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Bosch RBS003 1/2-Inch Shank Carbide-Tipped Ogee Door and Cabinetry Router Bit Set, 3-Piece
Bosch RBS003 1/2-Inch Shank Carbide-Tipped Ogee Door and Cabinetry Router Bit Set, 3-Piece
Price: $176.27
2 used & new from $169.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Product, September 28, 2014
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Amazing product. Just did my first project with them, and everything went perfectly. Very sturdy and durable.

One small thing to note is that two of the bits became dislodged in shipping. I read that others had this problem as well, perhaps Bosch needs a better way of securing these for shipping purposes.


Ipevo CDCU-04IP VX-1 Internet Conference Station for Conference Calls and Remote Meeting
Ipevo CDCU-04IP VX-1 Internet Conference Station for Conference Calls and Remote Meeting
Price: $219.00
3 used & new from $219.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Conference Call Device, September 26, 2014
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This is a nice product that is high quality and reliable. It will work with both smartphones and computers - i tested the inputs in my iPhone 5S and my Macbook Pro laptop, and both worked fine. The listing of applications includes Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, AnyMeeting, etc.

I love the inclusion of both an omni-directional mic and the uni-directional mics, it really allows the device to capture audio from anywhere in the room. That's probably the single best feature of this unit.

The speaker is ideal for most situations. There are some scenarios where you might wish it was a bit clearer and a bit louder, but if you're using this in a moderate sized room that is isolated from most background noise, then you'll have no trouble hearing those on the other end of the line.


Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad
Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad
by L. Scott Silverii Ph.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.37
30 used & new from $30.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Good Cops Go Bad, September 26, 2014
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I think we can all agree that there are good cops and bad cops. But they are all people - and this book does a good job of diverting the good/bad absolutes, instead opting to paint a clear picture of how a generally good person can make bad decisions.

One thing to discuss is right there in the title: "cop culture". Given the hazards of the job, it is not uncommon for police to bond with each other and think of themselves as a tightly-knit unit. One problem that happens here as far as I can see is that after a certain amount of time of the job, some cops begin to see anyone they come across as a potential criminal or "threat". This is not rational at all, but it certainly makes sense once a police officer has been exposed to one or more stressful/traumatic situations.

This happens the other way too. If you are a citizen who does not know an officer, then the police are kind of a mystery to you. People have a bad experience with one police officer, and then make the mistake of thinking that all cops are bad. So one bad cop (or even one bad moment/choice with a normally good cop) can cause people to have a negative reaction to the police force in general. This is not a rational way of thinking on our part, but it permeates our culture nonetheless.

The book also goes through the history of law enforcement. It seems the biggest change in LE in recent years was the effects of 9/11 and the subsequent counterterrorism efforts, which includes an increase in SWAT forces and the increase of military-grade weapons in local police forces. While much of the public did not take kindly to their local police force resembling a military operation, this was probably also very stressful for the police themselves.

The book also does something very important in that it does not take a political view. It's always helpful to see these types of issues not from the far left or far right, but from a common-sense centrist perspective. The issues that some officers face, including stress and depression, are not political issues.

I found this book to be a very interesting and informative read. I would highly recommend it as a fascinating look inside police culture; it is also very insightful if you struggle with the moral complexity of the security versus freedom debate. The police are representatives for public safety, and as such they need to be held to a very high standard. At the same time, I often wonder why people do this job given its dangers; and after reading this book I came away with more respect for the police (especially the "good" ones).


Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
by Christian Rudder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.80
73 used & new from $11.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking, September 26, 2014
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As a fan of both statistics and social psychology, this book is right up my alley. It is one of the few books recently I have read from beginning to end without taking a break to read other things.

Essentially, the book uses data and statistics to illustrate trends in our society and our way of thinking. A lot of books do this - but "Dataclysm" is different for two main reasons:

1. The topics in the book are ones that are often ignored (or at the very least not explored) by other books of this type. Some of these include: issues of race and ethnicity, social class, attractiveness, etc.
2. The data is taken from many sources that might not be considered "scientific" - particularly online sites like Facebook, Twitter, and OK Cupid. The online data is important here considering the book's subtitle ("when we think no one's looking"); the perceived anonymity of the internet makes it a good method of gathering data about how people really think.

It's not a perfect book, but it's a very fun and entertaining read that is also enlightening in a number of ways.


Barron's GMAT
Barron's GMAT
by Carl S. Pyrdum
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Book for GMAT Test Prep, September 26, 2014
This review is from: Barron's GMAT (Paperback)
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The GMAT is a complex examination consisting of 4 main sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. This book takes you through each of these sections in great detail - it includes all the principles needed to understand the topics, plus sample questions. The author also discusses test-taking strategies that will help in general.

One very helpful component is the inclusion of two full-length practice tests. I would recommend that you take one right away and score it with the provided answer key, just to see where you stand; and then take the other one shortly before your test date (after you have read through the book and studied your problem areas). The best thing to do is to take the practice tests under official exam conditions - no internet or cell phone, following the proper time constraints, etc.

I am in the minority of people who actually enjoy taking these types of tests because I like the challenge. I found the book to be quite helpful. If you do have test anxiety or simply want to achieve a higher score, then reviewing this book and taking the practice tests is essential to help prepare you for the real thing.


InterDesign Metalo Hose Shower Caddy, Satin
InterDesign Metalo Hose Shower Caddy, Satin
Price: $29.99
2 used & new from $26.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Product, September 26, 2014
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This is a good product that is comprised of 4 separate racks. The whole caddy is designed to rest on the shower head's wall attachment/pipe. It also comes with a detachable suction cup if you wish to place it somewhere else. For those with a hose-type shower head, the hose hangs in between the racks. Overall, it's a solidly-built shower caddy

The one main gripe I have is that the shelves have no back, meaning you have to ensure that the rack stays pressed up against the shower wall... otherwise your items could fall down the back. This has not posed a problem for me, but I could see it becoming an occasional annoyance if anything were ever to fall.

The racks are quite small, fitting only 1-2 items each. That's certainly enough for an individual or a small family, but probably not for a larger family that uses many different shampoo/conditioners. For my family of 3, I think it's the perfect size.

One thing to note is that nothing is adjustable, so taller items (anything over 9 inches or so) will have to be placed on the top shelves... if you want a similar item with adjustable rack heights, try this: Zenith Products 7446ss Expandable Shower Caddy for Hand Held Shower or Tall Bottles, Chrome


Hitachi DS18DGL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Driver Drill
Hitachi DS18DGL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Driver Drill
Price: $110.59
3 used & new from $100.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drill - Hitachi DS18DGL, September 15, 2014
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I needed a quality drill for a project on my front door, and found using this to be a near-perfect experience. I am hardly a handyman, so I am not the most experienced when it comes to what makes a quality tool (so far I have only done wood work with the drill). But I was impressed by this drill -- it handled extremely well and was simple to use; I would certainly recommend it for everyday household use. Also, I think the inclusion of an extra battery is a great asset to those who are working under time constraints and don't want to wait between re-charges.

Notes:
- High-quality build and nice grip; drill seems very durable
- Comes with two (2) batteries. This is very helpful, because one can be recharged while you use the other.
- Includes a nice carrying/storage case
- NO drill bits included. Only includes one basic screwdriver bit.
- LED Light on front is small but quite bright, turns on whenever drill is in active use. Very useful for darker areas, but would be nice if it was optional.


Hoover UH70805 Windtunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Bagless Upright Vacuum
Hoover UH70805 Windtunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Bagless Upright Vacuum
Price: $99.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hoover WindTunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Vacuum, September 12, 2014
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I previously purchased three of the Hoover WindTunnel vacuums, they are high quality products. We have a dog that sheds a lot, and the WindTunnel series always takes care of the pet hair. This model is every bit as good as its predecessors.

Features of this vacuum:
- Relatively light yet durable, will be easy to handle/maneuver for most people.
- Works great with thick carpet and easily picks up pet hair.
- For the hard-to-reach areas, an extension attachment is included. There is also an attachment for furniture.
- All dust/dirt is captured in a canister, which is easy to remove and empty. The filter can also be washed (although you should replace it once a year for best results).


Belkin Air Protect Case for iPad Air (Black)
Belkin Air Protect Case for iPad Air (Black)
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27 used & new from $29.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, high-quality case -- fits perfectly on iPad Air, September 11, 2014
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I am using this product with my iPad Air that I bought a few months ago - I'm glad I have this case now. The design is very nice, and the product is durable.

The outside is soft, making it very pleasant to hold; but it's also a quality build that will keep your iPad safe from moderate handling and possibly a drop or two.

One downside is that it's quite a thick form factor -- so if the thin build was a key factor in you buying the iPad Air model, then you should know that this case will negate that to some degree.


Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Dean Norris
Price: $216.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad 2014 Blu-Ray Barrel Set, September 5, 2014
Length:: 1:05 Mins

This is a re-release of last year's "Breaking Bad" barrel set. I purchased the set last year, and my understanding is that this re-release will be nearly identical to the earlier version. I've listed the special features included below - I hope it is helpful in some way, and I would certainly recommend buying this if you are a fan of the TV series.

Whether you've always watched the show or if you've just found it recently, you know how great "Breaking Bad" is. If you've never seen it, then I encourage you to give it a chance. Rarely has a show had this much universal acclaim (a 9.6 on IMDb, a 99/100 on Metacritic, 4 Emmy wins for Drama Actor and 2 Wins for Best Drama Series, etc).

*****

This complete series blu-ray set comes with the following:
- Discs are packaged inside a replica money barrel.
- Los Pollos Hermanos apron
- Collectible Challenge Coin
- Episode Guide Booklet (w/ letter from Vince Gilligan)

LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES
- No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad - An all-new, exclusive two hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes.
- Bad Memories - Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about the show ending and some of their favorite moments.
- Bryan Cranston: Director - Go on set with Bryan Cranston as he directs the first episode of the season entitled "Blood Money."
- Scene Envy - The Cast tell us which scene they wish they could have been in.
- Shocking Moments - The stars reveal the moments that shocked them most.
- From Walt to Heisenberg - From high school teacher to deadly meth dealer, watch as Walter White quickly transforms into Heisenberg.
- How Will It End? - At the beginning of the season, the cast was asked to give their thoughts on how they thought the show would end.
- Avenging Agent: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader - A look at the character Hank Schrader and the man who played him, Dean Norris.
- Scene Stealer: Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader - A look at the character Marie Schrader and the woman who plays her, Betsy Brandt.
- A Criminal Attorney: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman -A look at the character Saul Goodman and the man who played him, Bob Odenkirk.
- Jesse's Journey: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman - A look at the character Jesse Pinkman and the man who played him, Aaron Paul.
- Skyler Breaks Bad: Anna Gunn on Season Four - Actress Anna Gunn and series creator Vince Gilligan explore Skyler's character evolution through the fourth season.
- Growing Up in the White House: RJ Mitte on Walter, Jr. - RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston and series creator Vince Gilligan discuss the extraordinary dynamics of the White family, and Walter, Jr.'s unique role.
- The Ultimate Chess Match - Members of the cast and crew discuss Walter White and Gus Fring's extraordinary and complicated battle of wits and their struggle for Jesse's allegiance.
- Looking Back: A Season Four Retrospective - Season Four's most surprising and memorable moments.
- Ted's Wipeout - In Episode 411, "Crawl Space," Ted Beneke suffers a head injury while trying to escape from Saul's goons. In this featurette, Christopher Cousins (Ted) explains how this shocking stunt was accomplished.
- The Truck Attack Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the Los Pollos Hermanos truck attack and the brilliant shot-by-shot storyboards that were created for the episode "Bullet Points."
- Walt and the Challenger Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the sequence where Walt indulges in some crazy stunt driving in Walt Jr.'s Dodge Challenger and the storyboards that were created.


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