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DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Quilted Pocket Potholder, Set of 3, Black
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Quilted Pocket Potholder, Set of 3, Black
Price: $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No heat protection at all, August 2, 2015
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I attempted to use these potholders tonight to lift a pot off the stove after I finished boiling some food. I had to immediately put it back down because the heat from the handles went right through to my hands. I do not recommend these potholders except as a soft surface to put a pot down on.


Belkin Air Protect Always-On Sleeve 14" for Chromebooks and Laptops, Designed for School and Classroom
Belkin Air Protect Always-On Sleeve 14" for Chromebooks and Laptops, Designed for School and Classroom
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30 used & new from $30.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Laptop Sleeve, July 31, 2015
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This laptop sleeve is pretty good for what it is. Generally, it's not bad. But I don't recommend it unless a barebones laptop sleeve is exactly what you're looking for. As has been noted boy other reviewers, the laptop sleeve only has space for your laptop. It will not hold power cables, a mouse, or anything extra. If you are okay with this, then you may like this. If you want something to hold all of your peripherals, then look elsewhere.

The construction is nice and is a sort of egg-carton type design. It's firm and feels like it will protect your laptop pretty well. I have the Dell Inspiron i5447-6250sLV 14-Inch Touchscreen Laptop and the sleeve fits it great. It is aesthetically pleasing and certainly looks fairly high-quality. A slot on one side allows you to insert a business card or contact card. For some reason this is on the underside of the sleeve, whereas it seems like it would make more sense to be on top so that it is facing out while you're using your laptop or so that it faces up when the sleeve is closed (as it is, if you faced the business card side up, you would have to turn the sleeve upside down when you open it so that the laptop faces right-side-up).

My main issue with the sleeve is that it is not very accommodating for plug-ins (e.g. battery cable, flash drives). The edges of the sleeve go up high, meaning by default they cover these ports. You need to push the sleeve down to access them, which is somewhat easy except the edges are hard and come back up again, putting pressure, albeit minor, on whatever you plugged in. This seems like it would be substantially more difficult if you need to access the back of the laptop, as there is little extra space due to the top half of the sleeve being right there. I also occasionally find it difficult to zip/unzip the sleeve.

Overall this is a decent laptop sleeve and should work well for the barebones minimalist. If you have any hesitancy about the lack of any extra storage space or any potential (minor) difficulties with using the ports, I would just get one of the other models instead.


A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary
A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary
by Hans Fallada
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.87
58 used & new from $5.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallada shows us real life under the Third Reich, July 10, 2015
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Following an argument with his wife on August 28, 1944 during which he inadvertently fired his pistol, Hans Fallada was committed to the Neustrelitz-Strelitz psychiatric prison, where he remained until his release on December 13. During his incarceration, Fallada was granted 92 sheets of paper with which to exercise his mind by continuing to write. On those sheets of paper Fallada wrote the amazing book The Drinker, as well as a number of short stories. However, in between the lines Fallada wrote an encoded manuscript which was to become his 1944 prison diary.

The prison diary is an often scathing, often funny, and always riveting account of his life under Nazi rule, from the time that the Nazis were elected into power up to the present (in this case, fall 1944). Fallada recounts tales of heroic contemporaries, particularly his publisher Ernst Rowohlt, and juxtaposes them with condemnations of scornful Party members such as the conspiring elderly couple that he lives with early on, the Sponars, who continually report him to the Nazis, or the cruel schoolmaster and mayor, Stork, who dangles his power above the entire town and particularly above the known anti-Nazi Fallada. These are spun around his own leaping autobiography as he recounts his grievances and those who entered and exited his life along the way.

Throughout the diary, Fallada more than once comes close to death, in one instance miraculously saved by a real-life deus ex machina who happened upon him as the Nazis were about to murder him in cold blood after arresting him. Throughout it all, Fallada’s trademark wit helps to lighten the pacing as he refers to Hitler by all manner of insults or indicates that one young soldier must have x-ray vision after the soldier declared Fallada to be fit as a fiddle as Fallada was leaving a Wehrmacht medical examination that ruled he had heart problems. Ultimately, however, Fallada’s prison diary is an essential look into Nazi Germany and into the laws, policies, and fear that the Party subjected the average German to during the reign of the Third Reich. It may only be one man’s diary, but with Fallada’s master storytelling, it becomes a diary representing all Germans who secretly hoped for a new, post-Nazi Germany.


AccuRelief ACRL-5500 Ultimate Foot Circulator
AccuRelief ACRL-5500 Ultimate Foot Circulator
Price: $168.46

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shock therapy? No thanks, March 22, 2015
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I guess I just did not understand what this product was. For some reason I thought it was supposed to give you a massage on your feet. That is not the case. Instead you put your feet on the pedals and rock them back and forth and the pedals emit electric shocks to your feet. If you have been to Disneyland, at least back in the day, they used to have this machine in the Penny Arcade where you would hold onto these two metal rods and they would send electric impulses into your hands that would gradually get stronger and stronger. It was an endurance test. That is essentially what these pedals are, but for your feet. I do not want to come home from a long day at work and shock myself. I tried this several times and found it extremely uncomfortable to experience. I do not understand how this would be enjoyable or tolerable. You can also place electrode patches (similar to defibrillator patches) onto your body and do the same anywhere on your body. No thank you.

This product may have its followers, but I do not want to sit there "running" on these pedals (note that you do not stand, but you have to rock your feet as if you were stepping) while getting shocked. I'm good.


OXO Good Grips All-Silicone Sink Mat, Small
OXO Good Grips All-Silicone Sink Mat, Small
Price: $14.99
5 used & new from $14.89

5.0 out of 5 stars No disgusting moisture mess anymore!, March 22, 2015
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The previous owners of our house had left the "pebble" drain covers in the sink, which we had been using for the last couple years. Those would get disgustingly filthy underneath as a result of lying directly on the sink and accumulating moisture. The OXO replacement, however, alleviates that problem by being slightly elevated above the sink. You keep all your dishes off the sink surface and moisture doesn't get trapped beneath it. Therefore we get to keep a clean(er) sink by doing the same thing we've always done!

This product also allows you to cut out a hole for the hole in your sink, if you'd like. There are three perforated holes already in it (visible in the product photo) depending on the placement of your drain. You just take scissors and cut one of them out. We decided not to do this, but it is worth noting.


Lyric 2619066 Supreme Wild Bird Mix, 4.5-Pound Bag
Lyric 2619066 Supreme Wild Bird Mix, 4.5-Pound Bag
Price: $7.99
14 used & new from $6.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Coincided with a rare species in my yard, March 22, 2015
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It's hard to judge a bird seed mix except for how well the birds receive it. Given that fact, the birds in my yard received this well and it went pretty quickly. One thing that I will note, likely a coincidence and good timing but notable nonetheless, is that me putting out this seed in my tray feeder happened to coincide with five Purple Finches showing up in my backyard and going after it. Purple Finches are a mountain species in my county and I live in the foothills; anywhere outside the mountains they are considered rare. While I've got plenty of House Finches, I had always hoped Purple Finches might show up someday. They did when I put this seed out. So consider this an endorsement :-)


Lyric 2647343 Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix, 5-Pound Bag
Lyric 2647343 Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix, 5-Pound Bag
Price: $10.98
28 used & new from $4.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good seed mix but still waiting on its promises, January 17, 2015
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The Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix is essentially trail mix for birds. You can see the product images yourself for the ingredients, but it contains a bunch of different kinds of nuts and some dried fruits as well. As the bag advises, this works best in a hopper or tray feeder. This is because the seed mix has so many big pieces that a feeder for, say, black oil sunflower seed, would not have openings that are large enough for the seed to get through.

The mix also makes two claims about what it will do. First, it says it will attract cardinals, Cedar Waxwings, chickadees, grosbeaks, jays, nuthatches, orioles, robins, titmice, towhees, and woodpeckers. So right now (mid-January) of that list I currently get Cedar Waxwings, Western Scrub-jays, American Robins, Oak Titmice, CA and Spotted Towhees, and Acorn and Nuttall's Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers in and around my yard. The grosbeaks and orioles will show up in about two months. Of that list, the only birds that I see actually eating this seed are the Western Scrub-jays. Towhees scrounge around underneath but they always scrounge around anyway. The robins and waxwings fly by and perch in the trees but have no interest in the seed. So the seed is getting eaten and the scrub-jays and House Finches seem to love it, but it's just (not a surprise) not attracting the variety that the package claims.

Second, the package claims clearly on the front of the bag that it will attract robins to woodpeckers. Granted the nesting season is still a couple weeks or so away, but so far I have not seen one single American Robin getting down and dirty with any woodpeckers. This might be because they don't seem to be eating the seed, and maybe they have to actually eat the seed mix in order to have this interspecies attraction. I hope that that is the case. It would be awesome for me to have birds like the Acorn Robin hanging around my house.


Belkin PowerHouse Dual Lightning and 30-Pin Charging Dock for All iPad, iPad Air and iPad mini Models, All iPhone Models, iPod, iPod touch and iPod nano
Belkin PowerHouse Dual Lightning and 30-Pin Charging Dock for All iPad, iPad Air and iPad mini Models, All iPhone Models, iPod, iPod touch and iPod nano
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20 used & new from $41.37

3.0 out of 5 stars A niche product, January 3, 2015
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The Belkin Power House Dual Charger is an okay solution for people who want a stationary iPod/iPhone/iPad charger that they don't need to move around. It is fairly compact and comes with two charging ports, one for lightning and the other for the old 30-pin setup. Two little knobs associated with each charging port let you move the actual connecting piece up or down to account for cases. Unlike others, I had no problem connecting with a case on. However, my main issue with this product is that it is not interchangeable that I can tell. It is a lightning and a 30-pin. That's it. If you don't have any 30-pin devices anymore, the back port is useless unless you get an adapter. This would have been much better, I think, if it had an interchangeable adapter so you could modify the charging ports to fit your devices. My other issue, a little more minor, is the practicality of it. Unless you do have two devices plugged into it, it makes no sense to own. It takes up more space and weighs more than just moving your regular standalone charging cable. The one upside would be for people who prefer to have their devices standing up straight instead of lying flat.

In my opinion this product is for a bit of a niche market, and I think you need to be aware of that before considering whether or not to purchase it.
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Peeled Organic Snacks, Apple Clusters, Original, 2.1 Ounce
Peeled Organic Snacks, Apple Clusters, Original, 2.1 Ounce
Price: $6.30
5 used & new from $4.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, healthy snack!, December 30, 2014
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These apple cluster crunch snacks are surprisingly delicious. There are two ingredients: apples and apple juice (probably the binder). Otherwise all these are is a cluster (about 1.5 cm in diameter) of little apple pieces stuck together. They taste like apples, they're really crunchy, and they're kind of fun to just pop into your mouth and eat, too. Highly recommended. I will definitely be trying the other flavors (the Paradise Found one has my name on it!).


OXO Good Grips Silicone Drain Protector for Pop-Up & Regular Drains
OXO Good Grips Silicone Drain Protector for Pop-Up & Regular Drains
Price: $8.99
10 used & new from $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for those who lose hair in the shower, December 20, 2014
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I generally like this drain protector. It does what it's supposed to do by catching loose hairs in the shower, and that's pretty much all there is to it. The weighted center of it help keep it in place, though the first time I used it the force of the bath spout actually pushed it a little bit before I was able to switch to the shower. That hasn't happened since. My only real concern with this is that it doesn't lay exactly flat, which means you can get a little bit of water trapped around the edges still that isn't high enough to go over the lip and into one of the holes. But this is very minor and should not detract from purchasing.


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