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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: $6.77
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: $13.68

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
113 used & new from $10.85

12 of 15 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
Price: $7.54
7 used & new from $7.54

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
Price: $39.99
3 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.


Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Price: $7.35
64 used & new from $0.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Except for the two hits--Falling In Love I Hard on The Knees, August 23, 2014
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This review is from: Nine Lives (Audio CD)
Except for the two hits--Falling In Love Is Hard on The Knees, and Pink--this album is pure rubbish. It is worse than Music From Another Dimension.


Dexter by Schlage JC60V CNA 619 Security Set Single Cylinder Deadbolt and J54 Keyed Entry Corona Knob, Satin Nickel Finish
Dexter by Schlage JC60V CNA 619 Security Set Single Cylinder Deadbolt and J54 Keyed Entry Corona Knob, Satin Nickel Finish
Price: $39.20
9 used & new from $36.92

1.0 out of 5 stars NOT SCHLAGE!, August 23, 2014
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Amazon, get your listing right! I had assumed that the listing was updated since Utah's review below, especially since many Amazon listings mention Dexter by Schlage. This one does not.

This is not a first brand Schlage, it is a Dexter by Schlage. Big bold letters on package. For ten bucks more, I could have bought a Schalge original. Some of Amazons listings indicate Dexter lock by Schlage, others like this one do not. I bought this thinking it was a Schlage original as that is the listing on Amazon. A quick internet search (before I bought this) is very clear: Dexter was a stand alone brand (would you have bought a Dexter lock when it stood alone? No.) purchased by Schlage. Dexter locks are still made in the Dexter, not Schlage, plant. Locksmith comments online: Dexter are inferior locks. There's even a youtube video of a gentleman disabling a Dexter lock with a "skeleton" key and a small mallet in ten seconds.

This Dexter lock has a lifetime warranty on mechanism, but the issue, based on my online research, is that the mechanism gets loose, jiggly, jangly, whatever word you desire. So, yes, it still technically works, but the knob and the key rotation become loose. This is less likely, by far, with a Schlage original.

Another point about Dexter is that the knob, where one puts their hand, is small. It's hard to describe, but I can see through the package that the turning knob itself is smaller than my Schlage original. Weird.

This is going back to Amazon, on their dime, but my inconvenience, pronto. List your items right Amazon! The Amazon reps know nothing more about this product than the listing itself, so we are really left to fend for ourselves. I'm off to my big box store to buy a genuine Schlage, in person.


Live In Philadelphia 1990
Live In Philadelphia 1990
Offered by JETWORLD DISTRIBUTION
Price: $21.99
10 used & new from $14.07

1.0 out of 5 stars Online video, July 22, 2014
This entire show is available on your favorite online free video channel, two versions. It has, as stated by the other reviewer, abysmal acoustics. As this is not an official Aerosmith CD, likely it was pirated off that concert. I do not own it, gave it the same rating as Mr. Richards so as not to affect the rating on Amazon, and wished only to convey this information so that you, my fellow Aerosmith buff, might find out for yourself if you would wish to buy this CD.


Foxnovo®1M 3.5mm Male to Female Stereo Headphone Audio Extension Cable Cord with Volume Control (Black)
Foxnovo®1M 3.5mm Male to Female Stereo Headphone Audio Extension Cable Cord with Volume Control (Black)
Offered by ubestsky
Price: $6.40
2 used & new from $6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars When your tablet, phone or laptop is too loud....use this!, July 18, 2014
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Solves a major issue that I experienced with my iPad, iPod Classic and my Macbook: even at the lowest setting, the volume was too loud. I have worked to try and lower the volume by using difference earphones, blocking the output speaker with tape, and researching online (I am well aware of the 1/4 square micro-volume adjustment on Macbooks using shift-option; for those that do not, search it and it might solve your issue). Nothing worked well for me. Still, too loud and no way to adjust down. I work in a quiet environment, usually a public library quiet room, and need low-volume sound.

This cord solved my issue. I can now turn the volume squares up about half way on the MacBook or iPad or iPod, and then use the volume on the cable to adjust from completely off (even though the squares are still on half, about 5-6 squares) to barely audible, to loud. It's a Godsend as, with the rotary dial, I have no issues setting it just right. The in-line volume control on Apple earbuds, for instance, still control the squares on the volume bar, so no help at all. This volume control work independently of the control built into the device (e.g. iPad) itself.

Some have commented on these types of in-line controls that the sound quality is compromised. I would not know as I listen to it so softly that there is no noted compromise. It seems to make, even when I turn it up, no difference in sound quality at all.

The point dedication is for the build of this device. It is extremely thin and frail looking, looks like it could be manufactured for about a dollar, and only time will tell if it lasts. I will update if it breaks or crackles and loosens. For now, I appreciate the 3 foot extension on the Apple Earbuds, and I use this daily with success. An example of a cable product that is extremely well made, although it lacks a volume control is this:
BlueRigger 3.5mm Male to Female Stereo Audio Cable (6 Feet)
This is a cable that is strong, well made, effective, and is preferred if simple extension (no volume control) is desired. I like it very much, the BlueRigger 6 footer.

All in all, this product fixed my issue of volume too loud on devices.


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