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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, but it drags a bit., November 12, 2014
I've read 1491 and enjoyed it. This book, as many other reviewers have noted, seems disorganized. The basis of the book, the thesis that Columbus and other explorers created a globalized economy and environment, is interesting in own right, and justifies the writing of, and reading of this book. But, it drags quite a bit. I'm a pretty voracious reader, and am struggling to finish it.


eVo4 Duo for iPod Classic 80/120GB, Blue
eVo4 Duo for iPod Classic 80/120GB, Blue

1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre product, August 18, 2013
I bought one of these several months ago. I took no time at all for the blue faceplate to crack in such a way that it would no longer stay on the silicon base. Now, the belt clip has snapped from ordinary use. Not worth $30 at all.


Apple iPad Smart Case (Green) - MD457LL/A
Apple iPad Smart Case (Green) - MD457LL/A
Offered by CallofDeals
Price: $18.99
42 used & new from $10.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great, January 13, 2013
I bought this case at an Apple store to go with a 4th generation iPad. I thought the green would be distinctive and fun. After two or three months, I'm less pleased with it.

Pros:
- Fits well
- Material seems durable
- Lightweight and thin

Cons:
- The material discolors wherever the user holds it the most (the light green really show the discoloration, and I assume other light colors like blue or pink would show it as well)
- Does not work effective as a stand. The front folds into a triangle to form a stand, but it does not work terribly well.
- Expensive for the the material and type of cover (I see full-grain leather covers for about the same or less)


Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are
Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended with one caveat, October 3, 2012
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I really liked this book. The authors presented solid, time-tested techniques for creative photography. Their writing style is engaging and easy to read. I would recommend it, especially to photographers starting their journey into DSLR photography.

So, why four stars instead of five? For me, and probably most photographers with a fair amount of experience, the material was mostly review.


Sennheiser PMX80 In-Ear Sport Series II Behind the Head Earphones
Sennheiser PMX80 In-Ear Sport Series II Behind the Head Earphones
2 used & new from $68.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Not durable for the price, February 4, 2011
I bought these as a replacement for a worn-out PMX70. The PMX80 lasted only a couple months. The right speaker started to buzz intermittantly a couple weeks ago, which is odd, considering I play my music and podcasts at moderate volume.

The other weak spot with these, and it is a literal weak spot in the construction, is the the connecting point where the speaker attaches to the neckband. I saw over the short lifespan of these headphone that the plastic at that point was starting to show signs of getting bent or stressed. Finally, I pulled my iPod out of a large, loose jacket pocket to find one of the speakers broken nearly completely loose from the neckband. As much as I like having the neckband to help hold the earphones in place while I work out, the weak connecting point makes these useless.


The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents
The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overall approach to ADHD, April 16, 2010
The approach to ADHD presented in Nancy Ratey's book is well thought out. The book also flows well and is easy to read.


Across the Universe (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Across the Universe (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Evan Rachel Wood
Offered by Big_Box_Bargains
Price: $14.36
222 used & new from $0.01

10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plasticine movie, August 28, 2009
Here's the short version: Take every stereotype of the Sixties and every stereotypical photographic/videographic image of the Sixties, then throw them into a blender with the Beatles catalog. What comes out? This tasteless mush of a movie.

The longer version of a critique involves the fact that the creators of this so-called movie want to tug at our heart-strings with familiar images that are supposed to elicit sentimental feelings out of historical parts of our lives. Images of 'Nam are supposed to make us remember how horrible the war was. Images reminiscent of Kent State try to evoke the horrors of that tragedy. Referencing common themes of the Sixties does not make this a good movie about the Sixties. "Across the Universe" lacks any coherent narrative voice that makes us care about the characters in the story.

And, as a side-tangent, Bono's cameo was comical in that he came across as a Robin Williams caricature of Bono.


Run for Life: The Injury-Free, Anti-Aging, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100
Run for Life: The Injury-Free, Anti-Aging, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100
by Roy M. Wallack
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.97
91 used & new from $0.01

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aims for the elite runner only, June 20, 2009
"Run for Life" is an entertaining and interesting book, and has some very motivational aspects to it. But I believe the author wrote the book with some unusual assumptions in mind:
1. That the readers are all training for marathons and ultramarathons. Or, if they aren't doing so, they ought to be. Most of the runner profiles in the book are of individuals who spend good chunks of their lives training for and traveling to participate in marathons and extreme races. Some of those runners are very interesting, like Bobbi Gibb, the woman who proved that women can run long races, and is a motivational figure from a historical point of view. But, most of the profiles are of folks who have spent their lives training for races and events that most of us will never enter. The book really ignores the average runner who might really just want to be able to run five, ten, or 15K for basic fitness.
2. That the readers have unlimited time and money to put into their training program. One example of the time issue is an athlete profiled named Michelle Barton who spends four hours a day doing the equivalent of a triathlon. She has the time to do that because she only works three hours a day. Barton lives with her parents, who also provide childcare for her daughter. Most of the readers are likely to work eight or ten hours a day and lucky to find an hour or two to work out. The author seems to be promoting certain products, like e3 Grips and Vibram Five Finger shoes. I believe the benefit of these products can be obtained by good form, without buying the products for the runner on a limited budget.
3. That the readers have the resources to get unlimited medical treatment for the wear and tear that this high-intensity training will impose on the body. The author even goes so far as to recommend traveling to India for joint resurfacing because it costs less there than in the United States.
4. That the point of life is to train, rather than training to make a person more fit for life.

This book does briefly touch on useful training techniques, like soft running and stretching exercises, but doesn't go heavily into those techniques. I find three other books/products are more useful for keeping a runner healthy: "Chi Running" by Danny Dreyer with Katherine Dreyer, "Moving Toward Balance" by Rodney Yee and Nina Zolotow, and "The Stretch Deck: 50 Stretches" by Olivia Miller.

Update: One of the methods described in this book, barefoot running, is causing a rash of injuries. This illustrates that not all of the latest and "greatest" techniques are perfect. Just because a technique is new and trendy does not mean that it outperforms the traditional techniques. [...]
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The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.26
124 used & new from $9.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good photos, writing could use improvement, April 28, 2009
My first criteria for rating a book is whether I'd buy another by the same author. In this case, I would probably seek out another author due to the writing style in "The Photographer's Eye." Michael Freeman makes the concepts of composition a little too abstract and "artsy." And, to be honest, his style doesn't capture my attention. I've found myself having read passages of text where I had just glossed over it without really taking in the meaning. As a comparison, I read Stephen Johnson's "On Digital Photography" right before this book, and found it much more engaging.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the stock straps that come with cameras, February 21, 2009
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This strap is SO much more comfortable than the cheap straps that come with cameras. And, it detaches easily if the photographer is using a tripod instead of handheld photography. It's still hard to believe that camera manufacturers aren't including straps this good on their cameras that cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars.


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