I have read other biographies of George Lucas, but nothing quite as incredible as George Lucas: A Life. I blazed through the 560 pages–such easy reading, so full of detail, yet didn’t bog me down. Every page was a page turner, starting from Lucas’s teenage years to after the sale of his empire. We learn about his relationships, his movies, and of course his relationship with his movies. What did he really think of The Force Awakens? His personality spilled through the pages, so it surprised me in the end when Brian Jay Jones noted that this was an unauthorized biography. A shattering of glass! I could have sworn Lucas was interviewed every step of the way. If you knew that then pay no mind. Jones obviously did his homework, making this a must read for any Star Wars fan.
Changing the battery on this SuCoo cooking thermometer can be tricky. It’s not as easy as pushing a button. You have to open the battery case, but the switch is hidden behind a metal panel. The battery doesn’t just pop out, either. Look here to see how it’s done.
Sometimes, we really do need an optical disc drive, and not all laptops come with them. Enter the external DVD drive–aka portable CD player/burner, DVD-RW reader/writer (anything else?). The instructions booklet was rather sparse. Actually, no instructions. I played around with the two cables that came with it and the only way my Windows 10 laptop would work with it is if both cables were plugged in. So, you’ll need two open USB ports. No software installation needed on my end. It was completely plug and play. I used it to store files on a CD and watch an old video from my daughter’s six grade class. You can see the opening sequence of that video on my laptop screen showing with the countdown and sound effects.
This DVD burner/player works as it should. I would prefer a motorized ejection mechanism, even though the presence of gears just ups the anty on the number of parts to wear down over time. Non-motorized does mean more lightweight, so that can be a plus.
This sling bag sports two compartments containing multiple pockets, including one pocket large enough for an eReader or small tablet. I like the adjustable strap and that bright liner that keeps my things from getting lost in a deep, dark abyss. The material is a little slick for my taste, as I prefer leather or canvas over nylon. It works for me overall, though.
The GM Seating Bodylux Office Chair comes laden with features, enough to make it worth its weight in gold. I’ve owned plenty of leather office chairs–executive chairs–but none quite like this. There are so many options that I don’t think any two people would have this chair adjusted exactly the same way. It’s personalized for comfort. There’s even a posture alarm. I’ve never seen one like it. Still trying to get that to work, but everything else is fully functioning as expected.
This product was provided by GM Seating.
UPDATE 1/11/17: The posture alarm works! I just have to unlock the seatback from the reclined position. The chair doesn’t like it when I’m hunched over my desk. It beeps to remind me I need to straighten up.
Here’s a way to create ambience without risk of fire. Not only do we get a choice of soft or warm glow, we can add a dash of color (or colors), adjust the intensity. The USB rechargeable candle has so many options. What’s more, the weighted base makes it feel solid, not cheap.
I love the design of this drone. Blades protected on all sides, big and sturdy, a camera but not lots of extraneous features that make me feel I have to use it to the max. Just fly — headless or regular mode. Take photos and videos along the way. It’s so great that I don’t need to pair the drone with my phone to do that. What? No Wi-Fi or FPV? Nada, but trust me. You’ll learn to appreciate the simplicity.
This radio may be small, but it has amazing sound quality. Frankly, that surprised me, because it has no visible antenna. Nice that the battery powered radio can be recharged with a mini USB cable (included).
* small size
* crystal clear sound
* battery operated (battery included)
* AM/FM scanning to preset channels
* mp3 player (micro SD card slot and flash drive)
* digital display
* headphone jack
* AUX port to turn this into a speaker
Here’s a blouse to please them all. It’s not super thin like chiffon can be. I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing underneath. Ideal as for work or play. The only drawback is it’s dry clean only.
I want a small power bank that won’t weigh me down, and Shinngo fits the bill. This one comes with a super short micro USB cable and a drawstring pouch. There’s even a single-bulb LED flashlight built in. What a seriously great idea for a stocking stuffer.
Just remember, small battery equals lower capacity. If you want more, you’ll have to pay for it in space and load-bearing muscle.