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Mad Men: Season 4
Mad Men: Season 4
DVD ~ Jon Hamm
Offered by Super Fast DVDs
Price: $9.26
129 used & new from $1.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, July 22, 2015
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This review is from: Mad Men: Season 4 (DVD)
There are so many ideas on managing clients and staff available in this series. As an editor for a technical journal, I think I'll extract a few for my column.

I especially liked the episode where Draper threw out Jansen, a client who wanted to sell bikinis but not show skin. Don called them prudes and idiots! I wish more engineering firms understood that the client-firm relationship is very delicate: it requires patience and honesty on both sides. Many a time, I have wanted to fire the client; instead, we build the process and it was either a nightmare of corrections or a product that limped out the door.

As drama, the series is excellent. Draper and company could have been my father and grandfather. These were tough men who didn't talk about their feelings, at least not in public. It was nobody's business.

Season 4 starts up where Season 3 left off. The only Season that is a little iffy is Season 1, in which the actors were still exploring their roles. We saw the same thing in Breaking Bad and House. By Season 2 Mad Men had a clear message and direction.

You should stack Mad Men in the shelf with Breaking Bad and House, MD and entertain yourself and your family for decades to come.

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Calphalon 32-Inch Straight Wall Pot Rack with 4 Heavy-Duty Single Hooks
Calphalon 32-Inch Straight Wall Pot Rack with 4 Heavy-Duty Single Hooks
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great space saver!, June 2, 2015
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Does not come with screws.

I went with four #10 1-1/2" (US standard) premium wood screws with washers for less rattling; #12 screws that would fit; I had #10s handy. If you mount on studs, then you will need a 1/4" drill bit in about 1" for the pilot. Use a stud finder you can trust and check the drill for sawdust. If it comes back with only drywall, then you're on to plan B.

Plan B involves plastic anchors into dry wall. You will want the simple kind since they will support 67 lbs. each. Unless you're using the rack for mountain climbing, 67 lbs. will support all the pots and pans you can hang on the wall. Drill the hole size with 1/4" pilot drill bit; there are different types of bits so makes sure you have a set of pilot bits. Make the hole level, i.e., perpendicular to the wall (right angle). drill one of the top ones first, then swing the rack out of the way and set the next anchors: set by drilling the 1/4" pilot hole and gently pounding the anchor into the hole with a hammer. You have to set the anchors if its into dry wall before you set the screws! I used a level, a head lamp because the rack fits into a very tight space; the drill barely fit. Once you set the anchors, use an electric screw driver to drive the screws once you have the screws in a couple of turns.

Check the level when you drill the holes for the anchors.

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Calphalon Single Pot Rack Hooks, Set of 2
Calphalon Single Pot Rack Hooks, Set of 2
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me, June 2, 2015
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Worked as expected. I bought 2 clips because the pot rack comes with four. Six turns out to be the right number of clips for the rack.

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Margin Call
Margin Call
DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: $8.08
60 used & new from $3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, June 2, 2015
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Great movie! It introduces you to the smug world or wall street. The acting was superb.


Seiko QHE084KLH Bedside Alarm Clock
Seiko QHE084KLH Bedside Alarm Clock
Price: $15.00
6 used & new from $15.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Good design, poor manufacturing quality, June 2, 2015
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This was a great clock until the battery fell out. I owned it for about 6 months. It survived one relocation and was ticking loudly in my bathroom. I was using it as my main alarm next to my bed.

Pros: bright luminescent dial --- easy to read at night; loud alarm.
Cons: poor time piece --- lost about a minute a week; battery fell out and the backing disappeared --- battery clip apparently was poorly made.

Seiko should take their name off this clock or fix it's flaws>

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Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit
Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit
Price: $23.50
60 used & new from $19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, great cut, May 6, 2015
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For the price, it is excellent. The kit is complete with combs and clipper attachments. It even comes with oil for cleaning the blades. I've only used it once and it did a first rate job. You can get some good advice from You Tube on how to cut properly. I followed the advice, used a no. 3 for the first cut and a number 2 for the final cut. It even does eyebrows --- use the comb without a clipper attachment. I left the top alone and only did the sides and back. I go back every other haircut to a professional so I can cover up my mistakes.

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Blackberry USB AC Charger Adapter Power Plug with Micro USB Cable for Blackberry
Blackberry USB AC Charger Adapter Power Plug with Micro USB Cable for Blackberry
Offered by Blue Point
Price: $5.20
33 used & new from $0.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, March 25, 2015
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Charges much faster than other, older chargers with lower current flow.


The Blue Max
The Blue Max
DVD ~ George Peppard
Price: $8.98
91 used & new from $1.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, March 25, 2015
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A classic. Although the picture is a little grainy on a HD LCD this movie is worth having. I especially enjoyed the flying scenes.


Cafe Standard Tray, 16w x 12d, Black
Cafe Standard Tray, 16w x 12d, Black
Offered by Office Athletic
Price: $8.14
8 used & new from $2.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than some other colors --- check the weight, March 25, 2015
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Stronger than some of the other colors: notice the weight. The bottom is a tiny bit thicker. I bought a blue tray about 5 years ago. This year, it started to bow when I put something hot on it. This causes the plate to slide around crashing into things: it was a near miss.

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Insignia NS-PCS20 2.0 Stereo Computer Speakers
Insignia NS-PCS20 2.0 Stereo Computer Speakers
Offered by Shining Bright Books
Price: $26.99
12 used & new from $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good speaker, good price, March 25, 2015
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For the price, this is a good speaker. The sound is adequate for a small office or enclosed area. The size is unobtrusive.

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