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Electrolux Ergorapido Plus Brushroll Clean, 12V Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum EL2021A
Electrolux Ergorapido Plus Brushroll Clean, 12V Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum EL2021A
Price: $119.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dust Buster on steroids, September 6, 2014
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I received this product from Amazon just prior to going on vacation, which meant it was quite some time before I was able to test it out. Fortunately, the "Ergorapido" was worth the wait. My home has a unique set of housekeeping requirements. It is about 90% carpet, with the rest being tiled floor. I also own two cats. So, there is food, dirt and litter strewn on the tiled floor and lots of cat hair buried in the in the various nooks on the carpet (especially on the stairs). My conventional size vacuum has obvious space limitations, and my hand-held dust buster was tedious to use.
This Electrolux is the happy medium I have been looking for. It's upright vacuum mode is easy to use in the small confines of the kitchen and bathroom. The removable dust buster mode still gives me the access to smaller, out of the way, spots. I can say that this is pretty effective cleaning tool.


Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Action Pacs, 4x Concentrated, 110-Count
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Action Pacs, 4x Concentrated, 110-Count

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very effective dishwashing solution, August 3, 2014
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I'm not going to lie... I liked the idea of getting such a large supply of dishwashing detergent. Of course, it does no good if the detergent is ineffective. Tonight, I ran my first load with the Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Action Pacs and I can say that I'm quite satisfied. The caked of food was effectively cleaned and the plates, silverware and glasses look very nice. I would recommend it.


How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.04
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your barebones version of history, August 3, 2014
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This one of those fun histories that does not always get a lot of attention. When discussions about innovations in history are had, they usually focus on the small scale, micro-history of technology like electricity, steam power, telephones, etc... What author, Steven Johnson, does is take a macro approach to innovations like glass, cold and sound. It is not about seeing the innovations of clear glass or refrigeration occurring in a vacuum. It is about see the different conditions and events, both accidental and intentional, that lead to great innovations such as these. Then, Johnson goes further to show how these innovations, combined with other conditions lead to other great advances. The interconnectedness of things is what makes them so interesting and "How We Got to Now" does a good job of illuminating that.


An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
by Nick Bunker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.24
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow read, but one that shows a strikingly different view on the Revolutionary War, August 3, 2014
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What most people know about the run-up to the American Revolution are a bunch of sound bites of history that most teachers rely on like a crutch. We know about the French and Indian War and the British wanting the colonies to help pay for it through a variety of taxes. We know about the protests of these taxes and subsequent skirmishes like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. We know about the start of the war at the battles of Lexington and Concord. We also know snapshots about the war (such as the Bunker Hill, Washington crossing the Delaware, Valley Forge and Yorktown). All of this makes for a nice warm fuzzy feeling when talking about the founding of this nation, usually discussed around the 4th of July.

What gets badly overlooked is how much more intricate and complicated the antebellum events were. It also makes the story of the Revolution much more interesting than the "Imperial Britain= Bad.... Freedom-loving Colonies=Good" trope that children are taught. Nick Bunker digs much deeper into the causes of the Revolution than most historians choose to.

One of the initial points made by Bunker is that England was an overwhelmingly strong empire just seeking to extend its dictatorial hand over all it surveyed. Rather, it was a rather disjointed, poorly managed empire that had much more territory than it could administer or support. While the King George III and his government tried to keep the loose threads of empire tied together, similar economic problems that face modern times faced England. National economic downturns due to ill-conceived spending and speculation by unscrupulous financiers is not something that was known just in 1929 and 2008. It also happened in the 1700's, putting England in dire financial straights which is lacked the means and infrastructure to fix without arousing the anger of the colonies.

While Bunker's book is a slow read, it digs into elements that frequently get overlooked. It is worth the time to spend for anyone interested in learning the deeper story behind what powered the Revolutionary War.


Am I Wrong
Am I Wrong

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice World Music vibe, July 21, 2014
This review is from: Am I Wrong (MP3 Music)
"Am I wrong" by Nico & Vinz is just one of those songs that is entertaining and relaxing to listen to. In a period when we are getting hammered by harsh music, like anything from Iggy Azalea, it's nice to see the charts populated with smoother songs like "Am I Wrong". Fans of World Music will appreciate how these guys incorporate African beats into the style of this song. All in all, this is a song that is definitely one I keep on when I hear it on the radio.


Summer
Summer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent song, but not one of his best, July 21, 2014
This review is from: Summer (MP3 Music)
Calvin Harris' latest hit, "Summer" is just an 'ok' song. I applaud him for continuing to get involved on the vocal side of his songs (which most DJs won't do), but this particular one is not one of his better efforts. For me, part of the issue is the choice of music. With some music templates, they are relatively timeless and can be used 20 years after they were first used and still sound fresh. Others seem like they are product of the particular time frame they were first used. With "Summer", it sounds like beats that were wholly characteristic of 2005-2006 on the music scene (specifically Cascada's "Everytime We Touch"). Instead of sounding fresh, it is more like listening to a local Mix station playing hits from a decade ago.

That being said, it's still a good song. It's just not great.


Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel embarrassed for Jason just listening to this song, July 13, 2014
"Wiggle" is another in a long line of a sub-genre of hip hop that I refer to as 'douche hop'. It's when the singer is trying so hard to convince you that he's a mack with the ladies, that he just comes off as desperate (Any song by Ray J falls into this category). After a series of lady-friendly, energetic songs, Jason Derule has has apparently decided to try to be raunchy and tap into his inner R. Kelly. Alas, he does come off a lot more like Ray J. First there was "Talk Dirty To Me", now there is this phonic embarrassment, "Wiggle".

"Wiggle" tries to use the raunchy flute work of many similar songs and Jason tries to go on and on about how he wants to see that lady work it. But, the flute sounds more like the cheap plastic recorders elementary school kids used and Derulo sounds more like a guy standing on the sideline try learn how to get raunchy with the ladies while watching other, more skilled players, do their thing.

Derulo would be better served by going back to romancing the ladies from his earlier music.


TruSoft By STAINMASTER Luxurious Bath Rug, 21-By-36 Inch, Linen
TruSoft By STAINMASTER Luxurious Bath Rug, 21-By-36 Inch, Linen
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly comfortable bathroom rug, July 9, 2014
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I have had a pretty bare bones run in my bathroom for awhile now. So, why not take a chance on the Stainmaster TruSoft. In the couple weeks I have had it, it has been a very nice addition. It is incredibly comfortable on my feet (without being overly soft) and, thus far, it seems to do a good job at handling excess water. I think people will like having one of these.


Rude
Rude
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $1.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted song, July 9, 2014
This review is from: Rude (MP3 Music)
Reggae, island beats aren't really my cup of team. So, I was not particularly predisposed to listening to Magic!'s "Rude". However, I gave it a chance and found it pleasantly enjoyable. Why this works is because Magic! didn't take the lazy way out (a problem all too common in modern music) and just try to coast on the reggae beats. They crafted a fairly creative song about a guy who is hoping to get his girlfriend's father's permission to ask for her hand in marriage, only to be 'rudely' shut down by the father.

This is the type of airy, but substantive, summer song that gets replayed in later years. They did a good job with this.


Classic
Classic
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Price: $1.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly mediocre song, July 9, 2014
This review is from: Classic (MP3 Music)
MKTO appears to be another summertime 'one-hit wonder'. Like other groups such as 5 Seconds of Summer, they have produced a light confectionery that will be quickly forgotten. They have copied elements from other acts in making their song "Classic". They copied the name-dropping habits of LFO's "Summer Girls". During the rap interlude, band member Malcolm Kelley sounds like a poor man's version of B.o.B. Then there is the 'I like it! like it!' lyric, where they sound just a little bit too excited about the girls they're singing about. The song just isn't that impressive.


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