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Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Price: $19.99
38 used & new from $15.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Plastic, May 22, 2015
Worked for about 8 months. Then the plastic gears began to skip. Queue bagpipes. Build quality = 1/10.


Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI)
Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI)
Price: $47.99
41 used & new from $37.95

1.0 out of 5 stars The definition of misery, June 30, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
The trouble with this stick started from day one - it must've taken about 20 consecutive attempts at logging into my wireless network before it connected. At first it wouldn't find our wifi at all when we scanned for it; then, mysteriously, it would sometimes find it. If it found it, it wasn't able to connect. After around 20 tries or so, though, we go lucky and it managed to connect.

Good to go from here? Nope! The controller recently stopped working. It simply blinks, indicating that it's trying to pair with the Stick. Unfortunately, it just blinks and blinks, never connecting to the Stick.

So I downloaded the Android and Windows Phone Roku apps (I have a Nexus tablet, and a Lumia phone). Neither app finds the Stick. I tried an online site that you can use to control your Roku, and that also doesn't connect.

So I just hard-reset the unit. This was reluctantly done, since now I'll have to re-add the Roku apps I want. Unfortunately, we're back at the beginning again - it once again cannot find the wireless!

This thing is miserable - I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


Diamond Select Toys Star Wars: Death Star Magnetic Bottle Opener
Diamond Select Toys Star Wars: Death Star Magnetic Bottle Opener
Offered by Petech
Price: $39.99
5 used & new from $28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, January 9, 2014
This is a surprisingly high quality item. I thought it might be cheaply built, with thin metal and poor casting, but to my surprise it's both well casted (the Death Star is nicely detailed) and is just the right weight / thickness. Plus, the magnetic backing makes it easy to keep on your fridge.


Morninghead Cap - Bed Head Cure (Morning Head)
Morninghead Cap - Bed Head Cure (Morning Head)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product that's easy to use, January 7, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Pretty much it does what it says - you put a bunch of water in it in the sink, maybe let some drip out if needed, and then rub it on your head. Voila! No more morning head. Squeeze it out and you're done!


Reggie's Roast 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Gold Whole Bean Coffee, 12-Ounce Can
Reggie's Roast 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Gold Whole Bean Coffee, 12-Ounce Can

1.0 out of 5 stars Dry as a Bone, February 14, 2009
Drinking Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica is a treat - it's fantastic coffee. Unfortunately, the stuff you get from Reggie's Roast must date back to the Paleolithic Era. Good luck finding oils on these beans. There were hints of the Jamaican "magic", but the beans were just too old. Better to buy local, I guess...


Celestial Sampler: 60 Small-Scope Tours for Starlit Nights (Stargazing)
Celestial Sampler: 60 Small-Scope Tours for Starlit Nights (Stargazing)
by Sue French
Edition: Paperback
29 used & new from $17.84

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Compilation, June 14, 2006
Celestial Sampler is a conglomeration of Sue French's "Small Scope Sampler" articles that appear in Sky & Telescope magazine each month. It collects 60 installments since its July of '99 introduction. Each article guides the reader through a half dozen or so objects to look at that are nearby one another, so star hopping from one to the other is easy.

The articles are helpful in that they highlight inconspicuous things to look at, such as random NGC objects, and obscure double stars, while visiting old favorites, like the Messier objects. As such, the book is best suited for beginner-to-intermediate level observers who have tackled the major objects out there (M42, M57, etc.), and are looking for something more to look at.

Each article includes a list of around 5-15 objects, a few photos, and a finder chart that plots all of the objects, with stars down to about mag 7-9. The finder charts closely resemble what you'd find in Sky Atlas 2000.

The text of each star hop briefly describes how best to find each object, and a description of the object itself. Frequently each object is described under multiple apertures, though her 4-inch aperture is her "workhorse" scope, and gets the most descriptions. Each object is listed in bold, so finding a description for something is quick and easy.

Overall, this is an excellent guide to finding some more "off the beaten path" stuff that's out there. Even if you already have the S&T issues in which these articles have been published, the book serves as an excellent field companion, since it is well-printed, and glossy, so dew won't be a problem. Recommended.


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