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Belkin Tablet Stage Stand for Presenters and Lecturers for Tablets from 7-11 Inches (B2B054)
Belkin Tablet Stage Stand for Presenters and Lecturers for Tablets from 7-11 Inches (B2B054)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional look and feel, September 19, 2014
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The Belkin Tablet Stage Stand is bigger and heavier than it looks in the pictures.

It came well packaged. However that is lots of parts to assemble.

This system works well with presentation software. I used it with a 46" TV for crafts demonstrations. At first I though it was a little haevy but now I see that is for stability.


The Witch in the Waiting Room: A Physician Investigates Paranormal Phenomena in Medicine [Paperback] [2006] (Author) Robert S. Bobrow M.D. M.D.
The Witch in the Waiting Room: A Physician Investigates Paranormal Phenomena in Medicine [Paperback] [2006] (Author) Robert S. Bobrow M.D. M.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Robert Bobrow makes a great spell checker, September 18, 2014
I have a preference for books that bull a subject apart bit by bit. I read such books as "A Perfect Red", "Oranges", and "Green Cargoes". This book fits very well on the same shelf or Kendal.

Before you try to place Dr. Bobrow in the category with new age cooks like Shirley McLane or Gary Zukav Wait and read. This book is a natural extension of a research paper and the bulk of the information can be found and verified at "pubmed.gov".

The basic theme is that maybe we ascribe technology or phenomenon that we do not understand to witchcraft and the like. Be aware the there may be reviews that take statements from this book out of context, and make more of it than was intended. Speaking about the theme in this book, you may want to read a story by H. Rider Haggard "She" where the use of scrying is explained as a technology that is old but technically workable and not magic.

Any way I find the individual cases fascinating. Dr. Bobrow made a good selection and dissertation. I think you will enjoy the book and come away with a new view of medicine.
I also think he left room for a second book.

Just a note my version is on the Kendal and I used the reader a lot during my morning commutes to work I just plugged onto the car speakers.


The First Men in the Moon
The First Men in the Moon
by H. G. Wells
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cavor meets the Big Kahuna, oops Grand Lunar, September 18, 2014
Everybody knows HG Wells is a popular science-fiction writer. Most people know of him through a few of his stories that have been produced as popular movies such as "The Time Machine", and "The War of the Worlds." However HG Wells was really more of a philosopher and a quasi-scientist than he was a writer.

This is one of his lesser known science fiction stories published in 1901. However as with most science fiction the story is only a vehicle to carry HG's philosophy and commentary on his Victorian Society to the reader. The story has many false starts and stops but takes the time to comment on such subjects as can a person actually be satisfied with a one-dimensional job?

Knowing that this was pre-Einstein it may be possible to believe in the technology and theories of the time. And then again as with many science-fiction or fantasy stories HG may have just been taking liberalities with realities.

One cute touch in this story is that the characters comment on Jules Vern's story of the man in the moon.
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Bedford bankrupt businessman who is making a comeback by writing a play, through a series of circumstances, teams up with Professor Cavor a recluse scientist who does not realize his own potential. Together they build a contraption, sphere, that can cut off gravity waves. What can they do with such a device? You guessed it! Let's all traveled to the moon.

Once on the moon Bedford and Cavor find that they are not alone. After a few adventures they are detained by the Moonies referred to mostly in this story as Selenites. The daring duo is restrained with chains of gold. Cavor looks at this is a reasonable precaution and also looks forward to communicating with the strange creatures. Bedford is more practical and knows what chains mean. This means it's time to escape an escape they do.

Will they be able to make it back to Earth and warn the people of the strange creatures? Or will they be caught and who knows what may happen to them in the long run.

Keep reading and learn of the society and nature of the Selenites.


Frankenstein
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cursed, cursed creator.", September 18, 2014
This review is from: Frankenstein (Paperback)
Victor grew up reading the works of Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, the alchemists of the time. Toss in a little natural philosophy (sciences) and you have the making of a monster. Or at least a being that after being spurned for looking ugly becomes ugly. So for revenge the creature decides unless Victor makes another (female this time) creature, that Victor will also suffer the loss of friends and relatives. What is victor to do? Bow to the wishes and needs of his creation? Or challenge it to the death? What would you do?

Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."

Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.

This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?

The study guide can help but there is not much to work with.


The Voyage of the Beagle (Illustrated) (Annotated)
The Voyage of the Beagle (Illustrated) (Annotated)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't tell me he wasn't having fun, September 18, 2014
Remember this says "Journal" and that is what it is. It is his first parson adventures on and off the Beagle. He even includes stories about the people on the ship, the ship's life, and maintenance. He is always going ashore and venturing beyond the ship charter to go where no Englishman has gone before. He makes friends with tyrants and the down trodden. Once, to get an animal to come to him, he lay on his back and waved his arms and legs in the air. Whatever you do, do not turn your back on him. He is always knocking something on the head and taking it back for study. It is fun trying to match the old names for places with the new.


Winter Solstice by Pilcher, Rosamunde (2001) Mass Market Paperback
Winter Solstice by Pilcher, Rosamunde (2001) Mass Market Paperback
by Rosamunde Pilcher
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth re-reading, September 18, 2014
Not being a genre that I normally read, I was pleasantly surprised. Pilcher was able to paint a picture of the lives of a handful of people without any wasted words or descriptions. She made you a deal that you were there. Two worlds that is just as real as the one that you wake up to. Yet even though the people are familiar the environment is unique. It is what you that he'll as you read this book that makes it worth of re-reading. My only wish is that there would be a sequel.

I'm now reading the book after first listening to the tape-recording, Read by Lynn Redgrave. Lynn has a pleasant reading voice and can distinguish between the characters well enough that you don't have to guess who is talking. The abridged version allows you to follow the story without taking too many sidetracks. Rosamunde Pilcher, Is one of the few writers that can make the sidetrack is interesting is the main story. She has made the reconsider this genre

I would describe the story itself, but it is better to have it unfold before your eyes. You will not be disappointed.


Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars
Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars

5.0 out of 5 stars Play ball, September 18, 2014
If you are not familiar with Freddy I suggest you read "Freddy the Detective" first to see how he became a detective.

Now this may very well be his greatest adventure for kids of all ages.

Once again Freddy is confronted with many overlapping mysteries. One of the Marinas (Two Clicks) is missing. And Freddy must use some of his best disguises in the investigation. As with Freddy stories there are many adult concepts that are brought up in the story and one must know where loyalty lies and beware of deceit.

Now have fun and learn how the ABI (Animal Bureau of Investigation) helps solve the mysteries.

I actually read the 1955 copy in 1955. Looks like I should have kept it.


Freddy and the Baseball Team From Mars
Freddy and the Baseball Team From Mars

5.0 out of 5 stars Play ball, September 18, 2014
If you are not familiar with Freddy I suggest you read "Freddy the Detective" first to see how he became a detective.

Now this may very well be his greatest adventure for kids of all ages.

Once again Freddy is confronted with many overlapping mysteries. One of the Marinas (Two Clicks) is missing. And Freddy must use some of his best disguises in the investigation. As with Freddy stories there are many adult concepts that are brought up in the story and one must know where loyalty lies and beware of deceit.

Now have fun and learn how the ABI (Animal Bureau of Investigation) helps solve the mysteries.

Freddy Anniversary Collection


C Programming Language (2nd (second) Edition)
C Programming Language (2nd (second) Edition)
by Brian W. Kernighan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the C book for UNIX users., September 18, 2014
While maybe not showing extensions of various UNIX flavors it also does not clutter with .net and other temporally contrived notions that inhibit portability.

Some people refer to this as the "c" bible. Written by Brian W. Kernighan, and Dennis Ritchie, well known in the C and UNIX field. This book is not cluttered with C++ forcing you to figure out what part is "c".

You may think that this book is not for beginners. However it is actually more of a combination of dictionary and "The Elements of Style" for the "c" language

This does of course include ANSI c, which is transportable to all platforms. It also states that", since the ANSI C library is in many cases modeled on UNIX facilities, this may help your understanding of the library as well."

The language it's self as with any language has its strong points. The main one being pointers. By not duplicating data and not having to movie it all around the application can be lightning fast and the code tight and to the point. Other advantages of the language are pointed out as with bit shifting.

This book should be used as a prerequisite to c communications books.


MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

4.0 out of 5 stars EAT MOR CHIKN, September 18, 2014
This review is from: MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) a recently divorced reporter wants to do what all men do when a woman "has broken his heart" do, go to war. On his way to Iraq, he stumbles across an ex-Jedi warrior Lyn Cassidy (George Clooney) who also happens to be going to Iraq for some nefarious purpose. As they travel together, the reporter, Bob makes him fascinated with a story of military and human importance told to him by bigger than life Lyn. Will any of Lyn's tales turn out to be true or are we just on a wild goat chase?

"More of it is true than you would believe"

This film does not really fall into any standard genre. It may have a message or two but you have to look for them. There are a few sight gages (one includes clouds). The stereotypical hippy is actually fun when you think back on the real thing. The war scenes are more realistic than in the film "Hurt Locker".

Beware the Blu-ray has all those nasty coming attractions that get old quickly. The DVD extras are worth a scan. You will have to look under audio setup to find the commentary with Director Grant Heslov or Author Jon Ronson.


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