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Elastic Band Senior Fitness Program: Elastic Band Senior Fitness Program
Elastic Band Senior Fitness Program: Elastic Band Senior Fitness Program

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's all scanned, November 9, 2014
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Well, okay. After only a quick skim, I have no fault to find with the exercises. A good assortment: basic, simple, illustrated. My problem is with the formatting; all the pages are scanned, including the text. So on my Nexus 7 (2013) and my iPad Air -- both high resolution displays -- everything is fuzzy. Not unbearably so, but fuzzy. It's no better on a Nexus 5 smartphone. You also have to double-tap every page to expand it to full-screen size; you can't navigate page to page by swiping.
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Hamburger Patty Paper - Box of 1000 Sheets: Single Box
Hamburger Patty Paper - Box of 1000 Sheets: Single Box
Offered by KegWorks
Price: $10.61
9 used & new from $10.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be used for origami, too, June 2, 2012
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Nice, square, semi-transparent paper that takes a crisp fold. Note at 5.5 inches, these are smaller than standard 6-inch origami papers. Great for folding practice! Be aware that although one side is slightly smoother than the other, it can be hard to tell whether you're looking at the front or the back; if you need the visual cue provided by the color, this might be a tougher paper to use.

As another reviewer pointed out, this is impregnated paper, more like parchment than true wax paper (If you need the waxy stuff, check out Norpro 3403 Square Wax Papers, 250 Piece, which is also "official" 150mm origami size.). On the other hand, you can write on these with a Sharpie without smudging.

I noticed that this is the same product as Geometry Patty Paper - Box of 1000 Sheets: Single Box. That product is slightly less expensive but has a shipping charge. Since I use Amazon Prime, the patty paper was a better deal for me than the geometry paper.

I figure a thousand sheets is a lot of paper for origami practice, and if you don't mind losing color I think you'll be happy with this. And the burger-freezing thing is an unexpected bonus!


Norpro 3404 Square Wax Papers, 250-Piece
Norpro 3404 Square Wax Papers, 250-Piece
Offered by The Houseware Shoppe
Price: $6.92
7 used & new from $6.41

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for origami, June 2, 2012
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Makes a really interesting origami paper if you know what you're doing. Takes a crisp fold but it's not very forgiving, that is, if you try to correct errors you'll get all sorts of ugly lines showing through on your finished model. Also, though one side is smoother than the other, it can be hard to tell whether you're looking at the front or the back; if you need the visual cue provided by the color, this might be a tougher paper to use. I love the stuff, though.

It's perfectly square and exactly the same size as standard 150mm (6 inch) origami paper; if you mix and match you can get modular origami with occasional transparent panels. It comes in a thin cardboard box which looks like it will hold up better than the crappy cellophane you get with many other papers. Or you can store it in the Yasutomo Japanese Origami Folding Paper Case Box #4006. It looks like the plastic box will hold 3 or 4 of these 250-sheet packs.

Note that unlike most of the other patty papers sold on Amazon, this paper is really waxy. For origami use, I suspect that means using a folding bone is an iffy proposition (but I haven't tried this), and, of course, techniques like wet folding are impossible.

I'm just delighted Amazon stocks this item. I'll try to post an image or two as I experiment with this paper.


Creating a Web Page with HTML: Visual QuickProject Guide
Creating a Web Page with HTML: Visual QuickProject Guide
by Elizabeth Castro
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from $1.61

5.0 out of 5 stars So sorry it seems to be disappearing, February 27, 2012
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Not perfect, but explains building a page with CSS. This tutorial does not mess around with deprecated HTML syntax such as tables and font tags, nor does it confuse the novice reader by being too comprehensive. Well-indexed with excellent appendices for tags, properties/values, colors, special characters, and so forth. I do not teach the project in this book directly. However, I provide my students with a roadmap showing where the book applies tags I'm using in class. Those students who feel lost in HTML can work through the project on their own, and still come out at the same place I get to with what I teach. All in all, an excellent tool.


basyx by HON HVL531 Mesh Back Work Chair for Office or Computer Desk, Black
basyx by HON HVL531 Mesh Back Work Chair for Office or Computer Desk, Black
Price: $133.79
29 used & new from $113.49

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big missing features plus minor complaints, February 27, 2012
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This chair does tilt, as advertised, and you can rock back in the seat with adjustable tension. The problem is that it only locks in the lowest position, i.e., where the seat bottom is parallel to the floor. If you would be more comfortable with the chair permanently tilted back a little, forget it. With my physique this means that I feel that I am always leaning forward a bit. The back of the chair is also in a fixed position, so it's impossible to have the angle between the seat and the back open to wider than 90 degrees. There's no adjustment for lumbar support; you get what you get. If you're not built to the average that Hon used to design this chair, you might be uncomfortable. Look elsewhere if you want more customizability.

Assembly is straightforward, but for us it was not the slam dunk others have described. The screw holes in the armrests are actually slots, so you can adjust the width from armrest to armrest only after the chair is built. All the bolts required quite a bit of force for the last quarter inch or so. And it was no fun when we dropped the allen wrench into the riser mechanism; turns out the allen wrench is precisely the right length to wedge across the mechanism. We had to push it out with a chopstick.

Am I keeping the chair? Yes. The construction is solid, as many have said, and it would be just too much work to disassemble it and pack it up to return it. Would I buy it again? No. Maybe chairs are such personal items that you really need to sit in them before you buy. That's the lesson I'm learning here.
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Visual Language of Design DVD
Visual Language of Design DVD
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
Price: $89.95
2 used & new from $59.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of garbage, August 2, 2006
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I am actually livid about this. First it's a sub-par transfer of an hour of VHS material so forget any DVD niceties. Judging by the awful color and wretched sound it comes from the early 80s, and the style is that of industrial safety videos from much, much earlier. I teach publication design to non-designers, and I was suckered by the title, hoping for a low-stress introduction to basic principles (line, color, etc.) as used by fine artists. Hah! This is perhaps the most slow-paced, tedious, pedantic presentation you could imagine. The writing and delivery drain all interest from the subject matter. The paintings are predictable and not very interesting. Most are obscure, and I can figure out no rationale for the selection other than the producers' convenience. There is no discussion of historical or biographical context. The analysis is purely structural, so it offers no insight into the process of creation. If you want a DVD that will make your viewers hate art, this is it. Proof that Amazon will market anything in a box, regardless of quality.


Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom
Offered by bookscoutfinds
Price: $16.99
29 used & new from $0.28

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jarring transitions, July 19, 2005
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This review is from: Mad Hot Ballroom (Audio CD)
I'll be back to give 5 stars to the DVD of the film when it's released. The movie is terrific, and my 7-year-old and I were mesmerized. But we're not as positive about this soundtrack. It's great if you want a recap of the music in the movie. Also great if you're unfamiliar with jazz and dance music of the last century and need a sampler. But if you want to just sit and listen, this may not be the album for you. The leaps from big band to salsa to tango to whatever are startling; you might prefer recordings that stick to a single genre. I also don't think the sound engineering on this album was that crisp; the music is sometimes pretty muddy. Follow the names of the performers you see here and explore their other recordings. There's a ton of great stuff out there.


Wusthof 12-Inch Square-End Cutting Board
Wusthof 12-Inch Square-End Cutting Board

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely functional, December 31, 2004
I started out by over-researching the subject, learning why I wanted end-grain, thick, heavy construction, blah blah blah. If you're reading this, you've probably been down the same road, so I'll spare the details on why this seemed to be the perfect small cutting board. . . . I began by oiling the thing copiously, and it sure drank a lot of oil. Maybe it was capillary action through the end grain, because eventually it began leaving an oil stain wherever I put it down. You couldn't place a piece of paper on its surface either. Okay, lesson learned. My fault, I figured. . . . By this point, the board had developed a lovely old wood look and was actually decent as a cutting surface. I was religious about heat and water and wet foods and cleaning and reoiling, but that didn't prevent the warping. About 8-9 months after purchasing it, it began to curve, even while leaving oil spots, so oil wasn't the answer. I can still use it by making sure the convex side is up, but it's a pain. If the concave side is up, the board slides around the counter like a hockey puck. . . . The latest development is cracking. The manufacturers cut a groove in the center of each side to act as a handle. The blocks that make up these thinner pieces around the grooves are now splitting. I'm fully expecting the cracks to gradually extend into the sweet spot of the board. . . . Sigh. It's still okay as a cutting surface, but an object of beauty it's not. Certainly beneath normal Wusthof quality.


Kipper - Pools, Parks & Picnics [VHS]
Kipper - Pools, Parks & Picnics [VHS]
VHS
Offered by VHS movies for your VCR
Price: $6.99
23 used & new from $0.21

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, gentle videos, August 4, 2001
If anything you have read above appeals to you, do not hesitate. Whip out your credit card and buy every Kipper tape you can find! This is one of the few video series that requires no parental policing and can be viewed by all with delight. The stories are gentle and affectionate and are imbued with the warmth of genuine friendship. The animations are simple but charming. The plots revolve around kid-level problems that are solved with a bit of inventiveness, much consideration, and a dash of bemusement. The characters are well acted without the cloying adults-pretending-to-be-children edge that you find in many US videos; BBC regular Martin Clunes, who does the voice of Kipper, is absolutely amazing. The pacing is suited to very young toddlers yet the stories are engrossing enough for school-age kids.
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Brambly Hedge: Autumn & Winter Story [VHS]
Brambly Hedge: Autumn & Winter Story [VHS]
VHS
Offered by 3D Collectibles
Price: $16.88
8 used & new from $10.00

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a little warning, January 28, 2001
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My 3-year-old daughter was enchanted with the characters, yes, but has refused to view this video a second time. Why? Both segments contain scenes she finds alarming and scary. In the first, the young heroine-mouse quakes in terror of an imaginary weasel. In the second, the protagonists are trapped, shivering, in a collapsing ice tunnel. My kid is not particularly sensitive to dangers she can see, such as the monsters in "The Dark Crystal." What troubles her are imagined terrors, like the unseen, undescribed weasel of Brambly Hedge.


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