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Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art
Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art
by Jennifer Doyle
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why IS this art so difficult?", June 24, 2014
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And why is it more difficult than other work with which it has lot in common?

An engaging, descriptive examination of the question by someone who's spent a lot of time thinking about it.


Irwin Industrial Tools 2078300 8-Inch Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper with ProTouch Grips
Irwin Industrial Tools 2078300 8-Inch Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper with ProTouch Grips
Price: $19.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, May 28, 2014
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Really good! I have been having issues stripping some fine stranded (~22ga) wire -- couldn't do it mechanically, had turned to burning it off with soldering iron.

These worked flawlessly.

For $20, just a good thing to have in the toolbox.


Case Logic Portable EVA Hard Drive Case QHDC-101 - Red
Case Logic Portable EVA Hard Drive Case QHDC-101 - Red
Price: $13.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice match for the WD My Passport, February 6, 2014
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Even has a nice mesh holder to assure that you keep the funky (aka you probably won't have an extra one of these lying around) cable that connects the WD to your computer's USB port.


AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A power adapter
AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 12V/3A power adapter
Price: $34.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead ports after a few days, January 24, 2014
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Returning -- at least Amazon's return process is painless.

The AC adaptor is also HUGE! I wouldn't return it for this reason, but can't see why an adaptor is this big in 2014.


Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State
Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State
by David Patrikarakos
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Context, August 5, 2013
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Covering the full history of Iran's nuclear program(s), it provides contextual understanding for the motivations underlying the effort.

I was surprised at how much continuity existed over the years: many motivations changed, but more (or at least many) remained the same.

As a bonus, it is extremely well written -- a great read.


Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images
Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images
by Edward Dimendberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $40.90
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explains Their Work in the Context of Their Goals, April 18, 2013
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A well written, solidly illustrated review of their work starting from early installations in the 1970's. It provides an interesting and useful perspective on how their work has evolved over the years, and how well it hangs together -- Although I had been familiar with their earlier work, I had associated it with installation/performance artists rather than "people who build buildings," it was an odd (and enjoyable) experience to realize that they were done by the same people.

If you're at all concerned that this is "written by a film critic" you shouldn't be. As I came to understand, much of DS+R's work has temporal concerns (moving pieces, and other dynamic elements) so a "film critic" brings useful tools to the discussion.


Radical Embodied Cognitive Science
Radical Embodied Cognitive Science
by Anthony Chemero
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly radical and "thought" provoking, April 1, 2013
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The book describes a fascinating program that does it's best to put symbolic thought as far out of the picture as possible.

Your conception of that constitutes "as far as possible" will undoubtably change after reading it.

Definitely a must read.


Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3
Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, March 30, 2013
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I'm pulling large, raw photos in from a UDMA card into Aperture on a Mac.

It is very quick and just works.


The Unphotographable
The Unphotographable
by Jeffrey Fraenkel
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't Compelling, March 30, 2013
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This review is from: The Unphotographable (Hardcover)
I can't quite place what it is about this collection, but it didn't grab me. I can't tell if it is the selection of the work or its reproduction since work like this can be notoriously difficult to reproduce in a way that's compelling.

There are photographers in this book whose work I admire, e.g., Chris McCaw, but whose presentation here wouldn't warrant a second notice.

It's too bad: an interesting idea, flawed in its execution -- sadly in this case execution is key.


Anachronic Renaissance
Anachronic Renaissance
by Alexander Nagel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking again at re-presenting, December 17, 2012
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This reminded me a bit of "The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe" -- a priori it is very difficult (if not impossible) to understand how different things were back in that era: time was not linear and strictly measured. The lack of travel and minimal availability of (reasonably) accurate images meant that a "reproduction" was more like rhyming than copying.

This book is a detailed examination of how the transition to something closer to our current view played out, and how it changed the stature of the artists, their work and its reception.

This isn't beach reading by any means, but very engaging and a useful tool for thinking through "what does constitute a reference?"


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