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Black Color Women's C String Fashion and Beautiful Lace Invisible Underwear
Black Color Women's C String Fashion and Beautiful Lace Invisible Underwear
Offered by HuaYang Trading(TM)(Ship from overseas warehouse)
Price: $2.50
5 used & new from $2.50

32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best headband, December 4, 2014
When my man-friend gave these to me, I thought, "what kind of a moron makes one earmuff! I don't have a Skrillex haircut so what is the point! And the muff is lace, too! I'm going to be cold all winter!" But then I realized it was more of a fashion headband and not meant to keep your ears warm -- duh! The lace shoulda been a clue! It's very cute that way but it's not a good size or shape for my head. In fact, it looked so weird my man-friend insisted I not wear it to a party. Oh, well. It got some compliments on the street the next day from some friendly construction workers. So I give it two stars because at least it tried.
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PowerGen 2.4Amps / 12W Dual USB Car charger Designed for Apple and Android Devices - White
PowerGen 2.4Amps / 12W Dual USB Car charger Designed for Apple and Android Devices - White
Offered by POWERGEN
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $6.01

4.0 out of 5 stars It works, but no cord, confusing, November 8, 2012
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Okay, so you plug this in your car and boom, you can charge your iPhone.

However, it does not come with a plug-in cord, which can be good if you want to charge your iPhone 5 and anyone else's non-iPhone 5 in the same car, but not so good if you want to have more than one cord. And also not so good if you want to do it at the same time, because one of the plug-ins is ... for other things? I don't remember and I lost the booklet. But it's not for phones, and phones using that plug charge much slower. And the "A" and "S" that delineate the difference are hard to see, especially if you're driving, and the plug is maybe upside down?

So while I'm totally happy with the fact that it works, I think the design is unnecessarily confusing and could come with a cord -- which in bulk has to be pretty cheap -- just for the customer service aspect of it.

Kensington K39512US KeyFolio Pro 2 Case for iPad 2nd, 3rd, 4th Gen with Wireless Keyboard and Stand - Black
Kensington K39512US KeyFolio Pro 2 Case for iPad 2nd, 3rd, 4th Gen with Wireless Keyboard and Stand - Black
Offered by New World IT
Price: $72.00
17 used & new from $34.99

60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Product, January 12, 2012
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I looked around for an iPad case with keyboard and I had a few criteria. First, I wanted something that had a removable keyboard, and preferably one on the larger size. Second, I wanted the keyboard to be supercompatible -- not buggy and weird. Third, I wanted it to have an adjustable screen angle. Fourth, I wanted it to look good.

The first keyfolio I came across that seemed to fit the bill was the Poetic, but there was a warning that there was no way to secure the flap that held your iPad in (one guy had his come slipping out and it broke), and the way it propped up looked fairly unstable (like a picture frame). The KHOMO appeared identical but without the "no security" warning. But the name! Sheesh. I'd be taking this to work meetings, and the large label ... well, not everyone is mature.

Then I saw the Kensington, and while it looked new and untested, it seemed to have what I wanted. It does! The keypad works great. No issues at all. And it's larger than my boss's Zagg case keypad. And it's removable, but not so easily so that it slides around while you're working. The screen angle adjusts -- within limits, but that's a step up from other cases. And it looks good. Not great, or flashy, but it'll do. And you can lay it flat and pull your stylus out of the handy pen loop when you're using it to take notes that way.

The security issue, unfortunately, does exist with this case. The flap that tucks in around your iPad does not have velcro or a snap or what have you, so you have to be vigilant when you're carrying it around. I experimented with the iPad out, pushing it from the inside, and it seems the material on the flap and the interior back of the case have a good amount of friction, so I'm not too terribly worried -- you should be pretty cautious and conscientious when you're handling a piece of expensive electronics as a rule, right?

But that is really the only failing I can come up with after two weeks of use. The holes for the cameras and ports all line up. The keypad charger cord fits your iPad charger plug. And the price, compared to what is on the market, is right.

In all, I'm very pleased with my purchase and recommend it highly. The only ways I see to improve it is to work on the flap/security and to get some snappy colors going.

Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360
Dance Central 2 - Xbox 360
Price: $17.96
295 used & new from $0.38

78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get down again, October 27, 2011
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I'm an old lady, but I love the Dance Central series. And DC2 is a worthy -- better than worthy -- successor to DC.

Like in DC, you'll get to learn new dance moves and choreographies, sweat, and generally have a good time set to good music. But there are a few differences.

1) Graphics. The graphics are a lot better this go-round, from the backgrounds to the way the characters move. Instead of being set in a gritty city setting, they've moved down to a Cali/Miami-styled place, with richer and brighter colors. DC2 looks amazing. The incidental music feels more sophisticated.

2) Instead of dancing as a particular character, you dance with a "crew," whether that means the athletes of Riptide, the club kidz of Hi-Def, or one of the other styled crews. I haven't seen Dare or Oblio, two fan faves from DC, so far in a few hours of play. Boo. However, the crews mean there's a campaign mode. You select the level of difficulty for the dances at the outset (Easy, Medium or Hard), then cruise from one crew to the next dancing their routines with them. This means you get to go through the campaign three times, if you want, and the personalities of the crews come through.

3) Fitness is tweaked. There are playlists, which load pretty rapidly, so you can either do a 20-minute low-impact workout or a 50-minute "long hall." The game estimates calories for you, though I'm curious to know how it does so since a medium-sized old lady like myself burns a vastly lower amount of calories than someone significantly larger and a lot more than a skinny kid. You can also create your own playlists. If there were a "shuffle mode" that would have been perfection.

4) Break It Down mode is WAY better. You can actually get through it faster than in DC, and using voice commands can slow it down, video your movements and check against the dancer, and focus on one or two moves you may need to get through. The only reason I'll never have all the achievements on DC is because one is "get 100 percent on all songs in break it down." If this tech had existed for DC, I might have gotten it.

5) Import all your DC songs. This is great, but 400 MSP? Come on. I'm glad I got the pre-order free points to do it. But the instructions were wrong -- don't redeem code from inside the game for this, go through your XboxLive account. Seriously, there are too many digits for the in-game code redemption, which works for the 240 MSP card you get inside the package.

Speaking of songs, there are some really good ones on DC2. Lots of them are not family-friendly, even with words blipped out. And there are a lot of "meh" songs. I think my biggest disappointment in the DC series is that there is a lot of great dance music out there, but a lot of what DC licenses is ... "meh." What's up with that? Why don't they get a whack at better songs? They get a lot of great songs through "Rock Band," why is a dance game such a challenge?

While I'm on about song choices, I think one of the things that hampers the series is its music choices are all in a limited genre -- hip hop, classic disco/funk and pop. Why not bust out an occasional jazz standard, rockabilly or country song, at least for DLC? Here's where having characters and crews kind of limits the range, one way that the Just Dance series overcomes these limitations. Of course, Just Dance 3 is way more family-friendly than DC. But my point is that if you're going to limit your range, you need to get the best of what's available from that range, and I don't know that Harmonix necessarily does that (I mean, three novelty songs -- the Numa Numa song, "What is Love?" and "Baby Got Back" are supplemented with the Humpty Dance. This is too much novelty. At least they're fun to dance, if not to have stuck in your head -- damn you, Haddaway.)

6) Two people can dance at the same time. Yay! Party time! And there are mini-games in the multiplayer mode.

7) You can shut off Freestyle mode and just do programmed moves for all the DC2 dances (not so much the older stuff you have).

8) The way it reads your moves seems to have improved. Although going "down" in a scroll menu you can still have a rough time of it getting "stuck."

At any rate, there were reasons that DC was the best, most-popular Kinect title on the market forever. And those same reasons -- fun, fitness, challenge, friendly multiplayer -- are still around, and even stronger, in DC2.
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Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3
Offered by Budget Video Games Inc.
Price: $12.39
279 used & new from $1.18

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance like you got Ants in your Pants, October 10, 2011
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This review is from: Just Dance 3 (Video Game)
Just Dance 3 is a nice iteration on a successful franchise, now thankfully brought to the Kinect. No more dancing with a stick in your hand, your whole body is up for the grading.

What it is: A dance game, made extra-zippy with multiplayer options that include duets and quartets. Dances (mostly set to popular, contemporary tunes with a few dark horses -- like a Danny Elfman Halloween song, a rendition of Hungarian Rhapsody no. 5, and others) are rated on a scale of one to three for how technical they are and how sweaty they'll make you. You pick the song you want to dance to, hit your marks (which have flash cards tip you off at the bottom of the screen), do some "shout outs" of lyrics at particular moments and hit "yeah" moves (untelegraphed dance moves) for extra points. You are scored on a scale of one to five stars, and you may hit "mood" marks like "creative," "rhythmic," "energetic" or even "lazy." Your individual dance moves are rated from X to Okay to Good to Perfect. You earn 1-5 stars each time you perform a song, and that number goes into your "mojo," which unlocks mini-games, songs and "mashups" to perform. These "specials" don't appear under your basic song playlist, though, so the UI/menu is a little jumbled.

Strengths: 1)This is great for multi-player fun times. You and your three best buds can either dance the same routine together, or you can do a more elaborate choreography.

2) This is great for a workout, because you can boot up a playlist (R&B, Fancy Dress Ball, Extreme) and get down to business without it giving you much negative feedback while you're doing your thing (think how Dance Central's music and lights go all fuzzy after you fail a few moves in a row).

3) The graphics are zippy, fun and family friendly (not too much overt sexualization, lots of fun scenarios and costumes, including everything from robots to pumpkin-headed men to colorful dancers in Rerun pants and beret).

4) Moves are repetitive enough to make it perfect for fitness.

5) There are Easy and Normal settings -- easy tracks your arms and chest and forgives you the spins and turns, Normal checks your legs and spins. Easy seems like a good mode if you have disabilities -- it would open that possibility so if you've been playing from a wheelchair or walker with a Wiimote, you have an option in Kinect.

6) There is a create mode, where you can create dances. I wouldn't mind downloading the dances created by real dancers and working to them, but I can see a lot of the equivalent of shovel-ware coming out of this.

Weaknesses: 1) You probably won't learn a whole lot of dance moves or routines, what with the repetition of moves.

2) The difficulty levels change the way you're graded, the dances only have one choreography.

3) I had an issue with some DLC -- not only did I spend MS points to download 100MB (four times as much memory as a Dance Central game, with only one choreography, as backgrounds and characters are not interchangeable, I'm sure), it never popped up. I'm feeling a little bit ripped off and bereft as there is little in the way of customer support channels. I figure if I gripe on the internet enough maybe the issue will be addressed?

4) The tracking seems to be very forgiving in some circumstances (I've gotten "perfects" when I was lifting the wrong leg/arm, but I've gotten "X"s when I've been doing more complex moves correctly). There are two exclusive editions of this game with two different exclusive download songs, none of which are from Amazon.

5) The Sweat mode accumulates points instead of tallying calories. Not sure what the points are good for, but you probably have to register yourself on some website somewhere. It's nice to have an idea how hard you're working each time you go in to dance, but even arbitrarily assigned calories are a little easier to contemplate than figuring out how many points to go for.

Points of interest: While the graphics are zippy and fun, they aren't mega hi-def full-tilt amazing. This does not bother me in the least, but some people seem to think if it's not driving your processor to the max it's not worth it.

The abstract graphics and lack of vocalization of the dancers means you will probably not have a "fan favorite" situation like Dance Central does, and there will probably be less of a connection with the game itself than the times you can spend with your friends playing the thing.

Very family-friendly choreography and songs. Not only are they clean, they are simple -- grandma and grandson can play together.

No "break it down" modes -- the choreography is very jump-in and do it, and the steps are generally simple enough that you don't need a lot of tutorializing anyway.

In all: This is a fun game, a worthy game, and probably better for your fitness needs than any other dance game on the Kinect market (and for sure some, and maybe most, of the fitness titles, too!). JD3 is a great companion game to DC, the two of them rising above the rest of the (hideous, terrible, awful-music-having, poorly-thouhgt-out, poorly-coded) DDR-wannabe crowd of Kinect dance shovelware games. You will like this game if you like to dance, especially with other people, or need a game to fill out your days when you can't make it to the Y.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.44
665 used & new from $0.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of five readers agree, June 24, 2004
If you're on this page you see the plot points. You see the raves. You maybe even know Dill is based on the young Truman Capote.
TKAM is an American classic. The writing is from the point of view of an adult's childhood memory - chatty and imperfect but so dense and rich. It's sublime in style and execution. It's also filled with humor and compassion. You'll never read about another lawyer like Atticus Finch, that's for sure.
TKAM is foisted on high schoolers for a good reason: It's great and every American should read it at some point. But it's a book that every American should read outside the classroom, too.

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.60
1271 used & new from $0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ayatollahs make Humbert look good, June 24, 2004
If we're going to see an onslaught of books about book clubs (eg that one about Jane Austen), they could do worse than "Reading Lolita in Tehran." Nafisi's book, in four parts for four authors, seems to set up a compare-and-contrast between the books her group reads and the Iranian society they are gound down by. But after "Lolita," which Nafisi says shows the importance of compassion as a heroic virtue (no, Humbert has none of it), and a few tales about an Iranian theocracy with very little compassion, it evolves.
The section on "The Great Gatsby" is a wonderful attack on censorship, on the literal-mindedness of censors. But at this point the book ceases to be a one-to-one metaphor making machine.
And thank goodness, because I was far more intrigued with the nuances of Iranian society. The interplay between the socialists and the Islamists during the revolution, the way that so many regular Persians partook of pop culture through satellite dishes ... there's a lot here that is illuminating, a lot that is downright terrifying. But also a lot that is hopeful - the smallest acts of rebellion carry so much weight in a country where a woman must make sure her hair stays completely tucked behind her abaya.

Empire Falls
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.49
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary Bon Jovi, June 24, 2004
This review is from: Empire Falls (Paperback)
Not many contemporary writers could write so earnestly about such regular people in such a typical milieu without resorting to corn n cheez. Luckily, except for the ending and the too-overtly metaphoric name (both of which I've docked Russo a star for, along with naming the daughter "Tick"), Russo can do it. And he does!
The dying New England town of Empire Falls is quite believable, as are the people in it, from the down and out diner owner at the center of the book to the wealthy dowager who is the only person in town with anything to show from the mill that provided the town's economy for a century.
The only tragedy in this book is after being so careful and methodical for so long, how the ending wraps everything up too quickly and in a way that would be pat if it weren't also the exact opposite of pat.
Totally enjoyable book, thoroughly engrossing read and an unconditional recommendation for the vast majority of it. Complicated in all the right ways until the last 15 or so pages. But those pages can be, for the most part, forgiven. I've lent this book out to four friends (sorry, Mr. Russo, but we're paid about as much as the people in Empire Falls), and they basically devoured it and felt, at the end, pretty much the same as I did.

Middlesex: A Novel
Middlesex: A Novel
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Edition: Paperback
739 used & new from $0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transgenderiffic!, June 24, 2004
This review is from: Middlesex: A Novel (Paperback)
Multi-generational incest, a Greek grandma working for Louis Farrakhan, a spa-style bathing room, genetic mutation science talk: What about this book isn't there to love?
Without charting out all the plot points, this book is the total package - it's a fun, gripping read with great ideas in it and a hermaphrodite narrator who is almost completely believable and sympathetic and not quite as interesting as the people around him/her. It's lighter (and, I think, better) than "Virgin Suicides" and doesn't describe nearly as much rotting fruit! I think, after David Sedaris' essay about his dad, the Greek-rotting-fruit thing is played out anyway, doncha think?

Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.30
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranded on an empty seascape � and it rocks!, June 24, 2004
This review is from: Life of Pi (Paperback)
I resisted this book for ages, even though it won the Booker Prize and got raves from book reviewers. It's about a guy trapped on a raft with a tiger, for Pete's sake, how exciting is that?
Actually, it is superexciting. This is one of the best books I've read in ages. It has enough science (Pi Patel, the main character, is a zookeeper) to tickle your brain, enough earnest faith to buoy your spirit and enough post-colonial literary sentiment to flatter your literature-lovin' ego - without the obnoxiousness those three qualities might bring to a book by a less skillful writer.
I cannot stress enough - although "Pi" is a deeply thoughtful read, an intellectual read, it is absolutely a freakin' page-turner.

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