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Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone - Black
Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone - Black
Offered by TronicSpot
Price: $77.14
66 used & new from $59.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it seems like once again Microsoft screws up a good thing (Nokia), September 4, 2014
This review refers to the specific phone and not to any issuing company. Although the pluses of this model are many with no need to repeat them here as they have been well listed by other reviewers, my beef is just one: Microsoft. The Nokia uses Microsoft system and this has been a negative experience, so much so that I will sell or get rid of the Nokia and get an iPhone. My main area of dissatisfaction, among others, is with the phone book - there seems to be nine. Every time I wish to enter a friend and their phone number I am forced to choose either to upload these to google or Microsoft. In many operations, the opine tries to force you to have an account with Microsoft. You cannot get beyond this step while entering a phone number. So I have chosen google, though I am reluctant to store on google's servers friends phone numbers who might not wish to have them there. But then e synching with google suddenly stopped working, with no time-wasting attempts seeming to work. Checking forums, I came across literally hundreds of people facing the same issue- synching to google suddenly stopping and therefore loosing all contact information, the names of callers disappearing, etc. and no attempt to re synch working, and of course no explanation on how to fix it. Seemingly, starting the supposedly for our convenience google two step verification process seems to fix it, people found out through trial and error, but I do mot wish to lock myself into this system. So, it seems like once again Microsoft screws up a good thing (Nokia). I know that Apple is no better in terms of its insidious forcing people to accept certain conditions, but if I can at least have a phone book under my control, I will reluctantly make the switch. Other people may not encounter this issue or even have a problem with it, but I raise it only to make people aware that only because of it's operating system, governed by Microsoft, that this phone might lead to problems.

Nutrigold Ashwagandha Gold (Organic) (Clinically-proven KSM-66), 500 mg, 90 veg. capsules
Nutrigold Ashwagandha Gold (Organic) (Clinically-proven KSM-66), 500 mg, 90 veg. capsules
Offered by BuyHerbs
Price: $17.99
3 used & new from $17.03

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good product, very wasteful packaging, August 17, 2014
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Very pleased with the product itself but I felt it's worth noting disappointment with the company's excessive packaging - so much of it that I will from now on choose another brand to get ashwagandha. Even if you buy just 1 bottle, they ship it in a very large box big enough to stack three atop each other and always include their thick printed catalogue of other products. It's all understandable that they want to promote themselves, but there are other ways of doing this than causing so much waste. A shame, as the capsules are good quality!

TSUBO Men's Carrado Loafer,Dark Chocolate,11.5 M US
TSUBO Men's Carrado Loafer,Dark Chocolate,11.5 M US
3 used & new from $116.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible shoes, September 2, 2013
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This review is from: TSUBO Men's Carrado Loafer (Shoes)
I have never been very interested in shoes - socks and underwear are more exciting to me - partially as my large and wide feet have caused lots of problems in the past finding comfortable ones. I must say that the two pairs of Tsubos I recently bought are likely the best shoes I have personally come across. Very attractive, innovative and yet subtle design, obviously excellent workmanship and extremely comfortable - I feel like I am walking on air. Inbuilt is an area which stretches slightly to accommodate a higher arch or wider foot. I couldn't be more pleased with these.

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5.0 out of 5 stars done with great care, January 11, 2013
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All of this seller's items are of high quality, done with serious intent by someone who obviously takes his craft seriously. This comes out in the beautiful design and crafstmanship. Customer service is incredibly polite, efficient and fast.

69 used & new from $0.24

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly worthwhile, even if for one song..., May 10, 2008
This review is from: Surprise (Audio CD)
I would consider myself a cautious though true Paul Simon admirer (meaning that while I consider Rhythm of the Saints among the best albums of all time, and find much to deeply admire on Hearts and Bones and even Songs from the Capeman, I find Graceland mostly a major ho-hum and You're The One a feeble, almost senile effort). I have only recently come across his 2006 Surprise and listened with great interest.
Overall I find it highly interesting, strong, with moments of brilliance, poetry, beauty - though as well as embarrassments (Outrageous, Beautiful). Brian Eno's production (that is, Eno circa Deep Blue Day and An Ending) in its best moments merges seamlessly with, mostly complements and sometimes elevates Simon's lovely, thin, earnest voice and occasionally substantial lyrics.
While That's Me, I Don't Believe, Wartime Prayers and Everything About it is a Love Song all have marvellous moments as well as strength and unexpected turns in both songwriting and production, it's Once There was an Ocean that makes this CD worth owning. It is arguably the most incisive, mature song in Simon's entire body of work.
This song is about transcendence and personal redemption without being "religious" at all (despite the subtle church/synagogue imagery). In this song, a spiritual sense emerges which needs not be tied to any organised religion. Here, Simon brilliantly fuses his folk-song talents of long-ago (in a tale about a young man who leaves home to renounce all that meant 'home' to him) with a deeper, more spiritual maturity obviously brought on by advancing years and experience. It is about getting in touch with that which is infinitely grander than us.
To me, it tells the tale of a man unhappy about his lot and searching for more, in an attempt to be larger, to find meaning. He has at least partially blamed his parents for much of his own endless wandering and unhappiness, and finds temporary fulfillment once he leaves home, the place he's defined as the source of his troubles.
But upon receiving news of the death of one of his parents and
returning home for the funeral finally gets in touch with that
'something unstoppable' that transcends him and connects him with the
timeless, the infinite (and infinitely more meaningful than the search
for temporary pleasures).
The lyrics which describe - indeed allude - to all this are penned so subtly, so finely, seemingly so effortless, one hardly notices their depth and intricacy in the first few listens. It's so rare when a song succeeds in speaking volumes in just a few lines. It's because we listeners have become totally unused to finding true poetry in our songs' lyrics.
Brian Eno's delicacy here really elevates the song and perfectly underscores the lyrics which fuse the very personal with that which transcends it, the individual with the truly universal. The crystal, almost glass sounds during the song's final verse not only echo the stained glass imagery but also the sudden enlightenment of the main character, as the death of a parent was what was needed for him to align himself with what truly matters in life, and with the very movement of the universe itself. Here Simon speaks of the lifting of the veil, where you suddenly 'understand' something about life of great significance, and how afterwards there's a feeling of nothing being different but of everything having changed.

Street Lady
Street Lady
Price: $8.99
62 used & new from $3.13

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sultry Byrd, September 24, 2006
This review is from: Street Lady (Audio CD)
You can almost feel the heat off the Harlem (or neighbourhood) pavement from these tunes. There's a sultriness to these vibes that recalls hot summer breezes, just hanging out, and the natural horniness that days like that arouses. A very outdoor groove abounds here, with instrumentation and chord progressions that recall blaxploitation soundtracks, but with greater flair and always with the lightness of spirit and sheer delight in life that Byrd exhibits so flawlessly in his more upbeat offerings. Easy perhaps to overlook as a funky background music, it's actually an accomplished affair and another example of Byrd's mastery of creating atmosphere.

Electric Byrd
Electric Byrd
13 used & new from $15.96

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transporting, September 24, 2006
This review is from: Electric Byrd (Audio CD)
I'm a recent but highly enthusiastic devotee of Byrd's musical mania, and his crazy happy energy. Electric Byrd is like none of his other albums and is an atmopsheric trip that begs to be shared with others on your wavelength or alone, where the ephemeral, transporting, otherworldly sounds created in the first three tracks especially will transform any space they're played in. The last track, The Dude, is for me the only track I wish weren't on this CD, especially coming after the utter perfection that is Xibaba, which brilliantly interweaves dreamy sounds reminiscent of those experimented with by Vangelis at around the same time (listen to La Petite fille de la mer from Apocalypse des Animaux, or Reves from Opera Sauvage). If you liked the vibes on Ethiopian Nights, this CD will take you even deeper into Byrd's netherworld.

Let's Be Bad Tonight: Best of Foxy
Let's Be Bad Tonight: Best of Foxy
Price: $14.64
13 used & new from $8.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite a discovery!, June 22, 2006
I adored Get Off at the time of release, no matter if it's as irritating as it is infectiously enjoyable, but knew nothing else by them other than their forgotten classic Party Boys, a sultry, mesmerizing, throbbingly sexy track with an unusually slow beat and leanings towards New Wave (this track is presented here in its extended, though not fully extended mix). Party Boys is still far superior to anything else Foxy ever did, but the rest of this compilation turned out to be a real suprise. A few forgettably fluffy tracks notwithstanding, there are are serious treats here: Get off your Aahh and Dance was a minor hit and stands up well today - an instrumental with meandering flutes, manic violins and frenetic bongos, it pleasantly recalls the cheesiness and cheerfulness of the disco years. Other tracks hint at a versatility one wouldn't have expected from this bunch - Mademoiselle is a down-tempo and super catchy blend of soul and funk; even Tena's Song's nod to 1920's sounds works well. The most energetic and likeable track though, aside from Get Off and it's lesser follow-up Hot Number, is Head Hunter (here in its 12inch version), a slapping, funky, driving track that recalls Get Off without being derivative (like Hot Number) and goes one better even by not being so aggressive and retaining interest throughout. This particular compilation is highly recommended, and even the liner notes are well written, embellished by sexy/kitschy photos.

Hitachi 4gb Digital Microdrive High Speed Memory Card
Hitachi 4gb Digital Microdrive High Speed Memory Card
Offered by BiH Electronics
Price: $35.99
7 used & new from $29.25

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works, but not with Sony DSC-F828, November 21, 2005
If you're planning on buying this for your Sony Dsc-F828, don't. There's a good chance it won't work, and only give you an error message. There are apparently many others who have experienced this problem (Google it and see many complaints); both Hitachi and Sony advertise that this works on the Sony but they've obviously not fixed a bug with it. So, I fel like I wasted my money, even though it does technically work for data storage.
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more info needed, September 4, 2005
It would help if you would include the diameter of these labels - it's impossible to judge from the small photograph, and size is obviously an important factor!

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