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LEGO Ideas Doctor Who 21304 Building Kit
LEGO Ideas Doctor Who 21304 Building Kit
Price: $59.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious, April 12, 2016
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A beautiful set, with stunning design elements and amazing detail.


Instant: The Story of Polaroid
Instant: The Story of Polaroid
by Christopher Bonanos
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $7.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book-as-object and book-as-story, October 22, 2012
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The paper, the pictures, the font, the dust-jacket--everything about this book as a physical object is beautifully executed. The story, too, is a treasure. It's both inspiring and admonitory, and you can't help but feel real affection for its human protagonist, an affection shared by Land's employees and one that's evident on every page by the author's rendering.

I'm loath to agree with the man, but Nixon was right: this country needs more Dr. Lands. If only more technology CEOs appreciated the complementary interplay of the humanities and sciences and strived to create a workplace where employees are motivated to flourish, as Land did.


The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald
The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald
by Clifford B. Hicks
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring then, beloved now, October 8, 2011
Like so many of the other reviewers, I read _The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald_ when I was around 11 years old--it was one of those in-class Scholastic book orders that could never arrive fast enough--and loved it and others in the series, particularly _Alvin's Secret Code_.

I'm not sure how many of my five stars have more to do with a wistful nostalgia for my childhood and for the early-60's milieu within which the book takes place, but I can say that it is a fun, exciting story that still resonates with 21st-century kids (if my statistically questionable two-member sample is any indication). Thankfully, stories of mystery, danger, and plucky kid geniuses still hold sway with American juvenile readers (witness the success of the Magic Treehouse series and the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew graphic novels from Papercutz).

Treat your elementary school-aged kid(s) to a reading of this book--you'll both enjoy it. Perhaps it'll even inspire them to try their hand at making a One-jerk Bed Maker or Sure Shot Paper Slinger. If so, I'm hopeful that they'll have as much fun as--but enjoy more success than--I did making them!


Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel
Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel
by Ralph Cosentino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done, June 7, 2011
My five year old son loves this book and so do I. The illustrations and colors are just fantastic, and are guaranteed to delight fans of all ages. For the older ones, as others have noted, a Talmudic reading of the book is richly rewarded, as there are several nods to past renditions of Superman--those I noticed include the Fortress of Solitude and the truck lift from "Superman The Movie," poses from the covers of Action Comics and Superman nos. 1, the robots from "The Mechanical Monsters" Fleischer cartoon, and the akimbo stance from the introduction to the 50s TV show. Incidentally, I also learned something new about Bizarro: in retrospect it makes sense, but who knew that as Superman has cold-breath, Bizarro belches fire balls?!

Mr. Cosentino has done his homework, and his love for the character and medium is evident throughout. Highly recommended.


Data Analysis with Open Source Tools
Data Analysis with Open Source Tools
by Philipp K. Janert
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.69
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, November 22, 2010
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Lucid, learned, and full of insights--a great book on a difficult subject. When I pre-ordered this title, I expected it to be more cookbook-oriented. There are certainly cookbook aspects to it, but it goes way beyond that. For one, it's deep: Janert gives you solutions, sure, but you also get considerable background to go with them. I particularly like chapter 9's sagacious treatment of probability models, especially the section on power law distributions. For another, it's comprehensive--there is a lot of material here, and it's delivered with discipline and care. You can tell that Janert really pushed himself (maybe with a bit of help from his editor) when writing this book. Finally, this book has heart. Data analysis is a means to an end (albeit a wonderful, fascinating one), and the author does his best to ensure that we the reader keep the objective in mind--to inform and enlighten--all the while ensuring that we know enough to pick the right tool for the job. Chapter 16 is another stand-out, and I especially appreciated Janert's distinction here between operational and representative reports and his point about the former: good design emphasizes the content. That's a bit of Tufte-esque advice that we would all do well to remember.
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Practical Data Migration
Practical Data Migration
by John Morris
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, January 22, 2010
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I found myself (vigorously) nodding in agreement on virtually every page of this book, an indispensable distillation of years of experience and insight. The situations and scenarios Morris describes often hit so close to home that I had to wonder if he hadn't secretly been on some of the same projects I have and/or listening in on the meetings! If you are a practitioner in the data quality, MDM, ETL, data conversion/migration/consolidation/integration, etc., space you owe it to yourself **and your clients** to read this book--you and your projects will be more successful for having done so.


Scaredy Squirrel
Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watt
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great message, December 14, 2009
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This is a great little book--cute drawings, droll writing, and a timeless message. You and your kids will love it.


Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel
Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel
by Gordon Linoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.75
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold, October 24, 2008
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Not only is this a first-rate book on data analysis, it's also an absolute treasure trove of useful SQL. This book belongs within arm's reach of every data analyst, business intelligence professional, reportsmith, and, most happliy in my case, those involved in data quality. If I were pressed to find one thing missing, it would be coverage of MS Query, which is embedded within Excel and allows one to connect it directly to a database and execute queries against it, thus obviating the need to cut and paste. To his credit, the author does mention this capability in chapter two, but deems it outside of the scope of the book and therefore goes no further. Perhaps he and/or his editor might consider covering it in an appendix of a future edition, which I fully expect there to be several of--this book is a generous 600+ pages of hard-earned knowledge, and deserves every one of its five-star ratings.


Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM)
Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM)
by Danette McGilvray
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and practical, July 31, 2008
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A strong--and welcome--addition to the data quality literature. I love the "workbook" format, and commend Ms. McGilvray and her publisher for this informed, important, and most of all helpful Baedeker.


Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment
Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment
by Ben Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.24
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide, May 22, 2008
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This book was exactly what I was looking for--chapter eight alone was worth the cost of the book. A word to the wise: rather than assuming its contents from the title alone, read chapter one thoroughly to ensure that this book is right for you.


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