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Coca-Cola® Polar Bears Sharing A Coke Tray
Coca-Cola® Polar Bears Sharing A Coke Tray

3.0 out of 5 stars A step back in quality, July 30, 2013
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I bought a similar Coke tray several years back that I am still very happy with. It looks great and is sturdy.

This Coke tray also looks great but is not sturdy. It feels like the metal is much thinner than the old tray. Another problem is that the lip around the edges of the new tray are not rolled over for extra hand carrying reinforcement. The only benefit of the non-rolled tray is that it is a bit easier to clean (no water gets under the rolled metal).

Bottom line: look elsewhere if you need a tray capable of carrying heavy food or drinks.

Isopure Whey Protein Isolate, Unflavored, 3 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)
Isopure Whey Protein Isolate, Unflavored, 3 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)
Price: $44.99
20 used & new from $44.99

27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taste is the Least of My Concerns, January 16, 2013
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I recently read a Consumer Reports protein powder article (July 2010) that blasted protein powders as "unnecessary" and full of dangerous "heavy metals." Upon reading the article, I emailed Nature's Best to find out what practices they use to protect their consumers. Two weeks later, still no reply.

The problem, as stated in the article, is that these "supplements" are not regulated by anyone. Nature's Best, like others, make all kinds of bold claims, but refuse to have any sort of independent lab check their products for quality. That's bad news for consumers. For example, I could start my own protein powder company tomorrow by mixing some Chinese protein powder with sawdust in my bathtub, throw in a little aspartame and dye, and call it Delicious Triple Chocolate Protein Powder (yum). Then, sell it to you the following day bragging about how many BCAA'S and L-Glutamine it contains.

I would hope that Nature's Best Protein is legitimate, but I also believe they should prove it. Nowhere on the product does it say where it was made (just distributed by Nature's Best in Hauppauge, NY). You gotta assume this protein is manufactured somewhere in China. It also states on the tub that the suggested use is "one serving daily." Why? Why not two or three? Does this protein contain some other ingredients like sawdust or heavy metals that may make it unsafe for consumers wanting more than one serving a day? Actually, there is a warning on the label about accidental overdose of iron in the product (even though each serving supposedly only contains 4% DV). Weird!

Something doesn't seem right with this company. No offices. No personnel directory. Just a call center with a 1-800 number.

Hard to make of this.
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Addition Pocket Flash Card Game
Addition Pocket Flash Card Game
Offered by THE BT GROUP
Price: $4.83
43 used & new from $0.01

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One noticeable problem with these Flash Cards, September 7, 2011
There are 52 fact cards in the addition pack, and 52 fact cards in the subtraction pack. The problem is that way too many of the cards have either a zero, one, two, or a combination of these numbers in each question. Once these easy facts are learned, there are only about a dozen cards or so in each pack that are challenging.

Twincut Technology Power Saw Plus
Twincut Technology Power Saw Plus

30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One major safety flaw, January 25, 2011
For some really bizarre reason, it takes two hands to turn on the Twin Cut Power Saw. The safety flaw is that the user essentially has to raise the saw into the air to accomplish this feat.

I've never encountered another legitimate power tool that requires "two" hands just to activate "one" switch.

I called Twin Cut customer service about my problem, and the guy there just told me to return the saw (as if their design were a defect?).

BTW - this thing is deafening if you do manage to turn it on.
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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William Zinsser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.91
401 used & new from $2.90

56 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough already, please, December 3, 2010
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Saturday, November 6, 5:45 a.m. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. Oh, man . . . I can't believe it's already time to crawl out of bed. Feels like my head just hit the pillow. "Sit up before you pass out again," I tell myself. Five hours of sleep; not too bad, actually. Better than the night before.

Coffee. I need coffee. I smell it brewing already. Even better, I hear the unmistakable sound of sizzling bacon. Mom's cooking. Now I'm starting to perk up. My brother, still snoring, apparently didn't hear the alarm. "Up time!" I bawl. "Dozer" Dan Miller rolls over, not amused. He's still wearing his mud-covered shirt from yesterday. "Dude, let's go. We've got mammoths to find!"

The above paragraphs are taken from a real article about a Snowmass Ice Age Digsite.

To sum it up: this is the Zinsser style.

Apparently, Zinsser has an extremely wide influence these days because writers and journalists all seem to want to write in this funny, sappy, and humanistic style. It's kinda like watching the Olympics these days (more human drama than sports.)

The Zinsser style can be useful in certain cirumstances, but this shoddy style is too widespread these days. Enough is enough.
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71 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very efficient and easy to clean - but who cares if it doesn't work., November 13, 2010
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The easiest product to use, but does not give an accurate temperature! I've compared the Temporal Scanner to two digital thermometers (which give the same reading), and the Temporal Scanner is always off by a few degrees.

Interestingly, if you take your own temperature a few times quickly, the readings are usually off +/- .2 degrees between readings (a good thing). If you wait a minute to take your temperature again, the readings are now off +/- 1.0 degrees (a bad thing).

One reason for these varied readings is because you may be sweating. The manufacturer does warn that the Temporal Scanner doesn't really work if you sweat. Keep in mind that most people with fevers sweat. So what is a sweating person to do? In this case, the instructions tell you to scan below your ear to get a reading (which ear they do not say). At this point, you will discover that your under the ear temperature varies significantly with all the other readings you have taken. So which one is accurate?

The Temporal Scanner is also very touchy. You have to run the scanner across your forehead EXACTLY the same way or your readings will be very different. Unless you are perfect, this is a challenging task. To make matters worse, taking readings on another person even more difficult.

I too have talked to "experts" in the field of medicine, and they will admit that the Temporal Scanners are only approximations, and not as accurate as the old standby digital thermometers. Also, keep in mind that these same experts have much better Temporal Scanners than the one I'm reviewing here.

Bottom line: skip the Temporal Scanner if an accurate reading matters to you.
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Hot Wheels 100 Car Case
Hot Wheels 100 Car Case
14 used & new from $25.00

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious Design Flaw, August 22, 2010
This review is from: Hot Wheels 100 Car Case (Toy)
This case works well as a car carrier. It is also made of decent materials. The exception and problem is that the two compartments are divided by a flimsy piece of plastic. Once the case is opened, the cars from the hinged compartment spill out of the case despite the platic divider. To make matters worse, it is darned near impossible to close the case once both compartments are filled.

Pass on this paltry case and buy two of the Hotwheels Molded 48 car cases instead.

H.A. Mack 12-in. French Beechwood Mixing Spoon.
H.A. Mack 12-in. French Beechwood Mixing Spoon.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Spoon, March 14, 2010
I'm writing this review primarily because there are no other reviews. Interestingly, this is the same exact spoon as the one sold by BettyCrocker. Both are French Beechwood Mixing spoons, and have the same shape, size, and price.

If you have a choice between buying the 10-inch or the 12-inch, buy the 12-inch model. I have both and am constantly banging my knuckles with the smaller 10-inch spoon.

This is also a well-made spoon that feels much sturdier than the cheaper and economical "pack-of-five" wooden spoons that you can buy at Target or Walmart for $1.99.

The primary purpose I bought this spoon was because my platic nonstick spatula (i.e., Calphalon N04 Large Nylon Slotted Spatula - rated #1 by Cook's Illustrated) kept flaking bits of black "seasoning" in my ground beef. Other spatula's have deteriorated similarly in less than a year. After I use my wooden spoon to cook ground beef, I just toss it onto the top-rack of my dishwasher (NOT recommended by the manufacturer). So far I have not noticed any cracks or have needed to replace my wooden spoon, even after about 50 times in the dishwasher.

For me, I would rather buy a few of these high-quality wooden spoons every year than eat black plastic.

Adobe Acrobat Standard 9 [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Acrobat Standard 9 [OLD VERSION]

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Features that are very useful with AA Standard 9, January 21, 2010
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Acrobat Standard 9 has actually surpassed my expectations. Here is what I like best about the software.

1. You can combine multiple single page .PDF files into a single multiple page .PDF file! That means instead of having ten, twenty, or more .PDF files, you can easily combine them into one .PDF file.

2. You can easily shrink the file size of any .PDF file from massive down to very small without loosing visual quality of the file; thus saving huge amounts of space on your hard drive.

3. Instead of wasting trees printing web pages, you can do a select all, copy to clipboard from your webpage, and then paste the contents directly into a .PDF file in seconds. The margins and layouts of the pasted webpage is perfect. To me, the cost of Acrobat is worth this function alone!

The only downside of Acrobat Standard is that if you scan a document askew into a .PDF file, there is no easy way to to straighten the picture(but you can with the professional version).

Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word Power
Vocabulary Cartoons: SAT Word Power
by Bryan Burchers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.00
161 used & new from $0.92

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! a vocabulary method that really works!, June 13, 2009
Like anything worth doing in life, remembering and retaining all 290 words in this book will not be easy. Will it still be worth your effort to master these words? YES! YES! YES! Why?, because a HUGE component of reading comprehension comes down to understanding vocabulary words.

VC teaches words commonly found on SAT exams. In turn, the SAT tests words (such as "melancholy" [depression of spirits] or "countenance" [a person's facial expression]) that are commonly found throughout English Literature. Thanks to VC, I now know these two words by heart.

I should also point out that this book is not political! You will not take "umbrage" [a sense of insult; to take offense] by the content.

Now on to the important part of my review. I can honestly say that it took me well over a year to remember and incorporate all 290 words into my everyday vocabulary! Why so long? Even with the excellent cartoons, there are simply too many words to remember all of the subtle differences between the words. For example, what is the difference between the words "abhor" and "abominate"? "beleaguer" and beset"? How about "allure", "assuage", and "balm"? Also, many words have different meanings. For example, "pique" [as a verb - to arouse curiosity] or [as a noun - resentment or irritation stemming from wounded pride].

That said, I believe the most fool-proof method to memorize ALL of the words is via the lowly flashcard. There I said it. Here's how to do it. Write three words per flash card. On the front, write the word, grammar type (noun, adj. etc.) and the link word to the right. Then under each word write the caption sentence. On the back of each card write the definition. The best definition to use is the short definition that is used in the Reviews at the end of each section. Does this method work? Yes!

You can do it too!

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