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Tamlee Casual Wooden Watches for Men with Genuine Leather Lumination Hands
Tamlee Casual Wooden Watches for Men with Genuine Leather Lumination Hands
Offered by Tam-Lee
Price: $35.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of junk, February 14, 2016
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Strap broke the first day. Piece o' junk. Don't want it, don't recommend it. Throwing it away.


Klipsch Image S4i Premium Noise-Isolating Headset with 3-Button Apple Control
Klipsch Image S4i Premium Noise-Isolating Headset with 3-Button Apple Control
Offered by ionebay
6 used & new from $69.95

1.0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF, July 10, 2015
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The earbuds worked fine for a while, but then the control buttons on the cord stopped working with my iPhone. I contacted the vendor, 5-Star, but they refused to take responsibility and told me to contact the manufacturer. I contacted Klipsch, and they disavowed their own 2-year warranty and insisted they weren't responsible and told me to contact the vendor.

Moral of the story. Klipsch and 5-Star seem to be in a conspiracy to steal from the customers. I'll go back to Bose earbuds in the future.


GoodBZ 2.1A Dual USB Wall Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab Galaxy S4 European Standard
GoodBZ 2.1A Dual USB Wall Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab Galaxy S4 European Standard
Offered by MANQUICK
Price: $5.91
9 used & new from $0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Charge iPhone., July 10, 2015
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When I plugged my iPhone 5 into this device, it charged for about 2 minutes and then the phone said it didn't recognize the charger, and it stopped charging. I couldn't get it to restart. The iPad had a bit better luck. It charged a few times during the first week and then it, too, stopped working with this device.


iMBAPrice® 10 Feet Long AC Power Adapter Cord For Apple TV (1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation)
iMBAPrice® 10 Feet Long AC Power Adapter Cord For Apple TV (1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation)
Offered by AmaMax (USA) Since 1993 l iMBAPrice® Authorized Distributor
Price: $6.69
3 used & new from $6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Snug Fit. Always Unplugs., March 21, 2015
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I bought this to replace a lost cord for my Apple TV box, but it doesn't really fit right. You plug it into the box and the cord pops right out again. If I use duct tape, I can get it to stay plugged in, but who wants to do that? Does anyone have any home remedies to make it fit more snugly when it plugs into the Apple TV box?


Klipsch Image S4A - II In-Ear Headphones
Klipsch Image S4A - II In-Ear Headphones
Offered by BABA BANANA
Price: $79.95
12 used & new from $34.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Love these Earphones!, March 15, 2014
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I had always used buds with earhooks because I could never get anything to sit snugly in my ears. I tried everything from the Apple stock buds to Bose and Skullcandy. These are the best. They fit snugly, never fall out, deliver amazing sound, block out ambient noise, and best of all... the cord is designed in a way that never tangles up in little knots. It's sort of a rubber ribbon --don't know how else to describe it-- that just unknots itself automatically.

The sound is terrific, and everything else just works about these buds. Five stars.


Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil
Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil
by Marc A. Hertzman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.95
55 used & new from $13.79

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Look at the Origins of Brazilian Samba, January 26, 2014
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Hertzman's book is a wonderful examination of the origins of Brazilian samba in the 1890-1940 period, just as the country's national identity was developing. In 1888, Brazil freed the last of its slaves, which kicked off a period --not unlike what occurred in the U.S. after the Civil War-- of consideration on what it meant to be a Brazilian. Sharp divides, racial, economic, and urban/rural confronted the nation, and samba emerged as a powerful building block of nationality, something unique to the country that could be embraced by all Brazilians. An American reader will recall that American music forms such as blues and jazz were emerging along a parallel track in the United States.

Hertzman's book is very readable, easily accessible to the layperson, with an excellent set of notes at the end. His observations are powerful -- he notes, for example, that samba was an important element of the evolving national identity ("brasilidade") yet its impact on either the individual artists, and on blacks more broadly, was much more limited. Again, this American reader could not help reflecting on the similarities to the American musical experience of the early 20th century.

Hertzman's launching point is "Pelo Telefone", one of the earliest samba songs, recorded in 1917 by Donga (you can still listen to that recording on YouTube), who is today revered as the original sambista. Hertzman demonstrates that in the environment of the time, intellectual property rights were uncertain and racial prejudices weighed down the nascent music industry --as they did Rio as a whole. In other words, it wasn't quite as simple as Donga walking down to the local recording studio and cutting a record. He succeeded by standing on the shoulders of many others.

Here the story echoes Cecil Brown's 2004 book "Stagolee Shot Billy", in which Brown similarly drills down into the seminal blues song that told of a St. Louis bar fight in 1895. Like "Pelo Telefone", "Stagolee" had an origin in a cultural time and place that was then appropriated and manipulated until the original story became lost under layers of historical evolution.

Elsewhere, Hertzman uses the story of João da Baiana as a jumping off point to examine the long-held view that samba was systematically repressed by law enforcement. The truth, naturally, is much more complicated. Samba emerged from something of a twilight legal realm, working-class, dark-skinned, and quite familiar with the inside of a jail cell, but not actually illegal. Other fascinating characters shine light on other shards of the history: there is the tragic Moreno Dias who challenged views on interracial relationships; the hustler Dudu Neves, and the original recording magnate Fred Figner.

"Making Samba" is a fascinating book. Samba today has a universal feel to it, something that appeals to all music lovers and musicians. Hertzman has done a terrific job placing it in its proper role in Brazilian history, in the period when the country struggled to establish a national identity that encompassed all Brazilians, included those who were recently enslaved. It is a remarkable story, told with a sharp eye and keen ear.


HP Pavilion G6-2235us 15.6" Laptop (2.7 GHz AMD A6-4400M Accelerated Processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Windows 8)
HP Pavilion G6-2235us 15.6" Laptop (2.7 GHz AMD A6-4400M Accelerated Processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Windows 8)
Offered by Biocloud
Price: $509.00
12 used & new from $265.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But Headaches, December 27, 2013
I've had my HP Pavilion G6 for several months now and it has incessant problems. I've had technicians look at it, I've had it fixed, and it STILL gives me various inscrutible "disk error" messages. I've easily spent two or three times the purchase price on repair bills. I'll never buy an HP again.


The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
448 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, A Question Though..., December 23, 2013
As others have noted, this is a good story. But here's what I don't get... when a member of Haller's team is killed during the story, there is very little attention paid to the event. It feels like the death of Frank Levin in the "Lincoln Lawyer" movie, added in for needless shock effect, but then never really explored. Are people sad? Who cries? Is there a funeral? What about the deceased's family? Nada, zippo. That's just not how normal people would react to the death of a long-time, dear colleague.


Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption
Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption
by Jules Witcover
Edition: Hardcover
78 used & new from $1.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written, December 8, 2013
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Poorly written, hard to follow, odd style. I'd recommend Biden's autobiography, "Promises to Keep", instead. I couldn't finish this one.


PowerGen 2.4Amps / 12W Dual USB Car charger Designed for Apple and Android Devices - White
PowerGen 2.4Amps / 12W Dual USB Car charger Designed for Apple and Android Devices - White
Offered by POWERGEN
Price: $8.99
5 used & new from $4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Works Fine, December 8, 2013
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Works fine. Charges your iPhone in the car as advertised. You have to buy your own lightning cable to work with it.


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