Lean-n-Mean IX ... sleeper says: 'Roman numerals are hard..!!'Nov 4, 2010 (Updated Dec 2, 2010) Write an essay on this topic.
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hey there all...
Eight years ago a mild-mannered user challenged his fellow writers here to "write concisely and 'to-the-point' about a product you would review anyway."
Believe me, I was stunned when seventy-some reviews were submitted that first year.
For the following seven years I (or my kind assistants) picked up the 'lean-n-mean' banner and challenged the community to, once again, write the VH and H and even SH product review. Past 'Lean-n-mean' reviews.
Well, 2010 is no different. So get your pixels ready, your neurons warmed up, and your red pencils sharpened . . .because 'Lean-n-Mean IX' is game on..!!
As always, the basic ground rules, essentially unchanged from day one:
• November 4, today, through December 1; twenty-eight days is plenty, right..??
• 657 words or less. ( though I am not counting them. 700 is probably OK, beyond that ... you are on your own; and you risk being called out as a fraud..! )
• Product reviews only, 'regular reviews' only.
• Overall-rated 'Somewhat Helpful', 'Helpful' and 'Very Helpful' reviews only.
• If you choose to, link back here at the bottom (or somewhere) on your review
• No 'delete and republish'.
. . .( you will be privately ...if not publicly ...scorned )
• Recruit your fellow members.
• Invite strangers on the street.
• Involve your favorite (and perhaps not-so-favorite!) fellow writers.
• Talk some smack at another category ('books' vs 'movies' has been a traditional rivalry...)
• Write as many as you want.
• Write in as many categories as you want.
• Have fun.
Notes to the above:
-- Word count changed at the request of a fellow user who I respect and who I want to participate. As noted above, you are the only one counting and 'about 700' is a good target if you are having editing problems.
-- If you wanna write an 'SH' review, go for it. Time I live up to my oft-stated 'write it like you want' creed. I do not think an SH review or three will pollute the 'lean-n-mean' pool.
-- I will link all reviews, so email an URL or leave a comment if you want 'linked up'. I always participate in write-offs as a stealth writer. I link back to the write-off essay but I do not bother letting them know about the review. The anonymous review and the link pointing to similar write-off reviews makes it rewarding enough for me. Again, you do what you want ...it is your review.
-- Most importantly . . .have fun. Writing at Eps should not be a chore or a pain in the arse.
The Bottom Line
So there ya go . . .game on. Let us see your best 'lean-n-mean' stuff..!!
P.S. As always, let me know if I munged something, if I screwed something up, or if you have any questions or comments.
-- Final Statistics --
Number of categories with credited ' lean-n-mean ' reviews: twelve
Number of participating writers: 35 members
alexdg1 -- artemis8 -- befus -- bethesdalily -- bilbopooh -- bmcnichol -- carstairs38 -- cr01 -- critic64 -- ddustyrose -- dlstewart -- dolphinboy -- foshizlee -- hvarmit -- jankp -- jeffwilder78 -- jenniferkateab -- jsommersby -- kariosdreaming -- ladyconsumer -- luquillo -- mmcphee -- mql1298 -- njchicaa -- pmills1210 -- popsrocks -- rmthunter -- sleeper54 -- snik1 -- sojournseeker -- Stephen_Murray -- talyseon -- texas-swede -- tjhassecrets -- truckturner
Number of submitted reviews: 209 reviews
Home and Garden --- twenty reviews total ---
3M Command Small Wire Hooks - Take Command of the Clutter in Your House ... mmcphee
Tile Guard Marble & Granite Cleaner and Polish ... ddustyrose
Asher's Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Bar - this chocolate doesn't need sugar to be delicious! ... ladyconsumer
Asher's Sugar-Free Liquid Caramel Bar - Liquidy goodness, without the sugar! ... ladyconsumer
Caldrea's Saffron Quince Kitchen Candle is a nice but small candle. ... njchicaa
Caldrea Saffron Quince Dish Soap makes me smile as I wash dishes. ... njchicaa
Mango Mojito? Sure, I'll try Three Olives Mango Vodka! ... njchicaa
Progresso High Fiber Homestyle Minestrone Soup - lots of good stuff, but doesn't taste good. ... ladyconsumer
Pressed brain halves offer subtle salad dressing ... sojournseeker
How Long is a Pillow Supposed to Last -- Longer than this Big One! ... dlstewart
. . .ten. . .
Asher's Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Bar - High in calories, fat, and after-taste. Yuck! ... ladyconsumer
Little Baby Oranges - Dole Mandarin Oranges ... mmcphee
Newport Solar Address Number Rock-Don't rely on this to get people to your house! ... ladyconsumer
Orbit White Gum Sugarfree Peppermint; fresh, clean taste ... mql1208
Keurig K-cup Coffee Spinning Carousel Tower Makes Use of Vertical Space ... mql1208
Feel like royalty eating Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears! ... critic64
Unhealthy, Delicious, Uncultured, Cheese-Filled: Life Lived in Paradoxes ... bethesdalily
Asher's Sugar Free Pecan and Caramel Bar - One of Asher's best options! ... ladyconsumer
Good new couch-potato roaster ... Stephen_Murray
Make Big Muffins With Reynolds Jumbo Foil Baking Cups ... bmcnichol
Wellness & Beauty --- ten reviews total ---
Dry Shampoo - Taming the Oily Haired Monster ... mmcphee
Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment 0,5oz ... ddustyrose
Boots Coconut and Hibiscus Body Butter smells lovely but isn't very hydrating. ... njchicaa
OUCHY!! Short not sweet, Necessary for BOO BOOs ... sojournseeker
Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh Cool Peppermint Toothpaste for Wicked Fresh Breath ... hvarmit
My pits and me . . . a smelly controlled history ... sojournseeker
It's Wafer Thin! Fiber Cookies not bad tasting... ... jenniferkateab
Reminiscent of old Hollywood Glamour ... mql1208
Kiss and No Tell with L'Paige Aloe Changeable Color Lipstick! ... critic64
Kleenex Pocket Pack: When You Still Have to be on the Go with a Cold ... mmcphee
Business & Technology --- four reviews total ---
3M Post It Note Ruled Note Pads ... mmcphee
Ampad Notebook - Typical Notebook with a Great Cover ... mmcphee
An Authors gripe, I mean grip-- the pen silly ! ... sojournseeker
Flinging Latex Free Elastics Around the Office ... dlstewart
Music --- sixteen reviews total ---
Lean N Mean is back, and I'm kicking it off with Marina! ... tjhassecrets
Macy Gray sells out! ...didn't work, did it? ... tjhassecrets
Christina came to stop the party. Good thing I wore a condom. ... tjhassecrets
I saw The Sign, and it PRIED OPEN MY EAR CANALS. ... tjhassecrets
You know what's "typically me" ? Hating Britney Spears's music. ... tjhassecrets
Britney reminds us that slavery, in any context, is a crime. ... tjhassecrets
A Lean and Mean re-write of Ke$ha's disaster of a debut record. ... tjhassecrets
The Best Remixes: If Cyndi Lauper came in the form of a vitamin shot. ... tjhassecrets
Some Souvenirs from the ghetto. Daphne Rubin-Vega leaves behind trinkets of genius. ... tjhassecrets
4 Him is Ready to Face the Nation on Their Sophomore Release ...carstairs38
. . .ten. . .
Relive the Magic of Pushing Daisies Through Its Enchanting Soundtrack ... bilbopooh
Do I dance or have sex to this? Night Work certainly has the, ahem, stamina. ... tjhassecrets
Continuing A Rhymesayers Tradition of Holding Fans Over Until The New Album ... snik1
Recollecting the Christian Music Hits From the Start of Leslie Phillip's Varied Career ... carstairs38
Ke$ha loves her crazy, beautiful life! I... I have my doubts again. ... tjhassecrets
"Fill My Cup, Lord", for I am "Hiding in Thee"... ... bethesdalily
Movies --- sixty two reviews total ---
Bad, Blue. Brilliant. MEGAMIND ... talyseon
Doomed and Tragic Love Affair in Fuedal Japan. THE SAMURAI I LOVED. ... talyseon
Nabari no Ou: The Ninja World Is At War. Whatever. ... rmthunter
I'm Not A Witch...But I Want To Be! WYRD SISTERS Animation of the Discworld ... talyseon
Your Next Lie May Be Your Last. THE 24TH DAY ... talyseon
From the Amazon's forbidden depths came the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON ... talyseon
The Last Unicorn ... truckturner
River's Edge ... truckturner
Was Aaron Russo Killed For Making 2006 Doc America: Freedom To Fascism? ... jankp
Those Damn Dead Just Won't Die! LAST OF THE LIVING ... talyseon
. . .ten. . .
I Enjoy This Sequel in the Future, Present, and Past ... carstairs38
The last movie star does maternal grief in unexpected ways ... Stephen_Murray
"The Cruel Sea": a grim 1952 WWII British-Navy movie ... Stephen_Murray
Ready for a vacation and many smiles? ... dolphinboy
A Magic Hat and a Living Snowman ... carstairs38
Horribly acted, written, and directed: Tattoo- A Love Story is Simply Awful. ... foshizzlee
Quirky and Wonderful: (500) Days of Summer is a Winning Indie Rom-Com! ... foshizzlee
Touching and Intense: Billy Elliot is a Wonderful, Occasionally Gritty, Coming-of-Age Tale! ... foshizzlee
Anne Of Green Gables Didn't Need a New Beginning; Stick With the Old One ... bilbopooh
He Sold His Soul To Rock and Roll....SOUL MUSIC A Discworld DVD. ... talyseon
. . .twenty. . .
Meg Ryan & Timothy Hutton Cheapen Marriage With Serious Moonlight~ ... jankp
This movie delivers, albeit slowly ... dolphinboy
Go ahead MESS with the Zohan see if I care ! ... sojournseeker
Both Interesting and Entertaining: ... a Brilliant Documentary. ... foshizzlee
Frenzied, Intense, and Depressing: ... a Fast-Paced Drama. ... foshizzlee
Trust Me On This One; Don't Go Into the Light! SKYLINE ... talyseon
The Courage To Fight, The Strength To Win. THE SENSEI ... talyseon
Another Mimic in an Empty Room, Disguised as a Chest? Not Exactly! DUNGEON DENIZENS REVISITED. ... talyseon
Interesting and Action-Packed yet Slow and Predictable: Unstoppable is Ultimately Forgettable. ... foshizzlee
British Columbia's Marijuana Grow-Ops Thriving Because It's Illegal! ... jankp
. . .thirty. . .
Frosty Returns. Why? ... carstairs38
The Day the Earth Stood Still: A Lean-N-Mean look at 1951 SF classic ... alexdg1
Standard noir corruption in Albany, NY: "Ice Blues" (2008) ... Stephen_Murray
CONVICTION the Film is Convincing! **** ... popsrocks
Hilarious yet Extremely Controversial: Family Guy Partial Terms of Endearment is ... foshizzlee
Have Questions About Santa? Get The Answers in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town ... carstairs38
Inventive Premise, Weak Execution: Super High Me had a LOT of Wasted Potential. ... foshizzlee
Raunchy, Hilarious, and with a Classic Charm: There's Something About Mary! ... foshizzlee
The First Inspector Morse: The Dead of Jericho ... befus
Schrader's Finest Achievement ... jsommersby
. . .forty. . .
The fallacy is revealed . . . well in humor god lets us all down ... sojournseeker
Selfishness, guilt, and anguish among some Manhattanite women ... Stephen_Murray
Where Does the Heart Lie? IN THE FLESH ... talyseon
Equality For Some 8:THE MORMON PROPO$ITION ... talyseon
TRON Is Intriguing But Disorienting ... bilbopooh
Blue Seduction - Don't be seduced by this one. ... ladyconsumer
"You wanna play rough? SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!!!" ... jeff_wilder78
Mark Lester's Class Of 1984: Campy Horror & Babyfaced Michael J. Fox~ ... jankp
There is Much More to Rudolph's Story Than You Ever Knew ... carstairs38
A mother who will stop at nothing to protect her impaired son ... ... Stephen_Murray
. . .fifty. . .
Very Gay, Not Big, Lacking Good Songs but Showing Some New Talents . ... Stephen_Murray
Try the Underrated "Trial and Error" Instead ... jsommersby
Olive And Her Scarlet Letter ... pmills1210
A (young Romanian) policeman asserting conscience over law ... Stephen_Murray
Basically the same joke over and over in Paris and Mexico ... Stephen_Murray
Face The Face ... pmills1210
Get Launched at Hubble 3D. Best IMAX Movie Ever! ... jenniferkateab
Catching The Train ... pmills1210
Prospero in Space! FORBIDDEN PLANET ... talyseon
Bland urban displacement Christmas movie ... Stephen_Murray
. . .sixty. . .
The sins of one father: "A Fool for Love" ... Stephen_Murray
What Lies Beyond? ... pmills1210
Books --- sixty two reviews total ---
Searching for Wayne in EPCOT ... carstairs38
Merry Christmas, Amanda & April Celebrates Sisterhood With All Its Wrinkles ... bilbopooh
Carly Simon Encourages Music-Making in The Boy of the Bells ... bilbopooh
Devout Hershel Brings Hanukkah Back to a Goblin-Tormented Town ... bilbopooh
Stay Close to Me: Always ... rmthunter
By the Pricking of My Thumbs, There is Trouble Inbound...WYRD SISTERS ... talyseon
Dead Beat ... kairosdreaming
White Knight ... kairosdreaming
Small Favor ... kairosdreaming
Little House on the Prairie ... kairosdreaming
. . .ten. . .
Turn Coat ... kairosdreaming
As dark as a book gets ... dolphinboy
Big Bird Is Generous But Impatient in I Can't Wait Until Christmas ... bilbopooh
The Grumpy Shepherd Changes His Tune ... bilbopooh
Eight Days to Live (Iris Johansen):don't waste eight_days, eight_hours, or even eight_minutes on this book! ... ladyconsumer
Obelix in love ... texas-swede
Pepe the Spanish little rascal livens things up in Gaul ... texas-swede
The Turkey's Not on the Table in The Best Thanksgiving Day ... bilbopooh
Santa Seems To Have Been a Little Mixed Up in The Merry Christmas Mystery ... bilbopooh
Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover - Boys, Dogs & Sleeping Bags ... mmcphee
. . .twenty. . .
The Vegan Lunch Box - Cold Bento Box Lunches ... mmcphee
Is It a Murder Hundreds of Years in the Making? ... carstairs38
...Hereafter: Liar, Lackluster, Lost Literature... ... bethesdalily
Reindeer Puzzle Over Santa's Absence in What Could Be Keeping Santa? ... bilbopooh
Tigger's New Toy Saves the Day in Winnie the Pooh and the Toy Airplane ... bilbopooh
Heroes Abound in Pooh's Hero Party ... bilbopooh
Asterix and Obelix and Doubleosix in the Middle East ... texas-swede
Secrecy (Belva Plain) - Some secrets should be kept. Others... Not so much. ... ladyconsumer
When "Never" and "Always" Apply: Always Use Caution, and Never Go with Strangers! ... bethesdalily
I really don't think its the B*Yat$$ches they love but the equal partnership they crave ... sojournseeker
. . .thirty. . .
"Cookstoves Are Like People, Each with Its Own Disposition..." ... bethesdalily
The Gardener's Color Palette: Artists and Poets Will Love It Too ... befus
Mystery Fans Will Love P.D. James "Talking About Detective Fiction" ... befus
"Grammar Is My Mother's Mother"... and Other Attacks Upon the Noble Discipline Called Language ... bethesdalily
"I'm Used to Undusting the Furniture, Not Dusting It!" ... bethesdalily
The indomitable Gauls gives the Romans a circus performance that will always be remembered ... texas-swede
Roo's Too Bouncy for Tigger's Liking in Oh, Bother! Someone's Jealous! ... bilbopooh
Roo Discovers the Value of an Uncluttered Room in Oh, Bother! Someone's Messy! ... bilbopooh
Oh, Bother! Someone's Grumpy! Wait - Make That Everyone! ... bilbopooh
Audrey Niffenegger's fearful plotline. ... cr01
. . .forty. . .
Bird || Power, grace, beauty in endless variety... ... sleeper54
Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding ... artemis8
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard ... artemis8
Yo Ho Ho and a Murder or Two ...carstairs38
The Landry News - The First Amendment and the Principal ... mmcphee
Money comes and money goes but what really matters is friendship and integrity ... texas-swede
"A Breezy Ballerina Dances Over Foggy Fields..." ... bethesdalily
Asterix and the Mysterious Baby ... texas-swede
Koala Lou, I Do Love You... But Only When I'm Not Busy! ... bethesdalily
State of Mind - What's going wrong, in the 51st State? ... ladyconsumer
. . .fifty. . .
"Grandma and the Quilt Are Telling Each Other Stories"... ... bethesdalily
A village divided is a village conquered ... texas-swede
WICKED stinked and served no good ! ... sojournseeker
The Mission: Avoid the Revisers and Find The Baby ... carstairs38
Bloody, Sexy, Magical, Deadly. CHANGES The Dresden Files XII ... talyseon
I Can Do It Myself! by Diane Adams ... artemis8
Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale ... artemis8
Angelina Ice Skates by Helen Craig and Katharine Holabird ... artemis8
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague ... artemis8
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ... artemis8
. . .sixty. . .
Married to a Stranger - Patricia MacDonald - Sometimes "I do" should be "No way!" ... ladyconsumer
Scout, Atticus, and Boo || perhaps best for true fans... ... sleeper54
Sports & Outdoors --- two reviews total ---
Tennessee Titans 50x60 Throw ... ddustyrose
Igloo Max Cold Insulated Bag - My Breakfast and Lunch Bag ... mmcphee
Kids & Family --- twenty reviews total ---
Mastermind Towers – Finally a Kid’s Version of Mastermind ... mmcphee
Elmo Disappointed Us - K'Nex Sesame Street Elmo Building Set ...bmcnichol
It's a Pillow! It's a Pet! It's a My Pillow Pets Ladybug! Review ... hvarmit
Just One Kiss Captures the Moment the Adventure Truly Starts ... carstairs38
Safety 1st Drawer Latches: 7 Pack ... popsrocks
Now that Dobby is Free, You'd Better Hurry to Get Him ... carstairs38
Go Ahead. Hang Disney's Newest Princess From Her Hair. Rapunzel Won't Mind At All. ... carstairs38
Harry's First Birthday Present Makes a Good Ornament ... carstairs38
BFC Ink 18" Doll Fashion Pack - Pretty Preppy. Great Accessory for BFC Ink Dolls ... hvarmit
The Award for Geekiest Ornament of the Year Goes to the Tron Legacy Light Cycle ... carstairs38
. . .ten. . .
Lucy Steps Into the Wardrobe and Finds Narnia ... carstairs38
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Snuggie's Wrapped Around Your Toes... ... bethesdalily
Quercetti Skyrail Marble Roller Coaster - A Favorite Toy ... mmcphee
Pitch These Darts in the Trash - Toysmith Dart Set ... bmcnichol
Belle and a Book Go Together Like Merry and Christmas ... carstairs38
You Can Keep Hanging This Ornament Forever, That Dog is Never Going to Move ... carstairs38
Thinkfun Hoppers Jr. - Educational and Fun Solitarie Game for Kids ... mmcphee
Dude, This Ornament is Totally Sweeeeet! ... carstairs38
Star Wars Saga's Clone Commander Cody is nifty collectible from Hasbro ... alexdg1
Cute First Nativity Set ... carstairs38
Hotels & Travel --- two reviews total ---
“Look Not Into the Eyes of Mara.” Oh, Go Ahead. I Dare You! ... carstairs38
Enjoy a Spin Aboard the Mad Tea Party ... carstairs38
Games --- two reviews total ---
Addictive, High-Octane Fun, TRIALS HD is a must own XBLA title! ... foshizzlee
Nintendo DS Game Card Case 16 - Fantastic case for handling those small games ... luquillo
Electronics --- two reviews total ---
say hello into the mike of my little friend . . . ... sojournseeker
Driinn Mobile Cell Phone Charger Wall Holder - A Shelf for You Cell Phone ... mmcphee
Gifts --- two reviews total ---
LoLLIA Wish looks and smells so pretty! ... mql1208
Time-Telling, Silenced: Or, Why You Need Braille More Than Speech ... bethesdalily
Online Stores & Services --- one review total ---
Earn rebates while you're buying your favorite beauty items! ... mql1208
Pets --- three reviews total ---
How to quench the thirst of a big fluffy dog in the Texas heat ... texas-swede
The Premier XL Gentle Leader Collar turned the Jaws of Death into Walk in Peace ... texas-swede
The Cats Come to Me ... when I use the GripSoft Cat Comb ... dlstewart
Computers & Internet --- one review total ---
Not as cute as my previous Mini Mouse ... texas-swede
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