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iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic Stainless-Steel Trash Can
iTouchless Deodorizer Touch-Free Sensor 13-Gallon Automatic Stainless-Steel Trash Can
Offered by Galactic Deals, LLC
Price: $94.00
12 used & new from $79.75

2.0 out of 5 stars Was great until the carbon filter fell off in the trash ..., December 5, 2014
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Was great until the carbon filter fell off in the trash bag... now the thing stinks to high heaven. Mechanical lid got set wrong after about a year of use - now it just eats batteries. Still, you get what you pay for.
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Bear Motion Genuine Buffalo Leather Back Cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 - RED
Bear Motion Genuine Buffalo Leather Back Cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 - RED
Offered by Pro Ebiz
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, December 5, 2014
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I loved everything about this case, until the leather peeled off. I ordered another one.


The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Boy genius is in love with what I can only describe as a woman ..., December 5, 2014
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The story is written in a captivating way, by an arrogant bastard of a main character. Boy genius is in love with what I can only describe as a woman with a history of trauma and borderline presentation. Too close to home to be comfortable if you've ever been in that relationship. It's like watching a train wreck. Rothfuss nails things like fight/flight response and codependent behavior like he's been there.

My only real complaints are that the reverse deus ex machina, which seems to rain terror down on a young teen, gets old after a while. While Rothfuss does a good job of making the heroes have shades of gray, his villains are far too one dimensional. The universe seems rich and makes me want to explore it in a level of detail that the book is painfully slow to get into. Still, it's impossible to deny the world building effort that must have gone on behind the scenes.

I enjoyed Name of the Wind, but I felt like I needed a good long break before jumping into the second book. It's worth reading, but with caveats.


iPhone 6 Plus Case, JETech® Apple iPhone 6 Plus Case 5.5 Inch Bumper Cover Shock-Absorption Bumper and Anti-Scratch Clear Back for iPhone 6 Pro 5.5 Inch Release on 2014 (Bumper - Black)
iPhone 6 Plus Case, JETech® Apple iPhone 6 Plus Case 5.5 Inch Bumper Cover Shock-Absorption Bumper and Anti-Scratch Clear Back for iPhone 6 Pro 5.5 Inch Release on 2014 (Bumper - Black)
Offered by JEDirect
Price: $10.99
3 used & new from $2.82

5.0 out of 5 stars it's an excellent case. Make sure you get the back very ..., December 5, 2014
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It's a bumper, not a kevlar vest. I wouldn't want to hurl my phone at a wall with this protecting it but for the occasional oh **** moment, it's an excellent case. Make sure you get the back very clean before you put it on, since the transparent plastic has a mystical way of making fingerprints look even worse behind the frame.

This case adds very little bulk and actually makes the phone a lot easier to hold securely.


Harman Kardon SB26 Advanced Soundbar with Bluetooth and Powered Wireless Subwoofer
Harman Kardon SB26 Advanced Soundbar with Bluetooth and Powered Wireless Subwoofer
Price: $499.95
12 used & new from $289.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best audio experience on a soundbar is still by HK, December 5, 2014
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It's expensive for a soundbar but the effect is truly delicious.

The Good: virtual surround sound is quite convincing. Wireless sub adds a ton of depth to the overall effect. Mounting is a breeze. Sounds great with music as well as television. Excellent equalization & clarity.

The Bad: Sound bar doesn't remember settings, so virtual surround has to be turned on every time. You ABSOLUTELY MUST update the firmware when it arrives. This is a process that involves putting a file on a USB stick, holding down two buttons at the same time, then applying the update with a bit of HDMI screen feedback. It's not hard but it's not user friendly either. Neglect to do this and your bar goes from mute to LOUD on the first volume click.

The slightly irritating: Power to bar uses a brick, which isn't mountable and has a fairly short cable. That can be awkward if you mount the thing on a wall... where does the power brick go? Double sided 3M stickys are your friends. Instructions make Ikea seem talkative.

Good value. Remember the sub should be fairly near a soundbar or you'll get a source separation problem. It's virtual surround, there aren't actual satellites out there to cover the direction of the base. As usual, the correct phase setting is the one that produces the best bass sound, and it depends entirely on the room you're set up in. Flip it back and forth with a friend.

If you've got a few extra Franklins burning a hole in your pocket, spring for the SB35. That soundbar is a work of art. If you're on a budget, the SB16 looks nearly identical but this one is clearly a step up.

Overall, this is teh best


Westcott iPoint Evolution Battery Pencil Sharpener, White and Silver
Westcott iPoint Evolution Battery Pencil Sharpener, White and Silver
Offered by Edie's Books and More
Price: $29.46
4 used & new from $25.12

2.0 out of 5 stars An absolute triumph of poor product development, April 13, 2013
Pros: Looks pretty. Sharpens pencils. It's also available at Walgreens after midnight.
Cons: The rest.

The first sharpener I picked up came without a battery cover. Sigh... OK. 20 minutes later (12:30am at this point if you're following along) the next one came home with all of the requisite pieces. The product itself, however, is not labeled so it's common enough to put the batteries in the wrong way around. In this case, the product spins backwards! After a bit of creative Googling I discovered my mistake (12:40am now) an voila! A working pencil sharpener. Sort of.

The sharpener, once fully operational, has a classic pencil sharpener inside; the kind you might recall from your kit in elementary school. So attach one handheld sharpener to an over-torqued engine that changes directions based on battery orientation and what do you get? A sharperner that both tries to spin out of your hand while simultaneously torquing the pencil and snapping off the point every time you get it sharp. Without a deft touch, it's a pencil-eating beast.

French mathematician Bernard Lassimone applied for the first patent (French patent #2444) on pencil sharpeners in 1828 (Wikipedia). One would think, given a history of nearly two-hundred years, that the formula for a good, functional, user-friendly sharpener would be as readily available as the expired patents littering the floor of the library of congress. Alas, 185 years later, Westcott builds a pencil sharpener every bit as reliable as their general product portfolio.

Bravo, Westcott. This device (the "evolution") is an absolute triumph of poor product development.


Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 300P Networked Document Scanner
Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 300P Networked Document Scanner
5 used & new from $1,577.77

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated SMTP & Network Protocols, Faulty Feeder, March 14, 2013
I'm in the process of shopping around for a new scanner. Our Cannon has been in service (sort of) for a little over 18 months and in spite of having been replaced entirely by Cannon, it's still a Lemon.

I'd like to take a brief moment and say that Cannon has actually provided some of the best technical and customer support of any company I've encountered. Unfortunately, all the polish in the world can't turn a turd into something you'd like to be seen holding onto.

For starters, the 300 Series is built on WinCE (release date: 1996), which is a lot like saying a device is built on Windows 98. With the advent of Win8 RT, Microsoft's new Tablet-based OS, you would be right to think that updates to CS aren't exactly a priority to the Mothership. As a result, this device has out dated network drivers that don't sync up well with Win7+ network. That would be ok if the scan to email function worked but, sadly, it doesn't support secure SMTP (only POP authentication, which is a problem if you use either Google Apps or Exchange). The only options that really work without trouble are the FTP and USB ones... hooray? Don't even bother with the fax option. If you can find a compatible fax server that wasn't attached to a printer nice enough that you would rather scan there than on the Cannon, you're a better hunter than I.

Finally, let's talk about the paper feeder. I'm not sure what specific type of paper doesn't cause double and triple feeds. If it exists, I haven't found it. We have tried just about every weight and texture to no avail.

The Cannon 220 series had some of these issues but has been a much more reliable machine (I still wouldn't buy it again either). The 300 is a complete and utter lemon.

Stay far, far, far away.


The Sundered (Among the Mythos Book 1)
The Sundered (Among the Mythos Book 1)
Price: $0.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting world, great internal narrative, terrible conclusion, November 26, 2012
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It has been three days since I finished this book and I'm still annoyed with the author.

Over the first 450 or so pages she managed to create a rich post-apocalyptic world full of mystery and a twisted yet believable morality regarding paranormal beings called "sundered" who could be claimed Pokemon style like elementals. Hazy motives on all sides and a really well done internal dialogue by a 19 year old in way over his head created a believable world, right down to the use of modern colloquialisms. Harry Iskinder isn't particularly likable but he is a strong lead role who wants to do the right thing and is genuinely confused by the world as he finds out the truth of his existence. This is an anti-hero's coming of age story and it should have lead to a better resolution.

Things go wrong. Entire cities are leveled. The main character loses almost everything of the little he had yet perseveres. The story winds down to a terrifying decision that must be made by Harry after a pretty wild reveal about what is actually going on... and then the author craps all over your expectations.

Oh, did you care about that world? That's too bad, I'm going to go all French film on you and leave everyone equally dissatisfied.

I'm resisting spoilers here, it's not easy to do. I was so very invested in this story over the weekend and it ended in such an abrupt and unsatisfying way - on par with that extra chapter at the end of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" that he warned us all not to read. The difference is, King let us punk ourselves. Ruthanne Reid didn't give us any choice.


EVGA UVPlus+ 39 USB VGA DVI/HDMI/USB3.0/Supporting 1920x1200 or 2048x1152 Resolutions (100-U3-UV39-KR)
EVGA UVPlus+ 39 USB VGA DVI/HDMI/USB3.0/Supporting 1920x1200 or 2048x1152 Resolutions (100-U3-UV39-KR)
Price: $59.99
71 used & new from $44.97

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVGA makes the some of the highest quality gear on the market, November 26, 2012
It is outrageous that Mac owners are rolling up on this product and giving it one-star because it doesn't work on their precious overpriced system. The description CLEARLY states that this is a Windows product and the down-rating for something that was neither promised nor advertised is hurting people who end up with a POS Startech solution instead.

Please, enough with the baby whining. Take your business somewhere else without throwing off the product ratings for the rest of us.
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The Emperor's Soul (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novella)
The Emperor's Soul (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novella)
by Brandon Sanderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.30
92 used & new from $5.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly done, wonderful symmetry, November 19, 2012
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The less than glowing reviews of some folks leave me a bit baffled.

The Emperor's Soul is a book that drops the reader into a strange world with its own physical rules and manages to almost instantly acclimatize them. While a few cliches were unavoidable, as is often the case in a short format, the ones that did exist were mostly well done. The book followed a stock Sanderson character arc; that of the benevolent thief. The man has a penchant for Robin Hood type stories. I don't mind though; it's always nice to visit another twist/take on Kelsier & Vin.

What really made this book work for me were its pacing and its symmetry. I never found myself skipping over a section because I was bored or irritated. Potentially dry moments were clipped almost before they could register. The one utility-cliche that I didn't enjoy was the lack of development regarding antagonist's motives (as opposed to their character, which didn't really matter). The whole politics as usual angle just felt a little bit stale, though in the end it didn't actually hurt the story. I just felt as though that particular element could have been a bit richer and less bloated by stereotypical hypocrisy. Sanderson more than made up for that nitpick the last chapter when the character arcs of Shai and Gaotona resolve.

Some readers will find the payoff too moral for their tastes. If you don't mind a bit that in your fantasy, you should quite enjoy the way Sanderson stitches up the plot at the finish line.

Of one thing I am certain though: this story would translate gracefully into a motion picture. Interesting development, that... stay tuned?


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