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0.5 W Fail-Safe Long Range FM Transmitter - FS CZH-05B - Newly Revised: Dual Mode now with RCA Inputs
0.5 W Fail-Safe Long Range FM Transmitter - FS CZH-05B - Newly Revised: Dual Mode now with RCA Inputs
Offered by F-S Electronics
Price: $84.99
2 used & new from $79.99

3.0 out of 5 stars FM transmitter with flaws, but works as described., August 6, 2014
performs as described. reliable, small, easy to use. Two sets of audio inputs, phono and 3.5mm round, plus mic input too. Comes with rubber duck type antenna that screws on the back. Cranks out lots of TV interference which can appear on computer monitors and TVs within 25 feet. My guess is this is a sloppy transmitter with lots of emissions on other frequencies all over the dial up and down. What it needs is a power output adjustment. When it's on it makes interference patterns on every display in the house. Nearby receivers have a nasty 60 cycle hum but more distant ones do not.

McClard's Bar B Q Sauce 18 ounce
McClard's Bar B Q Sauce 18 ounce
Offered by Hollydaiz Hot Dealz
Price: $14.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Southern BBQ sauce from famous restaurant., August 6, 2014
I bought this BBQ sauce after seeing a review of the business from which it gets it's name on some food network TV show, I think it was DDD on food network. What they didn't describe was that this is a vinegar based BBQ sauce, not sweet. It's also thin, somewhat runny. Taste is decent. I've searched around online and found the lowest price for this bottle on amazon, buying it from the store is rather high priced. This sauce mixes well with other BBQ sauces or mustard too. This was the first vinegar based BBQ sauce I have ever tried.

Sid Meier's Railroads! - PC
Sid Meier's Railroads! - PC
Price: $7.99
18 used & new from $4.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Sid Meier's on win 8.1, August 6, 2014
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I run this on a win 8.1 PC desktop. It runs just fine but on occasion it crashes without warning, I think it has something to do with memory something or other.

If you've never seen this before it's a railroad simulator. You lay track, buy engines, establish routes and select cargo or passengers, along with priority and more. There are scenarios to play with deadlines and goals, or you can build your own railroad empire and run it over time without the constraint of cost or profitability. The graphics are cartoon-like, nothing is to scale, sounds are slightly better than primitive, the interface is not intuitive, rail laying is restrictive; no stray lengths of rail can be laid - all must extend from existing track (you cannot lay track from, say, detroit to toledo, and Cleveland to Dayton. You must start where the game begins with one small section and attach everything else from that. This game is similar to Railroad Tycoon (circa 2002) but less advanced. I paid about $9, which is a decent value for this game.

Hauppauge WinTV HVR850 USB HDTV Stick Adapter
Hauppauge WinTV HVR850 USB HDTV Stick Adapter
2 used & new from $42.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I own two of these, mac and win 8.1, June 25, 2014
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Been using this for years now on both the Mac OS and Win 7.x and 8.x. There's a world of difference between the software and performance for the two versions. The USB receiver module itself is the same and fully inter-changeable.

The Mac version of WinTV is far far more graphic and user friendly than the PC version. Aside from being slow converting recorded TV shows to mp4, my experience with the Mac would get this device a 4-star rating.

For the PC in 7.x and 8.1 I would rate the performance and software a 2-star rating. The interface locks up easily, slow to respond, just simply quits working, takes a while to change channels, the interface is awkward, counter-intuitive and looks very old. The PC version is unreliable and unstable. I am currently running it on three machines, two are 8.1 one is 7.x, the performance is the same, poor.

For the Mac this device works very well but slow, otherwise it's fine. I would recommend it for Mac OS but not PC. The software for PC and functions very differently from the mac version.

VIZIO S3821w-C0 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
VIZIO S3821w-C0 38-inch 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
Price: $158.00
70 used & new from $116.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of where you purchase anything made by Vizio. Very poor warranty service. Very poor online support., April 20, 2014
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Be careful where you purchase any Vizio devices from. If you purchase from a non-authorized dealer Vizio will NOT honor their warranty. I will NEVER purchase anything by this brand name ever again since they screwed me over a $10 remote control that died after a week of use.

Gila PRS361 Daytime Privacy Window Film, 36-Inch x 15-Feet, Mirror
Gila PRS361 Daytime Privacy Window Film, 36-Inch x 15-Feet, Mirror
Price: $28.97
21 used & new from $26.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As described, March 14, 2014
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Reflective window film, during the day looks like a mirror from the outside. The angle at which it has this effect is not side to side, mostly from straight-on or a little to the side, then the reflectivity becomes less and less, which means it's ability to reflect sunlight is mostly during mid-day. If viewed during the day from the side, you can see right through it like a slightly smoked film. In all likelihood, if applied to a window on the side of the house but viewed from the street it would not look shiny reflective.

Difficult to install and get totally smooth. The larger the piece the harder it is to install. All four rolls I have put on so far have had the first foot damaged during manufacturing, every roll was that way. Have to cut it off and pitch it because once creased it's impossible to get to lay flat and perfect. Any slight crease invites in bubbles and air no matter what you do.

The plastic sheet backing is difficult to peel, only peel back a small amount at a time because it really wants to stick to itself. Once it does, the chances of peeling them apart without creasing the sheet is very slim with only two hands.

The trick to applying this is to literally drench the window with lots of slightly soapy water, then use any rubber squeegy to smooth out the bubbles, and get it to lay flat. Always trim slightly short of the edges of the glass, much better to trim before removing the backing and test hold it in place, then peel, wet, apply. You about need to wet the window after getting the backing sheet slightly peeled because the water will evaporate before you can get it started sticking to the glass.

Applying this to a window is very similar to putting a decal on a plastic model: wetness with slightly soaped sponge is the key, next comes patience, and having it trimmed perfectly before application. Then, you may get it installed right in one attempt. Maybe. I think my neighbors hate it.

Paper Moon
Paper Moon
DVD ~ Ryan O'Neal
Price: $5.97
43 used & new from $2.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic comedic look at the 1930s., March 3, 2014
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Based on the book titled 'Addie Pray' the movie covers the short period of time during which a small town swindler agrees to deliver a recently orphaned girl to her closest relatives over in St Joseph, Missouri.
The nine year old girl suspects the man is actually her biological father due to several reasons and their similar appearing faces, "you got my jaw," but the man denies being her father repeatedly. The two commit numerous petty crimes as they slowly cross north eastern Kansas heading towards the state line then on to St. Joe.
As they get to know each other, they become closer and more cohesive. Turns out the young girl is an even bigger con-man than he is, and has a better business sense too. They argue for control over their business efforts en-route to the state line. She is continually reminding him that they started off with him swindling her out of $200, which he still owes her. She uses the debt to leverage control over him during the entire movie.
My two favorite parts of the movie are; the argument in the diner while waiting on the train, and in the car when she reminds him they are running out of bibles to sell. Best way to watch these scenes is to keep watching her (only) and observe her body language while they argue business and money. Not only does she suspect the man is her real father but in real life, the man is the father of the child actor, which adds a chemistry to their arguments that is simply hilarious and genuine. When he yells she recoils but presses right back to defend her argument. As you watch the film note how at first she sits on the far side of the car seat but near the end they are practically pressed into each other as they grow closer. The body language she portrays is genuine and wonderful to watch - they say children don't 'act,' then just 'be' themselves.

This is NOT a movie for children to watch. This is a good one to get on DVD and watch again and again.

In a World [Blu-ray]
In a World [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Lake Bell
Price: $18.49
12 used & new from $13.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious look at the voice over industry, February 13, 2014
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I used to work in radio, the voice over industry is essentially the same thing. So I get the inside humor in this film, but lacking that it is still a funny look at the lives of a family and coworkers in a show-biz industry.

The story follows two adult sisters, whose father is a world famous voice artist that does commercials and movie trailers. One daughter is a hotel concierge the other is a voice coach and VO artist like her father.

Dad is an older obese guy with a fantastic voice leading that industry after the passing of Don LaFontaine who wrote the book on voicing movie trailers with his God's brother-like voice. Dad is dating a woman close to the age of his younger daughter.

An opportunity to voice the trailers for an upcoming series of movies attracts several of the films main characters, all of whom think they are the best one for the job. Enter the battling egos. Hilarity ensues.

My personal favorite moment in this film is when the star is in a street level foyer on her cellphone as a young girl walks past on the sidewalk looking for a place to get a smoothie, their chance meeting dialog has me laugh so hard my sides ache. This same woman is also featured in the final few minutes of the film in a voice coaching studio.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
DVD ~ Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
Offered by Inspire Media
Price: $12.39
89 used & new from $6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars diet-health related video worth the time to rent, February 13, 2014
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The story of a middle aged man at the onset of some significant health issues discovers most of his problems are related to his diet.
I know more than one person who tried to do what this video demonstrates. First, off, juicing is very labor intensive. Secondly, Juicing stuff can easily taste like crap. Juiced veggies do not store well, only masticated veggie juices do, those machines are very expensive.
This is not a guaranteed cure or treatment for chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes. You really need to see your doctor and perhaps a dietician first so you don't inadvertently kill yourself trying, or waste a ton of money in the process and end up right where you started. Start off with something simple and cheap like a food diary and simple exercise plan while you are waiting to see your doctor first. Then shut off your TV and computer, avoid McDonalds at all costs, and eat real food as much as possible, increase your level of activity, buy a used bicycle or borrow someones. Small changes over a long period of time are best. But keep trying and keep going on your plan to change your life. This video is not the answer but is good for motivation and inspiration.

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.49
643 used & new from $3.30

2.0 out of 5 stars An entitled teen runs away from adulthood., February 13, 2014
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I'm going to play the devils advocate here and take the opposite stance that this was one of the most disappointing books I have ever read, maybe not as bad as The Great Gatsby.
The title enters the story when Holden (a high school junior recently expelled from an expensive east coast private boarding school for being delinquent) hears a young child walking along a sidewalk in New York reciting a poem but has the words messed up. This morphs into him internalizing the poem and recognizing that he thinks of being a savior of children unknowingly running through a field of Rye (Wheat) catching them (from death) as they nearly run off an unseen cliff. Whatever.
This story is written in 1940's speak. There are terms to look-up like Grippe and Flitty which are not used today. (I think they mean 'influenza' and 'perverse') Anyone Holden refers to is always prefaced with the title 'old.' There is lots of pointless swearing and smoking references. All of this gets tedious before the 4th chapter.
This is the story of an entitled immature wealthy tall teenage boy, kicked out of an east coast boys boarding school, just before Christmas. He would be due home on Wednesday but makes it home days early instead after a series of bar visits, cab rides, hotel stays, profuse smoking, alcohol abuse, impulse control issues, immature personality problems leading to one bad situation after another. He sits in judgement on about everyone he knows or has laid eyes upon, labeling most of humanity as being phony. He battles with substance abuse problems, a near complete lack of self confidence, an inability to form meaningful relationships, depression, emotionally labile personality, and probably an un-diagnosed case of bipolar disorder. The story reaches no climax, makes no point, only offers about a week long glimpse into the life of a messed-up teenager that is honestly not worth reading. I've read much more relevant books with characters like this elsewhere.

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