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Zebra F-301 Ballpoint Stainless Steel Retractable Pen, Fine Point, 0.7mm, Assorted Ink, 4-Count: Black, Blue, Green, Red
Zebra F-301 Ballpoint Stainless Steel Retractable Pen, Fine Point, 0.7mm, Assorted Ink, 4-Count: Black, Blue, Green, Red
I got the multi-pack, with black, blue, red, and green. I really like the color variety (I love the green!), but I'll be replacing these pens as soon as I find something I like better.
I'm a College student with bad handwriting, so fine writers go a long way for legibility. These are definitely fine writers-- good! But, I wasn't super impressed with the pen itself.
They get three stars, since they are, indeed, black/blue/red/green pens of very good construction quality-- No problems there, and I'm not gentle with them.

I've been using these pens daily for just shy of a month (I received them mid-September, it's currently the 8th of October)
Here are my observations with them:

My issue is mostly that I don't find them to be "smooth" writers.
I don't feel confident that they'll actually write unless I'm being a bit more heavy-handed.
Maybe I got a bad batch, but these pens do skip a bit, especially if I'm writing lightly.
I also get some ink globs/clots/blotts, though, conveniently enough, none decided to do that while writing the sample.
They feel-- not "scratchy," but "friction-y?" They don't feel "smooth;" it's like I can feel the friction in the rollerball when I write (in the ball itself; not the tip against the paper). Even after almost a month of use, they haven't "loosened up," and they still don't "glide" across paper like a pen might. They feel more like a pencil than a pen.
(Don't let me deter you if you like that sort of pen, though!)
My red pen is really starting to go. I have no idea if this is a fault with the red pen or just a random fluke. It's only the red pen, even though none of the pens were treated differently from any other (though I do have a slight preference towards the green).

Maybe I got a bad batch? Maybe I'm expecting to much? Who knows! I'll try a few other pens and revisit this, maybe. I want a pen that's very fine, glides well, and will write cleanly with minimal pressure. For now: I'll give these a solid "Not what I'm looking for." Not smooth enough, mostly, and I don't have as much confidence in them as I'd like.
I just ordered the 
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 0: Warzones
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 0: Warzones
Another Secret Wars tie-in that basically serves as a pilot volume for an on going series. Bendis returns to the dystopian future that Mark Millar created wherein the villains united to wipe out all the heroes leaving a lawless Western themed world wherein Logan tries his best to live peacefully until the death of his family draws him back into the hero game. The actual story here is decent; Bendis picks up right where the final Old Man Logan story from Millar left off with Logan having adopted a Hulk baby as his own. The book serves a slight tie in to the main Secret Wars story as Old Man Logan begins to realize that something is off about Battleworld. He sets out to solve the mystery and ends up traversing through multiple Warzones (the Technopolis of the Armor Wars tie-ins, the Age of Apocalypse world, the Deadlands of Marvel Zombies, and eventually the Manhattan remnants of the main 616 and Ultimate Universes) while running from the Thors who seek to ensure no one crosses the borders. As he travels Logan realizes that each warzone contains variants of the people he once knew and loved and winds up joining the battle against Doom because of it. Bendis' work certainly set the table for the on going Old Man Logan sequel series by Jeff Lemire (as Logan is one of the few multiverse remnants who winds up in the post Secret Wars Marvel universe along with Miles Morales), but the real star is Andrea Sorrentino's fantastic artwork. It is brutal and stylish and I'm glad she was tapped to keep drawing for the series after Lemire took over writing duties. However you feel about Marvel bringing Old Man Logan into the main continuity (I think it was a cheap ploy that undercut the loss of Wolverine right after his death) this is a fun read at the least for seeing a fun Battleworld-crossing adventure.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Inhaltsangabe:

Kaitness (Jennifer Lawrence) und Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) haben die Spiele gewonnen und nach einer ersten Tour haben sie eine kurze Pause, um zu verschnaufen. Sie leben inzwischen im Dorf der Sieger, aber ihr Leben ist völlig anders als vor den Spielen. Kaitness plagen Alpträume und sie kann nur sehr schwer mit den Geschehnissen in der Arena umgehen.

Gale (Liam Hemsworth) möchte eigentlich fliehen, sofort und ohne die Familien. Aber Kaitness kann ihre Mutter und die kleine Schwester nicht im Stich lassen. Und alle mit auf die Flucht zu nehmen, käme einer Karawane gleich. So bleibt ihnen nichts anderes übrig also weiter ihr Dasein zu fristen, jeder auf seine Weise.

Kaitness und Peeta müssen noch einmal Tour, durch die Distrikte. Doch bevor das ganze Team aus dem Kapitol heranrauscht und Kaitness für die Tour fertig macht, stattet Präsident Snow (Donals Sutherland) ihr einen Besuch ab. Er berichtet von Unruhen in den Distrikten, weil Kaitness das Kapitol bloßgestellt hat und die Menschen nun in ihr eine Rebellin sehen. Snow macht ihr klar, das ihr Leben nun dem Kapitol gehöre und sie ihre Liebesgeschichte mit Peeta weiterspielen müsse – für immer. Außerdem bittet er sie, sich besonders anzustrengen, um den drohenden Aufstand abzuwenden. Kaitness, geschockt von Snows unverholenen Drohungen, schluckt es und will sich Mühe geben.

Doch es klappt nicht. All‘ ihre Mühe ist nicht genug, um weitere Eskalationen zu verhindern. Da denkt sich Snow etwas besonders perfides aus: An den 75.ten Hungerspielen, einem Jubiläum, kommen alle bisherigen noch lebenden Sieger in die Lostöpfe. In Distrikt 12 gibt es bisher nur drei Sieger, Kaitness, Peeta und Haymitch! Allen ist klar, das sie mit Peeta wieder in die Arena muss. Und die Arena ist noch einmal ganz anders als im vorangegangenen Jahr.

Für Kaitness ist klar, das sie nun gewinnen muss.

Mein Fazit:

Ich hätte auch die Buch-Rezie hier schreiben können. Film und Buch sind nahezu identisch. Zumindest ist es mir so in Erinnerung geblieben. Das Buch und den dazugehörigen Film habe ich bereits im Sommer „konsumiert“, aber es ist noch so frisch im Kopf.

Nach dem nicht ganz so gelungenen ersten Teil gibt es nun bei dem zweiten Teil einen neuen Regisseur. Francis Lawrence machte es sich zur Aufgabe, die Buchvorlage eins zu eins umzusetzen. Und das hat wunderbar funktioniert. Alle visuellen Elemente, wie z. B. die Arena oder das Dorf der Sieger, entsprachen meinen Vorstellungen. Auch die Atmosphäre wurde sehr gut eingefangen, die bedrückte Stimmung nach dem Sieg bei den Hungerspielen. Die Beklommenheit und Ängste haben sowohl Jennifer Lawrence wie auch Josh Hutcherson gut rübergebracht. Liam Hemsworth ist nun zu einer Randfigur degradiert, was ja auch im ersten Teil so war. Das Gale noch um seine Liebe kämpft, ist ja irgendwie klar, aber schon sehr bald erreicht er Kaitness nicht mehr, er hat die Spiele eben nicht wirklich erlebt. Auch das Verantwortungsgefühl gegenüber seiner Familie ist ein anderes wie bei Kaitness, da unterscheiden sie sich gewaltig. Weitere Besetzungen wie Donald Sutherland als Präsident Snow oder Elisabeth Banks als Effi Trinket sind wirklich gut umgesetzt. Auch diese Figuren haben nun mehr Raum bekommen und man kann sich mehr mit ihnen auseinandersetzen.

Bei dem Film passt einfach alles. Die Musik, die Kulisse, die Darsteller und das ganze Zusammenspiel. Dem Regisseur ist eine tolle Adaption der Vorlage gelungen. Wer das Buch geliebt hat, wird meiner Meinung nach auch den Film lieben. Hoffentlich klappt es auch mit den Teilen 3.1 und 3.2 so. Es wäre ja zu wünschen.

Von mir bekommt der Film 100% und ich freue mich schon auf „Mockingjay“.
Harry Potter - Hogwarts Magical Marauder's Map - Parchment Paper Reveal - 11 oz Morphing Mugs Heat Sensitive Mug – Ceramic Color Changing Coffee Tea Mug
Harry Potter - Hogwarts Magical Marauder's Map - Parchment Paper Reveal - 11 oz Morphing Mugs Heat Sensitive Mug – Ceramic Color Changing Coffee Tea Mug
I had read others say that their item shipped damaged. Seeing how this was packaged, I am not surprised at all. This was nowhere near packaged for shipping. Was 100% guaranteed to be damaged. Huge chip in the cup itself, handle torn off and smashed into 4-5 pieces. The entire box was just sliding around in a larger amazon box.

I tested the product, since the cup could still hold water. It worked as advertised and honestly was a very cool effect. If I ever saw it in a store I would buy one. But I can't in good conscience give any sort of positive rating if they are willing to ship it like this.

Bubble wrap is your friend!
Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter 4
Sans être un expert du monde de Harry Potter, j'ai apprécié tous les films car ils nous plongent dans un univers où les décors, les accessoires et les effets spéciaux sont le fruit d'un travail minutieux. Certains épisodes sont peut-être moins bons que d'autres, mais le plus mauvais des Potter reste un modèle de précision dans sa construction, servi par des acteurs convaincants, bref toujours un très bon moment à passer, si possible en famille.
Don't Call Me Bigfoot
Don't Call Me Bigfoot
Well, at least they didn't try to pass off lifeless stuffed animals as bigfoot (yeah, talking about Todd Standing and his absolute garbage Discovering Bigfoot). But this wasn't very compelling, it was just two guys giving their reasons for why they think bigfoot exists. And even though evidence is talked about, none is given, just talked about. So this documentary won't do much to persuade anyone from changing whatever position you had before watching it.

And one thing I want to address, are the excuses that always come up for why bigfoot corpses aren't found. Whenever this question is asked, the same excuses always pop up: we don't find bear carcasses, the animals live or go to places inaccessible to humans, they rot before discovery, etc But the problem is, while it might be rare to find animal carcasses, the thing is we do find them. We do find bear remains, even if it is rare. We do find remains of deer, wolves, cougars, etc. We find remains of virtually every animal. Yet, we never find bigfoot. There is a huge difference between rarely finding the remains of an animals versus NEVER finding it. So the question of why don't we ever find bigfoot remains is still a very good question and one that should bother any bigfoot believer.
Cuckoo CRP-JHVR1009F Multifunctional and Programmable Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker, Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Cooking Algorithm - 10 Cups, Brown
Cuckoo CRP-JHVR1009F Multifunctional and Programmable Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker, Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Cooking Algorithm - 10 Cups, Brown
 The best rice cooker I ever had. It has so many preset functions. A variety of rice and mixed grain cooking functions. High (2 ATMs) and low (1.2 ATMs) pressure cooking functions. And high and low pressure steaming functions.

I've only had mine a couple of weeks but have cooked white, brown, brown mixed, and GABA (sprouted brown) and the results are truly fantastic. You get sticky, chewy, fluffy, bouncy kernels. But practice does make perfect. The inner pot is marked with recommended water measurements for various rice and grains. However, depending on how you like your rice, you might need try it a couple of times before you figure out how to adjust the water levels to consistently achieve the texture you prefer. I like my white rice harder so I used low pressure and slightly less water than recommended. Perfection! I like my brown rice softer, so I add more water and use the brown or GABA setting which cooks at high pressure. Delicious!

The keep warm function is great. The rice does dry up a little with time but it is so minimal that is is a non-issue. Compared to my old cooker...pfttt. You can keep cooked rice inside hot and ready for consumption at any time you feel like it for 3 days!

The construction of this rice cooker is very nice. It is solidly built. The inner pot is thick and stainless steel with a thick non-stick coat that is beautiful and glittery. It's like looking into deep space and truly a thing of beauty. It stands out on my counter top. In fact, it is the first thing everyone notices when they come to my kitchen. "Whaaa??? Is that a rice cooker???" I've gone through 2 or 3 of the nice Japanese brand rice cookers. When it came down to this purchase I was debating between this one and the Japanese IH pressurized model 
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Definer - Ebony
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Definer - Ebony
Very disappointed with this product. The retractable pencil part would break off even though only a small part of the product was exposed to be used. This happened many times. The broken piece of the product cannot be used because it is too small to hold. Before long, I had no product left within the applicator. I have not had this product long. I have used the Brow Wiz before with great results. This product seemed very old and dried out, which is probably why it would break so easily. What a waste of time and money. Going to try a different brand. This was not a cheap drug store purchase!

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