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[New Release] OxyLED T-02 DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Motion Sensing Closet Cabinet LED Night Light / Stairs Light / Step Light Bar with Magnetic Strip (Battery Operated) - Silver
[New Release] OxyLED T-02 DIY Stick-on Anywhere Portable 10-LED Wireless Motion Sensing Closet Cabinet LED Night Light / Stairs Light / Step Light Bar with Magnetic Strip (Battery Operated) - Silver
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $15.99
2 used & new from $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy light, April 15, 2014
This motion detecting LED light does exactly what it says it does--if you walk past it or move at all when you are near it in the dark it will turn on, and it's a nice bright light. If you hold still or move out of range it will turn off after a few seconds. It attaches to a wall with an adhesive strip, but that strip is actually on a long magnet that covers the back of the light stick. What that means is you can separate the light from the magnet/adhesive on the wall so you can carry it around--it would be a great light to have while walking down a dark path or around your house when the power is off.

I didn't want to use adhesive on my walls so I put it on the counter of my bathroom vanity and that worked fine--every time we entered the room in the dark the light came on. It does go off if you stay in one place though, so depending on what you are doing you might need to wave your arms around occasionally go keep it on. Because of that I moved it next to my basement steps where it turns on when anyone passes by going up or down.

It takes four AAA batteries that are not included but are easy to install. I was provided a sample of this product in exchange for a review. The opinions are mine.


Family Tree Maker Mac 3 Deluxe
Family Tree Maker Mac 3 Deluxe
Price: $63.28
4 used & new from $51.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compares well with Reunion 9, April 12, 2014
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Family Tree Maker (FTM-M3) installed easily on my computer and besides having a PDF of its manual a hard copy paper manual is also included--a very big and these days unusual plus. The program works well, does everything you would expect, and also has a nice feature that my other program, Reunion 9, doesn’t that helps you standardize place names. While FTM-M3 was checking my import GED file, it found I had spelled the same place name several ways--Wells County, Indiana; Wells Cty, IN; Wells County, IN--allowing me to fix that. To give you some idea of how FTM-M3 works and how you can use it I’ll compare it to Reunion 9. My preferences have more to do with my own idiosyncrasies than any faults in software--FTM-M3 and Reunion 9 are both fun and highly functional programs. (Note, there is a more recent version for Reunion that I haven’t tried, Reunion 10)

PRIMARY VIEW

The primary "people" sheet on FTM-M3 shows a three generation graphical pedigree tree. The focus is on one person, highlighted on the tree. To the right is a box with details on that person. Below the tree are boxes with information about the person's parents, and parent's-in-law, and below those, is a box with information about the person's children. On the left is a list of all the people in the tree.

Reunion's main screen is cleaner and (to me) more intuitive. It's all text, focused on one couple, with their parents above them, and their children below. The list of all people is available from a drop down menu (instead of always visible) . There is no graphical "tree" but the relationships are clear based on the placement on the screen.

ADDING INFORMATION

For FTM-M3, Clicking on a specific person to add details, completely changes the window, the colors change, the shape of the boxes changes, and the information rearranges. (It reminds me of how in newer versions of Microsoft office the "file" menu completely rearranges the the window, instead of using a drop-down menu like everything else. I don't like it there, either). For Reunion 9, Clicking on a specific person to add details opens a popup window on top of the main screen.

HANDLING SECOND MARRIAGES

I've got several ancestors who married more than once. In both programs, it's a little hard to see this, when you are moving up and down the family records, but I think that Reunion manages it a little better. In both cases, one of the marriages is marked as "primary", and shows up when you look at that person's record. In Reunion, the existence of a second marriage is indicated by a small up/down button next to their name, that opens a selection window so you can switch to the other spouse. In FTM-M3 you have to dig down into the windows to see that there might be another spouse, and you have to be looking for it.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE "PRIMARY" PERSON:

One thing FTM-M3 includes on the primary screen is the relationship of the currently selected person to the "primary" person (in this case, to me). It's fun to have it tell me that someone is the wife of my 4th great granduncle, or the son-in-law of my 2nd great grandfather, or the paternal grandfather of my brother-in-law. I find myself clicking up and down the index list (on the left) to find the person with the most obscure relationship. The focus is only on that primary person (me!) though, so doesn't show the relationship between, say, my niece and my 4th great granduncle's wife (I'm sure she's dying to know), or between my 4th great granduncle, and the son-in-law of my 2nd great grandfather.

Reunion 9 easily makes a list of all blood relationships between anyone in the list, but it doesn't include non-blood relationships, so my niece is still out of luck on her relationship to my 4th great granduncle's wife.


Always Emily
Always Emily
Price: $9.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte and Emily Brontė solve a mystery, April 11, 2014
This review is from: Always Emily (Kindle Edition)
Readers already acquainted with the Brontė sisters and their stories will have multiple mini-thrills (and possibly a few snorts) of recognition reading Always Emily, a highly suspenseful cozy mystery featuring Emily and Charlotte as unlikely but determined heroines who put themselves in perilous situations worthy of characters in their juvenilia writing when they join forces to rescue a woman kidnapped and held against her will. The author has done her research about the Brontės and their lives, and though the characters are of course simplified they are spot-on recognizable. Charlotte is responsible, bossy, near sighted, and small in stature, while Emily is a tall wild child who loves to run loose on the moors doesn't trust doctors.

The third sister, Anne Brontė, is mostly offstage visiting friends with their aunt, but their increasingly dissolute brother Branwell is back from London after his Art Academy studies fell apart and he's getting himself mixed up in all kinds of trouble. Also on hand is their crusading father Rev. Bronte, their long time housekeeper Tabitha Aykroyd, and even an author conceived, very appealing Rochester/Heathcliff character, if you can imagine that combination. Freemasons, striking mill-workers, inheritance laws, greedy relatives, parish politics, and hints of the novels to come all play a part in the plot and help to make this a fun, fast read. I read a review copy of this book supplied by the publisher through LibraryThing. The opinions are mine.


OXA Bluetooth Wireless 3.0 Keyboard with Aluminum Alloy Holder Cover for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, Samsung 7"~10.1" Tablets and Other Tablet PC, Black
OXA Bluetooth Wireless 3.0 Keyboard with Aluminum Alloy Holder Cover for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, Samsung 7"~10.1" Tablets and Other Tablet PC, Black
Offered by bravolink
Price: $29.01
2 used & new from $29.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly functional, works with iPad and Android, April 4, 2014
This is an attractive, highly functional, easy to use keyboard. While compact in size it’s well designed so the keys aren’t cramped together, making it easier to type with than some models. It looks especially great with the iPad because it matches that tablet in materials, color, and size, and it holds the iPad so securely it almost turns it into a mini laptop. Attached that way the keyboard acts like a smart case for the iPad, turning it off and on when you open and close the two.

But you don’t have to have an iPad to use this keyboard. We’re a multi-tablet household so I’ve also tried it with a Nexus 7 and a Motorola Xoom, and it works just as well, maybe even a little bit better, with them. There are a few more function keys available for Androids, and those keys work a little differently. With the iPad it’s necessary to reach up and touch the screen sometimes--not a problem really--but you do that less often with Android tablets because the keyboard lets you tab around more. Like the iPad, the Nexus can be fit into the keyboard’s holder, but for it and the Xoom I used their cases folded into the stand position to prop them up instead, which worked very well.

Setting up the bluetooth is simple and fast for both iPad and Android, and once you’ve done that you can type in almost the same way you would on any full size keyboard. I received this product for OXA in exchange for a review. The opinions are mine.


Big Boss 9358 Multi-Speed Stainless Steel Power Juicer, 800-watt
Big Boss 9358 Multi-Speed Stainless Steel Power Juicer, 800-watt
Offered by ShopAsSeenOnTV
Price: $129.99
2 used & new from $129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use even for a novice, April 4, 2014
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There is nothing as delicious or enlivening to drink as absolutely fresh fruit and vegetable juice, so when using the Big Boss we end up stuffing ourselves with liquid before we ever get to the meal. This is a powerful juicer with a reasonable footprint, easy to setup, easy to use, and almost as easy to clean. The Big Boss turns fruits and vegetables into juice with very little muscle work, and if you’re juicing anything up to about the size of an apple very little cutting prep is needed. So far we’ve juiced apples, pears, bananas, oranges, and carrots and the machine worked well for all of them. The parts cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher, but the only piece that took a little extra attention in the sink was the blade/strainer--which after a little soaking came clean with the rough side of a scrubby sponge. I cannot compare it with other juicers, this is my first, but I can say that even for a novice The Big Boy makes juicing simple and fast.


Swingline LightTouch Reduced Effort Stapler, 50% Easier, 20 Sheets, Black (S7066402)
Swingline LightTouch Reduced Effort Stapler, 50% Easier, 20 Sheets, Black (S7066402)
Offered by Shoplet
Price: $9.45
32 used & new from $8.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Takes all the hard work out of stapling, April 4, 2014
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This stapler does do a great job, even with multiple sheets of paper, and though I'm not sure how it works it is significantly and noticeably easier to use than the other staplers I have. A great boon for people with arthritis, though there is one mild caveat. It's a bit heavier than most staplers I've tried--just under a pound--but since staplers usually sit on a desk I don't think that will usually even be noticed.


OXA 7800mAh Juice Box S1 SAFE External Battery 18M WTY Premium Samsung Cells Flashlight&Dual USB charger external portable power supply for Apple iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3, iPad 4, 3, 2, Mini, iPods Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 1, 2, 3; Nexus; HTC One, Sensations G14 XE XL, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA; Motorola ATRIX, Droid; Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10; LG Optimus; PS Vita, GoPro; Nokia N9 Lumia 920 900 / Blackberry Z10 / Sony Xperia Z; ZTE; T-mobile, Verizon, ATT, (5V 2A and 1A USB Output) Mirco USB connector and more [Portable design, fit most Apple & Android Devices]
OXA 7800mAh Juice Box S1 SAFE External Battery 18M WTY Premium Samsung Cells Flashlight&Dual USB charger external portable power supply for Apple iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3, iPad 4, 3, 2, Mini, iPods Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 1, 2, 3; Nexus; HTC One, Sensations G14 XE XL, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA; Motorola ATRIX, Droid; Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10; LG Optimus; PS Vita, GoPro; Nokia N9 Lumia 920 900 / Blackberry Z10 / Sony Xperia Z; ZTE; T-mobile, Verizon, ATT, (5V 2A and 1A USB Output) Mirco USB connector and more [Portable design, fit most Apple & Android Devices]
Offered by OXA USA COM
Price: $21.99
3 used & new from $21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket size power, April 4, 2014
This handy “power bank” easily charged my cell phone, with plenty of energy left over for my various eReading devices. (My Xoom tablet and Chromebook don’t work with USB chargers so I couldn’t use it for them.) After being charged itself the power bank holds its juice for at least several days--long enough that I could twice charge my Samsung smartphone with it before it ran too low on energy.

Though it doesn’t come with a wall adapter, just a USB cable, it can still be powered up in a wall outlet if you use one of the plug adapters that come with most cell phone or eReader chargers--this saves you from having to keep the power bank tethered to your computer for hours to get it charged.

Not that this is important for its utility, but this is a quite good looking product with a solid heft, a pleasing shape that feels good in the hand, and a shiny silver body dotted with tiny blue indicator lights. There is a flashlight function too--a nice perk--five different adapters to fit a variety of electronics, and a carrying case, which makes sense because except when there is a power outage I’ll mainly use this power bank when I’m away from my home outlets.

My only complaint is that the instructions it comes with are written in a minuscule font and read like they have been thrown through Google translate several times. Fortunately it’s fairly simple to use, and what I couldn’t figure out on my own was answered by other reviewers in the Customers Questions & Answers section on its Amazon page.

I was sent this product by OXA in exchange for a review. The opinions are mine.


Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
by Rebecca Goldstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.26
70 used & new from $12.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plato's back!, April 4, 2014
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Reading Plato was by far my favorite part of studying philosophy in college, and it was sheer delight to encounter him again in this book. Author Rebecca Goldstein, both a philosophy professor and a novelist, poses an interesting question: Now that the sciences have advanced so far in explaining the inner and outer worlds of our universe--from the subatomic level, to the farthest galaxies, from the genetic codes for life, to the structures of the brain that support thought, emotion, and morality--is there any role left for philosophy? Some scientists think there is not, but it won't be giving away much to say that Goldstein disagrees. Then there is also the question: Has philosophy since the time of Plato made the same kinds of advances as other fields of knowledge? And: What would Plato make of our modern world--would he have anything to tell us, or, since we're talking about Plato, it might be more accurate to phrase that question what would Plato ask us to think deeply about?

Goldstein approaches these questions with two methods, used in alternate chapters. First there are the expository chapters, well written discourses examining the questions that have been posed, including any new questions that come up along the way, and also providing some fascinating background history. These take a satisfying amount of mind exercise and it felt good to rejoin the philosophical discussion around a theoretical seminar table, but it's the chapters following the expository ones that are the real reward for all that thought work. Because in them Plato is back, here in our modern world, and like Socrates he is engaging everyone he meets in dialogue, allowing them all to take another look at their unexamined assumptions.

Plato doesn't do one-sided lectures, of course, and in these back and forths he is learning too--how to avoid using sexist language for instance. People Plato delves into discussion with include a Google software engineer who thinks crowd-sourcing is the most reliable way to attain information which he equates with wisdom, a book tour escort who is sure she knows how best to live her own life, a Fox news host who's proud of his rigid beliefs about religion and morality, a neuroscientist who doesn't believe in conscious free will, and a tiger mom and psychoanalyst who debate with each other and Plato about how best to raise a child. These sections are as substantive as the expository chapters, but they are also sometimes laugh out loud funny. Goldstein has put the fun back into philosophy while making a strong, well reasoned case that it still has relevance in today's world.


The Late Scholar: The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries)
The Late Scholar: The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mysteries)
by Jill Paton Walsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.43

4.0 out of 5 stars More Wimsey!, April 1, 2014
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Jill Paton Walsh may not be Dorothy L. Sayers, but this is still a witty, entertaining story and it's wonderful to have more Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet. This story takes place later than Sayer's books, after the WWII, but fortunately Bunter is still around serving as Lord Peter's devoted valet. Like Gaudy Night, my favorite Sayers book, the setting is the world of Oxford in all its insular arcane academic glory. St. Severin's College must decide whether it should sell a moldering but valuable ancient manuscript to acquire more land, and it turns out it's Lord Peter who, through a hereditary appointment, is supposed to cast the deciding vote. This won't be an easy matter because passions are quite heated and though he will only be dealing with the highly educated Lord Peter is forewarned that people overestimate the power of reason among intellectuals. As Peter certainly knows well already.

It's been a while since I read Dorothy Sayers, which maybe was an advantage for enjoying this novel, but one difference did stand out to me though I didn't mind it--I don't believe Sayers would have let us know that Peter and Harriet spent an afternoon dallying in bed. Rest assured, it's just a brief, tasteful mention. My only (mild) complaint has to do with an excess of riches. There were so many Oxford fellows who had a vote in the to sell or not to sell the manuscript decision that it was difficult to keep track of who was who and what side they were on. I should have made myself a cheat sheet, but even without it the novel was a delight.


The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $14.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-birding escapades, the wonders of birds, and what it all means, March 20, 2014
Author Noah Strycker is not someone to sit back and enjoy birds from a distance. He’s trekked within a few feet of a mating albatross pair, grabbed hold of penguins to attach GPS tags, and as a teenager he brought home a roadside deer carcass in his trunk, which filled his car with such an overwhelming stench that even at 65 miles an hour he had to drive with his head hanging out the window, just so he could could get close up photos the of turkey vultures as they feasted on gore for a week in his backyard. As both a field scientist and bird enthusiast Strycker has lots of fascinating information and personal stories about birds for this book, as anyone who was anywhere near me while I was reading knows since it was impossible not to share (sorry family and friends).

Each chapter focuses on the wonders of a particular bird, including homing pigeons, mummerating starlings, fighting hummingbirds, self aware magpies, and architecturally gifted bowerbirds, but from there the discourse spreads out to include such topics as neuroscience, the definition of art, game theory, memory palaces, altruism, the fight or flight response, and what unique species qualities are left to humans (a diminishing list). There were just a few stories I found disturbing, like the one about his friend who hates non-native starlings so much he relishes shooting them with an air gun, clipping their wings, and feeding them disabled but alive to hawks (which Strycker reported as a field scientist neither condemning nor applauding), but those are the exception. Most of the book totally enthralled me with wonderful birds, vicarious birding adventures, and thoughtful commentary.

I read an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing. The opinions are mine.
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