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Stamina 5325 Magnetic Resistance Upright Exercise Bike
Stamina 5325 Magnetic Resistance Upright Exercise Bike
Price: $183.98
30 used & new from $165.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Broke after less than 1 year, February 2, 2013
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We rode the bike for a 5 or so hours per week at a reasonable level for just under 1 year. The metal weld that connected the pedals to the frame itself cracked and the pedals began to wobble. We are not big people. JB Weld didn't hold it. We had to throw it out. What a shame.

Resting in Stillness: Integrative Restoration - iRest Yoga Nidra
Resting in Stillness: Integrative Restoration - iRest Yoga Nidra
by Richard Miller PhD
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $13.01
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent stuff, November 28, 2011
This is a great product from the extremely calming voice of Richard Miller. Highly suggested for anyone who wants a Yoga Nidra session in their collection.

Integrative Restoration (6-CD Set)
Integrative Restoration (6-CD Set)
by Richard Miller PhD
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $34.32
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars marvelous, December 7, 2010
excellent work and great content. at times i wish the audio quality of the recording were better, but you can still hear him speaking just fine.

Empire (Tor Science Fiction)
Empire (Tor Science Fiction)
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.17
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fox News vs. MSNBC gets ugly, with a little sci-fi plus Moderate woe-is-me self-victimization by the author, May 23, 2010
A sad departure from the author's enjoyable work such as Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, Card was hired to write this book by a game company. Their author presents himself and his protagonists as political Moderates (in the book, as well as the embarrassing afterword) who have been victimized by "the fanatics" on both the Right and Left. The heroes and seek to save America through reason and good judgment and, of course, accurate bullets. It's all very trite and heavy-handed, and not very well written, either. I couldn't make it through the whole book, and skimmed through a few chapters in the middle and skip to the last parts.

Humans see the flaws of others far easier than we see our own flaws. I think what Card fails to see (particularly in his afterword that should have been omitted entirely for his own good) is that he sounds like just as much of a "fanatic" in his quest for "Moderation", and is just as quick to condemn others for their beliefs as he claims they condemn him. Card tries to push his ideology as moderate and rational, just like all fanatics do, but his writing is patronizing and transparent.

The afterword: an embarrassing diatribe. If you don't want to argue about politics, don't bring it up, and don't play the victim when you bear the consequences of your own politics. Also don't write any more books like this one, Mr. Card, please. Oh wait, you wrote a sequel. Too late.

The complaints with this book don't stop with the ideology or the clumsy plot. I disagree, personally, with the entire premise. In this day and age, America is more culturally fragmented than ever, thanks to the internet and the fact we can (and most of us do) associate with our own kind, pretty much exclusively, anywhere but on a public bus and the post office.

The presumption that America would fight itself over political ideology is very far fetched and naive in the first place. It's almost a compliment to think that our culture is so high-minded and philosphical...but it's not true, Card.

If you want to imagine what a lawless, broken America looks like, take a look at prisons ... or at schools in the more dangerous parts of cities. What do people fight over there? 1) Have and have not 2) Skin color 3) Sex and 4) Personal honor. That's it. When America goes bad, how you feel about politics will be pretty irrelevant. America will break apart along financial and racial lines.

For me, I'm glad this was a library book i did not pay for. Lesson learned all around.

Sharp SPC026A .6" Red LED, Snooze, Battery backup-Black case (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sharp SPC026A .6" Red LED, Snooze, Battery backup-Black case (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am totally psyched about this alarm clock, April 28, 2010
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I can't say enough good things about this little alarm clock. It has everything I want and nothing I don't want. Want: Small, battery backup yet still plugs in, red numbers, single alarm, hour AND minute set buttons, easy to use. Don't Want: Radiom, Auto-set timezone, battery only, confusing multiple alarms.

This is by far the best alarm clock I've ever gotten.
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Race For The Galaxy
Race For The Galaxy
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tough first game, better with time, April 24, 2010
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Race For The Galaxy (Toy)
Typically when you play a game for the first time: you learn, you play, you lose but you have some fun in the process. With this game, all is true of the above but the "having fun in the process" part.

Do yourself a favor. Don't let an experienced player explain the rules to you, they take for granted you understand what they already know, which you don't, and can't. Rather, take 30 minutes and actually read the rulebook if you want to enjoy your first game. Otherwise the symbols on the cards make no sense and you are forced to act without the knowledge to act properly.

Your second and third games will go much smoother, as you learn, and the game will eventually become fun. This game is not easy for first timers, beginners or casual gamers, but it has excellent replay value.
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