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Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma & Emotional Upheaval
Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma & Emotional Upheaval
by James W. Pennebaker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow, and highly effective. Well worth the price., January 31, 2016
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This simple practice, when followed as laid out in this book, has helped me immensely. I wish I had learned this approach sooner. I am working to practice it more regularly. Whether you need to heal an old wound, find (or give) forgiveness, or just let go, following this method should help you get there. I didn't get there in one writing session, but each session gave me better understanding, greater peace, and a clearer vision of the best way forward. It might not work quite as well for you, but if you don't benefit at all I imagine your life must already be perfect.


MILWAUKEE FASTBACK Hawk Bill Folding Knife
MILWAUKEE FASTBACK Hawk Bill Folding Knife
Offered by East Coast Power Tools
Price: $24.99
12 used & new from $24.00

3.0 out of 5 stars No stars for safety: Watch your fingers when you close it!, January 31, 2016
I agree with the 5-star reviews on all points but one. The quick-open button works just fine on mine. I knocked off two stars because the mechanism for closing this knife requires you to put your finger in the path of the closing blade. It's almost unseen in the picture used by Amazon, but there is a spring steel tab in that half-moon-shaped opening in the underside of the grip. To close the blade, you must first push that tab to the side. As soon as you move the blade in the direction of closing, it holds that tab aside so it can continue to close. At that point, you must quickly get your finger (thumb, as I operate it) out of the way.

This closing mechanism could have been designed to be not only safer but also easier to operate. I love using the open knife. I love that it opens easily and locks the blade into place. But I really hate that closing it is harder and more hazardous than necessary.


Mobile Persuasion: 20 Perspectives on the Future of Behavior Change
Mobile Persuasion: 20 Perspectives on the Future of Behavior Change
by Josh Ulm
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from $206.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect snapshot of a moment in time, April 11, 2015
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Developers and researchers gather at a conference to discuss an emerging technology—its current applications, its real possibilities, and the wild-eyed dreams for what it might offer. Reading this collection of papers from that conference today, just short of nine years later, I saw today's world with a new perspective. As the AppleWatch is released, it might be a good time to read this book. It's wide ranging, it's a quick read, and it was well worth my time. If you work in emerging technologies, it probably would be worth yours, too.


Hamilton Beach 80374 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder, Black
Hamilton Beach 80374 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder, Black
Offered by Electronics Warehouse Outlet
Price: $41.40
20 used & new from $18.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not durable—and leaves a few beans whole, April 11, 2015
Read through the most positive reviews, and you'll also see the flaws that make the negative reviews so negative.

It does grind well. It's neat that the grinding chamber can be removed and washed—in the dishwasher, even. But its design flaws overwhelm the positives.

Maybe you're the only one using the grinder and are always perky and fully attentive when you're brewing that first pot of coffee in the morning, so you never have to worry about doing anything that breaks the plastic tab that holds the safety switch down. And maybe you're OK with the half-dozen beans that always seem to be left untouched, even when you fill it to the 12-cup line and set the setting for 15.

But I'll just bet one reason the tab breaks off is that it's possible to put the cover on backwards. In fact, because the alignment arrow is over the safety switch and the safety switch is in the back, it's easier to put it on backwards.

In less than a week, ours started leaving unground beans. In less than two, the cover started vibrating loose and releasing the safety switch. Yes, if you just hold it in place, the grinder will run what should be long enough to grind the beans for the number of cups selected. But that defeats the point of choosing a hands-free coffee grinder. You can't set up the filter and water for the coffee maker while the beans grind.

And, yes, after the grinding stops, you can shake the grinder to get the unground beans closer to the blades and run the grinder a bit more to finish the job, but then what's the point of the settings for various amounts of beans?

And if, like me, you bought a grinder that will do enough beans for 15 cups because your office goes through a lot of coffee and likes it a bit strong, then you need a grinder that doesn't need kid-glove treatment.

In short, this machine is intended to let you set the number of cups and the grind, touch a button, leave it, and come back to a batch of beans perfectly ground for your batch of coffee. It doesn't do that. You might be okay with that, but it's why ours is going back.


Eschenbach 2X Around the Neck Magnifiers
Eschenbach 2X Around the Neck Magnifiers
Offered by MAGNIFYING AIDS
Price: $69.38
3 used & new from $41.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not the model 2678 magnifier you are looking for. Move along., March 15, 2015
No stars! Not because there's anything wrong with Eschenbach products—they are outstanding—but because if you are looking for the Eschenbach around-the-neck magnifier that has a rectangular 2X lens and a circular 4X lens, you haven't found it. That is a model 2678, and all of my searches for that product—including those that indicate that the search term "2678" was found, as well as those that include the mention of the 4X lens—have led instead to the Eschenbach model 2677, which has a smaller, circular 2X lens and no 4X lens. The picture of each product I have found is the model 2677, and so is the price. It's about $70, but the model 2678 is usually about $105. If you need the model 2678, which is ideal for sewing, knitting, fly-tying, and comparable tasks, go to magnifyingsolutions.com.
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Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action
Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action
by Robert Hoekman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.30
44 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars New to design?, March 18, 2014
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Read everything by Robert Hoekman Jr. It won't take long, because he writes sparingly. But you will learn much for every word you read. Simple, but deep. Deep, but never murky. Buy it. Read it. Then keep it handy. (I've discovered after much experimentation that other variants on this sequence don't work particularly well.)


Stunning CSS3: A project-based guide to the latest in CSS (Voices That Matter)
Stunning CSS3: A project-based guide to the latest in CSS (Voices That Matter)
by Zoe Gillenwater
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.44
46 used & new from $4.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Self-Directed Course in CSS3, March 18, 2014
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Zoe Gillenwater presents clearly projects you can do on your own to learn the latest techniques in CSS. You might want an introduction to CSS before you tackle this book. I knew little more about CSS than the fact that they're stylesheets and they cascade (the most local overriding the most fundamental), and I didn't need any more background to follow these projects. That's not to say they're simple—instead, it's that Zoe makes her points clearly and concisely. So this is an excellent text for self-study, as well as a decent reference for later on.


Asshole: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a Damn About Anyone & How You Can, Too
Asshole: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a Damn About Anyone & How You Can, Too
by Martin Kihn
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from $0.01

2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it will click with you…, March 18, 2014
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but it didn't with me. I bought it on a recommendation and read it right away. The message—that you can't worry about what others think—is offered in a more positive, authentic, and effective way by authors such as Brené Brown (Daring Greatly). By contrast, Kihn walks you through all the issues he had with his jerk of a boss and then, in what seems like a collapse after all that buildup, clues you in: Illegitimi non carborundum (synthetic Latin for "Don't let the bastards wear you down"). Maybe that's the key to becoming rich and happy, but I can at least help you start out a little richer: save yourself the expense of buying this book.


Kolstein Ultra Formulation Supreme Bass Rosin Soft
Kolstein Ultra Formulation Supreme Bass Rosin Soft
Offered by Evergreen Violin
Price: $12.99
7 used & new from $7.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife is an excellent string bassist…, March 18, 2014
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but only the cellists in her community orchestra knew it until I got her this rosin. The hard rosin our local string-instruments store insists is the best produces an almost tinny sound. Except for exposed entrances, her parts wouldn't be recognized, let alone heard. (She's the lone string bass.) Kolstein's Ultra Formulation Supreme Soft has changed all that. The best musicians in the orchestra are now complimenting her on the rich tone and intensity of the music she makes. And we know the reason they've noticed is the rosin: she switched to Kolstein's after the first performance of their spring concert, and it was after the second performance that the compliments rolled in. "I did not realize a bass could produce such a warm, mellow sound," a horn player told her. So I'll trumpet my praise for Kolstein's: If you want your music to be appreciated, use it. If you want to play but not be heard, use the other stuff.

I do have one issue with it, but it's about the container. The rosin is in a black silicone cylinder, and you have to remove one end (a cap) and then roll the edges down. It's really hard to get started. (My wife couldn't do it on her own.) Because it fits inside the golden cardboard tube even when it's rolled back, you can keep it that way, rest the silicone cap on top, slide it into the tube, and cap the tube for storage. I'm not removing a star for that, because it has nothing to do with the quality of the rosin itself—and rosin in general is notorious for being hard to contain.


Antec USB-Powered Notebook Cooler
Antec USB-Powered Notebook Cooler
Offered by KCology LLC
Price: $23.95
18 used & new from $15.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clunky, louder than I thought it would be, and not as effective as I needed it to be., March 18, 2014
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I bought the Antec USB-Powered Notebook Cooler on the basis of the reviews available at the time. And it probably was the best available then. But at best it could keep my laptop from getting hot, not cool it down if it already was. And the fans tended to get dirty and vibrate, creating a racket. I'd have to apologize for using it in quiet settings—so much so that I sometimes just used it as a stand to create room for air to circulate beneath my 15-inch MacBook Pro on its own. For information about a cooling pad that is quiet, unobtrusive, and will not only keep your laptop from heating up but also cool a hot laptop down while you continue to use it, see my review of Logitech's Cooling Pad N200. Now that's a 5-star product!


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