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Zeskit 6' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Female)
Zeskit 6' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Female)
Offered by Zeskit
Price: $21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good length, durable finish, July 29, 2015
Six feet is a bit longer than many cables. These are very lightweight, as the other Zeskit audio cables I have used. They also will not get bent or frayed, I trust, given their fabric surface. The braided cord allows it to unwind without tangles, and I can detect no loss of quality. I like the gold-plated connector on the male end, and the female receptor has a long enough plug extension to enable easy coupling. I can use this in the car, when the standard male-male plug goes only a short distance. it can also come in useful when devices at home cannot be placed as close together as the design of those little 3.5 mm plugs seem to assume. Quality product, provided for review.


Zeskit 4' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Male)
Zeskit 4' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Male)
Offered by Zeskit
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable and lightweight, July 29, 2015
This may come in handier for amp or audio use rather than for headphones, but the short length enables the latter use if desired. The cord is light and the braiding allows it to resist tangling, It's a well-made male-male 3.5 mm plug combination, provided me for testing. I like the durability, as I was looking for a plug that might resist the tendency for one of the housings to get dislodged as the casing can come loose from the metal collar after normal use. So far, this appears to do the trick. They look great and should stand up to daily use.


Zeskit 12' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Female)
Zeskit 12' Premium Audio Cable - 3.5mm, Braided Nylon Stereo Audio Cable (Male to Female)
Offered by Zeskit
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality made, welcome length, July 29, 2015
Twelve feet is a lot longer than most cables. The braided cord allows it to unwind without tangles, and I can detect no loss of quality. I like the gold-plated connector on the male end, and the female receptor has a long enough plug extension to enable easy coupling.
I can use this in the car, when the standard male-male plug goes only a short distance. it can also come in useful when devices at home cannot be placed as close together as the design of those little 3.5 mm plugs seem to assume. Quality product, provided for review.


Ipow Lightweight Comfortable Soft Contoured Sleep Eye Mask & Ear Plugs - Perfect for Men, Women, Children and Shift Workers, Adjustable Size, 2 Pack,black
Ipow Lightweight Comfortable Soft Contoured Sleep Eye Mask & Ear Plugs - Perfect for Men, Women, Children and Shift Workers, Adjustable Size, 2 Pack,black
Offered by NORTHERN LIGHTS USA INC
Price: $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger than most, and more effective too, July 29, 2015
I tried another mask recently and I could not get rid of the light seepage under my nose from my cheeks up, So, this Ipow pair pleased me. They are larger than other masks (the kind you get on the plane, or used to), and the fabric is thicker. So, they stand out from your eyes, and the space allows your lashes to move and lids not to feel crushed. They are heavier, but the material blocks light better.

They take up more room, and they are thicker. But there is almost no light seepage from the bottom. I adjusted the mask so it settled on my face better, pulling it down a bit, so you may have to do the same depending on your facial features. I like the fact the earplugs are in plastic containers and not a cheap bag, too. I was asked to test this pair of contoured eyeshades out from the maker, and review them.


Desertwolf Vintage Canvas Tote Bags - Hobo Bag - Cross Body Handbags with Shoulder Strap - Fit 12" Laptop
Desertwolf Vintage Canvas Tote Bags - Hobo Bag - Cross Body Handbags with Shoulder Strap - Fit 12" Laptop
Offered by EM Store
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handsome design, July 29, 2015
This could be used by either men or women. It's a handsome color and I like the canvas material which is to be washed by hand if soiled. The bag cannot fit a larger laptop, however. I hoped it could have been tucked edgewise into the top slot, but it's too tight. Instead, this can serve as a messenger bag update, a bit narrower, but able to hold a phone, e-book reader, wallet, keys, and a book.

One zippered pocket is under the flap to hold a phone, and the other inside could hold a wallet or Kindle, say. There are also two narrow slots for pens or thin items. There is not much give in this, all the same. The top zippers and if you want it to be secured, you'll have to watch how much you try to stuff into the main pocket. The flap covers the side pocket but the top is zippered shut. I was asked to review this. I expected a little larger bag, frankly, but for small items for everyday use, this looks elegant and stylish.

I am not sure why there is a branded decorative buckle at the lower part. Maybe you could sling a sweater or jacket through it?


Aukey [6-Pack] Hi-speed Micro USB Cable USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync & Charging Cable for Android Cellphones, MP3 Players (CB-D17,Black)
Aukey [6-Pack] Hi-speed Micro USB Cable USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync & Charging Cable for Android Cellphones, MP3 Players (CB-D17,Black)
Offered by Aukey Direct
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy assortment of three lengths, July 29, 2015
These cables come in a variety of lengths. Two are one meter, one is two meters, and three are a third of a meter. I find using my USB-dependent products I never seem to have a decent, long enough USB Male to Micro cord, for charging, so this value pack is handy. I was asked to test it and as I have used Aukey products before for my needs, I found no problems with these, and I like the assortment. This way, you can have some at work, for travel, in the car, and at home as needs arise for powering up and syncing.


Tanors Wine Decanter Aerator
Tanors Wine Decanter Aerator
Price: $19.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sensible design, but plastic, July 29, 2015
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This works sensibly. You pour the wine. It separates on contact with the first surface and falls down a funnel into the second, with some room to air out. Then the aerated wine slides into the glass through a very narrow spout at the bottom of the decanter.

The upper surface is high in the decanter. So, caution is needed, for it can splash the wine out if you are not diligent. One hand can hold this and the other the bottle, but take care! The elements can be dismantled for washing and drying, on the other hand.

I could not tell from the picture the size or material from which this Tanors Wine Decanter and Aerator was made. It's small, not much more than a what fits in your hand. It's plastic, not glass. It comes with a little stand, but the decanter will not hold a lot of wine.


The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War (Seven Dreams: Book of North Americasn Landscapes)
The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War (Seven Dreams: Book of North Americasn Landscapes)
by William T Vollmann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $35.84
28 used & new from $33.74

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing immersion into the Old West, July 28, 2015
At about a page a mile, this epic slowly charts the forced retreat of the Nez Perce during the "Indian Service" over more than 1300 miles in 1877. Under General Otis Oliver (or as his weary "Bluecoats" call him, "Uh-Oh") Howard, the U.S. Army pursued those members of the tribe who refused pacification and Christianization on the reservation. In the fifth installment of his Seven Dreams series dramatizing the encounters between native and settler peoples in North America, William T. Vollmann captures not only the narrative voice of his own witness. "William the Blind," but better yet, dozens of characters from the Bluecoats, the People as they call themselves, and the Bostons, their name for the whites who come to settle, eliminating one nation for a larger, rapacious one

Vollmann in previous volumes in this series (see my reviews of most of his many books) has explored first contacts between the Norse and natives in today's Maritime Provinces, between the nations of Virginia and John Smith's Jamestown colonists, between the French Jesuits and the warring nations of Canada, and between the First Nations of the Arctic and those traders past and present, who exploit the resources of the Far North.

In each novel, he blends his own stance as "William the Blind" with diligent attention to the historical record. In The Dying Grass, he follows this archival fidelity deftly. Much of the dialogue and many of the thoughts attributed to his characters are integrated from a wide array of sources, and Vollmann therefore makes our history as Americans come alive. You never feel when reading this Seven Dreams series that figures are propped up as talking mannequins. Vollmann masters the process: he makes his characters sound like us (if properly bound to their time, place, limitations, and idioms).

The manner this verisimilitude emerges in this latest volume deserves acclaim. Vollmann innovates. He pushes the space on the page. The deeper we get into a character's mind, the farther right we shift. Dialogue, free of quotation marks or any dashes, begins on the left. Interruptions external or internal drift, and then interior monologues or asides embed themselves further as the reader wanders towards the center of the book, the right margin. That margin is always unpredictable, for it falls down, near the gutter of the spine, until it stops and the reader returns to the left again, and more dialogue begins.

These conversations take us into the petty details on each side of the conflict. Soldiers bicker, boast, and bitch. Native women mock those who pursue them, and defend their men, for as Dreamers they unite around their tradition, and they defy those among them and beyond them who brandish the Bible, the "Book of Light" as the authority who replaces their "Wyakin" for guidance. Vollmann draws us in to these conflicts, as well as masterfully drawn battle re-creations that show his talent for action scenes, a subject he has not been able to expand upon in many of his novels as he can here.

Homeric may be an overused adjective, but in the catalogs of warriors, soldiers, and their women, over much more than a thousand pages, this term serves as a worthy comparison for this chronicle. Similarly, even if shorter than Tolstoy's own massive novel on war, The Dying Grass depicts also how everyday people must get swept up into tragedy, forced to choose sides as the enemy comes.

Although the fate of the Nez Perce under the man we know as Chief Joseph is a foregone conclusion, what is lesser known, and therefore animates tension, is the evasion some of the Nez Perce manage. They flee across the Medicine Line as they call it into the Old Woman's Country of Canada. But their enemy Sitting Bull has established his own redoubt there already, and soon the Nez Perce must return across the border, where they are rounded up and sent off to the Hot Land of Kansas to sell themselves as chattel to the clutches of a white man, or their trinkets and photos to souvenir seekers.

Never romanticizing either side, Vollmann remains alert to the nuances of violence. The Bannocks who follow the Bluecoats, and later the Crows, also revenge themselves on the Nez Perce. They in turn, while innocent of the charges cast on them by the U.S. Government, may murder innocent Bostons. Their pleas, no less than those of the People whose women and children may be roasted alive in the heat of battle or the coldness of calculation by Bluecoats, may find only cruel listeners. Mercies are shown to some enemies, but as in any war, these may be outnumbered by vengeance.

These gaps between a relentless force who must have the natives' land, who must violate the terms of the treaty that gave that remnant to the Nez Perce, and who will not let their beleaguered people cross into Canada widen. On the other side, the Dreamers dwindle, and no home for them remains at all. They try to talk to the Bluecoats and the Bostons, but among both contenders, those out for profit and for land-grabbing take charge. The Nez Perce, outnumbered and facing their own Indian enemies now allied with the Government, can neither find rescue in the Montana wilderness nor Canadian camps. The mechanized nature of the Government, after the debacles of the Civil War, now rolls over any opposition within the ranks. Howard and his men must serve a master back East, not their own will.

Vollmann fairly, as with Howard, shows the complexity of these negotiations. The General, who lost an arm in the Civil War, had run the Freedmen's Bureau for former slaves after the conflict. His generosity founded the university that bears his surname, but his reputation as one too sympathetic to the blacks and then the Indians, in the eyes of many back in Washington D.C., follows Howard. By the end, as the Nez Perce are shipped to the Northwest after their Indian Territory exile, they look in calico, drab colors, and shawls as colorless and bland as the freed slaves had to General Howard.

Depravity haunts many of those in Federal uniform, those in the garb of the newcomer, and some of those who must don that garb, accept the Book of Light, or be cast off to an even more dilapidated reservation with Chief Joseph, lest they contaminate their Americanized brethren. Their children are taught the ways of their conquerors at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Vollmann notes as of twenty years ago how fewer than thirty-five Nez Perce had kept any fluency in their old language.

Throughout, the interpreters such as Umatilla Jim and Ad Chapman are called on to intervene.; the surrender speech attributed to Chief Joseph barely registers here, within the cross-chatter and interference between the victors and their vanquished. Lieutenant Wood, an intriguingly sympathetic listener to the plight of those whom he pursues, polishes up Joseph's words for pomp and posterity.

Out of faded tintypes, military memoirs, charts and news clippings, historical surveys and museum artifacts, Vollmann tells one of the most famous, and infamous, struggles between the invading and the indigenous peoples of the Old West. The Dying Grass resists satisfactory replication in this format, with our margins that corral and tame its inventive prose on a open-ended page. Like the unfenced West, his novel roams freely, evading control of the mechanical hand and conforming style.


GOgroove AudiOHM RNF Earbud Headphones with Durable Construction and Limited Lifetime Warranty , Handsfree Microphone , Replaceable In-Ear Gels and Rasta Colors for iPhone 6 / Plus , Samsung Galaxy S6 / Edge , HTC One M9 and more!
GOgroove AudiOHM RNF Earbud Headphones with Durable Construction and Limited Lifetime Warranty , Handsfree Microphone , Replaceable In-Ear Gels and Rasta Colors for iPhone 6 / Plus , Samsung Galaxy S6 / Edge , HTC One M9 and more!
Offered by 2nd Street Electronics
Price: $34.99
3 used & new from $34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable pair for the road, July 27, 2015
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Let's face it: The worst part of earbud headphones is the connection. We fear that the earbud will separate or tear from the housing and render the pair unusable. GOgroove AudiOHM RNF tries to remedy this.

The headphones themselves are a bit heavier and thicker. They are like little bullets. They stick out a bit, but are labelled subtly left and right. They can stay in the ear a fair amount of time, and they deliver a good sound for this price range and added toughness. I like the green color, but the Rasta combo I admit is even cooler.

They offer a durable cord and reinforced stress points at the yoke and the plug (right angled so it goes in tight spaces better for my use). They promise it is heftier and able to withstand stress. Testing the pair provided me for review, I find the sound is across the audio range and the flanges (three backup pairs are also included) are suitable for pleasant listening. I like the military-style round zippered case too.


Vtin® Dew Series Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Noise Cancelling Headphones w/ Microphone [ Sports / Running / Gym / Exercise/ Sweatproof ] Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Headset Earphones for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4 and Android
Vtin® Dew Series Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Noise Cancelling Headphones w/ Microphone [ Sports / Running / Gym / Exercise/ Sweatproof ] Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Headset Earphones for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4 and Android
Offered by VicTsingDirect
Price: $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My son's review, July 25, 2015
My son needed a pair, and these fit his needs. The green color is bright, certainly, but they do stand out in a dark bag to find more easily. They sync with a few seconds to a device such as his i-Phone. For the price point, these are affordable and durable.

The ear clip means you hook this into your ear itself, not behind it. It allows the phone to be gripped in the contour of your outer ear, as the added weight of a Bluetooth wireless set must be balanced against the in-ear design. This allows better sound than earbuds while a lighter style for traveling than over-the-ear or on-ear headphones. My son likes the lack of a wire to tangle or tug.

The sound is good and the design allows these to be carried in a pocket snugly. I received them in exchange for an honest review from Vtin Dew. There are many such headphones that allow wireless tech for travel and exercise and these work well to meet needs.


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