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Intex Raised Downy Air Mattress - Queen.
Intex Raised Downy Air Mattress - Queen.
Price: $41.99
42 used & new from $36.53

4.0 out of 5 stars So far So Good, February 4, 2011
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Not much to say other than the product reviews here helped me make the decision to take a chance on this product. So far it has been pretty good. It's true the middle sinks a bit but I haven't found that to cause me any discomfort, you can always add air for more firmness. The bed is sturdy enough around the sides that you can choose to sleep closer to the edge if you prefer without rolling off. I like that you can use the pump to fill or release the air from the bed, although it's recomended that you shut it off and turn it back on if it has to run beyond 7-8 min). I think thats more like 4-5 min. A true assesment of the quality of this product will require several months of ownership, so until then my review is so far, so good.


"Ra Force Rising": Brother G (Shades of Memnon)
"Ra Force Rising": Brother G (Shades of Memnon)
by Brother G
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from $31.21

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Series! I want to see this in a theater near me., July 31, 2008
Great Book !

I find it hard to pull away from this book of adventure and suspense. After reading the first installment of the series with its in-depth glossary near the beginning, I knew this author was on to something different and intriguing. He also puts you right there with verbal visualizations with almost no infractions. Currently midway through this second book and looking forward to the third.

I for one would love to see this as a movie. With todays technology for animation it would be great to have this come to life on a motion picture screen. It is very impressive to have an adventerous story line of myth and fables from an African, African American perspective that delves into history and intertwines it with great imagination.

I've read the author has a few more to write in the series. It would be great to see him maintain or increase this current level of engaging the reader throughout the rest of his endeavors.

Note to Author: Get this into a movie trilogy with quality production and great actors. It's time for this, Shaka Zulu stirred buz years ago and is still a stunner. This would be no less and even more for the 21st century audience. There's easily a place for this amidst todays film folklore such as Lord of the rings, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia etc.


The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
by Cheikh Anta Diop
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.37
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, the book is not for the simple minded., January 13, 2007
First and foremost lets all accept this fact. People are going to believe what they want to believe in many cases without a real curiosity or concern with separating truth from fallacy. Why? Because its easy, and what is worse for some, is because at their moral base they prefer arrogant elitism over objective investigation.

Of course the fallacy that Africa and those native to that continent made no positive and/or major contributions to civilization makes no sense at all. That's like praising the stealth fighter planes of today yet insisting that the Wright Brothers and others of their time didn't really make any significant contribution to air travel.

Without question many well respected scholars, historians, anthropologists, etc... delivered their most important works in a time when it was necessary to justify the colonization of Africa and the inferiority of their inhabitants to maintain some sense of moral character. To them real or imagined, even the most noble at times had a (Thomas Jefferson type of self contradiction) in matching the clarity of science with the cloudy prism of racism in their own minds. Its just one of several human frailties we are all subject too if not careful.

A true student of history could not dismiss Diops work just because he spoke from a place that was unpopular. As an African himself we should expect his work to challenge the popular opinion of that day, which indeed under any serious study shows Eurocentric opinion of that time period to be contradictory, many times bias and most certainly questionable at the very least when dealing with the history of Africa and Africans.

Diop was a student activist who was also a brilliant mind that chose science to find an answer to questions he had about the chaos that had befallen his homeland. In doing so he found far more and this he presents in a way nothing short of interesting, scholarly and well worth reading.

Given the depth of Diops commitment to intellectual prowess and understanding of his chosen fields of the sciences, his presentation dealing with ethnology, linguistics, anthropology to mention a few areas is far more substantive than many of those he challenges and he pulls no punches in demanding a respectful hearing from those who would suggest to be the same if not more of a scholar than he.

It would be a mistake to misinterpret Diop's challenging works regarding civilization, Egypt and Africa as a ploy to belittle another group or say one race is better or worse than another. His thought process rises far above and beyond that, reaching to edify all readers regarding the importance of truth in science which will lead to a better understanding of our existence, past, present, and future. Simply put, the book is not for the simple minded.


Shaolin Longfist Kung Fu Basic Sequences
Shaolin Longfist Kung Fu Basic Sequences
DVD ~ Jwing-Ming Dr. Yang
Offered by ymaa_com
Price: $69.95
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD filled with good info but lacking for the novice, September 25, 2005
The DVD is wonderful with a few exceptions. During the learning sections of the routines, there is not enough detail on proper form when doing movements. Especially the first 2 routines. I'm fortunate enough to have a DVD player that allows me to play everything in 2-3 different speeds of slow motion so i can attempt to see detail stuff, but that takes working the remote as much as the form if not more.

The forms are broken down into sections which is very good, however for individuals to truly learn them properly it's important that their posture, hands, fist, stances, movements (circular or angular)be addressed with some level of detail. There's nothing explained about what you're doing, i.e when using mantis hand, single whip,etc... I only make this comment because the DVD is marketed to actually teach or train you in developing the forms/routines.

Gong Li was one of 2 forms that I learned over 15-20 years ago and forgot because I stop practicing after about 9 months. With a rekindled interest to get back into the MA I purchased the DVD because it mentioned Gong LI specifically as a routine and was elated to know I could learn the form again. I deemed learning the routine again a kind of a re-entry point if you will to getting back involved. Well the student performing the routine obviously knows it but the preciseness of form structure appears to be lacking, he looks kind of out of control going through some of the motions. This is defintely a form that needs attention to detail when being taught, which is also lacking during the section breakdown of the routine.

While I'm glad I purchased the DVD, and I will make use of it, even slowing the remote to glean what I can for the Gong Li routine, individulas should know that learning the routines themselves will be a bit difficult unless you are already somewhat fimiliar with them or have a DVD with nice (slowmotion)features.

The 3rd routine seems to be given a bit different treatment where you can watch several students involved with the forms and the various sections, this is definitely more helpful visually when learning, although not a substitute for detail oriented training.

The DVD has some very insightful, useful application points about various moves within the forms which is good , also training excercises which are good also. Overall the DVD gets 3 stars when compared to other VCD's I've recently ordered which give more attention to detail like the Six Harmony Mantis Series and others. One last thing and this is incase the DVD creator is reading. Replace the drums with conversation about the routines when it's being performed. I for one who purchased it would find this more benficial when trying to become immersed in learning it. Especially since it's one of the few I have where engish is being spoken. With that said I have and will continue to enjoy the DVD. I consider it a good purchase with the exception of the aforementioned.

Regards,

Greg / IL


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