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Bones Swiss Bearing Press/ Puller (White)
Bones Swiss Bearing Press/ Puller (White)
Offered by Forever Shredding
Price: $12.74
8 used & new from $7.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Some negatives., May 26, 2016
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A reasonable product, but keep in mind two things:

One should not, even from the instruction in Bones's bearings themselves, push in bearings only by the inner ring. So, what does the Bones device do? Push in bearings only by the inner ring. If the "pushing" portion of the device was wider (i.e. with a larger circumference), this would not be the case; as it is, however, it is the case.

The device looks like it should be less expensive. Some other websites, esp with a discount code (do your research, Amazon won't let me list the websites here), have this thing coming it at under ten bucks. It should be under five, but, whatever.

Would I buy it again? No. Just use a less complex, no moving parts universal skate tool (inline skates), or the skate truck itself (roller skates, skateboards, etc.)

Keeper (02604) 6' x 1" Lift Sling, 1 Ply
Keeper (02604) 6' x 1" Lift Sling, 1 Ply
Price: $7.39
7 used & new from $7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Spud safety barbell squat strap substitute., May 15, 2016
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Superb safety strap, every bit as good and one tenth the price, as the Spud straps for squat safety. I use mine over the rack. I have both six and ten footers, and each is great depending in your power rack setup, height, depth of your squat, etc. I can't tell you which to buy, you'll have to experiment with your set up. Recommended.

Case Cutlery 379 Case M3FINN Leather Hunter with Stainless Steel Fixed Blade Leather
Case Cutlery 379 Case M3FINN Leather Hunter with Stainless Steel Fixed Blade Leather
Offered by West Hardware Co
Price: $46.67
44 used & new from $41.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruit and games and warranties and illiterate reviewers., May 14, 2016
This is a superb little knife. Case, always USA made. This little gem is ideal for slipping the entire thing through one's dungarees belt loop for horizontal carry. Also works great with a carabiner added to the sheath's belt insert.

The knife does not easily fall out of the sheath; there's a YT video if one searches Case Finn Knife that shows it staying it. Although it is a rather jinky looking sheath, it works. Also, like all leather sheaths, it can be wet-molded to the knife (see videos on how to do that).

I feel badly for the lesser star reviews that are based ion the buyer not reading the description and thinking the knife was bigger. Deduct product stars because you're illiterate is not cool.

This knife has a lifetime warranty from Case in PA; the gentleman that says the end came loose on him (??), call WR Case.

The only small fixed blade, EDC-worthy knife like this Case that I've come across is the thick-tanged Bark River Little Creek, their best and smallest knife. It's fabulous, but is well over a hundred smackaroulians. It is one that rivals this Case, so it's worthy of your attention.

The Case Finn is ideal for coring apples, skinning a gerbil, whittling a birch flute, cutting a switch to whip bare bottoms, and playing mumblety-peg. In other words, all the things one does with a knife, short of dressing out an elk.

Gilmour VW250Q0 Wash Gun
Gilmour VW250Q0 Wash Gun
Offered by MAS Mercantile
Price: $19.98
5 used & new from $19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars From Gilmour, May 9, 2016
This review is from: Gilmour VW250Q0 Wash Gun
This is from the Gilmour website: Water-pressure-operated hose-end sprayer is ideal for mixing soaps and chemicals. Adjustable tip alters stream from targeted jet to wide fan to customize your spray.

Accurately mixes chemicals with water while spraying at a preset 2 oz. per gallon ratio

Adjustable fan deflector for covering large areas, removable for a solid stream up to 30 ft.

I just bought this and will add my input here in one month.

CytoSport Muscle Milk Ready-to-Drink Shake, Banana, 17 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 12)
CytoSport Muscle Milk Ready-to-Drink Shake, Banana, 17 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 12)
Price: $32.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tip, April 26, 2016
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Flavorful and healthy.

Tip: Muscle Milk makes a more concentrated 14-ounce bottle, available on Amazon, that is with 40 grams of protein. Compare each--the 17-ouncer here versus the 14-ouncer--as the prices fluctuate and what is the least expensive of the two options at one moment may not be the next time you look.

Muscle Milk also make a powder that is, generally, the least expensive option if one owns a tumbler shaker or a blender.

M Train
M Train
by Patti Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.00
158 used & new from $7.26

3.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous empty aquarium by a gifted author, April 26, 2016
This review is from: M Train (Hardcover)
Patti Smith tells us in the first chapter that M Train is a book about nothing--and she delivers.

Ms. Smith provides a loose memoir of her time drinking in various cafes, thinking about the lives of others, and remembering the ins and outs of her own family, all presented under a veil of prettily written, yet ingloriously unmemorable, vignettes. Whereas a thin book full of poetic prose plus a story can envelope us completely--Paul Harding's award-winning Tinkers comes to mind--one that is devoid of story, one that is nothing more than an aimless city meander with a stranger, does not permit such a cocoon.

Ms. Smith's words are almost transcendental, but there is no plot, no denouement, and no fulfilling conclusion. Unfortunately, simple prose cannot carry a reader for even forty pages, let alone a complete book of 250-plus pages (although I did wade through it so that you might not have to). Cover-to-cover: deep waters with no place to flow.

Lest one feel obliged to comment that this is memoir, told as it was, stark and without embellishments, I will simply direct them to memoirists Augusten Burroughs, or Mary Karr, or Andre Dubus III, to find story.

Imagine, if you will, an enormous aquarium, of the type one might see at a high-end restaurant: bubbling oxygen, faux skin-diver mining faux pearls, luxurious coral atop textured gravel. Imagine even further that same aquarium filled with not one living thing--no gliding fish, no burrowing eels, no bouncing guppies. At first exhilarating--"What a gorgeous fish tank!"--soon the stillness of it all sinks in.

"Oh, but it's art," says the waiter. "It's not supposed to hold fish. It is supposed to hold nothing, and nothing it holds." Does that make it then worthy of your attention? Can it transfix you for more than a minute? The stated fact that it holds nothing only lessens the need to watch it at all--gone is the suspense that a newt might crawl from beneath a sunken stone.

M Train is Patti Smith's empty aquarium.
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Doberman Security SE-0104-2PK Motion Detector Alarm/Chime - 2 Pack (Silver/Black)
Doberman Security SE-0104-2PK Motion Detector Alarm/Chime - 2 Pack (Silver/Black)
Price: $35.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for hotels., April 13, 2016
I travel and stay in hotels. Once, when I was in a popular mid-priced hotel, someone opened my hotel door in the middle of the night! I had the metal hook latch engaged, so they only opened it four inches, then shut it quickly and was gone. They must have had a master key or something. Now more than ever, I take personal security seriously.

I now travel with a small portable device that acts like a kicker stop at the bottom of the door, and this Doberman alarm, which I set facing the door. If I point it at the door, it will not go off when I use the bathroom of get up and move around. I sometimes have a one-bedroom suite, and if so, I put it facing the entire common room outside my bedroom.'

People complain in some reviews that it's not loud enough, but, trust me, a burglar wants no noise at all. The burglar is not saying "that's not too loud, I'll just keep doing my thing". They're not fumbling around with it in the dark to turn it off. They're not waiting to see if it triggered the police to arrive in two minutes. What are they doing? Leaving!!

Trump: The Art of the Deal
Trump: The Art of the Deal
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review on the presentation method of this book versus similar others., April 12, 2016
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Although dated (explores vignettes from the 1980s), it is a classic for one reason: it doesn't just list the ways to negotiate in steps or easily-remembered "bullet points", but instead details several complete transactions from Donald Trump in negotiating with everyone from the tenants of a building that wanted to maintain their rent-controlled units, to dealing with Mayor Ed Koch, the building inspectors, other real estate moguls, the New Jersey gaming commission, etc. In the classic "show, don't tell", Trump permits the reader to glean the tips of negotiation, rather than hitting us on the head with them, as would most books.

The advice is practical and real, unlike "cheerleaders" such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, etc. who dispense nothing but pie-in-the-sky platitudes and "life goals" that translate to reality about as well as the mat- and mirrors-practiced mechanics of a karate instructor translates to a gang of teens holding a knife to one's neck; it looks good in the strip-mall "dojo", but in a dark alley, not so much.

While Stephen Covey lists "habits", and gives small examples of each, Trump has opted to give a few large examples, going on for about 20 pages each, and looking at his thought process on each step of the real estate and gaming deal. He studies each situation from all angles and, particularly as this was earlier in his career, shows a humble side not seen in his current incarnation; it is not a stretch to say that, financially, he stuck his neck out on the line for some of the deals in this book, such as buying the schleppy Barbizon hotel in NYC. One of the great lessons of the book, frankly, is how to leverage negotiating power without overly, or too early in the process, committing personal capital; limit downside risk.

Fortunately, the writing is clean, easy to follow, and smooth as the ice rink that Trump aided NYC in constructing, on time and on budget. It is a well-written book (and I'm picky as hell about writing style)

An added bonus is that, for the most part, Trump deals with each session ethically and morally. There is nothing grotesquely underhanded about any of the dealings here, and, in fact, Trump outlines several players in the NYC real estate game who are ethical and honest, such as the founder of Tiffany's. It's a pleasure to read of the attitude of others, and the power of a handshake.

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Pledge Lemon Wipes, 24 Count
Pledge Lemon Wipes, 24 Count
Price: $3.54
18 used & new from $3.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, but you should know this..., April 12, 2016
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Swell wipes, larger and more robust per wipe than the competitors (including Clorox and Windex wipes, both of which I ave tried), and cleans very well. Note: it does leave a slight glossy film to whatever you wipe down, and that film is slippery. If you toss something on the freshly-wiped table, or want your laptop to behave on it while you type, you might be displeased. The film eventually wears off, or loses it's shine, but it takes a couple days. The shiny film is good if you don't want to miss a spot on the furniture that you are dusting, though, as it will be easy to see; it's bad if you do the seat of wooden chairs, however, as you will be slipping down in your seat for a couple days.

Twelve South ParcSlope for Apple MacBook and iPad Pro | Hybrid laptop stand and tablet desktop wedge
Twelve South ParcSlope for Apple MacBook and iPad Pro | Hybrid laptop stand and tablet desktop wedge
Price: $49.99
16 used & new from $38.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Better alternatives., April 12, 2016
Like most everything from 12South, this stand is over-designed, not portable, and too expensive.

For my Macbook, and also for my new iPad Pro 12 inch (but works with any iPad except Mini), this is 1/5 the price, 1/5 the weight, and equally stable.

Just Mobile Lazy Couch for iPad/MacBook, search Amazon for it (link feature on Amazon not working here).

I have no vested interest in either company, own both products (12South & Just Mobile), and am not part of a Vine program and received nothing for free for a review. That's why I can be brutally honest.

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