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I SWEAR THIS RINSE REALLY WORKS! ONLY CON IS YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO USE IT. I STOPPED FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS AND THE DOOKIE BALLS (TONSIL STONES) RETURNED! YUCK THEY ARE SO DISGUSTING AND THEY MAKE YOU VERY INSECURE WITH YOUR BREATH. IM HAPPY WISH I COULD LOAD UP FOR ABOUT A YEAR SUPPLY FOR A DISCOUNT. THE 2 BOTTLES SHOULD LAST ABOUT 3 MONTHS.
After waiting nearly a full month to get my hands on one of these elusive tablets, I managed to get lucky enough to find one at a local store. At this point, you've probably read reviews from tech experts and critics that do this for a living, so I'll spare the technical details and go for usability from the perspective of a moderately technologically savvy aficionado.
As a previous owner of an iPad 2, I returned mine because of the strict usage requirements forced by Apple and the iOS, I can say the Asus Transformer Prime feels nearly the same in my hands as does an iPad 2. The curved edges and cool metal back feel sturdy and comfortable in my hands. When holding the device in landscape mode, it is noticeably wider than the iPad 2, making it difficult to hit the middle keys with my thumbs. I have yet to acquire the keyboard dock, but until then switching to portrait mode works fine when typing in long segments. The screen gets finger smudges just as noticeably as iPad 2, but the gorilla glass makes removing as easy as using the palm of your hand.
There's been some concern over the one speaker located directly where my right hand rests while holding the tablet in landscape mode. To me, this is an extremely nitpicky con since the speaker is louder than iPad or any tablet I've experienced to date even when I am trying to cover it with my hand. Still, there is a 8 mm headphone jack if you're trying to get the full quality experience.
The front facing camera (1.2 megapixel) is located just a little right of center when holding the device in landscape mode, which is a bit awkward considering I'm used to the portrait video chat of FaceTime on the iPad 2. It's about par quality with any front-facing camera I've come into contact with, and not really useful for anything else. The rear facing camera is excellent. I have two android phones, one with 8 megapixel and xenon flash and the other 5 megapixel with no flash, and this camera (8 megapixel) beats both of them with superior autofocus and a bright flash for night-time pictures. It's no Canon Rebel by any means, but perfect for photo-journaling and all casual picture needs.
Along with the tablet, you'll find a nice, long (4 ft.) USB cable and a AC power adapter. It's important to note that this device does not charge via micro USB so you'll have to keep track of this new charger for all of your devices. Also, if you plan to do any HDMI streaming to an HDTV or monitor, you'll need to purchase a Micro HDMI to HMDI cord separately.
I was able to download Android 4.0 ICS right out of the box, and it does look beautiful on the super IPS display. I'm assuming you've read all you need to know about how nice the screen swipes with ICS, and the browser is so much nicer, etc. One thing they don't talk about is using the device through an HDTV using the micro HDMI output. This has been my favorite thing about the Prime so far. The picture on my 55" Samsung HDTV is pristine. Streaming video through Youtube or Netflix is perfect quality. Games such as Shadowgun, Galaxy on Fire 2, and Blood and Glory could easily be mistaken for Xbox 360. I am incredibly exited to see what developers will do to exercise the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip in the coming months.
Putting the fact that my WiFi and GPS work perfectly behind, the most concern for this tablet is caused by the Android Appstore and the lack of tablet optimized apps. While this is currently true, every app that I used on a daily basis on my iPad 2 I have found an equal or better substitute on my Prime. All I needed to do was Google "Best Android Tablet Apps" and there were 10 lists available with useful free and paid apps that are made for a larger screen. Also, with the release of ICS, I expect developers are hard at work creating a slew of new apps that will bolster the number of available tablet optimized applications.
One last huge pro about the Android OS is the freedom to use it for whatever purpose you see fit. If you want to have one home screen dedicated to weather and clock widgets from around the globe, you can. If you want to download music or video directly to the tablet's internal memory, or expandable SD card, you can do that as well. Google offers the exact same services that iTunes and the Apple Appstore does, but also allows you to choose other options. I can wirelessly transfer files and media from my android phone to my Prime to my 5 year old Macbook or a friend's PC and back. This freedom is the main reason I returned my iPad and opted for an Android tablet.
Make no mistake, the iPad 2 is a beautifully simple device that does exactly what consumers want it to do. It's just as fast, the display is just as crisp, and it has more Apps than you will ever be able to use. Having to explore multiple places to discover all of the settings and preferences and options you can tweak on the Prime is daunting if you're not used to it. But in my opinion, the Asus Transformer Prime is not only the best Android Tablet, but the best tablet on the market to date. I look forward to seeing developers make games and Apps that make it shine like it is supposed to.
Well, what can I say. I have immersed myself in Rudolf Steiner's work since I was a young man. I have also gone down some shamanic roads. I really think what Pinchbeck does is a service for all of the paths he has followed, and is a seminal American mystic. This is a great introduction to the many paths he has traversed, and a tragic, honest autobiographical work. Somehow he manages to pull it off with few hitches.
A word of warning, if you are an Anthroposophist:
Though Pinchbeck really understands and explains the Anthroposophy stuff he includes, he has left out a lot of s the "bad stuff" Steiner talks about with regards to the turn of the last century and or current point in time on the Georgian Calendar. I feel this can be forgiven, considering the monumental task he has at hand (linking diverse ammounts of esoterica), and the vast ammount Steiner's work there is to read and digest. Pinchbeck does a great job of intuitively connecting many ideas from all places. If, however, you are a "by the book" anthroposophist, don't bother cracking open this tome without taking you blood pressure medication.
If you are a person with an allergy to "New Age" material or esoteric ideas, stay away. If you are a down-to-earth, open-minded person, you may quite enjoy this lengthy book. Not light reading, however. If you find yourself perplexed--you are in the good company of someone who actually has read much of Mr. Pinchbeck's source material.
The Mayan/"End is Near" Question:
Having just finished reading this book, I'm still not so sure we will all wiz off into the cosmic mother ship or parish in hell fire on 12/21/2012. I do think the end of the world is near everytime I see that Paris Hilton is the topic of popular discussion, and the current "President" select is attempting to leaglly abstain from following 700+ laws that he has signed. That's scarrier than occult boogeymen--the lack of civic duty that citizens of the Republic are showing, and its reinforcement by the media.
I still find Pinchbeck's work stimulating. As the author inplies--take what he writes about with a critical eye, and you will find your read enjoyable.
I place this book on par with Richard Leviton's, "Looking for Arthur." However, there is much more revealed of Mr. Pinchbeck's personal life, and the many tragic elements from his past, and the present. This keeps the reader firmly rooted in the modern world. Many may find it more compelling for those reasons.