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Wisehands Best Special Color Temporary Tattoos 8 Sheets
Wisehands Best Special Color Temporary Tattoos 8 Sheets
Offered by Wisehands
Price: $12.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars smudged pattern on skin; many fake reviews for this product, August 21, 2016
Lousy product. Do not waste your time and money with this. The tattoos smudge easily. Can't get a sharp transfer of the pattern onto the skin.

Also - beware of the many 5.0 reviews for this product. Note that most of them are by 'Amazon Customer', and when you click on that 'customer', you see that s/he has written only one review. That review for this product. Oh, and many [80 or so] of the reviews are just one short sentence. This really smells bad. Like the manufacturer ginned up some people (in China?) to write those.


Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys
by E. S. Turner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars a vanished British society, July 31, 2016
This review is from: Boys Will Be Boys (Paperback)
A book exists in the context of its time. However as decades move on, that context is lost. Turner provides us with a social history of the penny dreadfuls, giving a perspective not of the books themselves, but of the now vanished Britain and its Empire. The backdrop against which the books were placed. Of those cited, I had only read Billy Bunter. Our primary school in Australia had a bunch of well worn copies and I contributed to that erosion.

The Bunter books were typically not set in explicit years. You had to nut out when. Turner fills in the gaps. Typically written before the Great War. In Edwardian Britain, when their Empire peaked. Though some of the other books he cites came out in the interwar years. There was a common framework. For an audience of boys. Girls rarely figured in the narratives. Certainly nothing explicitly sexual by our standards. Nil about homos also. And need I say that all the protagonists were typically white. With off-colour (so to speak) occasionally provided by natives in the colonies. The hijinks of the boys were totally harmless to our milieu. And the boys invariably hailed from well off families; never working class. All adult characters were in proper roles given by British society.

Do I sound cynical? Yes. But Turner's take may have this effect on you also.


Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives
Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives
by William S. Hanson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $149.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars unexploited sources of data, July 31, 2016
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Impressive that we have come far enough into the current age that a book like this can eventuate. It speaks about corpuses of millions of aerial photos. The authors extol this as unex ploited potential for looking back at just some 50 years or so, to get snapshots of land now often altered by recent development.

I was surprised that one might actually do archeology from such recent records. But the book explains how. Not necessarily in every or even most cases. But enough to suggest that someone should do so.

Now if you have been following recent developments in satellites, the data mentioned in the book can still seem sparse. The resolutions are typically less than currently achieved. And today's data is more likely to be multi-spectral. At different wavelengths. This can be used to discern ground information. But the historical satellite data was often not multi-spectral. Much less data.


Broadband Communications via High-Altitude Platforms
Broadband Communications via High-Altitude Platforms
by David Grace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $155.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars will be reduced to commodity pipes, July 31, 2016
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The cover has a delightfully retro feel with the depiction of airships beaming down broadband. It could have graced a SF novel. But the text is totally serious about the potential for servicing hundreds of millions of new and poor users via these airships or balloons. The engineering and maths are gone into with some depth. All seems feasible and exciting. Though a cynical view is that if this ever comes to pass, the real profits will not accrue to the firms deploying the aircrafts but to software providers that can reduce the ships to dumb pipes.

Think this is unlikely? That is exactly what happened to the combination of optical fiber in the ground and a network of basestations foe cellphones. Billions of $ were spent by Verizon and ATT and others. But Google, Facebook and their ilk reaped the majority of the profits. That is the gap in the text's discussion. All that great engineering makes profits for others.


Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
DVD ~ Jeremy Sisto
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3.0 out of 5 stars "I am the daughter of Isis", July 31, 2016
This review is from: Julius Caesar (DVD)
I'm a little puzzled. I watched this in English on youtube. But the titles were in German in several places. Then when I searched on youtube, I found a German version. I can't tell which was dubbed. The Engish version seems not to have any.

Also, and sadly, this movie is like most on ancient Rome. They show people riding horses with stirrups. No. Stirrups came after Rome fell. Caesar, and other great generals of antiquity (Hannibal, Alexander) had no knowledge of such matters....

At another level, the movie is pedestrian. Undoubtedly for budget reasons, there is relatively little war depicted. So there is sparse build up of suspense or drama. Like most biopics perhaps.

There is a great quote by Cleopatra - "I am the daughter of Isis"


The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years
by Edward Gross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.25
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars focused on the production team, not the actors - unique take, June 30, 2016
Last night I was privileged to hear Altman speak about this first volume at a bookstore in Los Angeles. [It was a bookstore chain that is a competitor of Amazon, so I will not tell you its name. You will never guess.]

While initially saying he would not do a reading from it, that was what eventuated. He declaimed a long letter from Gene Roddenberry to Shatner, Nimoy and DeForrest Kelly. Written after the first season ended in 1966. Directed mostly at Shatner and Nimoy with only glancing mention of Kelly. Roddenberry was complaining and warning them about their sharp elbows towards each other and the rest of the cast. Each jostling to be pre-eminent, with complaints about lines being shifted around and the like. Altman had dug this letter out of obscure personal archives. Indeed, the overall worth of the book is not actual interviews with the lead actors, but the attention given to those behind the camera. Who were rarely interviewed or even recognised by fans. Like the secretaries of Roddenberry and some directors. No one had apparently interviewed them prior. Altman suggested an analogy to Mad Men. In the 60s, it was rare for women to be in managerial roles. Some of these secretaries might today have been executives but they were trapped by the mores of their time.

Altman pointed out that if you scan the now vast literature on Star Trek, the actors are the focus. Deliberately, this book breaks new acreage by acknowledging and documenting those others behind the scenes. Giving them a proper and long belated due. Something the fan base woefully overlooks.

He also suggested that anyone wanting to write a similar book faces fundamental obstacles. Many, actors and crew, are now dead. No more interviews. He and his coauthor were able to gain the confidence of numerous over the years. Outsiders would have been less successful. And now it is moot for the deceased.

It is sobering to realize the book's reminder that it is now 50 years since 1966, the first season of Star Trek. 2066 is the centenary. A long way hence? Yet we are halfway there. Some of you reading the book and maybe even perusing my review may see the that year.

In 2066, if anyone still cares about Star Trek, this book will be part of the original source materials.
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Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Start-Up by Roger Royse (27-Mar-2012) Paperback
Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Start-Up by Roger Royse (27-Mar-2012) Paperback
by Roger Royse
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars avoid pitfalls for startups, June 24, 2016
I am an entrepreneur in the Los Angeles startup scene and I met the author at a recent event he hosted on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. From the event I got this book. It is a rapid read that offers understandable examples of legal issues facing startups. Typically startups in technology. Which is perhaps not surprising as the author and his law firm are based in Silicon Valley.

The text advises on common steps and problems likely to be met by you. Do you form an S corp or C corp? The answer is it depends, and he explains on what. You are recommended to incorporate in Delaware because that state's civil process is highly reputable and recognised internationally by investors. Be they angels or venture capitalists.

There is only a modicum of legal jargon; Royse correctly anticipates that most founders are not lawyers. Also, any maths about options or warrants is minimal, to let you focus on the issues at hand. No examples of a cap table are given, for example. You also get advice (warnings?) on protecting your rights and the business potential of your startup ab initio. This includes 2 admonitions not to backdate stock options. A practice that was de facto prevalent in the 90s but now has been cracked down upon by the government.


Time Walker - Trailer
Time Walker - Trailer
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3.0 out of 5 stars luckily no sequel, June 12, 2016
This review is from: Time Walker - Trailer
Did they even spend $1000 on the special effects? Utterly low budget. The mummy is pathetic. But the college girls are very cute, so that's at least worth watching. Nice brief nude shots of some girls. Look at the computers they are using. Souped up PCs. The Mac was still unknown and the PC screen shots seem like reworked video games with the cheesy audio beeps.

Oh, and many of the scenes are set at Cal State Northridge in 1982. You can see shots of Oviatt Library. Those of you who have been on the campus lately will note that the scenes seem empty, to the west of Oviatt. Newer buildings were erected after 1984, and after the 1994 quake. There is one scene in Oviatt which is interesting. Microfilm readers and card catalogs, all fully functional. But not a computer in sight. Contrast with Oviatt today. No card catalogs. Maybe they still have a microfilm reader in a back room. And computers everywhere.

The seemingly frustrating ending of 'to be continued' is a bonus. The plot was so bad that you are spared the existence of a sequel.


High School USA
High School USA
DVD ~ Michael J. Fox
Offered by Sparks DVD Sales
Price: $9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars retrospective of 80s style, June 9, 2016
This review is from: High School USA (DVD)
I finally saw this movie. Fox starred in 3 high school movies from 1983-4. This one, Class of 1984 and of course Back to the Future. Try watching all 3 in a binge session if you can. High School is perhaps somewhat forgettable. But nice to see Bob Denver and Dawn Wells in their roles. And if you were around then, wonder where all those years wandered to.

It depicted some customs now discarded, like the roller skating rink. Ah darn! Great fun. And the fluffed out hair on those girls. Courtesy of Farah Fawcett. Something that would endure till the end of the 80s.


The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento
The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento
by Guido Ruggiero
Edition: Paperback
Price: $36.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars author gave an incisive talk at UCLA on his book, May 23, 2016
Earlier today I was fortunate to hear the author talk at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He expounded eloquently for an hour on this book. Though necessarily of course he could only hit the highlights. He spent some time explaining his choice of Rinascimento, in preference to Renaissance. The latter is a French word that was first applied to this period in Italy by Frenchmen in the 19th century. Ruggiero suggested that had the Italians of the Renaissance known somehow that this word would one day refer to their time, they would surely have objected. They would have preferred an Italian word.

Plus, during that time, the French were emerging as a modern nation state, and expressing this in part by forays into the divided Italian peninsula. Another reason for those Italians to have resented the French naming them and that time.

The book and talk also went at length into what 'humanism' might have meant for those years and for which historical persons it could rightfully have been applied to.

His talk was well received by the audience. His book deserves likewise by you.


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