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ISELECTOR USB Travel Charging Station with 8 International Travel Adapter,5-Port 40W USB Charger and 2 Surge Protected Outlets Power Strip Power Bar-Black
ISELECTOR USB Travel Charging Station with 8 International Travel Adapter,5-Port 40W USB Charger and 2 Surge Protected Outlets Power Strip Power Bar-Black
Offered by Yiderui
Price: CDN$ 65.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for travel and more, Aug. 16 2016
To disclose this from the beginning, this item was supplied as a sample at either a reduced cost or for free. If this is an issue in any way whatsoever, please skip the review.

Adapters in this: AU/ EU/ UK/ JP/ IN/ BR/ IS/ IT
Input : AC 100-250V
Rated Power : 1250W
Joule Rating: 1700 J
USB Output : 40W/8A (Total), 5V/2.4A Max(Each Port)
Peak Current : 15000A
Response Time: 1NS

This is the 5th travel charger I have tried out in the last 2 years, and this is one I really like because it does something many of the others do not. This takes into account use while not travelling or while in places inside the US, which is honestly more of a common issue than you might think. In fact, I used to have to carry something for stateside use and something for use abroad, and that can be annoying when you factor in something else that takes up space going into luggage that costs. With this, however, you can customize it for wherever you go, AND you can set aside whatever adapter ends you do not need to take with you. That use/customization makes it a nice choice.

If you have never traveled abroad and are considering it, you really do need to take into account the differences in areas and just how unhelpful most hotels can be. Really, this is something I have never understood because hotels could stock some type of adapter, but most either do not know this is an issue or they simply are not helpful. Moreover, you have a 100V -250V, which covers almost every country you might end up travelling to. Additionally, this comes with internal surge protection with a nice rating that says that it meets 'good' stanrds and more.

When it comes to use, this has a 8A total, with 2.4A available on each port. What that means is that each port can charge multiple types of items depending on their needs, from action cameras to smart phones and tablets. For action camera batteries, you are normally talking .5A to .6A, an older model phone at about 1A, tablets at 2A to 2.1A. If you figure items based on this, you can charge quite a few things at a 'faster charge' setting, thereby allowing you to charge and quickly. Also remember that if you charge multiple high-need items, that they will not charge at optimal speeds.

This also has two outlets, which comes in very handy as well. This makes this setup great for items like laptop use, where you end up needing to use your laptop at first, then unplug later and charge other items at night, or simply call it a night, period. With this, I also have a DVD-R that plugs in, too, so I can place my laptop and this accessory/others for use.

Additionally, this has a good cord length and a physical power switch.

Ivation Small Compact Portable Washing Machine - Twin Tub Washer & Spin with 12.12 Lb. Wash Capacity & 7.7 Lb. Spin Capacity - Includes Drainage Pump & Tube - Ideal for Dorm Rooms, RV & More
Ivation Small Compact Portable Washing Machine - Twin Tub Washer & Spin with 12.12 Lb. Wash Capacity & 7.7 Lb. Spin Capacity - Includes Drainage Pump & Tube - Ideal for Dorm Rooms, RV & More
Offered by Canadian Shoppe
Price: CDN$ 219.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read details for video review, July 3 2016
Two things before reviewing:

(1) This item was received as a sample product for either a reduced cost or for free. If this is an issue, please skip the review.

(2) There IS a video on this product detailing how it works and everything about it. Simply put in my user name and the product's name and search for it on a specific video-related site. (I cannot put the exact name in, but YOU can search and find the TUBE, or channel, if you get my meaning). It is very thorough and will break down the what and how to better assist with your decision.

The reason for not uploading here is because this site currently allows only 100MB videos max. To make that meaningful, you either need a video that is VERY short or a video with quality considerations around 240P or even lower. Personally, I would rather you watch something in 1080P and see what I am talking about.

Now, looking at this model, let's talk about situating it first. This is lightweight, so you can move it just about anywhere, with only a few needs really limiting the placement. The needs I mean are power, water, and draining. All of these can easily be met in a bathroom, a dorm area, or in a RV, plus other places. The main limitation is the drain, because it is shorter.

With controls, you have two water inlets on the upper left and upper right, with three dials located between them. The first is you wash timer, the second your setting (delicate, normal, drain), and the third your spin timer. I go into the setting preferences on each within the video, but note that the lower settings on timers are for delicate items, the mid-range numbers are for normal, and the higher ones are for your thicker/more absorbent items like towels and possibly jeans. The water inlets go to their adjoining sides, and you basically need to start with the water connected to the left side.

With use, you are talking about a compact item with washing and spin capability. Your cycling will basically go wash, spin, rinse, with a periodic need for rewash in there if your items are foul. Now, for washing, you are basically using a washer with an agitator inside instead of a tub, meaning it spin-spins to one side then switches versus a giant moving tub. This does a good job and allows it to be more compact, plus some of the pieces are less inclined to break. For spinning, you place each item inside, making sure they are not bunched, and select how long you want them to cycle contingent on the aforementioned criteria. You can also drain while doing this and prep for another cycle, or for rinse depending on how you want to rinse. During spin, you will have some water drainage, too, and you can either drain it OR you can pump it back into the tub if your clothing was not heavily soiled. Before rinsing, you need to decide if you want to rinse on the spin side or on the tub side, and you should clean the tub accordingly.

This is very much like using a smaller version of a washer. The motor inside also makes it drain easily and especially so when you compare it with something like a gravity drain, which is worlds slower.

We are also talking an Ivation product, which I have had GREAT success with. Ivation makes nice items and they have always had good service for me. I have owned quite a few, too, and so many different types ranging from vacuums and lamps to items like this, a steamer, safes, and beyond.

Again, look up the video for more detail.

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5.0 out of 5 stars nice quality camera, May 23 2016
(1) I have used this extensively and will be comparing items on it with other action cameras. I use them a LOT, too; you can look up other videos I have done on cameras and see use. Now, I will be adding a video BUT I am not placing it here because Amazon requires less than 100MB file sizes. That means compression and distortion, with many videos taking a lovely 1080P reference point and compressing them into less than 240P. You can see examples of this here, and I think that unfairly sways people.

Since this is a GOOD camera system with GOOD features, I will be uploading video taken with this and a video review on social media. You will simply need to look for the product name and this account name in order to find it.

(2) This was received for sampling purposes either at a discounted price or for no cost. If this is an issue, please skip this. HOPEFULLY you will read on and note what I am saying here, however, and you will see that I know what I am talking about, that I have a frame-of-reference as a GoPro, Dazzne P2 and P3 owner, and as the owner of several other camera systems.

(3) Go out and pick up some micro SD cards – I normally keep two per camera so I never fill mine up.

This scored a 5, or an "I love it" in this system because I REALLY like the camera. From control functions to menu options to accessory types and more, this is one of the better cameras I have used in a while. I particularly like the menu responsiveness, which is lacking in a lot of camera types, and especially the button layout.

Items included:

Straight from go, you have quite a few items that come in handy. I ESPECIALLY want to give kudos to the instructions here, too, because these show how to take accessories and how to use them properly WITH pictures. That means you can hook a camera to your helmet or use your belt clip-on correctly. This kit here comes with the following (this is copied from the product description because this may be ported other places and this is concise):

1 X APEMAN HD Action Camera:Batteries :Waterproof Case
1 X Bicycle Stand:Base 1 :Base 2 :Clip :Fixed Base
1 X Switch Support 1 :Switch Support 2 :Switch Support 3
1 X Adapter:Helmet Base : Bandage :Ribbon :3M Adhesive Tape
1 X Wire Rope:Data Wire :Charger :Manual :Wiper.

I am not going to comment on each by themselves, but I will note that these are nice overall. The sizing of some of the mounts was impressive, and the included pieces are helpful for meeting a load of needs.

Now, specifically on the case type, I was actually surprised and pleased by the design type. I say that having used a lot of camera types that hinge horribly (as in they are HARD to work), but this is easy to release or to place on the catch and secure. Now, remember that waterproofing is going to muffle sound, which is how all these operate, and this comes with an open type as well that allows you to film on the go, to actually secure the mount to other items like the attachments provided OR to other kit items (I would suggest getting some of those and will note suggestions at the bottom of the review), meaning this WILL use budget kits as well. This is VERY important to me because something accepting generic items means that you can use them for multiple items and you can reduce cost.


When it comes to the outer design, I really like a lot of things about it including the way that the grip type is situated, the way that user features are easy to find, and the screen size.

When it comes to grip type, this uses the patterned grip type that allows you to easily hold on to this even if you are sweaty, and that matters quite a bit. Imagine holding something like this near water while moving and without a case on it. You really want something you can hold with one hand.

The interface on the left-hand side includes a micro-USB plug port, a HDMI port, and a micro SD port. Speaker is also located on the right, to note where you should hold this. Battery case is located at the bottom instead of the side, like many types.

When it comes to the screen, the size is great because you can see what is going on clearly and you can actually review items with purpose. I have used small screens and I have to say that looking at something the size of the ant versus having detail really is no comparison at all.

With regard to layout, this is one of the most intuitive designs I have used, with a top button, a front button, and two side buttons. Oftentimes you have this layout with other cameras, but they normally have three buttons instead of four and their feature use suffers for it.

The front button is your power and mode button. This allows you to easily place it in video, photo, or review settings. You can hit it a 4th time and also place it on menu.

The top button is an OK button. This allows you to begin or end recording, to take pictures, or to select items.

The side buttons are ones I like a lot because they allow you to easily navigate the menu area and to access and review video in a timely, concise manner. For example, you take a video of something and want to know whether you captured what you needed. This allows you to easily FF or rewind, plus you can do it at different speeds.


With regard to menu options, you have resolution, TV out, OSD, time-lapse, capture mode, cyclic recording, HDR, motion detection, image sizing, date stamping, quality, audio sharpness, white balance, color, ISO, exposure, anti-shaking, language, date, internal sounds, TV modes, card mode, frequency settings, wifi settings, and more.

Resolution is at 1080FHD 1920x1080, 720P 1280x720 60fps, 720p 1280x720 30fps, WVGA, and VGA.

Capture mode has timer modes, including 3, 5, and 10S.

Cyclic mode allows for recording in 3, 5, and 10 minute segments. To note what this means (to avoid confusion), you have a new file started very “X” minutes. This does not hinder recording and it helps a LOT with reviewing. This is nice, too, because some come with only 3M.

Quality has a fine, normal, and economy setting.

The anti-shaking setting actually does help with this, to note.

WIFI is easy to set up using this, with a SSID setting and a password setup.

Other Specs:
Lens: 170 degree HD wide angle lens.
Format: MOV
Charging time: Around 3 hours
Recording time: around 60 – 75 minutes.


For someone who has not used one of these before, you should pick up a few mount types. There are entire kits out there for relatively low prices, and I would suggest picking up a kit versus buying per item because of pricing. You want a chest mount and a head mount, some type of mini tripod mount, and extra connectors. IF you are thinking about different types of vehicles mounts, an alligator mount is nice as well. For water use, you want a floater. All of this can be procured (plus some) in one kit, noting that you should make sure the kit comes with a lot and does not include #M tape as an item in item count (you do need this, but it should not be considered an item unless you get a LOT). I also think a SPLAT mount is needed for most people, and a stability pole/floater can also help out.

The Genocides
The Genocides
by Thomas M. Disch
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.81
27 used & new from CDN$ 7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening Bipedal Decay, March 26 2004
This review is from: The Genocides (Paperback)
When something dominates the landscape long enough, it falls into the intricate patterns that ultimately lead to its downfall. Complacency, the feeling of superiority and supreme authority, overpopulation and spreading the herd paper thin; these are all symptoms of that coming demise. It can be seen in every creature colonizing on any continent, from the largest of animals to the smallest insects. And nothing reflects that teetering on the brink of perpetual extinction more than mankind.
In The Genocides, this point is painstakingly brought to the surface, showcasing exactly how mankind would react to sweeping changes and how easily the proverbial "fall from grace" could be fashioned. First come the seeds of destruction in the shape of mysterious plants, growing at levels that astound even the most studious minds while being followed by the atypical reactions hinged on dismissal that one would expect from "civilized thinkers." As the plants start claiming ground and choking out the human blight, the reaction remain as we would expect them to be, unwavering in their arrogance, and the people see themselves as dominate. They don't see this as an invasion because plants couldn't be invaders, after all, and they opt instead to fight it with poisons that seem to keep the problem in check and methods that keep it out of sight. Slowly, however, people come to realize that this is all a mirage and that extinction is looming just beyond that next horizon. And there, in a town painted to the backdrop of crumbling cities and mammoth greenery, Thomas Disch begins painting a vivid portrait of what humanity truly entails.
There were many elements of the story that sprang from those pages and that were captivating as I eagerly devoured page after page. I personally liked the way the characters sprang to life, their ideas and ideals mingling with their backgrounds, and I liked the way all sorts of normally-mundane items started marching back into lives that had forgotten them. Food, grueling efforts to keep portions of land, needs for medicine, the elements; these were all there and they were all there in kind. Little tastes that we'd become numb to began taking effect, with people dropping like so many flies as the going grew tougher and tougher, and Disch painted it well. And, out of that, he painted something that I liked even better.
One of the best things about Disch's work was that he wasn't trying to become a mouthpiece for the redeeming factors housed in mankind. He didn't gloss over the fact that brutality is a key component to survival when structure becomes disheveled, and he doesn't try to bore his readers with passion plays that encompass only a portion of that "light vs. dark" spectrum. Instead, he explores the way the individuals feel and how they manage to survive on both a mental and a physical plateau when the world falls apart. And sometimes this means doing little things to keep the past alive or finding someone to latch onto that you really don't care about. And sometimes it means doings deeds that are even worse, eternally answering not only the question of what people are willing to do to stay alive but also the question of where sausage will come from when pigs are gone but still savored in the deep spiciness of memory.
This is WELL worth working into your hectic reading lives.

Beyond Flatline
Beyond Flatline
8 used & new from CDN$ 29.62

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Story About Fire, Feb. 29 2004
This review is from: Beyond Flatline (Audio CD)
When I first listened to Seabound's Beyond Flatline, I wasn't taken with it. I, like many other people, dismissed the effort as another edition in the same EBM genre, not taking in all the little things that make the band differently. While that perhaps wasn't fair, it has been warranted as of late because of the reproduction of what sells becoming a staple of that (and any other) musical outlet. After sitting it aside for a week and then returning to it, however, I found quite a few things that allowed it to grow on me. I noticed that many of the songs went outside of what I was accustomed to with first releases, allowing me the electronic sounds I've become accustomed to but also allowing me a twist that I liked. Within the worlds endowed with both vocals and beats, there was the most important factor -lyrics. And, ultimately, that is one of the essential qualities in making something memorable.
There are a few tracks on the album that I would think of sitting aside were I scanning it. Still, there are many quality pieces and a few that grew on me almost immediately. I personally liked "Poisonous Friend" and its attempt to capture what it feels like to have someone at your side that is frightening to behold. The lyrics paint an interesting picture of someone in a relationship with another person and the noticing of what they are that comes as time progresses. "You frighten me" mingles hand in hand with watching her and wondering how it feels to feel like her when she "annihilates a friend" while being afraid to show that. And that's pretty interesting. I also thought "Torch" was a nice storytelling piece, using analogy to showcase some interesting imagery. "One by one we sacrificed our pawns for the protection of our queen" starts the tale, leading down a road twined with images of someone torching the kingdoms we all build upon the properties build and bordered by emotion. And then there were a lot of other varietized works that caught my audio eye when I sifted through the works. Pieces like the more sadistic "Digital," touting someone innocent that was "attracted to trouble" as they're taken and sampled, are also worth mentioning. "I took her to a forest, I tied her to a tree, I monitored the action, it's astounding how ruthless we can be." That seems to show another side of the same compendium that offered up songs of sadness in "Soul Diver" and the touching "Watching Over You," and I'm a fan of changing seasons within the same album.
When listening to them, it should be mentioned that they aren't always pulsing for the dancefloor. Some songs have beats that bleed involuntary movement from my arms and a tempo tapping through my feet when I'm listening to them, but some simply paint pictures and set moods. While that isn't something that everyone looks for, I personally found the diversity blinding and I found myself wanting to play them more and more as the listening sessions we spent together stretched on. It's commendably worth obtaining.

Royal Astronomy
Royal Astronomy
Offered by Polar Bear Store
Price: CDN$ 22.82
13 used & new from CDN$ 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Always the Fear, Jan. 31 2004
This review is from: Royal Astronomy (Audio CD)
U-ziq possesses me from time to time, forcing me to return to certain albums and marvel at the way they fell from the musical forge. Its never really a particular purpose that brings me back to each electronic byproduct, nor is there really ever something to call "method" within that madness. Sometimes it's simply bits and pieces of the proposal itself that make me want the whole. When it comes to Royal Astronomy in particular, it's sometimes the layering that makes me think that a certain song is amazing, and other times its simply the choices that were utilized when furthering that audio dynamo. Whether it's the pinging that draws me in or the use of instrumentation that sounds like classical music played through someone's dreams on acid, its always a good fix.
Royal Astronomy has a little of everything within it, and I found the album amazingly done when it comes down to the dynamic it possesses. There are different types of music mixed into the mold, building better tempos and meters by merging blends of "something old" and "something new" until it makes something beautiful. That causes the mediums to be different as well, and the hints of shading and the musical textures used to shift moods depending on what type of moody lighting is used is delightful.
What first introduced me to the album was the video for "The Fear," a lovely sounding track that's like beauty beginning in the middle of a forming sea of storms, and its always stayed with me as my favorite track on the album. It begins with a beautiful number, a female voice reaching out from within it, and then it becomes a swell of motion and noise that reaches out to take over. I've always liked that approach to music, too, the calm in the midst of a sea of sounds, with it grasping onto me and tugging me into the beauty of the thing defined within. I also like the approach taken here and the instrumentation used, with quite a few classical sounds mixing into the electronic fold and blending seamlessly into the sometimes-bizarre surroundings. Because of that, I liked the strangely epic yet oddly tempoed "Scaling," the way "Slice" builds itself up while dipping into an electronic swirl of textures, and the way "Gruber's Mandolin" shouts its presence.
Besides those pieces, there are the more electronic sounds incorporated into the mix; with "The Hwicci Song" taking advantage of a little song of static and a beat mingling as one, "Carpet Muncher" building around some of the noise fibers I've become accustomed to from U-ziq as they ride the electronica rollercoaster ride, and "World of Leather" also playing a little building game within that sound-oriented vortex. Then there are the almost hip-hop sounds found here as well, the haunting ballads mixing and mingling in songs like "Goodbye, Goodbye," and a few other fashions forming the work as a whole.
While this album has been met with a few stiff lips, its actually something I can return to time and again because it has so many components within it. The mixes of melody and madness, the tempos within the tempests; these are done in ways that are rewarding to hear.

Brace Yourself (8 Tracks)
Brace Yourself (8 Tracks)
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 40.95
14 used & new from CDN$ 9.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Bouncing Pong, Jan. 31 2004
I was a latecomer when it came to U-ziq, sampling some of their first electronic pieces last and some of the pieces some described as "their worst" first. I actually thought those were all good works, too, finding "Royal Astronomy" to be a good album even though it seemed to be frowned upon and also enjoying the early portions, too. Still, that's the way that all bands are and U-ziq seems to be no exception. They cater to different people while they shift through phases, toting different brands of taste from one year to the other. And what would one expect, really, from a band experimenting with sound?
I personally thought that Brace Yourself was done nicely, with it sparking my mind in different ways depending on the track. I liked the mad scramble playing out in the remix of "Brace Yourself" and carrying itself (albeit in a different light) into "Kubba."
I didn't like the degeneration of "Brace Yourself" toward the center of the song, the "follow the bouncing pong" sound actually hurting it because it was overused just a little it too much and killing some of the other sounds. Still, I found some of the layering in that madhouse something of a treat, enjoying a little of the videogame taste housed within folds of the noise.
"Kubba" held itself together better, with some of the sounds drifting to a resting point in the album and then growing atop the build, making it serene and still mad. The calm points in it, around 2:30 into the song, were really nice a layered, and that made it well worth listening to.
I especially enjoyed the atmosphere cast into "Vaken Bolt," enjoying the almost floaty sound it birthed after the breeding of the track to my mind was finished, and I thought it set a interesting mood. I like the electronically haunted sounds floating to the top of the still-energetic stew, and thought that this piece was perhaps the best portion of the EP. I especially liked it after it developed somewhat, getting over a minute into the song and mixing in a small tapestry of sonic threads into the framework.
"Losers March" was also pretty nicely done, with it utilizing many of the same elements that made the remix of "Brace Yourself" work out. It has a nice electronic feel to it, pacing itself well from beginning to end while giving a little madness to the beat from time to time just for kicks before it totally breaks down. For some reason I liked the chaos in the song, too, and I liked the way it seemed to teeter on the brink of it before it all fell down at the end.
"Summer Living" has something of a mad electric rhythm to it, with sounds shooting through it at randomly contrived places and building blocks beating their ways into it as it lays sonic stepping stones.
"Intellitag" is also a track I enjoyed a lot, with it taking sounds that seem almost calm and mixing them with a somewhat mad percussion section. I'd be listening to the cascade of noises, one moving in and another out, and I saw that it was all making the minute key strokes that were noticeable here and there seem like strange siren songs when they play in the background. And that struck me as something almost primally beautiful.
And then there's "Abmoit," a build piece that isn't anywhere near my favorite flavor of song, and "Brace Yourself (Reprise)" finishing off the fold.
The only problem I would note with the album as a whole is the fact that I didn't like one track on it and that it is indeed an EP. I personally find EP's lacking in many a right, wanting more when I finally get to them and notice that they only offer a taste of what I was in the market for, but that's rarely a bad thing if it leaves me wanting. I also wouldn't say this was U-Ziq's best, but its still worth checking out - provided that this isn't your starting point when you begin your listening odyssey.

Price: CDN$ 20.80
12 used & new from CDN$ 16.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Other-Worldly Meter Reading, Jan. 31 2004
This review is from: Confield (Audio CD)
When my friends get bored with what they're listening to and want to hear something original (and by original I mean that they've played out most other types of EBM, electonica, 4/4s, and need something altogether different), I always buy them Autechre CD to try on for size. The reason that works so well is because Autechre can be likened "noise pioneers," building better electronic sandcastles for the kid that has everything and still wants more, and they do through means that aren't easily manipulated. They take experimental portions of layering, hinging backgrounds of beat onto curtains of effect, and they birth articles of clothing no album I've owned before has ever worn. From the early mornings where they crafted ambient sounds to the experimental "now" that puts them totally ahead in the arms race, its really something "unique" (a word I try not to use much because of sounds like these) to form an addiction around.
Confield is an album that isn't going to be for everyone and you shouldn't feel bad if you can't get into it. I actually suffered that feeling when I first picked it up, noting some constriction in my mind and some angst in my wallet as I listened on, thinking that this couldn't be something I paid good money for. While we don't always realize it, its oftentimes hard to set aside preconceived notions of where noise ends and music begins, and I found myself not really liking this album at first because of this mainstreamed "sound backwash effect." The way the beat forms and the way the meter reads is odd and odd denotes fear, and that foreign element of sound sitting outside of my comfort zone threw me off at first.
In the beginning, I thought that there was only noise and the album experienced a time when the shelf was the only world it knew.
Later, however, I gave it another chance, it calling my name and begging me to listen because I love so many of Autechre's masterpieces, so I answered it and found myself actually "getting it" for the first time. In places where I heard nothing before, I could see the separation of the beats and the background, making out the melodies and the layers. And, god, was it ever good.
I'm not even going to begin trying to break the album apart as a whole, because a lot of interesting thoughts have been by other reviewers and they've done so with talent. Instead, I simply wanted to try and pick off a few songs and attempt to say that these pieces managed to catch my mind's eye and give a little on the "why" as well.
When I spun through it that second time, "Eidetic Casen" captured me in its almost eerily haunting sound right away. It has such a strange ambiance to it, both floating and constricting at the same time, and I found myself drawn to that. The images it evoked were interesting and then some, to be sure.
"Sim Gishel" also caught me slacking when I started looking back once more, with those sounds starting out like some type of early videogame and then leading into a bassline that is truly captivating. I loved the development of it, the way it rushed forward and stole the show, and it hooked me pretty quickly.
And then there's the totally bizarre "Lentic Catachresis." The best way to perhaps describe its sound is to capture something a friend of mine and I agreed on when first hearing it, citing it as "two machines angrily chatting over coffee." It has a alien sound to it, like machines actually speaking in a background of sound, only I'm not tuned into what they're saying. It's an interesting conversation at first, too, until it escalates and the caffeine from all that coffee kicks in. And then it's simply a lovely strain feeding from some chaotic spectrum.
If you're new to Autechre, perhaps this isn't the first place you should step in at and begin exploring. While I'd call this album remarkable, these are waters to slip into slowly, submerging yourself into the sights and sounds they evoke a little at a time before delving into the calms and the chaos. It is remarkable, though, perhaps taking some time to finally sink in but making a piece of architecture that will excite the epicenters of your waking mind when it finally tunes in.

Blood Child
Blood Child
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 19.65
18 used & new from CDN$ 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Caution: This is not NEW material!, Jan. 30 2004
This review is from: Blood Child (Audio CD)
:wumpscut: is something dark and chaotic, brooding and sometimes hideous in form, and it always brings interesting tracks to the table. Sitting at the end of the EBM rainbow, it offers a mix of highly charged and somber songs rolling into one stockyard, recording both the slaughterhouse of emotive responses and the horrors that have engulfed millions. And its always an interesting experience when listened to. From the voxing wilderness where many a good vocal performance lies, Rudy Ratzinger has been perfecting his art, honing it into something that isn't afraid to throw public opinion to the side. He vocalizes range and wantonness, hatred and the dark spots that call out from our fears, and it doesn't pull its punches. Within a medium that oftentimes suppresses expression, that is beautiful to behold.
Before I begin, let me say this beforehand because there seems to be alot of confusion on the topic. For anyone that hasn't listened to :wumpscut: and is looking to see exactly what the band offers, then Blood Child is not for you because it ISN"T NEW MATERIAL. It houses two discs, 34 tracks, two NEW songs, and 17 unreleased pieces and has a lot of tracks, but almost all of these are older pieces. It has tracks from Small Chambermusicians (that was pressed into only 70 copies, is a European release, and impossible to find) Defcon (pressed into only 50 copies), and other albums that are nice to try to go back and reclaim. So, this would be more like something for the :wumpscut: collector than someone thinking 34 tracks is a bargain. Now, to the music:
The two "new tracks on the album are worth picking up the album for in my mind, with Hang Him Higher and Praise Your Fears actually both amounting to nice pieces of work. "High Him Higher" is possibly one of my favorite :wumpscut: tracks anyhow, with the beat something odd for the band and for EBM as a whole. It minimally begins with the electronic version of piano, building to the beat, and then kicks into the vocals that I've always found impressive because of their emotional charge and yet darkly somber sounds. "Praise Your Fears" is less of a vocal track and more of an energetic beat denouncing those who don't find "evil" something tangible. It begins with the clip "if you don't believe in the existence of evil, you have a lot to learn" and then dots the catchy beat with cries of "praise your fears."
Then there are the unreleased tracks; "Anaesthetics," "Time Ticks Away," "Flangegod," "IrakI," "Logic of War," Run Like Hell Part 1 and 2," "The Dark Chamber," "Frozen Images,""Clinics," "K-u-t-t," "Equal Eye," Slovakian Hell," "March of the Crying," Irak2," "To the Sky," and "Lamandier."
I personally like a lot of these tracks, although you have to know going into them that many aren't composed to lyrics. Instead, many of these tracks are electronic anthems with hooks that are vocalized and nothing more. "Anaesthetics" is nice, with a few lyric lines, a somewhat electro-spooky beat, and some pretty dark distortion going on with some of the loops. It has a few redundant places in it that keep it from being a perfect song, however, but its still pretty nice. "Logic of War" is a nice track, with a nice beat, an interesting composition of vocals, and the loop "the logic of war seems to be that if a belligerent can fight, he will fight." "The Dark Chamber" is also pretty catchy, the lyrics sounding quite evil when displayed and quite dark because of the voxing style used. The beat could have been done a little better, perfected a little more, but the song is still an overall piece to praise. "To the Sky" is also a nice musical piece, as is "March of the Crying" and "Lamandier," with them all setting moods uniquely their own.
Besides the tracks mentions, there are also the ones gathered form other places. Mfast deposits three here ("Koslow," "Soylent Green," and "Default"), Small Chambermusicians a staggering seven of the ten it originally contained ("Stomp," "IrakI - second take," "Crucified," "Neolith," "Eternal," "Tsuchusch Domos," and "Zech Groove"), and Defcon lends four to the cause as well ("Pornograpghy," "The Hellion," "Phase Shifter," and "Throbberstalk"). These take from a variety of themes and a variety of beats, some really aggressive and some, like "Throbberstalk," really minimal and almost removed in a really dark sort of way. I was happy to see them collected this way, too, because a lot of these are tracks that have been elusive in the past and that are appreciated as a whole when showcased here.
:wumpscut: changes quite a bit sometimes, and many of the themes done are often the type that some don't want to hear. Still, that doesn't make them any less relevant or any less real because these are the things powering the really real world. While our mainstreamed airwaves don't reflect it, the lands in which we live and the statistics that we compile every day say that this is quite possibly much more real that the reality that we look at all the time. And that, in a frightening way, is interesting, frightening, and sad to taste when rolled out in a montage of sound. And that's why I buy everything, and why I'm glad to see the collected sounds showcased here.

Beyond Re-Animator [Import]
Beyond Re-Animator [Import]
DVD ~ Jeffrey Combs
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Experiment is Over!!!, Jan. 30 2004
This review is from: Beyond Re-Animator [Import] (DVD)
Herbert West is a man on the cutting edge of science. He's revolutionized thought as he's walked that fine line between experimentation and "morality," bringing the dead back from the grave and all the while proving that demise is merely a disease and not a functional piece of punctuation added to the end of the living equation. He's taken that a step further, too, proving that life exists in every portion of the whole and that each specimen he collects can be introduced to his re-agent and returned from the grave. A combination of eyes and a few fingers, an organ stew with limbs; he's been there and he's done that with a type of "morbid doodling" that has been interesting to watch. And now, 13 years after he was imprisoned for his achievements, he's found the very thing that tells the cells of the body to grow.
While its not reflected here, this movie actually premiered on the Sci-Fi network months before it was released on VHS or on DVD, and many of these reviews are for it. I know that because I watched it myself, seeing the things that were cut out and left incomplete before checking this page for the DVD release date. When I did I also noticed the lack of gore in some places because it had been cut for television, the lack of a certain part of the male anatomy fighting a rat at the end because it could be considered tasteless, and I also noticed waves in the story. So, those were pitches for an incomplete viewing. Still, the negative reviews do have a point and that is that you might not enjoy this if you don't have the right mindset.
In order to actually enjoy yourself and what this brings to the table, you have to be able to do a few things, and one of those things is to tell yourself that this is the story of Herbert West. While many can't accept this fact, the first in the series has been done, is long gone, and its never going to be done again. Everything after-the-fact is going to seem like a sequel and you aren't going to find a carbon copy of the original. You also aren't going to get the same actors (save the most wondrous one, Jeffrey Combs, who is crucial to this series) and you are going to have some problems due to budget restraints. Still, if you liked the series itself, you should be happy if you've followed the story this far because the third chapter fits in rather well.
While the plot of the movie is a little sketchy if you catch bits and pieces of it and drifts a tad when you get toward the end, its actually not that bad of a theory when you get down to it. As Dr. West points out, the human body loses three to four grams of weight when it dies. According to him, this NPE, or Nano Plasmic Energy, is the very building block of what makes life "alive." It tells the cells to grow, making the byproduct who and what it is because it could very well be the component many dub a soul. Accordingly, NPE can overcome many of the problems Dr. West has had in the past with the reanimated monstrosities he's created, allowing him to endow true life to the things he's returning to this side of living. It works better than the Thorazine he's been using to sedate them, after all, or the straight jackets he's used to keep them in check. The only thing is that he gets excited and, as everyone knows, nothing works exactly as the scientist pictures it because this always has been an on-going process
As far the other portions of the movie goes, it goes from "not that bad" to "impressive, considering the budget."
As far as the gore, there are some good examples of prosthetic effects - considering the amount of gore has been stepped down. You have some blood that rushes out really well, some bodies stripping themselves down to base elements, and you have other "portions" popping up. You do have some cheaper CGI sometimes taking up residence, too, but those aren't really a bother because this is somewhat of a comedy founded in the science of slapstick horror. Besides, a male portion of the anatomy fighting off a rat at the end is pretty funny stuff.
As far as acting goes, you get what you expect. You have some people that are bad, the great Jeffrey Combs that is always on because he is Herbert West to everyone following the series, and you have some people in the middle. Still, your setting, a jailhouse, allows some of that to be overlooked because you aren't exactly expecting a drove of great people in that place.
And, as far as the little Lovecraft joke in the name Howard Phillips, I got a laugh.
Also, watching the commentary "special feature", I noticed that IT'S A CUT MOVIE. With some scenes missing that you are shown in the director's commentary, you know it was cut before having an American release That's always sad, too, and it also shows what a translation to English will often get you - despite the R rating.
If you want to gage whether or not you might like it, you should simply ask yourself what you thought of the last two as a whole and then go from there. You should also ask yourself what you want to see in the movie, what its all about, and if you're going to see the undead or something more try to take place. As I said before, it is the story of Herbert West thirteen years after he's gone to jail, his partner now turned state's evidence, so things are going to be different. Still, Jeffrey Combs is Jeffrey Combs and that, at the end of the day, that sells itself to me.

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