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Game Of Thrones: Season 1 Ep1. Iron From Ice - PS4 [Digital Code]
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 Ep1. Iron From Ice - PS4 [Digital Code]
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The closest thing to living in Westeros!, December 9, 2014
Playing this game is the closest thing to living in Westeros!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the world of George Martin's "Game of Thrones" world? Short of a time machine, this game is the next best option.

Many book readers and TV watchers would like to imagine themselves living in the world that George Martin created. The man has created a world that is so rich, so dramatic, and so full of life that I know a fan or two who spend more time in it than they do in the real world. It is a very immersive world. However, reading about it and watching the show are both passive activities. If you would like more interaction and a more immersive experience, buy this game.

This is an action-adventure game. You play as a member of House Forrester, a northern family who have been bannermen to Winterfell for over a thousand years. The story takes place during the War of the Five Kings. House Forrester was drawn into the conflict when Robb Stark called in his banners and marched them down south to fight the Lannisters.

The game is all about political intrigue and some action. The choices that you make drive the story and the action. The atmosphere is pretty tense. You worry for the safety of your character. The fear that you felt for the safety of your favorite character while reading the books is taken to a much higher level here. You are in control of your character, and your actions and choices can either bring them to safety or get them killed. You start off as Gared Tuttle, a squire in service to Lord Gregor Forrester, head of House Forrester. You are part of the Northern host that is camped outside The Twins, Edmure Tully and Roslyn Frey are about to be married. The fighting men around you are in a good mood, enjoying Lord Walder Frey's generous provisions of food and alcohol. While on a chance errand, you notice something peculiar. The Frey soldiers are all armed and do not seem to be enjoying the free-flowing supply of wine. What do you do? Your actions and choices drive the story.

I bought the PS4 version. It played flawlessly, without a single issue. Highly recommended.

Mountains of the Moon
Mountains of the Moon
DVD ~ Patrick Bergin
Price: $6.35
29 used & new from $3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned adventure story., December 7, 2014
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This is an old-fashioned adventure story. It tells of the African expeditions of two Englishmen who set out to discover the source of the Nile River. This is the story of Richard Burton and John Speke. Friends, comrades, rivals, and competitors. Trials and danger encountered within the wilds of Africa formed their friendship, but politics put them on opposite sides and forced their friendship apart.

A lot has already been written about this movie. It gets a recommendation from me. Let me just add some facts that have not been mentioned. This is one of Iain Glen's earlier movie roles. He plays Lt. John Speke, a career officer in the British military. Patrick Bergin is Richard Burton, the well-known explorer, swordsman, and author. Fiona Shaw plays the fiance of Burton. Note that this is perhaps the only movie in which you get to see Fiona Shaw naked. Fiona is young here, and her body is beautiful.

PlayStation 4 Console
PlayStation 4 Console
Price: $399.00
256 used & new from $300.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Must-Have item of the season!, December 7, 2014
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This is the must-have consumer product of the holiday season. If you don't have it, you gotta get it.

Another fantastic console from Sony. Here we are, the 4th generation of the glorious Playstation. And it is better than ever. Playstation Now, Sony's cloud-based gaming service is currently on BETA, but so far, it looks good to me. Games run fine as long as your internet connection is fast enough. In most case, your typical broadband would be sufficient. I have not experienced any issues, and I live in a small town where internet service is lagging behind in terms of speed.

The console runs much cooler than the PS3. Its smaller size also mean that you have more options of where to put it. However, I would still make sure that it gets sufficient ventilation and air circulation.

There is really not much more to say about the console. Yes, it is powerful. Yes, the graphics are terrific. Yes, the Playstation desktop, dashboard, or main menu, whatever you choose to call it, is intuitive. Certainly much preferred to the competition. The controller charges fast and holds its charge fairly well. Ergonomics are fine, but in a way, I prefer the previous generation controller.

You should absolutely subscribe to Playstation Plus. Definitely worth it as there are freebies included. By the way, I am also a subscriber on XBox Gold.

PS4 or XBox One? Choose based on exclusives. If you do not have any attachments to the exclusives, pick the PS4. The Playstation Now service is looking better and better every week. My only complaint is that we do not yet have access to the awesome library of PS One and PS2 games. Now, this is not something that would be difficult for Sony to do. They have some of the best engineering minds and the most experienced developers on the planet. If they want to make it happen, it will happen. The indisputable advantage that the Playstation has over its competition is that it has the biggest library of legacy games, going back four generations. I do not want to get into a long discussion of the importance of backwards compatibility. Been there, done that with the PS3. However, the ability to be able to continue to play those older PS1 and PS2 games add value to the console. It also means that any game made for any Playstation system will never be obsolete. That adds value to a customer's game library. I would feel better when I have to pay full-price for games if I knew that I will always be able to play them even when the PS10 comes along!!! Compatibility via the Cloud is probably how this will be handled. It will eventually happen, I am just hoping that it will happen sooner, rather than later. I have discussed this topic with other gamers and the reason may be is that Sony has not yet decided on the pricing for those legacy games. Playstation NOW is still on BETA, but it actually runs just fine as it is. I suspect it may be the pricing scheme that has not been decided yet.

Just last night I played "Iron from Ice", an episodic adventure game based on George Martin's "A Game of Thrones". The game played flawlessly. There is something for everybody. And there is more to come when Sony finally makes available PS1 and PS2 games on Playstation Now. I checked the list of games last night and they even have "El Shaddai" on there. That game was not a big seller. If they have that available, think of what they will have in the future. Can you imagine being able to replay classics such as "The Legend of Dragoon", "Final Fantasy X", and Xenogears on your PS4! I hope it happens soon.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding this console. It does have a headstart in cloud-based gaming with Playstation NOW and we all know that it can only get better. The consoles are selling out very fast. As soon as you have an opportunity to make a purchase, I recommend that you do so. I suspect that supplies are going to be running low as the holiday season progresses.

Cat People
Cat People
DVD ~ Nastassja Kinski
Price: $9.18
68 used & new from $3.91

5.0 out of 5 stars A very sexy supernatural thriller!, December 6, 2014
This review is from: Cat People (DVD)
This is Nastassja Kinski at the top of her game!

I first became a fan of Nastassja Kinski after watching "Tess of the D'Urbervilles". Not only was she a very convincing, natural actress, but she was beautiful. It really is too bad that her career took a downturn in the mid 1980s. An actress of her talents should have won an Oscar or two by now.

This is a supernatural horror movie, make no mistake. Blood and gore are aplenty. However, it is also a movie about sexual awakening. Before you jump to conclusions, this is not one of those typical 1980s sexual awakening kind of movie. It is nothing like "Sixteen Candles" or "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". This is also not a bloody slasher like the Friday the 13th franchise. The closest similarity that I can think of is "The Howling". This, in my opinion, is in the same category, as that movie.

The movie takes place in New Orleans. Irena Gallier has reached young womanhood and has come to the city to live with her brother, Paul. Their parents died when both were young. Irena grew up in an orphanage. It has been many years since she has seen her brother, who has made a comfortable life for himself in New Orleans.

Unusual for a woman of about 18 years of age, Irena is a virgin. Unaware of her family's secret, she falls in love with a zoo curator. Her brother explains to her that they are a race of humans who transforms into panthers whenever they have sex with a regular human. The only way to revert back into human form is to kill. Paul also tells her that their parents were brother and sister. The only way to avoid shape-shifting into a panther while having sex is to make sure the partner is also a "cat people". He tells her that she will end up killing her future lover. Irena refuses to accept this and resist Paul's sexual advances. As her sexuality awakens, her primal nature starts to slowly come out.

I do not want to spoil the rest of this excellent movie for you. Let me just say that the acting performances are superb. Do yourself a favor and add this cult classic to your collection.

The Seventh Sign
The Seventh Sign
DVD ~ Demi Moore
Price: $6.57
84 used & new from $1.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent apocalyptic themed movie., November 28, 2014
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This is a decent apocalyptic themed movie.

I have been a fan of the genre, ever since I saw "The Omen" back in 1976. If you like these types of movies, you should also check out "Revelations". This movie, "The Seventh Sign" is not as good, in my opinion as The Omen, Omen II, Omen III:Final Conflict, and Revelations. However, it is well-made and the acting performances were very good. Perhaps one of the most solid performances from Demi Moore in her career. Michael Biehn and Jurgen Prochnow also lend their talents here.

The end of the world is coming, according to the signs. River water turning to blood, ice in the desert, and the moon changing colors are all signs that the end is near for mankind. The premise here is that the supply of souls in heaven has run out, and when the first soul-less baby is born, the destruction of mankind will be irreversibly set in motion.

The story takes place in Venice, CA. Of all places for mankind to prevent the apocalypse it had to be here, right? Well, you have to be willing to buy into it, naturally. An exotic setting, perhaps somewhere in old world Europe or the Middle East would have been my preference, but California is what we have. Abby and Russell Quinn play a young couple who is trying to have a child. Their first attempt ended in stillbirth. One day, a stranger claiming to be a linguist arrives in town and asks to rent the couple's garage loft. Not long after, a mysterious priest starts meddling in the couple's affairs, doing everything in his power to ensure that Russell's client (he is a lawyer) faces execution for his crimes.

This is a pretty good movie. If you have seen those other movies above, and you liked them, you will most likely like this one.

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 1 Count
Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush 1 Count
Price: $42.99
2 used & new from $42.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets the job done!, November 28, 2014
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Gets the job done!

I have been a user of electric toothbrushes for the past 18 years. I started out with Interplak and used that for almost two years, until the battery corroded. I replaced that first electric with another from the same brand. Eventually, the Sonicare came out and I switched to that brand. That Sonicare lasted a very long time. Sometime around late 2005, I bought my first Oral-B. The Oral-B was one of their mid-end models and it also lasted a number of years. The nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries were still working fine, but the charging base got damaged during a move. I replaced that one with a cheap model, also an Oral-B. This cheap model will only hold its charge for about 3 brushing sessions before you notice a significant performance decrease and the unit would need to be fully recharged. As they say, you do get what you pay for. There are times when you travel and have to take the brush with you. It would be nice to have something that will hold a longer charge. So, I bought this one. This one is much better than the previous Oral-B. It uses the same model of brush head but this model cleans more aggressively than the previous one. So, here we are, my sixth electric toothbrush in 18-19 years of use. Of the six models, I would say that the only ones that I did not like were the low-end Oral-B and the first Interplak. All the rest were good at what they were supposed to do. You do not need to spend 100+ dollars on a top-model like the Sonicare to get good results. I have found that the key to getting good performance is to replace the brush head often. Get the name brand brush head if you can. The brush heads on the Sonicare tend to last longer than the ones on the Oral-B, but they are also typically more expensive. It is your choice.

I can easily recommend this model, the Oral-B Precision 1000, to anybody who wants to use an electric toothbrush. Spending more money will not necessarily clean your teeth better, in my experience. What you give up is more features, like UV sterilizing and perhaps additional cleaning modes (like a gentle cycle on your washing machine, some brushes have a mode for delicate users). My advice when it comes to electric toothbrushes is to avoid the low-end and the high-end. somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot. Get a model that uses the same brush heads as the higher-end models and you will get the same cleaning performance.

Textsurfer Classic Highlighter Refill Flourescent Yellow
Textsurfer Classic Highlighter Refill Flourescent Yellow
Offered by THE BT GROUP
Price: $16.40
3 used & new from $9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't throw away your empty highlighter!, November 26, 2014
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Refill it instead.

This refill system is very easy to use. It extends the useful life of your Textsurfer classic highlighter. This product should be more widely available. It is a hard to find item.

I have refilled three of my highlighters. All three are working as well as when they were new.

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.00
91 used & new from $20.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World History 101, November 26, 2014
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World History 101 for A Song of Ice and Fire.

Yes, if such a college course exists, this would be the required textbook. This book is the written history of the known lands that are the settings for George R R Martin's epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" (ASOIAF). This is another must-have reference item for the ASOIAF scholar. While not a necessity, its contents can only serve to enrich the reading experience for you when "The Winds of Winter" comes out. The more back story you know, the more realistic and the more immersive the reading experience will become. Say you have read all of the books up to this point, including this one. And then the next novel comes out and you read it in the quiet comfort of your favorite room. All that back story can only help you immerse yourself in the story. In short, what I am saying is that these supplemental materials are not necessary to enjoy the main novels, however, spending time (and money) reading the back stories will definitely make the journey more engaging for you. Highly recommended.

The history lesson starts at a time period of what is known as the Dawn Age. Primitive humans lived on the large continent of Essos. Westeros, at this time, did not have human populations. Rather, its inhabitants were human-like beings, the giants and the forest-dwelling Children. A very barbaric, primitive people called the First Men migrated to Westeros from Essos, crossing a narrow land bridge in what is now known as the Step Stones. Conflict with the Children followed, and lasted for thousands of years. A more advanced people, the Andals followed, bringing weapons of iron with them. Meanwhile, in the East, the empire of Valyria slowly rises from the foot of fourteen active volcanoes. These people would later take technology, magic, science, and warfare to levels of sophistication that were previously unknown. One powerful Valyrian noble family, the Targaryens, survived the cataclysm that destroyed the great city and made their way to Westeros. Using the power of their mighty dragons, the Targaryens conquered Westeros and ended the perpetual wars between the kingdoms which comprised the continent. The Targaryens built great cities, and brought sophisticated knowledge with them from Valyria.

The history then details the reign of some of the more notable Targaryen monarchs, ending with King Aerys II. Aerys is the father of Princess Daenerys, one of the main characters in the current story. Although, he was actually already dead by the time of her birth, Aerys is mentioned frequently in the novels. We meet the younger selves of some of the major characters in the story, particularly Ser Barristan, Lord Tywin, and Ned Stark.

The lesson also takes us to lands that have not been discussed in the novels. We go East, to the Free Cities, all the way to Asshai. Yi Ti is given a reasonable amount of space. Volantis and Braavos are discussed in detail.

Very interesting, and yet, the scholar needs to bear in mind that some of the material need to be treated with a healthy dose of doubt. In typical George Martin fashion, bias and other factors affect the history that was recorded.

Seachem Matrix Carbon 1 Liter
Seachem Matrix Carbon 1 Liter
Price: $18.27
10 used & new from $13.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best filter carbon available in the aquarium hobby, October 28, 2014
Is this the best filter carbon available in the aquarium hobby?

This could very well be the best filter carbon available to the hobbyist. The other contender is the Hydrocarbon (Two Little Fishies) brand. Both are excellent and will do a great job of keeping your aquarium water clear. The water will always smell fresh and the water will remain clear with regular use of carbon.

The key to the effective use of carbon in your filter is to replace it frequently. You will also want to make sure that you are passing the water through a fine mechanical filter before it goes through the carbon layer. That way, your carbon will last longer instead of clogging prematurely. Use only a moderate quantity, but replace frequently.

The quantity of carbon that you can use will depend on your filtration system. Small, box filters will not hold very much carbon. And the carbon in those systems tend to exhaust (clog) very quickly because the mechanical filter is not every thorough. Particulates exhaust the carbon prematurely. Canister filters are your best choice for chemical filtration. But you can get good results using a HOB box filter if you pay attention to the mechanical filter ahead of the carbon media.

I keep mopani wood in the tank for decoration. This wood releases tannins in the water. Within a short period of time, this will turn your water yellow. If you have enough mopani wood in the tank, the water may even turn brown. The more dense the wood, the longer it will continue to release tannins. A good quality carbon, like Matrix, can keep your water from turning yellow. How often the carbon will be exhausted will depend on the factors already mentioned above. Seachem Matrix and Hydrocarbon are the brands that have been the most effective for me. The Black Diamond (Marineland) brand also works fine, and it is quite a bit cheaper than the Seachem brand. The pre-packaged carbon for the Aquaclear filters and the Fluval C series filters work fine, but they exhaust very rapidly. Even when compared to the same quantity as Seachem Matrix. In a 20-gallon planted tank, with one medium-sized mopani wood, 1/3 cup of either Seachem Matrix or Two Littles Fishies' Hydrocarbon will keep the water fresh, and clear. Combined with weekly water changes of 30% to 50%, the water never has a chance to turn yellow. I replace the carbon in this tank every third or fourth water change. Basically, that means once every 3 weeks. Sometimes the interval stretches to 4 weeks. This tank has a lot of floating plants. Without the carbon, the water would turn noticeably yellow in a short amount of time.

Seachem Matrix or Two Little Fishies' Hydrocarbon?

Either one will do an excellent job of keeping your water smelling fresh and crystal clear. The Hydrocarbon is granular, and the sizes are naturally irregular. The uniform size and shape of the Matrix is said to aid water flow, but I have not noticed any difference in flow. Neither one has affected the ph in my tanks. Neither one has caused an algae bloom. So far, all they have contributed are positives. The Seachem Matrix is easier to find in retail stores compared to Hydrocarbon. As it comes out of the container, Matrix has less dust than Hydrocarbon. If you are going to use a filter bag, keep in mind that the holes might allow the Matrix to pass through. To use Matrix, you need a filter media bag that have small holes. The Matrix has a diameter of approximately 1 mm. You will need a fine media bag to hold this carbon. The Hydrocarbon will work with any filter media bag.

Highly recommended.

Kordon Rid-Ich Plus Disease Treatment 16 Oz
Kordon Rid-Ich Plus Disease Treatment 16 Oz
Price: $15.57
3 used & new from $9.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Patience is a virtue, October 28, 2014
Effectively rids your tank of ich. But you do have to follow directions and not stop the treatment too soon. Patience is a virtue when it comes to getting rid of ich.

There are stronger medications out there that will get rid of ectoparasites. Copper is stronger than Rid-Ich and will kill even the most resistant of ectoparasites commonly found in the hobby. However, copper is not for the novice and its use require you to measure copper concentrations in the tank. So, to use copper, you really need to own a copper test kit. Long story short, for something like ich, copper is not necessary. Kordon's Rid-Ich will be more than sufficient for ich.

Based on my experience, this product is safe for plants. Mind you, I can only make this claim based on the plant species in my tank. Rid-Ich seems to be a fairly gentle treatment that has not had noticeable side-effects in my tanks. I do not have any scale-less fishes in the tank. These are said to be sensitive to the active ingredients.

Should you raise the water temperature to speed up the lifecycle of the parasite? That would depend on your fish. Some species do not like high water temperatures. Most tropicals should be fine with 77-80 degrees. At this temperature range, the parasite should complete its life cycle within 7-10 days. This is important because the parasite is only vulnerable to the medication during certain stages in its life. You can dose the tank every 24 hours, for 8 days. Feed sparingly during this time. You do not want to decrease the water quality during the treatment period by overfeeding. You can do water changes during the treatment period if necessary, but please keep in mind that doing so will cause temperature fluctuations. Dose for the actual quantity of water in the tank, as close as you can. Do not use carbon filtration during the treatment period, as it can remove the medication from the water. Observe your fish carefully during the treatment period. The instructions say that you can decrease the time intervals down to 12 hours if the fish show no signs of improvement. Ich is present in the tank, so even if only one fish is showing the symptops, you still need to dose the entire tank. Be consistent and be patient during the treatment.

At the end of the treatment period, perform your normal water change. Clean out the filter, replace the filter media, and add fresh carbon. Slowly decrease the water temperature, if your fish require it. Observe the fish carefully for the first few days. If you see signs of the disease again, it means that you have not eradicated the parasite. You will need to start over.

Rid-Ich will not work for leeches, tapeworms, and internal parasites. For worms and leeches, you can use praziquantel or copper. I would rate Kordon's Rid-Ich as equally effective as Seachem's Paraguard for ich. Both are gentle medications for the treatment of ich. This is not a complicated medication to use. Raising the water temperature is not even required, although it can accelerate the life cycle of the parasite, thereby shortening treatment duration. However, should you not wish to raise the temperature, you can still treat ich, it will just take longer. Do an internet search for ich and its lifecycle. You should not have any trouble finding a chart that shows how long the lifecycle takes for a given temperature. Use that to help determine your treatment duration. You can add an extra day or two, just to be safe.

Highly recommended.

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