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iXCC Element Series 3ft Apple MFi Certified Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro - White
iXCC Element Series 3ft Apple MFi Certified Lightning 8pin to USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPhone SE/5/6/6s/Plus/iPad Mini/Air/Pro - White
Offered by iXCC
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality cable, great price, March 29, 2015
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Cable exactly as advertised; it works. As opposed to some after-market cables, this one is exactly the same size as the Apple cable and will therefore fit through any case (ex. Life proof).


Station Eleven: A novel
Station Eleven: A novel
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!, March 22, 2015
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This is a riveting little gem of a book. Not happy, but hopeful. A clearly drawn post-apocalyptic future where art lives on. Well worth $3.99 and five hours of reading.

PS- you don't realize how seldom you read a Canadian voice until you read one.


Guardians of the Galaxy Two Pocket Portfolios - Bundle of Four Different Designs
Guardians of the Galaxy Two Pocket Portfolios - Bundle of Four Different Designs

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, but we love GotG, November 4, 2014
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I miss when folders were decent. The cardboard used here is flimsy, and the art design is basically a cut-and-paste of the same character images over and over - it only superficially resembles four different designs. These also tear easily.


1 Pack LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light, Version 1
1 Pack LuminAID Solar Inflatable Light, Version 1
Offered by Newport Market
Price: $19.95
35 used & new from $19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bright idea, November 4, 2014
Bought three of these for my sons / their friend to use while camping over the summer. They are an excellent way to light a tent or a campsite - nice illumination level, very light so can be suspended from a twig or a string in the tent, and rechargeable. The diffuse light is great for illuminating an area, much better for reading, games, or other similar work than a flashlight. And they work in the rain! The solar panel means you're good to go at any point, my son's friend even used it to do his homework when the power went out at home.
Also I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the terrific development story that goes with these. These are designed to be resilient and useful anywhere - not just camping in the US but as a source of household light in places where the electric grid is much less reliabile. It's one of those small ideas that can make a tremendous impact.


Rubank Elementary Method - Cornet or Trumpet (Rubank Educational Library)
Rubank Elementary Method - Cornet or Trumpet (Rubank Educational Library)
by A.F. Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.99
84 used & new from $2.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic!, December 2, 2013
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How many educational materials do you have in common with both your parents and your children? Math has totally been overhauled, reading is entirely different, and it seems like half of history has been invented in the meantime. BUT. We still have Rubank Elementary Method for Trumpet. It must have been perfect the first time, right? Or this book wouldn't be on its third (possibly fourth) generation in my family.


Story War: Volume 1 Board Game
Story War: Volume 1 Board Game
Offered by For Every Season
Price: $37.54
2 used & new from $37.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fun, ages ~8ish to infinity, December 2, 2013
This is a marvelous creative game. The judge draws a situation, and each player plays a character into the situation and (optionally) may assist that character with an item. And that's it. The actual battle is fought in words and you can weave hilarious and far ranging reasons why, say, the Red Dragon is nearly defeated by the elf but then both are unexpectedly eaten by a Leviathan on a magic carpet. The judge calls out "final arguments" and summarizes and declares a winner. You then rotate to the next person over for judgement and start again. It's loads of fun and a great warm-up game for story writing or improv.
We highly highly recommend also picking up the expansion with the blank cards and filling them in. Our best homemade items include: The Multitool ("What's *this* thing do?"), the Big Red Button, and the Useless Machine. Our best characters include: the Invisible Man; Weird Al; and Chuck Norris.
The game mechanic for selecting the winner of the round is like Apples to Apples, only not really. Anonymity isn't available, so you always know who you're voting for. This works great in a group that is, as recommended, playing for fun. But if you've got a 12 year old who's terrific at improving stories and a 9 year old who is merely ok but Plays To Win, friction can result.


Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt), BST300
Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt), BST300
Price: $19.93
44 used & new from $15.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High frequency buzz warning!, November 4, 2013
When plugged in, if there is nothing plugged into the USB outlets, this unit emits a high-frequency whine. If you've listened to enough loud stuff, it won't bug you, but if you can hear when CRT TVs are running or fluorescent lights are on, this will drive you nuts.
It has already been remarked that the USB plugs aren't high powered enough to charge an iPad, just plug that in.
Other than the whine, this has been a helpful and useful way to get a family's worth of devices charged with the single outlet the hotel has left open for you.


KitchenAid K45B Coated Flat Beater for 4.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixers
KitchenAid K45B Coated Flat Beater for 4.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixers
Offered by PANDORA'S OEM APPLIANCE PARTS
Price: $8.69
46 used & new from $3.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Cycle time just keeps getting shorter......., June 9, 2013
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When I got to this page today (6/9/13), Amazon helpfully reminded me that I had purchased this product in May of 2008. And before that, I had the one that came with my mixer in '98. I will note that when I replaced my paddle in '08, I also purchased a replacement for my mother's 1980 Kitchen Aid mixer. So we have a ~28yr, 10yr, and 5yr cycle time. Same problem every time - eventually, the white coating flecks off, leaving a carbon-steel under-structure that bleeds nasty streaks into whatever you are cooking. I note this time that the failure was more catastrophic; rather than small flecks here and there, large chunks of white coating have shattered off.
So please bookmark this page, you will be back. It's probably best to start viewing this product as a long-term consumable (like breaks or tires) rather than something that just works.
Otherwise, the product functions as advertised. Check that you're buying it for the correct mixer, there are different sizes.


Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games
Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games
by The LEAD Project
Edition: Paperback
52 used & new from $1.50

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the "I wanna make my own games!" market head-on, November 11, 2012
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Mother of an 11yo son here. He said "I'd really like to learn to program so I can make my own games.Can I do that?"
I considered the following before discovering this book (via BoingBoing) - Alice (what, until recently, we used at my University); Mindstorms (modified LabVIEW); actual old-school command-line BASIC or similar ('cause that's what I speak). However, Alice spends way too much time in the uncanny valley, Mindstorms takes a while to debug (run, watch the robot hit a wall, troubleshoot, debug, run......), doesn't really get you to games and is also very abstract, and I wanted something he could do on his own without my help.
Enter Super Scratch - this language and this book are aimed precisely at kids who are out to create games. It's games from page 1, you can see the programmer's self-efficacy grow immediately. My son spun off on his own after lesson ~4, saying he 'sees how it works' now. He's still working his way through the book, but he's doing 'jazz' on top of the lessons. It's cool.
This is a good introduction to algorithmic thinking and common structures like "while" loops. An amusing by-product is that my son has said he prefers designing board-games now, as the instructions don't have to be as precise for humans as for machines. He gets it!
Yes, we could have used free online resources to learn Scratch, but having it laid out in a logical, appropriately paced, and non-distracting manner is a plus for the book over the Internet. Further, he enjoys the self-consciously cheesy story lines that frame the problems. That being said, I don't think I'd use this book with anyone over the age of 12 (at least until they're 20 and can appreciate irony better).
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OXO Good Grips Over-the-Door Hook
OXO Good Grips Over-the-Door Hook
Price: $6.99
2 used & new from $6.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok until it breaks, October 15, 2012
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We bought a set of these last year to hold the family's backpacks ready by the front door.
The Good:
- Holds a lot of weight for the size (kids' backpacks full of books n'stuff)
- Fits snugly on the door
- The wide base means it doesn't wiggle and fall off as much as many similar products
- Reasonably attractive

The Not-as-good:
- If you remove your items from the hook any way other than lifting your item straight up and then forward, you stress the hook and it starts to craze at its corners. That is, if you grab your stuff and pull forward and up, you can see it start to break almost immediately. It survives this way for a couple of months and then cracks through.
- The rubber stopper covering the metal prongs at the end also pulls off, leaving you with two semi-sharp metal spikes to hang your stuff on. Not great for kids.

All in all, I'd say these are good for things like bathrobes but not up to the task of anything anyone under the age of 17 will use on a daily basis.


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