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APC RBC4 UPS Replacement Battery Cartridge
APC RBC4 UPS Replacement Battery Cartridge
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76 used & new from $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value - Easy to Install - Fast Delivery, January 24, 2008
I bought this replacement battery through Amazon. I had it within 10 days. It took 20 minutes to install. My old APC Back-UPS Pro has a new lease on life. That is excellent value.


Painting with Your Artist's Brain: Learn to Paint What You See - Not What You Think You See
Painting with Your Artist's Brain: Learn to Paint What You See - Not What You Think You See
by Carl L. Purcell
Edition: Hardcover
45 used & new from $5.96

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Book, Tremendous Ideas, November 18, 2006
This little book is packed with important concepts for artists. The wisdom presented is essential for visual composition, regardless of the specific medium.

The author's treatment of value is especially valuable (pun intended). Color is important, but value is even more important. He explains why and shows how.


Wishing Stairs
Wishing Stairs
DVD ~ Ji-hyo Song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing Stairs is a Masterpiece of Supernatural Horror, October 7, 2006
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The entire production from beginning to end is a masterpiece. The acting, directing, production, cinematography, soundwork and even the DVD itself are state of the art. There are tons of interviews and production extras---very high quality stuff.

The girls are absolutely, stunningly beautiful. The story progresses in relentless fashion. The score accentuates the characters' feelings. The special effects are elegant and effective. This is not a slasher flick. This is a sophisticated work of supernatural horror.

My favorite scenes:

(1) So-hie flashes a big heart to Jin-sung as they part at the school gate.

(2) Jin-sung prays to Fox at the top of the wishing stairs.

(3) So-hie comes to Jin-sung in a dream.

My favorite actress:

Trick Question. I love them all :-)

I am now a fan of K-horror for life.


Head First Design Patterns Poster
Head First Design Patterns Poster
by Eric Freeman
Edition: Poster
Price: $9.95
54 used & new from $4.91

14 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty, November 22, 2005
This is a nifty reminder of important design patterns.

If you aren't using design patterns, you should be.

If you haven't read Head First Design Patterns, you gotta get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these jeans, November 3, 2005
Levi's 517 Boot Cut Jeans are awesome!!!

They fit like a glove and look really, really good.

They are heavier and better quality than other jeans I have bought.


Multithreading Applications in Win32: The Complete Guide to Threads
Multithreading Applications in Win32: The Complete Guide to Threads
by Jim Beveridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: $49.99
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This material is still relevent, even when using .NET, September 14, 2005
This material is still relevent, even when using .NET. The discussion of Win32 multithreading transcends any particular development environment used with a Windows 32 bit environment.

The key idea behind this book is getting correct, reproducible results with windows multithreaded applications. Multithreaded applications are very hard to get right and even harder to properly test. The author explains the many sources of problems and how to avoid them.

In order to understand this book's code samples, you will have to understand the Win32 API and code written in Visual C++ for Windows NT. It is important to see examples of these concepts in code.


Alice
Alice
DVD ~ Kristina Kohoutova
Price: $17.93
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating version of Alice in Wonderland, marred by a very poor dubbing, August 25, 2005
This review is from: Alice (DVD)
This is a fascinating version of Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, it is marred by a very poor dubbing.

There is very little speaking in this production. What little speaking occurs is narration by a little girl. The camera does a very-close-up on her mouth as she speaks. The dubbing into English is poorly done and obviously does not match the movements of her mouth. This occurs throughout the production, and it quickly becomes annoying.

This is an excellent example of a situation where dubbing is vastly inferior to captioning. If the DVD had kept the original language (Dutch?) and used English captions, then this would have been a strange and highly entertaining version of Alice in Wonderland.

This is a dreamlike, sometimes stop-motion/clay-animation version loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. The parallels are obvious and sometimes delightful. The young lady who plays Alice is also very cute---one of the youngest girls I have ever seen playing Alice in a cinema production. She appears to be very close to Alice's actual age (7). Most actresses who play Alice are in their teens or even older.

Svankmajer's Alice needs to be re-released in the original language with OPTIONAL English, etc. captioning.


Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
DVD ~ Hywel Bennett
Offered by HorrorMovies Limited
Price: $3.50
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful verson, but the audio is terrible, August 25, 2005
This is a wonderful version of Alice in Wonderland (combined with elements of Through the Looking Glass).

Unfortunately, the audio track is terrible. The is by far the worst audio track on any DVD I have purchased to date.

In spite of this, the songs and choreography are first-rate. This is not a musical, but a significant part of the story is expressed through song and sometimes dance.

Most notable in this production are:
(1) Dudley Moore, whom you will probably not recognize as the Doormouse;
(2) the Mad Tea Party, which is very well done;
(3) the songs and dance with the Gryphon and Mock Turtle, which are very, very well done;
(4) and, best of all, the song between the White Rabbit and Alice, "The Last Word Is Mine," where he mistakes Alice for Maryanne, Mabel and a number of other girls.

This version of Alice in Wonderland is a worthy collectors item, in spite of the poor audio.


The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type
The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type
by Alex White
Edition: Paperback
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The #1 small book about learning graphic design, August 17, 2005
The book is short, sweet, loaded with excellent examples and it teaches many of the essentials in an easy, enjoyable manner.

I am a software developer by trade, but I also do graphical design for user interfaces and web sites. I can't afford to absorb a large amount of material on this subject just to extract the essentials. This book is exactly what I need.

The Elements of Graphic Design lives up to its namesake, Strunk and White's Elements classic, both in quality and succinctness.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Junior Classics)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Junior Classics)
by Lewis Carroll
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $17.98
40 used & new from $0.41

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually good recorded version, August 17, 2005
This is an abridged version of Alice in Wonderland. The story does not suffer, since much of the omitted material is not essential.

The quality of the reading by Fiona Shaw is flawless. The numerous sound effects are well done and contribute to enjoying the story.


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