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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the original...., April 1, 2010
I got this one and the other one (CallaneticsEvolution) at the library. I found this too different from the original for my taste, but YMMV.

Cardio Workout:

If you want a good cardio workout, there are plenty out there if the object is to get your heartrate up. This one is more of an extended warm-up with some yoga poses. If you like slower, Leslie Sansone-type workouts (i.e. indoor walking workouts), you will probably enjoy this. Would have been nice if there were a "music only" option. Beginner to intermediate level, depending on how much you exaggerate your movements.

Toning Workout:

Shorter than the CallaneticsEvolution workout, and has a few different exercises from that workout. I much prefer the original program because Callan was far more detailed in her instruction, and there was a lot more stretching for flexibility. Also the original exercises were organized in a more logical fashion, IMHO. There is no chaptering for this workout, as there is in CallaneticsEvolution, and as in that DVD, you need a chair or barre or counter only for the leg exercises in the beginning.

This DVD and the other one both have dark outfits which make it difficult to see exactly what muscles you are supposed to be working. There are some yoga-type exercises in both workouts. Some of the exercises are done for so many seconds with the amount of time never specified which is annoying if you are trying to do this without the DVD. I hope there will be a new book out in the future to go with these particular DVDs. The original Callanetics book is excellent.

The camera work is not nearly as good as in the original videos--too many wide shots, too many face shots when the camera should be focused on the particular movement (applies to both DVDs).

Bottom Line:

I found a few exercises I might add to the original workout to add some variety, but this is not as good as the original program IMHO. I also think that both DVDs could and should have been combined into one, because there is a lot of repetition between the two of them. I think the CallaneticsEvolution DVD is the better of the two, because of the chaptering.

Borrow from the library or buy used.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The original is much better...., April 1, 2010
I happened to see this at the library.

Most of the exercises bear little resemblance to the original exercises--and for some reason the sitting hip/behind exercises here are performed in what used to be considered the "extreme beginner" position in the blue book/original video (although this DVD has you leaning on your forearm, rather than leaning over and hanging onto a barre or furniture). If you read the book, you'd find out that the "advanced" position was actually sitting up straight, without holding onto anything for support. Why the change?

Other things that I didn't care for were:

No set amount of repetitions/hold time for most exercises (and really miss the counter from the original)

Didn't care for the yoga additions--if I wanted yoga I'd get a yoga DVD. Same with the strength additions--I would get something more effective.

There was some stretching between exercises, but it did not seem geared towards increasing flexibility as in the original--instead it was geared more towards relaxing the muscles that were just worked.

The outfits were too dark to see what muscles you should be working. Say what you like about the outfits in the original, they were useful for being able to see exactly what Callan was talking about.

The instructor focused far too much on the beginner/intermediate positions, instead of focusing on the goal of working towards the advanced positions as Callan did (only as your body improves its ability to do so over time)

All the explanations were the same as on the CardioCallanetics DVD--these two DVDs could and should have been combined into one.

I understand the lack of barre/counter exercises, as most people don't have a barre, or their furniture is either not the correct height or not in the same room as the TV, but there are no real substitutes for those exercises on this DVD. You're almost better off looking for some ballet DVD with a good floor warmup. I happened to rent through Netflix a DVD called "The Ballet Workout II: Strength and Conditioning by Melissa Lowe, and that had some decent floor stretching exercises (can't comment on the actual ballet portions) that I can substitute.

Also, the "Callanetics on the Go" section was useful only to those unfamiliar with the original book, as the book outlined a 15-minute daily routine (that has never been out in VHS or DVD to my knowledge), that you could easily substitute. The closest thing would be the Callanetics AM/PM Workout, which has 2 approximately 20-minute workouts.

Bottom line:

This DVD is better than CardioCallanetics in that it is chaptered better (although you can't program the order to more follow the original, which started with abs right after the warm-up).

I found a few exercises to maybe add in to the original program for variety, but this is not as good as the original program, IMHO.

Borrow from your library or buy used.
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Learn to In-Line Skate
Learn to In-Line Skate
DVD ~ Debbie Merrill
Price: $13.40
11 used & new from $3.91

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-done, positive instruction, March 25, 2010
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This review is from: Learn to In-Line Skate (DVD)
Ms. Merrill is a very positive, right down-to-business teacher. The DVD is chaptered so you can go back and review anything you need to. Even if you own the VHS tape of this it is well worth it to upgrade, just for the chaptering.

This DVD covers forward skating only, and while the DVD says there will be an intermediate/advanced video available that covers skating backwards (as well as a video aimed at teaching children), I'm not sure if it is available, even in VHS. Hope it becomes available soon!

If you do not have access to reasonably-priced in-line skating lessons this DVD is great, and even your children can use it.


Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn*Knit 40 Fabulous Designs (Knit Noro Collection)
Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn*Knit 40 Fabulous Designs (Knit Noro Collection)
by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.92
77 used & new from $8.71

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No schematics, February 10, 2010
Disappointed that there were no schematics (no excuse these days), and for some of the patterns (like one of the origami purses), the directions were rather vague.

Many of the patterns are very nice, but since the yarn is on the chunky side some are best left to more slender types. The ribbed vest with the buttons is quite nice, but if you have long hair you might want to skip the buttons along the hood (which would also save you some money, as decent buttons aren't cheap).

If you don't already have the patterns this is not a bad collection.


Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors
Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors
by Robin Donovan
Edition: Paperback
44 used & new from $0.01

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For "Glamping" or RV-ing, not Camping or Backpacking, January 27, 2010
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This book has several really nice recipes, but, despite what it says on the cover, it is not for people who backpack or camp away from a car or RV. Why? Because the first item listed under necessary equipment is a cooler--sure, let's draw straws to see who carries it up that hill.

The good:

Book is a nice size--great for car camping or to keep in an RV. If you are the type who stays in established campsites with running water from a spigot where your vehicle is close by, and/or you are staying in one place for several days with several people to split up all the stuff you need to bring for this type of cooking, it's fine. Also a good book for those who just like to cook in their backyard, or at their local park for a picnic. If you stay in vacation cabins or hotels/timeshares with kitchens when you're traveling this would also be a good book, as it has "make it at home" directions as well.

The bad:

Recipe listing in the index is not good--hopefully this will be fixed in a future edition.
The color contrast between the print and the paper is hard on the eyes.
This is not really a cookbook geared towards anyone looking to take as little as possible on a backpacking or even a car camping trip (just because it fits in the car doesn't mean you should take it with you).
Too much trash generation from ziplock bags and aluminum foil from this type of cooking IMHO

A few more dessert recipes would have been nice, as well.

Bottom line:

This book is geared towards those who don't mind taking it all with them when they're getting away from it all. Also for people who like to spend a lot of time (relatively speaking) cooking. I checked this out of my library because I thought it was for backpackers, and it isn't, hence the 3 stars. However, for the other reasons, I bought 2 copies, used, here on Amazon.
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The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site
The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site
by Steve Weber
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.95
118 used & new from $1.59

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More helpful for buyers than sellers, September 25, 2009
A lot of this book was content that was easily available online. I was disappointed by how small and unhelpful the customer service section of this book was, as well as how little time was spent emphasizing how important it was to be honest about a book's condition in order to avoid customer dissatisfaction issues.

I buy a lot of used books. There is a distinct advantage to being able to personally examine books. If you know up front the book is in x condition and are willing to pay the price, fine. The problem is that many online sellers seem to ignore what the very clear Amazon book descriptions state, and the bigger the seller, the worse the problem seems to get! And no more 4th and 5th party online sellers for me, either.

The author at one point mentions customers who are upset about the condition of an inexpensive book--if the stated condition doesn't match the book, the customer does have a right to complain, regardless of the price of the book (which online includes shipping/handling costs). Customers get really tired of returning incorrectly described/damaged books due to poor packaging back to sellers, and unlike sellers, we can't write off the trip (and in some cases packaging). A lot of sellers don't realize this, and this book doesn't get it, either.

I'm not saying all online sellers are like this, by any means.

Borrow this from your library. It was more helpful to me as a buyer of used books online. If I were going to sell books online I would look for a different book.


Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life
Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life
by Jennifer Ford Berry
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $13.14
195 used & new from $0.01

30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, but could use a better layout, June 12, 2009
Great idea to have a week-by-week plan, but didn't care for the layout.

Browse through it first--I found that many of the specific tasks on the list were either very basic (and didn't need to be written about in depth for every week), or didn't apply to that particular area, but YMMV. The section for notes was in a paragraph format, but could also have been in a blank fill-in checklist format for very short tasks. A removable plastic divider that you could write on and move from week to week would also be nice, and then you wouldn't have to write in the book.

3.5 stars.
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Cooking Beyond Measure: How to Eat Well without Formal Recipes (Measurefree Kitchen Companion Trilogy)
Cooking Beyond Measure: How to Eat Well without Formal Recipes (Measurefree Kitchen Companion Trilogy)
by Jean Johnson
Edition: Paperback
29 used & new from $0.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes, needs better layout, June 5, 2009
Good recipes for food combinations, but I have two problems with the book as written.

1. The recipes are written in paragraph format, which is fine, but they could have and should have been written with the ingredients highlighted or in bold face type, or on a separate list, so that you can easily look through the recipe to see if you have the ingredients at home. As written, you almost have to rewrite the recipes to be able to use them quickly, and who has time for that?

2. Often you'd have a recipe, broken up with commentary, that has variations of the recipe afterwards. Again, the recipes and variations should be together, on the same or facing pages.

I hope these shortcomings are fixed in a future edition. I don't mind writing in a cookbook occasionally, but this one practically requires at the very least that you go through and highlight ingredients, or go through and put the recipes (or formulas, or whatever you'd like to call them) on recipe cards for ease of use. Also, there is more commentary than there are recipes.

Borrow from the library first. The opinions against recipes, well, for many things you don't need a recipe, true, unless you want to replicate the dish for uniformity standards (yours or someone else's). Nothing wrong with that.


Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving
Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving
by Joyce Wycoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.45
164 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, clear book--good present for students, May 22, 2009
This should be available in hardcover (I was looking for one here, but alas, no luck). The author clearly describes the concept, with several examples of how to use it. Yes, it has a business slant to it, but that is not a bad thing. It is written clearly enough that even middle school children would be able to use it to improve their note-taking skills. The map examples after each chapter give a clear summary of the chapter and are easy to read.

I liked this book much better than the Tony Buzan book. Why? All of the pretty maps in his book were fine as examples of "arty" maps, but the map YOU draw is going to be the one that works for you. If you're using this method to take notes in a hurry, you're going to use the basic map, in a way that makes sense to YOU, not necessarily anyone else.

Other than as a project in and of itself, for yourself, the ornate maps in the Buzan book are not practical for most people individually, let alone in group situations. Also, there was too much "do it this way, or you're not doing it right", which is completely (and happily) absent from the Mindmapping book.

Mindmapping is a good present for any student you know.


The Gabriel Method: The Revolutionary DIET-FREE Way to Totally Transform Your Body
The Gabriel Method: The Revolutionary DIET-FREE Way to Totally Transform Your Body
by Jon Gabriel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.47
209 used & new from $0.01

11 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine until he mentioned supplements, May 22, 2009
The visualization parts of the book were great, as were the suggestions on adding healthier foods gradually, and adding in exercise, but then he had to go and mention supplements. Sorry, no.

As for the download, haven't listened to it because you have to provide an email (don't need to be on any mailing lists, thank you). Would rather pay extra and have the CD included with the book. And please print on better paper than newsprint next time.

If you can't get the original version of Thin Within by Judy Wardell, this is similar in some ways, but has some good additional information/visualization.
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