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Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition
Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition
by Paul Scherz
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Reader Friendly, But With Lots of Details, June 12, 2014
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I'm a Luddite when it comes to electronics science, so I wanted to read a reasonable book to teach me the basics of electronics. I saw the positive reviews for this book and decided to take it for a spin. Sadly, this book suffers from poor copyediting and organization. I felt like I had to cut through a lot of weeds (bloating of formulas and facts) to get a meager understanding of the fundamentals. The information overload could be OK only if the authors paced their presentation of materials. The book felt disjointed in terms of writing.

I cannot recommend this book. Only a experienced electronics person can make sense of this book. I would need a tutor or teacher to explain a lot of the jargon and concepts, because this book cannot do it. We need another edition that is geared to help people at all levels.
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Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
by Robert L. Paarlberg
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the results and how to improve farming productivity, November 13, 2010
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Many of the reviewers who give this book a three star or below rating seem to be obsessed with how Paarlberg omits certain factors or accusing him of being paternalistic. But they all miss his primary point: the persistent hunger and poverty of Africa could be solved if Africans had relatively easy access to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other agricultural technologies to improve the productions on their farms. This is because their agronomy development level is behind the rest of the world and need the help of modern science to meet the challenges of a nutrition-poor earth and lack of modern farming tools and technologies that the West and Asia have enjoyed for many decades.

The problem facing average Africans, who are mostly small farmers, is that their lands, animals, labor and tools are incapapble of producing enough crops to ensure that they can live above the poverty line set by the UN and to sustain the nutritional needs of their societies (Paarlberg 5-6). Patents and distortions in the international markets may be part of the reason for why GMOs and other life-changing technologies haven't reached Africa, but they are not the sole causes (Ibid 4-5). Paarlberg notes that the African farmer is already operating and maximum efficiency without the aid of modern science, but he remains unable to produce enough crops to reduce poverty and malnutrition in his society at a comparable level to an OECD country or most other developming regions (Ibid 6). The lack of modern agronomy technologies is what's holding Africa back in terms of food production, which the African governments are partially responsible for in their agricultural policies - which are influenced by activist NGOs who don't understand the African farmer's plight and have no evidence for their overly cautious position on GMOs (Ibid 16-18).

There is no scientific proof that suggest that there are any drawbacks to GMOs and other biotechnologies, beside the ones we've already found (i.e. Mad Cow Disease). This has been proven time after time by government and independent scientific studies done by European and US institutions (Ibid 26-32). The African governments reject GMOs and GM crops because they feel that they can't control its long-term effects on the environment (Ibid 12-16). In fact, the currently approved GMOs in the US have not been any more harmful than exisitng organic crops engineered by cross-breeding and naturally engineered crops (Ibid 28-31). In short, there are no risks that the scientific community doesn't already know about and the side-effects are really no worse than what actually happens without genetic egineering in labs.

Intellectual property rights may be a roadblock for some critics, but ultimately this barrier could be overcome if the African politicians worked out a mutually beneficial deal with Western biotechnology companies to introduce GMOs to their local economy so that their people can be fed. The purpose of Paarlberg's book is not to help African states to build viable and independent biotechnology firms, rather it's about making sure that the people are properly fed and live above the poverty line. These problems do make the African people dependent on the West, but they can't be addressed when the people are dying. GMOs may contribute to the economic destruction of some farmers' economic fortunes in the developing world, as it has in the West during recent and past times, but the greater good must be prioritized when it comes to agricultural policy. Uneven economic growth happens throughout human history. Progress doesn't come without a price. These things are a fact of life in the real world.

If one wishes to refute this review and Paarlberg effectively, please research all the reports and articles cited by Paarlberg to prove that they are indeed inadmissible as a basis for supporting Paarlberg's claims.

The bottom line is this: there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of Africans starving to death every year due to malnutrition and the policy to keep GMOs and other biotechnologies out of Africa is exacerbating the problem.

Ideas about political, social, and economical self-determination are meaningful only if there are people alive to enjoy them. Dying for no tangible reason or benefit is a foolish and a narrowminded mindset that comes from being unable to see the consequences of well-meaning people from abroad, who see it fit to tell Africans how to live.


The United Nations Development Programme: A Better Way?
The United Nations Development Programme: A Better Way?
by Craig Murphy
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Academic History of th UN Development Programme, October 15, 2010
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This work is a product of two years of research and interviews conducted by Professor Craig Murphy of the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly of Wellesley College, who was hired by Kofi Annan to write a academically driven history of the UN Development Programme. The book is written as a work directed for academia and graduate students of international relations - which is reflected in the belabored anecdotal explanations of the programme's past that is laced with high-flying jargon.

As one reads this somewhat pedantic book on UNDP, one has to concede that Murphy has put a considerable amount of energy into writing this book. However, it seems that when he wrote this book, he neglected to take the time to put a number of critical issues into context at a number of junctures. For instance, when he explained the divergence of the states who would become the "developed" nations of the world and those who would be labeled "developing", he gave a rather haphazard explanation of why the divergence took place other than to say that the West industrialized and the rest did not. Any knowledgeable and conscious thinker would know that this is not the answer or at least not a complete picture of our modern history.

The writing is also hindered by the floral language used by Murphy and nonchalant style of his writing. The main problem - which I alluded to earlier - is that his writing is very roundabout in a way that makes the reader work hard to get to his points about the various stages of the UNDP's evolution as an organization and as a notion within the international framework. I have seen other academic works that are more to the point than what is present in this notable work.

Had he been more careful about writing for a general audience - in terms of substance and style - his work would be received by his readers with more sympathy and approval for a piece of important history on the UNDP.

This book is worth reading, but one must be incisive to get to heart of his message about the work of the UNDP. It's also important to consider his ideological stance on the whole matter. As someone who has studied under him, it can be said that he is highly supportive of the mission of the UNDP and the UN in general.


Washington: A Life
Washington: A Life
by Ron Chernow
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Needed and Definitive Biography of Cinncinatus, October 13, 2010
This review is from: Washington: A Life (Hardcover)
Chernow's "Washington" sheds light on a founding father that many students of my generation know little about. It's refreshing to read this biography, especially after the magisterial work on Alexander Hamilton. The letters from Washington helps to fill in the gaps of the story we never knew and presented well by a master historian.

It's a long read, but well worth the long nights of stories about a great man. Undoubtedly, there will be some who look at this story and say that there are too many "ifs" in the story and call Chernow a one-sided historian as they did when Chernow wrote the biography on Hamilton. To me, these are parts of history because history cannot be seen as the definitive account of humanity as truths are socially constructed by the living. Chernow does an excellent job of pulling back the dusty curtains of history to give us a three-dimensional view of one of our greatest founding fathers, whose life has been shrouded in shadow by his taciturn nature and forbidding character.

The biography, like other commentators have already established, is very extensive and give a detailed account of how Washington grew from a repressed young boy under a illiterate mother to become the great general whose stoic personality lead America to final victory in the American Revolution. Cinncinatus is resurrected in his best incarnation within American History with interesting analysis on how he chose to be an impartial leader who acted in silence to make the best of a precarious situation for a seedling nation known as America.

In conclusion, this biography will be a defining authority on George Washington and his formerly mysterious life.
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Last Chancers (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Imperial Guard)
Last Chancers (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Imperial Guard)
by Gavin Thorpe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Imperial Guards Novel!, August 17, 2009
This omnibus tells the tale of Lieutenant Kage, a penal legionnaire within the Imperial Guard's penal legions, who has survived the harrowing missions to his suicide unit. Unlike most other Warhammer 40k novels, this is a unique story from within one of the lesser known and renown part of the God-Emperor's forces. The three novels were enthralling due to Thorpe's great mastery of storytelling and ability to describe Kage's adventures in detail.


The Ultramarines Omnibus
The Ultramarines Omnibus
by Graham McNeill
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Ultramarines, August 10, 2009
The Ultramarines are known to be virtuous and highly devoted servants of the God-Emperor. They are also known to be simple in spirit in that their sustenance is to serve the Emperor with vigor and loyalty. I believe that Uriel, Pasanius, and Learchus reflect these qualities to one degree or another. For those who say that they are wooden, perhaps you're not getting the point of the story. Each Ultramarine protagonist is trying to find their own place in the Warhammer 40k universe - perhaps less so in Learchus' case as is limited in his capacity to think outside the Codex Astartes. I think its gratifying to watch a straight-laced Ultramarine find his own path - as Captain Idaeus wanted him to.

Nightbringer sets up the reader with a refreshing look at Uriel's first operation as the captain of 4th company. Warriors of Ultramar demonstrates Uriel's depth as a individual space marine and his genuine belief in applying himself where he is best suited - which ironically got him one way ticket to the Eye of Terror. The third and last installment of this omnibus was a real test or character as Uriel and Pasanius faced the horrors of a Chaos world and the vindication of their own character.

Overall, it's a great read that's well worth your time.


The Killing Ground (Ultramarines)
The Killing Ground (Ultramarines)
by Graham McNeill
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Continuation of the Ultramarines Series, August 5, 2009
Graham McNeill does a great job in writing about the return of Urield Ventris and his friend Pasanius in "The Killing Ground". I was really stoked to pulled into the mystery surrounding the betrayal and dark twists in this installment - as it lives up to the air of mystery built into his previous works in the first omnibus. The plot may not appeal to some because they don't really enjoy this story as an independent component of the Ultramarines Series.

It's true that Ventris' exhilarating trip to the Eye of Terror was far superior to this story, but there's value in looking at this story for its own value.

Anyways it's a great read if you're really interested in the story of Ventris and Pasanius!


Courage and Honour (Ultramarines Novel)
Courage and Honour (Ultramarines Novel)
by Graham McNeill
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But Worth Reading, August 5, 2009
While "Courage and Honour" is not as fantastic as the four other titles written by McNeill, it's still a good read for hardcore fans of the Ultramarines Series. The return to Pavonis may seem a bit of a rerun of the first installment, but the story proves to be quite interesting when the Tau is added to the equation. After all, we've never had any solid battles between the Tau and the Space Marines in the Warhammer 40k novels universe as far as I know. If you haven't read about the Normandy landings of WWII, then you'll enjoy this book a whole lot more, since the suspense will still remain with you. I personally felt that McNeill is writing with the same finesse as he has always done, but there might be some who find it insufficiently unappetizing.

I advise those of you who aren't dying to know what happens to wait another year or two for the omnibus - which will probably cover Ventris' travels since he left the Eye of Terror and return to the Ultramarines. But I am one of those people who've loved this series from the beginning and will be buying it.


Living in Peril
Living in Peril
DVD ~ Rob Lowe
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Suspenseful B-Movie, August 6, 2008
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Another B-movie from Rob Lowe with a zing for anyone who wants a somewhat predictable, but interesting movie from our favorite west wing moron. It's nothing new from all of Rob's other movies except there's more actions in this one.

BTW, the hooker from next door isn't what you'd call a good person. She just adds some spice to the movie and doesn't stray too far from what you'd expect.

See it if you have nothing better to do or just want to feel smart about your cinema instincts.


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