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Gardening Is Fun for the Entire Family
Gardening Is Fun for the Entire Family
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Price: $8.95
7 used & new from $4.25

5.0 out of 5 stars "the best new band to alter the alternative" circa 1993-1994, July 18, 2015
Little known local band from Greenwich, Connecticut, a.k.a. "the best new band to alter the alternative" circa 1993-1994. Terrific stuff.

Dremel EZ407SA EZ Drum Sanding Band and Mandrel
Dremel EZ407SA EZ Drum Sanding Band and Mandrel
Price: $5.99
36 used & new from $5.24

1.0 out of 5 stars Totally useless after about 30 minutes of use (total, May 24, 2015
Totally useless after about 30 minutes of use (total, not in one sitting). Will NOT hold drum sander in place, just spins loose inside the drum. I bought one, and this happened, so I returned it for a new one. Same thing happened again. DO NOT BUY.

VERY100 Lot 5 pcs Ergonomic Grip Slingshot Catapult Hunting Sling Shot Game Hunter
VERY100 Lot 5 pcs Ergonomic Grip Slingshot Catapult Hunting Sling Shot Game Hunter
Offered by August“store (HK)
Price: $7.63
2 used & new from $7.63

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: NOT STAINLESS STEEL AS ADVERTISED!, May 22, 2014
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ZERO STARS. This is advertised as stainless steel. It is NOT steel, but probably zinc. This is not mere persnickety bellyaching of the "waah waah, it's not as advertised" type, this is a genuine concern about safety. Steel can tolerate the stresses of pulling back on slingshot bands, but zinc cannot. Zinc is prone to shattering, which likely means that the forks will break and snap into your face. SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS. There's even a review below where that happened to one buyer. Most slingshot sellers selling zinc slingshots simply avoid mention of the material, which is how you know not to buy it. Falsely advertising it as stainless steel is just a giant F.U. to consumers.

Wooden Slingshot Toy
Wooden Slingshot Toy

2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality, October 7, 2013
This review is from: Wooden Slingshot Toy (Toy)
I bought this exact model from a street market in Korea for about $3, and even that was a little pricey for what you get. It's Chinese made (see the website for alibaba) and the wood is cheap and soft and cannot withstand anything stronger than the rubberbands (yes, the office kind) that it comes with. The forks are basically dowels glued in about a half inch into the handle and came loose very quickly on mine- I had to hot glue it back in. I can't blame the seller for wanting $14 for this, but shame on any consumer who pays that much. If a slingshot you want, you're far better off buying a steel or aluminum one for about 2/3 the price, which is vastly more powerful and in fact safe. That said, if you want something for your kids to play with- to shoot marshmallows or soft earplugs or something, then this is the toy for you. But not at this price.

Korea: The Impossible Country
Korea: The Impossible Country
by Daniel Tudor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.12
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey of Korean society, November 29, 2012
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Tudor's book is not so much the "inside story of an economic, political, and cultural phenomenon" that the cover proclaims it to be so much as it is a thorough survey of *who* Koreans are and *why* they are so. Anyone can look up the history of Korea's chaebol or its political (and military) history, and merely need notice what's hot in pop music to spot Korea's cultural influence. But Tudor avoids such a facts-only approach and frankly (but lovingly) introduces the reader to the factors that motivate, scare, cheer, and depress the average Cho.

Foreign visitors to Korea often find themselves faced with a language, cuisine, environment, and even climate that is so different from their own that they resign themselves to Korea being too impenetrable (and yes, impossible) to contemplate. A subset of these expats find that two years working at a hagwon gives them an unassailable opinion of the 'fascinating natives' and offer an outsider's deconstruction of Korean society in blog form despite no real intimacy with the people or language. They are right in proclaiming that Korea is interesting, but lack a true understanding. Korean-authored works tend to be well-informed, but often oblivious to what their target readership wants to know. Tudor hits the sweet spot and gives a knowledgable explanation of what a Western audience wants to know (and would find interesting, even if initially they might not be curious).

The book includes current events up through mid-2012 and will surely benefit from an update in a few years as Korea gathers more and more of the world's attention with the PyeongChang Olympics and whatever else may happen. For now (and most likely in the future as well), the book should be the first choice for anyone wishing to learn about modern Korean society.

HealthAndYoga(TM) Stainless Steel Neti Pot for Sinus Congestion (Ayurvedic JalNeti)
HealthAndYoga(TM) Stainless Steel Neti Pot for Sinus Congestion (Ayurvedic JalNeti)
Offered by SoulGenie
Price: $18.95
2 used & new from $18.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BIG, April 8, 2010
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It's bigger than I expected, which makes it a little awkward to hold on to (no handle). The spout is bolted on (with rubber bushings to prevent leakage), but it's not fixed in place-- if it's not welded on, it will be prone to rotating around the connection point. But it's sturdy, fits in the nostril well, and comes with a 50-page (!) booklet on how to use it. More than anything I was amazed that there were 50 pages worth of things to say about pouring salt water up your nose.

JLab Audio JBuds Hi-Fi Noise-Reducing Ear Buds, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Black
JLab Audio JBuds Hi-Fi Noise-Reducing Ear Buds, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Black
Offered by Woot
Price: $7.29
11 used & new from $4.00

144 of 161 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars (Edited Review), July 13, 2007
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My original review praised the sound and fit of the headphones, but lamented a defect that caused the right earphone to short out after a few weeks.

In response to my review, JBuds offered me a replacement set. I accepted, and have been promised a replacement set. (Thanks, J.R.!)

Although my initial impression of the product was unfavorable, the bulk of my frustration was with the seller's return policy which left me with no recourse after a 15-day exchange period.

JBuds has gone out of their way to make me happy as a customer, and it's a customer service policy that more companies should follow. Provided the new ones are sturdier than the last pair, I will recommend JBuds wholeheartedly.

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DeLonghi EAM3200 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
DeLonghi EAM3200 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, a little different than I expected., January 24, 2007
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Since I got the adjustments refined (after about 6-8 pulls), it's been making beautiful, three-layered espresso. Plenty of steam for the milk. If you know what you're doing with an espresso machine, you could do a lot worse. I worked at Starbucks for about 2 years, so I think I have a handle on it- although based on that, I'm sure some people would beg to differ:)

A few complaints and comments- one is that the steam wand has a very limited range of motion, and is rather awkward to use given its low clearance above the countertop. The second is the hollow plasticky feel to the exterior of the machine; I thought the buttons were defectively loose when I first opened it up, but they appeared just as loose in the CD-ROM instructional video, so I guess it's normal. Also, the video tells you to steam our milk AFTER you pull your shots, which is blasphemy. You should always have your milk at the ready when you pull your shots. However, it takes a little while or the machine to ready itself for brewing after you steam. To speed it up, press the "brew" button, and turn on the steam wand to release the steam. After a few seconds, the brew lights will go on, and you'll be ready. If you don't release the excess steam, it will take several minutes to cool down to the right brewing temperature.

Overall, it makes a nice cup.

EDIT: If you know how to properly steam milk, remove the outer casing on the steam wand and just use the inner steam tube. You'll have much greater control over the density of your foam, and it's much easier to clean.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman
Edition: Paperback
1089 used & new from $0.01

18 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the enlightenment it's made out to be., December 10, 2006
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Many of the reviews here praise the book for its balance in presenting two sides of a serious cultural clash- one that leaves a little girl brain dead by the end. Ostensibly, neither side is right nor wrong, and well, the fact that this girl ends up as a vegetable is just how it goes in this awkward dance between the Hmong family and the American doctors treating her.

Phooey. A little girl gets treated by competent, caring doctors, who do their damnedest to insure that this girl gets the care she deserves, and her superstitious family stymies their every attempt at healing. They throw vital anti-seizure medicine away, ignore it on the shelf, double dose when they do remember, and otherwise cling to their animistic beliefs in trying to cure her. There is no doubt that the family loves this girl, but it breaks my heart to see such utter negligence in caring for a child. I don't care that they have these charming native ceremonies or are a proud, downtrodden race. Presented with the best medicine the world can offer, they prefer to sacrifice chickens instead- and wonder why their girl falls apart at the seams.

If anything, this book is a stark, yet unconscious, advertisement for missionaries to go and "tame the savages". On every page I wanted to slap the parents silly, and have their custody terminated by the state.

I generally feel uncomfortable at making jingoistic statements about how we in the west know what's best for the world, but my god, what more obvious illustration can there be than this book?
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Understanding Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Understanding Criminal Procedure: Investigation
by Joshua Dressler
Edition: Paperback
62 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplement DURING the semester, May 12, 2006
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Understanding Crim Pro was a godsend during the semester. Mine is one of the oddball schols that have Crim Pro rather than Crim Law as a required first year course- thus the resources are few and far between.

This was the companion book to the Dressler casebook, and after a while, I began to rely almost entirely on this hornbook rather than the casebook.

The nice thing about Crim Pro is that there are very few surprises, much of it common sense (except maybe target standing or "fruit of the poisonous tree" in relation to Miranda). But still, you want to know the ins and out of each doctrine.

A great book all around; you MUST buy it if you're going to use the Dressler casebook.

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