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Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Pro Navionics+ Dual Channel Sonar/GPS
Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Pro Navionics+ Dual Channel Sonar/GPS
Price: $484.62
26 used & new from $478.71

5.0 out of 5 stars My first GPS+sonar setup, July 24, 2016
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Initially I tried this out on my kayak, and was quite pleased with the GPS and sonar performance (independent of fishing!). The lakes around here in Southern Wisconsin seem well represented in the map data. It also worked surprisingly well in a slow moving stream, laying out the bottom profile, and passing fish. For a kayak application, the included cable from the display head to the transducer is much too long, but a cable tie got most of the slack out of the way. The unit is worked reliably on a small 12V battery, and is rated to be IPX6 & IPX7 rated (not sure what that means since they're very different standards) against splash or possible (IPX7) immersion in water. It got splashed quite a lot and I believe the rating. I had to improvise the mount a little bit, but there does seem to be some additional mount options available. For a regular fishing boat, you'd be all set.


Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera
Moultrie A-20 Mini Game Camera
Offered by Bowhunters Supply Store
Price: $69.89
34 used & new from $67.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Using this in our yard, for general interest, rather than for hunting, July 24, 2016
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The images aren't of great quality, but it does catch the deer, turkeys, fox, coyotes, raccoons, and neighbor dogs both day and night. This is a good package for seeing what is coming through your yard. Just add an SD card (up to 32GB is supported) and eight AA batteries and you'll up and running. Finding the right place to get useful images is probably the hardest part.

I have an older Moultrie camera, and this one seems to do a much better job of not triggering the shutter from shadows and wind-blown branches. The total number of shots taken in a similar location is about 1/3 with this camera. So cuts down on false shots by a good margin.

I use the included strap to hook the camera to a tree trunk. There is also a tripod socket.


AmazonBasics Shower Curtain - 72 x 72 inches, Natural Herringbone
AmazonBasics Shower Curtain - 72 x 72 inches, Natural Herringbone
Price: $11.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice basic shower curtain with better-than-basic aesthetics, July 21, 2016
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This shower curtain looks really good on our basement bathroom tub. Definitely a step up from the most basic curtains. No information yet on how this will stand up to mildewing. Generally the fabrics seem to do better with that than the plastics. The pattern is low key and looks good in a modern setting. Four stars as it's just a good shower curtain, not something amazing/wonderful. Nor does it feel like a "hey, I got the most fabulous curtain" for this price. It's a solid, good deal though. This curtain came with small white plastic curtain rod loops that I didn't use.


American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
by Ronald C. White
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental biography of the great American general and president, July 15, 2016
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I suspect that my US History class did not spend enough time and effort on the period between the Civil War and the Progressives. All I had recalled of Grant's presidency from class were the scandals. And I was unaware of how Grant had been viewed in earlier times as a truly great president, with Lincoln and Washington, defining the country and molding it for the better. His reputation had suffered (both as general and president) it seems largely from the success of the neo-confederate apologists of the lost cause. Increasingly in recent years, and more so with this book now, Grant's reputation is returning with overall agreement that he was on the correct side of history (15th Amendment, peace and path to citizenship for Native Americans...).

Okay, the book itself, is eight hundred pages and of necessity covers a lot of territory. It reads well though, the narrative flows and rarely does it bog down. Not being very knowledgeable about the history, there were a few times when I found I needed to hit wikipedia up for additional information, but that was always for tangentially related topics. It seems like a good balance of materials without taking the book into thousand page territory.

I wonder, without much optimism, how long it will take for better scholarship to work its way into school history textbooks. I was a student in Connecticut in the 1970s and 1980s and got a white supremacist and noble South version of the story. My daughters' textbook was more racially inclusive but barely mentioned Grant's presidency at all.


Classic Accessories 55-659-016701-RT Montlake FadeSafe Stackable Patio Chairs Cover
Classic Accessories 55-659-016701-RT Montlake FadeSafe Stackable Patio Chairs Cover
Price: $47.00
3 used & new from $29.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very heavyweight, high quality chair cover, July 15, 2016
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I did a trial fit of this over a stack of four correctly stacking chairs, and an additional pair of chairs which sort of stacked on top of the other four. Covered them nicely. Will arrange them that way in the Fall.

The material is strong and looks as though it should stand up well to the elements. I have a couple of other covers from the same manufacturer (though not exactly matching) that did well last winter. The air vents are a nice touch on these covers. Definitely well designed and thought-through items.


Benson Mills Chagall Spillproof Fabric Tablecloth, 60 x 84-Inch, Charcoal
Benson Mills Chagall Spillproof Fabric Tablecloth, 60 x 84-Inch, Charcoal
Price: $13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks nice except up close, July 15, 2016
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Very nice looking from a distance, but there were loose threads and some imperfections when I looked closely at the tablecloth. But take a step back, and it's fine. Functional as well, and waterproof/spillproof too. Water just beads up on the surface and can be wiped away.

Even after criticizing the fabric a bit, it's impossible to not rate this an excellent deal though.


DII Sturdy Burlap, Collapsible, Convenient Storage Bin For Office, Bedroom, Closet, Laundry & More - Large Rectangle, Black Ikat
DII Sturdy Burlap, Collapsible, Convenient Storage Bin For Office, Bedroom, Closet, Laundry & More - Large Rectangle, Black Ikat
Price: $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good looking storage box, July 15, 2016
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Size of the large rectangular is about 12x18x15 inches. This is a nice-looking container that I'm using for the simple purpose of storing the items that are headed from my office to my lab at work. A less stylish plastic tub works for the reverse operation. The bin is collapsible, has the usable (not just decorative) rope handles, and could easily fit into most decors.


Cuisinart Multipurpose Silicone Kitchen Tool, Trivet/Pot Holder, Spoon Rest, Jar Opener, Coaster, Round Heat Resistant Pad, Aqua
Cuisinart Multipurpose Silicone Kitchen Tool, Trivet/Pot Holder, Spoon Rest, Jar Opener, Coaster, Round Heat Resistant Pad, Aqua
Price: $14.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well as a trivet or potholder, June 25, 2016
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Waffle pattern silicone with a nice heft to it. Plus you can toss it into the dishwasher. Other quoted uses are as a spoonrest (easy to wash) and as a jar/bottle opener. Nice multifunction item for the kitchen. Non-slip and rated to 425F.


LexMod Clink Dining Chair, Silver
LexMod Clink Dining Chair, Silver
Price: $75.80
9 used & new from $75.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic hollow steel dining room table height chair, June 25, 2016
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This is a simple design, welded hollow steel tube construction chair listed for indoor or outdoor usage. It's powder coated silver. Looks good except under direct sunlight when you can see some variations in the powder coat finish. Out of the direct sun, it looks fine. I found the back to be a little more reclined than is my preference, but the set of photos on amazon clearly show the back angle in the side view photo. The chair is not a copy of the Navy Chair, but it does look very close to Crate and Barrel's (aluminum) Delta Chair which seems to be much loved by cafes around here.

I'm a fan of simple metal chairs to match up with a casual dining room table. This would certainly be a good chair for that setup.


BYO by BUILT NY Neoprene Wine/Water Bottle Tote, Diamond Ikat Pink
BYO by BUILT NY Neoprene Wine/Water Bottle Tote, Diamond Ikat Pink
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $2.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Have two of these, a black one for several years, and now a garish one too, June 22, 2016
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These are good, functional, but simple wine bottle carriers. It's two flat pieces of neoprene sewn together along the outside edge. The heavy fabric insulates the bottle some, provides some protection for the bottle, and is a stylish way of carrying the bottle to a party. Simple and functional.


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