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Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
by Daniel C. Bracciano
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $94.74
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's easier to judge if you have the table of contents..., April 21, 2016
1.Fundamentals of Refrigeration
2.Refrigeration Tools and Materials
3.Basic Refrigeration Systems
4.Compression Systems and Compressors
5.Refrigerant Controls
6.Electrical-Magnetic Fundamentals
7.Electric Motors
8.Electric Circuits and Controls
9.Refrigerants
10.Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling/ Reclaiming
11.Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers
12.Servicing and Installing Small Hermetic Systems
13.Commercial Systems
14.Commercial Systems– Applications
15.Servicing and Installing Commercial Systems
16.Commercial Systems– Heat Loads and Piping
17.Absorption Systems– Principles and Applications
18.Special Refrigeration Systems and Applications
19.Fundamentals of Air Conditioning
20.Basic Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
21.Heating and Humidification Systems
22.Cooling and Dehumidifying Systems
23.Air Distribution, Measurement, and Cleaning
24.Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
25.Solar Energy
26.Air Conditioning and Heating Control Systems
27.Air Conditioning Systems–Heating and Cooling Loads
28.Automotive Air Conditioning
29.Servicing and Troubleshooting Simplified
30.Passing Technician Certification Exams
31.Technical Characteristics

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Cary Grant: The Vault Collection
Cary Grant: The Vault Collection
DVD ~ Gary Cooper
Price: $49.99
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In case you are wondering...YES it is PRESSED!, April 20, 2016
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At least the initial run is so get them while they're hot. I got mine in the mail yesterday and the transfers on the ones I watched look fine. It is packaged well with one set of DVDs with Cary Grant comedies and the other set for dramas. Do also note that even though Universal is putting this out this package contains Grant's earliest films when he was under contract to Paramount. There are some double dips if you own all of Grant's previous pressed films, but to get some of the rare early talkies on pressed disc was worth it to me...even though I didn't know for sure the collection was pressed at the time.

Note to Universal - If this set does well how about a set of Raft films on pressed DVD? How about "Dancers In the Dark", "Madame Racketeer", "Night World", "If I Had A Million", "Under Cover Man", "Pick-Up", "All of Me", "Bolero", "The Trumpet Blows", "Limehouse Blues", "Rumba", "Stolen Harmony", and "Yours For the Asking", all good Raft films owned by Universal.


1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
by Steven Jay Schneider
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Euro-centric than I had hoped for, April 9, 2016
Overall, this is a pretty good guide to the best movies. Just be aware it is a guide to world cinema. I'd guess 25% to 35% of the films are foreign, and sometimes it is difficult for an American to "get" films from another culture unless you have a Criterion copy with all of the commentary that usually comes with it. I was surprised to see it include dreck like Independence Day and ignore Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman" while including "A Night at the Opera" when so many of the jokes in that film CAME from The Cameraman! Well, we can't agree on everything can we?


Machine Elements in Mechanical Design (4th Edition)
Machine Elements in Mechanical Design (4th Edition)
by Robert L. Mott
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see no reason to upgrade to the 5th edition., March 27, 2016
This is an excellent book that is not that different and not even improved in the 5th edition. Actually, matters get worse. The 5th edition is shorter and suffers from a manufacturing problem that causes the binding to split and pages to fall out. Unless your prof forces you, get this cheaper older editions. This book is about the process and mathematics of building machine elements, not Android programming. Not that much has changed since this edition was published. I give you the table of contents for this edition since Ammy apparently does not::

I. PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN AND STRESS ANALYSIS.
1. The Nature of Mechanical Design.
2. Materials in Mechanical Design.
3. Stress and Deformation Analysis.
4. Combined Stresses and Mohr's Circle
5. Design for Different Types of Loading.
6. Columns
II. DESIGN OF A MECHANICAL DRIVE.
7. Belt Drives and Chain Drives.
8. Kinematics of Gears.
9. Spur Gear Design.
10.Helical Gears, Bevel Gears, and Wormgearing.
11. Keys, Couplings, and Seals.
12. Shaft Design.
13. Tolerances and Fits.
14. Rolling Contact Bearings.
15. Completion of the Design of a Power Transmission.
III. DESIGN DETAILS AND OTHER MACHINE ELEMENTS.
16. Plain Surface Bearings.
17. Linear Motion Elements.
18 Fasteners.
19. Springs.
20. Machine Frames, Bolted Connections, and Welded Joints.
21. Electric Motors and Controls.
22. Motion Control: Clutches and Brakes.
23. Design Projects.
Appendices 1-20.
Answers to Selected Problems.
Index.


After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back
After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back
by Nancy Venable Raine
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few thoughts, March 27, 2016
A few thoughts after reading this book and "Lucky", both written by women who felt in peril of their lives during the attack, raped by complete strangers, thus not knowing if this was a homicidal maniac or not. In "Lucky" the rapist is caught, in this book, the rapist is never caught. I have some experience in this in that my roommate years ago - 1980 - was raped by a complete stranger, never caught. Even in the case of the rapist that was caught in "Lucky", the rapist only received 8.5 to 25 years. Raine mentions that most rapists get only 1-3 years in the slammer. I thought in Siebold's book, "Lucky", that getting out in eight years for what he did to her was off by one decimal point. I hear that sentences are still light to this day. I'm older, and I'm not saying that acquaintance rapes did not occur, but I don't think that I was that sheltered and I never heard of any adult women that I knew being attacked by acquaintances or friends.

On the other hand, stranger rape was far more common than it is now. This has me wondering...were the low sentences pre-DNA evidence because although a jury might believe that the victim is truly raped there was always that doubt that this was the right guy, same with the judge, thus the compromise sentence? Today, the accused is often an acquaintance, and with DNA no doubt that you have the right guy but today are the compromise sentences due to a question of consent? Just wondering. So why are stranger rapes down so dramatically over the last twenty years? Maybe it is that we've built more jails in the U.S.A. and they are sitting in there for longer stretches of time for all kinds of crimes. But maybe these stranger rapists who KNOW about DNA evidence have more control over their behavior than they claim they do in court. They are not nor were they ever mentally ill and needing help - maybe they can control themselves because they know if they are caught they are positively ID'd by DNA and do get 40, 50, 60 years in jail because here the justice system has someone who has perhaps invaded someone's home and perpetrated the worst of crimes short of murder on a total stranger just because they wanted to.

The other thought I had was pertaining to violence. I've heard it said elsewhere, I've heard it said in these books - Raine's book and "Lucky" - that both victims were made uncomfortable by talk of physical violence against the perp by men in their lives and in "Lucky" by the cops themselves. I just don't get that. I knew a guy - about 15 years older than me at the time of my roommate's rape - that claimed he had mob connections. (This was 1980). If I had known who the perp was I would have given that guy my life savings to put a hit on him, knowing that the justice system would probably not do much to him. I was angry and I wanted whoever it was to pay with their life and be buried next to Jimmy Hoffa. Sorry to get so OT, but let me just say this book for the story of a woman who was victimized at midlife AND "Lucky" for the story of a woman who was victimized as a college student are very good reads on the subject. Oh, and by the way, I am a woman, but I've often been told I don't act or think like one, whatever that means.


Deadpool [Blu-ray]
Deadpool [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ryan Reynolds
Price: $19.96
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I generally hate super hero blockbuster films..., March 2, 2016
This review is from: Deadpool [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
... but this one is different. It's certainly not for the kiddies with its sex and violence. But here are not a bunch of "all for one" people with super powers trying to save the world. You have one guy for whom things have gone terribly wrong - metastatic cancer in multiple organs. He's promised a cure, but is double-crossed by the guy who promises to save his life and instead receives super healing powers. The bad side - his face and body are disfigured by scars by the treatment. So after breaking free, "Deadpool" is off to get revenge - translation, kill the guy who did this to him.

What's so marvelous about this film is that Deadpool is so human. What's fantastic about it is that he is a smart mouth extraordinaire. It's like House, M.D. meets Iron Man. He doesn't want to save the world, he wants to pound his tormentor into the pavement. And the film is constantly making fun of itself. When Deadpool meets the X-Men he mentions how they could have afforded more and better X-Men with a bigger budget - a little swipe at Fox studios which had no faith in this project that will probably net them a billion world wide.

And finally, who would figure that a girl who takes her clothes off for a living would be Tess Trueheart? Highly recommended, but only if you have a tolerance for all of the stuff that comes with an R+ rating.
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Introduction to Signal Processing
Introduction to Signal Processing
by Sophocles J. Orfanidis
Edition: Hardcover
35 used & new from $4.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Free on the author's website, February 10, 2016
This is an interesting book on signal processing with an odd but intuitive take on the subject. But why pay for a 20 year old copy when you can have one updated in 2010 by the original author for free? Go look at the author's home page at Rutgers University.
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Man Who Played God, The
Man Who Played God, The
DVD ~ George Arliss
Price: $17.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique premise plus the talent of Arliss and Bette Davis, July 11, 2015
This review is from: Man Who Played God, The (DVD)
This is an unusual little film starring George Arliss as master concert musician Monty Royale whose young pupil Grace (Bette Davis) confesses her love to him. He's of course flattered but unsure of what the coming years will bring considering their age difference. He agrees to marry her if she feels the same in six months. However, near the beginning of the six month period something happens that leaves Monty unable to enjoy his own music - he is left completely deaf from an explosion. He becomes a bitter man who shuts himself away from everyone. He does take some training in learning to read lips so that he can deal with the world in his new condition, and this training leads him to realize that he now has the means to bring happiness to people in a different and more individualized way than he could as a musician. With the aid of some powerful binoculars left behind by Grace, he can read the lips of the people in the park across the street, learn their troubles, and with his large family fortune and influence, save lives or maybe just bring someone some welcome happiness.

Soon the joy of living has reentered Monty's life, and he is happy that the six month waiting period is soon to end and Grace will be returning from California - they can be wed. He's people watching at his window when Grace suddenly appears in the park across the street. She sits down with someone and begins to have a conversation. Monty "listens in". What will he discover and how will he react? Watch and find out.

In addition to the fine work of George Arliss and Bette Davis, the supporting roles are well played here too. Ivan Simpson is great as Monty's gentleman's gentleman who has no trouble sternly lecturing his master when he needs it, yet is such a formal person that he cannot leave the house -even on an urgent errand - without his hat, and there is even a very small part played by a very young Ray Milland. Highly recommended for fans of early 30's films. It has some precode elements in it, particularly the part where Monty is wrestling with God and his loss of belief, but I would not call it a precode at all.
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Their Own Desire
Their Own Desire
DVD ~ Norma Shearer
Price: $14.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love and evasion of risk are incompatible it seems, July 4, 2015
This review is from: Their Own Desire (DVD)
Today, most women initiate divorces. But there was a time when it was the other way around since women had few options outside of the home. If you were a woman, you'd just better hope that as the bloom fell off of your rose that your husband did not get the 7, 17, or 27 year itch. This is about the impact of one of those marriages with an itchy husband, an unlikely cad, Lewis Stone as Marlett.

I like how this movie takes the time to build up the characters, always a trademark of screenwriter Frances Marion. A great deal of time is spent in the beginning to show the respect and friendship wealthy author Marlett has with his only child, Lally (Norma Shearer). Then a tell - she asks her dad as they walk up the drive, what book he is working on. He says it is a romance involving a 45 year old man. She, about 20, laughs at the idea. Marlett says that the middle aged are made of flesh and bone too. That life is not over at 30 as youngsters think, and that they thirst for romance, that "last" romance, indicating that dad might be thirsty. When they get to the top of the drive, the slender and glamorous Mrs. Chevers is talking to Lally's mom about her son, Doug, who is away at Princeton. Lally's mom is graying, a bit overweight, a bit sedentary, and Marlett calls her affectionately "mama". Indicating that he thinks of her as first Lally's mom - and a good one - and then a wife.

A year passes and Marlett and his wife are planning to divorce, as is Mrs. Chevers from her husband, but Lally yet knows none of this. She walks into her dad's study and catches Mrs. Chevers and her father in a passionate embrace, talking of marriage. Then her dad tries to justify it. He says that he and her mother are not the same boy and girl who made all of those promises 23 years before. I like Lally's translations - that perhaps he sees her mom as a fat and a bit boring "unlike the slick Mrs. Chevers". He says he intends to keep the house. She reminds him that doesn't matter to her since her mom is being bundled out of that house and Mrs. Cheever is being brought in to replace her. Lally says her final goodbye to him and plans to never marry because she will not be made a fool of as her mother has been, and the male sex has fallen mightily in her esteem because of her father's fall, which he won't even acknowledge as a misdeed.

So off go mother and daughter for a summer vacation before mom goes to France for a divorce, which was the custom in that day. When Lally reiterates her vow to never marry, her mom is happy, which seems odd. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Marlett is not succeeding at hanging out at his old haunts with his new mistress. They both get the cold shoulder from everyone. I'm not sure why this scene was in here other than to show that people did pass moral judgment on affairs and homewreckers at that time, and that a smooth transition did not await them both if they proceed.

On vacation, Lally meets a guy (Robert Montgomery) who really fancies her. They dance, they enjoy each other's company, and maybe Lally is softening on men just a bit until she discovers his full name - Jack "Doug" Chevers - son of the woman who has ousted her mother, a symbol of why she decided to not take men seriously in the first place.

So Lally is one confused girl. She has a mom who encourages her to play the field due to her own bad experience with marriage. She has a dad who thinks "until death to we part" is just a phrase people like to kick around at weddings, and she has a beau who is insisting on marriage now - as in right this minute. How will this all work out? Watch and find out.

This is very good writing by Frances Marion who had already had a couple of short lived marriages that did not work out and one that did that ended in her husband's sudden death just the year before. Thus she could approach this subject of love from the viewpoint of someone who had seen all of the angles. I'd highly recommend it.


Yankee Doodle Dandy (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ James Cagney
Price: $22.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure they took liberties with the facts, but the outcome is delightful, July 3, 2015
The amazing piece of timing here is when Warner Bros. began work on this biography of entertainer George M. Cohan, WWII had not yet broken out. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred the day before shooting began. When the film opened people on the home front badly needed some morale boosting, and this film gave it to them. It's just a joyous musical costume piece from start to finish with nice comic touches balanced with some sentimental moments (supposedly Walter Huston's deathbed scene had even taskmaster director Michael Curtiz crying). There's nothing in the way of real conflict or even much heavy in the way of romance between Cohan and his fictitious film wife "Mary", who was modeled after Cohan's actual second wife in some ways. Cohan was actually married twice. Oddly enough, it was Cohan who said he wanted as little romance in the film as possible.

The more I learn about Cohan the more I realize that Cagney was perfect to play him - both Irish Americans, both about the same size and build, and George Cohan's style of dancing and singing were about the same as Cagney's. It's hard to believe that Fred Astaire was Cohan's first choice to play himself. Astaire was a great talent, but I don't think he could have conveyed the combination of mischief, optimism and energy that was Cohan the way that Cagney ultimately did. Several people criticize Cagney's dancing here, but that eccentric style was Cohan's, who always considered himself more of an overall entertainer than a dancer in the first place.

If you're "date conscious" as I am, there are some matters of plot that might bother you. Cohan was born on July 2 or 3, not July 4. Cohan's mother outlived his father by eleven years and Cohan's father was not "very old" when he died as is said in the film - at least by today's standards. When Cohan's father died in 1917, he was only 69. Cohan's sister did die young - she was only 39, dying in 1916, plus she was not his little sister. Instead Josie was a year older than George. The film has Josie marrying when she would have been close to forty, when she actually married at the beginning of the 20th century and thus was the one to break up the four Cohans, not George. Also, Cohan received his Congressional Medal in 1936, not as WWII began as shown in the film. However the plot device of having George M. recount his life story to FDR, receiving his Congressional medal in the Oval Office, and then dance joyously down the White House stairs and into the streets joining a group of marching soldiers in a chorus of "Over There" was probably a great way to bridge Cohan's patriotic past with what was then an uncertain time that certainly needed a dose of his optimism.

The one thing that I did find a little odd - and one thing isn't much in a two plus hour long movie - is that it is hard to spot the actual point in the film where Mary becomes George's wife. There is quite a bit of domesticity shown before the two were married. Mary is cooking for George, staying in his apartment alone waiting for him to come home from the show, and acting very much like they are already married. The only way you know they are not is that George very subtly pops the question to the point that I'm surprised even Mary knew what he was asking! I know this doesn't seem like much in today's world, but considering that they were trying to paint Cohan in the most positive light possible and that the living arrangements might be misunderstood, I am surprised that the censors of that time never raised the issue.

At any rate, I highly recommend this one. You'll have a great time, at least in part because you can see that Cagney is having a great time. He always said this film was his favorite, and it shows in his performance.


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