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Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life
Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life
by Jo Myers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.03
70 used & new from $5.23

3.0 out of 5 stars More a memoir than a guide, July 8, 2014
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When I saw the title of this book, I thought this was a self-help book written for an older person trying to put his/her affairs in order before the end - like how to write a will, how to choose an executor of the will, how to pre-arrange his/her funeral, etc. - things that a man or woman can take care of before he/she departs. The seller description on the web page seemed to confirm my impression. But this book is not that; it is more like a memoir of the author on the deaths in her family and of a friend, occasionally interlaced with legal and elder care tips. Some tips are useful and informative; others are superficial or common knowledge and not particularly helpful. Even though it is marketed as a self-help guide, this book is written mostly for family members, friends, and caregivers of an elderly person, rather than the person himself or herself. As such, this book does make an interesting read and can be enlightening, but I wish the title and the description are more reflective of the content.


I Will Find You (Theme from "The Last of the Mohicans")
I Will Find You (Theme from "The Last of the Mohicans")
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal and haunting, July 7, 2014
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"I Will Find You" by Clannad is a theme song in the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans. Unfortunately, the song only goes for 1 minutes and 51 seconds in the film; the rest of the song was cut out. I am glad to find this song in its entirety here in this album. According to legend, the name Clannad was derived from "Clann As Dohhar", meaning "the family from Dore" in Irish. It reflects the Irish origin of the band and the fact that band members the Brennans and the Duggans are all related in blood. The music by Clannad is a blend of Traditional Irish, Folk, Celtic, and New Age as it evolves through the years, with most notably the ethereal and haunting vocal melodic harmonies in their later works. "I Will Find You" is a good example of Clannad's later music. It is beautiful.


Hopkins 11179000 GoGear Black Rubber Floor Mat, (Set of 4)
Hopkins 11179000 GoGear Black Rubber Floor Mat, (Set of 4)
Price: $51.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and versatile, July 7, 2014
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This review is on the full size set of 4.

This Hopkins GoGear Rubber Floor Mat set is made of heavy gauge rubber. It is strong and hefty but remains flexible. It clings to the floor and lay flat with numerous grooves to retain dirt and gravel, which can be easily washed off with a hose on the driveway. There are numerous spikes on the backside to anchor the mats onto the carpet.

This full size set of four consists of two front mats and a one-piece rear mat which can be cut into two different configurations - a runner joint with plastic connectors (included) to fit the rear extended cab of a pickup truck or two individual rear mats for the rear seat of a sport utility vehicle. Furthermore, each mat can be trimmed along trim lines to fit different size vehicles - from full size pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and mini-vans to compact pick-ups and cross-over utility vehicles. With a little bit of trimming, the full size mats fit my compact Toyota pickup truck. I highly recommend this floor mat set to Amazon shoppers.


C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited 2.4GHz Digital Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Stereo Speaker with Remote Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-24GX)
C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited 2.4GHz Digital Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Stereo Speaker with Remote Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-24GX)
Offered by JMJ Supply LLC
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9 used & new from $89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good portable speaker, June 30, 2014
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This Audio Unlimited Wireless Speaker is big, measuring approximately 10-1/4 inches long, 13-3/8 inches tall, and 6-1/2 inches wide. It is also heavy, weighing 8 pounds with the batteries installed. Its size and weight are advantageous to an outdoor speaker, making it physically more secure. Furthermore, there are two blue LED lights at the underside, which can be turned on or off. They serve to mark the speaker's location when it is outdoor in the dark. The speaker is splash proof - all the control buttons are of the membrane variety and the open jacks are covered with small rubber panels. Its sleek design includes an integral handle. It makes the speaker highly portable.

This Audio Unlimited speaker operates at the very high radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. It renders the speaker relatively free of interference. The advertised range is 150 feet but that is for line of sight transmission in an unobstructed area. Inside my house, the effective range is no more than 75 feet and at that range, there are frequent cutouts. The five-inch downward firing speaker produces big sound - big enough for a pool party. The speaker sounds good. It runs on 6 D batteries (not included). A 100-240V 50-60 Hz AC adapter with a 12VDC output comes with the speaker. There is an auxiliary 3.5mm input jack for direct connection to an iPod or similar audio devices. A remote control for power, lights, and volume is included in the purchase. It may be conveniently secured in the recessed control panel on the side of the speaker by strong magnets.

The transmitter measures 3-3/8" wide, 4" deep, and 4-1/2" tall. It runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) or the AC/DC adapter, which comes with the purchase. The adapter is rated at 100-240V 50-60 Hz AC with a 6VDC output. At the back of the transmitter, there are a 3.5 mm input plug on a retractable cord, a pair of RCA input jacks, a pair-button, a 6 VDC power input jack, and an ON-OFF switch.

The speaker can operate as a single unit with mono sound or it can be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound. Pressing and holding the "Pair" button at the back of the transmitter and those at the control panels of the speakers for five seconds link the speakers to the transmitter as a pair. More than two speakers can be linked in this manner. A Left-Mono-Right switch at the side of the speaker selects the desired audio channel.

In conclusion, this Audio Unlimited wireless speaker is a very good outdoor speaker but it may also be used indoor if the user doesn't mind the size and weight and a diminished range.


Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z213 (2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer)
Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z213 (2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer)
Price: $29.99
13 used & new from $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact speakers with rich bass, June 29, 2014
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This Logitech Multimedia Speaker System is fairly compact. The two satellite speakers with 1-3/4-inch drivers measure 5-1/2 inches tall, 3-1/8 inches wide, and 3 inches deep. The 4-inch downward firing subwoofer is housed in a 5-1/8 inch wide x 7-5/8 inch deep x 7-1/4 inch tall sound box. The entire system can fit into a small book shelf with an 11-1/2 inch x 7-5/8 inch footprint. There is a small control box with a volume adjust wheel, an On-Off switch, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Music is input via a 3.5mm plug. The speaker system is AC-powered; no battery is necessary.

The sound is very good for a speaker system in this price range. There is plenty of volume for personal use in a small room. The subwoofer adds depth to the music. The bass can be adjusted from minimum to maximum via a small knob in the back of the subwoofer housing. I can hear the drums in Basil Poledouris's Conan the Barbarian soundtracks in rich detail. This Logitech multimedia speaker system is worth the money.


My Fair Lady (1964 Film Soundtrack)
My Fair Lady (1964 Film Soundtrack)
Price: $13.76
72 used & new from $5.65

5.0 out of 5 stars My fair lady Marni Nixon, June 28, 2014
The 1964 film My Fair Lady is timeless. Fifty years after its release, I still find the music by Lerner and Loewe enchanting. Alay Jay Lerner wrote the lyrics and Frederick Loewe composed the music. They collaborated in many Broadway shows and musical films; they made a great team. Many younger audience may not realize that the songs of the female lead was performed by Marni Nixon, not the star of the film Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn was a fabulous actress but not so much as a singer (See my comment below). On the other hand, Marni Nixon has an illustrious singing career. Besides My Fair Lady, she also sang the female lead in The King and I and West Side Story. When she was not working as a playback singer, she sang on stage in operas, musicals, and concert tours. She had recorded a few albums. Occasionally, She appeared in films with minor roles; she was Sister Sophia in the 1965 film The Sound of Music.
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Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
Planning For Long-Term Care For Dummies (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
by Carol Levine
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.06
44 used & new from $11.80

5.0 out of 5 stars An easy and informative read, June 28, 2014
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When I saw the title of the book "Planning for Long-Term Care", the first thought that came into my mind was long-term care insurance, which was vigorously promoted at my work place years ago. But this book is a lot more than just about insurance, it encompasses a full spectrum of issues that an elderly person may encounter - personal and medical care, household chores, housing and transportation options, legal and financial considerations and so on. This book is useful for persons in retirement or about to retire and children of parents in similar situation. The book is well-organized with icons, check items, shaded windows, etc. It is an easy and informative read. I recommend this book to Amazon readers.


NOVA - The Elegant Universe
NOVA - The Elegant Universe
DVD ~ Michael Duff
Price: $12.96
104 used & new from $0.36

5.0 out of 5 stars The Theory of Everything, June 24, 2014
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In this Nova - The Elegant Universe DVD, Brian Green explains in layman's terms the String Theory, which might be a step towards "The Theory of Everything" if it proves to be correct (See Note 1). An all-encompassing theory, like the String Theory, has long been sought after by physicists from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, in the quest to unify the two major branches of physics, namely Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, which are totally incompatible with each other. The String Theory manages to describe all four fundamental forces of nature, including gravity, when neither Quantum Mechanics nor Relativity by itself is able to (See Note 2). Brian Green has the unique talent to reduce complex ideas to simple terms that laymen can grasp. There are plenty of special effects in the program to illustrate the physics, which may otherwise be incomprehensible to the audience. I found this Nova program both entertaining and enlightening.

Note 1: Physicists have long believed that matters are made of small point-like particles called fermions (protons, neutrons etc.) and that forces are transmitted by force-carrier particles called gauge bosons (photons, gluons etc.). The String Theory replaces particles with one-dimensional strands of vibrating energy dubbed "strings". When vibrating one way, the strings make up a proton, the other way a photon and so on. For the theory to work, space-time must be made up of 10 dimensions - one time dimension and nine spatial dimensions. The extra six spatial dimensions are very small and curl up among the three familiar spatial dimensions. They are too small for human beings to detect but big enough for the strings to move in and do their things. There are five versions of the String Theory. Most theoretical physicists today believe that they are in fact special cases of the M-Theory, which might well be The Theory of Everything - a fundamental theory that explains all the physical laws of the universe.

Note 2: There are four fundamental forces in nature: (1) the Strong Force, which holds the proton(s) and neutron(s) together in an atomic nucleus, (2) the Weak Force, which is responsible for radioactive decay, (3) electro-magnetism, and (4) gravity. Quantum Mechanics describes the first three forces precisely but is totally mum on gravity. Before the discovery of the String Theory, physicists must resort to General Relativity to describe gravity, which governs large objects like stars and galaxies but is totally nonsensical in the quantum world. There are objects in the Cosmo that are very small in size but very massive in gravity like a black hole or the early universe billionth of a second after the Big Bang. To study them, physicists sorely needed a quantum theory of gravity. The String Theory turns out to be exactly what they need.


Amira
Amira
Price: $22.75
48 used & new from $8.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little Amira, June 13, 2014
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This review is from: Amira (Audio CD)
Little Amira Willighagen has an amazing singing voice that an adult singer would envy. Even more amazing is that she was singing opera arias by the age of nine without having any formal training. She is a natural. She became an international star when her performance of "O Mio Babbino Caro" at Holland's Got Talent became a YouTube sensation with more than 20 million hits. In this debut album, Amira sings familiar crossover classics. They are beautiful. I am looking forward to hearing more of Amira in the coming years as her voice matures.


Viana Mild Jumbos Snacks, 1.74 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Viana Mild Jumbos Snacks, 1.74 Ounce (Pack of 12)

3.0 out of 5 stars It is salty and the flavor is bland, June 8, 2014
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This Viana vegan sausage snack is about 6-1/2 inches long and ¾ inch across. It is the size of a small hot dog but not exactly "jumbo". It comes sealed in thick plastic. It is soft and mildly spicy, but it does not taste as good as I have hoped for. It is salty and the flavor is bland. I had eaten a lot more flavorful vegan snacks before. At more than two dollars each, it is not inexpensive. I won't be buying it again.


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