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The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers
The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers
by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.20
2 used & new from $7.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for budding writers of any age!, October 23, 2014
Fantastic book for the budding writer. It guides you towards the habits of consistent writing that the truly prolific should have. Like Billy Crystal said in Throw Mama From the Train, "A writer writes... always." This books helps you develop the habit of constantly writing and overcoming writer's block. In the end, your imagination is the biggest hurdle to any writing project, but these exercises help you move the gears and motivates you by changing course consistently and interestingly It also makes for an attractive coffee-table book, conversation starter, wedge for a slightly uneven table, something to throw at your cat if the damn thing is getting in your pizza that you left on the table, roll it up and shove it in the zombie's mouth to prevent them from biting, have a random celebrity sign it because it was the only thing you had in your backpack, gift for budding writers, something to read while you cry at night thinking of that mean girl who moved to Africa told you she would be back in a year and a half and then flaked out less than six months in, blocking your eyes when there is an eclipse, not thick enough to stop a bullet, but definitely thick enough to stop a poison-tipped dart from an ancient mayan temple where you are stealing idols (don't' throw the guy the idol, he's not going to give you the whip back, seriously), something to throw down the opposite hallway to make a small noise to distract the alien, very good with hedgehogs, much fewer calories than a cookbook, might not be the best book for people trying to write Twilight Fan Fiction (but then again, is anything good for those people?), excellent source of fiber, gluten-free, approved for primal and paleo-diets (more so than the actual diets since paleolithic people didn't really eat what those diets claimed they did), batteries included, compatible with the iPhone 6plus, it is also important to note that this book is not haunted and will not bring spirits of the damned to your home, however, it may bring spirits of the disenfranchised and alienated, also spirits of the hungry for more chili.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound
Price: $99.99
92 used & new from $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wireless PC headset with one minor flaw, May 8, 2014
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Love this headset. I particularly like that it has a very long life (about 8 hours) and can still be used when charging through the chord. My only complaint about it is that the on-off button on the headset itself has a bit of a delay and doesn't always seem to register when I turn it on, so sometimes I click it and click it again only to have it turn on and off… Seems like an easy fix in a later version, but aside from that, I love it.

Avantree Sacool Sport Strong Bass wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset/Earbuds with Mic and Pouch, Support Smartphones, Tablets, PC-White/Blue.
Avantree Sacool Sport Strong Bass wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset/Earbuds with Mic and Pouch, Support Smartphones, Tablets, PC-White/Blue.
Price: $28.99
10 used & new from $12.52

1.0 out of 5 stars Urg, unusable., May 8, 2014
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Had to return these. I couldn't get them to pair at all. No instructions were provided. They seemed incredibly cheap, even for the price. Just bad experience all around. At least I got a full refund through Amazon.
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Philips Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: $129.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced the previous version with the new version and love it., May 8, 2014
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My old Sonicare lasted almost 8 years and when I replaced it with this one, it seems almost silent by comparison! I don't remember if my old one was this quiet when I first bought it, but this is a great toothbrush and it leaves my teeth feeling really clean and smooth.

For those of you that have never used a sonicare, the one thing that you need to get used to is to not touch the non-brush side to teeth, as it makes for an unpleasant feeling. That said, once you understand this and avoid it, it is far superior in experience to the mechanical toothbrushes that swirl.

Being my second Sonicare in almost a decade, I think I will use these toothbrushes for the rest of my life. Hopefully this one will last as long as the previous one!

OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter, Black
OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter, Black
Price: $12.95
30 used & new from $6.76

5.0 out of 5 stars For Home Made Maraschino Cherries, May 8, 2014
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Bought this to make home-made maraschino cherries. Exactly as advertised, it pits cherries fast and efficiently with very minor splash-back. Cleans up quick and doesn't get annoying even after pitting over a 100 cherries.

Jack Links Turkey Snack Sticks, 7.2 Ounce
Jack Links Turkey Snack Sticks, 7.2 Ounce
Price: $4.27
8 used & new from $3.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't get the negative reviews, this is exactly what I expected., May 8, 2014
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I see reviews complaining about the taste, consistency, etc. and I just don't get it. These are advertised as the turkey version of a slim-jim like product and that is exactly what they are. They definitely taste different in that they are more akin to turkey jerky, less spicy, and perhaps not as fatty, but in the end, they are amazingly close to a slim-jim considering they are turkey based. One advantage I found is that the meat is less sinewy than slim-jims. For a quick, healthier version, I think these are a fantastic substitute.

One reviewer in particular complained about the texture. I find this review ridiculous. The texture is actually exactly like a slim-jim. It has the "snap" and if you don't like that, well, why are you buying this?

Anyway, long story short, these are exactly what you would expect from a turkey-based meat "stick."

Codex Seraphinianus
Codex Seraphinianus
by Luigi Serafini
Edition: Hardcover
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small differences from the first edition, but excellent in its own right., February 24, 2012
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This review is from: Codex Seraphinianus (Hardcover)
For those familiar with the Codex Seraphinianus, it is essentially an encyclopedia for an alternate universe. The artwork is reminiscent of the French animated film Fantastic Planet (le planet savage I believe in the original), some images vaguely familiar to us, others near indecipherable. For art lovers and those who like unusual things, it is a great and fun gift.

For those who have seen it before, I believe this is the second edition (2006?) and does have some minor differences. I saw the original 1981 edition at the Fine Arts Library at Harvard and aside from the obvious differences of the cover, the other differences (at least as I remember) are slight. As I just mentioned, the original cover of the first edition was black, whereas this one is white with the circle illustration that turns into ladybug like insects. The second difference, which I will have to verify at some later point, is in the initial pages of the book itself. The second edition seems to have a different set of initial pages with different illustrations, some of them almost seem to be aimed at a children's story, but it definitely seems like an additional preamble with new illustrations. I even have a picture of one of the initial pages of the first edition on my phone which just does not match up with what I see in this version. To put it another way, the first edition seems to go straight into the chapters of the encyclopedia, whereas this second edition has about 10 extra pages that seem to be of a different composition than the typical chapters which seem more like catalog/encyclopedia entries. Once the first real chapter starts though, the books appear identical.

The only other difference in this edition is that the original came with a poster-sized illustration tucked into the back binding of the often reproduced lovers turning into an alligator. This edition, on the other hand, has a small soft-covered book in the back pocket which is in Italian. Alas my Italian is quite rusty, but it appears to be a collection of essays concerning the Codex.

Here is the good news about one of my biggest fears before ordering the second edition. Since the first edition has gotten so expensive ($500 plus on the cheapest I've found), I was concerned that the quality of the printing of the second edition available from Italy for approx $115 would be somehow less. I'm VERY happy to report that the printing quality is the same as the first edition (at least to my recollection). The feel of the pages has the same heavy, textured weight and the illustrations retain the look of hand-drawn colored pencil drawings.

Overall, my only disappointment was that this edition's cover has been changed to white. There was something about the black cover that I felt matched the book better. Still, that is only a very minor issue and I'm interested that this edition seems to contain more content than the original (if only a few pages worth).

X-51 Nether Rocket World of Warcraft Loot Card - Guaranteed Unredeemed, Unscr...
X-51 Nether Rocket World of Warcraft Loot Card - Guaranteed Unredeemed, Unscr...
Offered by Hill's Wholesale Gaming
Price: $252.67
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No longer that unique, April 19, 2010
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Alas the days of the rocket being worth this much are now really about to end. Blizzard has announced that a 2-seater version will be available by joining the Recruit-a-Friend program. Even if you were you "recruit" yourself in order to get that other mount, the end price would by $60, much much less than what you would get for buying this card (and that is before you factor in that you get a $15 back value on your main account as free time for "referring" someone).

So bottom line, you can pay nearly $600 for this one seater, or $45 for a two-seater... the choice seems obvious.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best in-ear earphones for the iPhone/iPod, July 14, 2009
IMPORTANT NOTE: I've been seeing a lot of the lower ratings complain about the "walking noise" or "movement noise" caused by these earphones. This is caused by people not using them properly. The earphones come with an often-ignored clip right by the place where the wire splits up to the two headphones. This clip is designed to slide up and eliminate that noise. I find that if I put the clip about six inches up from where the wire divides into two, the noise from jogging, walking, exercising, etc. is completely eliminated.

I would imagine that there might be some variation on this "sweet spot" for the clip depending on your body size, if you put it too close to your neck, it can pop out. I find that you don't want it too tight, but definitely closer to your chin.

Now that we've addressed the walking issue, I find these to be the perfect headphones. They block out a very good amount of external noise, come with three sized ear plugs so that you can find the right size so that they won't fall out. Most importantly, they have the remote and mic which are critical for iPods and iPhones during exercise/outdoors. This makes it so you don't have to dig out your device in order to change songs or repeat one.

I can't recommend these enough, and again, for those who complain about the walking/moving noise... you aren't using them correctly.
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X-Rite Eye-One Display LT
X-Rite Eye-One Display LT

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Downright Horrible for and LCD screen, October 23, 2008
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I suspect that this device was optimized for a CRT screen and not and LCD screen because it was absolutely a nightmare to get to work and even when it finally finished, the effect was horrible.

First of all, other reviewers who say that the documentation included with the product is useless, well, that is just the tip of the ice-berg. Yes, the little pamphlet that comes with it doesn't even give you enough information to understand that the proper way to install the software, which thanks to the amazingly unintuitive CD software has to be some of the worst software installation I've ever experienced. There are 4 components, each with a separate install (and none of which actually say install). Funny thing is, after you install them, you only show 3 items in the programs files.

Second, once you've installed and look at the on-line tutorials, it seems that the process is potentially easy. The only problem is that the software provided doesn't match what they show in the tutorial! Most glaring is that the product claims to have an easy 1 click mode which seems to just not be there (this might not be available when calibrating LCDs, but again, nowhere does it state this, so I'm just guessing).

Third, the program takes you to a contrast adjustment step. Guess what? LCDs DON'T HAVE CONTRAST ADJUSTMENT! I was able to get a slider through the Nvidia tray to try to get past this step, but it wasn't until I trudged through their horrible support site that I found that they just expect you to skip this step. The most basic question is: if you click the button for LCD, why the heck does it even take you to this step if they expect you to SKIP IT?

Which brings me to their support site. Talk about horrible. It is next to impossible to find the product to begin with because it doesn't recognize the complete name of the product in the search engine. They have truncated the name and if you actually type it out AS IT APPEARS ON THE PRODUCT it doesn't recognize it! Wow... just wow... Phone support consists of leaving a message. Email support consists of filling out a form which doesn't even seem to be oriented toward product support (it kept asking me if I was planning on investing in the company... YEAH RIGHT).

So after almost three hours of playing around with it, I finally got it to a point where it seemed to run through some sort of calibration, when the program finished, it made the screen look like utter crap. There is NO way that the product of that process was anywhere near where it should have been.

Needless to say, this is getting returned tomorrow.
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