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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Westcott 8" Titanium Non-Stick Bent Scissor - Pink

I'm not sure why titanium was used but these are no doubt the strongest scissors I own.  I took them out of their packaging and immediately used them to cut the bubble envelope and pasteboard the scissors came mounted on.  They cut threw the envelope and cardboard with no difficulty whatsoever.   I don't have any fabric I can cut, at least without annoying someone.  Paper and cardboard cut well, the pink is not a color that I personally would choose to put in my tackle box or on my work bench, but it isn't offensive, just not terribly masculine.  These are now the nicest scissors I own.  Now if they could only cut my taxes! LOL
From the vendor: 
·                        5x harder than stainless steel
·                        Superior adhesive resistance from tapes and glues
·                        Perfect for cutting paper and fabric

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Perky-Pet 349 K-Feeder Window Wild Bird Feeder

I'm not a birder!  At least I don't think I am, but I do enjoy watching the birds at my feeder.   This little feeder adheres to a window.  I put it at a window that hopefully will allow me to see the birds close up and personal.   The feeder assembled easily.  It has accessories that make it either a sunflower seed dispenser or thistle dispenser.   It sticks to the window with suction cups.  Frankly I was somewhat amazed that it actually stuck.  My experience with suction cups has been less than stellar.   However we have had some surprisingly wide temperature variations, a down pour, a thunderstorm and wind and it is still sticking to the window.  That's all the good news.  The bad is that so far the birds have shown no interest in the feeder.  Hopefully that will change.  
Later: I moved this to about six feet from the stand alone feeder.  I have yet to see a bird on it after six weeks.  

From the vendor:
Mother Nature offers a wonderful way to relax and be present in the moment. From the melodic sounds of songbirds to spectacular close-up sightings of a variety of wild birds, this window-mounted K-Feeders bird feeder by Perky-Pet brings the fascinating display right to your window.

Attract everything from chickadees, finches, goldfinches, grosbeaks, juncos, and kinglets to nuthatches, redpolls, siskins, sparrows, titmice, woodpeckers, and wrens.

Pick Your Favorite Place
Choose a window where you'll enjoy watching the birds flock to your feeder the most, whether it's a window in the kitchen or one in the living room that you can gaze out while relaxing in a recliner. From identifying the different types of birds to simply watch them perch and feast, the K-Feeders window bird feeder offers bird lovers of all ages a wonderful way to watch wild birds.

.75 lb. seed capacity and 2 feeding stations
Dispenses either sunflower/mixed seed or thistle seed
Suction cups stick directly to window for strong hold
Durable polycarbonate components
Slide-out seed barrel for easy filling and cleaning
Designed and constructed to last a lifetime

2 Dispensing Options
Depending on the type of birds you want to attract, assemble your feeder to dispense either sunflower seed or thistle seed. You'll use the sunflower ports when dispensing sunflower seed, including safflower seed, sunflower hearts, and black oil sunflower seed, and the thistle ports with the wooden perch when dispensing thistle. Simple step-by-step instructions are included for both dispensing options.

Simple Window-Mounted Set Up
After cleaning the window thoroughly, attach the mounting roof to the window using the built-in suction cups. Then fill the seed barrel with up to 0.75 pounds of seed and slide it onto the tracks on the lower side of the roof. For convenience, the seed barrel can be easily removed to fill or clean while the roof remains mounted to the window.

A feeding port and perch on either side of the feeder means double the action when it comes to birds feeding right on the other side of your window.

Durably Built for Life-Long Use
Constructed with durable polycarbonate components, the K-Feeders bird feeder resists squirrel damage, corrosion, and breakage. In addition, the feeder's strong suction cups ensure a secure hold, while its transparent seed barrel makes it simple to monitor seed levels at a glance. Perky-Pet recommends cleaning the feeder every two weeks to ensure the birds are receiving the freshest seed supply.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Phantom Aquatics Legenderry Mask Fin Snorkel Set with Mesh Bag

Even the mesh bag is nice in this set.  The mask has greater clarity than any I have ever used before.  The fins propel fine and adjust easily.  The snorkel is great, I done deep and it closed off perfectly.   I was surprised how much easier it is to swim with a mask and snorkel.

Later, I have since reviewed two other snorkel and mask combos and this is by far the best of the three!

from the vendor:

·                        These Snorkeling fins are easy to get on and off your feet thanks to a quick-release strap system
·                        Angle of blade is optimized for maximum thrust with minimal effort
·                        Center groove on each fin channels water to enhance glide
·                        Mask features beveled sides that provide a wide field of vision and an adjustable head strap with quick-release buckles
·                        Specialized dry top prevents water from entering snorkel even if submerged, ensuring you won't be surprised by inhaling an errant wave
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DEWALT DCBL790M1 Max Brushless Blower, 40-volt

The blower assembled easily.   The directions were clear and concise.   The battery charger has clear instructions printed right on the charger.   The unit worked at least as well as my electric blower.  I don't have a gas blower so I don't know if it is as powerful as a gas one.   The blower worked surprisingly well on wet snow even when I didn't anticipate it working on wet snow at all.  The battery aspect makes it perfect for my pool deck as the 100 feet of electric cord on my electric blower was always threatening to go into the pool.  The blower is powerful and even with the very heavy battery seemed well balanced.   There was a metal plate in the battery charger box that appears to allow it to be mounted.   Since there was no mention of it (that I could find), I really don't have a clue on it's purpose.  I hate messing with gas powered tools as they always defy my best attempts to start them when they have set for awhile.  (The exception is my 15 year old Toro snow blower which starts every season.)  It was not overly loud but I would recommend ear plugs when using.  Overall I am impressed with this blower.  

From the Vendor:
  • 400 CFM and 120 mph for optimal performance
  • Variable speed trigger and speed lock for total speed control
  • Lightweight and ergonomic design for maximum maneuverability and comfort
  • Designed to withstand everyday heavy-duty usage
  • Shock-resistant, high-impact housing for durability
  • Designed to withstand everyday heavy-duty usage
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Casio Inc. HR-100TM Business Calculator

The calculator is as advertised.  It is not too big but big enough that big hands and fat fingers can use it with no difficulty.  It uses standard calculator tape, whatever that is, which is good since it comes with a weenie, minuscule roll of paper that is barely enough to test it and see if it works.  Beside that the packaging was good and it was not impossible to get into it.  Price of $14.95 from Office Max through Amazon was commensurate with other places and having it come to the door saves gasoline.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Polaroid YM-GRN Green High Quality Portable Yoga Mat (24" x 71-1/2") Poor Choice

In spite of having the same specifications thickness wise as my previous mats, this mat seems thinner.   It is not as soft as I had hoped.  Otherwise it is fine.  I let it breathe overnight in hopes that it's tight wrapping had compressed it thinner but that didn't seem the case.  If you are on a hard surface you may wish to find a thicker mat.  $14.25 at Amazon.

Later:  after some use this mat is not wearing well.  My bare feet are tearing up the waffle pattern.  In addition this is only 1/8" thick which is barely satisfactory on carpet and totally inadequate on hardwood.   I found the mat below on Amazon at a better price and one of it's most complimented features in the reviews is it's thickness.  It will be my next mat and considering how fast this one is wearing, probably soon. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

T.S. Shure Wooden Magnetic World Map Puzzle

This map is very nice quality.  The workmanship is superior.  My only beef is that the magnetic aspect is a bit wimpy.   The map is mounted on a nice board with cord that allows it to be hung.   The pieces "hang" in there but it doesn't take too much bumping to knock them off the map.   Five year olds do a lot of bumping.  That is the only negative I found.   The world is illustrated with lots of colorful graphics and folkish things like the nesting dolls over Russia.   There are areas that can be a touch confusing but input from an adult should take care of that.   The English Channel is part of a piece and it might be a touch confusing about the separation from the continent.   Indonesia will need to be clarified as to the water between places.   Overall, I think this will be a terrific learning and teaching tool.   The only reason it is four star instead of five is the weak magnets which considering some of the liability issues lately with toys that incorporate magnets, was probably intentional.  

From the Vendor:
  • Explore all regions of the World with this beautifully illustrated and educational Wooden Magnetic Map - every element is hand drawn and illustrated.
  • Expansive map set includes 111 beautifully illustrated wooden continent magnets, an illustrated wooden map board, and a convenient wall display cord.
  • Each map has pictorial illustrations of the world?s landmarks, major cities, terrain, bodies of water, architectural & cultural details and more!
  • Each map is a beautiful piece of art that can be viewed, interacted with on display or placed on a table or the floor for group fun and discussion.
  • Each wooden magnetic map with wooden magnetic map also has a wall display cord, making it easy to display and interact with in a classroom or at home.
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