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2015 Womens Cosplay Calendar
2015 Womens Cosplay Calendar
by Cheri Cerio
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.64
4 used & new from $17.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Months Of Epic Geekiness!, November 21, 2014
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Last year, Geeks Empowering Extraordinary Kids (G.E.E.K.) released a trio of charity calendars that helped raise much needed funds for children with Downs Syndrome, Autism, and to assist their families. This year, G.E.E.K. returns with two calendars, a Mens Charity Cosplay Calendar and the one I'm reviewing, the Womens Charity Cosplay Calendar.

Like last year's version of the womens calendar, the 2015 version features excellent photos of female cosplayers in their own cosplay creations. Some of the featured models were also in last year's calendar (but in different costumes). The costumes put together by these lovely ladies range from She-Ra, Princess of Power to Carmen Sandiego and the Invisible Woman to Mad Moxxi. Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a nod to Steampunk are also included. Many of the costumes are highly detailed, and the hard work put into them shows through the photographs taken by Rick Heno and Ricky Hoener.

The birthstone for each month is listed, along with all of the major holidays listed in most calendars. Also included are nerdy birthdays like that of Nikola Tesla, geeky holidays like Star Wars Day (May the 4th), regional convention dates, and at least one designation for each month (for instance, July is National Anti-Boredom Month).

This calendar (or its male equivalent) would make an excellent gift for any nerd or geek in your family. If you're a DC or if you're a Marvel, both are covered by this calendar. The photos, while beautiful, are not racy at all, so you can rest assured that this calendar will look lovely on your wall or in your cubicle at work.

I highly recommend this wonderful calendar. Pick up one to support the charity and to show your geek pride! Also, if you live in the Gulf South region of the United States, the odds of you running into some of the models at conventions are very high. I've met a few (and personally know some of them) and all of them were happy to autograph last year's calendar for me.

Let your geek flag fly and pick up one of these awesome calendars!

ZUME GAMES Flying Dizk, Green
ZUME GAMES Flying Dizk, Green
Price: $13.49
3 used & new from $13.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying Fun, November 17, 2014
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I was offered the Zume Games Flying Dizk through Amazon Vine. Ironically, my son received one of these for his birthday earlier this year. He plays with it occasionally, but it was my older daughter that really enjoyed it. I decided to get this one so that she would have her own to play with (as she borrows my son's Flying Dizk often).

My daughter likes playing frisbee golf, and we have a lot of traditional frisbees at home that she uses. She prefers them overall, but likes that the weight of this disk allows you to do certain tricks that can't be done with the lighter, easier to manipulate frisbees we are all so used to playing with over the years.

You have to use a tad bit more muscle to toss this puppy, but it holds up against the wind fairly well and flies true for a person that knows how to toss a frisbee.

My daughter doesn't use this Dizk for frisbee golf, but she likes to use it at our home where the wind is a bit heavy at times.

Overall, this isn't a bad toy to keep around the house to get some exercise with outside. We don't have any dogs, so I can't say how well this toy works with and for any of our canine friends. For kids and their families, though, it's a winner.


Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Clean Comfort 3.8 Oz
Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Clean Comfort 3.8 Oz

5.0 out of 5 stars Goes On Clean And Dry, November 17, 2014
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I've always been nervous when trying out spray antiperspirants. Over the years I've learned that I'm allergic to a lot of antiperspirants (especially Right Guard) and almost exclusively use roll-ons that leave a light, powdery residue on my armpits. Gels are like fire to my pits, and sprays have almost as much of a bad effect on me.

Despite this, I decided to give Dove's Men+Care Spray Antiperspirant the old college try and after four days of use, I've decided that it's not only safe for my pits, it's actually a great product as well.

The spray goes on clean and almost completely dry. The scent is nice, with a light scent that has hints of baby powder in it. In all honesty, the scent is very nice, but it might not be manly enough for some of the burlier gents in the reading audience. Of course, all of my lady friends seemed to enjoy it, and I value their opinion more than any burly dude's point of view!

This is an excellent product and I highly recommend it.

Adventures in Wild Places, Activities and Sticker Books (Lonely Planet Kids)
Adventures in Wild Places, Activities and Sticker Books (Lonely Planet Kids)
by Lonely Planet Kids
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.94
59 used & new from $3.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Pages Of Wild Fun!, November 14, 2014
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This book is an excellent way to introduce children to new animals as well as to teach them about different countries, continents and cultures. It's a thick book that is bookended by sticker pages. The stickers on these pages can be used on the high-gloss pages of the book.

Children can flip through the pages and do all sorts of activities, such as coloring, answering tricky questions, or simply chasing the small warthog that is hidden within each two-page layout.

My son (aged seven) really enjoyed looking at the vibrant and colorful pictures on the pages. He also enjoyed hunting for the warthog like Waldo of "Where's Waldo?" fame. He liked the stickers well enough, but they didn't hold his interest. He was much more interested in the activities and reading all of the neat facts on the pages.

This book is considered suitable for ages three and up, and it works that way if you take it more as a picture book for younger children and an activity book for the older ones.

My only complaint about this book was that the high-gloss pages were stuck together. I had to peel each one apart. I was worried that I would tear the pages, but they all came loose unscathed.

Overall, a very fun book for all ages. It has kept my son busy for hours on the road, and shows no signs of boring him any time soon.


Calculated Industries, Inc 6540  Wheel Master Pro Measuring Wheel, 12.5-Inch Diameter Wheel
Calculated Industries, Inc 6540 Wheel Master Pro Measuring Wheel, 12.5-Inch Diameter Wheel
Offered by Hardware Sales Inc.
Price: $89.00
3 used & new from $69.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Roll Up The Awesome!, November 13, 2014
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In my line of work (telecommunications) I have to measure off a lot of distances both inside buildings and outside. From burying cable and service drops to running wires for phones and networking, I need to know many distances so that I will know how much wire or cable I will need for each job.

While some of my co-workers have measuring wheels, I was never given one and had to use my eyes, hands, and feet to measure with. I intentionally overestimated so that I wouldn't run out of anything, but it would have been much more cost-effective if I had my own wheel.

Well, now I do.

The Calculated Industries 6540 Wheel Master 12 is an excellent measuring wheel. My co-workers have the old school clicking measuring wheels and most of them have broken handles, iffy counters, or some other type of deformity. The Wheel Master 12 has a silent counter, which actually made me doubt it for awhile since I was so used to hearing a "clicking" noise any time I got used my co-worker's wheel. It also has a rubberized grip for sure handling and a strap you can place around your wrist while measuring distances.

The wheel has a plumb bob that move around an awful lot while in motion, but steadies just enough to get a very accurate reading on distances. There's also a reflector on the shaft in case you are measuring on the side of a road or highway.

The counter can be reset from the handle or down on the counter itself. You can also use a brake to stop the wheel from rolling/counting if needed.

There's a nifty kickstand, a handy backpack to store it in, and a carrying handle midway down so that when you fold up the wheel, you can easily carry it. The device is lightweight and moves smoothly across pretty much any surface.

This wheel is excellent and I highly recommend it.

All-Absorb 20 Count Cat Litter Pads, 17.1 by 11.8-Inch
All-Absorb 20 Count Cat Litter Pads, 17.1 by 11.8-Inch
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Because All Cats Gotta Go!, November 10, 2014
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The All-Absorb Cat Litter Pads are meant to be used with Tidy Cat Breeze products. However, with just a little folding magic, I've started using them in my Nyantomo Litter box. Why? Primarily for cost effectiveness, but they also keep the odor better than the Nyantomo products AND they are much easier to get stateside.

I slide these pads into the bottom tray of my Nyantomo litter box and change them about once a week. I only have one cat, and for whatever reason she doesn't use the bathroom very often. There's nothing wrong with her (I've had her tested, to paraphrase Sheldon Cooper). She just has a big bladder I guess!

The urine odor is neutralized very well with these pads, and unlike the Nyantomo pads that break up after a couple of days of use, these pads hold together very well.

As stated before, these pads are meant for the Tidy Cat Breeze system, so I can't say exactly how effective they are in that unit, but I will say that they are a cheaper and much better working alternative for Nyantomo users.


Philips Sonicare HX6581/50 Easyclean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HX6581/50 Easyclean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: $79.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Polished, November 10, 2014
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Everybody brushes their teeth......or at least they should. Much like razors, though, there aren't many things you can do to improve upon a toothbrush. Sure, you can get bigger or smaller brush heads to fit your mouth, have rubber strips on the brush that increase grip or brush your tongue, or get the tough stuff stuck in between your teeth, or have varied levels of bristles that supposedly get to specific areas that only they can clean. Ultimately, though, you just need a decent brush.

Philips Sonicare HX6581/50 EasyClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has quite a few bells and whistles, but it seems to be working pretty good so far. I've only had it for a few days and it has taken a little time to adjust not only to the use of the brush, but the feel it leaves in your mouth afterwards as well.

The head of the brush is thin and very small, which makes it excellent for getting into those small spaces at the back of your mouth. The head and brush neck are also very smooth, which makes it easy to maneuver this puppy in your mouth. There is a timer tone and brief stop of motion every thirty seconds to let you know how long you've been brushing and when it's time to move on to another area of your mouth (if following the included instructions on use). After two minutes, the brush stops. If you need to do a little more brushing, just press the power button and continue brushing.

This brush also features an Easy-Start method that slowly increases the strength of the brush to get your mouth accustomed to the Sonicare way of cleaning. To make it work properly, you must brush your teeth for at least one minute for the first fourteen brushings. After that, the instructions suggest deactivating the Easy-Start process because continuing to use it apparently weakens the Sonicare's effectiveness.

Unlike your standard "up and down, all around" motion, you use a simple back and forth motion as you slowly go over your entire mouth. This might take some getting used to, but it's pretty easy to pick up and break that old tried and true habit.

Another thing that took getting used to was the polished feel of my teeth after each brushing. It feels similar to the way your mouth feels after a professional cleaning, and it's odd to have that feel after a regular brushing. Don't worry, though, it's a nice feel.

The brush comes with a charger and a small plastic air-dry cap. It is suggested that you charge the unit for twenty-four hours before using it and you can keep it on the charger if you'd like.

Overall, this is a decent brush. The Sonicare technology is apparently working for me, and just for your information, it works on braces and veneers as well.


U.S. Divers Youth Flare Jr Silicone Snorkeling Set Fun Blue Large 3-6
U.S. Divers Youth Flare Jr Silicone Snorkeling Set Fun Blue Large 3-6
Price: $44.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Set Wet!, November 7, 2014
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My son, aged seven, is a big swimmer. He takes classes and has been doing so for two years now. When this US Divers Youth Flare Snorkeling set was offered by Amazon Vine, I had to grab it for him.

When it arrived, the first thing he did was slap the mask on and adjust it to fit his noggin. He did this by himself and with relative ease. He liked the glass lenses and really loved the silicone skirt that kept a good seal but remained comfortable.

He also liked the snorkel. It fit comfortably in his mouth and when he went underwater with it, it kept water out quite well.

He was also impressed by the Proflex fins I was worried about them fitting his feet, but they fit him well with just a small bit of adjusting to get the right fit.

The set comes with a netted bag that allows for water to pass freely through. There is a separate compartment for the mask. The bag is nice, but my son probably won't be using it long, as he has a larger bag for his swimming/snorkeling gear.

Overall, this is a nice set for young swimmers. It's comfortable, fits my son's age group well, and features some really cool colors.

Highly recommended.

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
DVD ~ David Tennant
Price: $9.49
36 used & new from $4.60

5.0 out of 5 stars "Water Always Wins", November 5, 2014
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David Tennant's tenure as the Doctor comes closer to the end in the very dramatic and suspenseful "The Waters of Mars."

In this adventure, the Doctor finds himself on "Bowie Base One," the first human colony on the planet of Mars. It is an ill-fated colony that proves to be a fixed point in time. As most Whovians know, the Doctor isn't supposed to mess with fixed points in time (but he does sometimes anyway). What happens with this colony will affect the future of humanity, but when the sinister fate that is to befall the colonists rears its ugly head, the Doctor goes into "god mode" and tries to save the colonists despite their fates already being sealed in history. What happens at the end of the special proves to be both brutally shocking and extremely sad for both the viewer and the Doctor.

The enemy in this tale, a virus intent on survival (which, as always, means that it want to get to Earth so that it can claim it as its own) causes the humans that it infects to become these grotesque creatures that literally drip with water, spray water, and shoot water from their bodies. They are quite frightening to look at, and this is the only Doctor Who adventure that my daughter (aged thirteen) refuses to watch again. She's scared to death of the infected humans and outside of the Weeping Angels, these creatures are one of the scariest enemies the Doctor has ever faced. They provide an excellent catalyst for the Doctor's actions, and of all the Tennant specials, this is the best in my opinion.

If you're aware of what happened in the specials that occurred before this one, you know that Tennant's Doctor is travelling without a companion and is, in all honesty, sort of getting a god complex. Tennant portrays the Doctor, torn between being a god and allowing history to run its course, with perfection. It's one of his best performances and proves that they Doctor works well as a solo adventurer on the screen. In fact, having been a Whovian for almost forty years and having watched at least some of all of the Doctors in action, I'd say that Tennant's performance and this adventure as a whole is one of the best in Whovian history.

This is mandatory viewing for all Whovians, and is an excellent story to show to non-Whovians who want to to what all the fuss is about. It's terror, tension, and tragedy all rolled into one excellent tale.

Highly recommended.

Flirty Aprons Men's Apron "Kiss The Cook", Red
Flirty Aprons Men's Apron "Kiss The Cook", Red
Price: $22.49
8 used & new from $18.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing The Heat!, October 31, 2014
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Cooking just got a lot more attractive with this "Kiss The Cook" Flirty Apron. It features a screen-printed white "Kiss The Cook" print on a bright red, 100% cotton apron. The apron has three deep pockets perfect for stashing spoons, spatulas, whisks, and, if you're lucky, some fine lady's phone number.

There is a buckle for the neck strap that allows the wearer to adjust it to fit them however they prefer. The waist straps are long and can fit just about any waist you can put your lovin' arms around while wearing this red hotness.

This is a fun and functional apron that is likely to draw a little attention from the ladies no matter how good or bad your cooking really is.

Recommended for a fun time.

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