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Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles [HD]
Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles [HD]
DVD
Price: $14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars edgy comedy of the highest order., June 16, 2015
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Actually, one of the funniest stand up routines I've watched in years. This is intelligent, edgy comedy of the highest order. Hilarious, but curiously thought-provoking. (For example, why, as Sarah reminds us, are jokes on the most distasteful subjects (rape, child abuse) the ones that draw the biggest laughs? Which she then proceeds to demonstrate with her next 5 jokes.)


Four Plays of Aeschylus
Four Plays of Aeschylus
Price: $0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good translation and readable text, May 3, 2015
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This translation has a slight King James bible twang to it, but is overall fluid and rhythmic is a good way. The introductory essay by the translator is actually quite engaging, and also sheds much light on the plays themselves and their context. Well-above average for a "free" kindle book.


conrad-johnson MF2275 Solid-State Stereo Power Amplifier
conrad-johnson MF2275 Solid-State Stereo Power Amplifier
Offered by Spearit Sound
Price: $3,000.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This or the MF 2250?, March 30, 2015
This amp wasn't out when I bought my MF 2550 last year, and in a way I'm glad, because I might have bought it to save money. Nothing wrong with that, but I suspect it would have been the wrong choice for me, and maybe for you too, if you are looking for that last bit of high end sound. What I've found so marvelous about the 2550 is the sheer effortlessness of it presentation. I have to wonder if the lower powered 2275 could convey that same sense of utter ease, which to me is the heart of the (listening) matter, in a high end system. Admittedly, 135 wpc is not trivial, but having owned a number of very good 100-150 WPC amps in my time, I can tell you that something magical happens when you get above 250 watts -- it's like going from a nice V-6 to a great V-8 or V-12 -- everything suddenly becomes so athletic and and fluid. Note also, the 2550 weighs almost twice as much as the 2575 -- all that copper and pig iron in the chassis is not there for decoration, but to provide sheer the sheer grunt needed to handle the most demanding musical peaks. When you are spending this much, an extra $1000 strikes me as not that big a deal to get to the true high end sound -- all the more so if you are buying online, and can't A-B directly. That said, I have not heard the 2275, and am looking forward to reviews from others in this space. Moreover, CJ also makes an SE edition of the 2275, which has CJ's remarkable Teflon capacitors, which have the remarkable "Windex-clean" sound that only Teflon caps seem to be able to convey convincingly (after a very painful break-in period). Since the 2275 SE sells for only slightly more than the non-SE 2550 that I have, that strikes me as closer call, if you really don't need the power of the 2550 models (and like the somewhat less "romantic" Teflon sound).


Irrational Exuberance
Irrational Exuberance
by Robert J. Shiller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.40
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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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This review is from: Irrational Exuberance (Paperback)
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
Price: $34.67
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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
Price: $15.99
13 used & new from $13.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
Offered by Recheirisry
Price: $9.60
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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
44 used & new from $0.97

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)
24 used & new from $192.10

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
8 used & new from $19.49

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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.


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