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Carhartt Men's Rain Defender Paxton Heavyweight Hooded Sweatshirt
Carhartt Men's Rain Defender Paxton Heavyweight Hooded Sweatshirt
Price: $44.99 - $53.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Carhartt product, October 20, 2014
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I've been using Carhartt long sleeve shirts for years. They always fit me well, with a little bunchiness in the sleeves, which I like, and the stitching and colorfastness has always been rock solid.

No exception on this hoodie. Same good quality, thick material, solid stitching and no-nonsense washing instructions (cold/low).

The one thing I will warn you about is that the front pocket has a smaller inside pocket that seems perfect for a smartphone. I advise against this. There's no zipper, it's at an angle and there's no tension so you're liable to have your phone slip right out (I heard a clunk taking a corner in the car....yep, my phone slipped out). Still, it would work as a change pocket or to store earbuds or something a bit less slippery than a phone.

Anyway, solid product. If you're familiar with Carhartt stuff, this is their norm.


Ipevo CDCU-04IP VX-1 Internet Conference Station for Conference Calls and Remote Meeting
Ipevo CDCU-04IP VX-1 Internet Conference Station for Conference Calls and Remote Meeting
Offered by IPEVO INC.
Price: $219.00
3 used & new from $219.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Laptop conferencing without terrible laptop microphones and speakers, October 19, 2014
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This is basically a polycom for your laptop. While we frequently conference with GoToMeeting at the office, the laptop's built in speakers and mic leave a lot to be desired. There are plenty of options out there but what you'd really like is something compact that sits on your desk and has everything in one device....like a polycom.

Well, here you go.

The ability to switch from "all mics" to a single directional mic is nice too. It really does cut down on noise from other directions if you just pick a single mic and face it towards the speakers. In a quiet room though, you can leave it set to omnidirectional. The mics are sensitive and the speaker is surprisingly good.

There's nothing you need to control from your computer (other than telling the computer which mic and speaker to use). On Windows it shows right up in your playback/recording device list and the controls you need are on the unit itself. No need for a power plug -- the USB is all it requires.

Note that this is NOT a bluetooth device. It operates through USB or an optional audio jack.


Old Spice Wild Collection Wolfthorn Scent Men's Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant 2.6 Oz
Old Spice Wild Collection Wolfthorn Scent Men's Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant 2.6 Oz
Price: $3.97
21 used & new from $2.95

5.0 out of 5 stars I have identified the scent., October 15, 2014
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Just so we're clear, this smells like original Juicy Fruit gum. I am not claiming that this is a good or a bad thing. I'm just saying that if you know what Juicy Fruit gum smells like, then you know what this smells like and you can base your decision on this. Does your ladyfriend think you should smell "delicious"? Maybe she does. Maybe you should find out.


4 oz Original Gorilla Glue
4 oz Original Gorilla Glue
Price: $6.48
31 used & new from $3.97

5.0 out of 5 stars The glue to use when other glues just don't work, October 14, 2014
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This is not an easy glue to use. Be sure to read the directions, especially the part about needing moisture to get it rolling. If some other type of glue can do the job, you might want to try that first. It's also best if you have a way to clamp the pieces together for a couple of hours.

That said, when nothing else works, this probably will. I use it for minor household repairs where other efforts have failed.


Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
Price: $159.99
15 used & new from $159.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small-In-One, October 13, 2014
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I think the main thing to realize about a "small-in-one" printer is that it's a bit more fiddly than you're probably used to with full sized printers. Rather than a single large tray that does everything, there are multiple trays that, well, you have to fiddle with. To load legal paper, you have to take out the CD tray and then extend the main tray, for example (which then juts out from the printer).

That said, it has a much smaller footprint than most other printers (much less all-in-ones) and has a great array of features, plus speedy printing as inkjets go. It can connect to Google Cloud but also can do USB and wireless. I set it up on the wireless network and it works great. I can scan full color documents and print from my desktop across the room. The touch pad screen makes setting it up pretty easy and the directions were reasonable and the included CD will walk you through the setup and getting it connected to the cloud (which is optional).

The other question you may have is "inkjet vs laser printer". There's a whole internet of information on that but here's my sum-up:
Get an inkjet if you don't print very often (a few sheets per month, say) and you really want color. Inkjets are cheaper up-front than color laser printers and while the cost per sheet is much higher, you'll never make up the difference unless you print more like 100 sheets per month.

If low volume color printing, scanning and fax is what you're looking for, then you've found it! Compact, low cost for what it does and a good name in printers.


Battery Tender (022-0186G-DL-WH) 12V 5 Amp Battery Charger
Battery Tender (022-0186G-DL-WH) 12V 5 Amp Battery Charger
Offered by CBC Manufacturing and Supply
Price: $80.48
7 used & new from $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Charging, October 5, 2014
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This is another good, no-nonsense battery charger and tender. The only thing you likely need to look at is to make sure you have a 12V battery (typical for automobiles) and decide what amperage you want. There's no "wrong" amperage for chargers but where a 1.2 amp charger will charge your battery slow, a 5 amp will charge it faster. If you just want to maintain a battery that you don't use very often, you could go with a cheaper Battery Tender model with less amps. If you actually drain your battery regularly and want to recharge it faster, then a higher price, higher amperage model like this 5 amp one may be what you need.

Use is dead simple: attach the clamps and plug it in. You're done. The system will monitor the charge and you can just leave it plugged in forever. It will switch to a trickle charge to maintain the battery after it has charged it fully. Basic indicator lights let you know the state of the battery (charging or charged).

There are certainly fancier chargers out there -- if you have "problem" batteries, you might look at the Noco Genius brand but for regular battery charging and maintenance, this is probably all you need.


Geoge Foreman GRP472P Removable Plate Grill, Service for 5
Geoge Foreman GRP472P Removable Plate Grill, Service for 5
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Cleanin', September 24, 2014
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For those already familiar with Foreman grills, the big thing here is REMOVABLE PLATE GRILL! AWW YEAH. ...and also an automatic thermostat.

The biggest annoyance with Foreman grills has been that they're a pain to clean. The grills didn't come off and you couldn't immerse it in water so you just had to wipe and scrape it off. This one has removable grills that you can easily hand wash in the sink or put into the dishwasher.

Also, my old Foreman had a temperature adjustment that took a while to experiment with and get used to. This model has no heat settings. There is one setting: on. Heat is regulated by a thermostat in the unit. I'm a little dubious about "one temp fits all" but so far so good. If you're using a Foreman grill, odds are you're not going for finesse and just want to cook a burger or some chicken and the less fuss the better. So, there you go. Turn it on, wait for the pre-heat light to shut off and put your stuff on there and let it cook. It's harder to go wrong with this model's automatic temperature control.

The only thing I wish it had was an off switch. You just have to unplug it.

In my opinion, everyone needs a Foreman grill just for easy cooking of simple things and this model resolves most of my past complaints.


Nostalgia Electrics HDT600RETRORED Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster
Nostalgia Electrics HDT600RETRORED Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster
Price: $19.00
34 used & new from $13.35

4.0 out of 5 stars This is actually a good idea., September 24, 2014
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Hot dogs: we all know how this story goes. Charcoal grilled hot dogs are amazing. Boiled hot dogs are meh and microwaved hot dogs are just plain bad and who wants to fire up the grill just to cook a couple hot dogs? So we buy hot dogs at the grocery store, momentarily forgetting that we don't like them unless we grill them and we aren't going to grill them. So it goes.

Enter: this thing. It will electric-grill your hot dogs which puts it as "not as good at charcoal" but "better than any of the other options" and it's way more convenient than using your grill. I bought it because it was on sale and I'm kind of a sucker but surprisingly it actually does a pretty good job of making hot dogs worth buying again.

I really only ding 1 star because the bread toaster portion is hard to clean. Also, don't buy the really thick hot dogs. It does handle fairly large hot dogs but start off with the regular size and then be your own judge from there.


Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Pancake Syrup, Original, 20 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Pancake Syrup, Original, 20 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Price: $37.42

5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to find a syrup without a long list of ingredients., September 14, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
So it turns out that some of those other ingredients other syrups use probably make syrup more like you think it should be: thick.

If you're prepared for this to be a thin syrup (rather easily soaked up by pancakes) then I say go for it. The ingredients list is as short as can be, it tastes absolutely great and there's no high-fructose corn syrup. But it needs to be stored in the refrigerator which means you'll find yourself heating up some to use it and it's on the thin side relative to other syrups.

Still, hard to fault it. Probably the only way to make it able to be stored at room temperature and thick when warm is to add those ingredients you are trying to avoid by buying this!


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.40
84 used & new from $9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if you didn't buy this book? Best not to think about that one., September 13, 2014
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XKCD fans: Just buy the book. Trust me. Don't even bother with the reviews. You want the book.

Everyone else:
You do not need to be an XKCD fan or know anything about that webcomic to appreciate this book. Just know that once you find you enjoy the book (and you will), you also have a webcomic you can go read which you may enjoy.

The book is similar to the concept of Mythbusters, but tackling far more bizarre issues and drawing on the power of math and science to arrive at answers. Can you build a jetpack out of AK-47s? What would happen to a normal airplane in the atmospheres of other planets? If your printer could literally print money, how much would it impact the global economy? These questions and many more await! I frankly cannot imagine the type of person that would not enjoy this book. The Q&A format of the book lends itself to reading in short spurts so it's a perfect coffee table book as well. (Who DOESN'T want to know how long air friction would take to stop an arrow in a zero-G environment?)

With typical XKCD style humor and animations, the book is witty, funny and informative, although hopefully you will never find yourself in a nuclear submarine stuck in orbit (but the book will tell you what you may reasonably expect to happen, should that ever be the case).


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