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Coloring Fun with Alcohol Ink Markers: People: With Instructor Jennifer Dove
Coloring Fun with Alcohol Ink Markers: People: With Instructor Jennifer Dove
DVD ~ Jennifer Dove
Price: $24.99
12 used & new from $14.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing instruction For Alcohol Marker Users: Make Your Images Pop!, May 24, 2015
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Jennifer Dove is an amazing artist. Her ability to use Copic markers to create 3-dimensional images is beyond compare; I suggest any cardmaker/papercrafter to please search her name and images online to see her style. For me, I wanted to take the stamped images and pop them off the page. I wanted depth: curls in hair that roll off the paper, eyes that sparkle, realistic skin tones with cheeks that are full, lips that look moist. Although I'd had other in-person Copic classes, I had never found a video tutorial. Live classes are hard to remember as the tips come so quickly (although I do plan to attend Ms. Dove's Boot Camp someday, especially if she will conduct it once in Chicago...hint, hint).

This is a DVD and a separate CD. Both played easily in my Windows PC (no clue about Apple), and I put Copic-friendly sheets of paper in my laser printer to print out the practice sheets; the first twelve pages are color lists, etc. and I used regular printer paper, the pages 13-26 or so are the practice images that I colored while watching Jennifer. There is no smearing or smudging or blackening of Copics when using laser ink (I think inkjet ink might smear, but I do not know).

Then, onto the DVD which I watched on my computer. The production is professional, ideal lighting and sound. Jennifer moves through skin, eyes, hair, etc., and each segment is bookmarked in the disc for easy access. I liked most that I could watch each segment repeatedly, picking up the nuances along the way.

Well worth the 25 dollar investment. I've watched it three times already. Five-star.

Note: this is for intermediate to advanced Copic users; there are no basics of Copic markers on this DVD, such as refilling, color selecting, blending, etc. Ms. Dove has another beginners' DVD which I do not own. Thanks, Jennifer, for such a great disc. Enjoy everyone.

From Kat, Wayne's wife.


TOPS Marble Composition Books, 7.5 x 9.75 Inches, College Rule, Hard Cover, 100 Sheets, Black, Box of 12 Books (63796)
TOPS Marble Composition Books, 7.5 x 9.75 Inches, College Rule, Hard Cover, 100 Sheets, Black, Box of 12 Books (63796)
Price: $22.70
7 used & new from $7.79

2.0 out of 5 stars NOT HARD COVER@!, May 13, 2015
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These are NOT hard cover. They are not chipboard covers. They are not heavy-duty covers. They are flexible, paper covers.

The books are useless for my purposes of crafting, which is to artistically design and modify he covers for permanent sign-in books (weddings, visitations, etc.)

Not as advertised. I imagined the reviews were for a former product and that Amazon would be on their game in fixing the error.

Going back on Amazon's dime. Fix your listing Amazon!


Logitech Multimedia Speaker Z50 for Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop, Grey
Logitech Multimedia Speaker Z50 for Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop, Grey
Price: $15.99
35 used & new from $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Use for iPad Mini., May 4, 2015
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Use in my workout room with iPad. Plenty loud, big sound, compact size, easy to use. Just plug into electric outlet, then iPad, then rock out! Appreciate that it boosts the lackluster speakers of my iPad Mini. Winner!


ILTS Assessment of Professional Teaching Tests 101-104 Teacher Certification Test Prep Study Guide
ILTS Assessment of Professional Teaching Tests 101-104 Teacher Certification Test Prep Study Guide
by Sharon Wynne
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.54
50 used & new from $3.05

2.0 out of 5 stars Metrometrix is better., April 30, 2015
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Plenty of "fluff", and little of hardcore significance. Unfortunately, that is also the nature of this test--it is far from hard science or mathematics and thus is quite ethereal and subjective (hence the test allows for "partial credit" on multiple choice questions).

That said, I used the flash cards and they were more grounded with principles than this book.

This book has 200-pages of text, and 100-pages of questions. I used a highlighter and reviewed the 200-pages and, all told, had perhaps 40-pages of actual "good information" to learn. The rest was things like: in a modern classroom, computers are important for learning for a number of reasons such as allowing students with diverse learning patterns to learn at their own level, tracking individual student progress within a classroom setting, permitting a teacher to modify a teaching plan based on computer-based feedback from recent lesson plans, and permitting the teacher to determine the amount of time spent on each question in order to gauge areas where students might be stuck.

This type of hogwash is what is on the test, but more importantly, this book is replete with similar ethereal crap that is unlikely to help you navigate the abstruse actual test.

Bottom line: the difference between passing and failing the actual IL Teachers Exam is in the few solid questions that they ask (e.g. Piaget, etc.) and to get a grip on those questions--the difference between becoming licensed or not in the Lincoln state--is better served by the flash cards (see other testing supplies) and not the Sharon Wynne materials. This is from a person who bought and used both.


Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method
Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method
by Stuart Horwitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.39
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3.0 out of 5 stars Any modestly experienced novelist already knows what is in this book., April 29, 2015
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If you have any experience at all with writing long works (and some of you may not and will find this book by Mr. Horowitz helpful), you will not need this book. Essentially, it explains scenes and themes, and has you physically write out every scene, then rearrange them in a logical order, even if not necessarily chronological, in order to reinforce a theme. It's as simple as that. No great magic, and if one eliminates the pages on such unnecessary (for this type of book) subjects as finding time to write, etc., and the many pages on the story of The Ugly Duckling which is then used as the template for teaching, then the book is quite slim. Additionally, the author has a way of writing that tends to string out short, concise concepts into many pages.

If someone is a new writer, particularly a new novelist, this book may be helpful BEFORE you start plotting and planning a book. Although the author would have you write 50, or better yet, 100 pages of a story, the process of going back and dissecting out every minute scene is extremely labor intensive. I tried this method and stopped after a full day of dissection when i realized that this is ton of "wheel spinning" for an author who has spent enough time with their manuscript truly can get a feel for it's heft and bulk, the areas to shore up and the areas to cut away. Mr. Horwitz writes in the book that no author can remember every scene in even the most dog-earred manuscript, which is true, but that does not mean that writing the entirety of it on 3x5 cards or Post-It notes is going to facilitate the process, or the recollection of parts of the novel.

For novelists with Scrivener, the Scene building, re-arranging Scenes, is very clear in the software--it's almost intuitive as the software is built around writing in "chunks" and rearranging. Again, a reasonable human being who is adept at writing and reading should be able to look over their sections in Scrivener (or any other software that allows drag-and-drop manipulation) and get a good overview of their work-in-progress. There are no shortcuts, and this method of writing everything out in longhand is the "long-cut", in my opinion. Money spent on a Scrivener For Dummies book and the software may help some; others (like me) used MS Word and carefully consider what we are writing as we write it, and the end is in sight while not wasting valuable time on making notecards for scenes.

If one already has 100-pages or more written, then using MS Word, or Scrivener, and cutting and pasting "scenes"--those that you have already created--into the Folders and shuffling them around limitlessly is going to take you about 1/10th the time of doing it with a pencil and Post-It notes, especially because once you do the pen-and-paper method, you still have to shuffle your scene around in whatever software you're using to write your novel!

Again, if someone is brand new to novel composition, this book might help them. Might. For those newbies, one or two words written on 3x5 cards for each small scene ("scene" is well-defined online, including McKee's Story writing book, and in countless youtube videos--it is important to understand the definition of Scene), jot them out AS YOU WRITE and keep them by your computer, and you can see what needs to be done if you want to re-arrange (this is a suggestion for the computer-averse). For instance, if I wrote a chapter today, 1200 words or so, and I put one sentence describing the scene on a 3x5 card at each scene change in the chapter (live, as I am writing new prose), I might have 4-6 notecards by the end of the day by my computer. Save the cards, and at the end of 100+ pages, I will have many cards, which is precisely what Blueprint Your Bestseller would have you do. I can rearrange, shuffle, etc. Some novelists will simply incorporate the "one sentence" in the text of the manuscript rather than on a notecard.

Navigation in MS Word is very powerful, and watching a free 20-minute online video on MS Word Navigation and Mapping will allow anyone to use the power of their software to perform the task of tracking, manipulating, and rearranging much better (efficient as you are working in your actual finished work, not on paper and then re-doing the work in the software) than 3x5 cards.

Again, for Scrivener fans, MS Word Styles fans, or those that simply keep writings in Folders instead of one huge, unwieldy manuscript, there is no need for even the 3x5 cards as your write: it's all in the software.

Thanks, and note that I did give this book 3-stars just the same. The idea is good, but the execution is onerous and largely a "time suck".


Cap Barbell 12-Piece Puzzle Mat, 12 x 12 x 1/2-Inch
Cap Barbell 12-Piece Puzzle Mat, 12 x 12 x 1/2-Inch
Price: $15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with 6-piece Cap Puzzle mat!!, April 29, 2015
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Important: the 6-piece Cap barbell mat set comes with edges (as seen in the photo); the 12-piece Cap barebll set does not come with edges.

Important: the 6-piece Cap barbell mat set DOES NOT fit with the 12-piece Cap barbell set; the side puzzle pieces DO NOT align and thus they cannot be used together.

Key: when buying more than one of the 12-piece sets, note that you can make a 4 square by 3 square rectangle, but if you want a true square, such as 4x4, you will be buying many more sets or will have to not use a couple squares. What am I talking about? Mathematics, which I learned the hard way. Suffice it to say that these are best used in a rectangle and not a square.

Important: although the padding is nice, there is "play" on the floor. I have tried it on concrete and carpeting, and when one sits on it for a low cable row, etc., the entire thing moves as it has little weight. I should have just gone to the carpet store, asked them for overstock, and had them cut and hem a piece for my gym floor for $100 and been done with it. Once yiou buy a few of these "tiles", you'll be into it for $100 or more, and it just is not as good.


AB STRAPS
AB STRAPS
Price: $26.63
16 used & new from $22.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!, April 29, 2015
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Super strong, well-padded. I own the $13 Perfect Gym Ab straps, too, and they are abysmal. These Valeo padded straps with great clips are worth every penny of the price difference.

Note: if someone is small in size, or has smaller arms, these Valeo Ab straps may be too large.


Cap Barbell 6-Piece Anti-Microbial Puzzle Mats
Cap Barbell 6-Piece Anti-Microbial Puzzle Mats
Price: $25.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Significant tips and compatibility points., April 29, 2015
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Important: the 6-piece Cap barbell mat set comes with edges (as seen in the photo); the 12-piece Cap barebll set does not come with edges.

Important: the 6-piece Cap barbell mat set DOES NOT fit with the 12-piece Cap barbell set; the side puzzle pieces DO NOT align and thus they cannot be used together.

Key: when buying more than one of the 12-piece sets, note that you can make a 4 square by 3 square rectangle, but if you want a true square, such as 4x4, you will be buying many more sets or will have to not use a couple squares. What am I talking about? Mathematics, which I learned the hard way. Suffice it to say that these are best used in a rectangle and not a square.

Important: although the padding is nice, there is "play" on the floor. I have tried it on concrete and carpeting, and when one sits on it for a low cable row, etc., the entire thing moves as it has little weight. I should have just gone to the carpet store, asked them for overstock, and had them cut and hem a piece for my gym floor for $100 and been done with it. Once yiou buy a few of these "tiles", you'll be into it for $100 or more, and it just is not as good.


Cap Barbell Weight Bar 2-Inch Zinc Plated Hex Bar Olympic
Cap Barbell Weight Bar 2-Inch Zinc Plated Hex Bar Olympic
Price: $118.00
8 used & new from $118.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware: this one has no extra handles, April 15, 2015
There are three Cap brand hex bars on Amazon. This one is flat, allowing nice low grip on the bar which is ideal for deadlifts, and this one is rated for #1000 max, but one could only achieve this weight if they owned #100 plates, five on each end.

The next one is the one I eventually bought and reviewed, the most popular one, which has two handles: the flat bar, plus two welded on u-handles. This allows one to not have to bend down as much to grip the handles when doing shrugs; it allows one to flip the bar over to have it "flat", so dual purpose. It is rated to #750, presumably as the second set of handles had to be welded on and thus a small degree of potential weakness. This bar has the most Amazon reviews, and the most versatility for anyone not lifting over #750 (in reality, with five #45 plates per side, plus the #50 bar itself, it maxes out at #500, which is true of this bar, too, unless someone owns the #100 Oly plates which few of us do).

Finally, the third option is the Mega bar by Cap. It's longer, has #80 weight in the bar itself, has dual pairs of handles, plus #1000 weight rated (thicker steel) , and fatter grips. Many of those features would make it harder to move and store, fir instance, lying it against a wall needs a longer wall, and I did not want that. Some might (yet, if I was going longer, I'd want it rackable, which none of these are).

Hope that helps you select the best Cap bar for your needs. Bye now.


The Rewrite [HD]
The Rewrite [HD]
DVD
Price: $4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sucks., April 14, 2015
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Contrived. Shallow. Unfunny.

Adore Marissa, but this is not her best work. Hugh is his usual character: not a stretch. Ending is telegraphed from mid-film.


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