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Shanghai Cuts: A Hollywood Film Editor's Misadventures in China
Shanghai Cuts: A Hollywood Film Editor's Misadventures in China
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read about the ups and downs of working in post production and doing so abroad., June 19, 2014
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This book not only perfectly describes the politics and relationships that evolve in the post production world, it also covers the ups and downs involved in working abroad away from friends and family. It elegantly describes exploring the budding city of Shanghai as a temporary resident and finding ones way in a foreign land while dealing with the idea of walking the fine line of enjoying the experience but realizing the impact it has on one's family back home.


SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
by Howard E. Wasdin
Edition: Hardcover
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89 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Exciting but Unpolished, May 16, 2011
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It's an exciting albeit clunky read. I enjoyed it for the story and the information it covered. There are lots of intriguing historical and anecdotal references throughout that keep it moving along. But it really could have used some additional editing and/or co-writing from someone who truly is a skilled writer. There are passages that are a bit too tangential and thus disrupt the flow. Information sometimes seemed crammed in out a sense of stream of consciousness rather than serving pertinent narrative value at that point in the book. They are often interesting or significant asides regarding historical events or referencing other operatives, but they seem jarring in their placement and all too often so brief that you feel left hanging for the rest of that piece of story.

That said, the story of Howard Wasdin's journey from being a kid with an abusive step-father to becoming an elite operative and how his experience as a youth directly influenced and guided his ability to excel at training was fascinating. And of course there is plenty of exciting reading when he recounts the various missions (both training and "real world") he was involved in leading up to his involvement in the Battle of Mogadishu. I also found the section of the book about post-operative (pun unintended) life to be a very nice surprise that really gives the whole book a very real and personal arc. The internal battle he had transitioning into a civilian life without team camaraderie and his path to finding a new career that he genuinely loves and his passion for helping people are endearing.

My only real criticism of the book is it's rather inelegant and blatant product placement. It is one thing to mention the arms maker and model of weaponry and equipment used in operations and training. That type of information is required for a properly detailed book on this subject matter. However, the book is riddled with brand name references to minor pieces of equipment and clothing that are just too prominent, and at times it is almost comical. There are whole portions of paragraphs that run on like some pieces advertising copy for things like sunglasses and casual pants and at times I found myself surprised that they didn't included the manufacturers model number and a "Buy It Here" link. In other spots the brand names are conspicuously not referenced, thus making you wonder whether they aren't named because they didn't pay a product placement gratuity or something. It's certainly not a deal breaker, but by the end of the book I did find it a bit tedious and amateurish.
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Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse (Black)
Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse (Black)
8 used & new from $96.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Features but Falls Apart, October 6, 2008
This mouse feels good in the hand and has some nice features. However, after only a few months use, the film that covers the grip on the right hand side of the mouse is peeling up in places where the fingers and palm make contact. It feels funky and looks awful.


Belkin TuneBase FM Transmitter for iPod with Dock Connector (Black)
Belkin TuneBase FM Transmitter for iPod with Dock Connector (Black)
17 used & new from $19.45

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid it, July 24, 2007
This thing is cheaply built and may not even work in your car at all. The "friction ring" that is attached to the lighter socket plug is too big for many lighter sockets, so despite the fact there are adapters, that factor alone makes it worthless to many. (It didn't fit in 3 cars I tried it on - 2 toyotas and a BMW). Also, it's tuning system won't work with all cars, and it's packaging and documentation doesn't indicate how one can know.

And as I said, it is cheaply built. When I tried to follow it's "troubleshooting" tips (very carefully I might add) parts came of in a way that they couldn't be reassembled and the spring it uses to hold the fuse inside of it jammed in it's housing because it is poorly placed in the unit.


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