotspot function which works well
  • cool inductive no-cable magnetic charging system (shown in image)
  • Pandora


  • slow.  and gets memory leaks which interfere with launching apps and requires a reboot
  • underpowered, can’t really run two apps at a time without apps screwing up (eg. podcast playback  simultaneous with navigator)
  • GPS works, but is erratic and not accurate enough for run tracking.  Consistently overstates mileage.
  • Verizon navigator is not as full featured as it was on my old media phone (wtf ?!)
  • screen is too small to really take advantage of google maps
  • no voice recorder function or app available
  • camera has no settings or controls whatsoever.  click. save. switch to video. click. record. stop. save.  thats it.
  • no streaming Rhapsody client available or intended – got to go to one of the other big three for that.
  • Does not handle rhapsody DRM, so I can’t even load my subscription music on it.
  • no voice recognition for dialing

Next phone will probably be a smallish android with a slideout keyboard.  With 4G if available.  Previous phones:

2010: Casio’s C721 Exilim Phone

2008, LG Dare

2007, LG VX8700