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AT-A-GLANCE Professional Meeting Notebook, 5.88 x 8.75 Inches, Collection, Tan (YP13507)
AT-A-GLANCE Professional Meeting Notebook, 5.88 x 8.75 Inches, Collection, Tan (YP13507)
Price: $18.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good small notebook that meets most requirements, February 17, 2016
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As other reviewers have noted, the $15-20 price for an 80-sheet notebook is pretty steep, but there are some features here that make such a price somewhat more justifiable. The best one, for me, is the fact that the notebook lays flat when open, and stays that way even when you're not actively writing in it. The paper is relatively thick, so even though I've been testing the notebook with a variety of fountain pens, in most (though not every) case there is little bleed-through and both sides of the page are useable. Finally, the smaller size and slightly textured cover make this a pleasure to carry and handle. On the whole, a handy notebook for meeting or class, if you decide you're okay with the price.


Belkin Aluminum Stand & Loft for Laptops & Notebooks (F5L083bt)
Belkin Aluminum Stand & Loft for Laptops & Notebooks (F5L083bt)
Offered by Avalanche Brands
Price: $45.35
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wants to be an mStand, isn't., February 15, 2016
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It surprises me that this product is (at least at the time I write this) more expensive than the mStand Laptop Stand from Rain Design, since I personally find the mStand a much superior product. This Belkin stand is lighter, and perhaps more portable than the mStand because it disassembles into three parts, but the fact of that disassembly is in fact one of my complaints: when you pick the stand and your laptop up together, for example, the top section on which the laptop rests separates from the base. I also like having my laptop keyboard at an angle, as on the mStand, instead of horizontal, as here, but that's a personal preference. This is a serviceable and attractive stand: Apart from the ease with which it separates, there's nothing really wrong with it. But as you can tell, I think the mStand is a great piece of design, and this just doesn't quite equal it.


Lucien Piccard Men's 40015-02S-RA-CP Pegasus Analog Display Quartz Black Watch
Lucien Piccard Men's 40015-02S-RA-CP Pegasus Analog Display Quartz Black Watch
Price: $89.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, attractive, big, and complex, February 13, 2016
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I've never understood why high-end watches, or brands that aspire or pretend to high-end status like Lucien Piccard does, need to include such ridiculously over-engineered clasps. Is a simple buckle unmanly? The trendy wear two of them on each of their monkstrap shoes, so it can't be that. That kind of over-engineering achieves a certain level of irony when a watch that shouts "Look at me!" — as ones this size always do — turn out to be so very hard to read once you actually do. This Lucien Piccard, at least, is easier to read (and has a slightly less ridiculous clasp) than the last one I looked at, the Lucien Piccard Men's LP-12524-RG-02 Optima Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Black Leather Band, though many of the various notations around the face are quite difficult to read. I prefer the silver finish to the rose gold of the other watch, though that's just an individual preference. The leather band felt a little dry out of the box, but some Bickmore - Bick 4 Leather Conditioner 16 Ounces fixed that right up.


Dorcy International 41-1091 Rechargeable Power Bank Lantern with USB Input/Output
Dorcy International 41-1091 Rechargeable Power Bank Lantern with USB Input/Output
Price: $36.86
90 used & new from $34.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ... for better or worse, February 9, 2016
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There's no particular reason for the skeuomorphism of this design — the fact that a battery or USB-powered LED flashlight is shaped like an old-fashioned battery or oil lantern. It is nice looking, though, and the fact that it can be used to recharge phones or other devices during a blackout, say, makes it a tremendously handy thing to have around. As a couple of the other reviewers have said, though, the LED bulb is incredibly bright, and because it is unshielded can be blinding in almost any placement where the light would be useful to you. I turned the lantern on before starting to write this review and I'm still seeing spots. Maybe some tape and/or foil, strategically placed, is the answer? Regardless, I'll certainly keep this handy and charged among my hurricane supplies.


The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table
The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table
by Wendy Howard Goldberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.06
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the life you live, January 24, 2016
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This is the second book I’ve reviewed in which the dietary preferences of one Tom Selleck are discussed. I suspect Larry Manetti’s chicken cacciatore recipe, described in Aloha Magnum: Larry Manetti's Magnum, P.I. Memories as a Selleck favorite, would go great with Bridget Moynahan’s bruschetta with tomatoes and basil appetizer and green beans almondine side … even if Tom himself would never touch the vegetables.

The gathering of the Reagan family around the dinner table is one of the centerpieces of the “Blue Bloods” show, and that idea of families uniting around food is the driving idea Moynahan and coauthor Wendy Howard Goldberg brought to this cookbook, too. “Blue Bloods” is not a show that’s raved about by the critics, but it’s solid, well written and well acted, and beloved by its many fans. The recipes in this book are kind of like that. Not haute cuisine, but solid, hearty favorites that families can make together, enjoy together, and share with others. And did I mention they’re good?

Some cookbooks, like say Mimi Thorisson’s A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse, almost qualify as escapist literature: You know you’ll never live her life, even approximately, but maybe you can make some of her food. “The Blue Bloods Cookbook” is just the opposite: connected to a fictional family in a fictional setting, but real, down-to-earth food for the live you live. The James Beard folks may never give this a second look, but it seems like a lot of families are ... and will, I hope, enjoy many great dinners together as a result.


Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle
Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle
by Christopher T. Bayley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.21
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good first-person history, but probably of limited interest, January 23, 2016
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Seattle’s municipal government may be known today for the series of fiascos encountered in its attempts to dig a tunnel under the city, but for most of the last few decades, the Emerald City has been, Christopher Bayley notes, “a place of clean but boring government” (p. xv). It hasn’t always been that way, though. Almost from its founding in the 1850s until the late 1960s, Seattle city government was remarkable for its corruption. “Seattle Justice” is the story of how the town was cleaned up in the early 1970s. Author Bayley was the King County prosecuting attorney at the time, and one of the leaders of that cleanup effort. He thus brings an important first-person insight to the effort to reform city government.

The book is easy to read, with a generally conversational style. Like municipal politics itself, the book isn’t always very exciting reading, and I admit I did skim in more than a few parts. Although these are, in a sense, Bayley’s memoirs, he seems evenhanded and has few axes to grind more and four decades after the fact. Mostly, though, I wonder how much pull this book would have outside western Washington. Despite the cover blurb from Bill Gates, Sr., implying that this is a how-to for how other cities, “Seattle Justice” struck me as parochial in the sense of having a very local relevance and appeal. Memories of these times in Seattle history are fading — and newcomers, of whom there are many, probably have no knowledge of them at all. But readers with an interest in city history will appreciate the story Bayley tells.


A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance
A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance
Price: $11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "History" isn't something that happens to other people, January 1, 2016
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The weaving metaphor in the title of Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s “A Woven Silence” is a great way to describe the threads she pulls together in this excellent meditation on “Memory, History, and Remembrance.” The book is a memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1960s and ‘70s, but it also explores the Irish revolutionary experience through the lives of her relatives, particularly Marion Stokes (who died on January 1, 1983, RIP), a Republican who took part in the Rising. In later years, Marion’s generation did not speak of those experiences (this is, in part, the “silence” of the title), and that silence, combined with “revisionism and isolationism in the years that followed,” the author writes, “left the majority of Ireland’s citizens ignorant of the legacy we had been denied.”

Hayes-McCoy describes the tolerant, egalitarian, democratic, and feminist vision that drove Republican women like Marion Stokes, Constance Markievicz, and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. Yet, she writes, “I grew up in a state with a constitution that declared the proper aspiration of women to be marriage, our proper function to be childbearers, and our proper sphere the home. … That, in turn, produced levels of misogyny, emotional sterility and civic immaturity still evident in Ireland today.” The story of a political or social “revolution” subverted by conservative reaction is hardly unique to Ireland (in the United States, the Constitution was a conservative reaction to the democratic egalitarianism of the Declaration and the Articles of Confederation – see, for example, America's Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited). But I’m still new enough to this story to be saddened every time I re-encounter the conformist, conservative, and misogynist society Ireland became from the 1920s to the ‘70s.

What I found most compelling about “A Woven Silence” is the powerful reminder that history isn’t something that happens to other people. The telling and retelling of stories, the sharing of memories … or the conscious decision, personal or cultural, NOT to share those memories … shapes who we are and the world we live in. A vital corollary of this is that none of us should allow the story of who we are and where we came from (individually or collectively) to be monopolized by the powerful. In Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz, Lauren Arrington writes of “privileging” the preferred version of history by, for example, carefully preserving mainstream, establishment newspapers while allowing revolutionary leaflets to rot. For her part, Hayes-McCoy gives powerful testimony to how Church and State used their power to monopolize what could be expressed … which, over time, became what could be remembered … about the past.

Readers who enjoy “A Woven Silence” should check out Tony Philpott’s memoir Faithless: A Journey Out of Religion with Stops for Light Refreshment along the Way. You don’t have to buy his conclusions about atheism to find his own memoir of Irish childhood fascinating and thought-provoking. I also recommend A Love Divided, starring my favorite actress, the magnificent Orla Brady. A story based on true events, “A Love Divided” has many parallels to things Felicity Hayes-McCoy discusses in this book.

[Edited to link to a better book about the Constitution.]


OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES iPhone 6/iPhone 6s Case - Retail Packaging - PURPLE AMETHYST (PERIWINKLE PURPLE/LIBERTY PURPLE)(Does not fit Plus Models)
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES iPhone 6/iPhone 6s Case - Retail Packaging - PURPLE AMETHYST (PERIWINKLE PURPLE/LIBERTY PURPLE)(Does not fit Plus Models)
Offered by GADAIV
Price: $33.37
5 used & new from $17.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slimmer than other OtterBox cases, but still comparatively bulky., December 29, 2015
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The top-rated reviews for this product are over a year old, so don't worry about the case not fitting: That problem has been resolved — the case I received fit a 6s just fine. But the reason there are so many different varieties of iPhone cases is that people have different tastes and different needs they're trying to meet. This particular case is a lot slimmer than many of the ones OtterBox makes, but it was still bulkier than the user preferred and so she quickly took it back off again. This is a nice design — the combination of a soft rubber insert and harder plastic exterior is a clever one and provides good protection, but candor compels the admission that it wasn't quite for us.
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Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz
Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz
by Lauren Arrington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $35.00
46 used & new from $21.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dual biography reveals the complex humans behind the political set dressing, December 28, 2015
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As one of the major figures of the Irish independence movement, Constance Markievicz casts a long shadow, one that for many decades has been eclipsing many of the figures around her. That situation is finally beginning to change: I should particularly note Sonja Tiernan’s excellent books on Constance’s sister, Eva Gore-Booth: An image of such politics and The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth, and Patrick Quigley’s 2012 biography, The Polish Irishman: The Life and Times of Count Casmir Markievicz. “Revolutionary Lives” by Lauren Arrington is another milestone in this work of recovery - doubly so, in fact, because it is not only the first dual biography of Constance and Casimir, but more significantly, because it sheds important new interpretive light on Constance herself.

Dr Arrington set herself no easy task when she took on this project. Constance has been the subject of many biographies over the last 80 years, but - as Arrington notes in a final chapter I found itself worth the price of the book - from the eulogy spoken over her grave to much more recent retellings, her legacy has been claimed, colonized, and colored for political purposes. Much of the work done since has been influenced, consciously or unconsciously, by earlier efforts to downplay both the depth and the sincerity of Constance’s radicalism. Casimir, in turn, has been almost a cipher, portrayed (Quigley excepted) as a social dilettante and derivative artist who gave up on both Constance and Ireland when her passions shifted from art to politics. Many of the facts of his later life are lost amid the rubble of post-1920s Central Europe. Even his grave was, until recently, unmarked.

Arrington’s scholarly approach to Casi’s biography is a valuable addition to Quigley’s more novelistic one. But even a dual biography of the Markieviczes must inevitably focus more on Con — there’s just more to say about her: more to explore, and more to explain. Arrington does a good job showing how Casi and Con’s artistic and political views played off of and influenced one another, and how their nationalistic visions for Ireland and Poland grew naturally and logically from their artistic ones. By the first world war, Casi and Con’s lives had moved into separate orbits, and their paths diverged accordingly. Arrington’s analysis of Con’s political beliefs and activities, backed particularly by impressive archival work, adds important insights into our understanding of Con as a multi-faceted person, not just a manufactured icon. In doing so, she has done a tremendous amount to reclaim Casi and Con’s lives and legacies from decades of political manipulation.


Classic Accessories 55-461-031501-00 Veranda Round Patio Table & Chair Set Cover With Umbrella Hole, Medium
Classic Accessories 55-461-031501-00 Veranda Round Patio Table & Chair Set Cover With Umbrella Hole, Medium
Price: $63.00
6 used & new from $53.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, easy to secure, durable, and affordable, December 22, 2015
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The chair-backs at our outdoor table are quite a bit taller than the tabletop, so we don't get quite as nice a fit with this cover as in the photos, but that aesthetic issue aside, this is a great, heavy-duty furniture cover that looks like it should be ready for many seasons of use. Houston isn't exactly known for severe winter weather, but we do get a lot of rain, a fair amount of wind, and, even in the depths of what passes for winter, a lot of sun. This easy-to-install, easy-to-secure cover is just the thing to help extend the life of your outdoor furniture, particularly if it's made of wood.


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