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Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web
Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web
by Joseph Michael Reagle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.08
47 used & new from $8.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Timely book regarding the power of the online commentary, August 1, 2015
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Joseph Reagle does extensive research here and clearly and fully illustrates the world we live in now where most opinions and comments and reviews are shared out there on the web. Times have definitely changed. His writing style takes his text book worthy information and puts it out there in a very user friendly accessible style. For those who are a true part of the online world using the likes of twitter, selfies, online reviews and facebook much of this information will be something of which they are already aware. But for those traveling in these online worlds his complex explanations on how to figure out the true from fake reviews, reveal comments that are meant to attack or induce strong negativity, he manages to bring to life the real and true existence of the "bottom of the web" world which is quite real and quite dangerous in its power. To safely use the internet and be a part of the online commentary community it is very important to understand the real from the false. The true Amazon reviewers from those like Harriet Klausner. Her name is infamous on Amazon as a reviewer and having Reagle include her in his observations shows how seriously he took this project. This book respects the complexities of the technology of the times we are in with the same diverse personalities that have always existed but now with different outlets. A must read to truly be in touch.


Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Samsung and Android Devices, Black
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Samsung and Android Devices, Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Rather amazing headphones - one minor fluke, July 29, 2015
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I have always preferred in ear headphones to full head earphones or those that clip around the outside of the ear. But often with these in ear headphones comes lesser quality audio or lack of true comfort. Issues may be minor but still a hindrance. I think that is really why the most popular in ear headphones are those that sell from $10 to $30. Then you bring a brand like Bose into the picture and the price does become an issue. Can the product really be that good and is any such product really worth the price.

I have never been one truly won over by Bose till these acoustic noise cancelling headphones. I am totally blown away by pretty much every aspect of them. The earbuds themselves are super comfortable and the stayhear clips help them to stay put in your ears with no discomfort. My fingers no longer need to keep pushing the buds back in. Everything about these headphones are top of the line. The inline control has a microphone, volume control and track control. The most impressive thing here is the Bose noise cancelling technology. Total amazement on my end. You can easily click a switch to have full noise cancelling on or have awareness mode that lets in a little outside noise. With either setting the sound quality is amazing with great highs, lows and midrange levels. Vocals are superb and bass is strong and realistic. Due to the fact these earbuds easily stay in place the full noise cancellation mode truly delivers. And I found no hisses or distorted sounds coming from the earbuds in either setting.

The rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours and the excellent part is you can still use the earphones when the battery dies or you want to save on its power. The also only flaw here lies with the battery. It is a slightly klunky rectangular fit that is attached to the unit right near where the set plugs into your phone or player. The issue becomes what to do with the battery pack. It is not removable and it means you are going to have to put a lot of thought into how to maneuver having these earphones on you if utilizing for exercise or any physical activity. One option for regular use is the battery can sit right behind your phone. It's about the same size. Sadly for me and my use with playing music I may not be able to use these earphones for all activities due to the battery.

But otherwise these ear phones get my highest praise. True honest noise cancelling technology that works with an also great awareness mode, comfort that I have yet to find in any other in ear earphones and great sound. A great investment. They also come with 3 sizes of earbuds, a carrying case and a 1 year warranty. Bose is also known for being excellent with their customer service and want you as a regular customer. They will do whatever is realistically necessary to make sure you are always happy.


Dynarex 1113 Latex Free Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad (Box of 200)
Dynarex 1113 Latex Free Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad (Box of 200)
Price: $4.30
24 used & new from $2.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Greats pads if their size suits your needs, July 26, 2015
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I find these Dynarex sterile alcohol prep pads to be just perfect for my needs. I use them to clean my ear buds and other such items. They are saturated with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. I have used other pads that were too thin and the alcohol would drip off as I used them. These pads are the perfect thickness and the alcohol is very effective and remains saturated for a while without being too watery. As I said they are great for me and the size of the pads is also perfect for me. The one issue some may have is that the pad size is not stated in the item description. They are approximately 1" x 1" when folded and 2 1/2 " x 1 " when unfolded. If this size is too small then these won't suit your needs. But I really think for most the size will be suitable and the product very effective. Recommended. Also it's great to have such a large supply on hand and the expiration date isn't till the end of 2017.


Macks Dry-n-Clear Ear Drying Aid Eardrops
Macks Dry-n-Clear Ear Drying Aid Eardrops
Offered by Outdoor Shopping
Price: $7.31
12 used & new from $3.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, July 26, 2015
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I had been getting ear infections - swimmers ear - and do not swim. I do sweat a lot and also use ear buds to play music all day long. The doctor said the infections were happening due to moisture in my ears and recommended when I got that initial feeling to apply these drops. I have had to 3 times now and they immediately absorb the water in my ears. I was also told not to overuse them and not to use them if there was ear pain. Sometimes you get that water in your ear that just won't come out and it gets very frustrating. These drops are the answer. But if you in any way think it may be an infection be sure to go to the doctor first and don't use these as a substitute,. Excellent product when used correctly.


Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus 24" x  4 5/8"  Padding Roll, 1 Count
Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus 24" x 4 5/8" Padding Roll, 1 Count
Price: $4.99
23 used & new from $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff - works great, July 26, 2015
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I walk daily for my exercise and as I've increased my walking distance there is a part in the upper back of my running shoe that irritates and hurts the back of my foot. It was not time to buy new running shoes so what was I to do. I had heard of moleskin working but doubted it. When I saw it as an add on at such a reasonable price here on Amazon thought I'd give it a shot. Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus has proven to be a true wonder for me. It comes in a lengthy roll and I cut out the size I need to cover the part of my heel that gets irritated. And voila, the pain is gone! The padding is a very effective thickness without being too thick. It is very easy to pull the adhesive backing off and apply. It never falls off yet is very easy to remove when I want to and leaves no sticky residue. If I forget to take it off and shower it remains on and just as effective. Amazing stuff! Of course this would not be recommended for pain that is caused by something requiring medical attention but for any running shoe, dress shoe etc. this product does indeed provide all day comfort. I can be out for over 12 hours and its effectiveness never goes away. I have already stocked up and purchased 2 more boxes. Highly recommend!


Cafejo  K-Cups, Signature Blend, 24 Count
Cafejo K-Cups, Signature Blend, 24 Count
Price: $16.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, flavorful and satisfying, July 26, 2015
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There are so many different options when it comes to K-cups for coffee. I use so many various brands and flavors. What I love about this Cafejo Signature Blend is that it doesn't hype itself on either brand name or flavor. Instead it provides exactly what I want - a well rounded delicious cup of coffee. I prefer a medium blend and this suits my needs perfectly. There honestly is a wonderful aroma as this coffee brews that gets even more satisfying with the first sip. There is no coffee bitterness here and the richness actually equals that I find with coffee made from freshly ground beans. The slight caramel taste is just enough to make this blend stand out even more. K-cups are great for their convenience but this Cafejo Signature Blend will be readily on hand at my home due more to its high quality in taste and satisfaction. I am a true coffee lover. My first morning cup is very important but more cups will be had during the day and Cafejo will be a welcome addition.


SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player, Yellow With LCD Screen and MicroSDHC Card Slot- SDMX24-008G-G46Y
SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player, Yellow With LCD Screen and MicroSDHC Card Slot- SDMX24-008G-G46Y
Price: $39.99
14 used & new from $39.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly an inferior and malfunctioning new player, July 26, 2015
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I have never written such a negative review on a product like this that I felt was just an awful product as well as one that left me extremely disappointed but here I must and I have been as honest as possible to help others. I have owned the SanDisk Clip Zip for the past 3 years. After 8 months it had to be replaced by Sandisk under warranty and then after a little over 2 years the power button just stopped working. That is a very short shelf life for a product but it did what I wanted - which was to play music - and I didn't think there was another product out there at such a price that served my needs. So I went online here to purchase a new Clip Zip and was disappointed to see it was no longer being made and there was now the Clip Sport. A new model was fine though. The very mixed reviews especially about new firmware needing to be developed to correct problems on a product that was not working correctly to begin with concerned me but Sandisk seemed to have corrected things.

The pros I found with the Clip Sport were that the sound was far superior and the unit itself seemed less fragile. That's it for the pros. The cons sadly more than rule out here. As I said I use it for music and everything that I enjoyed about the Clip Zip was not a function of the Sport and these were simple things. When you look up an artist on the Sport and all the albums show you cannot select play all by the artist. Instead only one album at a time or shuffle. Next is the playlist issue which is just a simple way for any user to make a song list of tracks they want in the order they want. I had tons of playlists on the Clip Zip. The directions on how to do it with the Sport are ultra confusing. I did get a Sandisk rep on the phone to explain to me how to do it. But again, this unit is only trouble. If I want to put a 2 cd set on my playlist it won't keep the tracks in the order I put them but rather list 1,1 and 2,2 jumping from each cd. And if putting things in a playlist the album cover art won't show. Some may not care but when I buy something I want it to do all it says it will. From the beginning I was settling with this product and not getting my needs met.

Easiest way is to avoid playlists and just keep on using the 3 GoLists available. So I accepted all the flaws here and all my basic wants this unit didn't provide and used it daily. At least I could play music if not at the true convenience I wanted. But then sadly after 3 weeks the real problems started. I was on a 4 mile walk, the player was in my shirt pocket playing away and suddenly the volume dropped down to almost nothing. I thought it was the earbuds but took out the player and it had lowered the volume on its own. Then as I tried to press the buttons and correct it whatever button I pressed the wrong function would come up. I hit the power button and it wouldn't shut off even after holding it down for1 minute. If I hit the play/pause button the volume settings would show, if I hit the back button Settings would show and hitting the forward button would make the current playing song start over. The unit seemed to become possessed. I was extremely frustrated, happy that it was still within the 30 day period from my Amazon purchase but wanted to give Sandisk a chance. I got a good rep who understood exactly what I was describing. He helped me reset the unit - problems were still the same. He asked me to go into Settings to see the version upgrade I had on it. I told him when on the Settings screen if I hut the up or down button it did a different function and I couldn't find out. I had registered my unit with them and he was able to see the firmware I had on it and he said the firmware needed to make it work when I got the unit was now known to be causing these chaotic problems and when they started the only option was a newer firmware upgrade that they were in the process of making. I said so till the new firmware is ready I am stuck with a player not usable. He said correct.

Then the worst part happened. He had me hook the player up to my computer and Windows would no longer acknowledge it. Instead it said a new item had been found but could not be identified for it was faulty and needed to be replaced. The Sandisk rep told me that the unit was a lost cause and I should return it to Amazon. The rep was very nice and honest and did his best dealing with a product that had so many problems to begin with. I really thought this was the only basic mp3 player out there that would serve my purpose but did more research and luckily found a much better product on Amazon that serves my needs splendidly and even puts the Clip Zip to shame. It cost twice as much but definitely worth it. Also the cost was still very reasonable. Heartfelt thanks to Amazon for how much they stand behind what they sell and their excellent return policy. I returned this and had the different brand model in 2 days.

My final words are 1) the Clip Zip needed to be replaced after 8 months and then didn't even last 2 years. 2) The Sport started malfunctioning in less than 1 month while not even providing the basic functions a music lover would enjoy to have different options on how to play their music. 3) Whatever the price of an item it should be expected to hold up at least 3 years and I handled all my Sandisk players with great care. I will never buy a Sandisk player again sad to say. It is worth paying a little more to get a much better quality player that will be user friendly ad do what it claims.


Second Life: A Novel
Second Life: A Novel
by S. J. Watson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.14
82 used & new from $9.65

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor second novel, July 23, 2015
This review is from: Second Life: A Novel (Hardcover)
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SECOND LIFE by author S.J. Watson who wrote the hugely popular BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is an adequate but rather confusing second novel. The first novel was one of those that seemed to work on all levels. The main character was truly believable, there was a plot that totally pulled the reader in with very believable twists and turns and evergrowing suspense. Reading this novel is almost like reading a totally different author and makes the reader wonder if the first hit novel was a total fluke. This second novel takes a total turn in its plot. At first it seems to be a similar suspense tale. A wife and mother finds out her sister was violently murdered and she vows to find out what really happened. To do this she must venture into an online sex site. Here she becomes involved with a very mysterious and dangerous stranger online. This is where the reader must read all the lines in the book description used to pull the reader in. "She loves her husband. She's obsessed with a stranger. She knows what she's doing. She's out of control. She's innocent. She's guilty as sin." That is just some of it.

Many authors have ventured into the dark world of sex, obsession and all that goes with it. For this to work successfully the author much have a purpose for it and have it be truly necessary for the character development or plot as well as possessing the talent to pull it off. And SECOND LIFE seems to actually be an example of how strong the literary talent of this author is and sadly it isn't much. Characters are one dimensional, the plot is slow and jumps all over the place and the suspense is barely there. Instead we have a poorly written book about sexual obsession that serves little purpose. I was one of those who loved BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and after reading this I realize that novel was the perfect mix of great plot and a great main character. It was in no way a literary masterpiece but the writer did know how to build suspense. SECOND LIFE is almost an insult to those readers who loved the first novel. If you enjoy novels that are sexually based and border on soft porn this might be good escape fiction for you. But for BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP fans pass on this. Sadly this novel is so out there that S.J. Watson will have to provide an exceptional third novel to get his fans back or else he will be known as the one hit wonder writer of the book BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP that even became a film starring Nicole Kidman. Big letdown here.


As Night Falls: A Novel
As Night Falls: A Novel
by Jenny Milchman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.92
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thriller provides a good summer read, July 23, 2015
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I had to wait a few days after finishing AS NIGHT FALLS before writing the review. Honestly, I wasn't really sure what I truly thought of this book. Believe me, it is indeed a good read but I think I expected more. I truly love psychological suspense thrillers that are character driven with those deeply developed characters coming to life within a plot that truly makes sense. When a writer can do that and provide a page turner at the same time I am hooked. This novel had the potential for becoming that but author Jenny Milchman seemed to be trying to take on too much here. We have a family that lives in the isolated woods of New York and two escaped convicts needing a place to crash. The plot has many twists and turns, some believable and some not. I think Milchman couldn't decide whether she wanted this to be a character driven novel or a plot driven novel.. She attempts to bring true depth to both parts and that is where the problems lie. There is domestic conflict within the family and she tries to bring true realness to the members. Same with the escaped convicts. There are many flashbacks trying to explain why characters are as they are. For me the character development didn't mesh with the plot side of the story. As an escape thriller beach read this novel is great and a reader who just likes to be surprised by plot turns without questioning their validity will have a field day here. For those looking for more, especially sensing what the author was attempting, will feel a little let down by its missed potential.


Pre de Provence Soap Shea Enriched Everyday 300 Gram Extra Large French Soap Bar in Beafutiful Gift Box- Pierrevert
Pre de Provence Soap Shea Enriched Everyday 300 Gram Extra Large French Soap Bar in Beafutiful Gift Box- Pierrevert
Price: $16.99
10 used & new from $14.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxurious ultra hydrating soap, July 12, 2015
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The first thing to know about this soap is that it is a French fragrance infused soap. If you don't like strongly scented soaps this product won't be for you. But if that is to your liking you will indeed find this luxury soap amazing. The beautiful fragrance emanates from the box even before opening. The large bar is packaged beautifully and the bar provides ultra lathering and moisturizing with three butters. This is the best quality fragranced moisturizing soap I have yet to find. It leaves your skin ultra soft and smooth. It really is of the quality that you would expect to find in a 5 star French hotel or a quality bed and breakfast. I am amazed at the great price for this soap and believe me it makes an excellent gift. Any true soap lover would be in heaven.


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