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Belkin Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini, and iPod touch 7th Gen, 4 Feet (Black)
Belkin Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini, and iPod touch 7th Gen, 4 Feet (Black)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Cable, December 14, 2014
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Great lightning cable, very durable. The 4-ft length allows a lot of room to connect your devices.

I tested the cable with my iPhone 5S and my iPad Air. It works very well - you can transfer data from your computer/laptop, or you can simply use it to connect to any power source to recharge.

Highly recommended, although some have noted that there are cheap knock-offs on the market -- so make sure you buy directly from Amazon (or another authorized retailer) to ensure you get an Apple-certified product.


Surprise! by Amazon
Surprise! by Amazon
Price: $0.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea - allows for an easy yet thoughtful gift, December 12, 2014
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Length:: 1:59 Mins

Surprise by Amaon is a great concept that is well executed by Amazon. Essentially, it is like sending a digital greeting card - but its completely customizable. You start with a template, or can even start from scratch. From there you can add text, photos, audio, and video. So instead of just writing "Happy Birthday", you can speak it. And as much as I like holding a tactile greeting card in my hand, you simply can't add a memorable home video to a store-bought card.

The app also gives you the choice to include an Amazon Gift Card (optional). As someone who loves the practical nature of gift cards, I often tend to hesitate because to some they are perceived as not particularly thoughtful and devoid of effort. So this app is a nice remedy to that problem - you can give a gift card while being creative. Amazon Gift Cards have always been able to personalized, particularly if sending via email - you could always add a note, and there were many nice designs to choose from. But this app takes that concept and expands it into something great.

After you finish your design, you choose who to send it to and what date you want Amazon to deliver it. Its that easy (and pretty fun too)!

The app is available on a variety of platforms (I downloaded it on both my Kindle Fire and my iPad). Great idea by Amazon here, it has a lot of potential.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Special Edition]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Special Edition]
Price: $17.98

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - Original Score, December 9, 2014
As someone who has mixed feelings on Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth Saga, the music always stood out as my favorite aspect of the films. Composer Howard Shore did something right that his music for this franchise has left a great impression on millions of fans. From the first themes from "Fellowship of the Ring" (still my favorite of all six scores), it was clear that Shore had achieved something special. This final installment, "Battle of the Five Armies", represents the end of the musical journey that began over a decade ago.

With 23 tracks totaling around 110 minutes of music, you are getting a lot of value in this album (including some extended tracks). This is the type of score that you can listen to straight through; you'll be immersed in the sounds of Middle Earth. And unlike so many soundtracks, the cues presented here are long and are given time to build in intensity and emotion.

The song "The Last Goodbye" (performed by Billy Boyd) is a very nice addition to the soundtrack, and probably my favorite of the songs in The Hobbit trilogy.

I will say that in terms of the Hobbit trilogy soundtracks, "Battle of the Five Armies" is my second favorite. On the whole, "Desolation of Smaug" remains my preference at the time of this writing. And my favorite single track from this trilogy is "Over Hill" from "An Unexpected Journey". But really, picking this track or that track is a futile effort here - the whole thing works best as an experience from beginning to end. And I look forward to listening to all three Hobbit scores back-to-back-to-back at some point in the future (when I have 5 hours free!).

We all know that the music from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is widely considered to be among the best of what modern film music has to offer. However, that legacy left big shoes to fill for the Hobbit Trilogy - and while I do not think Shore's scores for the Hobbit are quite as memorable as their LOTR counterparts, ultimately he was successful in crafting something that was new but at the same time reminiscent of what he achieved on the Rings trilogy.
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Score)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Score)
Price: $14.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Original Score, December 8, 2014
The score for "Mockingjay Part 1" is another competent installment of this ongoing musical saga. I really enjoy the work of composer James Newton Howard, and he is crafting an effective score... one which continues certain themes from the previous films, while also introducing plenty of new music into the mix. If I had one minor quibble, it's this: sometimes the music is just too subtle for my taste (I have found this to be true of each of the Hunger Games scores). I wish the composer would go bigger at certain points - not to overshadow the drama on screen, but to compliment it in a more impactful way.

I would say the 70 minutes of music we get is the best value yet for a Hunger Games album. The "Catching Fire" score had 5 more minutes of music, but the film was also about 20 min longer than Mockingjay Pt. 1.

The highlight of the album is without a doubt "The Hanging Tree", which really is a fantastic song that is not only performed well but has relevance to the story. Each time I listen, I find myself liking it more and more. A lot of people thought it should have been included on the soundtrack album rather than on this score album, but I think it's right at home here - after all, the track is just as much dependent on the orchestration as it is the lyrics.


Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Version)
Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Version)
Price: $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Interstellar Soundtrack - Updated with "No Time for Caution", December 8, 2014
This is the updated MP3 soundtrack for "Interstellar". It is exactly the same as the previous Deluxe Edition except with the addition of one extra track - a track that much buzzed about among fans.

"No Time for Caution" is the music which accompanied the docking sequence in the film. That track is available for purchase separately, so if you already own the soundtrack then there is no need to buy the whole thing again - just pick up that one track (for a reduced price of $0.69 at the time of this review).

As for the complete score, it is really great. I would say this is one of the cases where the music works better as presented in the movie than it does on it's own; but it is really a pleasure to listen to this music in any context. There is not a weak track in the bunch - I've listed my five personal favorites below. My only concern is that it left me wanting more, and indeed I was disappointed to find out that some tracks that I wanted were not included here (a few are available on iTunes, others remain unreleased).

There are only a few key themes here, and they are included a number of times on the album. An example: variations of "Day One", which I would call the main theme of Interstellar, can be heard in the tracks "Cornfield Chase" (where it is more upbeat) and "S.T.A.Y." (where it is more somber). This is not a bad thing to hear variations of the same theme, especially when it's so good.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[2] Cornfield Chase
[3] Dust
[4] Day One
[8] Mountains
[16] S.T.A.Y.
[22] No Time for Caution


VonHaus 16x Interlocking Black Shoe Storage Organizer. Make into Any Shape or Size
VonHaus 16x Interlocking Black Shoe Storage Organizer. Make into Any Shape or Size
Offered by Designer Habitat
Price: $79.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VonHaus Interlocking Storage Shelves, December 8, 2014
This is a quality module-based organizer. Essentially, you get rectangular pieces, small square pieces, and connectors - and can build the organizer of the size and shape that suits your needs. It's advertised for shoe storage, but in reality you can use it for just about anything. I decided to expand to my home entertainment center, using the organizer to store DVDs and other media disks, etc.

The initial build, just for testing purposes - was the conventional 4x4 setup. It took over an hour for me to assemble this the first time around. The main problem is that at the beginning, it's not very sturdy - that changes as you add more and more modules. Also, the connector pieces are a bit strange - they don't always "click" into a perfect fit, and would often pop out while I assembled an adjacent section. I found myself just having to push very hard, and constantly double-checking the integrity of the structure before continuing. The included product info sheet is not particularly helpful (although you should get along just fine without assembly direction). I'll be honest - while assembling this product, I was somewhat frustrated.

But once the whole thing is set up, it holds up surprisingly well (even when loaded with items). Although the ideal setup is a 4x4 square of modules, you can technically build any way you want - you could stack modules higher if you are short on floor space, or separate it into two/three smaller organizers rather than one large one. I played around with multiple variations, and ended up with a bit of an unconventional setup (and only stopped because I ran out of small square pieces).

Again, in my opinion it's a real pain to put this together. But once it's assembled it is indeed sturdy and functional. And thinking long term -- it will be a luxury to be able to disassemble this organizer when packing, moving, or just changing up your room layout.

* I received this item for free for review.
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2-in-1 Mobile Phone Car Mount, Holder - Universal Fit - Secure Cell Phone/GPS to Windshield or Air Vent in Vehicle - Installs in Seconds - Padded, Adjustable Grips for Safety and Security - Hands Down the Best Mount You'll Own! - Fits Iphone 6, 6+, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Android Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3 and All Other Smartphones - Black Color - 2 Year Warranty Included
2-in-1 Mobile Phone Car Mount, Holder - Universal Fit - Secure Cell Phone/GPS to Windshield or Air Vent in Vehicle - Installs in Seconds - Padded, Adjustable Grips for Safety and Security - Hands Down the Best Mount You'll Own! - Fits Iphone 6, 6+, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, Android Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3 and All Other Smartphones - Black Color - 2 Year Warranty Included
Offered by Sarah's Source LLC
Price: $36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-Tech 2-in-1 Mobile Car Mount, December 8, 2014
This is a great little mount that is easy to install and will hold most phones (in my case, an iPhone 5S).

There are two different mounts provided - a suction cup for the windshield and a mount for the air vent. I cannot speak to the suction cup method, as I did not use that part of the device. Instead, I used the air vent mount - which I think provides a more stable and secure experience.

The item is easy to use; essentially, your phone is held in place by two cushioned arms on either side of the product. Since there is no support on the bottom, technically you would think it would be easy for the phone to fall out -- but it doesn't. I drove for a bit with my phone in the mount, and put it through the paces (even over a few speed bumps on my way to the gas station). The mount securely holds the phone. Of course, should you wist to remove the phone from the mount, it's very hassle free -- there is a release button which makes your phone easy to remove from the mount.

I recommend this car mount - it's simple yet effective design allows for ease of use without compromising the safety of your phone.
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters
Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters
by David S. Cohen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $33.01
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Rim - Art Book, December 6, 2014
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Length:: 1:25 Mins

"Pacific Rim" is a fantastic addition to any film book collection; it's instant classic of movie art books. This book is packed with a ton of outstanding imagery related to the movie -- those who have seen the film know that the art direction and design elements are among the film's many strengths.

As it's subtitle suggests, the book essentially focuses on three elements -- man, machines, and monsters. The most interesting part of the book to me is the "monsters"; every Kaiju that appears in the film is detailed in the book. Each one of the creatures is very different, and the in-depth look that this book provides allows for a greater appreciation of the work that went into designing them. No less challenging are the "machines", or Jaegers, which are cool-looking but also designed to be functional. And these are not just outer shells; the inner mechanics of the Jaegers had to be designed as well, giving that we see inside them at various points in the movie.

The book comes with a forward written by director Guillermo del Toro (if you're a fan, check out this book), and as a bonus you get two posters from the movie (they measure approximately 18 x 30").

Overall, this book serves as a companion piece to the movie. Those who are interested in the art of filmmaking will no doubt want to read this book - it is a master class in fantasy design.

Included in the book:
- The Kaiju - designs, maquettes, concept art, anatomy
- The Jaegers - design, blueprints, emphasis on Gypsy Danger
- Storyboards of key scenes in the film
- Designing the various costumes and Jaeger piloting suits
- Conceptual art of the Shatterdome
- Designing the look of "drifting"
- Challenges of production (includes on-set photos)


Resistance Bands - Heavy Duty Band Set - Handles, Door Anchor, Ankle Strap - for Legs, Arms, Pull-Up, Yoga, Pilates, Weight Training - Men & Women - No Dumbbells - Best Affordable Home Gym Equipment - Fitness Gear - Lifetime Warranty
Resistance Bands - Heavy Duty Band Set - Handles, Door Anchor, Ankle Strap - for Legs, Arms, Pull-Up, Yoga, Pilates, Weight Training - Men & Women - No Dumbbells - Best Affordable Home Gym Equipment - Fitness Gear - Lifetime Warranty
Offered by fitGevity
Price: $29.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FitGevity Resistance Bands, December 5, 2014
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A high quality set of resistance bands. This kit has everything you need for a home workout. Basically, the resistance bands are heavy duty and should last a long time. The various attachments and the inclusion of a door anchor allows for the bands to be used for a variety of purposes, and each band offers a different level of resistance.

You can essentially build a workout routine around the components of this kit; all of which fits into a nice bag that is suitable for storage or travel.

Sample provided for review.


Travis Travel TSA Approved Travel Bottles with Carry-on Bag and Leak Proof Valve
Travis Travel TSA Approved Travel Bottles with Carry-on Bag and Leak Proof Valve
Offered by Bliss Goods LLC
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Travel Bottles, December 5, 2014
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These are very nice bottles with a design that was well thought out. They would be particularly useful for traveling by plane, where you don't have to worry about leaks in your luggage. But it's also very useful for car travel, or even everyday use around the home.

Included are two 2-oz bottles and one 3-oz bottle. These bottles should hold enough liquid soap/shampoo/conditioner for one person for about a week.

One thing to note is that the "leak-proof" does not quite apply to if pressure is applied to the bottles. If you apply enough pressure (say, by accidentally setting something heavy on it), the lip can pop open and the contents will shoot out. So I recommend that during travel you store the bottles inside the zip-bag included with purchase, just as a secondary measure.

Sample provided for review.


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