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National Geographic Traveler: Brazil
National Geographic Traveler: Brazil
by Bill Hinchberger
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.55
52 used & new from $15.59

5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, April 13, 2014
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If you buy any travel guide for a trip to Brazil, make it this one!

National Geographic never fails to produce the best, most detailed, history and photo-packed guides. This one for Brazil is one of their best (I've read several of them- you can see my other reviews).

Why is this such a great guide?

1. It's exhaustive, covering every area of Brazil, not just Rio.
2. Written by real experts, not just some freelancer sent out to do a quick book. The two main authors are expats that have lived and worked in Brazil for 20 years and 15 years each. Their research assistant Sao-Paolo born
3. Photographs! And amazing layouts of pages with maps, graphics, and color. This guide is fascinating to read even if you have no intentions of going to Brazil
4. Great insider tips. Examples: The Rio Negro boat tour- seven days in the Amazon. The Jaguar Jungle tour in which you learn to survive in the jungle. They even tell you which sections are the best to sit in for the Carnaval in the Sambodromo!
5. Interesting, detailed history. One of the strongest points of National Geographic travel guides is the section in the front that explains the history of the country and key cities, going back to the 1500s. It gives you an appreciation for the culture, history, and peoples of the place. They even explain details about the national culture and character such as the principle of "saudades" which is a word that doesn't have an english equivalent
6. Minimal space on information that changes quickly. They never waste space writing much about restaurants, bars, or hotels. This is a good thing. Why? Because these things change so rapidly and are easily researched on the internet.

National Geographic travel guides are the best- they maintain their relevance in the age of digital books and the internet.

This Brazil guide is a treasure; the perfect guide for a special country like Brazil.


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Price: $13.64

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all stock market investors., April 4, 2014
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Michael Lewis entertains us again with a fast-paced, cinematic, too outrageous to be real, true story. In "Flash Boys," he tells a well-researched tale of how the stock markets, due to a series of events, the advent of technology, and the complicity of the exchanges, became utterly rigged. They always were a little rigged, but now High Frequency Traders can use computers to literally skim pennies off every single trade done by individuals, mutual funds, and hedge fund investors. Big Wall Street firms, it comes as no surprise, were the enablers and had their own snouts firmly in the trough.

Because I've worked on Wall Street for 20 years, I am no longer idealistic enough to believe these revelations will lead to true change on how stocks are traded. The ironic part is, there is a very easy solution to the issues which the heroes of Flash Boys are doing. There will be debate as those with vested interests attempt to muddy this already complex issue. I consider this book required reading for anyone that is or wants to be a professional on Wall Street. The beauty of the book is Lewis does a fairly good job of explaining in laymen's terms a very, very complex issue.

Read this book and you will be entertained, you might get angry, and you will understand how stocks actually trade better than the people on the financial news channels that have been opining about HFT in the wake of this book.

Either this book will change the world- or it will just be like "The Greatest Trade Ever"- fun to read about the banking meltdown - but no lessons were learned.

HFT people are hitting all the positive reviews with "not helpful." Read the book and decide for yourself.


National Geographic Traveler: Berlin, 2nd Edition
National Geographic Traveler: Berlin, 2nd Edition
by Damien Simonis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.34
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best travel guides I've ever read, April 2, 2014
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This is one of the best travel guides I have ever read. National Geographic Traveler does the best guides because they use pages on history, culture and museums, with great photographs, instead of wasting space with rapidly dated information about hotel pricing and restaurants.

Of course, the photos lead in any National Geographic publication. What I found useful was the extensive detail on the history of Berlin- a city with a lot of history, indeed. I learned so much about Berlin- especially surprising (I don’t know why it was to me) was how “new” everything is in the city. So much of the architecture has been built since WWII. From this guide I have a very good idea of how I will plan my future trip to Berlin.

A truly great travel guide- just reading it makes me want to visit, yet they tell the good and the bad. A sign of a good travel guide is one that is entertaining to read even if your trip is not imminent.


Scotch Color Coding Tape 690 Red, 48 mm x 66 m, Conveniently Packaged (Pack of 1)
Scotch Color Coding Tape 690 Red, 48 mm x 66 m, Conveniently Packaged (Pack of 1)
Price: $20.94

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, strong, useful., April 1, 2014
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A review of tape - really?

Yes, really. This tape is bright, colorful and strong. It's also sticky.

I suppose there are a myriad of uses for this tape. (I can think of some very unconventional uses for this tape which I will be trying with my man later).

Nice red tape. What's not to like?


Gillette Body Razor 1 Count
Gillette Body Razor 1 Count
Price: $7.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Depilatory Delight, April 1, 2014
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Why should girls have all the fun? Well, if you define fun as shaving in the shower, that is.

This razor, marketed toward men, is very similar to women's shower razors, but in more masculine colors.

With the trend toward a more "clean" look, why shouldn't men have the same tools women have?

This razor answers that question.

High quality, very easy to use, and a lot more comfortable than using a face razor, and better than stealing hers.

Recommended.


National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America
National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America
by Sarah Garlick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.21
38 used & new from $7.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cool little book, April 1, 2014
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This little pocket guide to Rocks & Minerals is chock-full of facts about rocks, minerals, fossils and land forms of North America. Like everything National Geographic does, it is full of magnificent photos. Full color, with multiple photographs and diagrams on every page, this little book is a useful pocket-sized volume. It is fun to just browse, or to take along on a hike.

Adults will enjoy it, yet the writing level is understandable by middle schoolers.

High quality, interesting, and fun.


TurboTax Premier Fed, Efile and State 2013 with Refund Bonus Offer
TurboTax Premier Fed, Efile and State 2013 with Refund Bonus Offer
Price: $69.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY way to do your taxes yourself, March 27, 2014
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I do the taxes for several members of my family. I would never use any software other than Turbotax. Here's why:

1. It picks up all of your data from prior years returns, saving time and effort.
2. It walks you through EVERY SINGLE thing (if you want) which every year seems to find me deductions or angle that I would never know on my own
3. It makes it very easy to e-file
4. It's great for keeping back-up PDFs of old tax returns- much better than having paper all over the place
5. It keeps you up on the latest tax information, as new updates download automatically
6. It easily handles tax returns for 1099 only "consultants" and if you own rentals

What's better this year is downloading the State is easy and doesn't require a credit card like it did in the past, which was a nuisance.

The ONLY way to do your taxes by yourself


NOW Foods L-Arginine 500mg, 250 Capsules
NOW Foods L-Arginine 500mg, 250 Capsules
Price: $14.13
53 used & new from $11.04

4.0 out of 5 stars No harm, no foul, March 27, 2014
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I bought these for the health effects for workouts and was amused to see the many reviews stating how these helped men with ED.

For myself, I have not seen any remarkable effects from this supplement, but then again, everything was "working" quite well before I tried them. They also don't seem to do much for my workouts. Perhaps it takes longer to see results, as I've only been taking them for a couple of weeks.

Maybe it depends on the person- try them for yourself- I can't say they don't work, but I can't really say they do, either.


The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art
The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art
by Donald N. Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Commentary on Contemporary Art Scene, March 25, 2014
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Read this book if you want to fully understand the way art is bought, sold and valued. For the layperson and the knowledgeable art person alike, this detailed volume reads quickly but is chock full of detail. He covers the super dealers, the big time galleries in New York City and discusses how certain works can demand astronomical prices.

The writing style can occasionally be academic and resemble a textbook, but this is probably due to the writer's attempt to be exhaustive and thorough.

Compelling read for anyone in finance or with an interest in the economics of the art industry.


Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs
Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs
by Julia Rothman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.98
55 used & new from $9.52

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely perfection!, March 25, 2014
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Perfection! This book will make even the most jaded New Yorker smile. Julia Rothman's book is a charming, fun, and real look at New York City. Her drawings and creative use of fonts give it an air of whimsy. She captures that fantasy world of New York that dreamers enjoy, and at the same time shares some of its secrets that even insiders don't know. Despite the charm and beauty, she also shows the "real" side of the city, including subway riding, weirdos in the park and the rough life of taxi cab drivers. Every page is lovingly drawn and designed. The attention to detail is inspiring.

This book would make a perfect gift for the grumpy New Yorker in your life, or for kids (teenagers, unless you want to explain a couple of things to the younger ones). She even includes a detailed index to tell you how to find your way to all the interesting "secret" places, so this would be a great book to read before coming to visit New York, too.

This is my favorite book about New York City!

(Unless you are using Kindle on iPad or the Kindle Fire, buy the paper version of the book so you can see the beautiful drawings in full color.)


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