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Great cover. Has a really good look that's earned a couple of compliments already. Fits great, opens and closes smoothly. It does make the phone a bit bulkier, but not annoyingly so - it does have to cover two sliding parts, so of course it's not going to be super-slim (but then, neither is the Droid 2 itself). Overall, VERY happy with the purchase - especially at the price! (Similar covers were $20-$30 at the Verizon store.)...Read more
This book is a smart, witty, and even thoughtful representation of life as a zombie amongst the living. Love, sex, cannibalism and civil disobedience in Northern California as a member of the undead - you really can't beat it for imagination.
The writing is actually decent - though he should have stopped at the 10th George Romero reference. The chapters read like a serial - so much so that I was surprised it hadn't been published previously in a mag or something.
If you like horror or irony, this is a good read - fast and fun. If you're familiar with Santa Cruz, it's even better. (I have a particular love for authors who make local references that I can relate to.)
I've had this notebook for about 3 months. Use it constantly at home and school.
-Lightweight, incredibly portable
- Fast (boot-up and operation - even with lots of programs open)
-Battery lasts 4 hours at least (prob cause the thing isn't running that much, but still ...)
-Keyboard not too small, despite the compact design
-Flips opens really far back so you can always find a good angle - even outside
-Great looking - I get tons of comments on campus, looks way more expensive than it is
-Comes with a padded, zippered case
-No scroll bar on the mouse pad (can't believe what a pain this is - who would have thought?!)
-Have to press a function key to use End/Home keys (this makes a difference if you write a lot of papers/reports/etc. that need editing)
-Right/Left mouse button are one button and this sometimes feels awkward or is hard to hold down - this is esp. important because there is no scroll bar on the mouse pad so you end up clicking the side scroll on the screen a lot
Overall, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I have completely given up using my 15 inch HP notebook and use the Wind all the time. The best computer for the money you can get.
This printer set up quickly and easily - we use it for 4 different computers in our household (including 2 notebooks) with no problems. Network ready is the way to go.
Prints fast and quiet - esp. compared to our old HP ink jet which was loud and made the Ikea desk shake.
No smears or dark areas, dry instantly.
Prints on both sides of the page perfectly - which I dig for my long drafts/recipes/instructions/directions/etc. that constantly wasted paper. I used to keep used pages and re-feed them upside down just to save enviro and money - good riddance to that hassle!
As for cartridge life, can't say yet - but will let you know at 2500 pages.
Very similar shape/size/coloring as the all-in-one HP from about 3 years ago - which I still keep under the desk for copying/scanning/faxing.
Highly Recommend. Worth the money.
The soft cover version of Dame d'Espirit, Zinsser's Emilie du Chatelet explores the life of a 18th century woman driven to expand on the scientific and philosophical debates of her day, while also capable of relishing the social and political duties of upper-class women in Enlightenment France.
Zinsser uses an incredible array of historical sources, from Chatelet's writings, to Voltaire's letters, to inventories of 18th century French homes in her vivid recreation of the period and Chatelet's life. A refreshing and decidedly feminine perspectives on Voltaire and the Republic of Letters is welcome here as we see both historical and biographical paradigms rejected and replaced with new scholarship. Zinsser reasserts du Chatelet's place as a scientist and philosopher in her own right, dispelling much of the sexist and erroneous slander directed at du Chatelet in the last few centuries.
As a historian, I am intrigued and delighted with this book. As a reader, there is a significant portion of this novel that could easily be called boring - in-depth explanations of translating Newtonian theory seriously inhibits the flow of this biography as popular literature. Still, the wonderful detail and insight make it worth a boring chapter or two. In what other book could you find a discussion of Newtonian physics alongside an explanation of bathroom habits at Versailles?
While the 12 pages of the book that actually contain info on the Clash are cleverly written (if you like British humor), there is far too little of it. I guess seeing the cover - a great pic of Strummer, with the promise that the author will "kill my idol" - got my expectations up too high. This book is basically a few pages of quick chronology/bio/the clash ripped everyhting off from the Sex Pistols then took off for the U.S., followed by about 50 pages of discography. What the ??
Let's hear more about each member, let's have interviews, let's have talk about politics, specific lyrics, influence, etc. While brevity is key to punk itself, it kinda sucks in a book about an awesome band that lasted over a decade and had a huge impact on modern music.
And what makes Quantick qualified to declare humself a Clash authority is never explained - but I think that's the least of this books shortcomings.
Pratt's memoir is one of seven in a series of frontier diaries written by women called Life Writings of Frontier Women. The two other volumes from this series I read were also by early 19th century Mormon women. Pratt's is by far the most interesting because it is not just diary entries, but a cohesive narrative of her decision to join the Mormon church and how that irrevocably effected the rest of her life. Pratt illuminates many of the hardships American pioneers faced, and the added grief of following a faith persecuted throughout its early history is eloquently portrayed in her writing.
Pratt's is a great example of both pioneer life, and the life of an American swept up in the Second Great Awakening, all the while espousing (surprisingly) women's rights and proving a great example for female self-reliance in a time when that kind of behavior was far from celebrated. An interesting and unique autobiography.
First off - I am using my Bialetti to make coffee, not espresso, with quality beans. So here's my take -
Coffee from the Bialetti is amazing - you have no idea what your missing until you try it. Flavorful, aromatic, topped with a delicious sheen of natural oils - each cup is a pleasure. You could never make coffee like this w/ a drip machine. But this maker is not exactly "hassle free".
1. Great Coffee
3. No filters to buy
1. A few grounds in the bottom of every pot (not much, but still ...).
2. Cleaning can be a little messy - the filter can be a pain to remove and coffee residue clings in the groves of top cannister.
3. Too small - I know, 6 espresso cups (duh), but I thought I could get at least 2 small coffee cups from it. Not so.
And I happen to have a very particular problem; I have a ceramic top stove. The bottom of the Bialetti covers maybe 2/3 of the smallest burner - which is a BIG no-no (could crack/warp/etc. the top), so I constantly worry about my stove. It's not really the fault of the pot but with the popularity of this type of stove, I can't be the only one with the issue.
In the end I'll be buying the 12 cup - so I don't have to make 2 pots for 2 people's morning coffee, and so I can breathe easy about my stove.
But I would go with the Bialetti over anything else out there - sometimes low (or no) tech is the way to go. The proof is in the coffee.
After owning the Cuisinart DC1200 grind and brew for a few years I specifically wanted a low-tech, easy maintenance design w/out too many parts that need programming and/or cleaning. This coffee maker certainly fit that description. And what a great price, right?!
Well the price is cheap and so it the product. The swing out filter sticks terribly and never closed properly. The flippy lid on the carafe seemed cool at first, until you realize you have to turn the thing totally upside down just to get the coffee out. The white lid started getting that coffee-stained look after about 20 uses, making the whole thing look old and used in less than a months time. The final straw - the carafe knocked against my sink during cleaning and totally shattered into a hundred pieces! (Replacement carafe - 24.99 - almost as much as the coffee maker itself.)
So why the 3-star rating? Well - it made good coffee, with a bare minimum of fuss, whether I made 2 cups or 10. And the coffee never tasted burnt or bitter even after a few hours on the hotplate. So if you don't mind a few idiosyncrasies or stains, and your really careful while washing your dishes, this may be the pot for you.
This has got to be one of the coolest sci-fi novels ever.
The world is populated with franchises - countries, religions, jails, the mafia - all are now small, independently owned and operated franchises with establishments all over the world and all over the greater LA area where a lot of the action takes place.
Of course there's too many people (and no real police) so people live wherever they want - a public storage locker, a Winnebago on the side of the road, in a boat attached to an aircraft carrier, etc.
But many spend their free time in a worldwide metaverse, where you can roam around as a tricked out 3D avatar in total defiance of the laws of physics but still subject of the laws of society and reputation - unknown nobodies still have to wait in a fake line to get into a fake club where all the cool avatars hang out.
This is SO how the future could really be!
Of course, sometimes Stephenson's penchant for extremely detailed descriptions of vague processes and theories get in the way of his great plots and action - like pages and pages about ancient trickster gods and their computer-hacking-tower-of-Babel-rule-the-world plans - but his crazy-hilarious descriptions of this cyber-punk future make up for any long-windedness one might encounter. (And that's his style, so let's cut him some slack - I'm sure some will find the Tower of Babel parts are their favorite) Now if only I could get my hands on a Dentata ... !