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Shark! Mug
Shark! Mug
Offered by Sell Strong
Price: $13.75
5 used & new from $13.75

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shark week choice, August 21, 2013
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This mug is a fun purchase for Shark Week. It has a matte finish and a whimsical beach scene which covers the entire surface. Unfortunately the changes when hot beverage is added aren't as intense as shown. The sharks are barely visible and the swimmers are gray. Now I'm wishing they'd offer a non-changeable choice because that would be brighter and more colorful. As for cleaning, be gentle: no scrubbing exterior or placing in dishwasher. Avoid soaking in water even for a few minutes as decals could peel off. I've used this mug many times and it's still in fine shape. I also have the disappearing dinosaur mug and it's a kick to watch the full-bodied dinos transform into fossils.

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin
DVD ~ Claire Danes
Price: $9.14
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, April 17, 2011
This review is from: Temple Grandin (DVD)
The near perfect rating over 170+ reviews pretty much says it all. I'd never heard of Temple Grandin until I saw her interviewed along with Claire Danes last year. The entire cast is fine and Ms. Danes won the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal. The directing had to be masterful to handle the many comedic scenes throughout this film. Julia Ormand turns in a great performance as Temple's mother. There's a scene where a doctor advises that Temple be committed to an institution. When pressed for an explanation the doctor suggests the little lady have her husband call him, whereby she responds '...well, my husband is busy and I'm a graduate of Harvard so why don't you try me...' Brilliant! While they're discussing her lack of speech, four year old Temple examines the office wallpaper, mentally repairing the mismatched print. This is an early indicator of her unique thought process and affinity for math and problem solving. Another scene: her French teacher asks her to read aloud in class; the subject matter involves a maritime related subject. Temple has problems reading aloud, becomes frustrated, and blurts out '...why are there so many fish in France!?...' However, once she sits and forms a mental image she's able to absorb the entire page instantly. Ms. Grandin has a fascinating mind and she definitely has a persevering spirit. I laughed out loud at how she got past the good ole boys in the stockyards. Just see it.
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Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone
DVD ~ Jennifer Lawrence
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40 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, February 11, 2011
This review is from: Winter's Bone (DVD)
After hearing all the praise for Winter's Bone I immediately picked up the book and read it in two days. The book by the way is great - beautiful writing, engaging story, interesting characters. Needless to say I had high hopes for the film. Wow, was I disappointed.

With a film like this it's not about where you're going but how you get there, and that's where Winter's Bone fails. Much of the history and personality of the characters throughout Ree's journey have been whittled down to mere clones, making each encounter feel like a repeat of the preceding one. The reason behind her mother's drug-induced haze, Teardrop's reputation and past, her relationship with friend Gail (Sweet Pea) - all are left unexplained. Many of the most intriguing parts of the book, it's symbolic elements and emotional breakthroughs, were omitted as well. What's left is a lifeless shell of a movie.

The acting is average to bad. Jennifer Lawrence's performance is not the nuanced, anger bubbling under the surface performance I was expecting. Her repertoire vacillates between deadpan and over the top. When intense emotion is required her face contorts a la Edvard Munch's The Scream or she over-emphasizes a curse word for effect. Lawrence's poor acting is most obvious when Ree makes a particularly grisly discovery. John Hawkes is good considering what he had to work with and the rest of the cast is par for a low budget film. I wanted to like Winter's Bone and kept hanging in there hoping it would get better. But it never did.
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What Life Was Like: When Rome Ruled the World : The Roman Empire 100 Bc-Ad 200
What Life Was Like: When Rome Ruled the World : The Roman Empire 100 Bc-Ad 200
by Time-Life Books
Edition: Hardcover
142 used & new from $0.01

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in this series, March 19, 2002
This 166-page volume is a nice addition to the What Life Was Like series. Every page is filled with color photos of maps, statuary, wall paintings, and everyday objects - children's toys, soldiers gear, bathing implements, coins, rings, etc. It's written for the casual reader with vivid, easy to read text. Some of the subjects briefly touched upon: the lives/reigns of Julius Caesar, Augustus and Hadrian, the lives and daily routines of everyday people, soldiers and war, gladiators and games, artisans, tradespeople, etc. Also recommended: WLWL On the Banks of the Nile (Egypt 3050-30BC).

Bathing in Public in the Roman World
Bathing in Public in the Roman World
by Garrett G. Fagan
Edition: Hardcover
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study, October 5, 2001
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Half of this 437-page book is dedicated to bibliography, epigraphic samples and the like; what remains is not only educational but highly entertaining. All aspects of ancient Roman bathing are covered with great panache and the bawdy commentary of the bathers, particularly Martial, will elicit surprise and laughter. Early on everyone bathed together. They came to socialize, to ogle and comment on various body parts, and to solicit "favors" while partaking of erotic frescoes and lewd graffiti…oh they were a shameless bunch! They also snacked on odd combinations like fish, eggs, and lettuce, drank until wildly inebriated, and pandered shamelessly for dinner invitations. Amidst all the revelry bathers had to be on guard. Thievery was common so many paid to have their clothing guarded. Also, bathing could actually be unsanitary. Customers lathered liberally with oil and then scraped off the resultant mess with metal instruments called strigils. Some of the baths used water recycled from "public troughs" which predisposed bathers with even slight open wounds to develop gangrene. In addition smoke from the heating furnaces could seep into the rooms, spoiling the gaiety of the occupants. It's all here, everything you want to know about the ancient bathing experience including 24 pages of b&w photos and bath plans. Breeze through the 220 or so pages of readable text and then scan the footnotes for other enlightening tidbits. Great stuff but steer clear if you do not enjoy a highly detailed, scholarly presentation.

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