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Everything Is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed
Everything Is Bullshit: The greatest scams on Earth revealed
by Priceonomics
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost 'Unputdownable'. How The World Really *is* Full of BS: If You're Not 'Cerebrally Challenged' You'll Surely Love This One, 17 July 2014
In all sincerity, this book was hard to put down. I found myself regularly picking it up, almost without thinking about it. Such was the degree to which it so very consistently held my interest. This book is figuratively stuffed full of the most interesting truisms, the kind which make you nod your head in tacit agreement - for instance most people cannot tell the difference between red wine and white wine when blindfolded. And as for so called "wine experts", when mixed great and 'far from great' wines were disguised most couldn't even tell the difference between the reputed best wines in the world, from ordinary bargain basement wines, when put to scientific test. Cutting to the chase - ergo the entire wine industry is indeed, just as you suspected, laden with the most sublime BS. Period. And, don't get me started on how the author views the art world...

Yes, the world really is full of BS - plus a majority of either those who produce it, or suck it up. Your reviewer naturally tries his best to remain on the sidelines when it cometh to said subject. Nonetheless (with a pronounced sigh) least we can take some reassuring comfort in knowing we're not losing our minds, in seeing through it all, for what much of it evidently is. As such, this book provides almost all the reassuring comfort any reasonably smart person needs to take on this world by its horns & thorns: an indispensable purchase if ever there was one. Full marks for sure.

Anker® 14W Solar Panel Foldable Dual-port Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for 5V USB-charged Devices Including GPS Units, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Android Tablets
Anker® 14W Solar Panel Foldable Dual-port Solar Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for 5V USB-charged Devices Including GPS Units, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Android Tablets
Offered by AnkerDirect

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Its Current & Continuing Half-price Promotion, It Represents Unparalleled Value. This IS The Solar Charger To Buy!, 1 July 2014
In early July, it managed to charge fully, from discharged, a PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery pack,PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank Backup Charger Triple USB 3Amps output for Apple iPhone 5S 5 5c 4S 4 3Gs, iPod Touch, iPad Air, 5, 4, 3, 2, Mini (Apple lightning adapters Not included) / Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 S2, Note 2, ...] in approximately a day and a half. Conditions were partly cloudy, albeit more cloudy on the second day than on the first, yet still, that is very impressive performance.

Competitor products, such as the so called 'High Efficiency' Charger from 'Portapow', are, frankly, only 3/4 as efficient at charging, compared to this.
Must also mention that on another day, ye heavens didst spontaneously erupt, declaring vast lashings of wetnessness (a.k.a. 'rain') unto thee, yet... with tissue in hand and given only a quick wipe down, it was ready to charge again, within barely a minute. Its casing also protected a phone from being damaged by that impromptu rain-shower, which was (I must add) quite a relief to know. So I can confirm too that this works perfectly as a fully waterproof charger.
Unquestionably, if you're looking for a powerful, portable, waterproof and reliable solar charger - then look no further: here is it! If this writer were looking for another portable solar charger, then, particularly at its current discounted price point, I'd buy this again without question.

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC DVD)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC DVD)
Price: £20.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people can't be pleased. This is undoubtedly a great game, destined to be a classic. Well done devs!!, 30 May 2014
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1st, mine's running perfectly on an i7 2600k with gtx670 and 8 gigs of ram. Updated the relevant drivers and so far no crashes or any problems at all, in either Medium or High settings. If you liked the last few Wolfensteins, then you're bound to like this one.

BTW Usually a PC game gets berated for using some whacko protection system, but it's good to see that this one sensibly uses good old Steam - which most of us know and have already. Well done to Bethesda for choosing Steam.

As for its being a console game too, no worries people! It still very much feels like an upgraded yet (at heart) a traditional PC worthy FPS,. so no problems there either.

One downside is the install size. It is as gigantic as everyone has been saying at over 40gigs :-/ and ten of which must be downloaded before even playing - which is quite ridiculous. A lot of the negative criticism here is simply because the game is just not at all playable straight out of the box. It's a lengthy and patient (but not arduous nor frustrating) process to get running. Nonetheless, all is forgiven when it runs and plays so beautifully in the end.

Do buy this excellent FPS game and support the future development of more excellent games, it's the right thing to do.

Philips PTA128/00 Wireless USB Adapter for Philips TV Models - PFL32*8 Series
Philips PTA128/00 Wireless USB Adapter for Philips TV Models - PFL32*8 Series
Offered by AVIDES
Price: £24.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works Perfectly Well on any Phillips PFL series of "Smart televisions" - so no need to buy the more expensive w/less dongle!, 28 May 2014
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I bought this unsure if it would work on my tv, thanks to its extremely brief description here, and (it has to be said...) despite the four other previous reviewers who didn't bother saying which tv it worked upon. For the record I can confirm for you all that this WILL work with any of Phillips recent PFL series of television, such as the PFL6007t. Which means there is thankfully no need whatsoever to buy the far more expensive "Philips PTA01/00 Wi-Fi USB Adapter" which sells for nearly twice the cost of this and offers no discernible advantage over it.

As for the reviewer who complained that its velcro doesn't attach to his tv set, and thus gave it only one star !!!?? Sorry but I've really no idea, whatsoever, what he's been nattering on about: this is supposed to be inserted into any spare USB slot of your Phillips. It doesn't need to be attached using 'velcro' to any tv, so to complain that its velcro (and BTW, mine comes with none - most likely BECAUSE it IS supposed to be inserted into a spare USB slot in your TV) doesn't attach to his tv, is frankly - utter nonsense.

Another reviewer wrote this most questionable criticism: "Absolute rubbish! Would not recommend anyone buy it. No good smart tv in Ireland or uk. Thanks. Do not buy". Honestly, I don't know where they are coming from. To correct him, this dongle definitely works with wireless internet and DEFINITELY provides 'smart tv' functionality in the UK (which means you can use Iplayer, youtube etc on your PFL tv when using this wireless dongle). And it works perfectly well. Believe him or me, the choice is up to you.

To conclude: there is nothing wrong and everything right, including its price about this dongle. It's perfectly easy to setup (as it's basically just plug in and go) albeit you might of course have to input your wireless p/w after you first insert it, which is fair enough. Regardless, I give it four stars because similar wireless dongles from other manufacturers retail for around a tenner, thus - why not this one? Still, it's far better priced that its alternative Philips dongle above, and so you should buy this one instead if you have a PFL series TV set.

I really hope my review puts this wireless dongle back into perspective and if I can be of help with any questions, please do ask me.
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IncrediSonic Ultra Play IMP150 - HD TV Digital Mini Media Player - 1080p - Play any file from USB HDDs/Flashdrives/Memory Cards
IncrediSonic Ultra Play IMP150 - HD TV Digital Mini Media Player - 1080p - Play any file from USB HDDs/Flashdrives/Memory Cards
Offered by Raving Deals
Price: £59.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost As Good As Any WD LIve Player - At An Exceptionally Better Price. Here's How It Mainly Differs., 14 May 2014
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If budget is your only concern, and you wish to play any file through your TV, then go ahead and buy this Incredisonic IMP 150 right now. I'd say that the picture quality of this compared to the WD live (which I have too) is, for most files I've tested, about 95% as good - for well under half its price. That being said, there is still, most definitely, one 'clear problem': picture quality for 3D files at 720p is noticeably poor. In other words, HD 3D video playback is noticeably lacking anything like the definition one should expect at 720. By way of contrast, the WD Live is unquestionably far superior at displaying such files with beautiful clarity. Whereas there is a definite lack of sharpness with regard to 720 3D files (e.g. MKV), once you move up to 1080p 3D files, the difference between the more expensive unit's output and that of the Incredisonic is barely noticeable. So I would only recommend this player for those who want 3D support if you'll be using it for 1080 encoded files only.

Another advantage of the more expensive unit is this: The WD Live is, of course, supported by occasional firmware updates, yet there is not even one update of the Incredisonic's firmware available - only its user manual (already supplied) is available for download on their webpage. Hmmm. Once they have your money it becomes a case of 'move along now, please'. And you need to check with others, how they treat customers who report problems, but I must say, there was no empasis as to customer support, on the incredisonic webpage.

The said lack of clarity is, I'm pleased to report, no such problem when it comes to conventional 2D, 720 and 1080 files.

I'll now keep this review 'trimmed' of my usual verbosity (unless, that is, someone requests more info from me) and just end off with this comment: given its marvelously low price, all potential issues above are forgiven, which means that this IMP 150 is very much recommended. But please do ask me any further questions below, and I'll do my best to answer you.
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Cool Memories
Cool Memories
by Jean Baudrillard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Until 2007, Jean Baudrillard was the Greatest Thinker Alive. It is a Tragedy that Few Will Ever Know of Him., 15 Mar 2014
This review is from: Cool Memories (Paperback)
'Cool Memories' is basically a disconnected collection of thoughts, ramblings, aphorisms & pieces from the mind of a true intellectual genius.

Yet few will ever know of him. Since he died in 2007, his intellectual legacy will remain only with those who have a passion for social theory etc., which (amazingly to me) few do. Understanding the human condition, or rather the quest to understand how we interact is as natural to your present reviewer, as butter is to toast. Nonetheless, I find it hard to believe that so few have any interest in psychology, social theory, behavioural economics, yet sigh I must: for this is truly the world in which we live.

Baudrillard was an extraordinarily rare man whose mind was truly awake to endless analysis and comparison. That's not to say everything in this book is amazing. It's not. But you must steadily progress though the lofty and often complicated text, if only to be rewarded occasionally by the most precious gems of true wisdom imaginable. Sometimes his observations border on the surreal: "powdered water: just add water to get water."

And just who could define 'boredom' better than this: "boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face."

Or, consider this: "the great lethal epidemics have disappeared. They have all been replaced by a single one: the proliferation of human beings themselves. Overpopulation constitutes a kind of slow and irresistible epidemic, the opposite of plague and cholera... Because the excess of life is even more lethal". Maybe it's just as well then, that, reputedly, he had less of an adherence to socialism as he aged!

As I've already forewarned you - not all of his aphoristic comments are brilliant, but the few that are, are worth the price of admission alone: "Snow is no longer a gift from on high. It falls precisely at those places designated as winter resorts." Or how about these?:

"What goes out of fashion passes into everyday life. What disappears from everyday life is revived in fashion."

"Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfilment."

"It is difficult to find a remedy for our own sadness, because we ourselves are implicated in it. It is difficult to find a remedy for other people's sadness because we are prisoners of it."

Utterly brilliant!

Then again, please don't let my examples fool you into thinking that the majority of this text is peppered with acutely observed brilliance. On the contrary, the majority of the writing in this book is usually arcane, unconvincingly obtuse, gratuitously academic if not downright bizarre! Thus you might typically (also) read words such as these: "Manicheism is the irreconcilable antagonism between two forces. Morality is merely the opposition of two values. In the order of the values, there is always a possibility of reconciliation. The disorder of forces is irreconcilable." Hmmm... O.K., right...!? Well, whatever he is saying there, I'm sure it made sense to him at the time, but frankly I'm lost. Please expect to be lost too in most of what is written herein. At least 80% of this book verges upon incomprehensible. Nonetheless, it's for what's also within its pages that you should be buying it.

That is to say, please consider buying this book not for most of its bizarre, esoterically observed content but for the few precious gems which appear every so often, within its text. Much of the text indeed makes little sense. But Baudrillard is to be forgiven, because geniuses exist not so much to be understood by many, but moreover to lead with their most refreshingly daring and original thoughts. And because there is no shortage of same in this book, I must unquestionably award it full marks.

E-PRANCE New FULL HD 1080P V1000GS Car DVR Driving Recorder + GPS Logger + G-sensor + 5 Mega pixels CMOS + 120 degree Wide Angle Lens,Support 64G SDHC Card
E-PRANCE New FULL HD 1080P V1000GS Car DVR Driving Recorder + GPS Logger + G-sensor + 5 Mega pixels CMOS + 120 degree Wide Angle Lens,Support 64G SDHC Card

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This camera is close upon absolutely USELESS.

I am an independent top reviewer and not some shill here to plug the company's products, so let me tell you that buying this is a very big exercise in wasting your money.

There is NO USER MANUAL. There is NO explanation as to how you should even set its time and date. That is how completely useless this is.

I have written over a hundred reviews in amazon and never have I wanted to return an item so quickly. I will now boldly ask you to ignore the other two reviewers. Have they have proven themselves? And their two line reviews tell you nothing about how ridiculously hard this is even to set, or even work out what changing half its settings might mean, never mind just the time and date!

NO START UP GUIDE. NOTHING BUT an idiotically spelled double sided piece of paper which mostly itemises much (in 'Chinglish'), and explains NOTHING.

The only way I can see anything, equating to settings on it, is not by plugging it into my computer, but into my TV. Does it say on the box that you need a TV, one preferably with an HDMI port, just to change its settings? Well, 'Hello'! AND even then, I can see no way to access any menu and settings button save by using its barely responsive remote control. Well at least the battery for the remote came included! Mine came from amazon with Hungarian set to default language, and you can imagine how helpful that was (hint - if you dare buy this after reading my review, that is, you need to find the world icon and then click upwards through each lang until finally) But really this, at that price is a joke. Almost TOTALLY USELESS. By Trial and error you set everything, and half the time you don't even know what each setting might do, just by pointing an irritatingly and usually unresponsive remote control at your tv screen.

There are indeed plenty of settings for which there is no explanation whatsoever - i.e., what on earth does "G Force setting X" mean as opposed to (on the next line down in the menu on my tv screen) "G Force setting Y" ?????

Trust me, do not buy this crud. Believe the other two and you are welcome to waste your money. I have tried my best to warn you, so if you don't listen to me, please do buy it. Lastly, I bought the following to replace this and a review will come soon: DOD Tech LS430W Full HD Dashcam
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Fresh Wasabi 80g
Fresh Wasabi 80g
Offered by sushisushi
Price: £28.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect gift for a foodie, or simply just indulge yourself., 15 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Fresh Wasabi 80g (Misc.)
Being a sushi fan, I've always wondered what real, fresh wasabi tasted like? Well, I need wonder no more, thanks to this UK company's efforts, we can all now enjoy the taste of real, fresh wasabi - just as it was always meant to be. None of that 'horseradish and mustard' fabrication - at last!

This is the one true and absolutely authentic wasabi - which affords the most wonderfully appetising accompaniment to sushi without yielding a searingly heady punch to the depths of one's nasal passages. Yes indeed: Eat, enjoy and breath easily! This promises the authentic sushi experience, which every sushi aficionado must try at least once in his/her life. Yet, given its cost, I'm afraid that this will have to remain an occasional and very special treat for this writer. Other than that, it would make the perfect gift for any foodie in your life, who craves something just that little bit extra special and unusual.

It's packaged excellently, coming even with its own specially designed ice pack - which won't melt all over the place in the post. It weighed in a little on the generous side of expectations, which was much appreciated too. However, please be aware that it does need to be placed in the fridge, as soon as possible after you receive it. On that note, the seller provides a muslin covering which should be left wrapped around your wasabi rhizome whenever not required. Using it is simplicity itself: just wash under some cold water and grate as much as you need. Repeat as necessary and voila! (sorry, but I don't yet know the japanese word for 'voila' lol) Apparently, you have a couple of weeks in which to use it; Not that ours will last that long - given how much we have been smitten.

Most highly recommended. Lastly, any questions you may have, are very welcome, please ask me below.

Not Dead and Not for Sale
Not Dead and Not for Sale
by Scott Weiland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lacklustre 'cash-in'. Don't bother - you won't miss much., 10 Jan 2014
If you asked me to hum one Stone Temple Pilots song, and my life depended on doing so, I would honestly have difficulties. I'm not a fan of the band by any means, and frankly am unlikely ever to be. I do, nonetheless, like some of the music from the same period, but Stone Temple Pilots was not particularly on my radar, simply because I personally felt what music I did hear from them, wasn't that special. Yet , in the book's inside jacket we learn: "In the early 1990's Stone Temple Pilots - not U2, not Nirvana, not Pearl Jam - was the hottest band in the world."

What utter nonsense! STP 'hotter than U2 - at any point in history - utter tosh! Stone Temple Pilots did not even make household name status at their very height - unlike e.g., U2 and Nirvana - even today. So what unashamed arrogance to claim that his band were one of the rock greats. It certainly wasn't.

Why did I bother reading this book then? One of my side-interests is autobiographies of so called 'rock stars'. I usually enjoy reading about those lucky enough to have an exceptionally charmed life, which is so extremely different from that of a normal person. But this book, just feels rushed out, unspectacularly written (for someone who, we learn, sees himself as some sort of artistic savant when it comes to writing), full of narcissistic puff, self indulgence - and overall, contains little even of interest I would imagine, to even a regular fan of his band.

A great rock biography was by Steven Adler - 'My Appetite for Destruction'. In that book Steven (& his ghost writer, who did an amazing job of bringing grammatical excellence to a rockstar's biography) really took all the time necessary to flesh out the very interesting details of his life: which was an amazing achievement for a man who was allegedly fired from GNR, for taking too much interest in 'extra curricular affairs/commitments'...

Alas, Weiland's book comes across in a mostly bland, sketched out, loosely written fashion. For this is, in other words, the "been there, done that" of rock autobiographies. Which is a shame, because I'm quite certain he led a very interesting life; it's just that this book is more interesting for what he's deliberately chosen to leave out, rather than what he wrote about within - or moreover, skimmed over. There are plenty of page filling forgettable photos, prose pieces and even a few poems - the sort which prove why real poets, such as WB Yeats & Wordsworth are the true creative geniuses which time will always immortalise; unlike this remarkably lucky man.

Reading this book you will get little of the sense of an amazingly charmed life, which must come from being a worldwide V.I.P. Then again, it was almost as if it was all just supposed to happen, because Mr. Weiland is just... well.. oh, so extremely talented. Sure he was. And of course, being so talented, one could almost excuse him for not taking the time to write an in-depth and incisively inspired biography - i.e., a biography worthy of being widely read & enjoyed.

Meanwhile, be sure to give this book the same 'skimming over' treatment which it deserves. His must have been an extremely interesting and unusual life. It surely must have been! Yet simply not enough fascinating, page-turning detail is delivered, by any means, in this book. Besides, life's short and there are far better books to read: Even his ex-wife's book, 'Fall to Pieces', by way of contrast, is an extremely interesting and illuminating read/experience. I almost couldn't put it down - it was that rich in candour & fascinating details; and featured the kind of involved writing which Mr. Weiland was obviously too busy to be bothered doing himself. It's so ironic that a certain 'ex-model' wrote a far better book than her supposedly creative ex husband. Nonetheless, please do yourself the favour of reading Mary Forsberg's 'Fall To Pieces' instead of this frankly disappointing 'could have been'!
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Bentley Organic Shampoo - Normal to Oily - 250ml (Pack of 2)
Bentley Organic Shampoo - Normal to Oily - 250ml (Pack of 2)
Price: £7.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for those with oily hair, 5 Jan 2014
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Have to agree with the review above. This particular organic shampoo is not expensive for an organic shampoo and is simply excellent at removing excess oil from hair, and seems, despite repeated usage to not leave much build up (if any) at all in one's hair. Against most other shampoos I've tried in my lifetime, this one stands ahead of the crowd, and I've never had any issues with an itchy scalp (unlike when using other shampoos which contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) when I use this one. Just don't expect it to lather much on first rinse, as it does not contain those artificially lathering sulfate chemicals found in a widely available commercial shampoo, such as 'Pantene'. However on a repeat wash, it lathers excellently and leaves my hair literally squeaky clean on rinsing: which gives an excellent result each time.

Having tried Faith in Nature's Tea Tree conditioner which was, IMO, overrated and just ok, so I had been looking for the best conditioner for oily hair. Recently, I have had far better results with this conditioner: A'kin Al'chemy Jojoba & Lavender Light Conditioner which I wholeheartedly recommend to you - for soft, healthy looking hair. Meanwhile...

Bentley Organic Shampoo, I would highly recommended for anyone who does not have dry hair.

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