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Gila RTK500 Window Film Application Tool Kit, Complete
Gila RTK500 Window Film Application Tool Kit, Complete
Price: $8.97
19 used & new from $6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Insufficient., February 28, 2015
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As pointed out by other reviewers, you can buy better versions of every item in this kit from the hardware store and you can make the solution yourself.

The little plastic squeegee is handy for aggressively going after bubbles, but you also want a full-size squeegee, it'll save you a lot of time and effort. The cutter is pretty worthless. The blade dulled quickly and a dull blade will snag and tear your film. This cutter is so bad that merely having it available and being tempted to use it is a detriment to your job. You want a cutter with a replaceable blade.

Given that you have to buy these additional items to do the job right, you might as well just buy everything you need from your local hardware store.


Departure
Departure
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging but light, February 18, 2015
This review is from: Departure (Kindle Edition)
The first half of the novel is great, we have people dumped into a mysterious situation and forced to cope. Much like how the TV series LOST started out. Then all of a sudden about half way through the author tells us what's going on and things became a whole lot less interesting to me. From that point on the mystery is gone and we just go through the motions with a predictable plot. The science throughout is fairly light, and a little hand wavy. It's hard to go into specifics without spoiling the plot. I feel there was material for at least two maybe three novels and it was jammed into one. This makes for a fast and very easy pace, but lacks depth. I can't help but compare this novel to Dan Simmons's Ilium/Olympos novels, and I would suggest that folks who enjoyed this one would enjoy reading Simmons.


Heterozygoats Just Allele Uneven T-shirt - Red X-Large (46/48")
Heterozygoats Just Allele Uneven T-shirt - Red X-Large (46/48")
Offered by Big Mouth Clothing Ltd
Price: $20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great biology-themed science t-shirt, February 15, 2015
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Bought this shirt for a biology teacher. You can find Chemistry of Physics themed shirts all over the place, but decent Biology themed shirts are a rare find. It fits well, and the artwork is well done and pleasing. It was a great unique gift.


Coming Home (An Alex Benedict Novel Book 7)
Coming Home (An Alex Benedict Novel Book 7)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The slowest Alex Benedict novel I've read..., February 15, 2015
I've read all of the Alex Benedict novels, and enjoyed them all, including this one. If I had to pick a least favorite though, this might be it. There's two loosely connected independent plots going on this time. Neither plot relies on the other in any respect other than they happen at the same time; they could have easily been two separate novels. The first is the quest for a lost cache of historical space artifacts (Apollo moon landers, Neil Armstrong's coffee mug, that sort of thing). The second is the recovery of the Capella, the transport that disappeared with Alex's uncle on board way back at the beginning of the series.

Both of these plots are slow and somewhat predictable. If you're new to the Alex Benedict series, then I'd absolutely suggest starting with the first one, 'A talent for war', rather than this one. If you start with this one, you'll be immediately bored. For those familiar with the series, you'll probably mildly enjoy and appreciate this one. Other reviewers have it right when they suggest that this is a transitional novel, setting the stage for bigger events to come.

On the positive side, we do get to revisit Earth, and we get to learn a lot about the early history of mankind's departure from Earth. Like the others, the novel presents a plausible portrayal of archeology as it might occur 8,000 years from now. Our protagonists interview witnesses, research records, read a lot, visit universities, etc. All of the stuff you might expect researchers to do. I've always given McDevitt credit for creating a plausible tale with the Alex Benedict series, grounding his characters in the sort of drudgery that might indeed be necessary to achieve the task.

I look forward and have high expectations for the next novel in the series.


The Lost Starship (Lost Starship Series Book 1)
The Lost Starship (Lost Starship Series Book 1)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting space adventure!, January 18, 2015
I downloaded this novel from the Kindle Lending Library and enjoyed it thoroughly, although I have mixed feelings comparing it to something like Jack Campbell's Blackjack books. The storyline of The Lost Starship seemed a little bit shallow as it seemed to cover a lot of material in a comparatively small amount of space. Battles happen very fast and without much detail. In a way this is a blessing for impatient readers like myself. At times it felt like the protagonists had too easy of a time, often resolving a grim situation with a simple trick.

The antagonists, the "New Men", felt like 1940s - 1960s B-movie SciFi villains to me. This was actually really cool. I even mentally pictured them in black and white sets, hurtling their arrogant insults down at the inferior humans.

Criticisms aside, I'm anxiously looking forward to a sequel. The novel does stand alone and has sufficient resolution, but leaves plenty of room for additional volumes. If the author reads these, I would encourage him to perhaps take the next one a little bit slower and provide more depth to the elements, in particular the space battles.


ELK M1KP2 M1 LCD Low Profile Keypad
ELK M1KP2 M1 LCD Low Profile Keypad
Offered by JMAC Supply
Price: $99.76
9 used & new from $99.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used this to add a keypad for the garage, January 7, 2015
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I needed to add a keypad to the garage for my Elk M1 Gold, and used this one. You can choose to surface mount it which has the advantage of only needing to put a very small hole in the wall, or you can buy a flush mount kit that means a bigger hole cut in the wall but a cleaner install. The surface mount is so low profile that it almost looks like a flush mount. So far, I've surface mounted one and flush mounted the other. There's a few other keypads available for the Elk -- there's an older M1KP1 that in my opinion looks a little clumsier but includes 6 function keys, and there's a M1KPAS which is a smaller keypad (fits a decora plate) but has no LCD display and fewer buttons. It does have a beep capability that will sound a tone to let you know the alarm needs to be disarmed, but it does not include a speaker for audio announcements. For audio, you can get an ELK SP12F speaker, pop it off its faceplate, and mount it right behind the keypad.


Solder Spool Holder with Weighted Base
Solder Spool Holder with Weighted Base

5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the workbench, January 7, 2015
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I've put up with the solder spool floating around the desk for years, thinking I didn't need one of these things. Figured what the hell, might as well buy one, and it's been a marked improvement. Gone are the days of having to unwind the roll while sodlering. Gone are the days of the solder roll unspooling itself. I just give it a gently tug and get just as much as I need. The base is weighted, so it stays in place. It looks nice, and works well.


Gustaf's English Mini Licorice Allsort, 1.5 LB
Gustaf's English Mini Licorice Allsort, 1.5 LB
Offered by Terrific Deal, Inc.
Price: $10.99
4 used & new from $9.25

1.0 out of 5 stars Severe intestinal/stomach upset, December 28, 2014
Something in this assortment really doesn't agree with me. I ate about half a bag of this an hour before bed and woke up a few hours later with severe digestive cramps. Lost most of a night's sleep. I don't normally have adverse reactions to candy, and I'm a fan of candies containing licorice and/or anise. The ingredients list looks fine, but I have to wonder if the ingredient described as "sugar" may in fact be lactose or at least mostly lactose. The timing of the onset of symptoms and the symptoms themselves are consistent.

Just wanted to pass along a warning to folks who might be lactose intolerant and/or have food allergies.

The quality of the assortment was fairly so-so. It seemed dry and a little flavorless.


Panacea 89024 Single Shepherd Hook, Black, 36-Inch
Panacea 89024 Single Shepherd Hook, Black, 36-Inch
Price: $10.70
7 used & new from $4.21

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless and annoying, November 30, 2014
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This thing is a chunk of 3/8" or 7/16" steel rod bent into the shape of a Shepherd's hook. What it's lacking is the fork that most Shepherd's hooks used in landscaping have at the bottom to aid in stability. Without this fork, the thing will tilt forward if you put any significant load on it. If you try to string anything along it (i.e. multiple hooks and a string decoration from hook to hook), the lack of stability will cause them to twist. You end up with a sloppy amateur looking mess.

I tried to use some of them to hang a lightweight string of C7 Christmas lights. These hooks turned out to be less than useless. They twisted, tilted, or flopped every which way. The decoration had to be abandoned and the hooks tossed in the attic for next year when I'll get out the welder and weld a fork onto the bottom of each one like the manufacturer should have done.


Drain Sleeve Filter Fabric Sock (04100-10)
Drain Sleeve Filter Fabric Sock (04100-10)
Offered by Life and Home
Price: $24.97
21 used & new from $15.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Used this for a french drain in my backyard, September 11, 2014
Used this stuff when installing a french drain in the back yard. I'm not sure if it was necessary, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Amazon only has the 4" size listed, but your local big box hardware store probably has the 3" size. This stuff can be an exercise in frustration trying to stretch it over corrugated flex drain line. The first 6 feet or so is easy, then it gets progressively harder up until you get to around 20 feet, at which point your probably give up (or fabricate an applicator tool). I bought the 100ft roll as it was much more economical than buying the 10ft packages.


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