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Shark VX3 Cordless Floor-and-Carpet Cleaner, V1950
Shark VX3 Cordless Floor-and-Carpet Cleaner, V1950

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its not a vacuum but its not bad, August 27, 2011
Unless you have a tiny studio apartment this won't replace a vacuum. Instead, think of it as an ergonomic dust-buster.

Since this runs on batteries the suction power isn't great but its sufficient to pick up cat hair, dirt, crumbs, and some dust. Most of my apartment is carpeted and this works relatively well on picking up surface dirt and hair but I know there's a ton of dust still in there. The "edge cleaning" feature is a complete joke and was probably tacked on at the last second by the engineering crew so don't believe that piece of copy. If you're just looking to neaten up quickly, this is a great tool to reach for.

The construction is all plastic and the handle is pretty flimsy. If you have kids or a heavy hand with the hoovering you'll break the handle pretty quickly making it absolutely useless. So be gentle and keep it out of the hands of small people. On the upside the light weight makes it easy to move around.

If you do have a small apartment or a bad back which makes using a dust buster difficult its a good buy. I imagine it would be of limited use to others.


Slik Able 300DX Tripod Kit, with 3-way Pan Tilt Head & Free Tripod Case
Slik Able 300DX Tripod Kit, with 3-way Pan Tilt Head & Free Tripod Case
Offered by Adorama Camera
Price: $99.95
2 used & new from $72.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for studio work, not so much for hiking, July 18, 2010
I picked this tripod up to handle my Mamiya RB67 which is a beast of a camera. It handled the RB67 magnificently and I found it stable enough to handle a monorail 4x5 that was well above its suggested weight capacity. If your only requirements are cheap and sturdy then this is an excellent buy. If you're looking for something that portable, compact, or quick to set up then you're better off biting the bullet and splashing out a few hundred more for something made out of carbon fiber with a ballhead.

Its a great tripod for people who have a studio where they can set their equipment up and store it. Its inexpensive, durable, it will last forever, and it can handle a great deal of weight. I've tried taking it hiking but found that its not only heavy but quite bulky and it doesn't fit comfortably in my pack.


French Milk
French Milk
by Lucy Knisley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.09
129 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling vingettes but lacking an overall story, July 8, 2010
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This review is from: French Milk (Paperback)
I added this to my wish list after having it recommended to me some time ago. It arrived today and it was a pleasant read on the train home.

Each page taken alone really shows how strong her ability to tell a story through the mixture of words and art. I enjoyed her style of illustration and felt it was well suited for piece. Her penwork keeps the work flowing quickly and gives you just a taste of the scene.

I had two problems with the work. Each page, although interesting on its own, really had little relationship to the others other than being set in chronological sequence. Although the book was very clearly described as a journal of her time in Paris I was expecting something to tie it all together.

The other issue was the lack of character development. Its autobiographical but I need to relate to the author as a character since I don't know her as a person. There's not much to introduce me to this obviously talented 22 year old cartoonist. The people around here were mentioned but there wasn't much to grab onto about her relationship with them. I didn't get much of a sense for Paris either.

I enjoyed reading each page but really didn't feel that they work with each other once you slap some glue along one edge and put a cover on it.


Pizzeria Kamikaze
Pizzeria Kamikaze
by Etgar Keret
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from $24.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie turned out to be better than the book, July 8, 2008
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I picked this up after watching Wristcutters, A Love Story. The movie was quite good even with the happy ending and I figured that the graphic novel would be an equally good read. I won't say there's anything necessarily wrong with the comic except that it needs to be at least twice as long. The pacing was entirely too fast and I couldn't care less about any of the characters as no time was given to develop them or their relationships. The plot itself was interesting, it just fell off the tree long before it was ripe.


Eastern Standard Tribe
Eastern Standard Tribe
by Cory Doctorow
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.01
86 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute doesn't a novel write, December 11, 2007
This review is from: Eastern Standard Tribe (Paperback)
Doctorow is a good writer. If you're familiar with Boing Boing, you'll probably know him as a writer and editor there and I've certainly enjoyed what he had to say in that forum and other online ones.

However I feel suckered when I laid out $13 to read this piece of fluff that's masquerading as a novel. The characters are extremely weak and the plot just drifts along without coming to any sort of solid conclusion. The ideas behind the book are interesting but I just don't think they're worth reading about in a novel that's as uncompelling as this one. You can see where he's taken current trends in how technology is shaping society and twists them to an absurdist end, but at best they're material a cute little 'gee wiz' short story, not a full novel.

I'd stick to boing boing and skip this one.


Aroma AVC2001G HydroPur Filtration Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green
Aroma AVC2001G HydroPur Filtration Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cleans your house, but you can't clean the tank, July 18, 2007
There's no question this is a great vacuum. It will suck all the dust and grime out of your house and its especially great if you have multiple pets. The motor is quite powerful and the wide range of accessories makes cleaning the house rather easy.

The problem is once you finish cleaning your house, its impossible to clean the vacuum properly. Empting the tank is somewhat difficult as there's no spout to pout it out. The hole for the hose is badly positions meaning you can easily slop water all over the place. Then comes the problem that the tank is designed with ridges throught it to drop the dirt as it comes into the water. These make it impossible to get the tank entirely clean as it gets trapped, even with repeated washing. Then the tank is divided in two so that the motor can it on the tank, making it impossible to get in there and scrub the back half. There are also sharp corners where organic material gets trapped and start rotting. Even with hot bleach rinses, its going to stink after a while.

It works great at cleaning your house but the product becomes too disgusting to use after a while. They should have made the tank easier to clean.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works great, impossible to clean, July 18, 2007
I was extremely pleased by the vacuum at first. It had a lot of suction power, it was relatively easy to use on our hardwood floors and it took care of the dust and cat dander like a charm. Compared to our floor shark it was a dream come true.

Then I went to empty the water canister out into the toilet. The hair and dust had lumped together in a disgusting mass. Fantastic, look at all the nasty that is no longer lying around my house. Once I duped the solid mass into the toilet I tried rinsing out the tank only to discover that it was extremely difficult to rinse all the residue out of the tank due to its design. Its not an empty tank, has a number of protrusions which tend to trap dirt and you can't get your hand in there to scrub it out. Not being able to clean the tank out properly means that a layer of crap builds up that even a strong hot bleach solution can't clean out. When I turn the vacuum on it emits a swamp stench.

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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet  (Leisure Arts #15906) (Donna Kooler's Series)
Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet (Leisure Arts #15906) (Donna Kooler's Series)
by Donna Kooler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.45
69 used & new from $2.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left handers rejoyce, October 19, 2006
I'm giving this one five stars for being the only knitting or crochet book I've found so far that provides instructions for both left and right handers on the same page instead of the usual lame "hold the book up to the mirror like the crafting pariah you are lefty" advice.

Oh yeah, and the rest of the book is comprehensive. Thumbs up.


Re/Search #12: Modern Primitives
Re/Search #12: Modern Primitives
by V. Vale
Edition: Paperback
22 used & new from $7.04

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first view into modern primitives, April 21, 2006
This book is how most people I've run into became aquainted with the modern primitive and body modification culture. Re/Search has done an excellent job of putting this work together and suprisingly enough in the days of the internet providing instant access to most aspects of subculture, it has stood up to the test of time. This isn't a photobook, rather its an illustrated series of interviews and some critical essays regarding the modern primitive movement. If you're expecting hot chicks with pierced nipples, you'll be sorely dissapointed but if you're actually interested in seeing what drove people to engage in these body practices, you'll find it a favorite item in your library.


Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death
Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death
by Akiko Miki
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from $76.19

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview, April 21, 2006
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My back still aches from carrying the damn thing home with me from the office which should give you an idea of just how comprehensive the work is.

The initial impression that most people have of Araki is that he's a dirty, dirty old man.

Which is true.

More importantly, he's someone who has documented every aspect of his life through photography. As much as people will focus on the sexual aspects of Araki's work, its just a part of the larger body of work which quite simply, includes everything. The book does an excellent job of selecting some highlights from an immense body of work produced by everyone's favorite dirty uncle. I have yet to extensively go through the interviews and writing but they provide a nice insight into his process and philosophy of photography.


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