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Plantronics M165 Marque 2 Ultralight Bluetooth Headset - Frustration-Free Packaging - Black
Plantronics M165 Marque 2 Ultralight Bluetooth Headset - Frustration-Free Packaging - Black
Price: $35.73
18 used & new from $25.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Battery Life And Easy Pairing In A Lightweight Package, April 9, 2014
The Plantronics M165 Marque 2 is a very good Bluetooth headset. I particularly like its light weight and extremely long battery life. I normally only use this when I am in my car and I have found the battery life to be exceptional, having used it intermittently for over two weeks at one point, though I typically bring it in and charge it once a week or so. I am not a cellphone junkie, so bear that in mind if you find your battery life falls short of my experience. Despite having the choice of three ear gel sizes I can't find one that fits quite right, and therefore the ear loop is a necessity for me, but I don't view that as an enormous hindrance, though it makes it harder to don and doff quickly with one hand.

My only real criticism is that while the volume level will definitely be loud enough, I can't make it quiet enough unlike in my previous Bluetooth headsets. Even with all settings to a minimum the M165 is just too loud. My hearing is quite good so it may just be me, but other than the wonky ear gel fit and the high volume issue I have found the M165 to be a great and durable product with outstanding battery life.


Border Cop
Border Cop
DVD ~ Telly Savalas; Danny De La Paz; Eddie Albert; Michael V Gazzo.
Price: $7.88
6 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bald-Headed Border Justice, March 27, 2014
This review is from: Border Cop (DVD)
Telly Savalas is predictably cool and tough as Frank Cooper in this odd film. A British production filmed in the US and Mexico and first released in France, "Border Cop" looks at the high costs of human trafficking, and while Cooper has no mercy for fellow officers who fall short of his idea of perfection, he has great empathy for the impoverished workers who are exploited by the evil Mexican mobster Chico Suarez (played to the hilt by Michael V. Gazzo) and sent to work as slave labor in an American slaughterhouse. This movie is extremely politically incorrect and could never be made today. Besides the gritty and objectionable societal content (some of which still needs to be dealt with,) the filmmakers cranked up the unease a thousandfold by filming cows being killed and butchered in an actual slaughterhouse. This footage is very disturbing and would certainly bias plenty of people in the direction of vegetarianism. I say this again: this is not for children or the squeamish.

Suarez has shady dealings with Commander Moffat (Eddie Albert!) who collude to allow the illegal activities and border crossings in underhanded dealings. The film raises several interesting and very current and topical issues about the plight of immigrants illegally crossing into the US for work and their potential exploitation. Themes revolving around organized crime, man's inhumanity to man, compassion for the weak, and punishment of wrongdoing abound and are generally quite effectively dealt with. The main problem with the film is the flimsy romantic backstory involving a young married couple Benny and Leina, protégés of Frank's. Benny does not learn from Frank, and the whole thing comes to a dramatic climax with a prisoner swap and a border crossing of a very unusual sort. Unfortunately the film just ends and no plots are resolved. Is there Justice for Moffat and Suarez? Who knows? Do Benny and Leina live happily ever after as naturalized citizens of the US? No idea. Does Cooper get promoted or prosecuted for his unconventional but ethical law enforcement techniques? I have nary a clue.

"Border Cop" is a thought-provoking movie that is an exploitation B-movie at heart, but rises above the norm due to the strength of Savalas' (admittedly overly macho yet charismatic) performance and some of the issues raised.


Bloody Wednesday (1985)
Bloody Wednesday (1985)
DVD ~ Raymond Elmendorf
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie That Proves That Snakes, Diamonds, Ghosts, And An Ex-Wife Do Not Mix, March 27, 2014
This review is from: Bloody Wednesday (1985) (DVD)
"Bloody Wednesday" starring Raymond Elmendorf as Harry, a mechanic who loses his job and his grip on reality, gives an uncomfortable nod to the 1984 San Ysidro McDonald's massacre committed by James Huberty. After being fired from his job Harry turns up at a church service naked, and is evaluated for psychiatric illness. He takes up residence in an old abandoned hotel and his grip on reality becomes more and more tenuous. One thing that makes the movie interesting is that it's frequently difficult determining right away what is reality and what is in Harry's fevered imagination. Given the numerous subplot excesses here, it's vital to understand what's going on, but the objective truth is frequently intentionally concealed by director Mark Gilhuis and Academy Award winning screenwriter Philip Yordan.

Characters come and go throughout the film, but many of the most disturbing interactions are with a street gang and multiple ghosts that are resident in the hotel. Furthering the 1980s creepiness on display here, Harry's best friend is his teddy bear, which talks to him, and later serves as judge, jury, and executioner in the most bizarre trial scene I can readily recall. Harry engages in childlike fantasies (e.g. using a broom as a rifle, which garners attention from the FBI!) on one hand, but he descends further and further into madness with plotpoints involving his analyst, his brother, his ex-wife (who has perhaps the most attention-getting scene with him,) several ghosts and visions, snakes, diamonds, and serial suicides in the haunted room 1327. When his brother reveals that they are going to tear the hotel down and Harry must move out, the spiral out of control picks up speed rapidly, concluding with mass murder in a diner of death, the conclusion of which is veritably a promotion for concealed carry permits.

The movie is dark and atmospheric, and on one level it works as a study in madness, but it's also overly long, slowly paced, and dated. Elmendorf is excellent as Harry, and Pamela Baker is likewise good as Dr. Johnson, while the rest of the cast varies from very good to caricatures (the FBI broom investigation was particularly painful.) The film is quite violent, seemingly pointlessly so, but that is a conscious part of the nightmarish point about the irrationality of mass murders "Bloody Wednesday" is making.


Bloody Friday (1972)
Bloody Friday (1972)
DVD ~ Riamund Harmstorf
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A German Hostage Drama From 1972…What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, March 26, 2014
This review is from: Bloody Friday (1972) (DVD)
"Bloody Friday" is a badly dubbed German (with an Italian flair) crime drama that looks very dated by today's standards. Starring Raimund Harmstorf as Heinz Klett, the foul-mouthed and wholly despicable master criminal who starts the film in handcuffs only to escape and commit a bank robbery that turns into a trying hostage drama. The dialogue is dubbed into English so it is sometimes difficult to evaluate the performances accurately, but in general the acting is fairly appalling and the dubbing is worse. There is a lot of violence (watch for the hand grenade self-sacrifice in particular) most of which is gratuitous and does not further the plot in a meaningful way, though it does establish the fundamental evilness of Heinz and serves to contrast him with his costar, Christian (Amadeus August.) There is a lot of gore for a movie from this era, but the blood and special effects are laughable.

The print quality is bottom of the barrel: the scratches and optical flaws are numerous, though the feature itself is the biggest problem, as it comes across as a movie that is designed solely to shock (and it probably did in the early 70s) but now that far more graphic and realistic movies have come and gone in the genre, "Bloody Friday" is no longer particularly shocking which renders it impotent to captivate or entertain seriously. The characters are overacted caricatures and while it's violent and bleak, spellbinding it is not.


Short Small Micro USB Charge Charging Cable for Plantronics Marque 2 M165 , M55 , M50 , M24 , M20 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Short Small Micro USB Charge Charging Cable for Plantronics Marque 2 M165 , M55 , M50 , M24 , M20 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Offered by Black Sea International LLP
Price: $12.99
3 used & new from $2.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Charging Cable For Plantronics Marque 2 Headset, March 23, 2014
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If you own a Plantronics Marque 2 Bluetooth headset and have either lost your charger or want the flexibility of USB charging capability, this is an ideal product. It is inexpensive, is a great value, and charges the Marque 2 with no issues from any USB port I have used. The cord is quite short, which I like as it makes it less likely to get tangled when traveling. If you need a USB cable to charge your Marque 2, I have no reservations recommending this one.


SweetLeaf Sweetener, 2.5 Ounce box
SweetLeaf Sweetener, 2.5 Ounce box
Price: $7.55
59 used & new from $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Natural Sweetener With Limitations, March 23, 2014
Most people will be trying stevia as a sugar substitute. Like with most substitutes (whether natural or artificial) the biggest problem is that SweetLeaf stevia doesn't taste exactly like the product it replaces. Having said that, it does sweeten decently: it isn't as pointedly sweet as most artificial sweeteners, but is not as strong as sugar, and it does have a hint of bitterness and leaves an aftertaste like some other substitutes.

I like generally find stevia acceptable, and SweetLeaf advertises that they are the purest form of stevia on the market, but the taste and texture of Stevia in the Raw brand is superior to SweetLeaf. One big problem with SweetLeaf stevia is that it doesn't dissolve well in liquids, a problem I never encountered with Stevia in the Raw. I have yet to make a single cup of coffee or tea without getting clumps of sweetener forming (normally floating to the top of the liquid, though sometimes on the bottom of the cup.) This is apparently due to the extremely fine grain texture of SweetLeaf, but it is unappetizing at best. Another general issue is simple: this is an expensive product, far more expensive than most competing sweeteners and orders of magnitude more costly than bulk sugar.

My bottom line is this: I find SweetLeaf stevia sweetener to be generally acceptable, if expensive, and will certainly finish the stock I have on hand. I think Stevia in the Raw has a better taste and texture, and certainly has better mixing and dissolution properties. Since I don't use much sweetener anyway, I generally bite the bullet and use sugar in my coffee or tea again: it's only got 16 calories per teaspoon, and I can find a way to work that into my daily dietary budget. If you like the taste and don't mind the expense and clumping issues, SweetLeaf stevia sweetener would be a good choice.


Trained to Kill U.S.A. (1975)
Trained to Kill U.S.A. (1975)
DVD ~ Heidi Vaughn; Rockne Tarkington
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vigilantism, Post-Vietnam Psychoses, And Bikers Combine In An Unholy Cinematic Alliance, March 22, 2014
"Trained to Kill USA" is a terrible 1973 movie that seeks to combine racial tensions, an evil biker gang, and bad wartime flashbacks into a steamy cauldron of action. Instead, it's just a mess that jumps from subplot to subplot. The prime mover here is an evil biker and part time carnival worker (a carny biker?!) who is in an interracial relationship (remember this movie was made when that was much less accepted situation that today, and is nothing but a grab at the exploitation angle.) Despite being a biker, by the way, the chief mode of transport here is an old hearse (ooh...symbolism runs deep!) He leads his gang in terrible adventures (abduction and attempted rape open the film, camper theft, bank robbery, and murder come later,) and his followers aren't exactly the brightest bulbs and often fail to intimidate (it's hard to intimidate wearing an argyle tam o'shanter.)

The thugs kill a nerd in yet another tam (this one is orange) in a plot to steal his camper, and things get serious. When the bikers break in to steal the Vietnam vet's guns, things go south fast. The vet really doesn't want to take up arms after the terrors of the war, but finds he has to. The remainder is entirely predictable. The script and story are awful, the acting is amateurish, and the music is pervasive and atrocious (just listen to the lyrics of the theme song!) Starring Stephen Sandor, Rockne Tarkington, and Richard X. Slattery, "Trained to Kill USA" is an awful early 1970s exploitation piece that attempts to use every hackneyed plotline from the era, but is really just a collection of caricatures in a tepid cauldron of cheese.


Trained to Kill USA
Trained to Kill USA

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vigilantism, Post-Vietnam Psychoses, And Bikers Combine In An Unholy Cinematic Alliance, March 22, 2014
This review is from: Trained to Kill USA (DVD)
"Trained to Kill USA" is a terrible 1973 movie that seeks to combine racial tensions, an evil biker gang, and bad wartime flashbacks into a steamy cauldron of action. Instead, it's just a mess that jumps from subplot to subplot. The prime mover here is an evil biker and part time carnival worker (a carny biker?!) who is in an interracial relationship (remember this movie was made when that was much less accepted situation that today, and is nothing but a grab at the exploitation angle.) Despite being a biker, by the way, the chief mode of transport here is an old hearse (ooh...symbolism runs deep!) He leads his gang in terrible adventures (abduction and attempted rape open the film, camper theft, bank robbery, and murder come later,) and his followers aren't exactly the brightest bulbs and often fail to intimidate (it's hard to intimidate wearing an argyle tam o'shanter.)

The thugs kill a nerd in yet another tam (this one is orange) in a plot to steal his camper, and things get serious. When the bikers break in to steal the Vietnam vet's guns, things go south fast. The vet really doesn't want to take up arms after the terrors of the war, but finds he has to. The remainder is entirely predictable. The script and story are awful, the acting is amateurish, and the music is pervasive and atrocious (just listen to the lyrics of the theme song!) Starring Stephen Sandor, Rockne Tarkington, and Richard X. Slattery, "Trained to Kill USA" is an awful early 1970s exploitation piece that attempts to use every hackneyed plotline from the era, but is really just a collection of caricatures in a tepid cauldron of cheese.


My Boys Are Good Boys
My Boys Are Good Boys
DVD ~ Ralph Meeker
Price: $5.98
21 used & new from $1.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "There's Not One Bad Kid In The Whole Bunch!", March 22, 2014
This review is from: My Boys Are Good Boys (DVD)
Rarely in the history of cinema has a title lied so overtly. "My Boys Are Good Boys" is a terrible film in every way, featuring a bunch of very bad boys. Starting with the loathsome title song (complete with noxious synthesizer solo, a soundtrack trend that persists through the entire ordeal,) through a ridiculous plot about a bunch of youthful convicts pulling an armored truck job, this movie is one of the worst of the late 1970s. Ralph Meeker and Ida Lupino star as a perniciously crabby couple with awful children, one of whom, Tommy (Sean Roche,) is the leader of the JD breakout and is a grisly overactor (though Tommy isn't necessarily the biggest family problem as the tawdry surprise ending reveals.) Sadly Tommy's not alone in his performance: everyone is chewing the scenery here, and the dialogue and direction sink what was already an uninteresting story that fails to elicit sympathy for any of the protagonists.

This movie is boring and vapid. The acting is amateurish despite the presence of some modestly big name actors (most notably Lupino, Meeker, and Lloyd Nolan,) while the plot is riddled with holes, is wholly unrealistic, and is just plain boring (just how is it that all the adults are so dimwitted and gullible, anyway?)

Let's just call it what it is: this is a grind.


WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Upright Vacuum
WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Upright Vacuum
Offered by Deals Of Wealth
Price: $172.61
10 used & new from $104.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aspiradora Magnifico, March 19, 2014
I purchased the Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Upright Vacuum because of the cats in my house. Because I am a neatnik by nature I like to keep the house clean, and while I have traditionally eschewed bagless vacuums I decided to give this one a try and have been very pleased with it. The vacuum has great suction and picks up an amazing amount of dirt and a stunning quantity of cat hair, living up to the moniker "Pro Pet" and fully validating my purchase decision.

This vacuum was easy to assemble, and from the time I took it out of the box to the time I was vacuuming was certainly less than ten minutes. The pet tools work well and the bottom-emptying dirt cup also works well though dust can escape if you are unfamiliar with emptying it at first. I love the cord retraction feature, nearly unheard of at this price point anymore, and the pedal for turning the brush on or off works well. I had always preferred bagged vacuums, but gave this one a try because I was changing bags all the time and I thought the convenience would be worth it. Although I still have a bagged vacuum cleaner too, I rarely use it anymore. The WindTunnel 3 is lighter, cleans as well, and has all the features I need in a convenient package.


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