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Body Glove Satin Case for iPhone 6 - Retail Packaging - Black
Body Glove Satin Case for iPhone 6 - Retail Packaging - Black
Offered by HONEST CELLING
Price: $10.42
63 used & new from $8.16

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Light Weight Case For the iPhone 6, December 10, 2014
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This is a great light weight case for the iPhone 6. The black version of the Body Glove Satin case looks very nice and fits well. The smooth, hard rubber material provides a more secure grip on your phone yet is easy to slip out of a pocket. A lip around the screen lets you place your phone face down without the screen touching the surface. The control buttons, charging port and headphone jack are not covered and are easy to use.

Colors OTHER than black are likely to pick up stains from being in a jeans pocket after a few weeks. And, this is a light weight case, meaning it will protect against a drop onto grass or carpet, but it may not protect against drop damage from a concrete driveway. For maximum protection against drop damage, you need a dual layer case that is about twice as thick and twice as heavy as the Body Glove Satin case.


Kaleidio TM TPU Gel Skin Case Cover for LG Optimus L70 MS323 / Exceed II 2 VS450PP - Black Matte (Package Includes a Overbrawn Prying Tool & Stylux Stylus/Pen Dust Plug Combo) - Retail Packaging
Kaleidio TM TPU Gel Skin Case Cover for LG Optimus L70 MS323 / Exceed II 2 VS450PP - Black Matte (Package Includes a Overbrawn Prying Tool & Stylux Stylus/Pen Dust Plug Combo) - Retail Packaging
Offered by Case Ology
Price: $6.95

3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Basic Case For LG L70 and LG Exceed 2, December 5, 2014
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I ordered the black version of this case. It is a very cheap looking case made from shiny, glossy, flexible black rubber. It slips easily onto your phone and provides a more secure grip. Its very shiny finish picks up fingermarks and it is cheap looking...a dollar would be a fair price for it. However, the case does provide basic protection against drop damage, although probably not against damage from a drop onto a concrete driveway. It is very basic protection at a low price.


Frederick Douglass : Autobiographies : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Library of America)
Frederick Douglass : Autobiographies : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Library of America)
by Frederick Douglass
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.19
109 used & new from $5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Edition Available of the Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass, December 4, 2014
Frederick Douglass wrote three autobiographies, with the first detailing his life as a slave and his escape to freedom, and the third detailing his work during the Civil War and his relationship with President Lincoln. Douglass revised each of the three books and the Library of America has used the complete text of the final versions of each book.

The Library of America editions use high quality paper and bindings so that you can give this book to your grandchild as a gift, and fifty years from now, he can give it to one of his grandchildren.

Frederick Douglas was one of the five or ten most important Americans of the period from 1840 to 1880. His first book converted many Americans, including some of the most important leaders of the North, to the cause of ending slavery in America. His third book gives a personal view of President Lincoln's conversion from his 1861 position that Lincoln's only goal for the war against the slave owners was to save the Union, even if saving the Union required tolerating slavery, to Lincoln's 1865 position that every drop of blood drawn by the slave owner's lash would be repaid by blood drawn by Union swords.

Every high school and college library should have copies of this book, but it is also essential reading for anyone interested in American history, especially the history of the decades long war against slavery in America.


Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack, White
Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack, White
Price: $17.99
56 used & new from $16.11

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Batteries You Can Buy, November 5, 2014
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Note: Amazon has combined into ONE listing four different styles of battery packs and two different chargers, plus listings that include both chargers and batteries. So, reviewers are rating about a dozen different products within the Panasonic Eneloop family, which makes reading the reviews a bit confusing.

My review is for the basic Eneloop charger, sold with four of the basic AA Eneloop batteries. I bought them for use with the Nikon L830 camera. The batteries slid easily into the battery slots (some rechargeable batteries are thicker than normal AA batteries).

On arrival, the batteries powered up the camera and took flash photos and recycled quickly. Surprisingly, the "low battery" indicator was on, suggesting that the batteries arrived with a lower than 50% charge. I charged them for a full seven hour cycle and will re-evaluate their performance with a full charge.

My goal is to get about 500 non-flash photos per charge, which the number I get when using generic AA batteries. Because the Eneloop batteries can be recharged at least 1,000 times, the batteries COULD provide up to 500,000 photos. Neither my camera nor I are likely to last that long.

One set of Eneloops can replace 1,000 sets of generic AA batteries or about 200 sets of Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. So, a $20 set of batteries replaces $2,000 worth of throwaway batteries and keeps hundreds of batteries out of landfills. A good deal for me, and a good deal for the planet my great-grandchildren will inherit.

NOTE: I did not buy the "Pro" version of the Eneloop batteries because I was concerned that they MIGHT be too thick for the battery slots on my camera. Some users seem to think the "Pro" version are thicker than standard batteries, but I have not verified whether that is correct. Also, the "Pro" version are rated for only 1/4th of the lifespan of the basic Eneloop batteries, yet cost more.


Incipio DualPro® for iPhone 6 - Black/Black
Incipio DualPro® for iPhone 6 - Black/Black
Price: $15.50
50 used & new from $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Slim & Light Case Provides Heavy Duty Protection, November 5, 2014
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The Incipio DualPro provides heavy duty protection yet is slim and light. The dual layer design provides very good protection against drop damage. The ledge around the screen enables you to place your phone facedown without it touching the surface. The outer hardshell has a non-slip coating that provides a more secure grip on your phone. I expect that coating to show wear after a few months, but on the Black/Black version, such wear will hard to notice.

No other case does a better job of providing a high level of protection against drop damage without adding much weight or bulk to your phone. The iPhone 6 is a nice looking phone, but I think it may actually even look a bit better with this case covering the rather ugly antenna bands.

Last, the cover surrounds the camera lens, so that the lens is not get scratched up. The phone is now stable and does not "rock" when placed on its back, and the non-slip coating keeps your phone where you put it.


Energizer L91BP-8 Ultimate Lithium AA Battery (8-Pack)
Energizer L91BP-8 Ultimate Lithium AA Battery (8-Pack)
Offered by The Perfect Deals
Price: $15.95
83 used & new from $9.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Batteries When Purchased Fresh From A Good Amazon Vendor, November 4, 2014
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Amazon vendor "Mr. Medical" promptly shipped eight Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in the original retail blister pack, well protected by a sturdy shipping carton. The batteries were very fresh (with an expiration date of December 2034....the batteries are likely to last longer than I will).

The key to buying batteries is to get batteries that are fresh, and Mr. Medical shipped a fresh set of the newest version of the Energizer Ultimate Lithium battery (the version with the package labeled "Holds Power Up To 20 Years". These batteries last at least four times longer in my camera than typical "high quality" AA batteries. It is nice to go on a trip and be able take over 1,500 photos without having to bother with charging batteries or changing batteries.

Ultimate Lithium batteries are a dream come true for the sort of person who takes a few photos during the holidays, a few on a birthday, and a few on vacation and whose camera sits in the closet for months at a time. That person can use one set of batteries for several years, and can always be confident that their camera is ready to go the moment it is pulled off the shelf. In contrast, rechargeable batteries or regular AA batteries may be dead after six months sitting in the closet, or worse, may have leaked and have damaged your camera.

Ultimate Lithium batteries are not necessarily a "good buy" for routine uses, such as a television remote control. But, they are ideal for cameras that require a lot of power, especially for flash photos. However, some tests have shown that flash recycle times will become very slow if you take ten or fifteen flash photos in rapid sequence in just a minute or so. That is due to a safety feature of Ultimate Lithium batteries intended to keep them from overheating. A wedding photographer or others who need the ability to take ten flash photos per minute may need a different power source. The rest of us, who may take just ten or twenty flash photos in an hour at a birthday party will enjoy short recycle times and high flash output.


Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US
Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US
Price: $78.18
8 used & new from $78.18

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Boot For Short Hikes & Everyday Use, October 22, 2014
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It is easy to find good $200 boots but much harder to find good affordable boots. The White Ledge is an inexpensive boot that delivers most of the performance of boots that sell for twice their price. It is a light weight boot and the black version looks okay for everyday wear with jeans, and they are comfortable enough to wear at jobs that keep you on your feet all day.

I wear a size 10 medium dress shoe. With the White Ledge, I bought a 10 1/2 medium to wear with thick socks. If you wear thin socks with your hiking boots, your normal shoe size should provide a good fit with the White Ledge.

The White Ledge has a beefy sole that looks durable. The inner liner has no cushion or shock absorption, giving the boots a firm feel. I plan to use them as everyday boots and for short two mile to five mile walks. I do not think the White Ledge was designed for heavy duty hiking duties, such as climbing on rocky trails or for hiking 20 or 30 miles a day.

They look more attractive in photos than they do on your feet. The black version is made from a dull leather that has a cheap "pleather" appearance. The laces are about two inches too long, which is a common trait of hiking boots. Why? Why?

I have not tested their "waterproof" claim, but they lack a Gore-Tex lining. I suspect they are closer to "water resistant" than to "water proof" , and I'm guessing they may protect against ten minutes of walking in a light rain or from a splash from a inch deep puddle, but I doubt they will hold up to hours of hiking in the rain, or wading twenty yards across a creek.

Bottom line: the White Ledge is a good boot in its price range for everyday wear and for short hikes on smooth trails. For those tasks, they should serve as well as boots selling for twice their price. For all day hikes on rough trails, or for the ultimate protection against rain and water you need to spend twice as much and get a "serious" hiking boot.

NOTE: The White Ledge boots I received were made in communist China, yet many of Timberland competitors source their boots from Europe and other places that pay workers a liveable wage and show respect for human rights. Timberland...remember that the people who make your boots are human beings, and they deserve to be treated as such.


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)
Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)
Price: $196.95
30 used & new from $185.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos - Easy To Use, October 19, 2014
No camera takes better photos with less work than the Nikon Coolpix L830. Just set it on "Easy Mode"...frame the subject, zoom in, lock in the focus, press the shutter button, and then the camera does all the work.

The L830 is just big enough to provide a secure grip. The rear LCD screen is sharper than on many cameras selling for twice its price. The LCD screen is adjustable, so you can hold the camera at waist level when taking photos of your cat, or have the screen face down if you hold the camera above your head to take photos at a rock concert. After you learn to pre-focus and hold the camera steady, 90% of your photos will look great. A "vivid" color mode gives your photos better color on cloudy or hazy days.

You can use AA rechargeables (such as the Panasonic Eneloop Pre-Charged batteries) or AA lithium batteries (Energizer Ultimate Lithium provide 2,000 photos), which you can easily find replacement batteries anywhere in the world.

The 23mm wide angle view is great for tourists as it lets you get a much wider view than the 35mm lenses many cameras use. Indoors, the 23mm lense and a powerful flash let you you fit the whole family into a photo. At the zoo, you can zoom to 750mm to get details of a lion's whiskers from fifty yards away.

A DSLR owner would pay at least $1,000 to get lenses that cover the entire 23mm to 750mm range, and a DSLR with those lenses would weigh five times as much as the Nikon L830.

The hybrid VR system lets you get sharp photos with zoom at very slow shutter speeds. I took a photo of my cat from 50 feet away. You can read my phone number on her tag which is the size of a quarter.

A rear push button menu lets you make photos brighter or darker by a tap of a button.

I suspect many people with $1,000 cameras choose to take their Nikon L830 on their vacations to get great photos with absolutely zero effort.

Though the L830 is a fully automatic camera, you can adjust key settings to fit the situation. Switch to "Vivid Color" on cloudy or overcast days to brighten colors. Set the ISO level at ISO 400 to obtain higher shutter speeds when taking photos of a soccer game or to help get sharper photos when you zoom out to 700mm to take photos of birds that are a hundred yards away. Or, use "Portrait Mode" to get more flattering photos of people.

You can download a free PDF of the owner's manual to your phone that details the dozens of special modes that are available for better photos under difficult conditions.

NOTE: security guards at rock concerts often enforce a rule against bringing in professional cameras. The L830 looks very similar to a professional camera, so....


Purina ONE SMARTBlend Chicken & Turkey Flavor Premium Cat Food 22 lb. Bag
Purina ONE SMARTBlend Chicken & Turkey Flavor Premium Cat Food 22 lb. Bag

4.0 out of 5 stars A High Quality Dry Food For Cats - Shop Around For The Best Price, October 12, 2014
Purina One SmartBlend dry cat foods are premium quality food at a moderate price. But, check around for the best price. Some stores in my neighborhood sell SmartBlend at very reasonable prices, yet some area pet stores sell it for much higher prices. It pays to shop around.

Purina One Smartblend foods use premium ingredients. My cat likes the three flavors she has tried, and is beginning to get a tad plump. I have started limiting her to 3/4 cup a day to prevent her from OVERLY enjoying her food.

Purina uses feeding tests with cats to ensure that its formulas are healthy. Some brands selling for TWICE the price do not do actually feed their food to cats. They simply state on their packages that their formula meets published standards for feline nutrition.


Purina One - Salmon & Tuna Flavor Adult Formula - 3.5lb
Purina One - Salmon & Tuna Flavor Adult Formula - 3.5lb
Offered by etopso
Price: $18.33
2 used & new from $11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dry Food For Cats - But Look For Best Price, October 12, 2014
Purina One Dry Cat foods are premium quality foods at a reasonable price, but shop around. Stores in my neighborhood sell the 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Salmon and Tuna for between $7 and $9 a bag. But, some pet stores charge a much higher price.

My cat enjoys all the different flavors in the Purina One Smartblend line. Too much, and she is getting a bit plump. I have begun to measure out her food and limit her to 3/4 cup a day to keep her from over enjoying this food.

Purina uses high quality ingredients in the Purina One line, and does feeding tests with cats to verify that the formula is well balanced. Some brands selling for twice the price do NOT actually give their food to cats, they simply state that their formula meets published standards.


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