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Rothco G.I. Type Heavyweight Mini Alice Pack Earth Brown
Rothco G.I. Type Heavyweight Mini Alice Pack Earth Brown

4.0 out of 5 stars Go ask Alice, 28 Jun. 2015
I use this animal for occasional daytrips through backcountry. It holds enough food and water for two people, and any anticipated emergency.

Being compartmentalized makes it very efficient.

Just remember that people will find different packs and features to be their favorite. However if you are just starting out or have room for several designs this is a good place to start. I definitely prefer canvases to nylon. I am also quite used to the strapping mechanism.


3.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie - real actors, 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: SEVENTH SON 2D (Blu-ray)
This is the first is a Joseph Delany trilogy "Wardstone Chronicles."
Based on a book "The Spooks Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney.

The last of the protectors keeping us from the evil that whites do has a habit of having his apprentices dispatched by the opposition. So now he must reach down in the bottom of the barrel and find a seventh son tree places last apprentice. No time for training it's off to get the bad queen which. We go along on the adventure and encounter all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, and all things wise and wonderful.

In a movie where people and creatures have a tendency to be dispatched or ride off into the sunset, you have to wander who will be in the sequels?

Part of the fun is recognizing the actors
There is Kevin Flynn from TRON (1982)
See how man you can find.

The Blu-Ray has:
Alternate Ending
Deleted/Alternate Scenes
The Making of "Seventh Son"
The legend and lore of the Seventh son
Visual Effects Gallery

Black Sea [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Black Sea [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Price: £19.52

3.0 out of 5 stars Twelve talented desperate men., 28 Jun. 2015
This is the standard story of a tontine of sub humans in search of N.S.D.A.P. gold in a sunk sub. We get all the standard characters, claustrophobia, and a plot twist or two.

Jude Law as Robinson the boss caries the movie.

Of course you will want the Blu-Ray with the film commentary by Kevin Macdonald.

Perry Mason: Four Season Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Perry Mason: Four Season Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars The case of the defense lawyer that skirts the law, 28 Jun. 2015
This is a series of programs based a character in the writings of Erle Stanley Gardner. The CBS TV series stretched from 1957 through 1966.

Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is a defense lawyer who is always thought of after it is too late for him to save the defendant from being accused of murder. Supporting Perry is his trusty more than friendly but professional secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale). And their trusty and sneaky private investigator Paul Drake (William DeWolf Hopper, Son of the actress-turned-gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper). On the other side of the courtroom is the district attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman) assisted by the not so neutral Homicide Lt. Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins).

You wonder how they get away with manufacturing evidence and the defendant usually has foot in mouth. Then there are the signature courtroom demonstrations.

Be sure to re-watch these programs as you can then see at even in TV programs they can sprinkle in subtle clues.

The was a mad magazine mock that had a boy scout immediately confess from the back of the courtroom upon seeing Perry mason.

Many of the subsequent programs allowed many TV actors of the time to become different characters and even replace the Burger and Tragg characters. You find yourself not only trying to outguess Mason but also saying "Hey I saw that actor in..."

Even though the characters are from Erle Stanley Gardner the actual programs are written by many different TV writers of the day.

I have on occasion read some of the Erle Stanly Gardner Mason's and they are closely related. The TV version has a few less characters and has to write in some of our favorites.

The DVD's themselves usually have four episodes with a glaring lack of the extras that are so popular nowadays. The plus is that there are no advertisements.

Pet Buddies PB5578 FurBeGone Cat Grooming Brush-TPR, Green by Kollercraft Pet Products [Pet Supplies]
Pet Buddies PB5578 FurBeGone Cat Grooming Brush-TPR, Green by Kollercraft Pet Products [Pet Supplies]
Offered by langton_info_england
Price: £26.24

5.0 out of 5 stars The little ones line-up for their turn, 28 Jun. 2015
This brush is popular with all our critters. Looks like we will need another. No I am not going to use two hands. I am going to make my wife do some of the grooming. The cats love this brush and each takes turns in different locations. One keeps bringing it to me. Some like to bite it. I have one cat that I sprinkle water on before brushing. I swear that the cats are at least a pound lighter after being serviced. Some rub on the brush on their own. Now if I can just get them all to go and do it in the other room.

Do not get the impression that just any brush will do. They know the difference and prefer this one. It is supposed to be electrostatic to attract the hair. Well it works even better it attracts the fur bearer.

Price: £2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Replaces a ten dollar a week paper plate habit, 27 Jun. 2015
Outside we have a recycled cat colony. The city picks up stray cats, the cats get their accoutrements disencutrated, rabies shots, chipped, and ear clipped. Then they are let lose to live out their lives as wild things. If any neighbors complain they get relocated and we get other relocates.

These critters take up food and lots of it. We used paper plates. And on windy days small ceramic plates. The paper cost ten dollars a week and the ceramic plats cost a bad back. We needed something with a lip as cats have a tendency to spread their food around.

These critters hold up under the noon day sum and the dishwasher is constantly going to clean the hundred plates or so. The pantry has a spare hundred or so waiting for the originals to ware out get lost or stepped on.

Oh, some of these wile things are snots and prefer their favorite color plate.

She - The Original Classic Edition
She - The Original Classic Edition
by H. Rider Haggard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.94

5.0 out of 5 stars The nature of woman revealed, 26 Jun. 2015
When it comes to women H. Rider Haggard has the inside track as revealed in this "Show and tell" novel. We see the workings and wonders of the nineteenth century mind. You may also find some interesting attitudes towards the other people in Holly's crew.

I have read some different versions of the book and found the Barns & Noble books New York (ISBN 0760752400) to have the best introduction (by Clifton Ganyard) that falls just short of Cliff's Notes in explaining Haggard's background and writings. The illustrations are the same as in the Modern Library version but are clearer and larger. You get to see the writing on a potshard that I have not taken the time to see if it is a real language. Of all the versions I prefer most the recording with narrator Fred Williams; at first he seems to be monotone and out of breath. Then as he approaches the adventure he picks up a bit. By the time he comes to the cliff hanger he is huffing and puffing. He actually has the sound and feel of some old person recalling a long past adventure.

His dying friend in the middle of the night visits Holly. He is sworn to secrecy and given a mysterious chest to hold onto and asked to take charge of the friend's son (Leo). When the time came to open the chest and find the contents, the adventure began. I will not relate the story as it is the unfolding that is a good part of the mystery. However if you are expecting an adventure story It is there but there is much more with philosophical discussions of science and society.
The story is over way too soon so be sure to get the next book "
Ayesha: The return of She."

Roswell - Season 1 [DVD] [2000]
Roswell - Season 1 [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Shiri Appleby
Price: £21.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Based on "Roswell High" young adult book series, 26 Jun. 2015
What if an interstellar ship crashes releasing alien-human hybrid orphans adopted as human? What problems will they face while growing up? What will become of those people that discover the secret? What would you do in the situations?

There are a few episodes that experiment with same actors playing different characters, and many of the other experiments we see with series today.

This was a lot of fun to watch as a 2684 minute marathon form start to stop. After the last episode, that wrapped the story up better than most series, you keep waiting for the movies franchise to take over. Waiting, waiting waiting ...

I am going about this backwards and now plan to read the series.

Loose Ends (Roswell (Pocket Books))
No Good Deed (Roswell)
Little Green Men (Roswell (Pocket Books))

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Judith Kerr
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, 25 Jun. 2015
Anna only knows she is Jewish because her father says so. However it is enough to force the family to flee Germany (1933) due to the on coming of the Nazi regime. She will travel to several countries learning the language and staying one step ahead of the spreading Nazi influence. In her travels she learns of many concepts which include the confiscation of her "Pink Rabbit."

Many books unintentionally talk down to children. Not this book it looks you right in the eye. Anna still maintains the innocence of her youth. But the problems and dealing with people can happen at any age.

The story is told from the perspective of Anna. And not too surprisingly it parallels that of the author and illustrator Judith Kerr who was forced to leave Germany in 1933.

Moleskine Extra Small Ruled Hard Notebook
Moleskine Extra Small Ruled Hard Notebook
Price: £5.94

5.0 out of 5 stars The whole series of Moleskin Classic Notebook are well worth the price., 25 Jun. 2015
However this is my preference for daily use. I used to keep a nerd pack in my white shirt and a hover head spiral not book in my back pocket. I no longer carry a nerd pack. The spiral notebook was making a ware pattern in my back pocket; switching to the Moleskin Classic Notebook corrected for the ware pattern.

Now with the availability of smart phones most of the information needed can be kept on the phone and erased or transmitted as needed. However we still do not live in a completely paperless society. There for there is an occasional need for paper. Sometime paper is also quicker to note on and remove from the Notebook.

The choice of Moleskin Classic Notebook is personal and also flexible for the occasion. I like the lined version as I think lined but print atrociously. The book is keep closed do I do not get those curled and dog-eared paper edges before even using them.

There is a book mark so I can actually place the information needed strategically in location best suited for it and still find it quickly. There is even a pocket that can hold a credit card or a nice large denominational currency.

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