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ZeroWater ZD-018 23-Cup Water Dispenser and Filtration System
ZeroWater ZD-018 23-Cup Water Dispenser and Filtration System
Price: $35.99
56 used & new from $28.00

82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good removing TDS, but only if levels are low to start, July 25, 2013
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Visit the ZeroWater web site ( There, you can find a map and determine if the water in your area has a high level of TDS. If it does, the ZeroWater system may not work well for you. If your location has water over 250 ppm from the tap, you will probably be disappointed with the ZeroWater systems.


ZeroWater's web site states that their systems are designed to reduce principally one kind of substance in water-- dissolved inorganic salts, and chlorine. The ZeroWater system is very effective at reducing measured TDS (total dissolved solids/salts); that is why they provide a sensor device for that kind of substance. ZeroWater filters do also reduce hydrogen sulfide, chromium, lead, and mercury. Keep in mind that ZeroWater also reduces calcium, magnesium and other harmless or beneficial minerals from the water.

If this is what you want and expect, then the ZeroWater system is a convenient alternative to reverse osmosis or other purification systems.

By design, ZeroWater DOES LITTLE to filter organic substances (such as cysts, spores, MTBE, VOC, pharmaceuticals, etc.). It is not designed to do so.

If your concern is to eliminate contaminants, ZeroWater will only remove inorganic ones.

If you really want to know what different filtration systems do, visit the NSF web site (NSF tests certifies water filtration products) at

ZeroWater, like almost all water purification systems available, will reduce chlorine smell and taste. It does a fine job at that. So do plenty of systems that are less expensive per gallon.

It seems that ZeroWater does make the water taste noticeably acidic. The water "feels" (on the tongue) and "tastes" fresh and zesty, but that is because removing alkaline salts from water will lower the pH of water. To some extent, our senses may react favorably to acidity (low pH), hence making the water taste "better."
By contrast, other filters leave more alkaline salts in the water, and thus taste a little brackish, and less "fresh".

The flaws of the dispenser have been noted by other reviewers, but I also concur...
The spigot on the dispenser is difficult to use, since considerable force must be applied during dispensing.
The plastic reservoir itself is flimsy (mine broke pretty easily).
The lid flops off too easily.

As the filters are used, the acidity becomes more noticeable. If the water has a lot of alkalinity (high pH) to start with, the useful life of the filter is very short (my personal experience). After only six gallons and three days of use, the water became very sour, eventually resembling diluted vinegar. I never experienced the fishy smell people complained about, but the acidity was enough that I reflexively spit out the water from the seventh gallon.

As the replacement filters are $15 each, the cost per gallon in my case seems to be over $2, if I need a new filter every six gallons.

I think that many people with lower TDS levels at the tap would have better results, which accounts for the many positive reviews of this system. However, I recommend potential buyers consider their own water and what they want to change about it.

If your water has high TDS, the filter replacements for the ZeroWater will become very costly. If you wish to eliminate organic compounds from the water, the ZeroWater systems will not accomplish that. If you want to make your water taste better, ZeroWater will get rid of the chlorine and make the water taste "fresh" for a while, as long as the filter is not burdened with high levels of things it is made to reduce.

I am throwing mine away (I broke the reservoir, as stated above, so I don't feel right sending it back). Expensive lesson, but I learned the ZeroWater is not right for me.
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Proverbs (Holman Old Testament Commentary)
Proverbs (Holman Old Testament Commentary)
by Max E. Anders
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
53 used & new from $5.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a commentary, but OK for devotional purposes, May 23, 2013
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To call this a commentary is a bit misleading.
First, it is not organized as a commentary.
It is not a verse-by-verse (or even chapter-by-chapter) exposition of the book of Proverbs. It is a book of principles derived from Proverbs, with supporting verses for each principle coming from citations in Proverbs. Thus, you may have one chapter in the "commentary" which references 15 chapters in Proverbs. By the same token, you may have to look up five or six different chapters in the "commentary" to find the references to one chapter of Proverbs as you are reading through it. There is a handy table that helps you navigate through all of this, and this kind of organization may help some readers to organize their thoughts and meditations.
One problem with this approach is that is seems to imply (or perhaps assume) that the Proverbs were put together more or less randomly. Thus, if the parable of the ant follows the warning not to pledge oneself to another and precedes warnings about laziness and deception, that organization is lost and any meaning that could be seen from the juxtaposition of those teachings is also lost.
Second, the level of discourse is more devotional than analytical.
The discussions of the text itself more or less simply restates the text in a simplified form. Then, there might be a story or example on the general principle (based on the organizational structure discussed above). There are a few places where the Hebrew is elaborated a bit in some of the verses, but this is not done in much depth. For example, in Proverbs 6 (which is covered in many chapters of the commentary, including 14, 25, 26, the commentary tells us about Pro. 6:12-14: "scoundrel is literally "man of Belial," a description of a worthless man (1 Sam. 2:12; 1 Kgs. 21:10). The word can refer to a person's destructiveness (Nah. 1:11,15; Ps. 18:4) and was later used as a name for the devil (2 Cor. 6:15)."
That is an example of one of the most-detailed elaborations.
If you are looking for an in-depth commentary with lots of analysis, this may not be for you. If you want something that will help you see the overall meanings of proverbs and pursue them as themes peppered throughout the book, then this may be useful to you.

GMYLE (TM) 2 in 1- Blue Rubberized Rubber Coated See Through Hard Snap On Case for 13 " Apple Macbook Air - With Blue Protective Keyboard Cover [Fit for 2013 Model] (with 1 Year Warranty from GMYLE)
GMYLE (TM) 2 in 1- Blue Rubberized Rubber Coated See Through Hard Snap On Case for 13 " Apple Macbook Air - With Blue Protective Keyboard Cover [Fit for 2013 Model] (with 1 Year Warranty from GMYLE)
Offered by gigacity_amn
Price: $9.98
2 used & new from $4.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality despite the price, May 18, 2013
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I have had several cases/covers for my MacBook Air and this one is the best, regardless of price.

Fit and Function:
It fits snugly, and looks great. The texture is just rubbery enough to grip, but otherwise it looks and feels like it is a silky-matte surface painted on. It has plenty of ventilation holes. It is studier/thicker than others (such as the Incipio) and not quite as thick and bulky as some (such as the iPearl mCover).

The Apple logo is invisible when the computer is off, but bight and sharply visible when the computer is on. I got the blue, which is a little darker than the picture implies -- with all see-though cases, I think the reflection of the Mac will make them seem brighter in certain lighting conditions. The actual blue cover is very slightly darker (and redder) than most Blu-Ray cases (not nearly as dark as a Milk of Magnesia bottle, but the same hue). The rubber texture makes it seem a bit lighter in color.
EDIT: This cover does show FINGERPRINTS a lot more than some others I have used. So if you are picky about that, you might prefer the iPearl mCover, which has a smoother and harder surface and thus does not show them as much).

Bonus Keyboard Protector:
The silicon keyboard cover is better than I thought it would be, but that is just a bonus. The white on the letters is actually more reflective than the paint Apple puts on the keyboard, so if you don't have the backlit keyboard models, the keyboard cover may help identify the keys in low-light conditions.

Incipio MacBook Air 13-inch feather Ultralight Hard Shell Case - Matte Black
Incipio MacBook Air 13-inch feather Ultralight Hard Shell Case - Matte Black
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $25.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Great for looks, mediocre for protection, May 17, 2013
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I have had many snug-fit computer cases and two for the MacBook Air.
This one is by far the most snug and classy-looking computer case I have had or seen.
However, as others have reported, the material that comprises the case is just slightly too brittle and breakable for the case to last very long. Mine lasted a couple of months of fairly light use before it started some severe cracking. A few months after that, it chipped and split so much that I had to take it off.
In addition to the longevity disappointment, I also found that the Incipio case did not permit the computer to cool itself sufficiently. There is an area on the bottom of the case that had cooling perforations, but these don't seem sufficient for the computer to cool itself always. The overheating was reduced when I switched to an alternative case.

Again, for looks, the Incipio is fantastic (and looks almost like the MacBook is painted with matte black paint). It is only the practical matters of cooling and protection which proved disappointing.
One case that worked well for me is the decidedly less-classy but much more durable (and protective) iPearl mCover. It is also much cheaper than the Incipio. If you cannot afford to replace your computer cover every few months, then you might check some alternatives.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caution: Sorbitol and hydration don't mix for everyone, December 21, 2012
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While this product contains electrolytes and one would think would be good for hydration, the product also contains SORBITOL, a LAXATIVE. The laxative effect may actually be strong enough to off set the hydration effect and cause DEHYDRATION. This is an ironic product ingredient choice. Do not use this product if sorbitol has a strong laxative effect on you or if you are trying to keep a good electrolyte balance in a person who is ill.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorbitol may hinder hydration-just be careful about that., December 21, 2012
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While this product contains electrolytes and one would think would be good for hydration, the product also contains SORBITOL, a LAXATIVE.
In some people, the laxative effect may actually be strong enough to offset the hydration and cause DEHYDRATION.
You may want to avoid use of this product if sorbitol has a strong laxative effect on you or if you are trying to keep a good electrolyte balance in a person who is ill. If sugar-free gum or candy affects you in a negative way, you might want to be cautious when using this product.
I actually gave this to someone in my family to help hydrate them when they were ill and it made their problems worse because of the laxative nature. Rather than keeping fluids in them, it had the opposite effect. The person got sicker until we realized the problem and stopped giving the person the Nuun. We switched to a product without sorbitol, and the person improved.
I drink the Nuun and have no ill effects, but potential buyers may want to know of the possible unexpected effects.

Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV
Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but not fantastic, December 20, 2012
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I purchased this for my parents, because they had read that it got high ratings in a consumer magazine that reports such things. Alas, my parents don't comparison shop and don't go to electronic stores weekly as I do. So, they had little actual knowledge of what to look for in a TV that would be in their particular viewing setting.

This TV is an acceptable HDTV, but a nice picture and several HDMI inputs are no longer sufficient to be a great product. Here are some cons and pros of this particular model, based on my several day experience of setting up the TV and watching it with my parents:

1) Very reflective screen- while not shiny glass, the matte of the screen is reflective enough that every light and every well-lit object in the room can be seen on the screen. This for me would be enough to send the TV back.
2) Only one composite/component input - obviously, not so important if you have only digital sources to view, but my parents had a VCR and a non-HDMI DVD player, both of which they still use. OOOPS
3) A lot of features require internet connection, which either requires ethernet wired to the TV or the special proprietary USB dongle
4) Sound not very loud - this is common with thin TVs, but the problem is more pronounced in this set than in most of those I have seen or own.
5) Banner "ads" that pop up when you turn on the set and do various things, unless you disable them (and my parents would NEVER have been able to play around long enough to find out how to do this).
6) Remote switching of input devices could be easier (it is not terrible, but I had to run things through with my parents more times than I hoped would be necessary).

1) Decent picture (generally pretty dark for my taste, even on the brightest settings, I assume to mimic plasma)
2) 4 HDMI inputs (one or two more than others I have seen of this screen size)
3) Very thin form factor
4) Built in internet features, including Netflix, if you either have an ethernet connection handy or want to spring for the optional USB-wifi dongle.

My parents are happy with this TV, but then they watch in utter darkness in a very dark room. In those conditions, this is a fine TV, but if the viewing situation is anything different, you must either be quite tolerant of reflection or might be happier with another model/brand. For reference, the store/discount brands of two brick-and-mortar stores both offer units with less reflection and about as good a picture for a slightly lower price.

The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism
The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism
by Director: Tyler Johnson
Edition: Unknown Binding
5 used & new from $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Content With a Lot of Dross, July 25, 2012
I should preface this review by saying that I am not now nor have I ever been a Dispensationalist.
My interest in this video came from having many Dispensationalist friends who are now questioning what they were taught because of what they see in Scripture. I was hoping that seeing this video might help them to understand how Dispensationalism developed and became dominant in American Christianity, and why both the philosophy and its adherents are now in some transition.

However, after seeing the video in its entirety, I don't think I can recommend it to my friends. It is too little information packed in too big a package, with too much unnecessary, unhelpful, and even noxious filler.
There are some good quotes, both by Dispensationalists and their critics. Included are quotes from the very readable Philip Mauro (whom I am reading with my friends) and the always quotable Charles Spurgeon. It is just a pity that the writing, presentation, editing and organization were not done more carefully to greater effect.

While some of the information I desired was presented in the rather long video, much of the video seemed stitched together in a confusing and unprofitable way. For example, some of the narrative was devoted to ad hominem attacks against the prominent figures of Dispensationalism, including J. M. Darby, C. I. Scofield, and L. S. Chafer. While their personal biographical stories may have been helpful in understanding the development of the Biblical interpretative techniques that gave rise to Dispensationalism, MOST of the personal details dwelt upon in the video had nothing whatsoever to do with understanding the approach to Bible texts of these men. What is worse, the flow of the presentation of material was abruptly interrupted to present the scandal-sheet sort of details, as if the non-sequitor personal attacks were germane to understanding where Dispensationalism came from.

Another rather annoying and distracting technique used in the video was that of taking quotes from prominent Dispensationalists out of context, and only in snippets. While some of this might be excused because of time constraints, the great length of the documentary should have made this technique (or excuse) unnecessary.

If this had been edited down to about an hour, with most of the content of the last half hour left intact, this might have been a good backgrounder for those who wanted to know the history of Dispensationalism. Instead, it is overlong, uses logical fallacies, and might even be open to the criticism of misrepresenting its subject unfairly. In addition, as others have mentioned, it bogged down with special effects, unnecessary music, and needless talking-head narrative segments in which the presenter simply looks earnestly at the camera reading overused idioms like "majority report" while raising his eyebrows inexplicably.

Timex Men's T49829 Expedition Rugged Chronograph Analog-Digital Brown Leather Strap Watch
Timex Men's T49829 Expedition Rugged Chronograph Analog-Digital Brown Leather Strap Watch

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hefty, but nice, July 11, 2012
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I really like this watch, Even so, when I got it I was surprised by several things, which might influence your purchase decision:

1) This watch is THICKER than I anticipated. 22 mm is given as the thickness in the description. The actual measurement is 14 mm, but that still makes it thicker than a AAA battery, for example.
2) The watch is sturdily built, but it is HEAVY. On your wrist, if you are sort of a rugged guy, you may not notice how heavy it is, but if you take it off and heft it in your hand you may be shocked at its weight.
3) The face of the watch is GREEN. This is reported in the product description, but may go unnoticed since the product photos make the face look so dark.
4) The DIGITAL features are a bit harder to use and read than the product photos might indicate-- you may have to tilt your wrist a bit to get the back of the digital display window to reflect enough to read the numerals. Using the Indiglo light feature eliminates the problem.

Even with these potentially negative surprises, I found I liked this watch because of the ease of reading the analog face, which you can judge from the product photos.
Also, the band is effectively waterproof, as a few showers have shown. I was further pleased to discover some nice unexpected features of the watch. For example, the Indiglo light, which is just about perfect in brightness, can be "programed" to operate when ANY button is pressed on the watch.

Coffee Bean Direct Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea, 2 Pound Bag
Coffee Bean Direct Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea, 2 Pound Bag
Price: $24.38
2 used & new from $24.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Darjeeling, June 14, 2012
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This is my favorite tea, and if you look around at my other reviews, you can see I drink a lot of tea. I average two gallons a day (some green, some decaf, some oolong, lots of black and this delightful Darjeeling). That doesn't mean that I know what I am talking about. It does mean that this tea has lots of competition.
I don't hesitate to call it my personal favorite (but I will still drink the others as long as God gives me breath and hot water).
This tea is delicate and yet refreshing. It holds up pretty well even if over-steeped.
I think if you like Darjeeling, you will be surprised at how good this is for the price. If you are not sure (or have not had Darjeeling before) it is technically not quite a black tea and not quite a green tea. It is similar to oolong in strength, because of how it is processed. It is more like black Indian tea in character because of where and how it is grown.
This is certainly one of the lowest-priced ways of trying it if you are not sure.

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