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Centon Electronics 32GB Memory Card (S1-MSDHU1-32G)
Centon Electronics 32GB Memory Card (S1-MSDHU1-32G)
Price: $17.99
4 used & new from $17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value!, March 26, 2015
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This card is an economical way to go for your smart phone, tablet, camera, or any device utilizing a micro SD card. While another reviewer claimed its transfer speed is slower than competitors, I can't verify that claim. I don't know how to measure that speed, but I suppose "there's an app for that," or something. I'm not too concerned with that feature because it seems plenty fast to me when transferring photos on my phone to my desktop computer. I think we are sometimes spoiled by our gadgets and always want the latest, fastest, lightest, etc., when many times "good enough" is good enough - and definitely more economical. Maybe I'm just slowing down in my old age.

In summary, this card is economical and serves the purpose for which it is intended. Time will tell, however, whether the quality is there that ensures this device a long life.

--
Roger Meyer


Canon Office Products LiDE120 Color Image Scanner
Canon Office Products LiDE120 Color Image Scanner
Price: $61.99
61 used & new from $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied, March 20, 2015
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This sleek black scanner is a cinch to set up and many of the commands can be done from your computer screen. A CD is included which installs the drives and command modules. I like particularly that creating a PDF is one of the options. If you just want to scan without a printer or fax attached it's the way to go. The scanned copies are sharp and true to color and you can direct the machine to store them where you like, in my case in My Documents.


Adonit Jot Mini Fine Point Stylus for Apple, Android, Kindle, Samsung, and Windows Phones - Silver
Adonit Jot Mini Fine Point Stylus for Apple, Android, Kindle, Samsung, and Windows Phones - Silver
Price: $19.98
4 used & new from $19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice!, March 15, 2015
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I received the Adonit Mini Precision Disc Jot stylus and was immediately impressed by its overall design. It looks sleek, stylish, and functional. I proceeded to use it with my Samsung Galaxy S5 in my favorite drawing game, Draw Something, and was finally able to draw the finer details my fingers have been unable to.

The device is constructed of lightweight aluminum and the writing point is centered in a clear disk which helps to properly position the point in the same plane as the writing/drawing surface. The disk also fully rotates to accommodate any writing position. The diameter of the shaft is sized properly and fits comfortably in my fingers. I appreciate that it isn't large like other styli; it unobtrusively fits in my pocket. The device also comes with a screw-on protective lid which screws onto the opposite end to prevent losing it--nice touch.

It works as advertised and I am pleased with the results it gave me. I look forward to using it anytime a fine touch is required. Overall, very satisfied with this product.

--Matt Meyer


Death Ex Machina (An Athenian Mystery)
Death Ex Machina (An Athenian Mystery)
by Gary Corby
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Socrates, Euripides, Sophocles and other famous Greeks face to face, March 9, 2015
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“Death ex machina” is derived from the Latin “deus ex machina.” Death or god from the machine has evolved as a plot device meaning “an obtuse problem is abruptly resolved by the intervention of a new event, character, ability or object.” (Wiki). In the novel it is a double entendre as a death literally occurs aboard a crane like machine used to lift the actor high above the stage.

Gary Corby takes you back to 485 BCE during the Golden Age of Pericles where you will feel quite comfortable. Conversations are in the modern vernacular and it's easy to imagine the characters speaking in the Greek vernacular. There are many descriptions of various ancient Greek activities and methods that are not only interesting but most certainly authentic, such the tortuous manner in which a surgeon sets a broken bone and the molten beeswax an artist uses to prepare a wall for a fresco-like painting. A device which plays a central role in the plot is a unique hoisting machine which grabs an actor playing a god and suspends him high above the stage as though on Mount Olympus.There are many touches of humor and you can imagine Sophocles or Socrates slapping his leg and guffawing. Sophocles and Socrates are among the famous characters which are seamlessly woven into the novel and of course Aeschylus the playwright is included as this is a novel centered around the theater.

A huge festival, the Great Dionysia, is about to convene with thousands of people from all the Greek provinces on their way, expecting a series of stage plays honoring Dionysus, the god of wine. But a taint hovers over the city-a murder on stage under the watchful eye of the god. Dionysos will not be mollified until the killer is apprehended. The actors and stage hands of the theater think that a ghost is loose when strange things begin to happen like accidents which escalate into a murder. Husband and wife detectives Nico and Diotima are employed by Pericles to investigate and find the assassin but quick as the crime must be solved before the festival begins. The people are literally at the gates of Athens, a great mass of revelers moving exorbitantly towards the city.

The novel is funny, with plenty of suspense and it's interesting, too. You will learn a lot about ancient Greece. In fact the parts I liked the best in the book were purely descriptive, such as word pictures of a sleek ship manned by three tiers of rowers on each side . The “Salaminia” was the fastest boat in all the world.

“Death ex Machina” is a good read, original and fast-moving. Although it is part of a series it is not necessary to have read the previous volumes. The book can easily stand on its own.


Altra Stone River Nightstand with Linen Fabric Panel Front, Gray Oak
Altra Stone River Nightstand with Linen Fabric Panel Front, Gray Oak

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Men really do come in handy!, March 5, 2015
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After reading the former review "If you don't mind the assembly" I turned chicken and ran for the nearest man to help a helpless old lady (85). The nightstand weighs 38 pounds and after struggling to get it in the door I decided this nightstand and I were not going to tango. My handyman- inclined friend made me feel somewhat mollified by remarking the stand wasn't all that simple to assemble. However all is well and it is now sitting next to my bed where it will hold books under the drawer and in the drawer odds and ends for late night reading, pencils for making notes for reviews, granola bars, a notebook or two and even a hair dryer and curlers.

The nightstand is handsome, grey in color, quite distinctive, the cloth pattern on the drawer a nice touch. Bravo to the other reviewer for heroically putting her stand together herself. No heroics here but all's well that ends well, and we both have our nightstands performing nicely as a handsome piece of furniture and perhaps a catchall.. Cheers!


Crucial MX200 500GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT500MX200SSD1
Crucial MX200 500GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT500MX200SSD1
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49 used & new from $199.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine workhorse for your PC!, March 5, 2015
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My initial intent for this SSD was to use it as a secondary drive, which I did. Very satisfied with its performance. Much faster, as expected, than my old HDD. I have an older Dell Dimension E521 (amazing what we consider old when it comes to electronic products and computers!) and will eventually clone my primary drive to achieve faster boot times and to increase storage space. Based on what others have said in the reviews, I would expect a MAJOR reduction of boot time. As my older system has lots of programs that start on boot up, I am looking forward to the decreased boot time. This drive is easy to install and (obviously) quiet since there are no moving parts. Predicted life span and not hearing those typical warning sounds of impending HDD failure is something to look forward to also.

In summary, this SSD is an amazing product that for not much money, you can increase performance, reduce boot time, add lots of storage space economically, and have a reasonable expectation of not having a sudden drive failure as with a HDD. Great product for the money.
--
Roger Meyer


Jerry Baird's Gourmet Seasonings Jalapeno Sizzling Salt, No MSG, 4.8 Ounce
Jerry Baird's Gourmet Seasonings Jalapeno Sizzling Salt, No MSG, 4.8 Ounce
Price: $5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Turn bland into bounce, March 1, 2015
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We did not know who Jerry Baird was, so we Googled him and found this former college professor has spent some thirty years perfecting his gourmet spices by cooking for hungry Texas cowboys from a chuck wagon. And what is a chuck wagon?. a wagon carrying cooking facilities and food for serving people who work outdoors such as lumberjacks, and cowboys. The cowboys in Texas have been Jerry Laird's guinea pigs as he concocted various herb and spice combinations to liven up Tex-Mex food which morphs into Tex Mex gourmet foods with Jerry's unique blends of herbs and spices. “You can put it on anything that ain't movin'. ”

There are at present nine different seasoning combinations. We have the Jalapeno Sizzling Salt which can literally be sprinkled on anything that would be improved by a little Jalapeno pizzazz. Bear in mind this is a salt substitute- don't add table salt on top of it! If you love those little green (and hot) peppers you'll love this seasoning without being overwhelmed. It's particularly cool on bland vegetables such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and on top of a salad. Campfire cookery is just as much an authentic cuisine as Julia Child's French Chef. And it's made in America!


Best Sports and Fitness Water Bottle | 18oz | Eco-friendly | Perfect for Running, Gym, Yoga, Tennis, Outdoors | Durable & Impact Resistant | Narrow Mouth, Air Hole for Fast Water Flow | 1-Click Easy Opening | Dust and Leak-proof Design | With Carry Strap | 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
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Offered by Viitrade
Price: $24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy and nice looking, February 26, 2015
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I used this bottle for the first time today by taking it to work. I particularly like the diameter. It's not too big and is very comfortable to hold. The sealing mechanism is well designed and easy to use. The cap pops open with a simple push of the button. The opening button can be prevented from accidental opening by simple flipping up the locking bar. It is comfortable to drink from and water flows easily because of the air hole. Both the air hole and the drinking spout seal easily by merely snapping the lid closed. The carry strap is a handy addition which allows you to carry it with one finger, if you so choose. Overall, it is attractive, easy and convenient to use, seals well, and comfortable to hold. The only negative I would give it is the price point. It seems a little high, but it is a quality bottle. Highly recommended.

-- Roger Meyer


Athletec Sports Ultra Absorbent Yoga Towel Set, Blue
Athletec Sports Ultra Absorbent Yoga Towel Set, Blue
Price: $29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We give it a workout!, February 24, 2015
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These are very light weight, bunchable towels that easily fit in your gym bag or even your purse. The larger one covers my mat perfectly. The towel microfiber is soft and the member of our family appreciates it the most is our baby, Ellie, thirteen months old, who toddles over to it where it is sitting on the kitchen linoleum floor. She loves to do what I do so she uses some inventive baby style yoga positions after plunking herself down on the towel. She coos and strokes it. Not to be out-maneuvered by a mere toddler our cat once joined her and soon was rolling around on his back. The bigger towel works very fine as a towel-towel for a quick dry after the shower. Well, our Athletec Sports Towel got a very nice reception by our family. So if it's not on the floor it's hanging over the towel rack in the bathroom.We like the color, too- a deep blue with chartreuse lettering and trim.

--Jean Browning


The Temple of Light: A Novel
The Temple of Light: A Novel
by David Piazza
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy, too long!, February 22, 2015
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It is hard to judge the style of a novel that is translated, in this case from Italian but the prose is clear and purposeful; however, there are many cliches. The novel itself represents a great deal of research of pre- renaissance Italy and its powerful warmongering states but it is too long, with too many characters and the reader-at least this reader-got somewhat bogged down. Some of the characters talk like college professors and at length about the architecture of the cathedral among other things. There is too much unnecessary dialog and data in this novel which slows the plot.

Italy itself in the fifteenth century was not a unified country but consisted of states vying for power and the most powerful state was Milan. The supreme ruler of Italy was the Catholic Church which held sway over all the states, however in Milan the church was infiltrated by Celts who had first come to Italy many years before. These Druids performed their rituals in deep secrecy, hidden away in a subterranean cave near the cathedral which was in the process of being constructed. I checked with Google, having never heard of Druids practicing alchemy and the magic arts anywhere in Milan, let alone Italy. Author Piazza is right: the Druids were a large presence. In the novel they built a temple "The Temple of Light" near the foundation of the cathedral, and their goddess was Belisama who in the novel evolved and morphed into the Virgin Mary. The brotherhood are intriguers and deadly serious about ancient prophecies which must be fulfilled.

The protagonist of the story is Niccolo, son of the deceased Duke of Milan, who demands on his deathbed that the Archdeacon Onorio bring up Niccolo in secret as his son as the Duke had many enemies and many might be tempted to kill the boy. Unknown to the Duke, Onorio is a Druid priest. As he grows up, Niccolo feels his calling as a sculptor and little by little practicing the craft on hunks of marble he morphs into an artist. Interwoven with his story are threads about the beautiful dark haired Lorenzo who is a paid killer and his sister Maria who had become an aristocrat's mistress but is discarded when convenient. The aristocracy is powerful and at times ruthless and at times cruel. That might makes right was alive and well in fifteenth century Milan.

And there is the chestnut-haired Angelica with whom Niccolo falls in love, but he is noble and she is a commoner. Angelica, Lorenzo and Maria are threaded through the novel and in Niccolo's life. There is a great deal of detail about the Druids, their philosophy, they are guardians of the Philosopher's Stone. They seek a temple with direct access to the Virgin Mary, a pillar of light. But there is too much on this plate. I felt I had to plow through endless detail to finally reach the end. The novel is erudite but needs lightening up. I feel rather guilty giving this novel three stars because it is obviously a huge undertaking, but author Piazza, who has great potential, needs an editor who can separate the grain from the chaff


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