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Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine
Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine
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4.0 out of 5 stars UI issues but still competent, July 24, 2016
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Kinda wish it had an option to turn off article-swapping when pages are turned at the beginning and end of an article. That part makes things cumbersome.

Eight O'Clock Coffee, Original Whole Bean, 42-Ounce Package
Eight O'Clock Coffee, Original Whole Bean, 42-Ounce Package
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5.0 out of 5 stars while not exactly the best ever in history, July 6, 2016
For an everyday (i.e., while not exactly the best ever in history, is still something you enjoy drinking) coffee, the original Eight O'Clock is still pretty damned good, particularly if you're the type who goes for whole-bean (which I will always swear by, pre-ground becomes dust-flavored way too fast). It's got a good mix of strength, depth, and aroma, and is an overall pleasant experience, particularly for the price-to-quality ratio. I'd rate it above Dunkin' Donuts brand, better for the cost than the expensive-but-not-exactly-awesome Starbucks, and far and above the less-expensive brands like Folgers, which puts it in a nice middle-ground between the "cheap" brands and the more-expensive common brands.

Really, there's not too much to say about it than it tastes pleasantly better than you'd expect for the price, and is my personal go-to for Monday coffee. I'd at least recommend trying it.

Angel Staircase Guided Meditations
Angel Staircase Guided Meditations
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly unique imagery-based approach to guided meditation, May 29, 2016
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A superbly designed guided meditation app, particularly with regards to the added audio that accompanies every story-slash-meditation. The focus on angelic healing and personal imagery is attractive, the speaker is pleasant, and the "angelic ballroom" in particular is enchanting, and a good taste of the full version. The meditations are more than soundscapes and "relax by doing this" rituals, they're stories meant to stimulate the imagination in a way that's soothing. It admittedly works much better than I imagined it would, and I think I like this imagery-based style of meditation.

I found the full version to be of excellent value (each meditation is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes, and there are five to unlock in the full version, which is definitely not a bad deal for the amount of detail, creativity, and thoughtfulness in them), as the other meditations are all just as attractive and soothing. Great stuff, I hope to see more from this developer.

Azumanga Daioh
Azumanga Daioh
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Azumanga, but a weirdly inconsistent re-release, May 9, 2016
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It's really...Well, weird how you can't simply select subtitles and audio options from any standard Blu-ray/DVD-player/PS3's menu.

I guess that requires a little clarification, because this is an odd case. In virtually everything ever, you can select Audio and Subtitle options on the fly, just from the player's menu. But that's not the case here. For reasons I don't really understand (because the video itself doesn't change, which would be the only justification I can think of), you can't do that here. You have to manually select either English 5.1 or Japanese 2.0 w/ subtitles from the options menu on the DVD menu itself. Then you can go back to the main menu, and select where you want to begin.

Normally this wouldn't really be a big deal, because you're going to stay on one or the other. But Azumanga Daioh has the same problem Lucky Star always had: Some of the jokes, particularly Japanese puns and intentionally bad jokes done in English (i.e., I and most viewers' primary language), just are impossible to translate well.

What that means is that you'll sometimes *know* when this is the case, and want to swap over to the original audio with subtitles to see what changed, maybe get the original joke a little better. But, as I mentioned, you can't do that smoothly, and you're required to go to the beginning and find your place again if you wanna do that. It's really sort of irritating, considering that the original release (which I admittedly lost in a relocation, hence my purchase of this) totally let you do that.

Of course, Amazon, in its infinite wisdom, has never let us rate the content separately from the release (note that this is absolutely stupid), so while it's still Azumanga Daioh and hence a pretty easy five stars, the release itself is questionable. Then again, the original release is a little hard to come by and priced far higher, so I guess you don't have much choice in the matter. That being considered, this is still...good, but not great, for the aforementioned reasons.

It's not all a downgrade, though. Some added on-screen text translations were added that would be expected nowadays, and some are even necessary to get it (Osaka's "Hanshin" geography-based plush animals come to mind as something that just need a subtitle for non-Japanese viewers to get, and that's added for clarification). The video and audio are totally fine, with not too many artifacts here and there and no noticeably distorted audio a la the unspeakable tragedy of the Chobits re-release.

*Mostly* everything's cool. Meaning everything's still Azumanga Daioh. But it still leaves you wanting to leave the "mostly" part out and just say it's all wonderful for a re-release.

When all is said and done, though, despite the downright bizarre audio and subtitle options that inexplicably aren't built-in to the DVD itself as options (I realize that's confusing, but I think I explained it okay, as did other reviewers), it's still Azumanga Daioh, and that's a good thing. Lucky Star might be its quaalude-intoxicated follow-up that definitely had its own charm, but Azumanga just can't really be topped. It never has been. It's had its derivatives, but nothing in the way of a direct competition for this animation.

Besides, let's face it. This is the only place you can get Osaka animated. Osaka's both adorable and terrifying, and the latter somehow enhances the former in her case.

SOAIY Color Changing LED Night Light Lamp, Aurora Star Projection Light for Kids and Adults, Decorative Light, Mood Light, Baby Nursery Night Light, Kids Bedroom Living Room Night Light(Black)
SOAIY Color Changing LED Night Light Lamp, Aurora Star Projection Light for Kids and Adults, Decorative Light, Mood Light, Baby Nursery Night Light, Kids Bedroom Living Room Night Light(Black)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars - It's cool. Really cool, May 7, 2016
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I honestly wanted this thing as a sort of chill-out gentle light show for a bedroom. What you probably would want to know most of all is if it works.

Yes, it does. Oh, boy, it does. Seriously, that is one impressive light show in one tiny capsule.

A few things of note:

- It's cool. Really cool. Put on some gentle piano or music of choice to go along with this and enjoy the (light) show. My personal favorite is smooth jazz, but classical works very nicely, too. It's got higher-intensity settings if you just want to rave out.

- While you can use this for nothing more than personal use if you're like me and to have a nice pad for people, I can see this being used for social gatherings with the aforementioned music of choice. You'll probably want the remote version in that case, though, because this thing has a one-hour timer on it in case you fall asleep.

- It is one seriously small capsule (like barely six inches in diameter, iirc), but it has a big freaking output. It's downright striking, considering it works off a 1W USB power cord (a convenient AC adapter is included, but any USB power supply will do). You can plug this into any computer and boom, you're good to go.

- There is a variety of color and intensity settings, depending on the mood. It can be super-gentle or have an almost strobe-like effect, if you want. It's not infinitely customizable, sadly, and they are pre-programmed sets, but they're definitely good enough for me in terms of variety and personalization.

- It kinda feels like the dome stays on for a kid's room, and you pop the lid (i.e., take the dome part off) when the adults are around. The dome softens the lights and effects quite a bit to give it a much more gentle feeling. Take the dome off, and it's much more a show. Kinda neat, either way.

- I do feel it necessary to point out that this would almost certainly be an exceptional hit if one was intoxicated in pretty much any way.

- I also can't help but feel like it'd be a fun thing if you had a girl hanging out with you in your room. It's a little hard to explain, but it's got a vibe to it that makes it feel ideal if you were chilling with your significant other, best friend, or love interest, and having deep conversations late at night, talking about life and love and infinity. Test pending on that.

Alien [Blu-ray]
Alien [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Alien aged well? Well..., May 5, 2016
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It's fairly common knowledge that some, especially critics, say this film hasn't aged well. The usual things cited are things like dated special effects, a slow pace, an obviously low budget, and that it just isn't that great by today's higher standards. Whether or not you're in the camp that agrees with this or not, or even if you haven't seen it yet, just be informed that they're insane. If you're wondering, "Wow, are they insane?" then yes, you now know with certainty. This is obviously one of the best sci-fi horror films ever made for a variety of reasons, the biggest ones being atmosphere and cohesive storytelling, and I could go on for a long time about it, but it has never really been topped at any point in time. Actually, sci-fi horror has been a dead genre for quite some time primarily because it doesn't sell that well, and has a rather poor profit ratio due to the whole sci-fi thing upping budgets more than, say, a conventional slasher flick would. With film being so exclusive now where everything has to be a hit or it's never seeing the light of day, you just don't get film like this anymore, because it's not really permitted in the industry. It's kind of a shame, but if nothing else, we'll probably always have this to come back to, to remember what sci-fi horror is supposed to be like.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think it is., April 16, 2016
Strictly speaking, this is not a swastika. It's inverted and would need to be flipped the other way to be a swastika. But good luck explaining that as whatever life is left behind after your beatdown slowly decays in a landmass.

Cloud Security and Antivirus for Kindle Fire
Cloud Security and Antivirus for Kindle Fire
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213 of 275 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Literally useless, since viruses don't exist for the Kindle Fire., March 9, 2016
Not all devices can benefit from antivirus software. If you use one, all it accomplishes is taking up space and using resources, which will both slow it down and drain the battery so much faster. The Kindle Fire is one of those devices.

If you're buying an antivirus for a Kindle Fire, you don't realize that Kindle Fires can not--literally, can not, unless you root and/or modify it in some way to allow it to--get any kind of malware or viruses.

Crash course on how malware works: Viruses are written for operating systems. Viruses that actually damage anything take time and effort and are transmitted almost universally through malicious websites, and always for Windows browsers because of their high usage rate. Windows viruses won't work on an Android device, iOS viruses won't work on Windows, etc. The Kindle Fire, while technically an Android-based device, still has proprietary Kindle apps, as does the Android store. And finding a malicious app is nearly impossible on the Android store, and impossible on the Amazon App Store. It will never happen. Ever.

Be an educated person and don't support cash-grab fake antivirus software that preys on your fear. These apps don't work because they fulfill a made-up issue that does not exist.

Corpse Party [Blu-ray]
Corpse Party [Blu-ray]
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Price: $22.78
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, Sachiko. Please, Sachiko. Please..., February 28, 2016
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Talk about a pleasant surprise when I wasn't really expecting much.

I'll try to say a thing or two no one's said yet and keep it brief. The OVAs, and actually each episode, seem to get progressively better as you watch them in order, and actually I thought the best part, by far, bar-none-no-contest-wow-that-was-really-freaking-well-presented, was the last part of the final episode. The way the ending is presented is *awesome*. Seriously, the way they play with the visuals and the audio to present that *very last shot* is *SO GOOD*. Just, dude, wow. What a WHAM of an ending they made that. It's so good, it makes every part previous to it just not even close. Watch it at night with good stereo cans on a big set, it's worth it, I'm serious.

The Corpse Party games were always very praiseworthy for their audio bits that complemented the on-screen stuff so well, and that translates to the anime incredibly well. They recommend at the beginning of the games to play with headphones for the full experience, and they're right. They honestly should say the same thing for these four episodes, because the same applies.

I noticed a few people mentioning fan-service being out-of-place here. Well, I can't argue the placement of it wasn't a little strange (like, right before they die, we get an underskirt cam?), but I can only specifically remember two instances of it, and they were brief enough it wasn't too bad. YMMV, but it didn't bother me too much.

Gore-wise, oh, yeah, you get that. No screwing around here, if you like your squick, here's your squick, with all the squish-squash sound effects of "ick that's actually rather horrifying" you could ever want. If you ever wanted to see the events of Heavenly Host happen in an anime without them ruining it, they do that, for sure. No pretense here, they know their audience.

Now, it might be worth mentioning some of the translation is different in important areas than the original games. For instance, what's called "Heavenly Host Elementary" is "Tenjin Elementary". "Sachiko-Ever-After" is changed to "Happy Sachiko". It's not that these are inaccurate, of course, just different localizations, but it's noticeable.

As a side note, I kinda liked the way the principal was portrayed in the few parts he showed up.

Anyway, for real, this is a surprisingly well-made little companion to the Corpse Party original game. Normally I'd consider it a drag that there's no dub, but the games never got that treatment, either, and it wouldn't be wise to watch this without having played any of the games. After three games in the series total, I've become very used to the original voices by now, even if I just prefer dubs the vast majority of the time.

Now, as you should know, this is a brief Blu-ray. It's four episodes. That's it. Which in a way is very sad, because the quality of them (and the transition to Blu-ray...Nice colors, I can dig it) is truly excellent.

Being a horror movie buff, I thought I'd seen everything at this point, but Corpse Party always had that certain style to it that made it stand out. At the extremes of horror films, you've got A Serbian Film and I Spit On Your Grave for sexual-violence horror, The Descent (original version, not the American theatrical one) for psychological horror, High Tension for bloody spree-killing horror, The Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, and Alien for monster horror, The Last House On the Left (original Craven version) for slice-of-life horror, and then...Corpse Party for ghastly, youth-focused, supernatural violence, which I just can't put in a category, but definitely has its own flavor unlike anything else.

That last part is worth some credit, really. Nothing really has the same flavor as Corpse Party ever has.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, missing a sleep timer, February 9, 2016
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I really want a sleep timer for late nights, but other than that it works beautifully.

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