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HAVIT HV-BT018 Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter Receiver, Mini Wireless Portable Bluetooth Adapter, to 3.5mm Audio Devices and Home Stereo
HAVIT HV-BT018 Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter Receiver, Mini Wireless Portable Bluetooth Adapter, to 3.5mm Audio Devices and Home Stereo

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to go wireless with your sound system, July 16 2016
This Havit bluetooth adapter is a very handy little device. All my music goes through one of two amplifier/speaker systems, neither of which has bluetooth built in. But with this adapter, i can play music wirelessly from laptop, tablet or phone that does have bluetooth transmitting capability. First you have to “pair” the device with the transmitting device, which takes a minute or two (it's virtually plug-and-play), and you only need to do this once for each device that it's paired with. You can have it paired with two devices, and the next time you power on the Havit, it's immediately ready to receive from whichever paired device is transmitting. It sounds the same as if you had the laptop or tablet plugged directly into the amp.

The battery lasts for several hours before you have to recharge it, which you can do quickly by means of a mini-USB connector (included); a red light shows while it's charging, and shuts off when it's fully charged. The device also turns itself off when not in use for 6 minutes, or if the battery voltage drops too low. You can also use it as a transmitter, say to play something through bluetooth-enabled stereo headphones, even through two bluetooth-receiving devices at once. All in a tiny case not much bigger than a postage stamp or a thumb drive. I've been using mine daily since it was delivered two weeks ago. Recommended!


Planet Ant
Planet Ant
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 14.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from BBC Earth, May 20 2016
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This BBC Earth DVD is a 90-minute exploration of the ant world, much of it based on a project that moved an entire colony of leaf-cutter ants to a lab set up in the UK to make it possible to see what they do undergound. It's an in-depth study of ant society, including the communication systems and the division of labor that enables these insects to do some remarkably intelligent things. Some of it is cutting-edge science, including the second part which shows how ant-inspired algorithms have been appllied to solving complex human transportation problems. It's a worthy addition to previous BBC series such as "Life in the Undergrowth." It shows there's a lot more to ants than meets the eye.


HAVIT HV-F2063 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad,Ultra-portable and Light Weight (4 Fans)
HAVIT HV-F2063 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad,Ultra-portable and Light Weight (4 Fans)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't compute without it!, May 20 2016
I'm not a gamer but spend several hours a day, on average, using my 17-in laptop on my lap. I lost my previous laptop to a heat-damaged CPU, although i did use a cooling device with it for some time. So this time i went for a better cooler, and this is it. It's well designed for maintaining airflow under and around the laptop, which doesn't slide around on it, and it's perfectly comfortable to use this way. I've had the Havit for a week now and never use the computer without it any more. It's light enough to carry anywhere, and seems durable enough that i expect it will outlast my computer (which is less than a year old).

This device is very quiet even with all four fans running full speed, so with only two running (which is what i usually do), it's barely noticeable. The HV draws its power via USB (it has two ports and one USB cable is supplied) from the computer, so it does drain the battery a bit faster if the laptop is not plugged in, but not fast enough to be a problem. On top of that it's very cool-looking, especially the blue lights that come on with the fans.I don't use the legs at the back which tilt the computer toward the user, but tha's another option for some users.

I'd say this device is well worth the money for anyone who uses a laptop literally!


This Changes Everything (Sous-titres français)
This Changes Everything (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Naomi Klein
Price: CDN$ 19.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope growing in the cracks of our broken system, Jan. 19 2016
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I've been looking forward to this film for months, and it does not disappoint. The product description above does a pretty good job of summarizing it, so i'll add my comments to that. First, it's not just a film of the book but a companion to it and a documentary that sustains its momentum with much more than talking heads and voice-overs (although they also play their part). Naomi Klein herself appears only rarely; this film documents not one person's theories but a global grassroots movement. The response to the climate change crisis is inevitably connected to struggles for social justice and "the environmentalism of the poor," because it seems the best we can hope for from government policy changes is that grassroots movements will force them to reverse the trend toward deregulation and corporate domination that has been an ongoing disaster both economically and ecologically. As Klein puts it, we need a better and more realistic story than the fantasy which has been dominant since the Industrial Revolution. It's not only the gospel of greed but the gospel of growth that has to be overcome if the quality of life is to improve for the 99%. Even Canada's new Liberal government, though a vast improvement for the environment, can't be trusted to improve their story on the economy until forced to do so by those of us ready to reclaim some control of our lives.

Fortunately the better story and the grassroots movements empowered by it have won some victories already, as we see in Germany, Greece and even Canada. It wouldn't be accurate to call this film "optimistic," but it does offer evidence that the transition is under way. It won't be easy, but we can do it. In Canada at least, First Nations are in the forefront of the movement, since their traditional lands are the most immediately threatened by the resource extraction industries that have a tight grip on most governments and economies.

The extras on the disc are substantial. they are mostly either outtakes or alternate takes from the film (i.e. the same visuals with a different voice-over), but definitely worth seeing to fill out the picture. (One of them is mistitled "Solar Warriors," but turns out to be just a part of the main film, and not about the solar energy developments run by the Lakota as shown in the film.). There's also an extended conversation between Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein and Alfonso Cuaron, whose advice apparently contributed greatly to making this a compelling film. The conversation is more about the politics and economics of the global situation than it is about the making of the film, and adds a significant perspective to it.

Even without the extras, though, this film is a must-see if you care about the quality of life at any level -- especially if you haven't read Klein's book (I've only read part of it myself). It won't make you an optimist, but it may well make you more of an activist by showing you what can be done by ordinary people.


Sunrise (1927) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Sunrise (1927) [Blu-ray + DVD]
DVD ~ George O'Brien
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 16.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other reviewers have remarked what a fine film this is, Dec 29 2014
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Other reviewers have remarked what a fine film this is, so i'll add a few comments on this edition. We probably won't see a better restoration of this 1927 classic, since the negative was lost in a fire, and it's more than watchable on both Blu-ray and DVD. The Movietone version -- one of the first films produced with an actual soundtrack (music and sound effects, not dialogue) -- can also be viewed with a new score which sounds excellent and is musically at least as good as the original soundtrack. The European version (shorter and with no soundtrack) is also included. This new edition is worth the money.


Les Plages D'Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes) (Version française)
Les Plages D'Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes) (Version française)
DVD ~ Agnès Varda
Offered by polski_film
Price: CDN$ 3.92
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varda retrospective, Dec 29 2014
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Since "The Gleaners and I" was one of the best documentaries I've seen in recent years, with its wry humor, compassion and common sense, I thought I'd try this, though I wasn't sure it had English subtitles (it does). Very entertaining, and informative for its insights into the making of Varda's own films and those of her long-time partner Jacques Demy -- indeed for the history of independent film-making. Her camera is a highly original and intelligent eye.


NATURE: Fabulous Frogs [Blu-ray]
NATURE: Fabulous Frogs [Blu-ray]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real frogs finally get their due, Oct. 8 2014
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This PBS documentary is just an hour long and half of its content is recycled from earlier BBC Earth programs, but it's all edited seamlessly together, the cinematography is spectacular throughout, and David Attenborough does his usual superb job with the narration, especially in his use of fossils to show how these fascinating amphibians have evolved in their astonishing variety. Any frog fan should be happy with this!


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Animism
Animism
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild voice, Sept. 1 2014
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Even those familiar with Tanya Tagaq's first two albums will be astonished by this one. Although her first musical inspiration came from the Inuit throat-singing tradition, she has never limited herself to ethnic authenticity, preferring instead to express the visceral qualities of that tradition in original ways that could be called avant-garde. This new album takes us even deeper into the animal roots we humans all share, not only through powerful vocal performances (which reveal a startling range both of octaves and emotions), but also through production techniques that bring us such a seamless blend of subtle electronics, strings and voice that it sounds like a single unique and multidimensional instrument. That instrument speaks (wordlessly, for the most part) for the earth and the biosphere in its wild joy, its love and energy, and its agony (especially in the final track, "Fracking"). This is not easy-listening music, but it's not "difficult" either; not pop music, but something that should hit the popular culture close to home. For me it's already worth many, many listenings.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh face in a bottle, Aug. 30 2014
After using up a vial of this anti-wrinkle serum, my wife is about to order another. It feels refreshing to apply, she reports, unlike any "cream" she's tried on her face, and the effect is visible even though she hasn't been following it up with a moisturizer as recommended in the directions for use. (I should mention that she's in her late fifties and does not use makeup.) According to the label it's 92% natural and 72% organic, but it feels 100% natural. It hasn't reversed the aging process, but does make it more enjoyable. Highly recommended for those who want to treat their aging faces naturally and effectively.


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