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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

4.0 out of 5 stars As close as fine-point I have reached..., March 26, 2015
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Apart from the slightly smaller frame than I am used to, this is a very accurate stylus that is making note taking a little easier. The unique disc/ballpoint combo seems to work much better than the styluses I have tried before; it is hard to call it fine-point though, haven't gotten a fine-point note/sketch with this consistently - could be an issue with the app as well; overall, a much more accurate stylus at a slightly pricier range.


Patagonia Men's Evader Walking Shoe,Nickel,11 M US
Patagonia Men's Evader Walking Shoe,Nickel,11 M US

4.0 out of 5 stars good, light walking shoes; not water-proof, March 26, 2015
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The lightness, comfortable padding, and true-to-size fit makes this an excellent walking shoe. I am not sure if this can be used for "hiking" given that it is not water-proof. the depth of the lugs are excellent for long walks and trails;


HP 15-f111DX 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Computer - AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 Processor 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HD, SuperMulti DVD burner, Windows 8.1, Black
HP 15-f111DX 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop Computer - AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 Processor 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HD, SuperMulti DVD burner, Windows 8.1, Black
Offered by Amazing Cougar
Price: $458.00
75 used & new from $387.00

5.0 out of 5 stars good value; excellent performance;, March 25, 2015
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At this pricepoint, this is a great value for this configuration. The laptop was extremely easy to set up (power on and a few simple screens to set up account; Windows of course has to make things slightly annoying, so it requires you to sign in to an account or create a new one; on one occasion it allows you to bypass account integration, but for anything with apps, you will need to create an account). Unlike other reviewers who seemed to have issues, I had zero issues with any bloatware or preloaded programs.

The touch-screen works great; part of the reason for choosing this model was the added touch-screen to a good configuration laptop; 2-in-1 laptop/tablet is far more expensive and if you already own a tablet, this is a reasonable compromise to obtain some tablet-like convenience and retain the "workhorse" capabilities of a laptop. The onscreen keyboard will take time to get used to, especially given that the keyboard will occupy only the central one-third or so of the screen.

Audio/video performance is OK, nothing to get super excited about. The optical drive, 2 USB 2 ports, 1 USB 3 port, 1 HDMI port, Ethernet-enabled configuration and the 750 GB drive is an excellent value. Wifi performance has been good so far. The laptop is much lighter than the lenovos I am used to; the power adapter itself is much lighter. The replaceable battery is light and much thinner than most models.

Overall, impressive start with this laptop; time will tell how robust this machine is. Will update review after 6 months and a year.


Delta 58480-PK In2ition H2Okinetic 5-Setting Two-in-One Handshower Showerhead, Chrome
Delta 58480-PK In2ition H2Okinetic 5-Setting Two-in-One Handshower Showerhead, Chrome
Price: $129.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A good option at this price-point, some features better suited for high-pressure environment, minor cosmetic risks..., March 23, 2015
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The "diverter" to allow for the use of both handshower and the main showerhead or either one of them is probably the best feature of this unit. In addition, the five settings (if you count "pause" as a setting) is a OK mix of low pressure/high pressure streams. The unit, however, requires a decent amount of pressure for all the features to shine through. With average-to-low pressure, the unit is likely to be more frustrating...
The main shower head does not swivel and given its fairly large diameter (7"), make sure your fixture has enough headroom or you may need to adjust that as well. The handle shower attaches/detaches quite easily and consistently. The plating gives a shiny classy look, but seems to be prone for easy cuts; especially while tightening the unit, you are risking some disfiguring. The installation is very straightforward. The tubing for the handleshower is not the sturdiest - an accidental drop of a heavy shampoo bottle dented the tube noticeably. Despite those cosmetic challenges and the need for high pressure to enjoy all the designed features, the ease of installation and use, different settings and looks make this unit a good option for the price point.


Signal: A Sam Dryden Novel
Signal: A Sam Dryden Novel
by Patrick Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25

3.0 out of 5 stars Strong start....meandering middle...uneven narrative pace, March 21, 2015
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A strong start with an unique plot couldn't sustain the interest level throughout the book, mostly due to the uneven narrative depth. In earlier chapters, Lee seems to take extra pains to be more descriptive (sometimes annoyingly so) and as the book progress, he seems to have lost his patience and starts explaining things in a "blink-and-its-gone" pace. However, the plot itself is fantastic and the unique thriller/sci-fi blend is imaginative. The lead character seems to have lost a bit of mojo this time around, as we get to see a very different Sam Dryden (the feeling of watching Bourne Identity with someone other than Matt). Lee is a terrific writer in this genre and I will still endorse this series, but one needs to manage the expectations vis-a-vis "the Runner".


Time is Money
Time is Money
by Kerry W. Given
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.95
16 used & new from $18.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic take on options trading provides an excellent reference, March 19, 2015
This review is from: Time is Money (Paperback)
Given has provided one of the most lucid, practical and realistic book on options trading. Without any hype, Given takes through the intricacies of option pricing and trading characteristics by focusing on how a trader can develop a trading system and a money management system. The emphasis is on candidate selection and risk management; the author's framework for trade selection and risk management is excellent. The discussion on weekly options alone is well worth the book; clearly showing the differences in monthly and weekly option characteristics, he helps understand the unique risks one is taking on - this chapter significantly aided me in inspecting my trades much better. Perhaps, the biggest contribution by the author is his statement "long term risk adjusted returns for options is near zero". This truism forms the basis of his discussions and he slowly nudges the trader to focus on trade selection and discipline to maintain it. This book, along with another recent one, Trade Mindfully: Achieve Your Optimum Trading Performance with Mindfulness and Cutting Edge Psychology (Wiley Trading), is helping me recraft my trading plans. One wishes that Given had provided more evidence of some aspects of his systems with limited backtesting, especially on volatility skews, implied volatility col,lapses, and the weekly trading strategies. Despite that, this is an excellent addition to any trader's library.


Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Comforter with 1cm Stripes, Full/Queen, White
Grand Down All Season Down Alternative Comforter with 1cm Stripes, Full/Queen, White
Price: $42.99
4 used & new from $42.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warmth, Design and Lightness - 5*, Stitch quality - 3*, March 15, 2015
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This is surprisingly light and warm (alternate) down comforter. The box-stitch design does help maintain its shape from repeated use; however, the stitch quality is very uneven. For a out-of-the-box comforter at this price point, one would definitely hope for better stitches. In fact, even the side stitches do not seem very sturdy. Perhaps it is a rouge batch that escaped quality control, but it does little to instill confidence in the durability. The design is however very appealing; the stripes not only avoid a sterile look but adds a nice subtle contrast (some upper-middle, higher end hotels tend to have these designs). Overall, the lightness, design and warmth make this a good choice, but the uneven quality of stitches makes it difficult to give a full-throttled endorsement. (A very ubiquitous department store runs numerous sales featuring one of their alt-comforter brands; these provide almost similar warmth, but feels much lighter and softer).


SilBlade FLX 2220 Premium Beam Wiper Blade Set - 22"/20"
SilBlade FLX 2220 Premium Beam Wiper Blade Set - 22"/20"
Price: $24.90

4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good; durability unknown, heavier snap mechanism/blade., March 6, 2015
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The installation of this set was very easy (it is a J hook connection for my vehicle; but it accommodates several other types using the same snapping mechanism). However, the snapping mechanism appears bulkier than any of the other brands I have tried and the wiper feels much heavier - whether that has an impact on the wiper motors or not, time will tell. The heavier feel clearly results in a perceptible increase in noise levels during operation... The blades have performed well so far (2 weeks or so in wintry conditions); no streaking and mildly better performance than entry-level brands. Since the listing doesn't show its price, it is hard to see if the value is compelling. if the prices listed for single blades for the same brand are any indication, this is a OK value for around $20-25. Will update review after 3 months of usage.


T.S. Shure Map of the World Magnetic Playboard and Puzzle
T.S. Shure Map of the World Magnetic Playboard and Puzzle
Price: $11.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor execution of a great idea magnifies the frustration, March 6, 2015
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T. S. Shure had a temporary design lapse with this product; probably, the worst coming out of this brand. Excellent idea coupled with poor execution only increases the frustration one would feel about the product. The idea of 'magnetic' pieces to help discover countries and continents is great; so is the use of some cutesy imagery that often is often ascribed to a particular country (the dragon shaped like the Great Wall of China is a clear standout). But trying to cramp all kinds of information in a tiny board proved disastrous. The pieces are cut with no logic - the sub-continent looks from another planet; the font size for the capitals is so tiny, the target audience will barely notice it; there are random airplanes and ships distracting the overall map and adding no value. The tiny pieces are clearly not to be allowed anywhere near babies (it is rated for 6-15 years, to be fair; though it will be a miracle if anyone in that age group will use this for more than a day). On the positive, with the weak magnetic pull and cardboard-feeling tiny pieces are bound to be lost sooner or later. And then you could create a new game - "which country is missing?". That may be a better use of this playboard;


The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
by Matt McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another front-row seat to residency, March 3, 2015
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Having lived through vicariously through medical residency program (through my spouse), the episodes of self-doubt, euphoria, indifference, confidence, helplessness, forced detachment, and a milieu of other emotional states portrayed in this first-person account not only rings true but also provided additional context to those experiences. Using a (curated) set of cases/episodes, McCarthy is able to tell a very engaging, informative and entertaining account of the residency years. Of course, The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital by Samuel Shem, M.D. [MassMarket(1980/12/15)] is the classic satire that gave perhaps the first view of residency programs to the general audience; expanded in more targeted manner by memoirs such as On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency. Gawande's books typically include his experiences as a trainee as well. This one, however, is more on the personal growth, forcing one to root for the protagonist as if it were a real life drama (it is of course, real life, perhaps aided by the freedom to accelerate the timeline for the events). While living through the rookie mistakes, emotional growth, and professional growth, a reader gets to marvel (or be alarmed) at the fact that how well a physician is trained so dependent on the emotional and professional skill of the trainer..with just a year or two separating their experience. Perhaps no other industry sees this dynamic. Along with that appreciation, a reader gets to learn a few details on hospital procedures, differential diagnoses, and a real life case study on aspects described in How Doctors Think. Overall, a good read. 4.5*


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