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Claws and Starships
Claws and Starships
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Earlier Pelted stories, an enjoyable read, February 20, 2015
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I came to Hogarth through her later "Her Instruments" series, and was at the time unfamiliar with the earlier work in this universe. I liked the collection of stories in Claws and Starships, though they were not all great. It was amusing to read in the afterword that Hogarth started in the "Furry" subculture, and that's where her Pelted came from. Makes sense in hindsight.

Hogarth has a great voice and can tell a good story with characters you form an emotional connection to. Not all authors can manage this, and I will definitely be looking for more of her work.


QuickDraw 25' Precision Measuring Tape-Contractor Grade, Features Self-Marking Technology, Tru-View Indicator, Nylon Coated Blade
QuickDraw 25' Precision Measuring Tape-Contractor Grade, Features Self-Marking Technology, Tru-View Indicator, Nylon Coated Blade
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $17.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, marks clearly, February 17, 2015
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The QuickDraw measuring tape is unusual in its integrated marking wheel that makes a mark at exactly the length you have set. The way you work this is to extend the tape to the desired length, aligning the measurement with the easy-to-see thin guide for the zero point, hook the end of the tape at one end and rub the reel end on the material. A small toothed wheel picks up graphite from a small "pencil lead" and leaves a clearly visible mark at exactly the right point. This isn't useful for drawing arcs or longer lines, but works fine for marking a cut length.

The tape itself is wide and has a good stand-out, but the gray background could use more contrast. I also noticed that the tape was not firmly centered in the reel, so it could angle off to the side a bit. Replacement leads are provided, or you could use standard mechanical pencil leads (cutting off shorter pieces.)


Kenwood BLM800GY Kenwood Blend-X Pro Blender, Silver
Kenwood BLM800GY Kenwood Blend-X Pro Blender, Silver
Offered by The Kitchen Clique
Price: $399.95
5 used & new from $399.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and strong!, February 16, 2015
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As I'm sure everyone else has noted, this blender does a superb job crushing ice. I've always had cheap blenders before, so I never knew a blender could come out with something that is indistinguishable from shaved ice. But the Kenwood does. Part of its magic is that it doesn't just have an assortment of speeds. Rather, the buttons are programs for particular tasks where the blender picks a combination of speeds, times and pauses, with the speed changing throughout the program. It sounded like a gimmick to me, but it works. Of course, if you want to control it yourself there is a variable speed control plus pulse. The blades do an excellent job of circulating the contents, rather than having just a layer at the bottom cut.

This blender is fairly tall at 17.5 inches assembled. It doesn't fit in the space between the counter and cabinets in my kitchen, but my space here is smaller than usual. Two nice touches appealed to me. One is the "stirring stick" that goes in through the stopper with a design that lets you "swish" it around the jar, scraping the sides but never coming into contact with the blades. The other is a drainage hole in the base which lets any spilled liquids drain harmlessly out the bottom (there's a grille over the opening at the bottom, so if you spill something thick through there you may need to run some water down.) The base is smart enough to know that you haven't put the jar in place and it won't start until you do.

The jar is heavy glass with a rugged handle. I was pleased to see that the blade assembly completely removes leaving a wide opening for cleaning. It did take me a moment to realize that the retainer for the blades screws in "backwards" from what you'd expect. The physical appearance of the blender is elegant and happens to match my Cuisinart food processor exactly.


Rainbowimaging DM52 Professional Diffuser for Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 Digital Flash (White)
Rainbowimaging DM52 Professional Diffuser for Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 Digital Flash (White)
Price: $6.29
2 used & new from $1.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great - why pay more?, February 14, 2015
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I have used this style of diffiuser for years on my Canon flashes, and now that I have a Metz flash, I wanted one for it too. Metz makes one, but it isn't sold in the US. This Rainbowimaging diffuser fits and works just fine.


Barilla Plus Penne Pasta, 14.5 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Barilla Plus Penne Pasta, 14.5 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Price: $15.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes great and better for you, February 11, 2015
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We've bought quite a bit of Barilla Plus pasta over the years and we like it a lot. The flavor and texture is great, it cooks nicely and the added fiber is a bonus. Unlike the "Veggie" pasta Barilla sells, the "Plus" line is worthwhile.


Fruit of the Loom Men's Tall 3 Pack Man White V-Neck, White, XLT
Fruit of the Loom Men's Tall 3 Pack Man White V-Neck, White, XLT
Price: $9.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty long enough and a moderately deep V, February 8, 2015
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I'm tall but not particularly wide, and have had a lot of trouble finding undershirts that fit. I need long-body shirts, but I also want a deeper V-neck than many sold today and also want sleeves that don't peek out from under short-sleeved shirts. These undershirts aren't made of the most luxurious material, but they're quite acceptable and have a moderately deep V-neck, short enough sleeves and a long-enough body. They did shrink an inch or so after washing, which was ok, as the initial length was more than adequate.


Energizer AA Lithium Batteries 4 count, Lasts 9 Times Longer
Energizer AA Lithium Batteries 4 count, Lasts 9 Times Longer
Offered by True Great Deals
Price: $9.65
171 used & new from $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the cold weather, February 8, 2015
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I use these in wireless temperature sensors that will be in cold environments (outdoors in the winter, or in a freezer temperature display system.) They work fine and don't lose power in the cold the way other types of batteries can. They are expensive, to be sure, but they last a long time.


La Crosse Technology WS-9160U-IT Digital Thermometer with Indoor/Outdoor Temperature
La Crosse Technology WS-9160U-IT Digital Thermometer with Indoor/Outdoor Temperature
Price: $24.99
38 used & new from $15.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, February 8, 2015
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I bought this to replace an older LaCrosse weather station that no longer worked. I have an older model of this thermometer, and I had hoped I could use the same sensor, but it's on a different frequency. I note the other reviewers' complaints about how to register multiple sensors, but I'm not doing that.

The display is very clear, which my older eyes appreciate. The temperature readings are consistently two degrees F lower than my older LaCrosse station whose sensor is right next to this one's, but I haven't checked to see which one is off. As I am in a cold climate, I used lithium batteries in the sensor.


Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FW50 and Sony Alpha 7, a7, Alpha 7R, a7R, Alpha 7S, a7S, Alpha a3000, Alpha a5000, Alpha a6000, NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55V, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FW50 and Sony Alpha 7, a7, Alpha 7R, a7R, Alpha 7S, a7S, Alpha a3000, Alpha a5000, Alpha a6000, NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55V, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Offered by Blue Nook
Price: $26.99
4 used & new from $21.00

5.0 out of 5 stars More power, lower price. What's not to love?, February 8, 2015
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Not only are the Wasabi batteries much cheaper than the Sony version, they're higher capacity as well (9.4Wh vs. 7.3Wh) I've been using a different set of Wasabi batteries and charger for a Sony RX100M2 and they worked fine for that. These work in my Alpha 7II. The charger is universal voltage, with a fold-out plug and a European (but not UK!) adapter is provided, as well as a 12V car adapter.


weBoost Home 3G Cell Phone Booster Kit
weBoost Home 3G Cell Phone Booster Kit
Offered by CE Showroom
Price: $270.15
5 used & new from $270.15

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You probably can't use this, February 8, 2015
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About six years ago, when I owned a house that got only a weak cellphone signal in one corner, I bought a Wilson Electronics Cell Phone Booster in the hopes of improving the coverage. The installation requirements were onerous and the experiments I made suggested it didn't work all that well, so I gave up. The weBoost Home 3G Cell Phone Booster Kit is in fact the same device - "we" is Wilson Electronics. Almost nothing about the kit has changed since the one I had before. Almost...

You won't see this in the product description, nor in the installation leaflet. On a sticker affixed to the bottom of the booster itself is the following text (in very small type):

BEFORE USE, you MUST REGISTER THIS DEVICE with your wireless provider and have your provider's consent. Most wireless providers consent to the use of signal boosters. Some providers may not consent to the use of this device on their network. If you are unsure, contact your provider. WARNING: E911 location information may not be provided or may be inaccurate for calls served by using this device.

Whew! This same text is printed on the bottom of the box (not the back), in even smaller (and fuzzier) type. You are to be excused if you didn't notice. (The text does appear on the weBoost web site, but again in a tiny font.) What's this all about?

Cellular providers hate these boosters, as they are effectively unauthorized transmitters on the frequencies licensed to them. They can interfere with service in some cases. Wilson was required by the FCC to add the warning but apparently not required to make it obvious. There has been discussion of banning such devices entirely. Furthermore, the boosters don't know which provider you are using - they retransmit all signals in the frequency range supported, which in the case of this model is 850MHz and 1900MHz. Before buying, make sure your provider is operating a tower in one of these frequencies. All major US carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular) use one or both of these for voice calls in most parts of the country. As is indicated by the "3G" in the product name, this booster does not support most LTE frequencies, though AT&T uses 1900MHz for LTE in some areas. Check your phone too - it may not support both of these frequencies.

Ok, with this out of the way, how does this thing install and work? There are three components - a rather large and bulky "outside antenna" that receives the signal from a cell tower, the booster, and an indoor antenna. The "outside antenna" can be mounted inside a window - suction cups are provided - but as other reviewers note, some low-E glass may block signals. Hardware is also provided if you want to mount it on a pole or attach to an outside wall.

Two unequal lengths (about 25 and 50 feet, I think) of white RG6 coaxial cable are provided - this cable goes between the outside antenna and the booster. If you need both lengths, a coupler is provided. This cable is the most problematic part of the install - you need at least 20 feet between the outside antenna and the booster (the indoor antenna can be at most a few feet from the booster), and you need to figure out where you'll run this thick, highly visible cable. Almost certainly you'll need to have the outside antenna and booster in different rooms of your house.

The indoor antenna can sit on a desk or table - it has a thin black coaxial cable running to it. The instructions do say that it should be kept 20cm (about 8 inches) from people, due to the radio emissions. A wall-wart power supply connects to the booster.

So let's say that you've dealt with all the above hurdles and hooked it up. Does it work? Yes, it does, in a limited fashion. Limited in that the indoor antenna is quite directional, so coverage of a room or part of a house may not be as good as you want. weBoost does sell alternate antennae that have different radiation patterns, but these typically require installation in ceilings or walls. That said, I did see a boost in bars on a non-LTE phone when the booster was powered on, but only when I was close to the indoor antenna.

There's another caveat - the booster won't do you any good if you get no signal at all - you'll need at least "two bars" of signal at the point of the outside antenna for it to be worth anything. That, and you'll need to know where the nearest tower is located so you can aim for it.

I can't recommend the weBoost kit for most people, but it may work in certain limited circumstances, if you can put up with the installation requirements. And, oh yes, if your cellular provider (and all the others on those frequencies?) says it's ok to use it. If you have a decent Internet connection, you may want to instead ask your carrier about a "Microcell" - basically a small cell tower that gets its signal from the Internet. If your signal is poor, the carrier might give you one for free, otherwise they cost less than this booster.
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