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Targus PAUK10U Ultra Mini USB Keypad, Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple problem - perfect solution., June 9, 2016
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The simplicity of this product is its virtue. It does exactly what you expect - no more - no less. My laptop doesn't have a number pad and I didn't like the "laggy-ness" of Bluetooth number pads so I gave this a shot. It also has a single USB port of its own, so - if you already use a wired mouse - you can use this without having to sacrifice any additional ports. It doesn't weigh anything, but the buttons feel "solid."

Best of all, it includes a button we've all wanted to push from time to time (see picture). ;-)
(nb. It's a backspace key.)
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Conflict Communication (ConCom): A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication
Conflict Communication (ConCom): A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication
by Rory Miller
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for martial artists and law enforcement, February 20, 2016
It's tough to argue with the better part of two decades' worth of experience working with violent offenders, but one could easily be fooled into seeing the lizard/monkey/human analogy as a gross oversimplification. It's actually a surprisingly useful model for understanding human behavior. More importantly, it's a simple model - one that doesn't waste precious moments on analysis when things are about to "get real."

Most of us don't live under the constant threat of violence, but that doesn't mean the book's message doesn't apply. We humans behave predictably: We follow "scripts" that can be seen and (if need be) manipulated to our advantage. Why does your boss act that way? Why did your significant other react like that? Read the book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, February 20, 2016
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It's beautiful, lasts forever, and my wife loves it - what more is there to say?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a charging dock. It does its job perfectly ..., February 20, 2016
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It's a charging dock. It does its job perfectly. The lightning connector is tall and flexible enough to work through relatively thick cases.

Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science)
Fight Like a Physicist: The Incredible Science Behind Martial Arts (Martial Science)
by Jason Thalken
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read for the right audience, February 20, 2016
This book is a quick read and is easily digestible. The explanations are "just right" in complexity. The text keeps it simple, but includes more in call-outs so the reader can "opt in" for more detail. It doesn't discuss tactics; it discusses broad principles that will influence your strategy. Likewise, it uses the word "fight" for a reason - it's geared toward ring-fighting and self-defense applications.

The first section contrasts momentum and energy and the role of your center of gravity. It also discusses why you should care. Many will have already learned these things "the hard way", but the value isn't in the information - it's in the explanations. When my students ask me "why", I often "know" the answer but lack a good way of articulating it. That's where this book shines.

The section about "qi" has been discussed by other reviewers at length. Yes, the author betrays his opinion, but don't let that ruin the message. The point, put simply, is this: Regardless of the variable involved, if "adding" it doesn't produce a measurable improvement, then your time is better spent on things that do.

Two sections seem unnecessarily long, one deals with brain injury, gloves, and helmets. Spoiler alert: You're not as safe as you think. If you want to know more, read it. The other deals with physics "tricks" that are often passed off as demonstrations of "qi." It's interesting, but skippable unless the trivia interests you.

The real gem in this book comes before the section on qi. I saved it for last because it was so interesting, and so brave, that it deserves to be the "strong finish" of this review. Chapter 8 discusses the mathematics of surviving an attack. The author suggests, and justifies with statistics, that fighting back is safer than compliance. I say this is "brave" because, while it well be true, it's one of those things nobody actually says for fear of liability. We've all been taught "don't be a hero", but the numbers might surprise you.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it - it does nothing., January 12, 2016
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Clearly this thing works for plenty of people, but I honestly don't understand how. It's supposed to inhibit inversion and eversion without affecting plantarflexion and dorsiflection. In fact, it does exactly the opposite. My ankle has the same "rolling" range of motion with the brace on, but plantarflexion is limited by maybe 15 or 20%.

There were some reviews discussing comfort. I found it to be sufficiently comfortable. (It's two pieces of rigid plastic with some padding that you strap on with Velcro - what do you expect?). Others claim that the instructions are confusing; they're not. Again, ... plastic ... Velcro ... how confusing can that possibly get?

Bottom line: If you're looking for something to keep your ankle from rolling, this ain't it.

The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results
The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with something for everyone, March 16, 2014
"The Way to Black Belt" is a 270+ page beast of information that ought to be on your shelf. Kane and Wilder write books that are easily consumed and generally style-agnostic. Whether you're just beginning your training or measure it in decades, there's something in here that will be useful to you or to your students.

If you are just beginning your training, or are in the process of looking for somewhere to begin, this book is made for you. Reading it now will save you from making mistakes that the rest of us had to learn "the hard way." As you begin to train, many things in your training are going to seem strange to you at first, but it's important to distinguish the kind of strange that will aid your development from the kind that's dangerous nonsense. As a beginner, you have no way to differentiate and may be hesitant to question things. That's why you need this book. It explains what's out there -- what you should look for and what you should avoid. Once you begin training, persistence is the key, but its easy to derail your training by any number of easily avoidable mistakes. This book addresses most of them.

If you are an experienced martial artist, and *especially* if you are an instructor, this book is made for you, too. Hand it to that dedicated student who reaches a training "plateau" and starts to show signs of frustration. Hand it to the student who needs a 30-minute answer when you've only got 5 before class begins. When someone says, "I always wanted to study a martial art but i'm too [insert excuse here]", tell them to read Chapter 1. When friends or co-workers ask me where they, or their children, should go for training, they can reasonably expect a bit of bias in my advice, but now I can point them to Chapter 2 and say, "Even if you don't end up at my dojo, you should read this."

Another reviewer has charged that this book is full of nothing but common sense. For him, that may be the case, but that assessment probably suffers from a bit of "survivorship bias." That reviewer has already gone down "the way to black belt" so *to him* much of it probably does seem like common sense.

If there's a problem to be found with this book, it's might be in finding its way to its target audience. That is, the people who need this book the most are probably the least likely to get a copy. The book admits that most people choose a martial arts school based, not on its merits, but on how close it is to their home. So, buying a book that tells them how to do a merit-based evaluation probably won't occur to them. Likewise, this would be an excellent book for schools to give to their students, but the schools whose students would benefit most are probably the least likely to recommend it. (i.e., Excellent schools will already be teaching these things and poor schools are unlikely to recommend a book that will expose how bad they are.) Finally, someone who's already a black belt might be unlikely to pick up a book named "The Way to Black Belt." After all, they've already made their way.

Last but *certainly* not least, if you know someone who trains at one of *those* dojos -- someone who needs to find somewhere else to train, but who is already swimming in the Cool Aid -- someone who desparately needs a "McDojo intervention" -- give them this book. They may not want to hear it from you, but this book may just do the trick.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short and too "fat" for my comfort, September 2, 2013
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This stylus is just fine so long as you understand what you're getting. For me, this stylus was too short and too "fat" to be comfortable. It's designed this way, so it's not exactly a "flaw", ... just not right for me.

It's tough to get a sense of dimension from the product description, but it's about 1/3 shorter than the average pen. As of this writing, there is a user photo showing the stylus being held in a user's hand, with the back end of the stylus protruding well up above and behind the user's hand. However, when I hold it to write with it, the top end rests right on the meaty part of my hand between my thumb and forefinger - which I find annoying after a minute or two. The clip is will within the "cup" of my hand as I write. I have "average" sized hands, and everyone holds a pen differently, but this stylus was just too short for me.

Likewise, this stylus is a bit bigger around than I like - it felt "fat" in my hand while I was writing with it. It's probably about 1/3 bigger around than a standard ballpoint pen. Again, this is just a comfort thing - my hand is "used to" writing with things that are the diameter of a ballpoint pen or a #2 pencil.

Taken together, too short and too fat, this stylus wasn't right for me. I returned it and was refunded promptly. Subsequently, I purchased the the "Targus Stylus for Apple iPad" which has almost exactly the same dimensions as a normal pen.

The Way of Kata: A Comprehensive Guide for Deciphering Martial Applications
The Way of Kata: A Comprehensive Guide for Deciphering Martial Applications
by Lawrence A. Kane
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Thinking Meets Kata, July 16, 2013
This book is for anyone who has ever been in the middle of a kata and thought, "Why on earth would I ever do THIS in a fight?" (Chinte, anyone?) The skeptical mind should always be questioning. Usually, your sensei will have a good answer. If not, you can probably find a book that will show you the bunkai. This is not that book.

This book doesn't presume to give you the answers. Instead, it provides a foundation of knowledge and a set of tools to help you evaluate the merits of possible answers. It does not say, "This application is right." Instead, it helps you say, "This application is more likely to be right than that is."

This book is perfect for "kata skeptics": those who have abandoned kata practice or who see kata as something we do "because it's on the test." Unfortunately, those people are unlikely to buy this book, so you're going to have to buy it for them. They'll thank you for it.

It would also be a good read for "tournament junkies": those for whom kata has become performance art. "Pretty" is fine, but "pretty & meaningful" is better. Think of learning a song in a foreign language. You can sing the song by merely learning to pronounce the words, but you can't put feeling behind it unless you know what the words say.

Even if you already understand kata's critical role in effective training, there's plenty to learn from these pages. Let's face it, those of us who buy books like this are the enthusiasts, the ones who've made karate part of our lives, and the ones who need to pass our enthusiasm on to the next generation of karateka. Just because you already know something is true doesn't mean you can explain it to someone else, or prove it to them. This book will help.

Be forewarned, this book's methodology includes 15 "principles" and 12 "rules." That's a lot to think about for any given application and it's not something you're likely to apply "on the fly" during class. It'll take some time and serious thought - perhaps even a pencil and paper. Luckily, the book includes a worksheet to help you "score" possible applications. To be clear, this is only one method, not *the* method. Nevertheless, understanding this content will broaden your thinking. Instead of thinking about different *applications*, you'll start thinking about how to *think* about different applications.

The "go find your own application" parts of this book are probably not appropriate for kyu-grade practitioners who are still struggling with the elementary kata of their style. Their time is probably better spent in physical practice. This book is about reading the story that kata are trying to tell and you can't read anything if you don't know your ABCs. Having said that, give them the book anyway. Chapters 1, 2, and 5 are still important reading and the rest will be on their shelf when they're ready.

The chapter that gives examples of kata application does so using only Goju kata. If you're a Goju practitioner, the examples will be very helpful as the kata are already familiar to you. Other reviewers have said that the book would be strengthened by the addition of examples from other styles. As a Shotokan guy, I agree. (I'm positive that the author of the foreword could supply a few.) However, I also think those reviewers may be overlooking what I'll call the "clean slate" value of using unfamiliar examples. Because I don't practice the same kata, I'm forced to think about the principle - not the particular - and how it applies to my kata.

I agree with the reviewer who said that the book sometimes repeats itself, verbatim. At times, it reads as though were pieced together from shorter works without removing the redundancies. However, what was repeated probably *warrants* being repeated and I may not have even noticed the repetition if I hadn't read the book from cover to cover, not wanting to put it down. Still, if these redundancies were removed from future editions, it might provide room for a few cross-style examples.

Perhaps the proof is in the reviews: At this time, the reviewer with the 3rd most *negative* review (still 4 stars, by the way) withheld a 5th star because he disagreed with one of the examples of an "optimized" application. He has a fair point, but consider this: The fact that he's thinking about what makes an application more or less "optimal" in the first place means the book did its job.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Little Keyfob that Cried Wolf (but is still somewhat useful), December 26, 2012
I bought this for someone who tends to misplace either her keys or her phone on a regular basis. In THEORY, this is a great product -- so long as you have either the key fob OR the phone, you can find the other one. However, this product doesn't work as it should. There are really two different use cases for this product and I'll address both below. This review ASSUMES that you know how to connect a Bluetooth device to your phone and that you remember to charge the key fob every 4 or 5 days.

Use Case 1) You have EITHER your keys OR your phone and need to find the one you don't have. This feature works just fine. If you hit the button on the key fob, your phone will sound off. If you use the app to find the key fob, the key fob will sound off. The key fob's alarm isn't particularly loud. It's loud enough to locate them if you tend to just set them down somewhere, but if your keys are in the pocket of the jeans at the bottom of the clothes hamper then you're probably out of luck.

Use Case 2) You tend to leave either your keys or your phone behind and want an alert when you wander too far away. This feature sends so many "false alarms" that it's safe to say that it isn't effective. The product has no way of measuring distance -- all it does is alert whenever the Bluetooth connection between the key fob and the phone is lost. The manufacturer never implies anything different, so this isn't their fault -- it does exactly what it was designed to do. The problem is that "Bluetooth connection dropped" is not the same as "More than 30 or so feet away." As anyone who's ever used a Bluetooth accessory knows, there are plenty of other reasons a Bluetooth connection can drop. This results in a LOT of false alarms -- so many that you become accustomed to them and start to assume that they're all false alarms. That completely defeats the purpose. Worse yet, while the key fob just beeps, your phone plays whatever ringtone or song you choose to use as the "alarm." (So don't pick a song unless you want all of your friends to know you like it.)

The phone app DOES have some nifty extra features: It's location aware and you can choose to e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook alerts if you want. If you do, then a link to the "last known location" of your keys will get e-mailed to you or posted to Twitter or Facebook. Keep in mind that a) This is not really the last known location of your keys ... it's where you were when the Bluetooth connection dropped (see above), and b) I have no idea why you'd want to advertise to the world where you lose your keys (or phone) -- especially given the number of false alarms.

HOWEVER, so long as you know the limitations, you can still get good use out of this thing. As I said, the false alarms are annoying and defeat the purpose ... so shut them off. Yep, you read that right ... shut OFF the alarm on the phone. Here's the step-by-step procedure for making this thing work in what I'll call "stealth mode."

1) In the app settings, shut OFF the phone's proximity alarm. (Leave the other alarm turned on.)
2) Turn ON e-mail alerts.
3) In your e-mail program, create a "rule" or "filter" to send all of those e-mails you're going to get to their own folder so they don't bother you until you need them. (Alternately, you could use a different e-mail address for this purpose.)

If you do this, you will still be able to push the button on the key fob to find your phone or use the app to make the key fob beep. Also, the key fob will beep when Bluetooth disconnects, but your annoying phone alarm won't go off all the time. If you ever DO misplace your keys, just look at the last e-mail you got from the device. It'll get you close, then just make the keys beep. This will even work to find your phone provided you have some other way to get to your e-mail.

So there's the deal... If you go into your purchase knowing that THIS is what you're paying for, you should be fine. I found mine clearanced at a local store, so it was worth it to me.
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