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Chineasy: The Easy Way to Learn Chinese
Chineasy: The Easy Way to Learn Chinese
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $14.99

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT GET THE KINDLE VERSION, March 13, 2014
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I've seen the author's Ted Talk and followed the crowd funding for this book. I really wanted to like it. However, the Kindle version of the book is designed for art, not for functionality (reading).

It is virtually impossible to read on a tablet because of the small print (and inability to increase the size), the colors used (example, dark orchid background for small black font), and the navigation. Tried to read it in the alternative on my computer. No dice.

I've purchased several hundred Kindle books in the past couple of years. This is the first one for which I've requested a refund.

If they fix the electronic version, I'll also remove this Kindle review upon request.

In short, avoid the Kindle version like the plague. The print edition should be fine (knock on wood). If I get the print edition, I'll update this review to address the content.

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March 20, 2014 Update.

I purchased the print edition and have taken the time to go through it before writing this update.

The substance of the book is good. However, the design gets in the way of using it for its intended purpose - learning Chinese characters.

It's clear after seeing both the Kindle and print editions that the Kindle edition consists of imaged pages from the print edition rather than doing formatting for the Kindle. For that, the person in charge of layout for the Kindle should be sent to the woodshed with a dunce cap.

Unfortunately, the printed pages suffer from some of the same issues that afflict the Kindle. Specifically, the many pages with dark-colored backgrounds with small black font are difficult to read. In some cases, it requires taking the book to different lighting or using a magnifying glass to figure out what's written.

In other words, the purpose of learning Chinese characters is actually frustrated by the author's efforts as an artist.

In short, here's my rating unless and until the book is fixed.

0 Stars for the Kindle edition. It's horrible.
3 Stars for the Print edition if you want to actually learn the characters.
5 Stars for the Print edition if you want a colorful book to put on the coffee table to impress friends but have no intention of actually learning Chinese characters.
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Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
DVD
Price: $0.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes and Stupidity Kill the Storyline, February 16, 2014
Although the plot has potential, the characters ruin it. If you like to watch offensive stereotypes, every role consists of at least one, including Angry Black Man, Sleazy White Lawyer, Bible-Quoting Prostitute, and Drunk Irishman. It's a shame. Some of the actors have talent but they're not given the opportunity to move beyond the stereotypes to be seen as individuals.

With the exception of Angry Black Man, every other character has a room temperature IQ. If there is a choice to make, it's invariably to pick the dumbest option available to the character.

As for the poor special effects, good character development would have easily made that a non issue. I took away no stars for it.


Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
DVD
Price: $0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect casting, February 14, 2014
This review is from: Bosch [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)
This is exactly what I envisioned when reading the books. Welliver delivers as Bosch. Hope this becomes a long-running series on Amazon.


Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy
Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $11.04

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent with minor children should read this book, August 28, 2013
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If you want your children to attend college, you should read this book. As a work of fiction, it's a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. However, as a guide to what to do (and not do) when applying to college, there is some really practical advice.

This isn't speculation. I was fortunate enough to graduate from a nice state university (yes, they do exist) plus obtain post-graduate degrees at two of the private universities mentioned by the author. A combination of good grades, luck, and guidance from high school counselors and my college advisor made this possible, not the strategies and tactics used by the elites as described by the author.

Yet having met the children of these elites while in school, I know that the book contains many uncomfortable truths about how the college admission system is gamed as well as the effect it has on the beneficiaries of such well-intentioned manipulation.

With a child applying to universities this fall, I read this book with interest because as a parent I want what's best for him. What the author wrote has changed my mind on exactly what should be done (and not done) so that my kid is happy both with the university he chooses to attend based upon merit and his initial choice of careers. Let's face it. Few college grads are working in the field that they majored in at school.

As a final note, I'm undecided as to whether this book should be read by teenagers who are getting ready to apply for college. The author clearly is targeting parents as readers. My concern is that a teenager who reads it might become too jaded about higher education before actually experiencing it. If nothing else, be sure to read the book yourself before recommending it to your children.
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NALGENE Tritan 1-Pint Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle,Slate Blue
NALGENE Tritan 1-Pint Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle,Slate Blue
Price: $8.96
27 used & new from $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Got it twice...here's why, August 24, 2013
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Ordered one of these for my wife. She really liked it. After a few weeks of use, someone broke into her car and stole various items, including this bottle. We immediately ordered a replacement from Amazon. She's very pleased with the replacement too.


More Counter Space White
More Counter Space White
Offered by More Counter Space
Price: $46.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution, August 24, 2013
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This review is from: More Counter Space White
As much as I like having a gas stove, it gets dirty easily, and we really need the counter space more often than the burners. This was the perfect solution. Set up in seconds and can easily be removed as-needed to use the stove. Extremely pleased.

As an aside, there was a shipping issue (my end, not the seller). The seller went the extra mile to ensure prompt delivery. Truly appreciate that type of customer service too.

In other words, I highly recommend both the product and this particular vendor.


Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $7.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a thorough how-to book, not light summer reading, January 19, 2013
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If you're looking for mind-numbing reading to pass the time, this is not the book for you.
However, if you want to actually think like the real person (Dr. Joseph Bell) that Sherlock Holmes was modeled on by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you should read this how-to guide carefully. Read one chapter at a time, letting the material sink in before turning to the next one.
This is not a book that's conducive to jumping around to different chapters without the context of the prior ones.
Ms. Konnikova knows the material. For example, she is able to cite relevant examples when making her points about (a) what Holmes does correctly, and equally important, (b) the frequent mistakes made by Dr. Watson and the occasional error by Holmes himself when solving crimes.
When you finish the book, I highly recommend that you go back through your highlights and notes. Create a game plan to incrementally implement what you've learned. Then read the book again in a few months to see what other insights you can learn from it.
One of the side benefits of reading this book is that it made me want to read the original Holmes' mysteries again in the context of this book. It's fun to spot the points made by Ms. Konnikova within Doyle's texts.


Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Neck Stash, Beige
Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Neck Stash, Beige
Price: $11.81
17 used & new from $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice!, August 14, 2012
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Ordered 3 of these for an international trip. They were durable and easy to use. To prevent theft, simply put inside of your shirt/blouse. Reduces the chance someone will cut the cord and run (like purse snatchers do).
We had to go through security at multiple airports, including TSA checks. These stashes made it simple to retrieve passports and boarding passes as needed. Will use often and highly recommend.


Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More
Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More
Price: $9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book on productivity, June 21, 2012
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This book will help you boost your productivity while getting you what you want in life. The author hits the nail on the head. If you do not have a white collar business background, I highly recommend reading this book.

Please note that this is substantively a re-write of Koch's The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less book targeted for individuals to use to improve their lives. If you've read The 80/20 Principle, this book may seem to be a "dumbed down" way of saying the same things.

However, people learn in different ways. I've given out copies of both books and invariably found that more people "got it" when reading Living the 80/20 Way than reading The 80/20 Principle. If you come from a white collar business background, you may prefer the latter. In contrast, Living the 80/20 Way is written for the masses.

What about Koch's The 80/20 Individual: How to Build on the 20% of What You do Best? To me, it seemed to be misnamed. The book was a dry read that appeared to be targeted at corporate managers who like to play buzzword bingo by adding 80/20 to their lexicon of synergy, leadership, paradigm shift, outside-the-box, Six Sigma etc. In other words, the type of book some B school professor might assign to the future pointy-haired bosses (hat tip to Dilbert) of the world.

In sum, if you have a white collar business background, get The 80/20 Principle. If not, Living the 80/20 Way is the better choice. Skip The 80/20 Individual.


Blue Premium Universal Bluetooth Headset Pouch Carrying Case + Wrist Strap
Blue Premium Universal Bluetooth Headset Pouch Carrying Case + Wrist Strap
Offered by BlueMall
Price: $2.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect case, October 27, 2011
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My Bose bluetooth came with a small dark black carrying case that quickly got lost. I ordered this case as a replacement. Excellent product for the price. Easy to use, carry, and unlikely it will be lost because of the nice blue color. I recommend this case if you're looking to protect your bluetooth and want easy access to it.


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