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Mandatory Fun
Mandatory Fun
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Continues His String of Incredible Studio Albums over the Last Decade, July 16, 2014
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This review is from: Mandatory Fun (Audio CD)
This is an amazing album. I still remember the excitement of getting the tape of Al's first Album when it came out back in 1984 and it's been a wonderful experience to hear Al's music mature over the years as I have gotten older. Not only does he produce an incredible product from a production standpoint, but he's one of the smartest and most relevant artists working in music today. His lyrics have consistently gotten more biting and satirical over the years without leaving out the kooky, laugh out loud surprises that are just simply gut-punching hilarious. One of the few artists whose work is consistently stronger album after album 3 decades into his career. It truly will be a crime if every English teacher in the country isn't showing their classes the video for WORD CRIMES when school is back in session.

CafePress - Spatula City Black T-Shirt - Dark T-Shirt
CafePress - Spatula City Black T-Shirt - Dark T-Shirt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What better way to say "I Love You" than with the gift of spatula, June 26, 2014
There's absolutely no better way to publically express your love, devotion and loyalty to SPATULA CITY than with the Spatula City T-Shirt. Voted 14 years running THE best retail outlet in the western world, Sy Greenbloom, owner of SPATULA CITY deserves 4-6 times the money that this shirt costs for every single unit sold, so for the love of God, pay your cash and purchase 27 of these shirts.

Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
DVD ~ Matthew Modine
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You should never go full..., June 5, 2013
This review is from: Flowers for Algernon (DVD)
In Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey, jr. gave Ben Stiller some professional advice about playing mentally challenged characters. Matthew Modine would have benefited from that advice before making this film almost a decade earlier. I've got nothing him against him as an actor, but his performance in the first 30 minutes of this film would make a junior high drama club walk out of a screening. A performance so embarrassingly bad that it yanks you completely out of the film in under 5 minutes and you'll never make it back. The pacing of the film is poor, the dialogue and character interactions are hamfisted and unbelievable. It wouldn't have made the grade as an afterschool special.

I loved the short story and book since I read it the first time almost 30 years ago, but this version just doesn't cut it. While I understand that an educator may find this version more sterile and less objectionable for showing in public school lit and English classes, it doesn't remotely hold a candle to the Cliff Robertson version "Charly." While dated stylistically, the structure, pacing and performances in the 1968 film at least does some justice to the source material. This version takes less liberties with the book, but strikes it completely as credible drama.

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism
Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism
by David Mills
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Primer For Non-Believers, September 7, 2008
I found the the first 6 chapters slightly disappointing. Not because they aren't well-written or thoughtful, but because they are pretty basic stuff for non-theists who have a lot of exposure to these arguments.

However, chapters 7-10 are some of the most outstanding arguments and writings I've heard to date on their subjects. I'm not going to go into detail, but chapter 8, "The Myth of Hell" is an astoundingly perceptive and pursuasive discussion on the subject of the Christian belief in Hell and why the concept itself completely obliterates all Christian perceptions of God. Of all the similar works I've read, chapter 8 is among the best. Since it's written from paragraph one by making the assumption that God DOES exist, it makes how he frames his points even better.

With all the works of what some are terming "The New Atheists," I think Mills should be proud to produce a work that I believe is worthy of sitting on anyone's shelf next to Dawkins, Hitchens...etc.
Thoughtful work. Easy Read. Highly recommended, especially to those that are just entering into freethought reading whether you're an atheist, unsure and searching or just plain curious.

Unreal Anthology - PC
Unreal Anthology - PC
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It Even if You Own Some/All already, March 9, 2007
This review is from: Unreal Anthology - PC (Video Game)
I took this because it was cheaper than buying a second CD-Key for UT2004 by itself to play on multiple PCs on my home network online. Ultimately though, this is pretty much the final word in the best first person shooter collection you can get.

Unreal was one of the best Single Player FPS ever made, UT definitely the best online FPS yet (debatably up there is Q3 as well). Unreal 2 is fair but pretty, and UT2004, while not the awesome Deathmatch/CTF game as UT1, is still at this point the best and most fun vehicle combat FPS created yet.

Also, for long term Unreal Fans, having ALL the games together on one DVD is almost worth the $20.00 alone. Even though it's been 7 years since UT came out, I still play it along with 2k4 fairly regularly. You can't go wrong for all these games at this price.

UT1 and UT2k4 still have pretty decent size communities out there playing on public servers, so you should never have to to be concerned about finding an online game with either.

Comes with a CD of all the great music from UT and UT2004. I turned the music off in game years ago to make following sound queues in games easier, but hearing the awesome music again really brought back memories...particularly the great tracks from the original UT.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Paperback
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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, October 3, 1998
The first thing I did after reading this book was to hop back onto Amazon.con and order "Awakenings" and "An Anthropolgist on Mars." This book was recommended by one of my philosophy professors in college about six years ago. Well, it took me six years to pick it up, and I don't regret the decision. As a complete layperson, my eyes were opened to what a complex piece of machinery the brain is. Sack's personal perspective on these patients disorders is what takes this interesting material and makes it fascinating reading. The only problem I had with this book was that I was disappointed to see most every chapter end. I wanted to know more about most every case. I only rank it 4 instead of 5 for that reason (It could have been more in-depth) and a couple of the cases were simply mildly interesting rather than mind-bending. It's almost imcrompehensible to perceive the world and one's self in the same manner as some of these unfortunate people. I was especially intrigued by one of the questions Sack's brings up concerning the case history discussed in the chapter "The Lost Mariner." A man can remember nothing for more than a few seconds. His entire life, all of his experiences are gone almost as soon as they are past. "He is a man without a past (or future), stuck in a constantly changing, meaningless moment," Sacks writes. Sacks then ponders the question that will stop your heart: "Does he have a soul?" If you have ever been bothered by the question of the spiritual nature of man, Sacks --who stops well short of reaching any theological conclusions -- will disturb you with this material. From that standpoint, he is brilliant at informing by simply forcing the reader to ask questions of his or her self...questions which Sack's himself admits even he has no clue as to the answers. This book could change your perspective on life, or simply entertain you as an interesting novelty. In any case, I very highly recommend it...can't wait to get into "Anthropologist" next.

Two From the Vault
Two From the Vault
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN@#&^%#@CREDIBLE!!!, October 2, 1998
This review is from: Two From the Vault (Audio CD)
Far and Away my favorite live recording from the Dead. For almost a year, this was the only music in my car. I (like one of the other reviewers here) must have listened to this album hundreds of times...a real tribute to what an incredibly close-knit group of musicians this really was, and this was when the band was still in its infancy. Pig Pen is really one of the great blues vocalists of the 60s and 70s; of all time if he hadn't self-destructed. Dark Star/Saint Stephen/The Eleven on this disc is is some of the best live music ever recorded. Death Don't Have No Mercy will chill you to the bone. A complete and brilliant The Other One...and it all ends fittingly with the power being shut off during Morning Dew to stop the show. I get the feeling if they hadn't pulled the plug, the guys would still be playing. If your a casual Dead fan, this album will introduce you to what the Grateful Dead were all about. I'm sure the Deadheads at this show still haven't come down thirty years later. Buy this album and see what all the fuss is about. Worth ten times what you'd ever pay for it.

Breakthrough: The Next Step
Breakthrough: The Next Step
by Whitley Strieber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He Lost Me with This One, September 22, 1998
"Communion" changed my whole belief system. It was a brilliant, contemplative and credible account of events that may or may not have happened. "Transformation" was interesting but mostly a rehash with a new perspective. This book is where Streiber finally lost me. If he hadn't written this book, I may still be totally convinced by him. When he started this Communion business he was seemed very believably sane, that's what made his story so chilling. I suppose it's possible that it's all true. It' more likely that Streiber is finally losing his mind, maybe the visitors drove him insane, maybe he's simply delusional, or maybe it was a ruse from the beginning. Whatever the case, when I finshed this book, I realized that he had written one book too many on the subject...I didn't buy the next one. but I will read "Communion" again...with a different view of Streiber...and see how it plays now.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (The Fourth Book in The Hitchhiker's Trilogy) (Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Paperback))
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (The Fourth Book in The Hitchhiker's Trilogy) (Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Paperback))
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, August 27, 1998
Quite simply, the most inspired book of the series apart from the original "Hitchiker's Guide." The finale would have been a fitting end of to the series (especially from a Marvin fan's point of view). Not quite as fresh as the original book, but the second best of the five. The Earth-bound perspective is fresh for the series and shows Adams versatility.

Top Secret / Majic
Top Secret / Majic
by Stanton T. Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Changed My Mind, August 26, 1998
This review is from: Top Secret / Majic (Hardcover)
I bought this book believing that the MJ documents were absolutely forgeries, but Friedman's meticulous research is impeccable and his position is very solid. This book reinforces Friedman's position as one of the most credible UFO researchers today.

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