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When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010
When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010
by Tony Judt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.21
81 used & new from $17.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and poignant, March 5, 2015
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This is a terrific collection of essays on a broad range of topics, with a focu on the geopolitical. The author has an impressive talent for highlighting subtle and interesting human flaws. I also learned a lot about the topics covered in the book despite the brevity of most of the essays. I only wish the author had lived long enough to remark more on current events.


Lifeproof Fre Case for iPad mini 3 Avalanche (White/Cool Gray) (77-50779)
Lifeproof Fre Case for iPad mini 3 Avalanche (White/Cool Gray) (77-50779)
Price: $89.99
2 used & new from $85.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for pool or kid-proofing, March 5, 2015
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This cas for the iPad mini 3 is waterproof and drop-resistant. It is built to withstand being submerged in 2 meters of water for an hour or dropped 2 meters onto a hard surface. This is likely overkill for what most people would need, but it is a terrific peace-of-mind solution that should protect your iPad mini investment far above and beyond almost any other case on the market. While it is bulkier than most cases, I was surprised that it was still reasonably slim and doesn't really impede the use of the iPad. It also looks and feels like a high-end case, which should be expected at this price point.


Disney Sofia the First Balloon Tea Party Playset
Disney Sofia the First Balloon Tea Party Playset
Price: $24.99
8 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for any Sofia fan, March 3, 2015
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This is a lovely little toy sure to please any Sofia the First fan. Both my daughters love the show and while I don't recall seeing something like this in any episode, hot air balloons are mentioned. It is a clever design and goes great with almost any other similarly proportioned Sofia toys.


Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World
Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World
by Jonathan Mingle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a slog to read through, March 2, 2015
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This book is interesting and tells a compelling story involving climate change and displaced cultures. The narration gets in the way of enjoying the content. The book drags on due to poor flow and wordy description that is merely inefficient. I found myself groaning almost audibly at times. The reader does not need to get bogged down in boring minutia or every possible related thought the author may have on a subject.


Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter - Underwater Scenes
Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter - Underwater Scenes
Offered by Toys.
Price: $8.53
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3.0 out of 5 stars To little to decorate, March 2, 2015
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My kids have enjoyed several of these arts and crafts glitter sheet things. This one works very well as far as getting the sheets to stick on easily. Like the others, you just place the small sheet of glitter paper on the sticky surface and rub to apply. Unfortunately, there isn't really so much to do given there are only 2 scenes to decorate and there aren't even that many things to decorate within each scene. My kids finished these in about 20 minutes and had plenty of glitter paper left. Also, the whole 'mess-free' claim is a bit misleading since the tiny pieces of white paper that you take off to reveal the sticky paper ended up all over the floor, but it does beat getting paint or marker on clothes. There really should have been at least 4 different scenes to decorate. Otherwise, it is a good product.


Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with Tray
Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with Tray
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great design, February 26, 2015
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This is a compact, simply designed seat for older babies/toddlers equipped with a couple little distracting toys and a removable tray. I really like the theme, and we have some other similarly themed Fisher-Price products. It is easy to clean and works well. It is especially useful if you have other kids so they can interact with your little one more versus a high chair.


Aqua Lung Sport Flexar Mask Fin Snorkel Set, Black Blue - ML
Aqua Lung Sport Flexar Mask Fin Snorkel Set, Black Blue - ML
Offered by Prime Scuba
Price: $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, February 26, 2015
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I was expecting a bunch of cheap plastic without many practical features, but this is an excellent snorkel set that is superior to what you would usually see in shops by the beach. The mask is very comfortable and has large 4mm tempered glass for excellent optical clarity. The snorkel thing you breathe through has a nice curvature that makes it easy to use and is both light and tough. The fins are also great, being small enough to carry around easily but also highly effective. Color scheme looks pretty good too, not that it's even socially acceptable to don this gear around where i live.


OXO Good Grips Over-the-Door Side-by-Side Double Hook
OXO Good Grips Over-the-Door Side-by-Side Double Hook
Price: $7.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Works well, but not for heavy items, February 24, 2015
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This over-the-door hook works fine for most purposes. It is quite easy slide on doors and fits just about any door thickness. When I tried to hand something heavy, like a few big jackets, it buckled on top but stayed on the door. I expect if you regularly hang heavy items from it that it will eventually deform too much or break. I also would have preferred foam behind the hook where the plastic touches the door to keep the hanger from making noise.


Constitutional Calculus: The Math of Justice and the Myth of Common Sense
Constitutional Calculus: The Math of Justice and the Myth of Common Sense
by Jeff Suzuki
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $33.20
23 used & new from $24.36

5.0 out of 5 stars A deeper pop-science book, February 22, 2015
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It is refreshing when a book like this finds a successful marriage of clear and captivating communication and actual mathematics. I enjoy reading the usual pop-science fair, but Suzuki goes a bit more in-depth with the mathematics. The result is, mostly intriguing but lacking feasible and practical application, at least as promoted in the book. This is not really a complaint. Optimal solutions or economic/mathematical theory or often disconnected from what works in the real world. I suspect this is especially true in the fields of Law and Politics where solutions are often cobbled together haphazardly.

A plethora of mathematics and statistical techniques are used and described. While some of these may be a bit technical for a broad audience, most with a moderate technical background should find the author's discussions easy to digest. Overall, some of the topics were a bit boring compared to others and some dragged on a bit longer than I would have preferred. However, I still enjoyed the book thoroughly and would easily recommend it to those who enjoy these types of books.


Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard
Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard
Price: $139.98
4 used & new from $139.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great design, February 19, 2015
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I got this to replace an older Graco Pack and Play. While the Pack and Play didn't seem overly heavy to me, this "play yard" is much lighter. I could actually see taking it with me somewhere, though the need has yet to arise. The style is much, much more modern and tasteful than the old unit I have from my first two kids. They didn't actually get much use out of it. The design for the raised portion actually is much better with this Fisher-Price play yard. The baby is nestled in comfortably, cozily and securely while having some limited freedom of motion.


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