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cdkeyport.com Recommended

I bought a Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls CD key, and though it was sent a bit late, after I sent an email inquiring why, they promptly sent it to me. The key works perfectly. I will likely buy again for my brother.

They send the key to your Paypal address. It doesn’t really matter to me either way, but apparently, some people were locked out of their Paypal email addresses so that’s a thing to remember. UPDATE YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL AD.

For any questions about my transaction, feel free to write a comment.

 

Full disclosure: Writing this for a $1 refund. My experience was overall positive so I don’t mind giving the reco.

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SMARTBRO RANT

I try not to write rants about customer service issues, etc. but I can’t help myself this time. I am so fed up with Sun Cellular/Smart Communication. My SmartBro experience is way shorter compared to my Sun experience, but I’ll share anyway.

I’m having connectivity issues with SmartBro so, not having any Smart numbers, I tried calling their landline hotline, instead. Several tries to no avail. I reached the automated announcement (Hello, welcome to Smart, etc), but when I was supposed to enter my account number or something, the automated machine would always say that I typed the incorrect number. Fine.

I got to borrow a Smart cellphone, FINALLY got through to their CS and explained that I hadn’t had internet for a while, etc. She asked if I was in front of the router so we could troubleshoot and I said no, I was just borrowing this cellphone from a friend. I explained all of the troubleshooting measures I tried, but no, apparently we had to do “real time” troubleshooting. I could’ve lied my way through it, but it’s difficult for me to lie, so I asked if there was another way to contact them not involving a Smart number. Having done so before, when I was in Manila, I figured they had to have other alternatives, and maybe I just dialed several wrong numbers when I tried to contact them before. Unfortunately, she said, I needed a Smart number to contact them.

I was flabbergasted. To clarify, I repeated my question: “There’s no way to contact you, AT MY OWN EXPENSE, an issue related to SMARTBRO (not a handset), so I can redo troubleshooting measures I already tried?” No, apparently not. Continue my shock and denial. What’s the point of ADVERTISING a “HOTLINE CONNECT Via Landline” IF IT DOESN’T WORK????? Assuming I don’t have anyone to borrow a Smart number from, does that mean I have to BUY a Smart number WHICH I HAVE NO USE FOR aside from calling customer service to fix my SmartBro issue? Ridiculous.

After my previous headaches with Sun Cellular, and now this… I just wish they’d be more considerate to non-Smart or non-Sun cellphone subscribers. Geez. It pisses me off that I have to go through hoops to fix an issue with their service.

Now, how the hell am I gonna fix this damned SmartBro……………………..

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My 1st Reddit Gift Exchange – Thoroughly Disappointing

When I started this blog, I told myself that I would write reviews about whatever, and not about my personal life, unless it’s relevant to the review. Unfortunately, this is a straight up rant because I don’t know where else to express these feelings.

So. I just finished (or am on the way to finishing) my first Reddit Gift Exchange. We’ve all seen super duper awesome, expensive gifts given like iPads, computers, and even something from Bill Gates (sadly not a Surface. Whether I think that’s awesome or not is neither here nor there). There are also super duper cool gifts (if not monetarily expensive) like artwork and other crafts. Most probably wish to receive something as awesome, and maybe even some sign up in the first place, specifically hoping to get a brand new NDS or what have you. I was one of the former, but not the latter. So, with shining eyes, I registered for a reddit and a redditgifts account, clicked the signup button for the Hockey gift exchange, painstakingly filled up all of the required info (and writing a very detailed Likes/Dislikes since I hadn’t posted anything in reddit, so my match had nothing to stalk me with), and patiently waited for Matching Day. /r/hockey (the sub-reddit/forum for duh hockey)  already had an unofficial gift exchange, and I think most participants received something, so I rested easy. I’ve always believed that hockey fans are the best, among the Top 4 sports, so the percentage of me being shafted was pretty small, I thought.

I’m just a new hockey fan, actively watching games live only a few months ago. I really wanted hockey swag to decorate my work with, so I WAS SO EXCITED for the exchange.

Unfortunately, in any, and all, exchanges, there will be scammers who join for free stuff. Reddit has a system that tries to lessen scammers, but I can’t comment on its efficacy. So if someone gets matched by a scammer, people can volunteer to be rematchers, giving the shafted person something, while receiving nothing in return. Of course rematchers can also shaft you.

So, hockey fans (best in the world) + Reddit system + Rematchers = WIN, right?

Well, yes, in theory. When Matching Day came, I excitedly checked who I was matched with, and saw he was a new member (ruh roh), so didn’t have any posts (ruh roh x 2), and when I messaged him, he didn’t reply (ruh roh x 3). As a good Santa, I still sent him something, though admittedly didn’t go all out. I’d like to say that I felt bad, but after he still didn’t reply to ANY of my messages and didn’t even post the gift he received, MEH. I can’t definitively say he was a scammer, but well……….. I thought to myself, I still have my Santa. Giving is just one part of the exchange, right?

Well, my Santa checked my info twice (once during the start/middle and once at the end), but never sent me a message or a gift. Sigh. Well, fine. I received an email saying I was a rematcher for someone, promptly sent them a message and a gift (2 shirts and a pair of earrings), and all/most was well. Actually, when she posted her gift, she didn’t include the earrings, and when I asked her about it, she didn’t reply. Meh. Honestly, I AM annoyed. I mean, c’mon, this random person gave you something without expecting anything in return and you can’t even reply to her question. Well, whatever, her post seemed positive, at least. While looking around, I also noticed that I was rematched to someone and said person checked my info a couple of times. Woo-hoo!

I had cancelled my participation as a hockey rematcher because of funds but felt bad and signed up again. Again, promptly sent the guy a message and ordered the gift (signed puck).

A couple of days later, my rematch santa sent me a message saying that he didn’t have much money anymore and so gave me a 3-month Elf subscription. I said thanks and posted in the gallery.

Sigh. I thought to myself, why be a rematcher if you know you can’t give anything? zzzzzzzzz

I know a lot of people say that the happiness is in the giving. Well, I gave and gave and gave, and sure, I’m happy, but I’d still like to receive something more in turn. This is a gift EXCHANGE, after all. I mean, I am thankful to my rematcher coz at least s/he gave me something, but sigh. I spent, what, $100 and I got $10 in return? Not even something I can physically hold. I wasn’t even expecting a computer, for crying out loud. A shirt would’ve been fine, and I also asked for a puck coz I’ve never seen one irl. Good thing I ordered one on Amazon coz my Santas didn’t even give me that. Sigh.

So here comes Arbitrary Day and I signed up for it, but, I don’t want to get my hopes up again, just to be thoroughly disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be a rematcher, either, for this round.

 

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Looks like I’m a sad giftee for this Reddit exchange.

As some of you may know, Reddit is pretty much an online geek community/forum. They have a gift exchange every month, I think, with various themes, although the three main themes are Arbitrary Day in June, Halloween and Christmas.

Anyway, I’ve been getting into hockey recently and coincidentally, there’s a hockey gift exchange this month in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs! Signups were from March 31 to April 14. I actually got my match on April 15, local time, though. I was so excited! I saw so many awesome past gifts and actually r/hockey had an unofficial gift exchange last December and I think it went well. Only a few people got shafted and those who did got at least small care packages c/o /u/Patrick_Kane, the organizer.

So, to recap: recently got into hockey + (official) hockey gift exchange + hockey fans are the best ever and I think/thought less scammers = WIN. Sign me up! Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out for me. I mean, I know it’s early since gifters have until May 2 to ship, but my info hasn’t even been pulled! Meaning, whoever I was assigned to doesn’t even know s/he is assigned to me. Balls. And really, my heart died a little more each time I refreshed the page and saw more and more people getting picked and fewer and fewer people gifters. There are always scammers every gift exchange and I estimated less than 10% would be shafted in the hockey exchange and I did the math. There are – okay, the redditgifts site just crashed so I’ll just put estimates. There are ~1440 participants so if 10% will be scammed, that would be ~140. So far, as far as I remember, only ~110 people haven’t been picked, me being one of them. It’s looking like that won’t change anytime soon. Sigh. I signed up to be a rematcher for the hockey exchange and the t-shirt exchange. Rematchers give gifts to people who weren’t given gifts by their original santas, expecting nothing in return, but hockey only has 23 rematchers, again, including me. So 22 rematchers for potentially 110 scammed (probably more) would be a ~`20% chance so yeah, I’m not even gonna hope. So yes. My heart has pretty much broken. Sigh. And I was so excited, too. Sigh.

Anyway, to add crappiness to the crapf*ck of my gift exchange experience, the person I was matched with sucks. No posting history (scammer?) and said he likes everything. ‘Kay. He did specify a thing or two but he still seems lame. I was so excited to stalk someone with a lot of post history to give them a super thoughtful and awesome gift and I was also ready to splurge. As it is, with my match, I stayed around the suggested budget. I probably would have been more in the mood to splurge if someone had picked me, but, well, yeah. Actually, I’m a new member, too, so no post history, but I was super duper detailed with my background and likes and dislikes. I wouldn’t have minded if he were like that. As it is, I’m looking at giving away 3 gifts and getting nothing in return. Can you hear my heart smashing into pieces? Haha.

I ranted to my friend and he said something like I should have expected that to happen and the point of the gift exchange is the giving. I would like to think that signing up for 1 exchange and 2 rematches is in the spirit of giving, but the whole thing is still an EXCHANGE, not charity.

Sigh. Next up is Arbitrary Day which has more participants and more scammers so I don’t know if I’m going to join. I probably will give it a chance, but it just sucks if I get nothing for my first exchange after being relatively generous (IMO).

 

………… now, which other exchanges should I volunteer to be rematch santa again………..

 

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Monster Hunter Nemesis e-ARC AVAILABLE :)

I just bought Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). Who’s excited? This girl! It was (for me) quite steep at $15 but screw it, let’s support the author!

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MHN is the 5th installment of the Monster Hunter International (MHI) series. In a nutshell, MHI’s premise is that monsters (and subsequently those who hunt monsters) exist. It’s really just an easy read full of guns and tons of action. Larry Correia is a certified firearm instructor, so his descriptions of guns are pretty spot on (then again, this is coming from someone who knows nothing about guns so take that with a grain of salt). From the first page of the first book (entitled “Monster Hunter International” as well), we get a taste of how Correia writes, the main character Owen Zastava “Z” Pitt, an accountant (just had to mention that bit. How many accountants are hardcore gun nuts? Seriously?) battling with his werewolf boss, effectively plunging him (and us) into a world of vampires (no overly hormonal teenagers here), ghouls, ghosts and goblins. I don’t even know why I love MHI so much. It’s pretty typical in that there’s a badass hero, there’s a badass alien evil force thing and the badass hero and his badass friends storm the evil entity, guns ablaze, literally. Think of this book as the B movie you love to watch on a rainy day. Maybe a tad silly, maybe crazily unbelievable, but you still enjoy it tremendously. The characters pretty much don’t change in the entirety of the book (and subsequent books), but they’re still so much fun to read about.

But I’m getting sidetracked. I really just wanted to share my excitement on Nemesis’s release. Blurb from Baen books:

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts—parts from other people, that is. Franks is six foot five and all muscle. He’s nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super‑intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself.

Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country’s founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: no matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers‑that‑be do so, then the agreement is null and void.

Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he’s making thirteen.

Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.

Full disclosure, I’m a biiiiit apprehensive as, although this book promises lots of monster-butt-kicking action, I didn’t love the last MHI book that didn’t focus on Z (MH Alpha). But Franks is one of my favorite characters in MHI and it would be interesting to see things from his perspective. Z’s perspective only shows us Franks’ badassery, but I’d like to see what’s beyond that.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (ebook), head on over to Baen Books (only place the ebook is available). http://www.baenebooks.com/p-2385-monster-hunter-nemesis-earc.aspx The officially released books cost only $6 so if you haven’t yet purchased earlier MHI books (or The Grimnoir Chronicles by Correia which also rock!), go to Baen Books. Hurry! And wouldn’t hurt to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon. =D

The books are DRM free so you can read it on any device you wish (Kindle, Nook or even your cellphone). If you want to wait for the official, proofread copy, it will be released on July 1, 2014.

After reading my glowing comments, I realized I sound too advertise-y but no one is paying me to promote Larry Correia or his books. I just personally love them and would like to share the love.

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Review/Thoughts on “The Headhunters Race” by Kimberly Afe

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Short Summary: Avene, our heroine, was sent to the prison (locally referred to as “Dead Man’s End” because no one who goes in leaves, dead or alive) by her step-father, and the governor, J.D. King, for allegedly assisting (or something) her step-brother, Gavin, kill her mother who was found stabbed in I think Gavin’s room. That was a recurring theme for most of the prisoners in Dead Man’s End. They weren’t really criminals, but were sent there at King’s whim. Every year, a nine-day race is held for prisoners to retrieve Gavin or his head from a semi-neighboring town called Millers Creek. The prize: FREEDOM (and a house and some money, but who cares about those, right?)!! If they fail, but manage to come back, they get upgraded to a leisure prison with their own room, bathroom, 3 meals a day, the works. So really, not too bad a deal even if they fail.

Avene”s pissy because, even though she signs up for the race year after year (for 3 years), she is never allowed to go. Anyway, her friend, Zita, works out a plan where she signs up her name for the race, but Avene would take her place and they succeed. Everything isn’t rainbows and butterflies, though, because one of the infuriating prisoners from the next cell, McCoy, signs up for the race as well, to protect the sweet Zita, if the plan had backfired and she was forced to participate in the race, or Avene, if it succeeded. As an added hazard, cannibals roam the area between Water Junction (where Dead Man’s End is) and Millers Creek. So will they succeed? Will they bring back Gavin (or his head) and earn freedom? Or will they get eaten by cannibals first?

Quick Review (and I mean quick): The book was okay. I think a number of people are comparing it to The Hunger Games trilogy, but that hasn’t been an issue for me. The book’s also pretty short, which may bother some people, as the characters and story weren’t hashed out too much, but it’s fine with me, coz I don’t mind less descriptions of scenery and whatnot. The beginning started out strong for me but the middle was pretty dull and dragged on, and the ending/twist was interesting and a cliffhanger.

That’s it. 2/5 stars because the writing wasn’t horrible and the story wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t that fun, either.

Now, for the SPOILERS! And my thoughts and questions ie MY RANT xD

1. Verla. Oh my gosh I HATE HER. Verla is Avene’s late close friend who imparted many, many proverbs that the author brought up every few pages. I mean, was she really necessary? Couldn’t she just have learned the stuff she supposedly learned from Verla from her time at the prison???? She seems like such a meh plot device. An annoying and meh plot device.

2. McCoy. I really, really didn’t like Avene’s attitude towards him. One minute, she’d be all, shucks, I like him, the next, damn, he’s probably gonna betray him. Which, okay, is helpful so she doesn’t die in the prison or whatever, but it’s not as if McCoy suddenly showed interest in her after the race started. He obviously had a thing for her from the start, helping her out with food and whatnot. And okay, so when he might die, she suddenly realized she loved him??? And then after a while, she was still suspicious of him. Make up your mind, please.

There was also a part where Avene lashed out at him and said he wanted to bring her back to King in exchange for his freedom (King apparently told the other prisoners that they would also gain freedom by bringing her back alive, even without Gavin) and I thought he reacted so nicely. He should’ve slapped her and reminded her how he risked his life to join the damned race to protect her. Not counting the times he secretly helped her with food. Srsly, gurl.

3. Zita. She didn’t seem all that useful except as a plot device so Avene could join the race. Poor Zita.

4. The Race. I don’t get why King didn’t want Avene to be part of the race, but when she somehow joined, he added a bounty to her head. Plus, the added collar.

4.a. Why didn’t King just kill them when they were in the middle of the race by tightening the collar? Why the drama with the key (which was apparently legit) and the tightening of the collar every 3 days?

4.b. And are the collars broken?????? Jake’s tightened too soon; Kurt’s didn’t tighten enough to kill him.

4.c. Why didn’t they try to figure out a way to remove the collar? When Jake died, they had a collar they could tinker with to their heart’s content. Also, it’s not like it had a self-destruct if you try to mess with me thing, so why did they just accept it and not try to remove it? Then they could’ve escaped or, in Avene’s case, taken the time to hunt down Gavin in peace.

4.d. Didn’t they become thin even a bit? Shouldn’t the collar have been looser after a while? Haha.

5. British devil smile guy. Why didn’t he know who Avene was (and her added bounty)? Did he fall asleep during that part of the briefing.

6. Kurt. So in the prison, he’s some tall tough guy (and not like McCoy who’s tall but is nice), but suddenly, he helped out Avene and friends near the end? Like, oh you were secretly nice all this time, and the tough guy act was just a persona. I didn’t see a hint of that in the beginning so I was kinda surprised and disbelieving.

7. Joselle. How was she accepted by the cannibals (and not eaten)? And sooooo she’s a cannibal now? xD

8. Avene. When she realized King wanted her captured, why in heck did she think he would hold up his part of the deal and release her collar?????? Like, srsly, how thick is she? Like, oh he wants me captured, and probably dead, but IN FRONT OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE, he won’t do anything.

9. Gavin. Avene didn’t recognize him? Really??????????? I mean, how much could he have changed? And srsly, if he were a wanted man, why did everyone think he stayed put in Millers Creek. Avene didn’t even question it. Also, I wonder why Avene never questioned his guilt. Sure, there’s the journal thing, but it might have been planted. If he looked out for her all those years, why did he want her dead???

10. Knife-throwing lessons. Why did King insist on it for Gavin and Avene? Did he totally just want to pin his wife’s death on them in the future? xD Like, how random.

11. Jake. I wonder why he aligned with those brutes at the start of the race. He turned out to be this sweet, naive, kid. Did they threaten him? And why did McCoy trust him so quickly? He tied him down then the next day, no one guarded him at all.

 

I think I had other concerns, but I never bothered writing anything down so I don’t remember. But really, for such a short book, I already have a number of questions. It doesn’t bode well. I do want to know what happens next, just for curiosity’s sake, but I don’t know if I want to wade through everything, just for closure.

So yeah, rating of 2/5. With the possibility of reading the next book. Then again, maybe not.

 

 

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Review/Thoughts on “Ripped at the Seams” by Nancy Krulik

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Short Summary: Samantha “Sami” Granger is an eighteen-year-old from Elk Lake, Minnesota who goes to New York City to make it as a fashion designer. Unfortunately, her dad was none too pleased about her going to New York. To make matters worse, she realizes how expensive the city is (resorting to living in a seedy motel frequented by call girls) and how difficult it is to break into the fashion industry. Fortunately, in just a few days, she managed to get a job as an assistant in Ted Fromme Fashions, and eventually finds a new place to live in with an awesome, aspiring model roommate, Rain and hot-as-balls carpenter/neighbor across the hall, Vin. Of course, things aren’t all rainbows and butterflies as Sami’s designs are stolen by her boss and sort of boyfriend, junior designer, Bruce Jamison and, (understandably) upset, she quits and finds work as a sales assistant in a lingerie store. Sami is crestfallen, maybe secretly realizing her dad wasn’t wrong to disapprove of her going to the Big Apple. What will Sami do? Will she be stuck in sales, or will she find redemption?

SPOILERS ABOUND

That was a lot of summary for a really short book. It was a really easy read. For a slow-ish reader, I finished it in a few hours in one sitting, which is a testament to its readability. Unfortunately, a few things bothered me. As I’m too lazy to form coherent paragraphs, I’ll just bullet point my concerns:

1. This is reaaaaaally what bothered me the most (for some stupid reason) as I was reading the book. It is repeatedly stated that Sami is a good judge of character, but we see time and time again how very misleading that is. First, we have that Bruce debacle. She questioned his actions from time to time but always brushed her concerns aside. Then, we have that Franklin Beane debacle. Everyone knew Franklin was just a social climber type guy. Except Sami. And of course we have the whole Vin issue. Sami seems like a very trusting, naive, young girl. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but c’mon. Let’s call a spade, a spade. She is not a good judge of character.

2. Vin. This relates to the good judge of character thing. After spending oodles and oodles of time with him, she only “realized” (and I use this term very loosely) she liked loved him in the very end. When her best friend, Celia, told her. While she went out with the first douche bag who caught her eye. And the second.

3. Mac (her dad). After a whole book of him being stubborn and wanting her back home, he suddenly realized Sami “belongs” in NYC.

4. Success. How talented is she? Srsly. Haha. So she worked in a lingerie store and becomes famous through word of mouth. This isn’t really a huge niggle. I know it’s chick lit.

5. Resolution. So, yeah. She becomes famous. After being a jerk to her best friend back home, Celia, they mend fences and Celia ends up being the manager (or whatever) of Sami’s design house. Which is based in her hometown, by the way. Oh, and Rain, her model hopeful roommate becomes super famous as the face of Sami’s line, while Vin is in charge of building sets for her runway shows. And the other things above as well (realizing Vin is awesome, Mac being accepting, etc) that all happened within the last minute.

Sigh. I wish I had Sami’s life. Haha. I wouldn’t mind being a super famous fashion designer in New York, no less, within 2-3 years.

If you’re looking for a really light, fluffy read, why not? Go for it.

2.5/5 stars