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Irrational Exuberance
Irrational Exuberance
by Robert J. Shiller
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Update -- Third Edition is Now Out (Jan 2015), March 1, 2015
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It'd nearly a decade since this book, the 2nd edition of Irrational Exuberance, made its debut in 2005. A lot has happened since then in financial markets. In this latest, Third edition, Professor Shiller updates the text to reflect developments since the 2005 second edition. This first edition of this book, in 2000, was a broad study, drawing on a wide range of published research and historical evidence, of the enormous stock market boom that started around 1982 and picked up incredible speed after 1995. The book argued that the boom represented a speculative bubble, not grounded in sensible economic fundamentals. The second edition, in 2005, added an analysis of the real estate bubble as similar to the stock market bubble that preceded it, and warned that "Significant further rises in these markets could lead, eventually, to even more significant declines." Alas, both predictions turned out to be true, as we now all know. In this latest edition, Professor Shiller updates his argument, and augments his arguments, and adds an important new chapter on the bond market, which many feel is also in bubble territory. While much of the 3rd edition repeats the basic arguments of eralier editions, there is enough new material to justify upgrading to the latest edition, even if you have the earlier ones.


Maria Callas Remastered - Callas Remastered Vinyl LP
Maria Callas Remastered - Callas Remastered Vinyl LP
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definive Callas Our Age -- Vinyl and CD, February 21, 2015
An opera critic once wrote of a Maria Callas performance that she "plunged into the score...absorbing every note and expression mark," with the result that "the wealth of detail her voice unearths is breathtaking. It is as if an old painting, familiar but dim, has been cleaned to its original tints." The same could be said of Callas Remastered, the new edition of all of her studio recordings. the earliest from 1949, the last from 1969. Long familiar performances from the age of the LP and from two earlier CD transfers now leap our to the listener with new and vivid clarity of sound. Warner Classics, which acquired EMI, the company that produced most of the Callas recordings, went back to the original master tapes and production notes from the recording sessions to create what must surely be the definitive digital version of our age. (The book included in the complete set gives a detailed account of the process.) Listening primarily on CD (not vinyl), I was immediately able to hear the difference that the new remastering has made. It is a revelation. By bringing us as close as we can come to what she must have sounded like, at least in the studio, Callas Remastered is a priceless opportunity to rediscover what made her such a sensation. She simply sounded like no one else. As one Italian critic described her, she was "a star wandering into a planetary system not its own." Hearing these beautiful recordings brought to life again, brings her miraculous wanderings to life once gain. Much the same can be said for the vinyl version, except that based on my limited listening, there were a few more clicks and pops than I would have expected -- however, it's minor -- and as expected, the vinyl has a bit more warmth than the CD versions.


Cuisinart CCO-50N Deluxe Electric Can Opener, White
Cuisinart CCO-50N Deluxe Electric Can Opener, White
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4.0 out of 5 stars Note -- Very Short Power Cord, February 20, 2015
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As far as basic functions, this is a good, albeit cheap-looking and cheaply built, basic can opener. However, in an obvious, but misguided attempt to lower the production costs by a few cents, they made the power cord as short as I have ever seen on a counter-top appliance -- about 18 inches, as opposed to the usual 24 or 30 inches. 18" might sound like enough, but it may not be in many kitchens, because you lose about 6 inches due to the height of most receptacles above the counter-top. You are limited to about one foot from the nearest receptacle in either direction, which I found barely enough. So, my basic advice is to check your outlet distance before purchase. Otherwise, this does what it's supposed to do -- it opens cans.


Signstek 45 in 1 Professional Portable Opening Precision Screwdriver Hand Tools Kit Set with Tweezers & Extension Shaft for Precise Repair Maintenance
Signstek 45 in 1 Professional Portable Opening Precision Screwdriver Hand Tools Kit Set with Tweezers & Extension Shaft for Precise Repair Maintenance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked on My Laptop Screws, February 13, 2015
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I needed to replace the hard drive on my Toshiba Satellite laptop. The job required two different types of tiny philipps head bits. This had both of them. Handle was comfortable and well- designed. Pieces that I used seemed well machined and solid, No stripping, etc, and the screws were quite tight. I do recommend this set, based on my experience.


I Pagliacci
I Pagliacci
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look for later EMI Remasterings, January 25, 2015
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The performance is great, but this is one of EMI's less successful early masterings for CD. It's very boxy and thin. Normally, I like the first generation CD masters that EMI did, often better than subsequent ones (eg., Maria Callas). On this, however, I definitely recommend the later EMI remasterings, all of which are fine and totally satisfactory.


Maria Callas - Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969)
Maria Callas - Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definive Callas Our Age, January 25, 2015
An opera critic once wrote of a Maria Callas performance that she "plunged into the score...absorbing every note and expression mark," with the result that "the wealth of detail her voice unearths is breathtaking. It is as if an old painting, familiar but dim, has been cleaned to its original tints." The same could be said of Callas Remastered, the new edition of all of her studio recordings. the earliest from 1949, the last from 1969. Long familiar performances from the age of the LP and from two earlier CD transfers now leap our to the listener with new and vivid clarity of sound. Warner Classics, which acquired EMI, the company that produced most of the Callas recordings, went back to the original master tapes and production notes from the recording sessions to create what must surely be the definitive digital version of our age. (The book included in the complete set gives a detailed account of the process.) I was immediately able to hear the difference that the new remastering has made. It is a revelation. By bringing us as close as we can come to what she must have sounded like, at least in the studio, Callas Remastered is a priceless opportunity to rediscover what made her such a sensation. She simply sounded like no one else. As one Italian critic described her, she was "a star wandering into a planetary system not its own." Hearing these beautiful recordings brought to life again, brings her miraculous wanderings to life once gain.


The Shores of Light / Classics and Commercials / The Bit Between My Teeth (A Literary Chronicle - 3 vol. Boxed Set)
The Shores of Light / Classics and Commercials / The Bit Between My Teeth (A Literary Chronicle - 3 vol. Boxed Set)
by Edmund Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 20th century chronicle, January 18, 2015
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Dramatic, evocative, naturalistic, satirical, and often inflammatory -- but never dull, Edmund Wilson essays painted an often unflattering portrait of America and American literature at a time when much of American society seemed actually to be going to pieces -- from 1923 - 1934, and later into the 1950s. This three volume set conveys the astonishing breadth of Wilson's talent, which offered the unique vision of one of the most original minds of the century. Yes, some of it seems dated now -- particularly since a good deal of Wilson's ire was directed at those in the liberal West who viewed Marshall Stalin as a hero rather than the tyrant he actually was -- as a whole, it still serves as a fascinating review of the great intellectual, literary and artsistic debates of the 20th century, which was, after all, the American century, as Wilson so aptly dubbed it before the term became a commonplace.


The Nabokov-Wilson letters: Correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971
The Nabokov-Wilson letters: Correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971
by Simon Karlinsky
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Intimacy, January 12, 2015
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Beyond the marvelous intimacy of the letters themselves, this priceless collection of letters rewards the reader with a mini-course in the social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds of both Wilson and Nabokov, and of their milieu. When two such strong-willed intellectuals argue about literature, translation, verse, pornography and more, it's like attending a great tennis match, the back and forth and beauty of play being more important than who "wins" or "loses." Any reader who has enjoyed the literary creations of either man and who is curious about the person behind those creations, will relish this collection.


Irrational Exuberance 3rd edition
Irrational Exuberance 3rd edition
by Robert J. Shiller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.08
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irrationality Redux?, January 12, 2015
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This first edition of this book, in 2000, was a broad study, drawing on a wide range of published research and historical evidence, of the enormous stock market boom that started around 1982 and picked up incredible speed after 1995. The book argued that the boom represented a speculative bubble, not grounded in sensible economic fundamentals. The second edition, in 2005, added an analysis of the real estate bubble as similar to the stock market bubble that preceded it, and warned that "Significant further rises in these markets could lead, eventually, to even more significant declines." Alas, both predictions turned out to be true, as we now all know.

Will history repeat itself with this third volume? That is hard to say. In this latest edition, Professor Shiller updates his argument, and augments the text to reflect developments since the 2005 second edition. Of particular interest, he adds an important new chapter on the bond market, which many feel is also in bubble territory. The good news is that, while Professor Shiller says that returns in all asset classes are likely to be subpar for some years given today's elevated asset prices, the mood is less somber than in previous editions, and there are no warnings of imminent doom, as in previous editions. In particular, he does not see a classic "bubble" in bonds, due to the lack of "exuberance" -- prices for bonds are being bid up reluctantly by investors, he says, which is not the formula for a bubble. However, he certainly balances that somewhat comforting news with a realistic view of the risks that the current situation presents to investors and savers of all types, stocks, bonds, housing, and savings accounts. His main piece of advice to all Americans concerned about their financial future may be the most sensible piece of financial advice ever written: spend less, save more! Yes, we all know that, but when the winner of the 2013 Nobel prize says that, it really means something.

I find Professor Shiller's writing style highly enjoyable, not at all like most economics books. The plain-spoken style is smart, wry, and often witty, and there are almost no mathematical formulas, except in the occasional technical notes in back. The book also talks about a lot of factors that are intrinsically interesting to non-economists. For example, it has chapters devoted cultural factors in investing; the effects of the news media; "new era" economic thinking; psychological factors; psychological anchors for the market and herd behavior.

Professor Shiller ends by offering a lot of good, commonsense advice to both policymakers and investors, large and small. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what's behind the current anxiety, turmoil, and hopes, for a brighter financial future for all Americans.


SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 8GB MP3 Player, Grey With Full-Color Display, MicroSDHC Card Slot and Stopwatch- SDMX22-008G-A57G (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 8GB MP3 Player, Grey With Full-Color Display, MicroSDHC Card Slot and Stopwatch- SDMX22-008G-A57G (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Screen Died after 4 weeks, January 11, 2015
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Many users have had problems with the screen dying shortly after purchase. It happens if the device battery gets discharged nearly or completely. Mine died after 4 weeks. Sansa sent me a new one, but it died too, the first time the battery got low. If you buy one, don't let it completely discharge, if you can avoid doing so. However, I have had other devices where this is not an issue, and really, you shouldn't have to worry about that IMO.

Update: Jan 30, 2015: Spoke with customer service, and they empahasized doing a complete charge and discharge 5 times in the beginning, when you first get it. Frankly, I don't thnk a product that requires this is well-designed (or perhaps, they should do the break-in at the factory, before selling it). However, I do recommned following their advice; perhaps it will help avoid this problem.
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