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About bkalafut
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Member: Bennett Kalafut
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Location: San Bruno, CA, USA
Member Since: Nov 21, 2003
Homepage: Sacred Stew
Favorite Websites: Goldwater State

Stretching single molecules for fun and profit.  more
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Reviews Written: 406
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bkalafut's Recent Opinions
Date Written Review Title Product / Topic Product Rating Review Rating
Feb 22, 2014 Optimator non est optimus autem est valde bonus! Spaten Optimator
in Spirits and Beers
  Product Rating: 4.0    Very Helpful
Feb 16, 2014 An improvement on the competition, but not as good as the next model. Ridgid 88387 Ridgid Power Spin (0095691883872)
in Tools and Accessories
  Product Rating: 3.0    Show
Feb 16, 2014 Ridgid Power Spin (Model 41408): The drain auger I should have purchased first. RIDGID Power Spin
in Shop Tools
  Product Rating: 5.0    Very Helpful
Nov 28, 2013 "Worse than Wexford" has a nice ring to it. Wexford Irish cream ale
in Archived Reviews
  Product Rating: 1.0    Very Helpful
Nov 27, 2013 The best. Ants eat it like there's no tomorrow. Senoret Chemical Terro Liquid Ant Baits 6pk (070923003006)
in Garden
  Product Rating: 5.0    Very Helpful
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bkalafut's Most Popular Reviews
#64 in Restaurants & Gourmet: Wines under $5
#648 in Web Services: The illegitimate offspring of Brooks Brothers and  ...
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#534 Overall
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About bkalafut

Now postdoc'ing, with both feet in the life sciences.

But here on Epinions, I seem to maintain the guide to wines under $5., although I'm usually a few bottles behind.

I'm here to keep my writing skills from dulling completely and to help to build a product review website. Information asymmetry is real and unavoidable but we can lessen it by reading and providing fair, well-reasoned assessments of products and services: "reviews", before the rest of the Web redefined that term to mean any statement of opinion. Income share is nice, too.

Sample policy (for manufacturers, distributors, and promoters):
I accept review samples of aquarium supplies, beer, wine, spirits, and home cleaning supplies, and will provide a timely review of items received. Other items, including mechanics' tools and nonfiction books, may also be reviewed, but possibly in a less-than-timely fashion.

Please note that I am not more inclined to give "free" materials a positive review than those I have purchased myself; your product will be reviewed fairly and in accord with good practices I will include a short disclosure at the end of my copy.

Send me an e-mail to make shipping arrangements.

Rating policy (for Epinions contributors):

I rate within Epinions's guidelines but tend to give more Not Helpful and Somewhat Helpful ratings than most other members of this site. If your "review" is not a review but merely states your feeling of a product, I will give it a low rating. If it is not written at a level of quality that would be acceptable at a newspaper, I will give it a low rating. Greengrocers' apostrophes, confusion of "their" and "they're" or "its" and "it's", excessively addressing the reader as "you", use of words like "kinda", multiple exclamation points, and similar gross errors will cause your review to be downrated by a single level. All-caps shouting, writing as though Epinions is a way to contact a manufacturer or merchant, lack of appropriate paragraph breaks, and extensive grammatical or orthographic errors will earn an automatic Not Helpful, as warrants reviews overwhelmed by formatting or writing errors.

Rate old reviews, and mine while you're at it, too!

I'm trying to maintain here a list of products that need vertical rating, either because OT reviews aren't marked as such, because the reviews contain obsolete information, or because they're simply bad. Send me an e-mail with additions.