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Permanent Black Marker Blackout Artline Secure Marker Redacting Pen
Permanent Black Marker Blackout Artline Secure Marker Redacting Pen
Offered by Fox Stamp, Sign & Specialty
Price: $4.50
2 used & new from $4.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well, April 14, 2015
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This Artline Redacting Pen looks like an ordinary marker, but the ink is much thicker and darker than that of an ordinary marker pen like a Sharpie. It does the job of covering up selected text of private documents well. I highly recommend it to Amazon shoppers.


Extech MN10 Pocket Multimeter
Extech MN10 Pocket Multimeter
Price: $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A basic entry-level multimeter, April 11, 2015
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This Extech MN 10 Pocket Multimeter is approximately 4-1/4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick, small enough to be carried in a pocket. The LCD screen is about ¾ x 1-3/8 inch. It performs the basic functions of measuring AC and DC voltage, resistance, and DC current. There is a setting for measuring the voltage of 9V batteries with 10mV resolution and a setting for measuring diodes. The meter runs on one A23S 12V battery (included). A set of needle point probes comes with the purchase.

The most notable function of the MN 10 multimeter is the “Non-Contact Voltage (NCV)" function, which allows the user to detect live AC voltage from 100 to 600 VAC safely without using probes, apparently by detecting the electromagnetic field generated by a live wire. The user brings the meter close to the AC source (as close as possible) with the meter on. A red LED lights up solidly, indicating a live AC source. I have tested it against live 120 VAC extension cords as well as live 120VAC outlets. It works. Just ignore the random flashes caused by residual magnetism.

This MN 10 multimeter requires manual ranging, contrary to more advanced models. I found that very inconvenient. There is no auto-off function. Forgetful users may wind up with dead batteries when they need their meters most. The markings on the range dial are very small and hard to read. This MN 10 is essentially a basic entry-level multimeter for a reasonable price.


I'll Follow You Down
I'll Follow You Down
DVD
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A film about life choices and family relationship with a sci-fi backdrop, April 3, 2015
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On the surface, “I’ll Follow You Down” may appear to be yet another sci-fi film on time travel, but it is not. It is actually a suspenseful drama about life choices and family relationship with a sci-fi backdrop.

**Spoiler Alert**

A promising Canadian scientist Gabe (Rufus Sewell) goes on a trip to Princeton, New Jersey, but never returns. His wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) and his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) are devastated. Twelve years have passed. Marika takes her life with a broken heart and Erol’s relationship with his childhood sweetheart Grace (Susanna Fournier) is in the dump. Erol’s maternal grandfather Sal (Victor Garber) is convinced that his son-in-law Gabe had discovered time-travel and went back to the past and was murdered in a mugging, and that he can reset reality to what it is supposed to be if only he can prevent Gabe from traveling to the past. He tells his grandson Erol, now a super-genius on theoretical physics, about his idea. Erol first rejects his grandfather’s assertion about time travel, calling it a fantasy, but upon the death of his mother and the deteriorating relationship with his sweetheart, Erol embraces his grandfather’s idea and determines to reproduce his father’s experiment so that he can travel to the past and convinces his father not to take the trip. Erol succeeds in his time-travel and meets his father in the past. Erol lays out the choice for his father – family or scientific discovery. The film ends with a bang, literally.

**End of possible spoilers**

The film is slow moving in the first half or so. Canadian director/screen-writer Richie Mehta is laying the foundation for Erol’s motivation for time-travel. There are heated philosophical debates between Erol and his sweetheart Grace on alternate reality, idealism, and the propriety of human meddling of the timeline. The pace of the film picks up towards the end when Erol attempts time-travel and succeeds. The ending is shocking. All the actors are superb. I am especially impressed by the acting of Haley Joel Osment who rose to fame as a child actor in the thriller The Sixth Sense. Fans of big budget sci-fi action films with eye-popping special effects will find this film boring, but fans of drama and suspense will find this 2014 independent film fascinating.


OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper - Medium
OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper - Medium
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Can be effective if used properly, April 3, 2015
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This review on the OXO GreenSaver MEDIUM size.

This OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper Medium size measures 8-5/8 inches long, 7-9/16 inches wide, and 6 inches tall. It is a right size for the storage of fruits and produce with a round shape, like peaches and onions. Produce with an elongated shape like carrots and green onions are better suited in the large size GreenSaver.

The salient features this OXO GreenSaver are the coconut charcoal filter and the vent with a shutter on the lid, and the removable basket inside the container. The charcoal filter supposedly absorbs the ethylene gas, which is a ripening agent emitted by some fruits and vegetables like peaches, pears, and tomatoes. This odorless and colorless gas promote ripening and may result in premature decay of other ethylene-gas sensitive fruits and vegetables like broccoli, carrots, ripe bananas, etc. The vent and the removable basket facilitate air circulation, which help slow down decay of fruits and produce in the fridge.

I conducted an experiment of a sort to test out the effectiveness of this OXO GreenSaver. I picked four strawberries of the same size out of the same batch I bought at Costco. I put two in the GreenSaver with the coconut charcoal filter installed and the vent open and the other two in an open plastic container in the crisper drawer of my fridge. I put the GreenSaver on the shelf just above the crisper in my fridge and inspected the condition of the strawberries daily. After 10 day, the strawberries in the open container were soft, dry, and showed signs of molds while those in the GreenSaver were soft but still moist and showed no signs of molds just yet. My experiment was obviously not scientific but does show that this OXO GreenSaver can be effective if used properly. Check out the OXO website below for more info on the use of this GreenSaver produce keeper:

http://greensaver.oxo.com/venting-guidelines/


InterDesign Ellis Hand Knit 2 Piece Mini Set, Gray/Ivory
InterDesign Ellis Hand Knit 2 Piece Mini Set, Gray/Ivory
Price: $12.99
2 used & new from $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and sturdy, March 27, 2015
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This review is on the two-piece mini-set

This InterDesign Ellis Hand Knit 2-Piece Mini Set is attractive and sturdy. The hand-knit containers measure approximately 3-3/4 inches across and 4-1/4 inches high. One of the two containers has an inner panel that divides the container into two halves. Their use is only limited by imagination. I use one as a pencil box and the other for Post-It note pads. They add variety to and look great on my desk.


Garmin Portable Friction Mount
Garmin Portable Friction Mount
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155 used & new from $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Secure and portable, March 25, 2015
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This Garmin Portable Friction Mount works with my Garmin nüvi 52LM perfectly. It makes moving my Garmin GPS from vehicle to vehicle a breeze. The heavy bean bag base and the friction material at the bottom keep the mount from sliding down even on the steep dash board of my compact sedan. I recommend this Garmin friction mount to Amazon shoppers.


Kimberly Clark Procedure Mask with Earloops - Model KCP 47080 - Box of 50
Kimberly Clark Procedure Mask with Earloops - Model KCP 47080 - Box of 50
Offered by HighTideHealth
Price: $8.99
13 used & new from $3.69

5.0 out of 5 stars No chemical odor, March 22, 2015
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These Kimberly Clark Procedure Masks (also known as surgical masks) come with very soft rounded ear loops, making them quite comfortable to wear. These masks are triple-pleated so that the wearers can expand the masks to cover their nose, mouth, and chin. There is a strip of soft metal at the top of the masks such that the wearers can mold the masks to fit around their nose. Most important of all, they have NO chemical odor.

Like all surgical masks, these Kimberly Clark masks are designed to protect the wearers from being splashed in the mouth and nose by bodily or other fluids, to keep the wearers from touching their mouth or nose, and to prevent the wearers from spreading infectious droplets by coughing or sneezing. They are not designed to keep air-borne germs or viruses away. Nor can they protect the wearers from dust or chemical fume. They are disposable and should be discarded after one use. For their intended purpose, I highly recommend these Kimberly Clark Procedure Masks to Amazon shoppers.


Hot Shot HG-96318 4 Count Bed Bug Glue Trap
Hot Shot HG-96318 4 Count Bed Bug Glue Trap
Price: $3.27

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They are back!, March 21, 2015
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Cimex lectularius, commonly known as bed bugs, were thought to have been largely eradicated from developed countries like the U.S. But since the mid 1990’s, they have staged a comeback, probably bought back by tourists in their clothing or luggage after visiting countries in the developing world. These bloodsuckers are about 4 to 5 millimeters long and 1-1/2 to 3 millimeters wide, large enough to be seen by the naked eye. Their presence is betrayed by telltale signs of large red round bite marks on their human victims and brown spots of their fecal material on bed sheets. They emit an unpleasant odor when crushed. These Hot Spot Bed Bug Glue Traps supposedly offer an early warning of bed bug infestation.

These bed bug traps measure 3-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches, excluding the handles, which are about 3 inches tall. The traps consist of strong glue on cardboard, which supposedly holds the bugs down upon contact. They are easy to set up. Just peel off the wax paper backings, fold the traps into halves, and hang them around the bed.

I have not seen any bugs in the traps so far. Therefore I can’t say whether the traps work or not. That may mean that I don’t have bed bug, which is probably true because I have not seen any sign of infestation. Nevertheless, I think these Hot Spot Bed Bug Glue Traps can be useful.

Update: I surfed the Web to find out what attracts bed bugs. According to an article I read, they are carbon dioxide a person exhales and body heat. These glue traps are not likely to be very effective because they depend on chance encounter with the bugs, not active attraction. Therefore I downgrade the rating from 4 to 3 star.


GPS Navigator Anti Reflective Sun Shade for 5 Inch GPS
GPS Navigator Anti Reflective Sun Shade for 5 Inch GPS
Offered by eskyshop1
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly but pricey, March 20, 2015
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This GPS Sun Shade fits my Garmin nüvi 52LM perfectly. It hugs the screen and is secured on the Garmin 52 GPS with a spring-loaded clip on top. It helps to shade the GPS display from the sun on top and the sides and makes it more readable in bright sunny days. The price at thirteen dollars for a small piece of plastic is steep. I think this GPS sun shade or a similar item could be purchased for less than five dollars in a discount store.


DISPOSABLE EARLOOP FACE MASK BLUE 50/BX
DISPOSABLE EARLOOP FACE MASK BLUE 50/BX
Offered by Cosmetics Central
Price: $4.03
44 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unusable due to strong chemical odor, March 20, 2015
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These Dynarex disposable ear loop face masks come with a strong chemical odor. Prolonged use of one gives me a bad headache. Airing them overnight or washing them with soap and water seems to lessen the bitter odor. Nevertheless, I do not recommend these face masks to Amazon shoppers.


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