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Wall charger plug, MyGo2Shop Universal usb adapter Wall Charger plug for Iphone 6 5 5s 5c 4s, Ipad 2 3 4, Ipad Mini, Ipod Touch, Ipod Nano, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 2 3 and Most Android Phones (4 Pack Multi Color)
Wall charger plug, MyGo2Shop Universal usb adapter Wall Charger plug for Iphone 6 5 5s 5c 4s, Ipad 2 3 4, Ipad Mini, Ipod Touch, Ipod Nano, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 2 3 and Most Android Phones (4 Pack Multi Color)
Offered by MyGo2Shop
Price: $14.50
2 used & new from $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get colorized., November 15, 2015
You already know what these do, but they've probably never looked this good doing it before. My family has a serious problem with losing USB charging accessories so buying in bulk is a good idea for me, and I doubt I'm the only one. And quite why settle for buying a boring old white one when you could be colorizing your life? Have some style, you scrubs. I've had these for weeks now and there are no complaints from the household
so I guess you could call it a success. There's not a lot of interesting anecdotes one can call upon to review a wall charger so I'll just wrap it up and
say that these are just like the ones you know and love, but prettier. Enjoy.


Kash Technology KT-4-Pack-VE [Apple MFI Certified] 3' iPhone 5 & 6 Charging Cable [Premier Series] Lightning Cable (Rapid Charge Technology) 8 Pin to USB  Sync Cable & Charger, 4 Piece
Kash Technology KT-4-Pack-VE [Apple MFI Certified] 3' iPhone 5 & 6 Charging Cable [Premier Series] Lightning Cable (Rapid Charge Technology) 8 Pin to USB Sync Cable & Charger, 4 Piece

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid price and quality with a lifetime warranty., October 14, 2015
These Kash Technology USB cords usually cost $7-8 a pop here on Amazon so four for $16 is as god a deal as you're likely to get. And if you're family is anything like mine, they lose these babies left and right and then fight over the remaining ones so there's a pretty good chance that this is going to be a worthy investment if your home has multiple iOS devices.

These come very neatly packaged with a warranty card explaining their "100% Lifetime Guarantee" and how and where to redeem it. I haven't found it necessary, but it's good to know and a very professional touch on KT's part. I find my phone charges quickly and without incident and the cords themselves are not in any way cheap or flimsy -they are actually reinforced at the ends where most stress occurs- so what else is there to say? Can't beat the price, the warranty, or the quality. Highly recommended.


Exigency
Exigency
by Michael Siemsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.95
30 used & new from $12.96

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Context is everything. Context can be nothing. Scale is infinite.", September 22, 2015
This review is from: Exigency (Paperback)
Exigency is a rock solid read for hard science fiction fans. While it may lack anything really revolutionary and suffer from some questionable pacing decisions, it does nearly all of the things you want a good sci-fi story to do. It's got an interesting and varied cast led by a strong woman who embodies the thin line between genius and madness, an imaginative world they have to find a way to survive on, and a central theme that should be heartily applauded.

In an orbiting space station years of interstellar travel away from Earth, a team of scientists embodying the Prime Directive by observing and studying the indigenous life and burgeoning primitive societies of the planet Epsilon C (known as "Epsy" to the crew). The plan was to learn all that could be learned to further human knowledge from afar, but wouldn't you know it, something goes wrong and they end up evacuating to the planet under less than ideal circumstances. Separated, low on resources, and stranded in strange and hostile territory, the scientists are about to get some lessons about the differences between observing/theorizing and reality.

What makes this otherwise typical tale of marooned space explorers sing are Michael Siemsen's ideas. Any great conceptual sci-fi work requires genuine forward thinking and Exigency has that in spades. More than any other fictional genre, sci-fi represents the hopes, dreams, and thoughts of the people of each era. This are a ton of fascinating ideas that make this one a perfect example. A primary device used here is the crew's standard artificial eye implants. This is a standard trope in the genre to increase vision and whatnot, but this is the first time I've seen what is essentially a smart phone built into a cybernetic eye. This allows characters to message each other privately, use GPS, record videos, and many other things that have become standard in modern society, but it's built directly into their optics. Very cool and extremely likely to become reality in the future.

There are plenty of other nice touches regarding extended space travel, such as the team being deliberately designed as a family unit. Given distance and time, it would be inviting disaster to send out random groupings of scientists to live out their entire lives in space together so constructing makeshift families with each member filling roles according to how their personalities fit into traditional social mores makes a ton of sense. This is the kind of thinking that sets hardcore sci-fi apart from your typical "x in spaaaaaaaace" pulp fantasy sci-fi lite like Star Wars.

I mentioned the excellent central theme earlier, so I figure I should expand on that some. The opening chapter explains it better than I could, but the premise is that no matter how much you learn, you can never truly know all of it. While focusing on details, it's easy to miss the big picture while getting caught up in the minutia; information without context. And likewise by looking only at the larger scope from afar, you can't see the details that it's made of, and therefore you don't really know the hows or whys. Exigency is full of situations where these various scientists have arrogantly assumed they knew what was going on based on detailed observational knowledge and presumed understanding only to find that in missing a tiny detail they had entirely the wrong idea. And Epsy is a cruel mistress. To quote the story itself, "harsh reality: nature troubles not with justice." Needless to say, not everybody is getting out in one piece, and there are plenty of interesting developments as the scattered crew attempts to reconvene after establishing tentative relations with some of the various races of the planet.

"Exigency" can be defined as a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy or as a need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance. In other words: "doing what you gotta do"; in this case, to survive. The relationships between the crew members and the lead heroine's struggle with her rare psychological disorder absent her necessary medication as well as the exploratory bend and process of establishing first contact with various alien species lacking human values make for a compelling narrative that remains strong, even when it occasionally jarringly abandons some characters and changes pace entirely to follow a different plotline with other characters in some other part of the planet. These provide interesting respites, but it feels like it could have been woven together more naturally.

The ending is an excellent philosophical treatise that is both pessimistic and somehow inspiring. It makes us all as sentient beings seem so very small, but so much more important for that smallness, that finite time that we have to make the most of ourselves. The infinite cycle of evolutionary life and extinction is summed up in the following passage "Every watercourse either splits, spreads, and fades away, disappearing into the soil, or it flows to its inevitable end and merges into the ocean, no longer a river at all." And if that doesn't sell you on this book, then you shouldn't even be here.

4 1/2 stars, rounded up because the devil's in the details.


Panasonic RP-HXS400M-A Sound Rush Plus On-Ear Headphones, Blue
Panasonic RP-HXS400M-A Sound Rush Plus On-Ear Headphones, Blue
Offered by 3 stooges
Price: Click here to see our price
91 used & new from $16.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for casual listening enjoyment on a budget., September 8, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I find the best way to review headphones is while I'm using them so I'm typing this with some REM being fed into my ears from iTunes through Panasonic's RP-HXS400M-A Sound Rush (couldn't they find a catchier name) and I've got to say it's a massive improvement over the middle-quality earbuds I was using previously. The music comes through really loud and clear, although I might say it lacks the punch of my very nice Jabra earbuds. But for the price, these definitely get the job done and are ideal for some situations.

What probably stands out the most with these is the clarity of the bass sound. And really, is anything more important soundwise? The pads are super comfortable which makes them very preferable to me for listening on my computer because earbuds are just a bigger hassle. They fall out, they itch; they just aren't always the best. However, as expected there are the usual drawbacks to headphone listening. First, if anybody else is in your vicinity, you'd better hope they like the same music you do because these do little to isolate sound. You can hear outside noise, and the headset audio carries out as well. Secondly, while the pads are comfy, they are also pretty hot. I don't recommend going for a jog or doing yardwork in these.

Not only did I use these to replace the buds I had stashed in my computer desk, but I've taken to keeping my Sound Rush phones plugged into my laptop at all times, which I never did before. Placing the phones around my neck while casually surfing minimizes the annoyance of surprise video adverts and keeps them handy for my inevitable trips to that weird part of Youtube. So yeah, I recommend keeping a pair these around for casual usage on your PC, but for more mobile and public audio pursuits, a nice higher end earbuds might be a better option as headphones like these aren't really ideal for all-purpose listening.


Ortz PS4 Vertical Stand with Cooling Fan - Controller Charging Station with Dual Charger
Ortz PS4 Vertical Stand with Cooling Fan - Controller Charging Station with Dual Charger
Offered by OrtzGamez
Price: $24.99
4 used & new from $22.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Got vertical if you want it., August 30, 2015
I've never really been one for a bunch of console accessories, but now that wireless controllers are a thing and overheating is killing consoles in this brave new gaming world, it seemed like a good idea to get one of these guys. Plus as our TV's get bigger, there's less space for horizontal consoles. Let's have a look at what we've got here.

It couldn't be any simpler. You place the console in the stand, plug in the USB cord, and you're good to go. There are extra USB slots so no worries there and the controller fit extremely easily into their allotted slots. It's a far superior option compared to using the charging cable that comes supplied with the controllers/console due to a rather tight fit for the micro slot that sometimes doesn't fully insert. At first I was a bit concerned that the fan made my relatively silent PS4 sound like an Xbox 360 (which is to say comparable to a helicopter in my room) even when I had it in rest mode, but lo and behold there is an off switch.

Gamestop'll charge you nearly half the cost of this just for a single charging cable and the reviews for the third party charging cable alternatives available on the cheap here at Amazon paint an unreliable picture so this is a good buy for anybody who loses their cable, desires a better charging alternative, wants to use multiple USB slots, and/or play a lot of local multiplayer on top of the console-cooling and space-saving properties. I breathe a little easier knowing that my PS4 won't overheat and keeping the controller charged is much less of a hassle now so I've got to say that assuming the thing doesn't crash and burn on me anytime soon, this PS4 Vertical Stand is a nice addition to my console with no real drawbacks aside from some noise when the fan is running, which you shouldn't notice at all while gaming, Netflix binging, or whatever else you use your console for. Recommended.

I received this for free in exchange for my unbiased honest review.


SoundLogic XT 3-Port USB Charging Station for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mobile Phones, Tablets, MP3 Devices and More
SoundLogic XT 3-Port USB Charging Station for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mobile Phones, Tablets, MP3 Devices and More
Offered by A2Z Products, Inc.
Price: $19.99
13 used & new from $10.07

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice if you're short on outlets., July 1, 2015
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The SoundLogic Charger is nice if you have a lot of smart devices to charge and not a lot of spaces to plug them all in. It's not something everybody is going to need, but for those that do, it could be a lifesaver. It consists of three USB plugs and three slots to clumsily insert your phones/pods/tablets into to avoid them taking up too much space. USB cords are for you to provide. It's not a world-beating innovation in the tech world, but it's a pretty cool and compact alternative to charging your devices by leaving them laying all over the place like a savage.


Epson Home Cinema 600 Bright Home Entertainment Projector, HDMI, 3LCD, 3000 Lumens Color and White Brightness, Portable
Epson Home Cinema 600 Bright Home Entertainment Projector, HDMI, 3LCD, 3000 Lumens Color and White Brightness, Portable
2 used & new from $699.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool., May 5, 2015
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I've never used a projector before, but I've ended up very happy with this one and have replaced my big screen TV with it. Being extremely portable and easy to use is just the beginning. There are a lot of features that allow you to place the projector almost anywhere and get a decent picture on any smooth white surface. Obviously, the bigger the picture the lower the resolution, but it's pretty simple to play around with the picture to get the right balance for you. I've currently got a 75 inch picture on my wall that I use for gaming and Netflix and while the picture isn't super-sharp at that size, it makes for a pretty epic experience when paired with my X-Rocker gaming chair hooked to my PS3 for sound.

The built-in speakers are serviceable, but occasionally buzz and that's where this otherwise remarkable and handy device loses a star. But considering the price of this compared to a big screen TV, if you've got some decent speakers to use, the Epson Home Cinema 600 is a great alternative, especially if you're on the go. Lugging around a massive flatscreen isn't really an option, but this projector is easy to bring anywhere you want to go and still enjoy big screen entertainment streaming from your laptop or flashdrive (although not all video file types are compatible).

The picture is certainly brighter when the room is dark, but it's still decent even in full lighting. All in all, a pretty solid buy, depending on what you're looking for. It may not have quite the sharpness of picture that you can get from high-end television sets, but the relative cost, being able to adjust it to your preference, and the portability make up for it. If you're interested in a projector, this isn't a bad place to start.
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IBSound® Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker - Portable / Wireless Handsfree Speaker - Work with iPhone 5, 5s, 4s, 4, iPod, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, 2, Tablets, MP3, Notebooks, Laptop, PC and Other Smartphones - with Built-in MIC and Suction Cups - for Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Pool, Boat, Car, Beach and Outdoor Use - 1 Year Warranty (Black)
IBSound® Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker - Portable / Wireless Handsfree Speaker - Work with iPhone 5, 5s, 4s, 4, iPod, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, 2, Tablets, MP3, Notebooks, Laptop, PC and Other Smartphones - with Built-in MIC and Suction Cups - for Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Pool, Boat, Car, Beach and Outdoor Use - 1 Year Warranty (Black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the wet and the wild., February 8, 2015
My wife's the shower musician in this family and she's had a great time with this waterproof speaker getting her Pandora on. The first thing she raves about is the sound quality, which showcases how far technology has come to give quality sound and massive volume from something that sits in the palm of your hand. I can definitely hear it loud and clear from across the house. You know it's good stuff when she complains that she can't hear herself sing without turning it down.

It's easy to connect, easy to charge, and the suction cup bottom makes it easy to mount. The ability to answer your phone in the shower is handy too, but it can be annoying depending on who calls. Plus, when shower time is rockin' time, who wants your musical bliss interrupted by overzealous relatives seeking to share their boredom with you?

If you're looking for a non-shower speaker you can probably find better at a similar price point since the features and quality are a trade-off for a pretty short battery life. My wife says it needs to be charged every few days so unless her showers last for hours, I'm calling that pretty weak. But so long as you keep it charged, this one seems like a winner for anybody who's tired of singing acapella in the shower.

4 1/2 stars, rounded down for a battery life too short.


iGearPro 16GB USB Flash Drive Digital Audio Voice Recorder - Rechargeable Mini Hidden Pen Drive - 1 Year Warranty
iGearPro 16GB USB Flash Drive Digital Audio Voice Recorder - Rechargeable Mini Hidden Pen Drive - 1 Year Warranty
Offered by HITECH LLC
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, but limited, January 8, 2015
This small,simple, unobstrusive little gadget is a nice little addition to the arsenal of the audial voyeur, Star Trek afficianado looking to keep a Captain's log, or anybody who needs to make an audio file. Sixteen gigs is a lot of gigs for something like this, so it doubles nicely as a general use flash drive. You can find cheaper flash drives, but if you're looking for a multi-use portable recorder, this may be your stop.

It's about the size of a man's thumb, typical of a flash drive so portability isn't an issue. The main issues are that it needs to be kept charged by regularly plugging it into a USB port, there's no speaker so you can't play back your recordings until you get to a computer, and it takes almost 30 seconds to begin recording whe you switch it on, which is weird, In addition to that, the recorder picks up a lot of extraneous noise in your pocket, probably from scraping against the fabric.

While the description claims the range is ten feet, it's really more a matter of volume. Low voices won't be picked up well unless the mic is right by the source, but as long as the voice s loud and clear, it will be understandable even beyond the stated range. It's simple to use too. Just flip the switch to "on", wait until the light turns blue, record, flip the switch to "off", plug it into a computer's USB drive, find the VOICE folder, and listen to what you've got. You won't be recording you hit debut single on it, but it should get the job done for interviews and whatnot so long as the voice being recorded is loud. A good buy for anyone whose projects require recording on the go.


Ouroboros
Ouroboros
Price: $2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-read, December 22, 2014
This review is from: Ouroboros (Kindle Edition)
Kevin Kauffmann managed to catch my interest with his bold dark fantasy epic The Forsaken Comedy, but when he offered up his latest I had no idea what I was in for. I praised his previous works' creativity and willingness to manipulate accepted mythology and belief in exciting ways, which teamed up with the vivid, action-packed writing to create a story that pains an epic picture on the big screen inside your head. But Ouroboros is an entirely different animal, so to speak.

Kauffman's modern tale of the advent of a drug that lets you experience your fantasies as reality would be an incredible piece of work for any author. Whole the Forsaken Comedy trilogy was a great bang for your buck read, Ouroboros is a tale fit for hardcover release and stands head and shoulders above the mass-produced kiddie dreck that clogs up our bookstores these days. For a buck, you'd be just plain wrong to pass this one by if you have any interest in a compelling read.

The story follows several characters including an ambitious congresswoman using her crusade against the powerful hallucinogenic drug Escape and its threat to children to accomplish her own goals while ignoring her own son, whose struggles in life compel him towards addiction to the same drug. This is the kind of irony that sets this story apart. Also in the mix is the drug's creator, Marcus, whose own creation led his girlfriend to jump off of a building while in a euphoric state, believing she could fly. The tragedy leads him to stay high on his own supply and remain in her company by bringing his own memories of her to life. And the snake eats its own tail...

The interplay between the characters and their various methods for dealing with the realities of such a powerful form of escapism brings up a lot of pertinent debates regarding controlled substances and the government's failed war on drugs, as well as the hypocrisy of both sides. Although the story is fictional, it very much represents the world we live in.

In addition to a well-reasoned representation of drug abuse and control issues, Kauffmann brings his extremely visual writing style to bear with extreme success, using words to paint extremely vivid pictures of the otherworldly psychedelic fantasy experiences each character meets with while using Escape. I've never so much as smoked a cigarette in my life, and this is the first story I've ever encountered that kind of made me want to try a drug. That's not to say Ouroboros comes off as a pro-drug work in any way, but just an example of how good the writing is. The potential consequences of drug abuse are portrayed in as ugly a way as you'd like while at the same time pointing out that we have no right to point fingers at others when the problem is as likely to be in our own homes as it is in anyone else's.

If you're up for an intelligent, well thought out, and socially relevant political thriller with aspects of fantasy and modern youth culture, you've got to give this a read. From the opening trip down the rabbit hole of Escape to the final emotional devastating black hole of irony that is the ending, Ouroboros is a win on every single level. I hate to use a term as cliche as "tour de force", but that's what this is. It's not the kind of story you run across very often, and it's screaming to be adapted to a visual medium. If you've managed to find your way here through the haze of Hunger Games/Twilight/whatever clones you shouldn't pass this by under any circumstance. Highest recommendation.


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