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Wildtek Repel Series Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 6 / 6S (4.7-Inch) - Black (IP68 Certified)
Wildtek Repel Series Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 6 / 6S (4.7-Inch) - Black (IP68 Certified)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One simple problem this case quickly become non-waterproof, November 28, 2015
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it is waterproof and that part is great. The touch ID and touch screen functions are all great (except if at the very edge of the screen is a little hard to get the touchscreen through the case to work).

The only but potentially a big gripe I have: I used my headphone jack for a few hours and soon noticed the little rubber cap/plug for the headphone jack opening when not in use has come loose and is lost. By design it is attached to the case by a flimsy little rubber connection which of course comes off once you've put the case in and out of your pocket a few times and then it's lost. Therefore the case is no longer truly waterproof. I cannot seem to find just the replacement plug. Looks like one would have to buy the case to get the little rubber plug.

Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon
Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon
by Luke Humphrey
Edition: Paperback
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30+-minute Improvement, Same Marathon One-Year Later, March 31, 2013
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I used the simple, easy to follow (but not easy shortcut!) program and ran a 30 minute, 40 second improvement one year later at the same marathon, from 3:57 down to 3:26.

While that was the goal I had set, I was able to achieve it feeling strong and without hitting the dreaded wall where one just wants to give up especially mentally and start walking. My paces for the 10K segments through 30K were nearly perfectly even: 7:55, 7:53, 7:55, and final average pace for the whole marathon was 7:53. I was even able to run Mile 26, the last full mile, at 7:21 pace, meaning I was doing a speed workout and finish strong at the end of 25 miles already run at goal pace.

I attribute my improvement to the features of this program: more than most others, many of the miles in the program are run at race goal pace, so the goal pace seemed not only easy but also well-ingrained (cadence, stride lengths, feel of the pace in the legs and the lungs). There were also plenty of weekly runs that gave me confidence I could run at the goal pace.

The longest runs in this program are done after the runner has gone through a challenging Thursday - Saturday section, and those runs are definitely not started on fresh legs as many other programs will have you do. This means on race day, when you are actually starting on fresh legs for once, the marathon distance is not that big a deal any more.

It is important to remember this program is NOT A SHORTCUT, despite the misleading notoriety of its "only 16 mile as longest run!" feature. The total miles per week, the intensity of workouts, and the deliberate accumulation of fatigue are real, and are just as challenging to manage both on the body and on your schedules as other programs of similar demands (the closest in terms of mileage and intensity I found was the Pfitzinger 18/55 program). I totaled about 1,000 miles through the 18-week program. I was consistently at a level of 4/10 fatigue from about week 8-17, but on race day I was feeling more than ready.

The 16-mile long run feature has created a lot of buzz and some negative snarky remarks from people who haven't followed it (obvious, because they were already criticizing the program BEFORE the actual book became available). This is unfortunate, because there is no shortcut to marathon success, and this program's 16-mile feature was being misleadingly singled-out as its main point.

What the 16-mile run does is it allows the rest of the days in the week to be used in a productive way, and to not turn the 20-22 mile long run as the disproportionate focus of the week while the days before and after were relegated to super easy, essentially "rest" days. If one is always running the long runs while being shielded from fatigue, even the "classic" 20-miler, 22-miler long runs that critics of this program seem so fixated on will still lead the runner only "to" the wall every time, and still not prepare the runner to go "through or over or around" the wall.

There is an outline of the program on the Hansons website. While that is the same outline as in the book, the book goes into the actual paces of the individual workouts a lot more, and is a good resource well worth the modest cost. It is very easy to adjust the paces: all the prescribed paces for all the workouts are pegged to the goal pace. I will be using this program as long as I am running marathons.

The Lone Wild Bird
The Lone Wild Bird
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Beautiful, February 10, 2007
This review is from: The Lone Wild Bird (Audio CD)
Wonderfully composed/arranged, played, and recorded. This is a recording that always makes me stop and listen.

Hakeem Olajuwon - Hakeem the Dream (NBA Hardwood Classics)
Hakeem Olajuwon - Hakeem the Dream (NBA Hardwood Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Bio DVD (but no 2nd Rockets championship coverage), May 21, 2006
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I enjoyed the incredible highlights of Hakeem from NCAA through NBA days. His back-to-back championship run the second year with his buddy Clyde the Glide unfortunately was not covered. As long as you are OK with that (maybe look for a commemorative video of the Rockets' second championship season) this is an excellent buy.
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Match Point
Match Point
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incomparable Caruso, February 13, 2006
This review is from: Match Point (Audio CD)
This film is a departure for Woody Allen in more ways than one: London instead of New York City; all-youthful main characters instead of the older man/younger woman and vice versa type of relationships; and most pertinent to the soundtrack, scoring a film with operatic arias instead of swing/jazz.

Opera and classical music have been elements in Allen's films, but none before has featured opera so front-and-center. Apparently Allen knows his opera music well: the selections are top notch.

Most incredible is Enrico Caruso's rendition of Donizetti's "Una furtive lagrima:" the title song, if you will, for the film. I have a recording of Pavarotti's performance, and even with an orchestra accompanying, it does not compare favorably with Caruso's. In the film's version, replete with hisses and scratches, Caruso's golden voice, expressions, and dramatic timing can choke up even the most jaded listener.

The other standout track to my ears: track #5, Caruso in "Mi par d'udir ancora" from Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers."

If you've seen the film and liked it, this soundtrack will burn the scenes in your mind for a long time after the credits rolled by.

Bravo, Woody!

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a sci-fi horror novel....and what's PETA got to do with this?, June 25, 2005
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (Hardcover)
This is NOT a sci-fi cloning "Nightmare in Hailsham" by the creators of the late Dolly the clone sheep. It is, however, a story about the human spirit coming through in the most unexpected circumstances.

As far as I can tell, Ishiguro has no plans to write a sequel to appease the few vocal readers who miss the boat here: there will be no "Episode II: The Revenge of the Kath" where Kathy H. takes the clone nation in her hands, leads the carers and donors to topple the regime through cunning, deceit, sarcasm, civil disobedience.....

The strange and macabre premise may be hard to fathom, but this ain't Michael Crichton, people. Don't look for water-tight scientific premises and action and counterreaction. One must look for deeper meanings conjured by such a premise, and not just be bogged down at wondering about the premise, in order to fully appreciate this book. I have read the book a week ago and the thought provocations continue daily. It is a haunting and chilling story.

This is a book that requires the reader to confront the similarities of his/her current life with those of the subjects in the story: if Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth and their friends are so accepting and not challenging the doomed premise that awaits them, it is because that world is the only world they know, as flawed and cruel as it obviously seems when the reader examines it from the outside.

In that sense, what about us? We may not be "completing" to the same cruel degree as the subjects in the book, but the modern life has certainly weighed down heavily on all of us: stress, depression, anxiety, family/marital breakdown are abundant reminders. Aren't we just accepting all of this as "all part of our modern-day lives" just as readily as the subjects in the story are accepting their fate? And how amazing that from the strange and improbable premise created by Ishiguro can come such revealing lesson about our own world?

Glory, I am sorry to single you out, but you stood at the wrong vantage point from which to review this book, and your calling this a "dumb book" after your faulty assessment is rather unfortunately revealing of your missing the point: this is least of all a sci-fi horror story. It has something to do with cloning, yes, but PETA has nothing to do with this book, and if you bring that into your discussion, it really makes one doubt that you understood the book at all.

It's not how strange and ultimately unrealistic the premise that should be your focus: Ishiguro has said this in countless interviews about this book. It is a story about how these children grow up in their second-class world and how they struggle to let their humanity come through even though it might not matter at all in the end. It is a story about how we should examine our world to see whether we are letting any of our unique values come through before we ourselves march through the accepted algorithm of "school-more school-job-retire-death," toward our "completion."

An endlessly intriguing book, that leaves just the right things unanswered and just enough holes unplugged, to let the enlightened reader exercise his/her mind during the read and for a good while after.

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