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P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne [Blu-ray]
P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ P!nk
Price: $13.69
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a concert, not a music video, April 21, 2014
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Unlike Pink's Funhouse concert, also recorded in Melbourne, this one has been turned into a marginal experience by an utterly pointless effort to mimic music video jump-cuts during much of the concert. This is completely inappropriate for the experience of a virtual concert and becomes annoying easily and often. The worst is the first third of the BD. Apparently the director and editor became tired of the effort needed to splice together so many cuts, many lasting a few seconds at most. In the hands of a competent director who understands that a 148-minute concert is not a music video, this would have been a far more enjoyable experience. I gave it two stars instead of one only because it's not as obnoxious as the über-jump-cut Pink Live In Europe DVD from 2004.


AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital to Analog Converter (Black) Version 1.0 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital to Analog Converter (Black) Version 1.0 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unless you use Vista OS, September 28, 2012
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No where in any review of this product will you find one crucial piece of information: Dragonfly USB DAC does not function correctly on Vista machines. The volume control is locked at zero for the system volume. If you go to AudioQuest web site and click on FAQ, you will discover an icon that says Dragonfly and Vista, and then you will discover that it won't work on that OS. It doesn't explain why.

I contacted them and the reply was that Microsoft was aware of the issue but until Windows 8 ships they cannot address this issue on an OS two versions older. This critical information is not mentioned anywhere, including their manual (which is available online prior to purchase). Works fine on XP and Win7, but a lot of people still run Vista, and no, the service packs will not matter for this issue.

I have computers with all three OS versions, but the laptop I was primarily going to use the DAC with is running Vista SP2, and, no, I'm not motivated to upgrade. Perhaps MS will issue a fix, perhaps not.


The Simpsons: Season 11
The Simpsons: Season 11
DVD ~ The Simpsons
Price: $19.21
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly conceived packaging, January 17, 2012
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Season 11 (DVD)
I have to agree with many other reviewers that the packaging for Season 11 is poorly conceived and executed. It certainly takes dexterity and patience to extract the discs, and they all have varying degrees of surface marks from being inserted during production. If I were going to be removing and replacing discs every so often this packaging would be far worse than it is, but my practice is to rip the discs to mp4 files and view those on a variety of devices (Simpsons on a big screen isn't necessary to enjoy the episodes anyway). As long as surface marks do not interfere with reading data, they have no functional effect. I hope Season 12 has been packaged with more intelligence than this one.


Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
by Susan Jolliffe Napier
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.16
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than reviews indicate, November 30, 2011
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The problem with long-time otaku is they are fans beyond the scope of any introductory book on this topic and thus dismiss that which doesn't meet their standards for reasons that those new to the topic will neither be aware of nor care about. This book is a fine effort for the purposes of the author's goal -- explaining the topic in overview and then with detail using selected works. Its imperfections are simply no worse than any other general book on anime and it does offer a reasonable academic discussion on a very large subject with many facets.

One-star reviews are rarely justified, and this is the case here. Expecting this book to be either encyclopedic or current is pointless. And the choices of films to analyze as examples is arbitrary at best. The complaints here about the author's choices are no more valid than those from fans who invariably write to entertainment magazines complaining about films and actors/directors being left out of best or top 25/50 lists. Such quibbling is best ignored given the wide range of tastes in anime, differences of opinion and limitations of space.

The emphasis on sex is hardly out of place given the unique, frequent and varied manner in which it appears in an art form (animation) that usually has little or no such content outside of anime. The author attempts to bring all of this into perspective, and the repetitive use of certain words is hardly a valid issue given the circumstances. Her extensive notes and quotes make it obvious this book isn't simply a fabricated matrix of interpretation by her. One might not agree, but to dismiss her work as wrong is itself quite incorrect.

All in all, this is a fine read for anyone curious about and interested in anime. Should it be the only book one reads on the topic? Probably not, but that doesn't mean there's not significant value in it. Ignore the negative reviews and enjoy this work for what it brings to the subject. If you want reviews of an extensive list of anime films and tv series, there are other books that do this -- with the caveat that reviews are personal opinion and not the last word or fact no matter how experienced the reviewer is.


Pink: Live in Europe (Explicit)
Pink: Live in Europe (Explicit)
DVD ~ Pink
Price: $10.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Director is clueless, March 14, 2010
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Apparently the director mistook shooting and editing a concert for shooting and editing a music video, and thus we are treated to endless jump cuts and focus changes, completely losing the concert experience. Beyond annoying. I ripped the audio from the DVD and spent much of an hour editing down to 22 songs.


For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals
For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals
by Wayne C. Booth
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.63
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not just about playing the cello, February 23, 2006
It seems that most of those reviewing this book missed the point of it, which I thought the author made clear over and over again. It’s about doing something as well as you can for the enjoyment it brings – as an amateur. Although the book could have been half its length and been more effective, he did achieve his goal, which was to discuss what being an amateur is, where this fits into life and our culture, why being a professional at something symbolizes our goal-oriented society and our value of doing things for money, and why being an amateur is rewarding, satisfying and even noble.

The shortcomings of the book are probably the result of his being a professor of literature, causing him to expend space on quotes and discussions that are more peripheral to the topic than enlightening. He doesn’t disparage other forms of amateur endeavor, such as painting, but does spend most of his time relating his cello playing experiences with his life and what those experiences brought to him. It’s what he calls amateuring. This book is not about how to play the cello better.

I think the real value in the book is about how someone loves what they do for a hobby, is pretty good but not great at it, and finds practicing both valuable as an activity and essential to developing and improving one’s skills. His discussions about playing with others and in front of audiences are enlightening and raise valuable issues in terms of the experience of playing a musical instrument. These discussions are worthwhile enough to justify reading the book.

He gives hope and encouragement to being an amateur. In a world in which fame and fortune seem to be the most desirable goals, he makes a very good case for enjoying what you do for its own sake.


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