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Hanes Men's 10 Pack Crew Socks, White, 10-13 (Shoe Size 6-12)
Hanes Men's 10 Pack Crew Socks, White, 10-13 (Shoe Size 6-12)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just right. Great Price, December 7, 2014
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Fruit of the Loom Men's Basic Briefs, 7-Pack, White, Medium
Fruit of the Loom Men's Basic Briefs, 7-Pack, White, Medium
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4.0 out of 5 stars How can it be this good and be this inexpensive?, December 7, 2014
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The price was so low I was expecting something to be wrong. But everything was right. I'm buying more.


The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop
by Jeff Schewe
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expert Advice on Processing Raw Files, October 5, 2012
Pros:
* Expert advice on processing raw files
* A pleasure to read
* Perfect blend of theoretical and practical

Cons:
* Not for beginners
* Does not cover Aperture or Capture One

I've read many books on digital imaging and this is one of the best.
Schewe writes clearly and with authority. I don't know of any other writer who has his depth of experience and his access to the people who actually design the programs. His close relationship with the team that produces Photoshop and Lightroom insures that he is offering the best advice. It also lets him sprinkle the text with interesting historical facts and trivia.

His decades of experience as a successful photographer helps him concentrate on what professional photographers need to know. There is no extraneous material here. Instead of listing every feature of these programs he focuses intensely on what you need to know to get the best looking image.

Hallelujah!

He states that he wanted to "write a book about the essence of raw image processing, regardless of the application." However, his focus is strictly on Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom. He does not delve into other raw processing programs such as Aperture and Capture One.

If you have seen his videos on the Luminous Landscape website you will recognize some of the examples used to illustrate the book. That might annoy some people but it did not bother me.

If you want to improve your workflow to create the most effective images with the most efficient workflow this book is for you. Highly recommended!
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Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman
Edition: Paperback
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445 of 573 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overstating research and misleading patients, January 6, 2011
I am a Family Physician with a serious interest in helping prevent illness with nutrition and life style, just like Dr. Fuhrman. However, despite the fact that much of the diet he suggests is healthy I cannot recommend this book. I believe he overstates the research and misleads patients in dangerous ways.

He certainly is at one end of the nutrition spectrum! Wow!
For many years I encouraged my patients to try Dean Ornish's diet (key idea: 10% fat and near vegetarian). Fuhrman's diet is a much more radical than that. He does not mention the total fat in this diet buy it must be close to 5%. My success rate at getting my patients to follow the Ornish diet for more than a few months was zero; and I tried hard. However, that does not mean the diet is wrong.

My biggest concern is that he makes it seem that his diet will solve all your problems and that other treatments are unnecessary. It is good to be a cheerleader; but I think it is wrong to mislead people. I'm concerned that he may drive people away from appropriate medical care. At times he says things that I would consider medically incorrect:

"My observations over the years have convinced me that eating healthfully makes you drop unwanted pounds efficiently, independent of caloric intake."

"Recurrent headaches ... are almost always the result of nutritional folly and, like other reasons that keep doctors offices busy, are completely avoidable."

"An aggressive nutritional approach to autoimmune illnesses should always be considered first ... "

He lists these ailments as "Dietary Caused": acne, sexual dysfunction, allergies and arthritis.

Fuhrman's explanation of why leafy green vegetables are great is convincing. However, I never saw a good explanation for avoiding fish & skim milk. I also could not understand why he restricts whole grains and starchy vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

Sometimes he overstates things. He keeps promoting phytochemicals such as flavinoids. That seems like a good idea. But do we know the mega-doses of these chemicals is better than a more moderate amount?

The only example where he understated things was with blood pressure where he wrote: "Blood pressure must return to within the normal range, below 130/85." Here is should have gone lower. Dr. Frank Sacks wrote in the NEJM article on the DASH diet last year: "Systolic blood pressure above 115 mm Hg is the most important determinant of the risk of death worldwide, being responsible for 7.6 million cardiovascular deaths annually."

Fuhrman is too much against the use of medicines. Blood pressure meds and cholesterol meds are clearly life saving. He could be more supportive of these interventions and encourage people to work their way off drugs over time with medical supervision as they follow the diet.

He does not offer evidence that to show that in real-life this diet will be followed long term. The case studies he sprinkles throughout the book are all short term. The data on long-term success for any weight loss diet is profoundly depressing. He offers no evidence that this diet will be more effective long term.

A much better diet for all people is the DASH diet, which is now recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an ideal eating plan for all Americans. Here is a link what the WIkipedia article on the DASH diet: [...]
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Telemann: Triple Concertos: in Bb for 3 Oboes & 3 Violins; in A for Flute, Violin & Cello; in F for 3 Violins; in E for Flute, Oboe d'Amoure & Viola d'Amoure
Telemann: Triple Concertos: in Bb for 3 Oboes & 3 Violins; in A for Flute, Violin & Cello; in F for 3 Violins; in E for Flute, Oboe d'Amoure & Viola d'Amoure
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites, December 26, 2010
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This is one of my favorite recordings of Baroque music. I've listened to a lot of music this past year and this one gives me the most pleasure. Particularly remarkable are the performances by Simon Standage on violin and Rachel Brown on flute. They both seem relaxed and tones they produce trigger a tremendously satisfying visceral response. The last piece on this disc (the Concerto in E major) was not as satisfying as the rest of the music. The quality of the recording was also ideal; that is true for all the Chandos CDs i've heard with Standage as the director.


Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto
Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto
by Stewart Brand
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Environmental Book I've read in Decades!, December 8, 2010
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My favorite book for 2010 is Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand.
If you have an interest in environmental issues I strongly encourage you to try this book. Brand applies fresh thinking and suggests practical solutions to our problems. He rejects the inflexible message so common in the Green movement. Some of what he suggested surprised me:

Nuclear Energy is essential
Genetic engineering of our crops helps the soil and our diet
Global Urbanization helps the enviroment

He argues that we can't let ideology and sentimentality get in the way of what can be learned from science.
The book is a pleasure to read and is certain to make you question some of your beliefs. His practical perspective made me finish the book more optimistic about the future than when I started.


Asset Allocation For Dummies
Asset Allocation For Dummies
by Jerry A. Miccolis
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Most Important Investment Decision Explained Clearly, December 2, 2010
The way you choose to distribute your money between different kinds of investments has more to do with your long-term success as an investor than anything else. How you choose to distribute your money is called asset allocation and that is what this book explains clearly.

Deciding on the right investment mix of stocks and bonds (say 70% stocks and 30% bonds) is much more important in the long run than picking the right stock or bond fund. This book helps you feel comfortable when coming up with your plan.

Central to asset allocation is the idea that in different years some investments do better than others. Over the long haul if you pick the right mix of stocks, bonds, real estate and other investments your have the possibility of earning more money with less risk.

This book covers the basics well and helps you avoid common mistakes. Also covered are more advanced topics such as the role that commodities and hedge funds might play in your portfolio.


Benda: Viola & Violin Concertos
Benda: Viola & Violin Concertos
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Music Beautifully Recorded, July 9, 2010
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Poking around on Amazon looking for late Baroque sting music I came across this gem. I had never heard of any composer or musician with the last name of Benda, but this CD has a variety of them. How nice to hear something fresh, not the same standard repertoire. This Naxos recording took place in a chapel which may have contributed to the realistic sound stage and the feeling of "being there".


Ozark Wildflowers (Wildflower Series)
Ozark Wildflowers (Wildflower Series)
by Donald R. Kurz
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource, June 17, 2010
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I have over 50 field guides in my library, but this is the one I use the most. It allows me to quickly identify the plants I find without having to resort to using keys. You can do most of the identification by simply using the pictures. Fortunately Don Kurz has provided excellent photographs and the book has high quality printing. If you live anywhere near the Ozark region and you want to identify plants, this is the one book you need.


Art of the Cello
Art of the Cello
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Recording and Playing, June 13, 2010
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I had high expectations for this CD but have come away disappointed. I am not a musician or a critic (so forgive my imprecise use of language) but I do have a high-end stereo and have listened to a lot of chamber music. What struck me from the beginning was the recording; the acoustics of the space seemed wrong, more dead than alive; muffled. The balance between the two instruments seemed off. The piano was too muted; it sounded like it was positioned 20-feet behind the cello.

Regarding the performance the cello playing was excellent. However I sensed that the pianist was not up to the task. I felt that the timing of the piano relative to the cello seemed wrong; the instruments weren't in sync.


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