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The Worst Dentist: Dr Varma Lansdale Dental

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I have never really had many problems with doctors in my life. I respect them, and as long as they do what they do competently, I’m fine. But this experience is one of the worst ones I’ve ever had at a dentist. Talking to people I meet in the area, I’ve found that quite a few others have dealt with him and the same bullshit. There are no reviews that you can readily find online, so I decided to do this post about my dealings with him.

I believe I broke a crown on a wisdom tooth years before. But finally it had gotten to the point that when it would get infected, you could actually see the nerves twitching on the side of my face. On top of that, it was abscessing, so I would have to drain it every so often. Which is one of the most disgusting tastes I’ve ever had in my life. I was in a bad way, and Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental was the closest (I have no car) dentist that took my medical coverage.

I went in for my first appointment, told Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental everything that was wrong. He said I’d have to remove 3 of my 4 wisdom teeth, and he’d fill in a wisdom tooth and two other teeth that needed it. I had mentioned the pain and the obvious infection from the abscess on the one wisdom tooth. After making the followup appointment with one of the office workers, they said I was good to go. I had to actually mention to them about the possibility of medicine for the infection and pain. Also I was allergic to penicillin, remember that. Well they write me out two prescriptions and I’m on my way.

So the following week I was getting work done on two of the teeth, and then they would give me a referral to a place to get the three wisdom teeth removed. I sat down and got injected with the anesthesia, Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental used half of his needle on each side. I was a little surprised by this, but what do I know. When Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental went to work on my teeth, there was some pain, but it was somewhat numb. I didn’t worry about it too much.

I also mentioned to Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental that the medicine he had given me for the infection was giving me heartburn. Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental swiftly told me “That’s the only thing for the infection which doesn’t have penicillin.” and went on to letting his aides take care of me. I was a bit perturbed, but I started talking to the office workers because I needed a referral to get my teeth removed. I told them that I lived around the corner and didn’t drive, so I needed somewhere in walking distance. They say no problem and give me the referral information.

Now when I get home I googled the name of the medicine I was taking. It turned out that it was supposed to be taken with food, something that was missing on the packaging and despite being the “only” non-penicillin antibiotic, Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental and his staff declined to mention to me. Then when I looked for directions to the dental surgery place, I discovered that it was 2 miles out of my way and not near mass transit. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it was the only place that would take my insurance.

Then when I went for my first meeting with the dental surgeon, I found out since I was only having 3 teeth removed, I wouldn’t be put under. It seems that my medical coverage thought a minimum of 4 teeth being removed was needed for someone to be put under. They also wouldn’t let me leave without someone to drive me home, so I had to find someone willing to drive me 5 miles and back from the surgery. The surgeon was good, and there was very little pain, but not being put under made it a weird experience. Let’s just say I would have preferred to have been out of it.

So a week or two later I return to Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental. It’s time for him to work on the wisdom tooth. Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental proceeds to use the syringe with whatever anesthesia he has right near the tooth he is going to work on. He leaves the room for about 30 seconds and returns. Him and his nurse start shoving stuff in my mouth. Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental then mentions that this is a tough one and he might not be able to save it. I can’t say anything as he proceeds to shove his hands in my mouth.

Look, I’m a tough guy, and I can take a lot of pain. I have a very high tolerance for pain. But apparently the 30 seconds Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental gave for the anesthesia wasn’t long enough for it to do anything. I’m trying to gurgle that I’m in pain while he just continues working like nothings wrong. When my knuckles start turning white from holding onto the seat so hard and the sweat starts pouring from my brow, the aide finally thinks that something might be wrong. She points it out to him, and he finishes what he was doing.

Now Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental’s aide takes everything out of my mouth so I can actually say something. I look at him and say “I felt everything”. Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental replied to that by saying “Don’t worry, I’m done now” and walked away to do whatever Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental had to do. The aide looked at me apologetically.

When I got roughly 3 steps out of Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental’s office, I felt the whole side of my face go numb. My face proceeded to feel numb for the next 4 hours. I don’t know what Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental was in such a rush to get done, but he clearly did not give a shit about me. Sitting there while someone does serious drilling on your teeth while you feel everything is crazy. It’s not like there was anyone else in the office for him to be in such a rush.

To top it all off, the wisdom teeth that I went through so much pain for ended up breaking about two weeks later. So I had to go to another dentist, and get the dam thing pulled out, costing me even more money. I mean I’m an adult with my wisdom teeth, there’s no real reason for me to keep any of them. Also I took the time to look at my medical plan, and discovered there were 3 different oral surgeons within a half mile of my place which I wasn’t sent to because reasons.

I was rather annoyed about my every experience with Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental. I’ve had people accidentally punch me in the face at a mosh pit and apologize, and Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental couldn’t even apologize for his clear mistake. Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental didn’t even seem worried that I had been in a considerable amount of pain. Never has a doctor seemingly thought so little of me.

What really set me off to finally write this though, is that I’ve talked to some friends about Dental horror stories. At least three different people mentioned going to a dentist who apparently went to work on his patient without waiting for the anesthesia to kick in. I would ask them if the doctor was in the area, they would say yes, and then I would ask if it was Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental they would reply yes that’s him. So this isn’t just me he’s done it to. Unless you’ve got a fetish for tooth pain, stay as far away from Dr G. N. Varma of Lansdale Dental as possible. Also I visited the facebook page for him and realized that he was rated 5 stars, with most of the reviews clearly coming from friends and family.

Let’s Play Sims 3: Werewolf PC Repair

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It’s only been 4 months, and I’m back with a Sims 3 update. Sometime in 2020 we’ll actually finish a month. I actually like doing this, I just get distracted by shiny things and don’t do it. So I apologize to all my 3 friends that are following this, and I swear I’ll try to update on a regular basis. Except to Sword, I apologize nothing to Sword.

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Well then, what the fuck did I leave going on at the house. What is this drawing? Why did I ever put Sword in this house? Probably because if I made a JNP Eskimo he would have been pissed. Plus I like JNP.

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So Lew is taking his normal late night shower, because every bed in the house is in use and he refuses to sleep in the same bed as anyone else. The rest of the house is fast asleep.

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Who Buys This Junk? NFL Class Action Suit

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First I would like to apologize, as the commercial I had seen very few times has been removed. But it still exists in a form online, on ISpot. It’s a collection of commercials, and you can see the screencap when you view the listing. The lawyer firm that was running this ad is called Kyros Law Group, and if you look at their list of commercials, the quality should just jump out at you.

The commercials I use for the basis of these posts are ones I’ve seen on TV. I refuse to pay for cable anymore, so what I watch are the digital subchannels of over the air broadcasters. For those that care, those are This TV (old movies with oddly themed days) and Antenna TV (old black and white sitcoms). This commercial came on during a broadcast of Green Acres and I was dying laughing.

First off, what are even the chances of a retired NFL player catching these commercials. There is such a small subsection of the population which are retired NFL players (probably even smaller when you consider the possibility that a lawsuit like this might require a certain number of games) that whatever you might have paid for the airtime is like burning money.

Secondly, it’s been huge news for a while that there are class action suits in regards to concussions and former NFL players. If this was your first time hearing about it, you must be living in a cave. Even more so, would you use a law firm who puts “As Seen On TV” on their webpage? I’m sorry to doubt Kyros Law Group, but I think the NFL might have bigger guns.

While I was looking at their website for the case, I decided to take a look at their disclaimer. It offered  such gems as:

Alabama: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Florida: The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.

Iowa: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Kentucky and Oregon: THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.

Wow, just wow. Even these states have laws which try their best to point out to users that these firms are bullshit. It’s like how California just knows that everything causes cancer, and has tagged that on everything.

But even further down there an entry called “Note on Mesothelioma Click Fraud” which states the following:

Under both state and federal laws users employing either automated or manual clicking techniques designed to fraudulently obtain revenue for their person or business, breach state and federal unfair and deceptive trade practices acts. In some instances these activities may be criminal. We must preserve the integrity of the user experience.

I don’t even know what this means or if this is something that actually happens on the internet. Someone please translate exactly what that says. Also please take the time to tell me what Mesothelioma Click Fraud is.

Obviously there’s a lot of money to be found in getting a lawsuit going against the NFL. But I can’t imagine the retired NFL’ers who would actually use this lawfirm.

Mind of a Racist: Micah Curtis

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Micah wonders why people are suddenly having discussions about racism, and we start off on a magical ride.

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Matt Gambell is a Jerk and RPG Tycoon Sucks

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A story on VG 24/7 came out, saying that Steam Developers are upset with the new refund policy. It’s not really surprising given that steam has in the last year and a half or so been overrun with a lot of junk games. How “games” like Air Control or Dark Shadows: Army of Evil ever made it onto steam is beyond me. The Early Access system on steam has also been abused by developers, dumping half done games onto the service and rarely updating them, resulting in Steam updating their policy on it too.

After reading the VG 24/7 article, I tweeted that I wasn’t surprised developers were complaining about games being easier to refund. For example I wished I could refund RPG Tycoon. At the end of the day it’s not a big deal, since I believe I only paid 10 bucks for it. But the game just really didn’t have any meat to it, along with the constant game ending bugs on the silliest stuff. I realize it’s early access, but I shouldn’t be paying to basically being an alpha tester.

For example one of my game ending crashes was due to sending two heroes out on a quest at the same time. I had just bought a second hero and the first thing I did was send them on a quest to make double the gold. Since my first hero was on a different type of quest, the game allowed me to do it, but then froze any progress on either quest.

This was a continuing trend of my play of the game, getting 15-30 minutes in (I have roughly 2-3 hours played) and then having something ridiculous cause progress to freeze in the game. I realize that the games been updated since I’ve last played (end of October 2014) but I no longer feel any enthusiasm towards playing. Eventually my game will freeze in such a way that I can’t do anything, and all my work will be lost.

Until I started researching for this post, I was under the impression that RPG Tycoon was from the same people who did Game Dev Tycoon. RPG Tycoon was so derivative of Game Dev that I thought it was from the same people. That will teach me a lesson to pay better attention when buying games. So then I shouldn’t be surprised when the developer of a ripoff game is also a dick on twitter.

This was the original tweet I made, which got a reply from Skatanic Studios, who are working on RPG Tycoon.

Which seems completely reasonable. Now I didn’t hashtag the name of the game, or tweet at a developer or anything. I wasn’t looking to draw any attention to it, really. But then I also got another notification about a retweet…

Now that’s a bit more annoying (and image saved here in case it’s deleted). Matt Gambell is the developer for RPG Tycoon. How do I know he is THE developer for RPG Tycoon? Because Skatanic Studios twitter literally says it’s a one man team:

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So that means that Matt Gambell runs his studios twitter. So he pretended to be nice to me when he was acting as the official entity of his company, and then mocked me under his own twitter account. It also shows that he’s a bit of a moron, because the notifications came within a minute of each other.

Once again, I didn’t hashtag RPG Tycoon, I didn’t tweet anything at him, he just searches or has an alert setup for whenever someone says RPG Tycoon on twitter. This is why so many developers, especially smaller indie ones come off as dicks. This is why people don’t feel bad about refunding games which are barely alpha.

In the end it’s hard to feel bad for someone like Matt Gambell or developers like him. People who develop good games will continue to get support from gamers on steam. People who release barley playable still in alpha games won’t make a bunch of money and dump the project. It’s a learning lesson for developers not to just dump stuff on steam to make a few bucks.

You also can’t be two faced in your public relations. This could have been a completely different post had Matt Gambell not gone on his personal twitter to mock me. I might have given RPG Tycoon ANOTHER chance and maybe written something good about it. But RPG Tycoon is just a re-skinned Game Dev Tycoon with none of the polish or fun. The game gets repetitive quickly, and as of my last playing the quests never changed, so once you figure out how to do the quests in the way the game wants, you’ll never have to change how you do them. That the quests are 90% of what there is to do in the game, it gets boring quick.