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Premium LED Headlight Conversion Kit - Easy Plug & Play - No Adapters Required - CREE LEDs - Start Seeing Better at Night
Premium LED Headlight Conversion Kit - Easy Plug & Play - No Adapters Required - CREE LEDs - Start Seeing Better at Night
Offered by ProdigyMedia
Price: $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, clear, white beam, April 30, 2016
I was offered a set of these by the maker in H11, which is the size used for the main beams on my 2013 Ford Focus, and I happily accepted. All my flashlights, bicycle lights, and home lamps and fixtures are now LED based, and they're just better in every way than incandescents (and the much hated CFLs!). Installation on the Focus takes at most 10 minutes per bulb and requires just two tools- a T-30 Torx driver and a flat screwdriver to pry open the retaining clip that holds the cable to the bulb assembly. If you've done headlights before, it'll take you just a few minutes. It's a pretty easy job, even for a novice.

Being of a cautious nature, I started out just installing one bulb, both to compare the LED bulb to the stock halogen bulb and in case these LED bulbs had a short life. Compared to the halogen, the LED seemed just as bright, but much "whiter." Compared to the halogen bulb, the LED bulb puts out much less IR and red, and the result is that you get more output in the blue end of the spectrum. You can tune this with the included stick-on dichroic film filters and get your choice of color temperature, but I like the stock color balance. This may be subjective, but I think I can pick out detail better with the LED light at the edge of the beam where intensity starts to fall off.

I've been running the car for a few days with one LED and one halogen and I haven't found any reason not to trust these not to fail. I'm going to install the second LED tomorrow and run an all-LED system. When they come out with these in H1 I'm going to do the high beams as well.


Wine Aerator Decanter - Premium Red Wine Aerator Decanter With Stand And Elegant Gift Box
Wine Aerator Decanter - Premium Red Wine Aerator Decanter With Stand And Elegant Gift Box
Offered by Mimi's & Fifi's Wine Accessories
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive, fun to use, and it does help you serve your wine at its best, April 29, 2016
Everyone knows, or should know, that wine has to be aerated before being drunk. Exposing it to air opens up the flavors and allows you to fully appreciate the wine. In past times, good wine was always poured into a decanter some time before being served, but today diners want to see their wine poured from the bottle sitting on the table. Maybe they want to make sure they're being served the wine they paid for, but they're not enjoying the wine as much as they could. Even when drinking wine at home, people rarely, if ever, take time to decant the wine and let it breath. Maybe we just don't have time any more.

No matter. This clever gadget does a fine job of mixing wine and air as you pour it, whether into a decanter or into a glass. I received a sample from the sellers that I've been playing with and I can attest that not only does it prove the taste of wine, it's fun to use, and it amuses your guests as the wine burbles its way through the device. The design is well thought out- there's even a little stand to store it upright on your table,Mao it doesn't drip, and a cloth storage bag. Recommended.


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Dinner, Summer & Picnic Tablecloth, 60 x 84", Warm Stripe, Seats 6 to 8 People
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Dinner, Summer & Picnic Tablecloth, 60 x 84", Warm Stripe, Seats 6 to 8 People
Price: $26.99
4 used & new from $22.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, attractive patterns, nice feel., April 28, 2016
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A well made, inexpensive, tablecloth that nicely matches my newly painted dining room. The fabric has a nice feel to it, too. A fine choice for casual dining.
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Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide
Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide
by Charles Foster
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The best, and most entertaining, book by a naturalist I've read in many years., April 28, 2016
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If you're a backpacker, you have probably noticed that there are two kinds of people you meet in the wilderness. One group might be categorized as Hikers. These are the backpackers whose main priority is not so much the appreciation of wilderness as it is accumulating miles. They travel light, sleeping under flyweight tarps, drilling holes in their teaspoon handles, and heating their tea over homemade alcohol stoves. They can be found "through hiking" the Appalachian trail or the Pacific Coast trail.

The other group are the Campers, for whom hiking is a means to get to a remote destination. They can be further divided into two extremes. At one end are those who like to bring with them all the comforts of home. They have the latest high tech tents, bags, and stoves, brightly colored parkas, and solar panels to power their cell phones and tablets. They probably eat locally sourced vegan freeze-dried food. At the other extreme are those whose priority is separating themselves as much as possible from technology and getting as close as possible to nature. They can be spotted by the gear they use, which is the same gear they bought when the started packing 30 year ago: Primus stoves, canvas packs, leather boots, and a Sierra cup.

And then there are people like Charles Foster, the author of this book.

Foster trained as a lawyer, but his real calling, dating from his childhood, was to be a naturalist. He is curious not just about how animals live in the wild, but what it's like to actually be a badger, or a deer, or a fox, and to that end he embarked on a series of experiments in trying to live like these and other animals, at least as much as possible as it is for a human to do so. Among his other exploits, he has burrowed into the hillside along with a friend, to try and experience life as a badger, practiced identifying his children by the smell of their scat (and trained them to do the same) and experienced being hunted by dogs, such as a fox might experience. He has eaten worms.

Did all this give Foster what he was looking for, a real sense of what it truly is like to be an animal living in the wild? By his own admission, not really. There's still quite a gulf between being a fur-clad quadruped physically and mentally equipped to live naked in a damp burrow, and being a curious, hairless, biped trying to see through a badger's eyes. But he does learn quite a bit more about the gulf that separates us from our wild brethren, as well as an appreciation for the tolerance of his loving wife and family. This is a marvelously entertaining read and certainly the best book by a naturalist Ive read in a good many years. Foster is unremittingly honest about his attempts and failings in pursuit of his goal, and at time hilariously self-critical about what he realizes sounds to most of us like an insane quest. This is wonderful reading for any and all who find themselves drawn into the natural world.


Booq Cobra Brief, Black
Booq Cobra Brief, Black
Price: $294.95
6 used & new from $249.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality materials and workmanship in a stylish case, April 27, 2016
I received a sample of this bag a week ago from Booq, and since then I've been using it to carry my iBook, charger, notebook, pens, cameras, books, papers and all sorts of miscellany. It's easy, as this is a big bag, with a lot of compartments and pockets. How many, I'm not quite sure, but there are two zippered compartments, each of which is big enough to swallow up the biggest laptop, two slightly smaller compartments (one zippered, one open) each of which is large enough to carry a tablet or small notebook, and several internal pockets.

Construction is first rate, made of heavy corduroy nylon, double stitched and bound on all load carrying seams. One large compartment is luxuriously padded to prevent scratching your laptop. All are finely finished and lined. The overall impression is that of luxury luggage.

You might ask yourself: Do you need a three hundred dollar laptop case? Of course no one needs a luxury laptop case. You can carry your laptop in a shopping bag. But there's a certain pride of ownership that comes from having the best, and this is certainly the best laptop case I've ever seen.
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HAVIT HV-MPC04 2X HD Telephoto Cell Phone Camera Lens kit(2X) for iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / 6 / 5s,Android smartphones
HAVIT HV-MPC04 2X HD Telephoto Cell Phone Camera Lens kit(2X) for iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / 6 / 5s,Android smartphones
Offered by HavitDirect
Price: $34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but alignment and focus are critical, April 27, 2016
I've tried several auxiliary lenses for my iPhone and I think this lens and its companion wide angle adapter are the best so far in a number of ways. The simple spring clamp mount is the simplest, and the most secure. Optical quality is good, but positioning of the lens is critical to insure good results (see photos). Focusing is critica, too. It helps to tap on the screen of your iPhone to select the region you want the camera to focus on. Even with the best results there's a fair amount of barrel distortions, but then this is a $35 add-on, not a $300 interchangeable lens. As a telephoto, the mild 2x magnification isn't going to bring wildlife in close, but it makes for a good portrait focal length. For a lens that costs this little the results are pretty good. (I received a free sample of this lens for review)
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HAVIT HV-MPC03 0.63x Super Wide Angle Cell Phone Clip on Professional HD Camera Lens Kits for iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / 6 / 5s / Samsung,Android smartphones
HAVIT HV-MPC03 0.63x Super Wide Angle Cell Phone Clip on Professional HD Camera Lens Kits for iPhone 6s / 6s Plus / 6 / 5s / Samsung,Android smartphones
Offered by HavitDirect
Price: $34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but alignment and focusing are critical, April 27, 2016
I've tried several auxiliary lenses for my iPhone and I think this lens and its companion telephoto are the best so far in a number of ways. The simple spring clamp mount is the simplest, and the most secure. Optical quality is good, but positioning of the lens is critical to insure good results (see photos). Focusing is critica, too. It helps to tap on the screen of your iPhone to select the region you want the camera to focus on. Even with the best results there's a fair amount of barrel distortions, but then this isn't a $300 interchangeable lens. For a lens that costs less than $40, the results are pretty good. (I received a free sample of this lens for review)
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Aipai 3 in 1 Tactical Rifle Scope with 3-9x40mm Dual Illuminated Scope+Red Laser Sight + Red / Green Reticle Holographic Dot Sight W/ 22mm & 11mm Rail Mount With Color Gift Box Package
Aipai 3 in 1 Tactical Rifle Scope with 3-9x40mm Dual Illuminated Scope+Red Laser Sight + Red / Green Reticle Holographic Dot Sight W/ 22mm & 11mm Rail Mount With Color Gift Box Package
Offered by YBK OPTIC- LLC
Price: $199.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value in a .22 or PCP air rifle scope, April 26, 2016
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This scope is actually a package of three sighting devices that can be used individually or in combination: A 2-7x scope; a wide-field red/green dot reflex viewfinder; and an adjustable laser designator. All are equipped with a weaver-type mounting base, and the scope has three full Picatinny rails.

Because the mounts on the three sights aren't true Picatinny mounts (they don't have a screw that engages the slots in a Picatinny rail) you wouldn't use this scope on a heavy recoiling rifle, but it would be ideal on an AR-styled .22, a PCP air rifle, or even a soft air gun. There's a lot of metal here so this isn't a lightweight scope. On the other hand, it had a solid feel that suggests it should last. At under rightly bucks for a scope, a reflex sight, and a laser, it's a pretty good deal. (I received a free sample from the supplier.)
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Lthr Tuc Inpant Hlstr Sw Mp Shield Rh
Lthr Tuc Inpant Hlstr Sw Mp Shield Rh
Price: $56.29
6 used & new from $55.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solution looking for a problem, April 25, 2016
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This holster combines elements several styles of holsters to try an create a flexible system that can be worn inside amd outside the waistband or as a traditional through the belt holster. There's a molded plastic holster with adjustable retention pressure, a la Fobus, plastic hooks designed to grab under a belt, and plastic snap-on belt loops, all of which are mounted on a soft leather backing. Pistol retention is good, but I'm not happy with the holster comfort when it's worn inside the waistband, and when worn on the belt, it's bulky and move around too much. The problem for me is that the I find metal studs inside the holster irritating, and the leather backing is too rough on the inside for comfort, and at the same time, too soft to stabilize the plastic parts when worn outside.

It's certainly a well made, high quality holster- but it just doesn't work for me. I think this holster is trying to be a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. There are plenty of good holsters (including several from Blackhawk) that work well when worn in one position. If you really think you need a holster than can be worn three different ways, you might want to check this holster out, but I think most of us are well served by single purpose holsters.
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Denon HEOS 3 Wireless Speaker (Black)
Denon HEOS 3 Wireless Speaker (Black)
Price: $299.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loud, good sound, flexible communications options, somewhat fussy setup, April 25, 2016
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This is one of those devices that requires absolute adherence to the setup instructions. There's nothing intuitive about it, and even when you follow the instructions to the letter,mounted may end up, as I did, unable to play music from your phone on it with no idea why. I repeatedly got a puzzling "unable to stream now. Try again later" error message that made no sense at all... so I turned everything off, restarted the HEOS and my phone,mans it all worked. I was able to stream from my Amazon Vine account, my Soundcloud account, and direct from the phone.

And the sound was pretty good. The HEOS plays much louder than you'd expect from such a small box- it can get uncomfortably loud in my living room, and even at the highest volumes it doesn't distort. There's enough bass extension so music doesn't sound thin. The question is, is it worth three bills? If you already have a decent sound system, maybe not. It's pretty easy and inexpensive these days to connect a computer or smart phone to your stereo via Bluetooth or USB adapters. If you don't have a stereo- which is increasingly the case these days- but you do have a tablet, a smartphone, or a laptop, the HEOS is a good way to provide room-filling sound from your portable electronics. You can connect it you computer via USB, to almost any smart device vi Bluetooth or WiFi, or directly to any device with a 1/8" headphone jack. It's also possible to network several HEOS systems together in different rooms throughout your house, though I can see this could quickly became pretty costly.

Even if you do have a good stereo system, the HEOS is a handy way to deliver sound to a part of your house or apartment that doesn't have a sound system. Put it in your garage, your basement, of on your deck, and if can communicate with your home WiFi network or your device's Bluetooth signal, you can stream sound to it. I have mine in my basement workshop (see photo) where I'm using it to stream music from my iPhone and my Amazon Vine account.
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