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Sunbeam 885-911 Renue Heat Therapy Neck and Shoulder Wrap, Green
Sunbeam 885-911 Renue Heat Therapy Neck and Shoulder Wrap, Green
Price: $33.73
16 used & new from $29.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for people who are not lumberjacks, blacksmiths, or roustabouts., August 31, 2015
I am a man with the shoulders and neck of an NFL lineman - If I wrap the pad around my neck and attempt to connect the magnets to hold it in place I have 2 issues:
1. The wrap is *just* large enough to fully go around my neck and, although it does fit and does not obstruct my breathing, it is quite snug and feels like someone has their hands about my head, neck, and face and could choke me out of the octagon at any moment. I suppose I could try to convince myself at an emotional level that this sensation is not one of murderous intent but instead a loving caress, however, I would need to work on myself and my feelings for a while to get there; possibly start a 12-step program and buy some patchouli oil.
2. The pad bunches up on the back of my neck and the internal heating coils follow suit and bunch up accordingly, creating both an area of excessive heat at the base of my neck and areas of non-heat where the wrap billows away from my body and will not lay flat. The only way I have found to alleviate the bunching issue is to put the heating pad flat on my back and drape the shoulder flaps forward, maintaining a forced cleavage, which gives the appearance of fuzzy green pauldrons.

Other than contributing toward the look of a Valkyrie joining battle at a plushie convention and the above gripes for MOUS's (Men Of Unusual Size) this has been a good heating pad for me. It keeps my neck and shoulders warm, and is there really much more you can ask of an item with the words "Heat, Neck, Shoulder" in its name?

JVC HAFX5B Gumy Plus Inner Ear Headphones -Black
JVC HAFX5B Gumy Plus Inner Ear Headphones -Black
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186 used & new from $2.75

91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY ARE THESE BARGAIN HEADPHONES SO GOOD?!?!, August 10, 2015
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Ever since my dog ate my $350 Ultimate Ears Super.fi5 Pros 5 years ago and I wept, then swearing to never pay more than $100 for in-ear headphones and buying a set of Klipsch S4s that got sucked up in the vacuum cleaner, then swearing to never pay more than 30 bucks for in-ear headphones and going through 2 sets of MEElectronics that both burned out in the right ear, I swore off in-ear headphones.

For the past year I have just worn Audio Technica ATH-M50s cans everywhere, and whereas they produce beautiful sound, they are also huge and terrible for running or mowing the lawn (I can only assume they are terrible for running because there is no way I will be running unless chased by something that likes to stop and maul running things, in which case wearing headphones wouldn't be a smart choice).

I decided to once again lower my standards, as is part of the ongoing process of being an adult, and made a deal with myself to try in-ear headphones again, but swore to never pay more than $10. I found 2 pairs that met this criterion and also had decent reviews - the JVC HAFX5B Gumy and the Panasonic RPHJE120A. Both products had such attractive names attached that I ordered a set of each.

The short of it: The JVC HAFX5B Gumies are better.

The medium of it: The JVC HAFX5B Gumies produce deeper and richer bass and the high end is cleaner and more present. I don't experience any distortion using them with my iPhone at max volume listening to Infected Mushroom, and at a more sane volume I can hear every string pluck, fingernail tap, and golpe de mano en la guitarra with Rodrigo y Gabriela (blame Google translate if you speak actual spanish and that last part doesn't make sense.) The Panasonics are still excellent headphones for being under ten bucks, but they worked some kind of black magic into the JVC HAFX5B Gumy, which is reflected in both their performance and the excellent name their marketing department gave them.

Are the JVCs as good as the Ultimate Ears Super.fi5 Pros? No, but the JVCs are not in stuck in the intestines of a dog right now.

Are the JVCs as good as the Klipsch S4s? This is hard to answer because my major gripe with the S4s was the soft silicone eartips, which would lose their seal in my ears after a few minutes, and, at the recommendation of another reviewer, I purchased memory foam eartips for the JVCs and have never listened to them without. I also put the memory foam tips on the Panasonics, and they were still inferior.

Are the JVCs as good as the MEElectronics headphones? The JVCs are superior to the MEElectronics to an unreasonable degree. Remember that the JVCs are filled with black magic turned up to turkish döner box level. The MEElectonics headphones are apparently filled with toothpaste in the right ear.

Are the JVCs as good as Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones? The answer is NO, but you will look less conspicuous choosing the JVCs for the morning stand-up meeting at your mid-level office job and you will seem more devout during Sunday school because you won't be wearing large over-the-ear studio monitor headphones.

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose Gumy.

EDIT 8/25/15 - Turns out my Klipsch S4 earphones did NOT get sucked into the vacuum cleaner as I had previously been informed. My wife saw them sitting on the kitchen counter earlier in the year, thought they were "extras just laying around", took them and started using them, discovered they were phenomenal, and "conveniently" didn't realize that they were the "lost headphones" I repeatedly asked her to keep an eye out for that were white and said "Klipsch" on them. She came clean this past weekend when I generously offered her my spare pair of Panasonic RPHJE120As prior to a workout. Surprised at the sudden reappearance of my prodigal earphones I asked for her to give them back to me. We had an honest-to-god fight about her giving them back, which she eventually did ("throwing" moreso then "giving"). So now I can tell you that I replaced the silicone tips with memory foam tips on the S4s and they blow the Gumies out of the water. Yes, the Klipsch S4s are vastly superior to the bargain headphones for which this review is written... BUUUUUUTTTT... JVC HAFX5B Gumy Plus Inner Ear Headphones are still a phenomenal cheapo simulacrum and I will continue to sport them during times of political upheaval and in epicenters of urban decay to dissuade brigands from unscrupulous acts of petty banditry. The S4s will be relegated to the good times - the milk and honey times - the times my wife does not have them.
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TOOGOO(R) 5 Pcs Parallel Connection 3x 1.5V AA Battery Holder Case Box White
TOOGOO(R) 5 Pcs Parallel Connection 3x 1.5V AA Battery Holder Case Box White
Offered by Clever Edgar
Price: $3.92
2 used & new from $3.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THESE ADAPTERS ARE IN SERIAL - NOT PARALLEL!, August 5, 2015
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These converters do NOT put the batteries in a parallel configuration, they put them in SERIES - which triples the voltage. Before I figured this out I put 4 of them into a toy for one of my kids (should have been a total of 6v but because these adapters are in series it was 18v) - and guess what happened... Smoke started pouring out and the circuit board fried. You get what you pay for. Buy elsewhere.

Kazi Building Block Century Military Bristol F.28 Fighter RAF #82002 402pcs
Kazi Building Block Century Military Bristol F.28 Fighter RAF #82002 402pcs
Offered by Monadjemi
Price: $21.97
5 used & new from $21.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Kazi set, March 11, 2015
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Another excellent bootlego set from Kazi. This one came out great - the build was fun, there were no clutching issues, and the plane looks downright cool. Not LEGO quality, but this one comes close. And it is bigger than I thought - 12.5" wingspan and about 13" from nose to tail. This particular series (Century Military) from Kazi has been consistently great - the planes are top notch and the tanks are even better.
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Kazi Building Block Century Military Fw190 Fighter Plane Luftwaffe #82005 299pcs
Kazi Building Block Century Military Fw190 Fighter Plane Luftwaffe #82005 299pcs
Offered by XLD Technology
Price: $15.69
2 used & new from $15.69

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No, this isn't LEGO, but it is pretty great., March 11, 2015
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I have purchased many of these Chinese bootlegos from different manufacturers and the quality varies wildly - even between sets sold by the same company. This plane is one of the best I have put together - no clutching issues, the bricks don't have bits of extraneous plastic hanging off of them, and the design is great. One thing I really enjoy about these Chinese companies, especially Kazi and Sluban, is that they make military sets such as this one, which LEGO does not. I'm not a militaristic person, but let's face it, building tanks and warplanes and a full naval fleet is pretty awesome fun.

These bricks are not LEGO quality but they come close - a few cons would be the coloring of the bricks isn't exactly uniform, and the helmet doesn't stay on the minifig very well. Other than those small niggles this is a great plane. And it is pretty big - wingspan of about 14" and a length of about 13"
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Asics Men's Core Short Sleeve Top
Asics Men's Core Short Sleeve Top
Price: $18.99 - $25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for canoeing and camping, July 13, 2012
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I go on a 3-day canoeing/camping trip every summer and usually within the first 15 minutes of getting out of my air-conditioned car I am drenched in sweat and stay that way until pulling off my cotton shirt at the end of each night. I picked up a couple of these asics shirts at the recommendation of a friend and MAN ALIVE what a difference! I was much drier, the shirt didn't stick to my body, and I was a ton cooler. There were three of us who were wearing these moisture-wicking shirts during the trip and we were all smugly pleased with ourselves the entire time. None of us will ever go back to cotton shirts for this trip. Previous comments state that these shirts run about one size big -- I have to agree -- I usually go with XXL, and that's what I ordered, and it was a bit loose. I ordered an XL after the trip and it fits perfectly; still somewhat loose, but hey, if I wanted to look like a sausage I'd buy a compression shirt. I now own 7 of these shirts and wear them whenever I run or spend any length of time outdoors.

Paper Monkeys
Paper Monkeys
Price: $11.99
35 used & new from $7.92

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one incredible album., January 11, 2012
This review is from: Paper Monkeys (Audio CD)
I had never heard of Ozric Tentacles until about a month ago - I stumbled across Spirals in Hyperspace as an Amazon recommendation - I bought it and loved it. I then listened to much of their catalog subsequent to and before Spirals and found my tastes to totally jive with everything after Erpland (don't get me wrong, Erpland is also amazing). I am a fan of other psy-based electronic music outfits like Infected Mushroom, Shpongle, Younger Brother, Phutureprimitive, Juno Reactor, etc. and the later Ozric albums fit in beautifully with this group.

Ozric releases 2004 and later are heavy on the electronic and programming side of the fence but still have some amazing guitar solos and beautiful melodies -- I have been jonesing for another band to add to the aforementioned list, and these guys are it!

I have slowly been going through the back catalog and I am very impressed with some of their earlier work -- and I am happy to report that my musical tastes are being expanded with each album.

The shift in style looks to have happened originally out of necessity with band members leaving, and Ed Wynne filling the gaps of missing instruments using an electronic medium -- but this was exactly the shift that needed to occur in order to bring someone onboard with my musical tastes.

Price: $12.39
74 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars What's up, "one star" review guy?, August 20, 2009
This review is from: UFO TOFu (Audio CD)
One star? Really? You really gave a Flecktones album one star? You think this album is as bad as any music can possibly be?

I have been a fan of Bela and friends for many years, and UFO TOFU was the album that put them on the map for me, and it is still my favorite. I have purchased this CD at least 4 times in my life due to scratches, breakages, or losses, and I would pay for it again and again if I had to.

This is a sweet and beautiful album filled with some of the most amazing melodies, riffs, and downright incredible musicianship. I find myself humming 'UFO TOFU' or 'Sex in a Pan' at the most random times in my life - I will never be able to get the songs from this album out of my head, and I would never want to.

Waring WMK300 Belgian Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless
Waring WMK300 Belgian Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tasty tasty waffles in less than 5 minutes, April 11, 2009
I am always rushing around in the morning because I hit the snooze button too many times -- but I really hate skipping breakfast. Usually I grab a bowl of cold cereal or a nutrition bar, but sometimes I want a freakin' waffle. I bought this waffle maker based on the reviews and the price, and it lives up to everything. I bust out the bisquick or krusteaz pancake mix, add some water and vegetable oil, stir, then pour into the waring.

Cooking time for my waffles has been 2-3 minutes with the temp gauge set to 4. If I were to leave them in for 4 minutes they'd be dried out.

When cooked, I usually tear the waffle into 4 sections and dip it in syrup, or just butter it, or slather it in preserves -- great for munching in the car on the way to work. I've even put hummus and turkey or mayo and pastrami and cheese on the waffle, folded it in half and eaten it as a sangwich. So good.

Other than cleaning the drip tray occasionally or cleaning off the sides of the grill where excess mix billows out, I rarely have to clean this thing. If you put enough oil in your batter the waffles will come out EASILY every time -- just use your fingers to pull out the finished waffle. After removing the waffle there is still tiny bit of oil on the griddles -- not even noticeable, to tell the truth, but this is good for the griddles. Leave it on there -- it protects and seasons them. Unless you have visible batter or residue on the griddles, you don't need to wipe them.

The only time I have ever had a waffle stick to the iron was when my girlfriend made blueberry waffles. The blueberries didn't want to part ways with the griddles. Eventually the blueberry residue carbonized and the grill was once again clean.

I highly recommend this grill for anyone who wants to be able to make a waffle from start to finish, including making the batter, in under 5 minutes.

Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
DVD ~ Ronald Reagan
Price: $12.92
36 used & new from $0.01

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good switcher - but purchase it elsewhere, April 17, 2008
This review is from: Santa Fe Trail (DVD)
This is an HDMI switcher distributed by Monoprice -- if you go to their website (which is fantastic for electronics accessories) this switch is much less than the listing here on Amazon.
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