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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price; but requires tech know-how, March 2, 2011
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There are plenty of technical reviews already; so the aim of this review is to describe how it works out in practise. The 2c answer is we started off with one - we now have two and talked our pastor into buying one!

Now to the issues other people have raised:

The Archos comes with a cut-down market - getting the real Android market involves following some detailed steps on ArchosFans. Our pastor had spent the whole day and was approaching 'rude word' level when I offered to get it working for him. It is really only half an hours work - but you have to be very careful.

Application space being 256M - this means you can easily have twenty or thirty productivity (or game) apps installed and you won't notice an issue. If you are a complete pack-rat and want to install everything and never un-install; then you will hit the limit fairly quickly. Note: this is a limit on the number of DIFFERENT apps - there is plenty of space for documents, music, notes etc

Quality of support - I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab; it has had one update in three months. Archos has released over half a dozen updates in that time. They appear REALLY committed to this tablet.

Technical Support - one of the tablets was knocked from waist-height to the (tile) floor. The LCD cracked; we emailed tech support and got a reply and an returns number in a day - of course we may have to pay for the repair - but still they seem to stand behind their product.

Quality of Unit - playing video or music this device actually beats the Galaxy; it is also a little better to hold for 'long-period' reading. It does feel a little flimsier; but with the hundreds of dollars you save you can buy a pretty nice case!


Battle B-Daman Tournament Set
Battle B-Daman Tournament Set
Offered by Victors Discount
Price: $53.88
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great with a little forethought, January 25, 2007
First I need to tackle the issue of construction. This is literally four pieces of cardboard suspended between plastic runners; one misplaced foot and the whole thing will be destroyed.

HOWEVER- for the price of a small piece of hardboard from home depot and some household glue the construction problems go away and the tournament arena comes to life.

I have four kids from 11 to 3 and this is one of the few games that they ALL love and with suitable teaming and handicapping they can compete on fairly equal terms.

The tournament gives them 10 games although in truth that is really 5 games with some subtle variants. If you have B-Daman and you are prepared to do the work then I think this is a great accessory.

If you don't have b-daman then be aware that many of the components are being remaindered; I'm not sure how long this toy will be supported.


GoGo TV 2 Dodgeball Set
GoGo TV 2 Dodgeball Set
Offered by ScottyJoesBooksToys
Price: $19.60
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition although a little complicated, December 6, 2006
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This review assumes that the main GoGoTV unit work for you. All of the caveats I mention in my review of that product apply here.

Given the GoGo unit works for you then this game is a good addition especially if you can get it at a discount. The game can be played with or without the additional handset. With the handset you can catch balls thrown at you as well as throw the ball and dodge them. Without the handset you can only throw and dodge.

The game can only be played by one player at a time; for children seven and up this is fine. For younger players the game becomes really very difficult unless they have strong motor co-ordination. The game is simple enough for them to understand but it quite taxing. In particular with the other games you can stand the child closer to the camera which makes them bigger and the game easier. With this game they become a bigger target and thus it doesn't help.

On the plus side this is probably the most realistic of the GoGo games (we haven't tried the baseball yet) and certainly it can challenge and exercise the family all the way up through the adults.


GoGo TV Whac a Mole Video Game
GoGo TV Whac a Mole Video Game
Offered by Brothers Vintage Toys and Collectibles
Price: $10.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If the main console works for you then get this game, December 6, 2006
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I have reviewed the whole console seperately and all of the comments about light etc also apply to this game. This review is about the whac-a-mole game ASSUMING the main console works for you.

Put simply the whac a mole game is excellent and is a significant improvement upon any of the game in the box.

Firstly it can be played with or without the supplied mallet. The mallet ADDS the feature that you get more points for hitting harder. On the down side the mallet IS quite heavy; 10 minutes of play with the mallet for an adult is enough to give serious muscle ache the following day. For a young child I think the prospect of doing serious damage either to self, siblings or the product would be too high to allow the mallet to be used.

Without the mallet the game is still great fun; you just pound the little critters with your fists. It allows one or multiple children to play at the same time and as each level progresses the scenery changes and the moles start appearing faster, or even running away or jumping around.

The game is simple enough for a three year old and yet can be challenging enough (especially with a mallet) to act as an aerobic work out for an adult. Highly recommended.


GoGo TV Video Vision Main Console
GoGo TV Video Vision Main Console
Offered by Red Top Mountain Media
Price: $12.72
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent toy provided you understand what it is!, December 6, 2006
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I believe this is an excellent toy; however it does have a high 'cost of ownership' and you need to understand what you are commiting too or you will be sorely disappointed.

Firstly this has one brilliant innovative feature as a game machine. It puts the player INTO the video game via a camera that is installed on the box. However to get a camera that is cheap enough for the price point they had to sacrifice quality; and what they sacrificed was the ability to operate in low light. Here are a few examples of what does an doesn't work to help you measure if it will work for you:

a) If the background that the camera will be be pointing at (ie what you see when you stand at the TV and face AWAY) is WHITE or another light solid color then it works. If the background is dark or very busy then the camera does not work.

b) The place where we stand to play is 10ft away from a west facing french window; the camera works from dawn to dusk with the blinds pulled back. Drawing the blinds or trying to use the system after dark does not work.

c) The system can work under intense flourescent light and -might- work in a heavily lit room; but it will not work under normal 'nighttime' lighting.

The next thing to note is that there are not many games available. We have the four in the original box and the add on 'whac a mole' and 'dodgeball'. I'll comment on each of the four included games as the quality of each effects the value of the product:

a) Baloon juggle - This game works very well with the camera. Essentially the player has to dance around the floor catching imaginary baloons. The game can be made easier or harder by standing nearer or further from the camera. At 15ft away the game was hard enough to seriously tire an adult. At 8ft it can amuse a 5year old and 3 year old for hours.

b) Number fishing - This is an educational game that requires the player to perform 1 digit arithmetic and then catch the correctly numbered bubble. The precise nature of the difficultly narrows the appeal to a 1-2 year age band (generally 6-7)

c) Penguin maze - The idea here is very cool. It is similar to a packman game except it is the player that is running rather than pressing a joystick. However the controls are sufficently hard to use (involving waving your hands over parts of the screen) that adults have difficultly getting beyond the first level.

d) Breakout - This is the classic 'kill the bricks with the ball' game played in arcades, except you have dive around to bounce the ball back. Like the baloon juggle this is challenging for an adult standing a long way back and yet doable for young children up close.

In summary this is a relatively unique idea that beautifully bridges the gap between exercise and video games. However you have to have a room that can handle the lighting and you have to accept that you are paying $50 for two relatively simple games. (Although I am also going to write reviews on the other two games we have).


Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics
Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics
by Bernard L. Ramm
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, even-handed and informative, November 13, 2006
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Bernard Ramm's book almost has to be viewed as a tale of three halves. The title is extremely apposite both in terms of the subject matter that is covered but also in the approach that is taken. The approach is very much one of an even handed survey of all methods of interpretation that can be classified as Protestant. In fact towards the end the author made mention of the `approach that we have been promoting' and I had to think quite hard as to which of the methods discussed was actually the one the author favored. It must also be said that whilst this book is fairly dry and scholarly in approach it is not overly technical. It abounds in references to others works and bibliographies but it does not require significant existing knowledge of the subject matter in hand.

The effect of this distinctive approach had a very different effect upon me for the three major themes that the book carried. The first third is a survey of the historic schools of interpretation. This spanned from the work of the early fathers through to modern philosophic schools. Some of the work on early interpretation I found historically interesting. The work on more modern schools will be less useful to someone avowedly conservative.

The second third is a very detailed and systematic analysis of conservative protestant hermeneutics. As a reference work the degree of distinction obtained is incredible. For example the section on `theologies verses theology' raised a concept I had known but never found a way to verbalize. However if viewed as a `how to' or motivational treatise it was painful in the extreme. This is probably a 'must read' for someone heavily in hermeneutics; however it is hard work.

The third section however was a look at typology, prophecy and parables. This section was simply excellent. Ramm's even handedness here shone brilliantly. He was able to point out flaws and inconsistencies in, for example, the literalists allowance of types that would almost certainly raise barriers if written by a different author. He essentially argues for a millennial and literal approach whilst simultaneously urging a greater appreciation of those passages that do require more spiritualized interpretation. His ability to clearly handle subtle issues requiring finesse make this one of the few texts I have read that have a chance of (slightly) changing someone's thinking on this subject.

One closing comment to make is that whilst this book was printed in 2004 that is the fifth printing of the third revision; the original is a nineteen fifties book. I generally have no problem with aged texts; however some of the sections on historical progression and trends definitely show their age.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good commentary - but a very hard read, September 21, 2006
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I studied this book in depth as part of a course on the Post Exilic Prophets. Dr Unger provides extremely detailed verse by verse exegesis in a literal, pre-trib, pre-millenial vein. He focuses down on the text at a word by word level delving into the original Hebrew from time to time. It is by far the best book I have seen on Zechariah which is an excellent and understudied biblical book - especially from an escatalogic perspective.

So why not five stars? I am not convinced that this book is accessible to the casual or even semi-serious reader. Whilst he delves into the Hebrew a little less that Keil his use of the English language very accurately displays the doctors almost overwhelming erudition. I tend to enjoy books that use a wide vocabulary; this one however sent me to the dictionary two or three times a page.

I think the bottom line is that if you are serious about studying Zechariah and are prepared to do the work of reading this book then it is an excellent resource. A quick bit of light reading for lunchtime it is not (and not even close).


How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
by Gordon D. Fee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.78
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking - it will enhance your Bible reading, September 12, 2006
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This is the best book I have encountered on the subject of biblical interpretation for the casual or semi-casual reader. It tackles a lot of difficult and potentially controversial subjects in a way that is comprehensible to almost any English speaker with a desire to learn.

The recurrent theme of the book is that a passage should be read and re-read to obtain the literary context (context in the bible). This alone, if acted upon, is worth the entrance price of the book. They also stress the need for the historic context which is an understanding of the times and customs of the people.

The negative remarks in the other reviewers and my own reason for dropping to four stars is that the authors deliberately or otherwise reveal their own preferences for interpretation in a number of areas - and most people will find at least one or two to object to.

I am going to mention a few just in case they are 'deal breakers' for you:

a) Their section on translations favors the use of translations that resolve ambiguity in the underlying languages. This resolution essentially relies upon a trust of the bible reader with the translation team in question. -IF- you have that degree of trust then you may well accept their preference for NIV or TNIV. Their suggestion that everyone should study using more than one translation for reference is also a useful concept. Their derisory handling of the KJV and NKJV will annoy some however.

b) Their handling of the New Testament epistles is based upon the concept that precedent does not imply a given action either may or should occur today. This essentially 'removes' a significant amount of doctrinal teaching from the epistles.

c) In Revelation they clearly favor a fulfillment of the majority of the prophecies in the first 400 years. This is obviously contrary to the pre-tribulation, pre-millenial teaching of many churches in the US

d) Withing the Old Testament narratives (and indeed New Testament ones) there is a strong push towards finding the 'main point' of a passage and then skipping the details as 'incidental'. I suspect this is a (valid) push against some extremely baroque allegoric interpretational systems; however it does feel a little odd in the context of "...for all it's worth"

I have highlighted just a few points. I have had to study this book in depth and my website has a number of papers discussing some of the specific points that the author raise in some depth.

The bottom line: I think this book ought to be read; if it forces you to think through what you believe and how you approach your bible study then it will have been worth doing. I do NOT recommend assuming that everything they say -has- to be right.
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New Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
by Robert Glenn Gromacki
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Semi-technical conservative treatment, July 8, 2006
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This book should really be viewed as a study bible for the New Testament without the bible part! It contains sections on the authorship, setting, purpose and outline of each book in the New Testament. The treatments given are extensive; there is also a section that harmonizes the Gospels. The outlines are detailed and there is typically 5-10 lines of commentary for every chapter.

The book is fairly even handed in the treatment it gives of the various conservative opinions on controversial subjects (such as the dating of the Gospels). The more liberal opinions are mentioned but not usually taken seriously. Having discussed the various options the author usually lands on the 'standard' conservative view.

In short this book does not really break any new ground; and it isn't trying to. It is a useful compendium of 'standard' opinion. I would certainly recommend it for anyone that doesn't have a good study bible or for anyone with the interest to sit down and read cover to cover.

It can and is used for a number of degree level courses although frankly I don't think it contains anything that would prove difficult for the casual but interested reader.


Nelson's KJV / NKJV Parallel Bible with Center-Column References
Nelson's KJV / NKJV Parallel Bible with Center-Column References
by Thomas Nelson
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - if this is what you need, July 8, 2006
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In some ways this is peculiar as a parallel bible; for the vast majority of the text the two columns are very, very similar. As such it really cannot be recommended for people that want a 'different view' on the same verse.

Where this bible does, in my opinion, become extremely useful is for people that have a preference for the KJV but that occasionally need a slightly simpler or more modern reading for an archaic word.

As the other reviewer mentioned, it is also useful for people or churches that are in a KJV/NKJV transition and for mixed translation bible studies.

This is the second of these parallel's I've owned; as such I recommend it heartily. However it does have some downsides as a 'go to church' bible. It is relatively heavy and it is hardbound rather than leatherbound. That means that the binding does degrade over time; my first one wore out over the period of about 5 years.

One other point to mention is that whilst it has cross references these are very weak compared to a true study bible.

The marginal references are also of dubious value. If you are using a KJV/NKJV combination then it had -better- be because you prefer the Majority text to the Alexandrian (the Greek text used by all the other translations). Thus the usefulness of the notes is limited to anyone that isn't interested in lower biblical criticism.


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