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Schlage 999225 Resettable Combination Cable, 5-Foot by .375-Inch
Schlage 999225 Resettable Combination Cable, 5-Foot by .375-Inch
Price: $12.86
10 used & new from $11.96

4.0 out of 5 stars A couple things to consider before you buy this lock., October 13, 2014
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This lock is quite easy to set to your own four-number code. Took me 3 minutes to read the instructions and reset. I like the thickness of the cable itself, and the coating is great. Unlike some locks that tend to twist back upon themselves, and are really a hassle because of constant cable memory to try and corkscrew, this one stays open and flat. One can still coil this, because it is supple, but it will lay flat on its own.

On the downside, this is quite a heavy cable as it is robust. A lightweight bicyclist will likely want a lighter lock to go with their Klein aluminum bicycle; a motorcyclist who wants one more layer of protection around a front cycle wheel will find this lock fantastic.

The four number-wheels and blue lock cover are plastic, and although that works, and does not compromise the lock itself as there is metal within it, I do wonder if the plastic will last over time, as with dropping on the concrete when locking a bicycle, etc. I wish the wheels and blue plastic were metal. If one of the plastic wheels breaks, not only will I no longer be able to use the lock, but I will not be able to open it that time that it broke. One point off for this. If someone wanted to play a joke on a user of this lock, they could probably take a stone and hit the number-wheels a couple times and break the mechanism that allows the owner to rotate the plastic number wheels and use the combination (but would not likely open the lock itself, which is strong)--not that anyone would play a joke like that. :-) I'm just giving an example of the shortcoming of the plastic housing. When using the lock, one might consider keeping the locking mechanism off the ground so that a potential thief cannot smash the lock against the ground (as you, the user, has the fore-thought to keep the lock up in the air so that they have nothing to smash/leverage against...if that makes any sense).

Note to buyers: five feet sounds long, but it's fairly short. I measured this next to me, and I think it is five feet when one includes the plastic, etc., so no error there; just saying that it seems shorter than expected. I was going to use this to lock three ladders plus implements together to prevent theft in the back of my truck--now I am going to use this on my recreational bicycle, coiled underneath the seat, and I will buy an 8-foot lock for the ladders.

IMPORTANT: If one plans to slip this lock through something, like under a bike seat, be sure the thing you're slipping it through is wide and open, maybe 2-inches or more. Why? This lock, unlike some others, does not have the cable pull out of the blue and gray piece (meaning that you'd only have to have a hole larger in diameter than the cable itself to put this through). This lock, the blue opens away from the gray wheels--so, whatever you put it through must accept the entire end of the blue piece (i.e. essentially, the entire lock), which is bigger than it looks on the photo, if that makes any sense. Look at the photos please: the lock "breaks" for the opening right next to the 7-8 numbers on the gray wheel on the right of the photo, i.e. it opens right next to the gray numbers, and leaves the blue, angled plastic on the "free" end of the cable. So, not only does one still have to fit the rightmost (in photo) blue plastic piece through whatever they are threading this into, the blue piece is angled. See how it's at a 45 degree angle--so that makes it even bigger from a functional-threading standpoint. I'd guess it is one inch wide, at least, maybe more when accounting for the plastic's angulation (I'd measure it, but it's hard to eyeball with a tape measure because of the angle) and then you have to leave yourself some extra room so that you could pull it back out of whatever you're putting it through--so, again, if you;re going through something with this, like under a bike seat, be sure there is at least 1.5 inches of opening, and 2 inches would be better. I was going to thread this lock through the rung hole on the side of a Little Giant ladder; no go, as the entire blue piece (i.e. the entire lock itself) would have to go through the ladder hole, and it does not fit.

Good luck. I hope this review helped someone looking at this lock (because it took me about twenty minutes to write...lol). Ask if any questions that I might help you with. Bye now. Thanks.


Footprints of the Past: Images of Cornish, New Hampshire and the Cornish Colony
Footprints of the Past: Images of Cornish, New Hampshire and the Cornish Colony
by Virginia Reed Colby
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from $31.35

5.0 out of 5 stars A must add to your personal library book., September 24, 2014
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Encyclopedic, with profiles of the key and minor players in the Cornish Colony. More pages devoted to those more famous and more prolific, and yet doesn't miss a page or two on personalities that I only learned about from this book. Thick, well-written, a heavy book meant to be read in snippets. I am truly glad that I purchased this book as a reflection of a time now gone, and a region of New Hampshire/Vermont that is still mystical in its own way. Highly recommended, and in particular to purchase this book before it is no longer in print. The historical photos alone are superbly documented.


Space Invader
Space Invader
Price: $10.00
37 used & new from $9.30

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Frehley is a Friggin' Lion, September 24, 2014
This review is from: Space Invader (Audio CD)
This guy just keeps getting better and better! Anomaly was gritty, ballsy rock and roll. And now, Space Invader, throws the ball right off the edge of the cliff!

From a critical standpoint, there is no better songwriting, no better down-and-out, blues-based hard rock, than Ace Frehley right now.

While his former bandmates flub-dub around with failing voices and two decades of songwriting that's as loose as a dead raccoon's butt sphincter, Ace just keeps turning up the juice. Age has made him fierce in his creativity. No holds barred. No "pleasing the Man".

Highly recommended.


GPG2 Notebook Lift for 13 to 17 Inch Notebook Computers, Pink Translucent (102-1NOL-PI)
GPG2 Notebook Lift for 13 to 17 Inch Notebook Computers, Pink Translucent (102-1NOL-PI)
Offered by Big_Box_Bargains
Price: $4.99
2 used & new from $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Think Pink, September 18, 2014
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Amazing stand. Folds flat for backpack. Holds 13 inch MacBook Pro notebook computer up well, raising the screen by about three inches off the desk. I can still type using the keyboard, and this degree of slant is, in my opinion, the most one would want if they are still using the notebook's own keyboard (with a separate Bluetooth or wired board, one could jack it up higher with a different stand, or put a book under this stand, if they wanted).

The M Stand by Rain Design, Amazon's best-selling stand, is better, but it ten times the price and not portable. If one is not moving frequently, the M Stand is amazing (but requires a separate keyboard, based on my use). For students, and others on the go, this GPG2 Lift is solid and good. I love the M Stand, too.

I bought a second one, also in pink, because of the greatly discounted price over other colors (as of this writing, a bout 1/3 the price) and the great way this works. It's not ugly pink, but is rather see-thru and subdued. I am a dude, and not subdued, and I still feel like a manly Trojan horse when I use the pink stand, so that says something as I would never wear a pink polo shirt, for instance. Honestly, the pink is sort of titty-pink, and probably prevents someone from pilfering this stand from me. Were it black, or blue, or even brown, it'd likely be in someone else's backpack now. lol Cheers.


Gem-Inside 3mm Round Tiger Eye Beads Strand 15 Inches
Gem-Inside 3mm Round Tiger Eye Beads Strand 15 Inches
Offered by GEM-inside
Price: $4.50
2 used & new from $5.63

2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy., August 28, 2014
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Slow shipping from Asia. A single thread holds all the tiny beads. No clasp. Not recommended.


SmartSign Aluminum Sign, Legend "Beware of Dog", 7" high x 10" wide, Black/Red on White
SmartSign Aluminum Sign, Legend "Beware of Dog", 7" high x 10" wide, Black/Red on White
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good thick metal sign., August 28, 2014
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Good thick metal sign. Clear and concise. Four mounting holes instead of only two. Unbendable metal (unlike the black and neon orange ones made of thin metal). No downsides.


Grizzly H0481 Aluminum C-Clamps, Set of 6, 1-Inch Opening
Grizzly H0481 Aluminum C-Clamps, Set of 6, 1-Inch Opening
Price: $13.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use for closet shelf supports., August 28, 2014
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I bought these to support my white, wire-type closet shelving--the type where the little plastic shelf holders always break and the wire shelving always hangs down. These C-clamps are just the proper size to bind to the upright (floor-to-ceiling) metal piece directly under the shelf and hold the shelf in place. They are sturdy and clamp well. The box os six is convenient and relatively inexpensive. They do open to the full one inches. Recommended.


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.57
116 used & new from $10.75

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Short Story Stretched (no spoilers review), August 24, 2014
Mr. Murakami has taken what, in essence, could have been a short story of twenty or so pages and stretched it to a novel length. I will omit repeating here the essence of the story, but I will provide my criticisms.

The writing is simple, but preachy. Rather than let the reader understand the story, Murakami tells us, in painstaking detail, every thought, every feeling from each character, especially Tazaki. There is no show, don't tell. It's all "tell". It's painful reading at times. Many examples, from the minor (like when Yuri's Finnish husband is leaving with her kids and mentions "ice cream", there is another line stating that they must be going to ice cream), to the major (the entire sequence of Sara, T.T.'s girlfriend, planning his trip to Finland).

There are major passages that serve no purpose in the story. Sara planning Tsukuru's trip to Finland. His entire interaction with Olga. His going home, briefly, to see his own family in Nagoya. His entire pre-occupation with the train stations takes pages upon pages, and comes back time and again in the story for no plot purpose. We get it: he likes trains! There is enough padding in this story to fill a futon.

The writing is stiff. I find no elegance in it. It has at least one mixed metaphor per page, some laughable. You will laugh out loud. A cosmopolitan woman in high heels leads Tsukuru down a hall is described as: "She led him down the hallway in long strides, heels clicking hard and precise like the sound a faithful blacksmith makes early in the morning." Ha ha. There are so many--worse than that one--that truly break the experience for the reader.

The dream sequences, a hallmark of Haruki's writing, are vivid, but disconnected and meaningless. The most profound example is the mysterious piano jazz musician and the bag atop the piano. Never comes up again in the story once told, left hanging like lint on a black suit coat (I'm trying to write with lousy metaphors, like Murakami. Can you tell?)

The conversations are so stilted, so unnatural. Long discourses that few living people would say to one another. Humorless and dull.

I could go into it more, but like most reviews on Amazon (especially critical ones of works that most readers enjoy), this review will fall down the reviews page faster than a setting sun over a hot desert (I'm getting good at this lousy metaphor thing; so I did learn something from Murakami!). Let is be known that this book was a waste of time.
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National Parks Wall Calendar (2015)
National Parks Wall Calendar (2015)
by Mead
Edition: Calendar
2 used & new from $13.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2015, August 23, 2014
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Great 2015 Calendar. One for the first out, and inexpensive. Good solid staples, large pages, pretty images.


Honeycase Extreme-Duty Military Transformer Hybrid Shockproof & Drop Resistance Anti-slip Soft Silicone Case Cover for iPad Mini (Black)
Honeycase Extreme-Duty Military Transformer Hybrid Shockproof & Drop Resistance Anti-slip Soft Silicone Case Cover for iPad Mini (Black)
Offered by Honeycase(HOCO Case USA Flagship Store)
Price: $39.99
4 used & new from $14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor design., August 23, 2014
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Fits well, but is a little too slick for my liking. Silicone would be better, less slippery. Also, the red Home button cover sticks out, making inadvertent "turn ons" when the device is asleep a guarantee. Cannot set this face down, or in a purse, knapsack, bookbag, etc., without it turning on and draining the battery. One will see if they buy it. I would not buy this product again.


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