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6 AQUAPEL Windshield/Glass Water Repellant TREATMENTS
6 AQUAPEL Windshield/Glass Water Repellant TREATMENTS
Offered by 8020ww
Price: $21.97
3 used & new from $21.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No joke, it REALLY works, July 18, 2014
If you are a skeptic, as I am, you have read the promo for Aquapel and thought to yourself "sure, and it also mows the lawn and makes my coffee for me in the morning." Skepticism is out of place here because this product really and truly works as advertised.

It is not inexpensive, and it is not easy to properly apply. You must make absolutely sure your windshield is perfectly clean, and I mean CLEAN. Rub it with alcohol, or wipe it down with Mother's window cleaner and a microfiber cloth, two or three times. If you have badly pitted or water spotted glass, you may want to use a glass polishing compound first to get the crud off before you go with alcohol or Mother's. When your glass is spotlessly clean, pop one of these things and quickly wipe the pad all over the windshield, up and down and side to side. Then here is the trick - you have to wipe it all off before it dries, or you will end up with cloudy glass and probably want to start all over again. Best is to use paper towels to wipe it down first - a damp hazy streaky mess will just start to form, then use a perfectly clean microfiber towel to rub and rub and rub until the windshield shines, turning the cloth over and over to get a new dry surface to use to polish the glass until it is streak free.

The result? Take your car out in a downpour. You will see the water bead up on your windshield, just as it does on your paint after a fresh carnauba wax job. As you get up to about 20 miles per hour, those beads will start blowing up and off your windshield glass. At 40 miles per hour, you will wonder whether you even need to use your wipers - the water is beading up and just skittering off the glass from the force of the air rushing over your windshield.

This nearly miraculous water beading will continue for weeks and weeks. I've been able to go anywhere from three to six months before I feel the need to reapply Aquapel, so long as I keep my windshield reasonably clean and my wiper blades are in good shape - grit and grime and worn blades will work like sandpaper to wear down the protective Aquapel layer on the glass pretty quickly.

One applicator will do your windshield, no more than that. If you want, you can do the rear and side windows, that typically takes one applicator for the glass on each side of the car (assuming you have a front and rear side window) and one for the rear windshield- so you're into four of them to do all of your auto glass. I've decided doing the side windows is not really necessary, but the front and rear windshield glass benefits greatly from Aquapel treatment.

Short form review: this is incredible stuff. Well worth the price and the bit of effort required to apply it properly.

Belkin Lightning Charging Kit with Charge/Sync Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad Pro, iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini (2.1 Amp /10 Watt), Black
Belkin Lightning Charging Kit with Charge/Sync Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad Pro, iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini (2.1 Amp /10 Watt), Black
Price: $33.19
38 used & new from $14.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?, June 27, 2014
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For under 25 bucks, you get a 2.1 amp AC wall charger (which is designed for 100V to 240V, so will work for travel without a converter, although you will need an adapter to fit Euro outlets), a charger with usb port for your car and a robust 4 foot lightning to usb cable. All of them work just fine with my iphone 5 and ipad mini (contrary to the complaints that seem to pop up here and there in these amazon reviews). So long as the case you use for your device leaves the lightning socket and a modest area around it exposed, you should have absolutely no problem getting a quick, tight fit.

You could go to the Apple store and spend about as much for a flimsy "OEM" lightning cable and a wimpy 1 amp AC charger - but why? The Belkin wall charger will power up your device waaaay faster, and the cable is heavy duty, nowhere near as prone to self-destruct as that diddly white Apple cable. The car charger fits snugly in the 12V lighter socket in my old Bimmer (and for some reason lots of other car charging devices do not). It protrudes about a half inch when seated in the socket, so it is easy to plug in and remove. It has a rather bright green LED to let you know that the charger is properly seated and is indeed feeding power to your device - which is good to know since in my experience it is otherwise easy to mistakenly think you have a connection to the 12V when you do not.

So break it down. Under 25 bucks, two chargers, 4 foot cable. No brainer.

Just one quibble - it would be nice if the prongs on the wall charger were designed to swivel or to fold in, like some other Belkin models. That would make it easier to fit the charger into a power strip loaded up with lots of other wall warts (swivel), and/or would be nice if you want to just pop it into your dopp kit when traveling (folding prongs). Nothin's perfect. But this kit is more than adequate for its intended purpose and a smart buy.

DUB U1422 Wheel Cleaner - 22 oz.
DUB U1422 Wheel Cleaner - 22 oz.
Price: $8.99
14 used & new from $8.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird, weird, weird, May 30, 2014
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OK, what marketing guys dreamed this stuff up? There are many wheel cleaners on the market, from all the usual suspects. The best manage to remove brake dust and other grunge pretty effectively, with a bit of scrubbing, and do it without harming clear coat and other alloy wheel finishes. The key is to get the job done but do no harm. The best seem to be the cleaners from armor all and, above all else, sonax and p21s.

For starters, this Dub stuff smells downright weird, like cheap perfume and tropical fruit cocktails from a 1980s fern bar. Then there is the color gimmick. Whats with that? I definitely do not want my recently refinished alloys to turn technicolor green and red while Im washing my car. And then the litany of warnings, which all do make me wonder how gentle this stuff will be and what damage it will do if used regularly a couple of times a week.

And the results? On stubbornly grimy wheels, not on par with the top three, named above, not by a long shot.

The verdict: one star for creativity - albeit misguided. Another star for results. I know of no good reason to buy this product beyond curiosity about a multicolored pina colada scented wheel cleaner. What the heck?

Kernel Season's White Cheddar Seasoning, 8.5 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 2)
Kernel Season's White Cheddar Seasoning, 8.5 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 2)
Price: $10.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, May 16, 2014
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I picked this out of the Vine offerings because my daughter happens to love the cheesy popcorn seasoning stuff at our local movie house. What the heck, let's see what we've got here!

I expected the usual salty, gloppy, artificial flavory stuff. This is actually pretty palatable, not absurdly salty and pretty tasty. To try it out, we declared a home movie night and made up two batches of popcorn, one seasoned with my (patent pending) lemon and aleppo pepper beurre blanc, the other doused with Kernel Season's. I will readily admit my vote goes to the beurre blanc, but the Kernel Season's batch was definitely tasty, albeit in a very different way. It's a bit salty, a bit tangy, a bit cheesy, better than just passable.

Only one "con" to report: this stuff is very fine grained and quite dry. When you shake it onto your popcorn and then shake the bowl to distribute it, you will see a cloud of white powder fly out. Shake with caution.

More Than Gourmet Glace De Canard Gold Roasted Duck Stock, 1.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)
More Than Gourmet Glace De Canard Gold Roasted Duck Stock, 1.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)
Price: $28.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb shortcut to excellent sauces, May 2, 2014
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In a more perfect world, all of us will have the time, patience and skill to make our own supply of rich duck stock to have on hand whenever we want to deglaze a pan after searing and roasting chicken or duck breasts, or want to make a rich sauce to go with a whole roasted bird, a roasted turkey breast or other fowl. Here on Planet Earth, we resort to More Than Gourmet Glace de Canard. It's not a terrible compromise at all. Like the Glace de Viande from More Than Gourmet, this stuff is the lazy man's (or woman's) way to pretty darned good sauce on the fly.

A suggested method - make about one cup of concentrated stock with one of these 1.5 ounce containers of jelled stock. Sear fat duck breasts (magrets) in a heavy pan, then continue to roast in a hot oven to about 130 F, at which point they will still be rosy in the middle, but sufficiently cooked for safety as they will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat. Lay the breasts on a cutting board over a pile of fresh herbs (typically I will use fresh stalks of lavender, thyme and rosemary). This will subtly flavor the meat and any juices that will flow as the breasts continue to cook a bit from their retained heat. Your pan will be really hot. Pour off the fat (with duck breasts you will have been doing this through the cooking process as they throw off a lot. Keep it to use for other purposes, if you wish). Pour a good amount of cognac in the pan. Flame it. Scrape up the bits and caramelized juices in the pan. Add decent quality amontillado, or port, or red wine. Reduce by at least half. Add your cup of duck stock. Continue to reduce. Towards the end, add a tablespoon or so of decent balsamic vinegar (I like the 'house balsamic' from W-S for this) and a dash of Worcestershire sauce for a bit of umami. When the resulting sauce is silky you may consider it ready, or you could richen it up with a touch of cream, or swirl a pat or so of butter into your sauce. If in the mood, you could add some tiny cherries preserved in light syrup and cognac, or huckleberries, or some dried cherries or cranberries previously plumped up in warm water, or chopped fresh herbs, or wild mushrooms browned in butter, or whatever. Slice duck breasts at an angle so you have nice wide slices perhaps a quarter inch thick, fan out on plates, nap with the sauce and provide the rest in a small bowl or pitcher for the table. For more decadent presentation, place the slices around the edge of a bed of silky riced and whipped potatoes or polenta before saucing.

Voila. Serve with a decent bottle of red burgundy (or good beaujolais, or chinon, or bordeaux, or whatever red fits your mood), appropriate vegetable accompaniments and a crusty baguette, and away you go, without spending a day or more making the wonderful stock that holds this meal together.

Buying these six packs of single use containers is the way to go, unless you do this often enough get through a 16 oz tub before mold gets to it. By the half dozen, the price offered here is quite fair.

Indispensable stuff.

Crest 3D White Brilliance Vibrant Peppermint Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste 4.1oz
Crest 3D White Brilliance Vibrant Peppermint Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste 4.1oz
Offered by cosmeticbeautyplace
Price: $7.00
23 used & new from $6.02

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not mesmerized, May 2, 2014
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Up front confession - I'm a toothpaste snob. My regulars are Marvis, Botot and Fluocaril; occasionally I will use a high fluoride toothpaste my dentist provides. And I do things that can be really tough on my teeth - spend weeks each year tasting very young, recently bottled wines and tank or barrel samples with heaps of tannin, acid and pigment that can do a number on tooth enamel and gums. Drink straight shots of espresso every day. Smoke cigars every now and then. So I look to my toothpaste to really do the job between professional cleanings.

I lean toward toothpaste flavors derived from natural oils of fennel, ginger and cinnamon. And above all, I dislike toothpaste that tastes more like sweet candy than something that will actually be good for your teeth and gums.

This toothpaste promises to be the real deal - it will mesmerize. It is '3D,' and has 'illuminating complex,' whatever that means outside the Mad Men universe. If all of this sounds like snake oil, it could well be. The stuff in the tube does not fulfill the promises in the promo.

This is Crest, and growing up, we all heard those ads, over and over and over again, saying that dentists recommend Crest. Well, now that I'm grown up, not sure why.

This stuff comes out of the tube with the consistency of those canned aerosol shaving creams, and it has an almost oily, whipped shaving cream sort of texture in the mouth, especially when used with a Sonicare or similar brush. Not pleasant. Along with that odd texture is a cloying sweetness and a weird, artificial mint taste. As for the promise of 'brilliant white' teeth, I'm not seeing it, although I will grant you I have only used this for a few days. The product blurb says you will see results after just a few brushings. I don't. Maybe the problem is my teeth, or my eyesight - but I tend to think not.

This came to me as a sample from Amazon Vine. I would not contemplate buying it. I see others here appear to be thrilled with this toothpaste and report visible 'whiteness' after a few uses. I can't replicate their reported results. When my teeth are visibly stained from days of tasting young red wines, I have resorted to peroxide whitening toothpastes. They do work.

This, I regret to inform, really does not. The Emperor, as the little boy said, is not wearing any clothing. Those who see fine garments here may well be swayed by the power of suggestion and advertising, and not the veritable sheen of silk. Ain't no silk here.

Proof: The Science of Booze
Proof: The Science of Booze
by Adam Rogers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.57
56 used & new from $4.16

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining romp through the science of alcoholic beverages, April 8, 2014
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If you've read and enjoyed any of Patrick McGovern's books on the origins of wine and beermaking, you will no doubt love this book. Rogers has a breezy, clever, hip writing style, but he also seems to know his stuff. He starts with the notion - which he shares with McGovern - that the evolution of alcoholic beverages has been a critical, civilizing element in human history. "Proof" begins, in fact, with an essay on yeast, and posits that the domestication of yeasts for the production of foodstuffs like bread and beverages like beer and wine has been a driving force in the development of stable, agrarian, "civilized" humanity. Ditto his chapter on distillation - which draws parallels among alchemy, the distillation of fermented grape, grain and tree fruit to create spiritous drink and the development of many modern industrial processes involving distillation.

Rogers also goes on to muse about, and to discuss the science behind, the smell and taste of alcoholic beverages and the behavioral effects of alcohol. "Proof" ends with a chapter on the search for an explanation for hangovers - and for a reliable cure.

Only once during my reading did I want to take Rogers aside and say "no, lad, you've got that wrong." At one point, he says that until recently you could count yourself lucky if you could find a bar in the U.S. offering more than two or three single malt whiskies. Perhaps Rogers was in diapers at the time, but I know that Jake O'Shaunessy's in Seattle had scores of malts on offer in the '70s and 80's - and anyone who went to the trouble to look could certainly build a collection of "singles" of his own.

But such minor quibbles aside, this is an entertaining and enlightening read.

Griot's Garage 11033 Glass Sealant - 8 oz.
Griot's Garage 11033 Glass Sealant - 8 oz.
Price: $9.84
3 used & new from $8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, April 8, 2014
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In my mind, there are three leading auto glass 'sealant' treatments out there - Rain-X, Aquapel, and this product, Griot's Glass Sealant. Aquapel is the most expensive of the three, and as far as i can tell, it is the clear leader in terms of function and longevity. But for about as much as this 8 oz bottle costs, you get one or possibly two Aquapel applicators, each of which contains just enough solution to treat one windshield or rear window. But there is no question that Aquapel is pretty miraculous stuff - properly applied, it makes rain skitter across your windshield and fly off into the ozone, and it remains effective for months, even with frequent trips to the local car wash.

Griot's Glass Sealant and Rain-X appear to me to be more or less equivalent and second tier. Both will go on relatively easy. Both will give your auto glass a clear coating that has moderate water-shedding properties. Both seem to last a few weeks at most before requiring a new coat.

But if you do not mind applying Glass Sealant every few weeks - and it really is not a chore - and if you do not demand the somewhat amazing rain shedding properties of Aquapel, then this reasonably priced 8 ounce bottle of the stuff represents good value for money. Me, I'm willing to spend the extra coin for the Aquapel treatment. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's really nice to be able to cruise along at 30 or 40 mph and watch the rain literally fly off your windshield, driven away by the force of the wind on the glass - you barely need to use your wipers. Glass Sealant doesn't quite amaze, but it does make your wipers work far more effectively than they do on untreated glass.

What's In A Name?  (English Subtitled)
What's In A Name? (English Subtitled)
Price: $2.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous, and outrageously good, March 23, 2014
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a la Francaise. All but a few minutes of the film consists of quick repartee during the course of a small dinner party in a modest Paris apartment, with a cast of characters who definitely know how to turn a phrase or two. "Le prenom" in question is just the pretext for an evening of sniping, soul-searching and soul baring that has more twists and turns than a bowl of fusilli. Best of all, in true French cinematic comedy fashion, after the knock down, drag out fight that unfolds before our eyes, and seemingly against all odds, little blood is spilled, and all ends more or less happily ever after, in a bittersweet sort of way.

Well worth watching.

Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
DVD ~ Joni Mitchell
Price: $9.99
23 used & new from $3.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, silly video, March 19, 2014
This is one of the most extraordinary concert recordings ever. Pat Metheny soars in a solo following "Amelia." Jaco's bass snaps and pops and drives the music forward, song after song. It's some of his best work - and wonderfully recorded. Brecker is all over the place, blowing his top. And when the concert video is a concert video, and the camera is not centered on someone's butt, watching the musicians do their thing adds to the sonic joy. But... As others have observed, much of the video is devoted to newsreel footage, artsy choreographed skating scenes, and post-psychedelic era psychedelia. Get the CD or download a lossless digital version of the music. If it is worth it to you to catch a few glimpses of young Metheny, or the dear departed Jaco and Brecker playing their best (and Jaco doing his usual showmanship thing), then by all means get the DVD. But the music is the thing here. The video occasionally adds, but more often detracts from the experience.

Two stars for the video, six stars for the performance.

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