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OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for Apple iPhone 5s - Retail Packaging - Satin Rose Grey/Blaze Pink
OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for Apple iPhone 5s - Retail Packaging - Satin Rose Grey/Blaze Pink
Price: $56.97
2 used & new from $54.95

3.0 out of 5 stars OtterBox Power Case, April 17, 2015
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This OtterBox Resurgence Power Case is very nice and a convenient way to make sure your phone lasts all day. It has a built-in battery pack at the bottom of the case, which will keep your iPhone powered for more than twice its normal battery life. If you are the type who brings their charging cable everywhere or carries around an external battery pack just in case, this OtterBox product offers a much simpler solution - the extra battery is built right into the case.

My opinion was (and remains) that OtterBox products are generally overpriced, but there's absolutely no denying that they offer protection that others don't. So in terms of cost/benefit, you'll have to determine for yourself how expensive is too expensive when it comes to protecting your $500+ investment that is an iPhone. But if you're one who tends to drop or sit on your phone on a regular basis, then you should definitely consider a case that offers the Otterbox-level of protection.

The other thing to note is that since the case is built like a tank and is designed specifically to keep the phone safe and secure, just be aware that once this case is on it is *extremely* difficult to get off. I had the same problem with an Otterbox case for my Kindle Fire; they do not come off without a fight.


Calvin Klein euphoria for Men Eau de Toilette, 1 fl. oz.
Calvin Klein euphoria for Men Eau de Toilette, 1 fl. oz.
Price: $40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Really great stuff. I have been using it for over ..., April 17, 2015
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Really great stuff. I have been using it for over a year, and I like it a lot. It smells great, I wouldn't call it extremely "manly", but it is certainly a pleasant smell. One thing I notice is that it doesn't seem to last that long though. The smell fades after a couple of hours - obviously, this is normal to a certain extent (and I should also note that I tend to use it more conservatively). Overall, I highly recommend this; the only way to know for sure is to give it a smell and see for yourself.
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SET Dice Game
SET Dice Game
Price: $15.69
16 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SET Dice, April 17, 2015
This review is from: SET Dice Game (Toy)
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A very fun game, I enjoyed playing -- it's very similar to the original "Set" card game, but instead uses dice and a small board for gameplay. It's easy to learn the rules and strategies and it's a relatively short gameplay, making it ideal for families and parties. There are three methods of gameplay... the main one being Set Cubed. Two other game formats also can be played, these are even faster to play because the turn-style gameplay is abandoned and it becomes a speed-based game. Highly recommended!


ullu Handcrafted Premium Leather Snap-On Case for iPhone 6 Plus - Retail Packaging - Walter White/White
ullu Handcrafted Premium Leather Snap-On Case for iPhone 6 Plus - Retail Packaging - Walter White/White
Price: $60.00

3.0 out of 5 stars ullu Leather Case for iPhone 6, April 13, 2015
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Very nice and stylish case, it will sufficiently protect your phone during everyday use. From an aesthetic design perspective, I would recommend this case. It looks and feels as expensive as it is. However, it may not adequately protect your phone on the event of a drop. For that, you're going to want to look for a harder-style case that also wraps around the front side of the phone a bit.


Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space
Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space
by Mark Cotta Vaz
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space, April 7, 2015
Length:: 3:53 Mins

This is a wonderful book that will add to your appreciation of the film after you've seen it -- and I emphasize AFTER because it is best to experience the movie on it's own terms, knowing as little as possible about it. If you have seen the film and liked it, then you should consider picking up this book.

The book "Beyond Time and Space" is half making-of and half an art book. It has enlightening text which elaborates on the casting, the production challenges, building practical sets/models, creating the film's musical score, etc. Also included are high-quality photographs and imagery that really must be seen.

Here's a breakdown of some of the things you'll find in the book (minor spoilers):
- Discussion on the involvement of Kip Thorne and the real science
- Coop's farm - production photos and interior shots of the house.
- Filming on location/designs of the Water Planet and Ice Planet
- Designs of the Endurance and Ranger
- The costume design of the spacesuits
- Storyboards and sketches
- Designing TARS and CASE
- Filming for Zero G sequences
- Casting (and photos of the key actors/characters)
- The aging process for certain characters
- On set photos of director Nolan
- Filming with IMAX cameras
- Hans Zimmer and creating the score


The Art of DreamWorks Animation: Celebrating 20 Years of Art
The Art of DreamWorks Animation: Celebrating 20 Years of Art
by Ramin Zahed
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $34.91
50 used & new from $30.56

4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Dreamworks Animation, April 7, 2015
Over the last two decades, Dreamworks Animation Studios has produced 30 films. In honor of the studios’ 20th Anniversary, they released The Art of Dreamworks Animation, which features over 300 pages of great artwork. By aggregating artwork from each of the Dreamworks Animation movies, this book serves as a nice collection of the Studio’s history.

For me, the single most striking aspect of Dreamworks animated films are their colors. When you think of the King Fu Panda or Madagascar films, your mind automatically thinks of the appealing color palettes of these movies. This makes for a wonder art book, and fortunately the colors within the book are every bit as bold and vibrant as they are on screen.

One of the virtues of the book is that the artwork is so diverse – there’s everything from early drawings and pencil sketches to polished character pieces. You really get a sense for how the design process progresses on films like these. Keep in mind that with animation, absolutely everything is created out of nothing. Even the simplest things that are taken for granted in live-action films have to be methodically designed in animation.

Each of the films gets about a dozen or so pages. It’s worth noting that many of these films also have their own individual full-size art and making-of books, so if you’re interested in exploring a particular film then you might consider also picking up it’s separate companion book, which will include much more art and go more in-depth about the production.

My personal favorites from an artwork perspective are Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon.

In closing, I highly recommend The Art of Dreamworks Animation. The book is a really great value and would make an excellent gift for fans of movies, animation, or art in general.

** See my video review for more info - link to YouTube in comments section **
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Cappec's Wireless Thermoblue - Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Weather Station. Built in Thermometer and Hygrometer. Transmits Wireless to Your iOS or Android Device.
Cappec's Wireless Thermoblue - Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Weather Station. Built in Thermometer and Hygrometer. Transmits Wireless to Your iOS or Android Device.
Offered by Cappec
Price: $59.95
2 used & new from $24.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Cappec Thermoblue Thermometer, April 6, 2015
This is a nice product which records a very accurate temperature. It also reads the humidity, but I cannot verify whether or not the readings are accurate (they seem reasonable though).

The free Thermoblue app will pair this unit with your bluetooth device (I used it with my iPhone 5S). The app will allow you to check the temperature/humidity. Because it only pairs through bluetooth, keep in mind you have to be within a fairly close range of the unit itself (for example, you will not be able to check the app while you are not home).

I received a free product for review purposes.
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[PROMOTION!] JEBSENS - T10 Super Bright Smart Portable & Rechargeable Magnetic 4-Level Brightness LED Flash Light / Lantern / Lamp, Perfect for Camping / Hiking / Tent / Emergency / Car Cargo Room / Garage (Micro USB Charging) - Black
[PROMOTION!] JEBSENS - T10 Super Bright Smart Portable & Rechargeable Magnetic 4-Level Brightness LED Flash Light / Lantern / Lamp, Perfect for Camping / Hiking / Tent / Emergency / Car Cargo Room / Garage (Micro USB Charging) - Black
Offered by JebsensDirect
Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Product, April 6, 2015
Length:: 0:21 Mins

The T10 is a really bright LED light - I have owned a few of these, and this one is by far the highest quality. There are 4 brightness settings, so you can adjust the amount of light based on the situation (although even the lowest setting produces quite a bit of light). Also included is a flashing mode which will be sure to get anyone's attention.

One thing to note is that the light is rechargeable -- it uses a built-in battery and therefore does not take disposable batteries. The light is charged through USB cable (included), so you'll need access to a USB wall charger or a power bank. One full charge will last you at least several hours (I had it on for about 4 hrs one night and it was still functioning when I was done using it).

Please see the video for a quick demonstration of the light turned on and in flashing mode.

I received a free product for the purpose of review.


enKo products GoPro Travel Case For GoPro Hero 1 2 3 3+ 4 And Accessories (GoPro Case Only, NO Accessories Included) (8.6" x 6.7" x 2.7")
enKo products GoPro Travel Case For GoPro Hero 1 2 3 3+ 4 And Accessories (GoPro Case Only, NO Accessories Included) (8.6" x 6.7" x 2.7")
Offered by New-Land
Price: $14.99
5 used & new from $8.49

4.0 out of 5 stars GoPro Protective Travel Case, March 31, 2015
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This is a high-quality case from enKo Products. It's not the nicest case from an aesthetic point of view, but it is very durable and gets the job done. I would recommend this case for storing and/or transporting your GoPro and it's accessories.

The idea is simple -- the interior of the case is filled with protective foam that is pre-cut to fit GoPro cameras and common accessories. You simply remove the foam parts where you want to place an item. That way, the foam still fills all unused space - meaning your items will fit tightly and will not move around when in the case. If there's nothing too delicate and you're comfortable with your accessories tumbling around, you can remove the foam entirely to free up more space inside the case.

This product can safely fit two cameras in their protective housing (or one camera and an extra empty case). There is room for a variety of accessories, including a spare memory card, extra batteries, the USB cable, and several mounts. I can easily fit all my essential items into the case.

I received this product free for the purpose of review.


Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Make Something Up, March 31, 2015
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Telling a story in a concise way is a virtue in my view, and so short stories have always been a favorite of mine. I've read over a dozen of the stories in this book, and I've loved most (not all) of them. In fact, I'd say Palahnuik has offered us one of the best collections in recent years. In my opinion, "Make Something Up" is right up there with Saunders' "Tenth of December". It's quality writing, the stories are typically amusing and disturbing at the same time.

Those readers who have previously read the author should already have some idea of what they're getting in to. If you're not familiar with Chuck Palahnuik, then this is actually a good book to begin with - just know that some of the stories are quite twisted (although I'd personally say not nearly as subversive as Palahnuik's work always seems to be categorized).

A quick look at Wikipedia shows that some of these stories were published previously in various periodicals (although I had never come across any of them before this book). Of the ones I've read so far, "Knock-Knock" and "Cannibal" are my favorites. I should also mention that fans of Fight Club can look forward to reading "Excursion", a story that effectively serves as a prologue to that novel.

Overall, "Make Something Up" is highly recommended reading. Not everyone will enjoy this book, but I'd wager that a great many people will agree that this is one of the most interesting books they've read in a while.


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