Neuroimaging Center, NIC, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), RuG, Graduate School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN). - The NIC is a joint effort of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the (RuG) and is part of the Graduate School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN).

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  • phantomfan - Worth all the buzz

    I'm sorry for those of you who have had trouble with it, but I can honestly say that I LOVE this little gizmo. Will it save me money? In the end, quite possibly. I have always been one to pop out to the local convenience store for a fountain drink, and haul those 12-packs up 3 flights of stairs (yikes), so yes, I might see a cost savings. Eventually. Be prepared for the upfront investment to be a bit steep - the machine itself, a spare tank (which you might or might not choose to do), spare bottles (which you will definitely want to do), and of course lots of different flavors. But then after everything you need is acquired, you'll be making your own soda right and left, and NOT running to the store, and NOT hauling things up the stairs, and NOT filling your trash can with empties.

    But does it work? Yes. Extremely well. I've found that if your water is VERY cold (I refrigerate it in the bottles overnight) you really do only need three buzzes, as long as you're willing to drink it out of the bottle. I do. Why not? If you're going to pour it, you might want to buzz it a couple more times because it fizzes out a bit. Just like a 2-liter from the store does. But your water HAS to be very cold, otherwise it won't hold the fizz well and you'll need more like 10 buzzes. And then your canister will be depleted that much faster.

    I've also found that some of the diet flavors are not sweet enough for my taste (lemon-lime and pink grapefruit). Add a bit of sweetener to the syrup (in the cap, before you pour it in) and it helps considerably. The diet cola is very good, and that will be my main flavor.

    I'm also looking forward to experimenting with mixing flavors and using extracts. Peppermint soda for Christmas, anyone? Ok, it might be gross, but here's an easy and cheap way to try it, right? And what about that Coke Blak that was a complete flop? Now's your chance to find out why. And why not give that iced coffee a bit of a zing? The possibilities really are endless. And there are lots of great cocktail recipes too. I can't wait to have friends over and invite them to make their own soda!

    As far as exchaning the CO2 tank, it couldn't be easier as long as you have a Bed Bath & Beyond near you. I was there today buying a spare, and at least three different associates who saw me walking around with it informed me that they do exchanges. They also have the best prices on the syrups and lots variety in stock. AND they have those cute little half-liter bottles in green and orange with smiley faces. Sorry, Amazon, as much as I love you for most everything else, your prices on the soda mixes are pretty outrageous. To the rest of you, buy them at BB&B or whatever your local retailer is.

    So for cost savings ... meh. Who knows. For saving the planet, well, every little bit helps.

    But for convenience and fun ... five BIG stars. LOVE it!!

  • Impostor - Transformer Prime Rocks

    Issues: I have found that the device will get bogged down if you dont know how to close you webpages or apps. Also there is definitely some light bleed from the side of the screen with the headphone jack on it, and putting pressure on that side will make it worse. Personally though, I don't find these things to be that much of an issue because I dont get uptight about little things. The first issue is a software thing that can be fixed the other is hardware, but not something I personally would care to much about. GPS is not in my realm of concern as I would never use a tablet of this size in this manner. However, I can see this being a problem for some.

    Awesomeness: This device is my first Andriod so my opinion cannot be judged vs. other andriod devices. I did have an itouch and I can say I will never go back to Apple ever again. This device is smooth and a pleasure to use. I have not had any wifi issues at all. Movies stream very nicely and games are just insane. Using the web is also very nice and it is nice to not have to use an app to watch video content. Battery life is very good and not disaapointing at all. I'm looking forward to more Tegra3 optimized apps. Its going to be a good year. The speaker has plenty sound, but its nice to have a headphone jack. IMO the positives outweigh any minor negatives so I'm glad to give this device 5 stars.

  • Northern Zen - Perfect headgear for a dutifully submissive Handmaid

    The white covers of this durable wide binder make ideal wings with which a Commander may cover the head of his meek and docile Handmaid. As an added bonus, the 2-inch EZ-Turn rings help adjust the binder to a perfect fit upon the Handmaid's head, firmly securing her concealment in its rightful place. Highly recommended by the Republic of Gilead!

    Also recommended: Read the utopian manual for Romney's America, The Handmaid's Tale (Everyman's Library).