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Neiko 71010 Neiko 71010 Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle, 0.75L
Neiko 71010 Neiko 71010 Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle, 0.75L
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective seal, September 20, 2014
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I didn't realize until it was too late to return that mine has a defective seal. Water leaks in my gym bag if I lay the bottle down. The one feature the manufacturer needed to get right, and they messed it up. Be smart and avoid this product!

A Short History of Spain
A Short History of Spain
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2.0 out of 5 stars Racist and bigoted, but otherwise adequate, August 10, 2013
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Early in the book, the author explains how the founding of Tyre was prophesied in the Old Testament. She then goes on to suggest that Christians are better than Muslims, Arabs are better than Berbers, and northern Europeans/Americans are better than southern Europeans/Spaniards. If you can stomach all of this, the book is otherwise a nice summation of Spanish history, and an easy read.

ARRIS / Motorola SURFboard SB5101U DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modem - Non-Retail Packaging (Brown Box)
ARRIS / Motorola SURFboard SB5101U DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modem - Non-Retail Packaging (Brown Box)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Futureproof yourself with a 3.0 instead, August 10, 2013
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I bought this after years of renting a cable modem from Comcast. Comcast, jerks that they are, didn't bother to tell me that I should be getting a DOCSIS 3.0 modem in order to take full advantage of the high speed internet they are providing. In fact, they now tell me that having a DOCSIS 2.0 modem like this one can distort a very high speed signal (50 Mbps), making my connection slower than if I had a less powerful signal. Not sure I believe that or not, but that's their explanation for why this 30 Mbps modem seems to max out at 15 Mbps.

Point being -- you would be well-advised to spend the extra money for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. As far as I can tell, there is no downside to having a 3.0 with a slower signal, so even if you don't have super high speed signal you may as well "futureproof" yourself and buy the latest version in advance of when you might need it.

As far as DOCSIS 2.0 modems go, I haven't had many problems with this one. I do have to reboot it every couple days in order to maximize the signal strength, but I don't know if that's the modem's fault or Comcast's.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The return of Blake S., November 27, 2012
This review is from: Forgetters (Audio CD)
The first full length album of Blake Schwartzenbach material in 10 years is a disappointment. I hadn't kept up with Blake as he moved from J2B to Thorns of Life to forgetters, but his songwriting chops have clearly waned in that period. It's telling that two of the best songs here -- "O Deadly Death" and "Ribbonhead" -- were written years ago while he was still in Thorns of Life. Of course, this fits the larger trend -- after peaking with Dear You and Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Blake's music (as opposed to his lyrics) dipped each time with Four Cornered Night and Perfecting Loneliness. It's a rare feat for a songwriter to continue to write engaging music into middle age -- most run out of interesting melodic ideas after awhile -- but I was hoping Blake would be an exception to the rule.
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Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL
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3.0 out of 5 stars Backwards steps, October 5, 2012
While I love having more space than I had with my 30GB 5.5 generation (I think), there are a couple features on this version that make it worse than the older one. First, the disc is a lot stiffer, which makes it harder to scroll through the artists lists -- it's hard to get the momentum going to get to the letters sorting feature. Second, when I plug it into my computer the stupid thing freezes up, which means I have to reboot the iPod and try again. These are both things that seemingly could have been avoided.

Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
by Bradley Mayhew
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst travel guide I've encountered -- it has shaken my faith in LP, April 10, 2012
To echo what other reviewers have said, the May 2011 guide gets more wrong than it gets right. First, they apparently don't update it -- just read a post on Thorntree from SEPTEMBER 2009 which updates you on the proper way to get to Lijiashan in Shanxi. The 2011 guide STILL has the outdated information there, which lead to me having a massive headache figuring this stuff out on the fly. You'll notice also that page numbers for highlights at the start of chapters are often wrong -- a sign of poor editing and rushing this version to the presses. The writing is often done in anodyne prose, and rarely are there accurate criticisms of undoubtedly ugly and boring locations, particularly for the lesser cities. (Do everything in your power to avoid staying a night in stunningly ugly Fengjie, a dump on the Three Gorges cruise.)

Other errors:
-- Several entries report that internet cafes are easy to find when you can't (i.e. in Kunming), and they fail to provide locations for specific cafes.
-- NO mention of the Guilin to Yangshuo cruise, a major draw in the area.
-- No mention of other big draws like Huanglongxi or Karakul Lake in Xinjiang. Yet there is page after page of sites in Beijing that are likely of interest only to the most ardent Sinophiles. There is a separate LP guide for Beijing if I'm not mistaken, so why not save those details for the more detailed guide?
-- As others have mentioned, train and bus schedules are often wrong. The guide will tell you that several buses run per day, when in fact it is only a couple, and the last one leaves at 11 am. Given their lack of research in other areas, I don't doubt that this is largely LP's fault.

Having skimmed the Rough Guide for China, I would suggest that you buy that book instead. Rough Guide organizes the Chinese character versions of local place names in a single, handy boxed entry for each location. This alone puts it way above LP, which may or may not give you the Chinese characters, and when given they are often earlier in the site's entry where you cannot find it.

Overall this is an poorly edited, poorly written, and unhelpful book. It seems to me they rushed to update the 2009 guide without bothering to do the necessary research. China is hard enough to get around as it is -- you really want to have a guide that has your back.

Ears Ring
Ears Ring
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best, September 7, 2008
This review is from: Ears Ring (Audio CD)
These are three of Rainer Maria's best songs. Along with "Artificial Light," "Ears Ring" is their best song, period. The major-keyed "Automatic" has a fantastic, driving energy. "Alchemy" which is just atonal enough to be interesting without being irritating, is a foreboding minor-key piece about one of RM's favorite subjects: the loss of self. In fact it can be seen as a companion piece to "Ears Ring." This is a great place to start begin your RM love, if you don't feel like shelling out for "Better Version" or "Look Now."

To Force a Fate
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sarge fans beware, December 8, 2006
This review is from: To Force a Fate (Audio CD)
Yes, this is Elizabeth Elmore's latest project, but unless you liked Sarge solely for her lyrics or vocals I would think twice before buying this album. You will not find Sarge's punky indie pop here -- the closest thing is the album's best track, "Face It," and even that song has a modern rock polish far removed from Sarge's rawness. Apparantly Elmore has entered her Lilith Fair phase. Sometimes law school does funny things to people . . .

A rotten tomato to Lookout! Records too for releasing something so slick and market-oriented.

Rating: 3 out of 10.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Kid A, December 20, 2005
This review is from: Innaway (Audio CD)
I don't listen to a lot of Zepplin, but, aside from the 1st track, that band does not come to mind when I listen to this album. Pink Floyd, yes; Air, yes; Radiohead's Kid A -- most definitely. Like that album, this one maintains a somber mood throughout, adding sustained keyboard chords and echoey guitar to mostly murmured vocals. There are less electronic beats here than on Kid A, but they do appear on a couple of the instrumentals. Overall the album is a bit too sleepy for my tastes, with few strong melodies, and it certainly doesn't add much to what Radiohead already added to Pink Floyd.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I need to buy 2 copies more often, December 17, 2005
This review is from: Amaterasu (Audio CD)
You see, I only sat down to listen to this because I accidentally bought a second copy from the Amoeba clearence bin. I wanted to determine which of my friends might enjoy Fridlund most. Turns out, I think all of them would.

Fridlund presents a mix of piano-driven cabaret-ish tunes (think Dresden Dolls meets Vince Guaraldi), piano ballads, and quiet chamber-folk. There are several standout songs, but these are my faves: "November," a pretty John Denver-Bright Eyes acoustic guitar piece that bursts into a crescendo of brass, chimes and kettle drums; "Then I Will Miss You" with its "River Man" (Nick Drake) verse and Last of the Mohicans score chorus; and the Ben Folds-meets-Decemberists 4/4 stomp of "White Van." The album as a whole is strikingly well-sequenced, with each song a fresh departure from the one before it.

This is certainly one of my new favorites of 2005. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and Belle & Sebastian, in addition to the aforementioned artists, should pay heed!

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