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Breakthrough Swimming
Breakthrough Swimming
by Cecil Colwin
Edition: Paperback
84 used & new from $0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Danger, Will Robinson!, January 16, 2015
This review is from: Breakthrough Swimming (Paperback)
This book makes the inane and entirely discredited claim that a swimmer's propulsive force is generated by hydrodynamic lift from the swimmer's hands and feet, like an airfoil. As evidence, the author observed vortices from the swimmer's hands. A few moment of thought shows how preposterous this is. Only streamlined objects can generate lift, because lift requires attached flow. Bluff objects generate drag when the flow detaches from the object. Propulsive force in swimming is generated by rapidly moving the wrists parallel to the direction of motion while holding the hands perpendicular to the direction of motion. When held as such, the hand is a canoical bluff body which creates massive drag as it is pulled through the water. As the hand is pulled through the water, the water separates from the hand and leaves behind vortices which pull against the swimmer's hand (and ultimately pull the swimmer's body forward). There's a good reason this book is out of print. It is full of misleading ideas cloaked in irrelevant technical terms which serve only to confuse the lay reader and ruin your stroke.


Ricoh Theta Digital Camera (White)
Ricoh Theta Digital Camera (White)
Offered by TOP SHOP JAPAN
Price: $494.79
43 used & new from $142.54

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the not the Theta you are looking for, October 29, 2014
Warning! This is the original Theta, not the new cheaper Theta M15 with video recording and faster wifi. (The theta360.com site incorrectly links to this product page.)


Divided Pin Shelf Rest (25 pieces)
Divided Pin Shelf Rest (25 pieces)
Offered by Routerbitworld
Price: $3.75
3 used & new from $1.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Works on 1998 era Crate & Barrel bookcase, August 9, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I purchased a Crate & Barrel bookcase circa 1998. It is lovely to look at but the shelves are held up with plastic shelf pins. Every year some more of those plastic pins break and we loose another shelf. Crate & Barrel doesn't support their own products, there's nothing that works in Home Depot or Lowes, so I figured I give these pins a try. They do!


The Night of the Hunter [Blu-ray]
The Night of the Hunter [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Robert Mitchum
Offered by newbury_comics
Price: $29.99
24 used & new from $25.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The one to watch, August 8, 2014
The Night of the Hunter is a dark fairy tale, akin to those collected by the Brothers Grimm.
Think Hansel and Gretel cross Cinderella, but I would not recommend it for children.
The acting and cinematography are highly stylized, with many memorable scenes and striking shots.
Although it predates Tim Burton's movies by decades, its visual style is similar.
It's filmed in black and white, but it's not Film Noir in any significant way.
Nonetheless, the acting, directing, and cinematography are top notch.
This is an outstanding film, and this transfer by Criterion is the one to watch.


Night of the Hunter [Blu-ray]
Night of the Hunter [Blu-ray]
10 used & new from $14.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dark fairy tale, August 8, 2014
The Night of the Hunter is a dark fairy tale, akin to those collected by the Brothers Grimm.
Think Hansel and Gretel cross Cinderella, but I would not recommend it for children.
The acting and cinematography are highly stylized, with many memorable scenes and striking shots.
Although it predates Tim Burton's movies by decades, its visual style is similar.
It's filmed in black and white, but it's not Film Noir in any significant way.
Nonetheless, the acting, directing, and cinematography are top notch.
This is an outstanding film, but don't get this version.
The Criterion release is the one to watch.


Sigma 311306 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon Cameras
Sigma 311306 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon Cameras
Price: $949.00
45 used & new from $769.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best autofocus normal lens that money can buy, August 4, 2014
I mostly shoot sports with my D4 using all the top-rated Nikon F mount lenses, including the Nikon 300mm f2.0, Nikon 200mm f2.0, and Nikon 85mm f1.4. 50mm is my favorite focal length and I have been waiting DECADES for Nikon to make a good 50mm with autofocus. I have tried all of the Nikon F mount normal lenses and found them lacking, including the Nikon 50mm f1.4G, Nikon 50mm f1.8G, Nikon 50mm f1.8D, Nikon 60mm f2.8 Micro, etc. Recently I had to shoot a team photo in a cramped space and so I tried this lens based on its awesome DxO Mark score. And it was outstanding! Really it has outstanding resolution and microcontrast. It won't replace the 200mm f2.0, but this is the best autofocus normal lens that money can buy for the Nikon F mount. I even prefer it to the Nikon 85mm f1.4G. And it's very inexpensive - nearly as good as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 but with autofocus and at 1/4 the price. Go Sigma Art! I think I will buy Sigma's next Art lens sight unseen.


Nikon 200mm f/2G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon 200mm f/2G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Price: $5,799.95
9 used & new from $4,799.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best lens ever created for action photography, January 17, 2014
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I regularly use a wide range of highly-rated lenses to shoot Judo, Swimming, Sailing, Track and Field, and Cross Country with my D4, including the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma Art 35mm f1.4, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, and Nikon 300mm f2.8. Occasionally I'll throw in some wide angle shots with the Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye (ugh!), Nikon 24mm f1.4 (only at f1.4), and Nikon 12-24mm f2.8 (mostly at f5.6). Each lens has something to offer, but none of them can touch the shots I get from this Nikon 200mm f2.0 lens. When I sit down to review my shots, I'm going through the pictures thinking okay okay bad okay okay wow wow wow okay okay okay, and the transition to wow always occurs for this 200mm f2.0. Unlike any other telephoto lens, you can shoot it at f2.0 and get eye-popping detail and microcontrast, every critical subject feature in focus, along with jaw-dropping subject separation and bokeh. It's gotten to the point where I'm thinking it's the only lens worth shooting with!!! So I'll willingly go through all kinds of contortions just so I can use this lens as much as possible. Really, if I had to thin my kit down to one lens, it would be this one. I would hump this lens up to the top of Mt. Everest barefoot just for the pictures I'd get with it at the top. The pictures it delivers are so extraordinary that I'd rather have a few of those than millions of more ordinary pictures delivered by my other lenses. Yes, it's expensive but if you care about image quality cut whatever expenses you can to save up for it. Live in a hut for heaven's sake, you will be glad you did! Yes it's heavy so start lifting weights until you can one-hand it with ease. It's the only lens that's worth whatever sacrifices you need to make to shoot with it.


Zircon StudSensor e30 Electronic Stud Finder
Zircon StudSensor e30 Electronic Stud Finder
Price: $17.36
8 used & new from $1.82

1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Crap, October 24, 2013
I used this inexpensive stud sensor to locate studs to mount a coat rack. Every pass over the wall gave me a different reading. Finally I settled on the average reading and started drilling into the area most likely to have a stud. But there was none! Just drywall. You will be better served to knock on the wall with your knuckles or do some exploratory drilling than rely on this completely useless stud finder.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 29, 2013 2:49 PM PDT


Garmin Replacement Soft Strap for Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Replacement Soft Strap for Heart Rate Monitor
Price: $33.22
13 used & new from $26.96

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade your broken heart rate monitor, May 10, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This heart rate monitor strap was released in May 2013. You can use it to upgrade your old Garmin premium heart rate monitor (soft strap) to the latest version. This new strap has three skin electrical contact points instead of two, and it is clearly marked to distinguish left from right. You should purchase this product (without the transmitter) if you want to repair your broken Garmin heart rate monitor. Anyone requiring a complete Garmin heart rate monitor would be advised to purchase the new soft strap with the transmitter.

The old Garmin strap has a design defect that causes it to stop working after 2-6 months of use, and unfortunately the new one is no better. Mine stopped working after a few months of very light usage. So if you're not willing to treat this $30 strap as a disposable item, here are two solutions.

The budget solution is to use an electrode gel, like this one Spectra 360 Electrode Gel - Parker Laboratories - 8.5 oz Tube - (Pack of 2). Apply the gel to the skin electrical contact points in the strap, and then secure the strap to your chest. The gel is inexpensive - a single tube could easily last for a year - and in my experience makes the heart rate readings more stable. Unfortunately, it only lasts for 45 minutes or so. If you go for longer or sweatier runs, the electrode gel won't solve your problem.

The high-tech solution is to use one of the newer optical sensor heart rate monitors, like the $80 Scosche RHYTHM+ or the $100 MIO Link. After trying the gel for a few months, I've entirely switched over to the RHYTHM+. Accuracy is good, it's more comfortable than the chest strap, and I can run as long as I want without encountering any problems.


Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor Strap One Color, One Size - Men's
Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor Strap One Color, One Size - Men's
Offered by Road Runner Sports
Price: $69.99
23 used & new from $49.00

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As durable as the previous version, May 10, 2013
This heart rate monitor was released in May 2013 to replace Garmin's original premium heart rate monitor (soft strap), which stopped working after 6 months of light usage. The transmitter is the same, but the strap is different. The new strap has three contact points instead of two, and it is clearly marked to distinguish left from right. So anyone requiring a complete heart rate monitor would be advised to purchase this product. And anyone desiring to repair their broken Garmin heart rate monitor would be advised to purchase the new strap without the transmitter.

The old Garmin strap has a design defect that causes it to stop working after 2-6 months of use, and unfortunately the new one is no better. Mine stopped working after a few months of very light usage. So if you're not willing to treat the $30 replacement strap as a disposable item, here are two solutions.

The budget solution is to use an electrode gel, like this one Spectra 360 Electrode Gel - Parker Laboratories - 8.5 oz Tube - (Pack of 2). Apply the gel to the skin electrical contact points in the strap, and then secure the strap to your chest. The gel is inexpensive - a single tube could easily last for a year - and in my experience makes the heart rate readings more stable. Unfortunately, it only lasts for 45 minutes or so. If you go for longer or sweatier runs, the electrode gel won't solve your problem.

The high-tech solution is to use one of the newer optical sensor heart rate monitors, like the $80 Scosche RHYTHM+ or the $100 MIO Link. After trying the gel for a few months, I've entirely switched over to the RHYTHM+. Accuracy is good, it's more comfortable than the chest strap, and I can run as long as I want without encountering any problems.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 10, 2013 4:45 PM PDT


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