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Char-Broil TRU Infrared Electric Patio Bistro 180 Grill
Char-Broil TRU Infrared Electric Patio Bistro 180 Grill
Offered by 247Grills
Price: $104.99
39 used & new from $87.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Cooks nicely!, September 27, 2014
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This grill cooks food nicely. Even though it is an electric grill, the results will be far superior to what you can get out of an electric hot plate. And while it may not deliver the same taste as a charcoal grill, I do not think you will be dissapointed with the results.

Let me admit right now that your steaks will taste better on a charcoal grill. However, for those who cannot grill with an open fire, this is your best option. Depending on where you live, you may not be allowed to use a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Electric will be your only choice. If you have to go electric, then I highly recommend this. I have tried grilling with the hot plate types, like the Foreman grills. While they do cook food faster, they also do not taste as good as the meats cooked on the Char-Broil.

I have grilled a lot of steaks and pork chops on this grill, as well as vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and squash. If you grill a lot of high fat foods, you can still get a little bit of flare up, but they only lasts for a short time. You can compensate for the slight less taste, due to it being an electric, by being creative with your marinade and by basting the meat right before you remove it from the grill. You can also add wood chips, but I have not tried that.

Electrics have a lot of advantages. You will never have to go out and buy charcoal and starter fluid. Nor will you have to go out and buy gas. This makes it convenient for those spontaneous moments when you get the urge to grill something for dinner. However, please keep in mind this grill is only for outdoor use. It is not like a hot plate that you can use indoors. This one will produce a lot of smoke. And, like I said, you still get the occasional flare up. And because it is an electric, it should last for many years with very little maintenance. Unlike a gas grill, this one only needs to be cleaned. No parts to replace. Clean out the drip tray from the bottom and clean the grate. That is all the maintenance it will need. If you are lazy on maintenance, a gas grill is not for you. An electric version, like this one, would make better sense for you.

The grill grate is hard to clean. But then again, have you ever had a grill grate that is easy to clean? Yes, if you clean it immediately after cooking, it will be much easier. But really, who actually does that? I mean, most people would want to dive into their steak before it gets cold, right?

If you cannot grill with an open flame, this is your best choice. Highly recommended.


Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
Price: $1.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids. Good for adults too., September 11, 2014
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This pair of scissors were designed for use by elementary school age children. For use in the classroom to cut paper, arts, crafts, and similar items. The end of the scissors have been rounded off, rather than pointed, for safety. Even so, you should caution your child to make sure that they handle the device carefully. To always be mindful of the steel blades. They can still do some damage to flesh.

This is a higher quality product than the scissors that you may typically find in an elementary school classroom. Most of the scissors for the target consumers will be primarily made of plastic, with just enough steel at the cutting edges. This one is different in that the blades are completely made of steel. This cuts better than your average school scissors.

I have used this pair on paper goods. However, most of my use is "off-label" and not what it was originally intended to do. I use mine to prune aquarium plants. The stainless steel blades do not rust.

Highly recommended.


Hemel
Hemel
DVD ~ Hannah Hoekstra
Price: $18.68
28 used & new from $10.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Gratification, without the commitment, September 7, 2014
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Sexual gratification, without the commitment, appears to be the lead character's mission. As the plot unfolds, you realize that there is more to Hemel than something as simple as that.

Let's talk about the censored version first. The censored version is what you get if you bought the streaming media from Amazon. However, if you buy the DVD, as I did, you will not have to worry about censored content. This review is about the DVD, the uncensored movie.

The movie follows the life of a young lady who pursues sexual gratification for its own sake. She is not interested in forming relationships with her bed partners. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, as quite a lot of men do the same thing and are viewed differently under traditional values. What is fascinating about her is the relationship that she has with her father. The movie is Dutch, with English subtitles. However, you do get enough understanding of the story to know that she is in love with her father. Not necessarily in a sexual way, but definitely is possessive.

The reason for the casual sexual encounters is simply to fulfill her needs. But clearly her heart is not in it, only her genitalia. In other words, the encounters are simply for sex. At some point in the story, it becomes clear that the father will be committing to a relationship with his girlfriend. At that point, Hemel is emotionally upset. Even to the point of contemplating jumping off the roof of a building.

The star of the movie is the beautiful Dutch actress, Hannah Hoekstra. I reviewed another one of her movies, "App", earlier this year. While I enjoyed "App" more than I did this one, "Hemel" is still a fascinating movie to watch.

Recommended.


Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black)
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black)
Price: $31.77
93 used & new from $21.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Joystick for a Mouse, September 2, 2014
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Unplug that mouse from your computer, replace it with this Logitech joystick, download the software from IMG, and you are good to go.

Yes, you can replace your computer mouse with a joystick. But you need to get the software to make it work. There are free software that you can download, but I chose to purchase mine from a company called IMG (Innovation Management Group). This Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick and the "Joystick-to-Mouse" software from IMG work perfectly together.

I got the idea to do this because an acquaintance of mine suffers from arthritis. The nature of her work include a lot of data entry,as well as document processing. She has tried "ergonomic" mice, but have not gotten relief. We bought this Logitech joystick, bought the software, and installed on her workstation. It has worked wonders for her, but the adjustment is taking a lot of time. Moving that cursor with a joystick is not as precise for her as with her mice. It is taking time, but she is slowly adjusting. I am giving her a break because she is not a video game player. The idea fascinated me and prompted me to buy the same model of Joystick from Amazon for my own use. I also purchased the same software, from IMG. And, I am enjoying the change.

What do I like about using a joystick, in place of a mouse? Well, it is cool. Very cool to have a joystick on your desk. I have also programmed a lot of functions on the buttons and controls of the "stick". All those buttons, 12 in all, can be put to good use.

If you have arthritis, this might be worth a try for you. If you suffer from some kind of physical disability that make the use of a mouse difficult, this could be the ticket. If you want to be cool, so cool that you use a joystick instead of a mouse, this is it. The secret here is that excellent software from IMG. You can call them at 1-800-889-0987, or visit their website at www.joystick-to-mouse.com.

My advice to you is to pick a good quality joystick, like this Logitech. You do not have to spend a lot of money. You're not buying this to battle an enemy MIG fighter on your monitor! But you do want good quality. You will be using this constantly, so precision, quality, and durability are important.

And, if you do play games on your comptuter that uses a joystick, this is a good way to learn precision. As you use the joystick daily, your precision and control will develop nicely.


SynergyLabs Dental Fresh Original Formula for Dogs and Cats; 17 fl. oz.
SynergyLabs Dental Fresh Original Formula for Dogs and Cats; 17 fl. oz.
Price: $5.49
12 used & new from $5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwash, for your Pet!, August 6, 2014
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Mouthwash, for dogs and cats.

This is not as effective as brushing your pet's teeth, but it may be a sensible alternative if your dog will not tolerate brushing. This water additive works like mouthwash. Basically, you add a measured amount to your pet's bowl each time you add water. When the pet drinks, Dental Fresh acts like a mouthwash.

Dental Fresh does a very good job of keeping tartar under control. Yes, tartar will still form, but not as fast. You should use this product all of the time. A side benefit is that it will keep the water in the bowl fresh. If you have a messy dog that drops food particles in his water, then you will still need to change the water out daily. Dental Fresh can extend the water's freshness if your dog is not too messy in his dining habits.

Cats tend to be picky about their water. I have known cat owners who say that their cats do not like anything added to their water. Dental Fresh smells faintly like chlorine. Perhaps some cats will be turned off by that. In this case, use a product that is added to the food, instead of the water. Food can hide the smell of the chemical. There is a brand called "Petsafe Indigo Dental Sauce" that works really well. I reviewed one earlier this week, for Amazon. That should be your choice, if your dog or cat refuses to drink water that was treated with "Dental Fresh". My dog will readily lick "Petsafe Indigo Dental Sauce" from the bottom of his food dish, without the need to tempt him with food.


PetSafe indigo Fresh Dental Sauce, Hint of Mint
PetSafe indigo Fresh Dental Sauce, Hint of Mint
Offered by leeleestore
Price: $2.98
16 used & new from $2.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwash for Your Dog!, August 4, 2014
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It works fine. This product works fine, but it is not as useful as the water additive types like Dental Fresh.

This is an effective product that is easy to use. Your dog will accept this without any resistance due to the fact that it is added to the food. Naturally, how appealing the dog food is to begin with, will determine how easily your dog will accept this product. You can, if you wish, put this on a slab of beef and you are guaranteed not to get any resistance from your dog. Pour it on dry kibble and your dog might ignore it completely.

This "dental sauce" works to help prevent tartar build up on your dog's teeth. Most dogs are very resistant to having their teeth brushed. If your dog resists regular teeth brushing, then this is the next best thing, along with regular dental checkups from the Vet. To use this, please follow the directions on the container. Using too much may cause a stomach upset.

While this product is effective and easy to use, my preference is to use a water additive. A water additive not only will help keep your pet's teeth clean, but it will also keep his water bowl clean. A product like Dental Fresh, added to the water bowl, keeps the water clean while keeping your dog's breath fresh. However, some dogs are very sensitive to the taste and the smell of their drinking water. They may not drink, or rather drink sparingly, if they can taste "doggie mouthwash" in their water bowl. Yes, they may avoid the water bowl and drink from the toilet bowl instead! Which is the last thing you want. In that case, use a product like PetSafe Indigo Dental Sauce instead. In other words, your pet is more likely to accept this Petsafe Indigo Dental Sauce when compared to water additives like "Dental Fresh".


Manifest Moment to Moment: 8 Principles to Create the Life You Truly Desire
Manifest Moment to Moment: 8 Principles to Create the Life You Truly Desire
by Carrol McLaughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.90
49 used & new from $7.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manifest your true desires, July 26, 2014
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It is hard to review a book that is designed to help the reader "self-improve", become more effective, and happier. Ultimately, the true test of the material is to evaluate its effects on the reader's life. That's not really practical, since influences outside the book, reader compliance with the advice, and time make such an evaluation almost impossible. As far as book reviews, it would not be a long enough period, the review period, to evaluate at how effective the material is at changing the reader's life. However, we can take a look at some of the core principles in the book.

Here, to manifest, means to make happen. To have an idea, to have a goal, a desired outcome, and turn that into reality. The book takes a spiritual approach to helping the audience achieve, or manifest, their desired outcomes. However, if you can see beyond the spiritual, which is probably not the intention of the authors, there are some very practical ideas here. I will cover one of those ideas. The idea that the way we react, the way we respond to situations can either help us "manifest" or prevent us. Our past experiences have created in us an automatic response, knee-jerk if you will, that sometimes can sabotage our efforts to manifest our goals and desires. One of the first things that the authors do is to help you relieve yourself of that burden, and instead learn to reflect and respond in ways that will help you, rather than hinder you, in manifesting your desires. In other words, to get that weight off your back, so that you can find a better response, a more appropriate response to the situations that you may face.

Another principle discussed here is to find what it is that you truly want. To peel away expectations and practical concerns to discover what it is that you really want. Your life mission, your soul's mission, that is. Knowing that will then help you take steps to try to achieve that.


Labyrinth
Labyrinth
DVD ~ John Hurt
Price: $14.96
16 used & new from $11.89

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval fantasy, with a twist, July 21, 2014
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This review is from: Labyrinth (DVD)
Historical fantasy? Is that the best way to describe what this tv movie is about? In any case, this is an adaption of Kate Mosse's book of the same name. It is a medieval fantasy, with a twist. It is a story of two women, separated by time. Alais, living in southern France over 800 years ago, becomes the guardian of the Grail. Meanwhile, in the present day, Alice Turner is a teacher on holiday in the same location. Alice is a volunteer at an archaeological site near the walled city of Carcassone. The story centers on the Grail, all wrapped up within the bigger story of what happened to the Cathars as they were purged from the city. In the present day, two powerful factions are on a race to find the Grail.

The movie seamlessly switch from one time period to another, giving the impression that the events are all occurring simultaneously, rather than separated by 800 years. The production quality is very high. And the acting from the major characters are all great, coming from a terrific young cast.

Jessica Brown-Findlay plays Alais, while Vanessa Kirby plays Alice. John Hurt, Tom Felton, Katie McGrath, and Sebastian Stan play major roles. John Lynch, Emun Elliott, and Tony Curran round out the excellent cast.

The plot unfolds slowly at first. This may bore some viewers. However, your patience will be rewarded with some good action scenes. The fight choreography in the movie was of good quality. Both Ms. Brown-Findlay and Ms. McGrath have nude scenes. And the castle town of Carcassone is quite a sight to behold, even on film.

Will Alice Turner discover the secrets of the Grail, as well as its current location, before it falls in the wrong hands? One faction wants to harness its power for wealth and profits. While another would like to destroy it and its secrets forever.

Highly recommended.


APP (English Subtitled)
APP (English Subtitled)
DVD
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Your mobile phone "knows" your secrets!., July 12, 2014
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Everyone has something they want to keep secret. Some part of their lives that they would not want others to know about. Whoever had knowledge of that secret and has the ability to reveal or to conceal it will have power over others. Gaining control over the mobile phone of a modern, socially-connected person could allow someone access to not only sensitive information, but also to use the device's microphone and camera to spy on that person. Your phone "knows" a lot about you. Be careful what you put in there, and make sure whatever you put there is not compromised by your apps. That is the premise of this thoroughly modern suspense thriller from the Netherlands.

Anna (Hannah Hoekstra) is a college student who is majoring in psychology. She has a lot going on in her life. In addition to academic demands, she also has to cope with a crippled younger brother, Stijn. Anna has a close circle of friends and fellow students, who are all connected via their mobile devices. One day, Anna downloads an App called Iris. Iris claims itself to be a personal assistant A.I. At first, the artificial intelligence appears to be useful, responding to Anna's voice instructions. One day, Iris starts making decisions on its own and rings Anna's phone in the middle of class. Naturally, the professor confiscates the phone and asks Anna to stop by his office later to pick it up.

In the next scene, we see two phones on the teacher's desk. One belonging to the teacher, the other to Anna. Iris activates, presumable using Bluetooth to connect to the other phone. Anna stops by and retrieves her phone. IRIS then proceeds to dig into the man's personal life and proceeds to destroy it.

As the plot progresses, Iris starts taking media files from Anna's mobile and distributes them to her social connections. Private media files. The kind that could ruin another person's life if made public. And so the story escalates and our lovely heroine's life becomes a living nightmare. Anna races across the city, hoping to find the person responsible for the app before more of her friends become victims.

Hannah Hoekstra is very, very beautiful. Tall, slender, and athletic. With a naturally beautiful face and blonde hair. And, oh those sexy eyebrows!. Her Anna is a slightly tomboyish, motorcycle-riding, spirited girl. She is very fun to watch. Hannah Hoekstra is the main reason why I rented this movie from Amazon. I plan to buy the DVD when it comes out later this year.

The plot itself is not groundbreaking. I did not download and play with the IRIS app that is part of the movie. I know nothing about that little extra feature. Watch this movie primarily to see a fine performance from Ms. Hoekstra.

UPDATE (JULY 23, 2014): I downloaded the IRIS app on a Motorola android mobile phone and watched the movie again. The IRIS app worked together with the movie playing on the television to provide additional content. From time to time, additional content will play on the mobile phone's display while the movie is playing. This could be a different camera angle on the same scene playing on TV, text messages being transmitted by the characters, news flash, and extra scenes. The "second screen" experience did not detract from the enjoyment of the film in any way. IRIS worked flawlessly, responding to inaudible audio signals coming from the movie to keep itself in sync with the movie. IRIS is completely optional. You can fully enjoy the movie without using the app. But if you have an android mobile or an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to try out the IRIS app and watch this movie. This is something new and we will probably see more apps like this as movie makers continually look for ways to make their films more of a complete experience. Mobile phones are now being steadily embraced in higher education, as lessons and course content are being created to integrate mobile devices in the classrooms. This is a paradigm shift in curriculum design and pedagogy. It is not a surprise that the movie industry has taken steps to do the same thing. Highly recommended.


Witches of East End: Season 1
Witches of East End: Season 1
DVD ~ Eric Winter
Offered by Black Cat, White Whiskers
Price: $20.62
17 used & new from $16.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun show. Very fun to watch., July 10, 2014
This show was a pleasant surprise for me. As always, I do not catch on to a TV show until after it has made it to DVD. In a way, that is good since I get to watch all of the episodes over the span of one weekend.

So, what is this show about? Let me try and explain it this way: Beautiful women, magic, handsome men, a slight overdose of melodrama, plenty of comedy, mild violence, and a bit of overacting. And it's all good. It works to deliver a fine, fun show.

Three veteran actresses anchored this first season. Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, and Virginia Madsen. Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Rachel Boston play Ormond's adult daughters. Ormond is Joanna Beauchamp. Her girls are Freya and Ingrid. All three are witches.

The story starts off with a murder. Meanwhile, Freya and her family are enjoying an engagement party at the Gardiner's mansion. Freya, a beautiful bartender, is engaged to marry Dr. Dash Gardiner. Little do they know that their lives will be turned upside down as the events start to unfold. Soon after, their Aunt Wendy drops in, claiming that they are all in danger. An unknown enemy is out to destroy the women. An enemy who can shape-shift. To complicate matters, Dash's younger brother comes back to town after a five-year estrangement and catches Freya's attentions.

The beautiful Madchen Amick plays the impulsive and sexy Aunt Wendy, who practically steals most of the scenes that she is in. Ormond is the serious, very capable, overly-protective mother. Eric Winters is the dashing doctor, Freya's fiancee. Virginia Madsen joins the fun and plays Dash's mother, Penelope Gardiner. Daniel Di Tomaso plays Killian, Dash's mysterious brother.

Highly recommended!


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