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Richard C. Drew "In heaven, all the interesting people are missing - Nietzsche" RSS Feed (Oak Lawn, IL USA)
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Ruifan Japan King blade ten-three neo led light stick Shining infinity color tuning KINGBLADEX10III (japan import)
Ruifan Japan King blade ten-three neo led light stick Shining infinity color tuning KINGBLADEX10III (japan import)
Offered by fujiyama24
Price: $32.14
43 used & new from $27.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent light painting tool, but not "pure" color - hot spots and streaking., June 30, 2016
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I picked this up for light painting - the color is decently even, though brighter towards the base. The base houses the LED's, and these project into the wand. There's an insert in the wand that diffuses the light. It comes programmed with 16 colors, any there's an app you can use to create your own color sets. Unfortunately EVERYTHING is in Japanese - the wand instructions, app instructions, messages, etc. I was never able to get the app to send colors to the wand.

Also, there's no instant off - you have to hold a button in for a few seconds to turn it off. For light painting, that's a real pain.It's also pretty cheaply made - a little better quality than something you'd pick up at Medieval Times or the circus. If you drop this thing on concrete, kiss it goodbye. It also looks like a sex toy, Gaudy colors, cheap plastic....

It's powered by 2 AAA batteries (included.) I've included some quickie long exposure shots so you see the light style. Note that it can have hot spots and streaks.
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Sterline Roto Caddy for Home Organization and Storage, White, Three Sizes
Sterline Roto Caddy for Home Organization and Storage, White, Three Sizes
Offered by EasyOrder
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $17.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, simple to use, can be stacked. Tons of uses - makeup, small paint bottles, spices and more., June 30, 2016
Everyone has deep cabinets, where stuff is organized more by Brownian Motion than reason. You (and I) purchase something, put it in the cabinet, and a week later discover you now have four whole pepper corn grinders. Enter this handy, basically rectangular rotary conveyor belt. I have the small model, and it's perfect for spices and other small bottles. No more lost or near-impossible bottles lost or hiding in the cabinet back.

The caddy is almost entirely plastic, so it's easy to clean and won't corrode. It's on the middle shelf in our upper cabinet - eye level for me, not so much for my GF - but still easy to use and see. There's a large dial on the front that you spin to move the contents around. The units are also stackable, so you can have one on top of another.

I'll be picking up a couple of others - I can use a couple in the hobby room for small paint bottles!

Free sample provided for honest review.
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Timberland PRO Men's 8 Inch Crosscut WP Soft Toe Logger Work Boot, Brown Distressed Leather, 12 M US
Timberland PRO Men's 8 Inch Crosscut WP Soft Toe Logger Work Boot, Brown Distressed Leather, 12 M US
Price: $219.35
7 used & new from $214.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, well made, feel fantastic. Medium weight - each boot is almost 3 pounds. Lots of great features. Soft toe., June 29, 2016
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I have a few pairs of Timberland boots. I wear them hiking, working and urban exploring (I have a nail proof pair for that.) As expected, these boots are amazing. Well made (each boot is just under 3 pounds!), comfortable, with extremely comfortable insoles and lots of extra quality touches. Examples: the upper three pairs of eyelets are also speed lace hooks, so you can use them either way. All the main leather sections are sewn with two or FOUR rows of stitching. The soles have the "ladder hook" design. The centers of the soles contact the ground first, making the books extra grippy.

Size: I wear an 11 or 11 1/2, depending on the boot. I'm wearing these in a size 12 - yes, a little big, but I often wear heavy socks.

Comfort:Width is perfect, foot feels supported all around. If you need additional support or special insoles, you can loosen the laces for extra room above the foot (I've had to do this when using Plantar's supports.)

The leather is waterproof, plus there's a waterproof membrane, so these will serve you well in the rain or water up to a four or five inches deep. These are almost identical to the Timberland Pro Steel Toe Logger work boots, except these don't have a steel toe. If you need a steel toe boot, check out those - if you don't need steel toe, these are fantastic.

I've added three photos, one shows the eyelets laced both ways - I know you'd never do that, but you can see the two lacing options.
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Timberland PRO Men's 8 Inch Crosscut WP Steel Toe Work Boot, Black Full Grain Leather, 12 M US
Timberland PRO Men's 8 Inch Crosscut WP Steel Toe Work Boot, Black Full Grain Leather, 12 M US
Price: $224.14
6 used & new from $219.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, well made, feel fantastic. Heavy - each boot is over 3 pounds. Lots of great features., June 27, 2016
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I have a few pairs of Timberland boots. I wear them hiking, working and urban exploring (I have a nail proof pair for that.) As expected, these boots are amazing. Well made (each boot is over 3 pounds!), comfortable, with extremely comfortable insoles and lots of extra quality touches. Examples: the upper three pairs of eyelets are also speed lace hooks, so you can use them either way. All the main leather sections are sewn with two or FOUR rows of stitching. The soles have the "ladder hook" design. The centers of the soles contact the ground first, making the books extra grippy.

Size: I wear an 11 or 11 1/2, depending on the boot. I'm wearing these in a size 12 - yes, a little big, but I often wear heavy socks, and always socks designed for steel toe boots. The 12 in these is a little large with regular steel toe boot socks, but just right with heavier winter socks. The laces cinch the boots well, so the little extra room can be eliminated . My exploring books are around 4 years old and broken in well, but have a lot of slices and cuts from steel and broken glass. These will be replacing those boots in most situations (I'll have to find a nail proof insole.)

Comfort:Width is perfect, foot feels supported all around. If you need additional support or special insoles, you can loosen the laces for extra room above the foot (I've had to do this when using Plantar's supports.)

The leather is waterproof, plus there's a waterproof membrane, so these will serve you well in the rain or water up to a four or five inches deep. These are almost identical to the Timberland Pro Logger work boots, except these have a steel toe. If you need a steel toe boot, you can't go wrong with these - just remember to pick up some socks designed for steel toe boots.


MARQ Lighting Rezotube Pack
MARQ Lighting Rezotube Pack
Price: $449.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright colors, lots of options and features, works with different Net controllers, DMX and the included controller., June 24, 2016
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I'm crazy about anything that has LED's - especially funny addressable ones. What you basically have is a low (OK, very low) resolution screen. There are a ton of included programs, but the real power unlocks if you use DMX or a computer based lighting controller. There's a net connector for ART-Net / Kling-Net - this is such a cool concept, usually used by larger lighting setups, night clubs, etc. Any standard DMX controller can also be used.

Of course, there are plenty of other uses. Trade shows timed to your music, attracting people to your booth, and so on. You need 110V power.

The controller can be daisy-chained with multiple controllers for DMX. Sound activation is also built-in. Included is a fan stand (can be screwed/bolted in place) and five individual stands (can be screwed/bolted in place.) The stands have no padding, so if you're using them with displays that may be scratched, you'll have to add some. You can also tie-strap the bases to supports, etc. The tubes need to be handled with care - they flex, and I can see you snapping one at the base.

There are LED's on both sides of the tube, so you can see this from all directions.

The carrying case is great, but there's no padding between the accessories, controller and the tubes. The tubes store on the top, with everything beneath them. I added some wadded up towels as padding. Most roadies (heck, almost anyone) tosses things around. One of those metal bases being slammed against a plastic tube may not end well.

Setup takes under 10 minutes, even less with practice. I'm using it at our next trade-show.
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KAHUNA 'Next Generation' Parachute Beach Blanket - Extra Large 8 x 8 Ft - The Biggest Anti Sand Beach Sheet / Picnic Blanket Available - Portable, Lightweight, Quick-drying, 12 Sand Pockets DARK BLUE
KAHUNA 'Next Generation' Parachute Beach Blanket - Extra Large 8 x 8 Ft - The Biggest Anti Sand Beach Sheet / Picnic Blanket Available - Portable, Lightweight, Quick-drying, 12 Sand Pockets DARK BLUE
Offered by Gecko Active
Price: $54.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Large, lightweight, includes four stakes (you'll want more). One person can set up and fold away., June 24, 2016
I often photograph at the beach or on location at a park (grass!) Sand in my gear would be a problem, and stuff is easy to lose in sand and grass. That's where I use this blanket.

Observations: It's big - you can use it folded in half. It's also a good sun shade - use a rope to tie one end to a branch and use the rest on the ground. Dries fast in the sun, takes a while in the shade (I dunked it in our pond to test that.) Includes four nice quality plastic stakes - but you'll want 6 or 8. One person can fold it up and stuff it in the bag unless it's really windy. Sand slides right off. Grass won't poke through - I've used other parachute blankets where the tips of grass poked through - uncomfortable. The loops are sewn in very well and strong. On a calm day, four stakes are OK - on a windy day you'll need more (any tent stake will work.) It's compact enough to fit anywhere. I actually keep it in my trunk.

The two tone blue is neutral and does not get too warm in the sun. Spilled water will pool, but slowly drain through. If you spill sugary stuff, wine, etc, you can wash it off in a nearby body of water. Free sample provided for honest review.
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ViewSonic VA2759-SMH 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor
ViewSonic VA2759-SMH 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor
Offered by PCNation
Price: $199.99
34 used & new from $189.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great multimedia monitor, lots of features and uses., June 23, 2016
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You have to ask yourself - "What's more important? Clarity or size?" I'm not saying the monitor is not HD or clear. You have 1080P in 27" - that means that at under a foot away - typical monitor distance - you'll see the pixels. With a 24", you won't. I've used both - this 27" and the ViewSonic XG2401 24-inch 144Hz 1080p Gaming Display. Two feet away there's not much difference. But When I'm close (I'm near sighted) it makes a big difference. I'm actually using this monitor right now with an HDMI switch, with one input from a spare PC, another from a Roku stick, and a third from our security camera DVR.

The design is sleek and modern, and it's amazingly thin. The price is pretty amazing when you consider the size, clarity and viewing angle. There's no data on the refresh rate on the Viewsonic site (as of 6/20016) - but I did find a 17ms refresh rate listed on a tech site.) It has a standard VESA mount, THREE year warranty, and Viewsonic's great dead pixel warranty.

If you need a great multimedia monitor, large PC display or security monitor display, this is a great choice. Assembly of the base is tool-free, and has a large, wide metal base support (hidden by plastic) so it's solid. Inputs are limited to one HDMI and one VGA.

The packaging is obviously designed to be shipping friendly - the monitor is 100% enclosed in styrofoam with plenty of protection.
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Manga Origami: Easy Techniques for Creating 20 Super-Cute Characters
Manga Origami: Easy Techniques for Creating 20 Super-Cute Characters
by Márcio Hideshi Noguchi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.96
23 used & new from $12.16

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed instructions, MANY steps with multiple pieces per character, simple to follow., June 17, 2016
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I'm a big Anime fan and a casual origami person (creator? hobbyist?) This book is clear and concise, with lots of step by stem examples. The one thing I don't like (I suppose it saves pages and cost) is that many of the projects are based on other projects or portions of projects in the book. So step x may be "refer to step's x-xx on page...) - you'll wind up flipping back and forth.

These are by no means simple or easy. You'll spend about an hour making an "easy"one. They all share the same body and head and the same few hair styles. There's over 50 steps in just the body and head, plus prep work - making two sided paper (two colors), printing eyes (available free from the author's website), gluing, stuffing, etc. Then you have to make clothing, hair, ears, and more. You can have over 200 steps. So make some Green Tea, turn on your favorite anime and get ready for an evening learning to make these.

You'll make mistakes, but eventually wind up with some cool origami Anime fans will appreciate.


100 pcs 6  x 6 Inch White Cardboard CD/DVD Mailers With Flap & Seal
100 pcs 6 x 6 Inch White Cardboard CD/DVD Mailers With Flap & Seal
Offered by YoKool
Price: $18.49
10 used & new from $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than standard mailers - can fit four discs in paper sleeves, plus heavy cardboard insert. Great for mailing my DVD's., June 13, 2016
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Larger than standard mailers - can fit four discs in paper sleeves, plus heavy cardboard insert. Great for mailing my DVD's.


Optical Quantum OQBDR06LT-50 6X 25GB BD-R Single Layer Blu-Ray Recordable Blank Media Logo Top, 50-Disc Spindle
Optical Quantum OQBDR06LT-50 6X 25GB BD-R Single Layer Blu-Ray Recordable Blank Media Logo Top, 50-Disc Spindle
Price: $23.99
10 used & new from $23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Burned the entire pack, no bad discs in the bunch, played fine in the BluRay player - so, no complaints!, June 13, 2016
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Burned the entire pack, no bad discs in the bunch, played fine in the BluRay player - so, no complaints!


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