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    1 Giant Leap
    by Palm Pictures (Video
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 April, 2002)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $14.99
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    Editorial Review

    The U.K.-based musician, film director, andFaithless cofounder JamieCatto and producer Duncan Bridgeman coproduced this impressive multimedia CD,which boasts an eclectic array of artists ranging from Senegal'sBaaba Maal and NewZealand's Maori artist Whirimako Black to the king of ambient,Brian Eno. This project,the fruit of a six-month, five-continent recording spree, is a funky, folkloric,and futuristic mélange of sampled indigenous instruments and electronica."Braided Hair" teams the rap-country vocals of Arrested Development's Speechwith the daring pop diva Neneh Cherry. The South African mbaqanga vocalsof the Mahotella Queensprovide the Afro-rave underpinnings for vocalist Ulali's poetic pleas forAfrican unity. The tantric trances of the South Asian syncopated tabla drumspepper the synth-laden "When You Dream," which featuresR.E.M.'s Michael Stipeand the Indian star AshaBhosle. Boundaries of nationality, time, and musical genre meld into groovesfor the head, hips, and heart that need no translation. --Eugene HolleyJr. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul
    Catto and Bridgeman and so, so clever. An intelligent mastering of world music, One Giant Leap is a bold movement for music, and people. A wonderful selection of artistes from the world over, singing songs "my grandfather earned... for [our] culture". A stunning album with lots of heart. Expect ethnic percussions, haunting sirens, modern pop/rock, unique instruments, and a beautiful fusion of the differences that make music and life so perfect. A product with so much character, you'd almost feel you've met, personally, each and every of the artistes and musicians.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Total enjoyment
    To come across a cd where every cut is either a great or a totally amazing musical creation is rare--and this one has it.This is music to simply enjoy--uncluttered, expansive, moving and fun.You don't have to listen to it 10 times to find out whether its worth listening to.You don't need a degree in esoteric musicology to find value here.If you like this genre, just buy iT and enjoy. And if you are not sure, buy it and open yourself to new forms of musical expression. Its been my best find in 2 years. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005UMQ5
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative    2. Experimental Electro    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Spiritual    6. Techno-Tribal    7. Trip-Hop   


    by Geffen Records
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 May, 2002)
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    To call Passion a pivotal recording in the development of world music would be a significant understatement. What makes Passion so undeniably important is its global reach and expert handling of what could've easily become polyglot babble. Vocalists Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba Maal bring strong Middle Eastern and African voices to the project, and Balkan textures come via the ney flute and doudouk. But Gabriel is the glue, offering electronic ambient flows between the multiple streams. Gabriel also brings something even less tangible: an awesome visual imagination that takes often seamless sounds and makes them impress the listener with picturelike colors and phrasing. This is, however, far more than an ambient global mix. The intertwined rhythms stand out, both on their own and as brushstrokes on a larger canvas. Never mind that Passion helped launch North American careers for N'Dour and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan--this is a stellar musical achievement by any standard. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mind, ear, eye, and throat-opening...
    In 1989 Peter Gabriel held the status of household name. Two years earlier his album "So" dominated pop music with a hegemony rarely seen. Brazen pop songs such as "Sledgehammer", "In Your Eyes", and "Big Time" were still in fairly strong rotation when "Passion" appeared on the shelves. Needless to say, fans of "So" likely furrowed their brows at the sounds that emerged from their stereos. "The Feeling Begins" gently opens the album with an Armenian melody played on a doudouk. As the album continues, rhythms and instrumentation from Asia, Africa, and The Middle East blend with electronic instruments in pure Gabriel-esque fashion. Add to this amazing open-throated wailing by the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Gabriel himself, and a musical experience unlike any other available in 1989 emerges. Without doubt, "Passion" helped energize and define the genre of "World Music". Gabriel somehow managed to combine multifarious and diverse musical styles with his own without coming across as an exploitative appropriator of those styles. Ultimately, Gabriel's global fusion comes across as a tribute to the cultures and styles he meshed together. The result was one of the best albums of Gabriel's career. Songs such as "A Different Drum", "Passion", "With This Love", and "It Is Accomplished" will remain unforgettable to even those who reluctantly open up to all the album has to offer.

    To top it off, "Passion" was the official first release of Gabriel's "Real World" label. The motivation behind the label was to showcase non-western or non-mainstream music from anywhere in the world. Many well-known global artists recorded for Real World, including: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shelia Chandra, Papa Wemba, Afro Celt Sound System, Geoffrey Oryema, Tabu Ley, and countless others. "Passion" initiated this ambitious and much needed project.

    In addition, the film for which "Passion" served as soundtrack, Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ", wreaked fervent controversy upon its release in 1988. Did this help or hurt the soundtrack? Looking back, the music seems untouched by the controversy of the film. Regardless, Gabriel's music provided the perfect backdrop to Scorsese's version of the Passion story. Gabriel actually reworked most of the music included in the film (the music in the film differs in many ways from the Gabriel album). This explains why the soundtrack didn't appear for a good year after the film. Not only that, Gabriel's "Passion" doesn't include the entire soundtrack of the film. Gabriel also released (appropriately, on Real World) "Passion Sources" which includes the remaining music featured in the film. It provides the perfect accompaniment to "Passion".

    "Passion" has proved to be influential as well as highly listenable. The spread of "World Music" or "World Beat" in the 1990s doubtlessly owes it some gratitude. The album also introduced some amazing performers to the rather closed musical mainstream of the west, most notably the mesmerizing Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It represents the culmination of Gabriel's movement away from traditional rock towards something new (which arguably began with Gabriel's third solo album, featured heavily on his fourth, "Security", de-emphasized on "So", and re-emphasized on "Passion" and subsequent albums). "Passion" stands as one of Gabriel's greatest achievements.

    5-0 out of 5 stars it is accomplished
    The test of any work of art is if it lives. Both Scorsese's film, and Gabriel's music, will live. A near-perfect disc. "Disturbed=>It is Accomplished=>Bread and Wine" a bleedingly right expression of The Passion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing...feel it overcome you...
    The first time I heard this soundtrack was in 1990 when I was only a teenager.
    I remember the exact time and place as it had a profound impact on me. I remember the darkness of the house and the eerieness The Passion impacted on it.
    To this day, I listen to this album with the same emotions, feeling as if Peter Gabriel's work, of unexplainable nature, was meant to bring us to a higher level.
    This is intensity at its optimal.
    Best listened to in moments of emotional and spiritual need, with the lights turned down and the mind wide open. ... Read more

    Asin: B000065V9J
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    1,000 Places to See Before You Die
    by Workman Publishing Company
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (22 May, 2003)
    list price: $18.95 -- our price: $11.29
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    Reviews (145)

    5-0 out of 5 stars SPENDING IS NOT SEEING
    This book has a catchy title, and that's about it. More honestly, it would have been entitled "1000 Places to Spend Money Before You Die".

    Like many of the glossy travel magazines, this book makes it appear FAR more expensive to travel than it really is. I fear it will actually discourage those who don't know any better from getting out and seeing the world.

    I expected an ode to all the wonderful natural places we could see, all the great people we could meet, and all the fun things we could do while exploring this giant, multifaceted world of ours.

    Instead, we get a list of all the expensive hotels and restaurants we could spend money in. It's obvious that the author rarely, if ever, has to pay her own expenses; and I have to wonder if she actually got kickbacks (or at least lots of freebies) from the expensive places and tour groups she mentions.

    According to the author, there is very little worth seeing in the world that doesn't cost a lot of money. It also appears that you don't get credit for having SEEN a city unless you've dropped a bundle in its finest hotels.

    In all, a very disappointing book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delighted
    Hat's off to Ms. Schultz for writing a book that's both entertaining as well as informative, as an only occasional traveler I try to do as much research as possible before deciding on a destination.
    I have just returned from a trip to Venice using a 1000 places as my guide, her recommendations were right on the mark,this book is a valuable tool in anyone's vacation plans.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Elitist
    This book certainly has some great places to see.That being said, it could certainly have been a lot better.

    I understand that it's the author's personal list and everyone has different tastes, but this one seems pretty elitist while missing some great things.

    The biggest disappointment that I have with this book is all of the expensive hotels/restaurants.Perhaps that is what some people want, but they might be better listed in a different type of book such as 'How to Spend a Fortune While Traveling'.

    It certainly contains many of the obvious places that anyone would include in a list like this such as:The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Okavango Delta, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls, Stonehenge, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, The Outer Banks, and numerous others.There certainly are a great many fantastic sites listed.

    On the other hand, there is only a passing reference to Kruger National Park (which should be on anyone's list), and no mention of some great spots like the Columbia River Gorge or Powell's Books in Portland (perhaps the greatest books store on the planet).

    I can even see including some hotels in a book like this such as the Raffles in Singapore.One could even see including a really unusual one like the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone or The Prince of Wales at Waterton Natl. Park in Alberta.There is a passing reference to the Old Faithful Inn, but it doesn't have its own entry like many of the places that were included that are probably far less interesting and certainly far more expensive.

    This book is worthwhile to own to brainstorm a great trip.It should not be viewed as 'A Traveler's Life List' as it purports to be. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0761104844
    Sales Rank: 222
    Subjects:  1. Guidebooks    2. Reference - General    3. Reference - Guides (General)    4. Travel    5. Travel - General   


    PCS Phone Samsung VGA1000 (Sprint)
    by Samsung
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $259.99
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    Editorial Review

    With an integrated camera, voice dialing, and dual color displays, the Samsung VGA1000 makes a great mobile companion. Other features, like support for Sprint's wireless Web services, as well as built-in games and ringtones, round out a strong package that is sure to please.

    The VGA1000's handsome clamshell form factor houses an internal 128 x 160, 65,000-color display. There's also a supplementary color display on the front panel of the device that displays call information, battery life, time of day, signal strength and more. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone, and the camera and flash unit are placed on the rear of the device. Meanwhile, most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided.

    Calling Features
    The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 entries, each storing six numbers, with a total capacity for 300 numbers and 300 email and Web addresses. You can customize your caller ID by linking a photo to a specific phone number in your contact list. In addition to a vibrate mode, the phone allows you to choose from a number of polyphonic ringtones that make your received calls all the more exciting. The VGA1000's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the VGA1000 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

    Another key calling feature of the VGA1000 is its enhanced voice recognition capabilities. The system allows you to speak numbers digit by digit or speak the name of anyone in your phonebook. Voice features are speaker-independent, so there's no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    If you need basic messaging capabilities, the VGA1000 has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

    The phone also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the VGA1000 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock and a to-do list. A voice recorder lets you record memos for later retrieval.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    With its robust set of camera functions, the VGA1000 shines in the imaging department. The VGA-quality (640x480) digital camera lets you take, view, store and send pictures wirelessly in full color. You can also control brightness levels, white balance and color tone to get the image and effects you want. Other features include a self-timer for group shots, built-in fun frames to decorate your images, a multi-shot function for action sequences, and a self-portrait mode for special moments. Capture pictures in high, medium or low resolution and digitally zoom in up to 4 times. As mentioned, there's also a flash for low-light situations.

    The VGA1000 lets you choose from a variety of pre-set images to customize your main and external displays and make them unique to you. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds. You can even turn your phone into a gaming device with an optional, attachable game pad that makes it fun and easy to navigate when playing complex, fast-paced games on your phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Samsung VGA1000 weighs 4.48 ounces and measures 3.5 x 1.9 x 1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 168 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    VGA1000 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more


    • This tri-mode CDMA phone comes with a large color display that supports 65,000 colors
    • Comes with integrated camera with flash
    • Equipped with voice activated dailing
    • Supports wireless Internet (WAP 2.0) and text messaging
    • Phone book can carry up to 250 contacts
    Reviews (89)

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK phone.Probably better off with something else
    + Reception is fine - bar meter acts almost exactly the same as my Hitachi P300 when tested in various areas.I don't think that there is as much noticable difference in reception between today's phones as some people would make you think.(Quality between providers is a whole other story.)

    + Talk quality - my earpiece is too loud.There are about 6 volume levels.I always keep mine on 1 and it is still commonly too loud.I am thinking of sticking something on the earpiece to dampen the volume.To comfortably have a conversation, you want to be able to put the earpiece right up to your ear without getting blasted.Also, you don't want everyone in the room to hear your conversation.

    I have intermittent faint beeps in my earpiece while using the phone (also reported by many other users of this phone).

    + Picture quality - Usually not very good; finicky about lighting conditions and requires subject of photo to be perfectly still.Also, if you want to email photos or put them on your PC, you must pay $5/mo for Sprint's picture service -- you can not just pay per Kilobyte.Or, I read that you can get a third party software and connection cable (not so fun).But, this is true of all Sprint camera phones.

    + Battery life - fine; up to par.

    + Bugs - when you are in the menu or on the web, the phone randomly exits and goes back to the initial wallpaper/screensaver screen.This problem is also widely reported by other users.(Yes, I have the current software: WL15).Not much of a problem if you use the phone only for talking, but if you like to play with the Vision and whatnot, this would be annoying.

    + The phone has a nice quality feel.It is heavy and feels substantial - not plasticy or like a toy.The screen is beautiful (far more brilliant than my Hitachi P300 screen).The phone also looks nice and classy.However, it is bigger than many clamshells - it may be too big for some people.

    + I had to do it all over again, I would not get this phone. It is not that bad, but you can do better.I value talk quality and physical design most in a phone (not cameras, internet, bells, whistles etc).While not entirely fatal, the talk quality issues that this phone has (i.e. earpiece too loud and faint beeps) brings its score way down in my book.

    At this point, this phone is old.There are alot more Sprint phones to choose from that are probably a smarter choice.

    I might look into the Motorola v60v or LG vi125 down the road (A featureless clamshell with good talk quality).Word on the street is that the newer LGs for Sprint are way better than the older ones which had tons of problems.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best phone
    Had this phone for about 15 months; just long enough for the warranty to expire.Both my wife and I own this phone and we have the same problems with it.The phone has developed a habit of shutting off at just about anytime. I replaced the battery, but still have the problem on both phones.Lots of dropped calls, basically just not happy at all with it.Should have went with what my friend got, he is very happy with his sanyo phone, it gets better reception and no dropped calls.Dont buy a samsung.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great great phone
    have had the cell for about 1.5 years now and its great. though not as small as my older one, none the less the more important issue is that it works flawlessly. havent had any issue's with the phone. the cam on the phone as well is great, phone book is nice and big, keeps 20 of that last calls made saved better then my last one which only held 10 in place. all in all, the only bad thing is sprint service but thats not the phones problem.

    edit - one issue no sms, text messaging can get expensive but if you dont do text messagin then dont worry about it. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000C1HLG
    Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web    2. Sam Sung    3. Flip Fold   

    Toshiba Satellite P10-S429 Notebook PC (2.66-GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive)
    by Toshiba
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Personal Computers
    list price: $1,549.00
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    Similar to Toshiba's stunning P25 series of desktop replacement notebooks but sporting a smaller profile, slightly downgraded components and a more affordable price point, the Satellite P10 series is a good solution for power-hungry users who just don't want the added weight and expense of a full-blown mobile desktop. This particular unit, the Satellite P10-S429, doesn't feature DVD burning capabilities like some of the other P10 models and is therefore priced accordingly.

    Driving the Satellite P10-S429 is a potent 2.66 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. Matched with this speedy CPU are 512 MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM memory (expandable to a full 2048 MB) and an NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5100 graphics controller with 32 MB of dedicated video memory. Even in this stock configuration, the system will handle most anything you can throw at it, including many 3-D games.

    Toshiba has equipped the P10-S429 with a sizeable 15-inch widescreen display screen capable of a dazzling 1280 by 800 resolution. It has added a spacious 60 GB hard disk spinning at a snappy 5400 RPM and enclosed a DVD/CD-RW optical drive through which you can listen to and burn audio CDs, archive your data and watch DVD movies.

    Other critical features include an IEEE 1394 FireWire port for fast interaction with devices such as digital camcorders, a trio of high-speed USB 2.0 ports for plug and play peripherals such as scanners or external drives, two memory slots (both of which may be simultaneously occupied), a single PC Card slot, and an impressive variety of interior and exterior one-touch controls. Communication facilities include 802.11wireless networking, 10/100 Ethernet LAN and an integrated 56K modem.

    Toshiba has loaded the P10-S429 with a solid roster of software that includes Microsoft's beefy Windows XP Professional operating system, Intuit Quicken New User's Edition 2003, and a variety of multimedia and Internet utilities. Potential users should note that due to its speed and level of performance, the P10-S429 is not especially power efficient. Maximum battery life is estimated at 2 hours. ... Read more


    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz
    • Memory: 512MB DDR
    • Optical Drive: CD-RW/DVD Combo
    • Viewable Screen Size: 15.4-inch WXGA Widescreen
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Wireless Difficulties
    The system is good looking, seems to run fine with no problems, except not able to get the system to recognize wireless network.This has happened with two of our systems here at work.Still looking for a fix.Tried looking up support on Toshiba's website, but all they have there is a phone number.Guess I will have to try tech support.My experience with any tech support (Dell, Gateway, Verizon, Comcast) has been that most of the support people know less than me, even about their own projects.Not sure if this is a just a flaw with all of these models or if we got two bad ones.Anyone else experience the problem?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best bet in the price range.
    1. Windows XP Professional preinstalled. Compared to Home edition it's an... added value.

    3. This machine is on the border between the regular Satellites and the Media centers. It has most of Media center's power while not being much bulkier than for example A25 series.

    4. Bigger screen is nice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Tech Support
    Toshiba may make good products, but their support is the worst i have ever come across.They have lost my laptop for over a month now and do not care a lick about it.They're tech support team is in Turkey and they dont care a thing about anybody.They kept hanging up on me and refused to help me saying it will take some time.When i called back- no one knew anything and had zero updates.DO NOT BUY TOSHIBA PRODUCTS! Get a Gateway or Dell instead...two companies that actually care about their customers. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000EI9C1
    Subjects:  1. Notebooks (Note Books)    2. Notebook Computers    3. Laptops (Lap Tops)    4. Toshiba   

    by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (October, 2003)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $19.79
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    Respected educational publisher DK partners with the world's leading online search engine Google to create the innovative e-encyclopedia, a hefty, heavily illustrated hardcover reference book for young scholars that also refers its readers to their exclusive, kid-friendly web site. Featuring more than 2,000 full-color images, the book covers nine major subject areas: Space, Earth, Nature, Human Body, Science and Technology, People and Places, Society and Beliefs, Arts and Entertainment, and History. Each of the 600 entries provides illustrations and brief, easily digestible tidbits of information about everything from why the Rhine River is so important to Europe to what the brain is made of. If a grey "e" button is visible on the page, that means a treasury of online resources will be available when you search the DK/Google web site for the designated keyword--links that include animations, videos, sound buttons, virtual tours, interactive quizzes, databases, timelines, or real-time reports.

    Say you want to learn about rockets. You look it up in the index and find it called out in bold for page 101. Here you'll see a photograph and a brief description of a rocket and how it works. You'll also find the gray "e" button, signaling you to type in "rockets" as a keyword into the given web site. Once you do that, you'll find the following kid-friendly links: 1) How do you launch a rocket from a spinning planet? 2) Launch the space shuttle into orbit beside the ISS, and 3) Visit a rocketry and space flight gallery. Children are also directed towards downloadable images and more directories of related links. Subjects such as metamorphosis provide less-satisfying results, as the page gives the briefest of explanations and a ladybug larva-adult diagram, but no keyword link to the special web site. Still, this useful book offers the possibility of hours of browsing, both on and off-line, giving kids a rich, multimedia learning experience while assuring parents of a kid-safe Internet zone. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
    It is great, cool, and wonderful!!!! I really think it's helpful for kids of all ages!

    2-0 out of 5 stars If you know google, you don't need this book
    This is a book for parents and children who are completely in the dark about google.It's the largest, most used search engine out there.Quite frankly, who doesn't know about Google at this point in time.Also, the links mentioned in this book that will be "maintained" and "monitored" and etc.--shouldn't parents be monitoring the sites that their children visit? Does anyone know the involvement and the amount of manpower this will take for a company to monitor ALL of these links?Next to impossible..yet only time will tell. What happened to good-old-fashioned Make Way for Ducklings?What about time away from "the web".DK is really for youngsters who can't read.YES, DK books are full of gorgeous pictures, but that's about...this is a hyped up title.You don't need it.Two stars for effort...I guess they are trying to keep up with technology?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Keywords for finding information are highlighted
    This unusual 'e.encyclopedia' highlights any subject where you can get extra information on the web - reports, video footage, and even sound recordings. It's organized so keywords for finding such information are highlighted, making it easy for students to use this e-dictionary in conjunction with the computer - but the visual displays and color paired with the basic facts are plenty to also make this stand along as a superior reference. Highly recommended: a visual and practical treat illustrating the positive marriage between reference book and Internet. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0789498693
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12 - Reference    2. Children's Web sites    3. Children: Grades 4-6    4. Computer network resources    5. Computers - Internet    6. Homework    7. Juvenile Computer Science    8. Juvenile General And Reference Works    9. Juvenile Nonfiction    10. Juvenile literature    11. Reference - Dictionaries    12. Reference - Encyclopedias    13. Children's   


    Online! The Book
    by Prentice Hall PTR
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (24 October, 2003)
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $19.79
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    Reviews (18)

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is terrible
    I was trying to do research about the Internet, and this book didn't provide any useful information at all!! How can a book by that Tech TV guy not be a good source of information!?? I feel like I was ripped off. I am not a happy customer.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Hyperbole! The Book
    Titling a volume `Online! The Book' and putting "The perfect gift for any computer user!" amongst other hyperbole on the back cover must rank as this years greatest act of hubris.

    If only John C. Dvorak and Chris Pirillo (with Wendy Taylor) had been able to deliver. If only they had not strewn the book with error, verbiage and irrelevancy. Ah, well.

    This volume in its 700 pages (divided into 28 chapters) tries to cover everything from hardware basics to voice over IP, in between touching on e-commerce, security, web programming, networking, content management and business websites, to name just six of the topics perhaps each better suited to a volume of their own.

    This book skims, and skims fast, over a number of important and vital topics while dwelling on others that many will find useless. Chris Pirillo seems to be an expert on marketing, so that gets thirty pages, while web programming languages get ten. We get forty pages of `Hardware Basics,' which cover information vital to getting online such as operating systems, varieties of Intel chips, video cards and gaming audio drivers. I know that if I wanted to find the perfect spot to put sidebars about Babbage and von Neumann (essential to any book about getting online) I'd put them in the chapter on viruses. It seems as if the three authors said "we're contracted to seven hundred pages so let's just throw in topics we know a lot about until we get to seven hundred pages -- then stop."

    Then there are the errors. We get editing errors like the text that tells us a `geostationary satellite' orbits at `about 22,300 miles,' next to a diagram showing the number 20,300 miles. We get errors in logic like the sidebar that has "DNS servers may run Apache, which is an open source Web server program" and goes on to imply that all DNS servers will run a web server. We get errors in grammar. We get paragraphs like "Although there are dynamic Web page URLs (meaning they change, or at least part of it does), most are static (stay the same). These can be dynamic by use of a programming error or dynamic because someone named the URL extension without adding a link elsewhere on the web site." With sentence construction like that I'm still not sure if the claim intended is true or not.

    Did I like anything about this book? Sure, the chapter on `How A Modem (Really) Works' was full of good solid information. Other chapters were similar, particularly the two following on networking and handhelds, phones and PDAs. Others did contain some good information, just surrounded by dross.

    You can go to the book's website, which is basically just a single page with yet more hyperbole ("Everything is here. Well-written. Comprehensive.") or visit the Prentice Hall page, which actually gives you a table of contents and a sample chapter. Just don't go straight to the Prentice Hall PTR home page and search for books with "Online" in the title, as that won't find it. Instead search for books with "Book" in the title.

    I'd only recommend this book to those who want to spend a lot of time finding the good bits, a few minutes chuckling over some of the errors, and thirty dollars on a paperweight. If you're really looking for a `perfect gift' for people new new to the net, then find something cheaper covering just the essentials, and for those more expert, find a volume that actually covers a topic of interest well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good newbie guide to the Internet
    If you read PC Magazine on any kind of a regular basis, you already know 95% of what's in this book.If you're relatively new to the Internet, it's a great way to get up to speed quickly.A very thorough newbie guide to the Internet. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0131423630
    Sales Rank: 355056
    Subjects:  1. Computer Bks - Internet    2. Computer Books: General    3. Computers    4. Data transmission systems    5. Information networks    6. Internet - General    7. Internet - World Wide Web    8. World Wide Web    9. Computers / Internet / General   


    Rain At Midnight
    by Sherman Asher Publishing
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This book of poems has something that will touch everyone
    The Rain At Midnight is a book of poetry that was sent to me by a friend. I have only read a few poems from the book but have found that even these few poems touched me in a way that lets me know the author Joseph Hutchinson understands me as a human being. I was particularly touched by the poem "The One_ Armed Boy" which goes:
    The One-Armed Boy
    has taught himself
    to play catch with the
    walls of his house.
    With great difficulty
    has learned to open jars,
    trap grashopper, write in
    straight lines. Has over time
    discovered how not to hear his
    mother weeping, or his father
    roaring drunk.He carefully trained
    himself to deflect the cutting
    comments of his schoolmates.
    If only a saw had gnawed it off!
    Or some gigantic shark, as in his
    recurring fantasies.If only he hadn't
    been born like this.And yet near sleep,
    the arm that never was reaches out,
    touches something even the boy can't
    name. Like rain at midnight falling
    into a field of poppies, it gently
    bathes his non existent hand.

    This one poem spoke to me because my mother and I have often felt the way the boy in the poem felt about his missing arm. If only my learning disability etc., were caused by some accident and I was not born with it then people would understand what I was going through better and come to my aid instead of me having to fight for any little bit of help that I was able to recieve. I identified with the boy in this poem and I believe that anyone who reads this book will find at least one poem that they will identify with. After all the poems in this book are about the human condition with all its imperfections, longings and frailties. I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Wounds and Failures
    "Icy water races past your racing heart,
    under raised arms that ache to balance
    whatever you carry, what you must (you
    suddenly understand) be willing to let go.
    Chin-deep. Perched on a slippery stone
    that shifts with each shivering breath.
    no choice but to take the next step-
    deeper into the black river"
    ~Black River

    "The Rain at Midnight" is a collection of poems that so aptly describe the male perspective. Joseph Hutchison delves into a variety of situations ranging from the observations he makes in nature to the inner experiences he weaves into poems. Each poem is an adventure into the reality of existence. At times his words are playful, profound or show a focus on presence.

    I loved how he talks about tidal pools photographing his face or how the sun is like "apricot fire dripping." He uses such vivid images and often sexuality is never far below the surface of his thoughts. I like the unbridled words in "Internal Combustion." It seems anger is sparked and it burns or sinks down inside him writhing like a demon.

    Joseph Hutchison explores everything from the awakening jolt of youthful discovery to the slow passionate ritual of languishing in love. He also explores the tragedy of a failed relationship.

    "Brightness and Shadow" reveals the romantic nature of love, while other poems touch briefly on the tragedy of broken promises. I love "Brightness and Shadow" and would recommend the book for just this one poem alone. Here, he is remembering a night of love while he finds various items all over the room. It is loving and sexy and quite exquisite.

    There is a sad, yet sweet acceptance in "An Amusing Anecdote" as he sits with his ex-wife after their divorce is final and "perhaps" an analysis of decisions leading to the situation, in "Good."

    "I might have denied myself your kiss, your caress.
    I might have sneered, "What's happiness worth?"
    I might have let my duties define my desires.
    I might have hurt no one. I might have been good."

    How could a man living at this depth of awareness be satisfied with less than a downpour of love? Yet, his heart makes choices and leads him to love and wounds, failures and bitter struggles that keep the peace at bay.

    In the first poem, he showers while trying not to wake his family and in the last poem, he pretends to sleep while listening to the rain at midnight as the rain drops become the chattering voices of three beautiful sisters.

    "or maybe they'd simply blend back
    into rain, a dark rain, the lull of it,
    the sweet nothing noise and the kiss of it,
    the tears and the healing sleep of it at last."

    Joseph Hutchison knows how to transform even the most casual observation into pictures where rivers of words tumble over slippery stones and you can imagine yourself lost in the river, stumbling near a shore of "ink-black" pines where "feverish stars have risen" and there is a cold comfort in the "bone-white moon."

    It seems life gives us choices and then at times, it throws us into a dark river where we have no choice but to swim deeper into life itself.

    These poems are about surviving life and appreciating beauty along the way. Even in the cold, black river, you can look up and see the stars.


    5-0 out of 5 stars sensual way with words
    Los Angeles poerty maven Carlye Archibeque of Indepedent Review Servicewrites: This is the fourth book of poetry by Joseph Hutchison and the firsttime I have come in contact with his work.So poetry goes.THE RAIN ATMIDNIGHT is organized into five sections. The poetry in each section isexcellent but I favor the first two sections: "St. Failure'sHospital" and "The Oldest Fear" and the last,"Brightness and Shadow", for their straight forward approach totelling a story. The piece I keep returning to is in the first section andis titled "Daffodils"."Let's speak of anguish at the root /of daffodils..." the poet begins, and falls hopelessly into the mostspectacular diatribe about hopelessness. "Let's talk about how sickwe've become / of breath....Let's lie down in the dirt and blossom insilence." Everything in Hutchison's world is alive with longing andregret, especially the writer. In "The One Armed Boy", theprotagonist lies almost asleep and "the arm / that never was reachesout, / touches something even the boy / can't name. Like rain at midnight /falling into a field of poppies, it / gently bathes his non-existenthand." His is the language of bones, flesh and blood caught up in aworld that feels cruel, but may just be unconcerned. His work also reflectsa sense of humor of the sort that has made bitterness bearable in the workof better known writers like Billy Collins or Tony Hoagland. In"Sandman", the writer tries to coax the saint of insomniacs intoa drunken sleep so that he too may sleep, but finds, "He's taken apowder...and wants to talk, / talk, talk about his sleepless life. Well, /what can I do? I hug him like a brother. / I let him cry on my shouldertill dawn." I could go on for a while about Hutchison's way withwords, but it would be much better if you took them out for a spin foryourself. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1890932124
    Sales Rank: 2150264
    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. American Contemporary Poetry    3. Poetry   


    Oh My God! Are You Talking to Me
    by Metropolis Ink
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
    Wow!What a book!I thought I might be the only one having a few chats with Jesus, so I was glad Mr. Peniel wrote this book and now I don't feel so alone.Mr. Peniel details many conversations with Jesus and they are quite enlightening.I think everyone should read them and buy this book.I only talked to Jesus a couple times so there wasn't enough there to write a book.Maybe a short story but I don't write so good and I figured no one would believe me anyway.At any rate, I asked Jesus the last time we talked if I could bottle up some of His Holy Spirit and Jesus thought it might not be a good idea because he thought I might sell It on eBay or something.So I said maybe I'd just list It and give It away for free, and just charge for shipping and handling.He kind of liked that idea.But then I got worried all of a sudden about a method of transferring It from a large container that Jesus would fill into a bunch of smaller containers so a lot of people could have Some and was worried that maybe It would escape and not get into the containers because It's invisible and doesn't look that much different than normal air.Jesus agreed that this was a predicament and thought maybe we should wait until the transfer technology improved or something.He thought I should ask the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for some helpful hints but I just haven't gotten around to it just yet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars God's Love Explained!
    I found the book to be an interesting treatise on love from a Biblical perspective. The subject is approached from a several uncommon angles which brings some fresh insight into the subject of love and relationships. It is easy to read since it is in conversation format...a discussion between God and an ordinary man.

    From my own personal Christian background, I find a few statements that conflict with what I believe the Bible teaches. I think, however, that this is not deliberate on the author's part but these are areas where more explanation should have been given. For example: "Man can BE God" on page 22. Again on pages 218-220 the author makes statements about the Word (Jesus) being
    "begat", "existent", "became" and "formed" which all imply "beginning". This is inconsistent with Bible teaching from which the author quotes extensively.

    The use of the words "Nirvana" (meaning success, well-being, and good fortune) and "koan" implies Eastern religious influence mixed in with Christianity.

    Twenty-five statements on pages 67-68 and the Chapter 6 "The Twelve Reasons Why Man Exists" is an excellent resource for those seeking knowledge about "Why we are here in the world."

    Oddly, there are two pages 111-112 in the middle of the book entitled "Some Sample Questions." While these are excellent questions most people ask themselves, there seems to be no explanation about them or their purpose nor are there any references made to them. No direct answers to these questions are provided by the author either from his own experience or by way of suggestions.

    Overall, this book is a good read, is informative, and, I think, captures God's thinking about us (and very possibly, from God's point of view).

    2-0 out of 5 stars I asked Jesus about this book
    When I saw a book by an author who claims to have talked with Jesus, I didn't bother reading any "customer reviews." I took my questions to the Man himself. I asked our Lord and Savior if He had heard of the book's author, Peniel G.G.G. He rolled His eyes, scratched His beard (long and flowing, but not at all unkempt), muttered something about the name being "pretentious," then held a torn, tattered copy of the Bible directly in front of my face.

    "This is the way I speak to man!" His holy voice thundered. "Through the Word, and through the Holy Spirit!"

    Jesus didn't deny that God talks to His followers - He certainly does - but it's through the Holy Spirit whose words cannot be transcribed, then passed around for the perusal of others. It's more of an "unseen hand" kind of thing, a feeling in one's heart. Plus God's main communique with His creations is the Good Book, the one that warns of consorting with demons, as well as mocking God which I believe one does when reducing Him to some weird sort of Dear Abby figure.

    Has the author been deceived? Don't forget that Satan can transform his lying self into an angel of light, so do not be fooled by bearded spirits that visit you in the night. Someone who claims to have had direct conversations, bull sessions of all things, with the Almighty, is either possessed by demons, is lying, or is just plain nuts, almost as absurd as that blasphemous old coot Andy Rooney who claims God does not speak to men at all and obviously doesn't believe in the Supreme Being. (God probably doesn't speak to Andy, at least not anymore, because by now the old fool has hardened his heart and is beyond listening.)

    I wouldn't tell anyone not to buy this book (I didn't and won't) because I didn't read it (and won't which is why I gave it two stars rather than ranking it too low or too high). But based on its description, I think I'm right that one should beware of its contents and the claims of its author. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0958054371
    Sales Rank: 890085
    Subjects:  1. Inspirational    2. Inspirational - General   


    Wisdom of the Heart: Inspirations for a Life Worth Living (Puffy Books)
    by Hay House
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Heart-Centered Living
    "Turmoil is a call for awakening. Every challenge, great or small, is moving you to look deeper and draw forth the highest in you. You're never given a challenge beyond your ability to meet and master. You'll rise above every circumstance because you're greater than any circumstance." ~Alan Cohen

    Alan Cohen's wisdom continues to inspire me after years of hearing excerpts from his books on the "Dave 'til Dawn" show. Every time Dave Wingert would read a quote or passage it would be exactly what I needed to hear. Finally, I decided to read all of Alan's books and thought I should start with "Wisdom of the Heart."

    Alan Cohen's message accesses a deep place of peace and can calm a troubled heart. His insight and wisdom will resonate with your core beliefs, no matter what religion you espouse. If there is a battle between your head and heart, this book will quickly remedy any doubts and will foster an environment in which you can escape the tyranny of the mind.

    Through aphorisms, lessons, poems, quotations, humorous stories and parables, Alan provides a calm environment in which you can reconnect with your heart. Unique quotes and passages from Anatole France, Theophane the Monk, Parker J. Palmer, Rumi, William Shakespeare, D. H. Lawrence, William James, Piet Hein, Walt Whitman and Albert Schweitzer made this book quite interesting. Especially since these were not quotes you would find that easily. There are also many stories that are part of oral traditions passed down through generations of storytellers.

    Each chapter begins with a story or poetic quotations and then Alan provides a few paragraphs of insight. There are 52 selections. You can read one a week or devour them all in a single sitting. I enjoyed this book so much, I seriously could not stop reading and the pages kept turning.

    Many of the stories have humorous endings. This book will also heal with laughter. I loved the story about "Caller I.D." in which a mystery is solved and two people find their soul mates. Then, in "Smoke Signals" we find that in the irony of life, our problems can be solved by what we first assume is a tragedy. In "True To Yourself" Alan shows how we can follow our unique path in life and reap the benefits of perseverance.

    Alan Cohen has a unique style of writing. He is able to condense profound thoughts in a minimum of sentences. He speaks directly to your heart. I found his lyrical style comforting and healing. "Wisdom of the Heart" will lead you to a place where your heart will open and your mind will submit to a new place of calm.

    Alan is a "truth finder." If you are seeking, this is a book where you will find a place to set down your depression, discouragement and failures in the past. "Wisdom of the Heart" shows you the beauty of the "Cosmic Coincidence Control Center." It guides you to the path of a success thinker and gives you permission to follow the path your heart will love.


    Also look for:

    The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    A Deep Breath of Life
    Lifestyles of the Rich in Spirit
    Looking in for Number One
    The Peace that You Seek
    Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do About It

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little book!
    I have read many of Alan Cohen's books, and he is one of my favourite authors.This book arrived on a day I was feeling down, and after reading it, I felt touched and inspired.It has now become my favourite of his books - it imparts a great deal of wisdom in few words.I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired Living
    Alan Cohen has another hit book in this title.I have come to each of his book separately, at first intrigued by the titles.I found the content to be so great that I am quickly gathering his whole library!This is one of his latest books and it offers tips on how to stay focused each and every day.There are short chapters and it is a great book to pick up to get a quick change of attitude.

    Great gift too! ... Read more

    Isbn: 1561709522
    Sales Rank: 261028
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Inspiration & Personal Growth    3. Inspirational    4. Inspirational - General    5. New Age    6. Prayer    7. Spiritual life   


    The Top 10 of Everything 2004
    by DK ADULT
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Russell Ash deservesto die
    If genocide was legal, Russell Ash would be the first man eliminated on top ten people I hate list.It might be true that Russell Ash uses quite a few resources for his books, but i've looked at every book he's made and the simple fact is that these are terrible lists, the only way I have found his books useful/interesting is while under the influence of pain killers. For someone to say this is book is fun/interesting, in my mind is the same as saying I represent everything the world hates about America.Russell Ash has made a career of wasting America's time with his books and if you have the money to waste on this book, go buy your kid a new toy, or your spouse/mother something that proves you've been thinking about them instead of this nonsense.

    5-0 out of 5 stars #1 Book For Your Coffee Table
    You don't care that Secretariat in 1973 had the fastest ever winning time of 1:59.2 in a Kentucky Derby, but you like movies?Indulge yourself with 30 pages of movie trivia, where you'll find that Jack Nicholson has had the most Oscar nominations with 13.Don't care if "Cats" had the longest run for a Broadway musical with 7,485 shows, but you're a criminology nut?China performs the most executions with 1,067.

    If you don't like one page, just pick another.You won't go far before you will be enthralled.The book lists the top 10 in each arbitrary category, usually with units of selection provided.

    Most strikes in 2000 - Denmark

    Greatest military losses in WWII - USSR with 13.6 million

    Lowest divorce rate - Libya .24/1000/year

    Interestingly illustrated - information in the introduction as to methods of compilation - great for a home coffee table - wouldn't last long in your public waiting room.

    I highly recommend this trivial book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!Fun to Read, Loaded with Info, this book ROCKS!!
    This is the 15th edition of this book.I just went through it for the first time this week.Suffice it to say, I will be reading this book many times over in the near future.This book is loaded with cool facts.It's fun to read, and it will intrigue you for hours on end.

    The book is divided into the following chapters:

    The Universe and Earth
    Life on Earth
    The Human World
    Town and Country
    Culture and Learning
    Stage and Screen
    Commercial World
    Transport and Tourism
    Sport and Leisure

    Each section contains a group of lists.The cool thing about it is that the source is listed so the information can be cross referenced and verified.There's also wonderful pictures throughout.

    There are some omissions I wondered about.In the natural disasters section, there is no list for the most distructive tornadoes.Whatever the author's reasons, more things are included in this book than are omitted.

    The Music section offers interesting sections on songs and songwriters and all the basic benchmarks of best selling music. The biggest single of all time: Candle In The Wind by Elton John.Biggest album: The Beatles with St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    The book contains more than 700 lists and many short inserts that explain more about a subject. The text is complimented by the many stunning pictures in the book. The bibliography and index are also both very useful. To top it off, the publisher spared no expense and the print quality is great!

    The Top 10 Of Everything 2004 is a great book filled with great info.This book can certainly be used by scholars and trivia junkies alike!Buy this book now! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0789496593
    Sales Rank: 105106
    Subjects:  1. Curiosities and wonders    2. General    3. Miscellanea    4. Personal & Practical Guides    5. Reference    6. World records    7. Reference / Curiosities & Wonders   


    Melissa's Fresh Passion Fruits, 1 Dozen
    by Melissa's
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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    4-0 out of 5 stars It gets 4 stars JUST FOR being passionfruit
    Apparently Melissa's gets their passionfruit summer through winter from California, and early spring through summer from New Zealand. I ordered in September and got fruits containing an unusually homogeneous, liquid pulp, almost as if they'd been thrown in a centrifuge and shaken; it wasn't the most fragrant either. But still - passionfruit! Even not-great passionfruit is terrific. I will try again after Xmas, as the NZ stuff is bound to be better; New Zealand knows its passionfruit. It's just a relief to be able to get pfruit in the USA.

    Recipe follows:

    Custard Squares

    You will need:
    - custard powder (Bird's or Edmond's)
    - passionfruit
    - icing sugar / confectioner's sugar
    - puff pastry
    - an 8-inch square brownie pan
    - milk, sugar, an egg

    Roll sufficient puff pastry into a sheet and cut into 2 8-inch squares. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a hot oven until golden and puffy. When cool, line the brownie pan with one square; keep the other for a top layer.

    Make a custard by combining 5 Tb custard powder, 4 cups milk, 7 Tb sugar, and the egg, and stir over medium heat until thickened. Quickly pour / scoop into the brownie pan and spread it around. Place the second pastry sheet on top and smooth it down. The custard will solidify as it reaches room temperature.

    When the contents of the pan are cool, ice with passionfruit icing. For icing, mix the pulp of 2 passionfruit (seeds and all) with enough powdered sugar to reach a thin, spreadable consistency. Passionfruit seeds are crunchy and add interest. Cut the "big custard square" into brownie-size small squares with a sharp knife and eat with fingers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Canned and in Cakes
    "I fervently hope that soon, Passionfruit will become as ubiquitous as the Kiwi Fruit. As demand rises, production will rise and prices will drop." ~Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley

    As a child in Africa, I patiently waited for our granadilla vine to produce exotic flowers. Finally a fruit appeared and seemed to age on the vine as it developed a deep purple dimpled skin. Once ripe, the granadillas/passionfruit were cut in half and the golden fragrant pulp speckled with black seeds could be strained and used in a variety of desserts and drinks.

    The problem with falling in love with granadillas/passionfruit is that it is very difficult to find unless you live near a grocery store that is willing to carry the "best tasting fruits on earth." On this, Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley and I agree.

    The reason I'm reviewing passionfruits is because his book is not yet listed here at Amazon and it has the most amazing "Passionfruit Spice Cake" recipe. For the recipe, you need passionfruit juice from fresh passionfruit. Patrick gives advice on how to use passionfruit and if you are going to order fresh passionfruit, this information is difficult to find.

    To find passionfruit, you almost have to order it online. Which is what I've ended up doing. You can find it in cans that are distributed by Protea Imports online or you can order them from Melissa's.

    You might also love the deluxe exotic fruit basket that may contain any of the following:
    Asian Pears, Baby, Red or Manzano Bananas, Baby Pineapples, Blood Oranges, Cherimoyas, Coconuts, Feijoas, Kiwano Melons, Kiwis, Kumquats, Lychees, Mangos, Passionfruit, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Sapotes, Star fruits, Strawberry Papayas, or Tamarillos.

    Papaya is divine with muscovado sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Just let it get syrupy overnight in the refrigerator. Kumquats are like tiny sweet/sour oranges that you just eat whole or slice up for decorations. It is a "make a face" experience, but what a divine one. We used to pick the off the trees on the way home from school in Africa. Same with the Pomegranates growing on bushes near our home. What a life. I've started making "semi-preserved" star fruits. I make them and eat them in a few days. They are also perfect for drinks. Lychees are so delicious. You peel the thin skin off the fruit and reveal a very juicy almost translucent glossy grape like fruit.

    They almost remind me of an exotic perfume. Blood oranges were all the rage in gourmet recipes for a few years. I still see they are quite popular.

    Fresh Passionfruit is a true luxury. If you can afford it, order more than you think you will need. They really don't have that much "filling/flesh" but the flavor is quite exotic. If you order the cookbooks, they will tell you how to blend the pulp with juice to make
    a mixture you can use in recipes.

    If you start shopping for exotic produce, you might enjoy:

    The Purple Kiwi Cookbook by Karen Caplan - this cookbook has recipes for lots of exotic produce.

    A Passionfruit Cookbook by Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley (It is RARE to find a cookbook for passionfruit. Trust me, I've looked. Patrick is also an artist and designed the cover.)

    P.S. About the Amazing Passionfruit Cake:

    For the cake I made, I adapted the recipe and only used 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon allspice. I also used "all butter" instead of shortening and strained canned passionfruit for the passionfruit juice. Patrick uses quite a bit more spice in his cake. I also ended up making a filling of (2 cans passionfruit, strained and blended with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and ¼ cup Apricot jam.) You heat the mixture for 5 minutes and then spread it between cake layers. I also doubled the icing (plus used more confectioners' sugar) and baked the mixture in three cake pans. That way, I just sliced the cakes in half, spread them with the filling and iced them. Perfect for surprising three friends in the Fall. A wonderful passionfruit spice cake experience.

    Everyone I made the cake for, loved it! So, order some passionfruit in cans or order fresh passionfruit and enter the world of exotic cooking. This fruit really just reminds me of my childhood. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 4442

    The Metabolic Plan : Stay Younger Longer
    by Ballantine Books
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (04 March, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book but Cherniske Investigated by FTC
    I am 1/2 of the way through this book and have thus far been fascinated... truly amazed.The writing is clear and the case compelling.However, I did a 'google' on Stephen Chernike and found that he is under FTC investigation - see http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/c4017.htm
    So, it made me wonder.It is impossible to know that to believe.There are so many different and sometimes conflicting opinions by 'experts'.I find it very frustrating.Does anyone know whether this is legitimate?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grow Younger - No Really!
    "To truly maintain a high quality of life over a long period of time, you have to treat the underlying cause of aging, which is metabolism." ~Stephen Cherniske

    Are you frustrated with doctors who only treat your symptoms? Do you want to take more control of your future health?

    "The Metabolic Plan" is an inspiring journey into the world of anti-aging solutions. I read every word in a state of absolute wonder. By the time you finish reading this book, you will understand how your body functions on the cellular level. You will also know the details of glycation and oxidation, understand why free-radical damage contributes to nearly all disease states, and discover the beauty of "clustered water."

    Stephen Cherniske is an internationally renowned nutritional biochemist who not only explains aging on the biochemical level, he shows you how to slow and even reverse the process. He shows how the body really works, then he explains anabolic power. Once he has laid out his theory, he proves it with well-organized chapters and convincing arguments. Highly intellectual concepts have been made palatable. I really enjoyed his metaphors, humor, analogies, and how he made the complex understandable.

    Stephen Cherniske has not only unlocked the secrets of longevity, he is a living example. He has learned how to stop his body from going into a premature "shut down" sequence. He was born in 1948 although medical testing shows his biological age to be around 35 and he has the same muscle-to-fat ration he did when he graduated from high school.

    This is not a "diet" and the author says most diets send your metabolism in the wrong direction. If you are frustrated with diets, this is the healthy and logical alternative. The Metabolic Plan is really a lifestyle. You take stock of your current situation and develop a battle plan to defeat aging. With this plan you can improve your mood, sex drive, stamina, energy level, digestion, muscle mass and skin tone. You will notice a more radiant you in the mirror!

    The Chapters Include:

    1. Foundations
    2. Restoring Your Anabolic Power
    3. Putting the Brakes on Catabolic Metabolism
    4. Stress and the Aging Process
    5. How Good Do You Want to Look and Feel?
    6. Illness, Immunity, and Metabolism
    7. Energy, Exercise, and Metabolism
    8. Optimal Nutrition: Building Blocks of the Metabolic Plan
    9. Water: Lifespring of the Metabolic Plan
    10. Metabolic Issues for Women and Men
    11. Keeping Score, Staying Motivated, and Taking Action - Action steps for ages 35-75 (tests, supplements, exercise, major focus and major concerns)
    12. Conclusion: A Question of Balance, the Nature of Time
    Resources - lots of websites where you can do additional research.

    The Metabolic Plan has been featured in the Oprah magazine, Body & Soul, Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine and Natural Health Magazine. Stephen's articles have also appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and Time. He has appeared on Dateline NBC, FOX News and 48 hours and is widely recognized as a top expert in nutrition.

    When I first heard Stephen Cherniske on a radio show, I was instantly intrigued. I knew I wanted to read his book and patiently waited for it to be published. What I didn't realize was how life-changing this information would be.

    "You are capable of replacing 300 billion cells every day."

    This book presents the most logical and convincing argument for exercising I've ever read. My thought was: "You mean I'm telling my brain I'm older than I am? Wait, I'm going to change the signals I'm sending my brain! Today!" I then went out and bought a pedometer and some suggested supplements and healthy foods, not to mention green barley, aloe juice, milk thistle and melons. There are some delicious foods you can add to your grocery cart and in a few weeks you feel like a different person. Even eating fresh fruits instead of drinking fructose laden drinks helps! I like his ideas about buying whole foods so you don't have to read so many labels!

    Some of the questions Stephen Cherniske answers:

    Is it possible to enjoy "the prime of life stage" until you are 65?
    What is 7-Keto? Why should I not take DHEA before 35?
    How can I get my doctor involved in my anti-aging journey?
    How can I get my body to produce more DHEA and hGH naturally?
    How can I enter a more restful level of sleep?
    Why should I maintain optimal liver function?
    Why is "just" taking a multivitamin similar to tossing a cup of water on a forest fire?

    Stephen Cherniske also provides information on tests you can request to show you your biological age. There is also a nice index so you can look up information when you need it fast.

    If you have recently had a visceral awakening (Help! I'm aging too fast!) and are nearing 40, "The Metabolic Plan" will give you all the information you need to make your life a more empowered experience. Suddenly, you will realize how much you can do to stay younger longer!

    "The Metabolic Plan" presents a proactive approach. Stephen Cherniske shows how you can restore anabolic metabolism and put the brakes on catabolic activity. You may also want to read: "The DHEA Breakthrough" and "Caffeine Blues."

    I'm convinced that this is one of the most important books you will ever read! If you can read this book before you are 40, you will be way ahead of the game! Recommended reading for men and women between 35 and 75 years of age. I just turned 36 and already I've noticed I have more energy in the first month after starting this plan. I'm not even taking the DHEA yet! So, this book is not just about DHEA, it is about healthy life choices and supplements you can take to improve your quality of life.

    "The Metabolic Plan" is the most enlightening book on longevity I've read to date! This is cutting edge information. Highly Recommended.100 Stars!


    5-0 out of 5 stars Iam Using The Authors System!
    Iam a 47 year old caucasian male. Ive had my diagnosis from various MD/Chriopractors and naturopaths on how to live and survive the spinal osteoporoisis Ive recently been diagnosed with. And the disability limitiations imposed plus the loss of of my job. At the same time, stumbled across an opportunity!
    In my past med/history there is trauma to my spine I incurred due to a service connected disability while serving my country in the Army. As this book of Steves' is comming out, Ive come across his complete system which is solely dedicated to the longevity/weight control and wellness system he so eloquently describes in his book "The Metabolic Plan". The complete system/business opportunity can be found at .......
    Speaking of life alteringtrends, Zane Paul Pilzer new book which is recommended reading, "$Trillion$!".
    By the way, Ive been on the Metabolic Plan less than 1 week, I have a feeling already Iam going to probably negate the Social Security Disability profile. Thank You Steve Cherniskie! ... Read more

    Isbn: 034544101X
    Sales Rank: 137995
    Subjects:  1. Aging    2. Diet / Health / Fitness    3. Diet therapy    4. Dietary supplements    5. General    6. Health & Fitness    7. Health/Fitness    8. Healthy Living    9. Longevity    10. Prevention    11. Health & Fitness / General   

    Kalahari Reserve Rooibos Red Tea
    by Kalahari Limited
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars

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    • Caffeine Free
    • Antioxidant Rich
    • Great Taste
    • Imported from South Africa
    • Top 8% of the rooibos crop
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Memories of Africa
    This tea brings back memories of sitting outdoors on our deck in Africa in the afternoon. We would always put a heaping tablespoon of condensed milk into our tea. Of course now I used stevia and powdered milk. Ok, so occasionally I get out a can opener.

    There is nothing like the smooth, almost sweet flavor of this tea. The only way this tea can be made more delicious is if you brew it in a tin can over an open fire. Why? I'm not sure, but that is how we made our tea outdoors. Maybe it added a smoky flavor.

    Now they have discovered that Rooibos is an antioxidant rich tea and is a tea of choice just like green tea. Although, I've read that Rooibos has 50 times the anti-oxidant properties of green tea.

    I've been drinking this tea since I was seven years old and finally they are importing it all over the place! Apparently it has been popular in Europe as an herbal tea and remedy. I'm not sure why it has taken so long to reach America. I've been ordering it from Canada.

    This tea is a bit exotic at first, but soon you might start craving the rich flavor. It is caffeine free, additive free, preservative free, colorant free and very low in tannin.

    The Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) plant grows in the Cedar Valley deep in the heart of South Africal. It is a natural herb that is only harvested every two years.

    This tea can be used as an herbal remedy for colicky babies by adding some of the tea to a beverage of choice.

    For adults, this tea can help to calm nervous tensions, eradicate allergies and help with stomach problems, indigestion and can boost the immune system. This tea contains over forty polyphenol compounds and flavonoids. This tea is also anti-bacterial, anti-aging and anti-viral.

    If you want to experience this tea out in Africa, look for "Africa's Top Wildlife Countries" by Mark W. Nolting. Drinking this tea could inspire wandering thoughts of roaming through the African veld.

    ~TheRebeccaReview.com ... Read more

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    Smart Packing for Today's Traveler
    by Smart Travel Press
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars SMART PACKING MATTERS
    Travelers, the Smart Packing System works. I've crisscrossed Europe, Asia and the USA for over 40 years and Smart Packing for Today's Traveler is my guide on how to pack right. I've saved time, money and my back.The detailed illustrations and the up-to-the-minute travel tips provide all the information that you'll need for a getaway weekend or a journey around the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packing and travel was never easier!
    I've always been a traveler who has the largest suitcases. I take lots of clothes, supplies, anything that I 'think' I'll need. After my last trip and the sore arm that developed from lugging all my stuff all over hotels and conventions, I decided to try a new approach. I searched for a book that could help me simplify my luggage problem and selected "Smart Packing for Today's Traveler."

    Now, after reading "Smart Packing", I am looking at travel with new eyes. Never again will I pack as much 'stuff.' Susan Foster's insight has helped me learn how to pack, what to take, and how to accommodate many different occasions with a unified clothing scheme. In addition, her words about safety and travel basics have given me, a very seasoned traveler, many new ideas. This one book has taught me so many lessons that I'm simply thrilled.

    I can't wait to take my next trip. I will be so proud when I look and feel fantastic using the contents of my one small suitcase. Thank you Susan, you've made packing and travel so much easier.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE book for planning your next trip!
    I LOVE this book!!---especially the illustrations that show how to choose versatile clothing items that can be recombined into multiple outfits. They really helped me to visualize all the possiblilities, so I could pack fewer clothes and still feel I was wearing "something different" every day of my trip. And there's no better way to lift my spirits on a dreary day than to leaf through the section on "packing for a cruise" and daydream about taking a wonderful vacation. If you only buy one book about traveling this year, make it this one! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0970219660
    Sales Rank: 49618
    Subjects:  1. General    2. Travel    3. Travel - General    4. Travel Guides   


    The Seduction Cookbook
    by Writers Club Press
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 2001)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers
    The ritual of cooking and dining have not been explored enough in our American culture in terms of romance. This book is about preparing sensual dishes (tastes and presentations) with the right atmosphere (candles, soft music, flowers, beautiful settings). All the recipes are simple and are clearly displayed on only one page thus freeing the cook to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with a loved one.

    As a dating/relationship author and online advisor I'm always looking for new resources to recommend to interested people in my genre.Here's a simple yet profound book on how to make your relationship more romantic, exciting, and intimate.

    For many men the three magic words that come out of his mouth when he talks to his wife are "what's for dinner" instead of "I love you."But a smart women looking to find his heart through his stomach, this is a book for you.

    The ritual of cooking and dining have not been explored enough in our American culture in terms of romance.This book is about preparing sensual dishes (tastes and presentations) with the right atmosphere (candles, soft music, flowers, beautiful settings).All the recipes are simple and are clearly displayed on only one page thus freeing the cook to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with her lover.

    With today's busy lifestyles, here's a book that helps us focus on simple ways to bring more romance in our lives by doing what we do with more flair, style, and forethought.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensual Dining for Two
    "Cooking and seduction are delicious arts that involve head, hand and heart. Great lovers are inspired by passion, as are great chefs." ~Diane Brown

    "The Seduction Cookbook" is probably one of the most exciting cookbooks you will ever buy. Not only does it contain many secrets of seduction, the recipes are exotic and divinely delicious. Your lover will think you are a cooking god or goddess who has arrived to give them a tantalizing gourmet feast. They will worship you later in appreciation.

    Diane Brown has been practicing the art of seduction cooking for years. Her recipes have also been featured in "Bon Appetit," "Gourmet," and "Sunset" magazine. Her introductions to all the chapters contain some of the sultriest sentence you will ever read and her recipes are all very easy to make.

    What is Seduction Cooking? - This, you want to know! ;) Some great ideas that don't even involve cooking!

    Write a Sexy Invitation to Dine - Romance, romance! I love the ideas especially writing "secret codes" only your lover could crack or delivering items to your lover that he/she has to wear to dinner.

    Seductive Starters: Getting Warmed Up - Diane shows you how to create a mood for love and her idea about the tablecloth and rose petals could help you discover the pleasures of finger foods. There are recipes for Artichokes with Warm Vinaigrette, Chile Lime Shrimp, Lover's Purses and the delicious Endive, Orange and Fennel Salad.

    The Main Event: Seduction Dinners - Imagine dining on Baked Cod with Shitake Mashed Potatoes and Shitake Sauce or Cornish Game Hens with Orange, Ginger and Soy Sauce. Baked Salmon with Raspberry Cabernet Sauce is one of the most interesting recipes I've tried in this cookbook. Shallots, raspberry preserves and Cabernet Sauvignon make a syrupy sauce to coat the salmon.

    Seduction on the Side - Looking for zesty and provocative side dishes? Try the Broccoli in Orange Chile Oil that has a sauce you pour over steamed broccoli. The Green Basmati Rice is actually one of my favorite seduction secrets. I think it is the garlic. This recipe alone proved this book works.

    Sweet Seduction: Desserts for Debauchery - If you love marscarpone cheese, the recipe for stuffed strawberries takes this creamy, dreamy cheese to new levels. Poached pears are drenched in a cardamom ginger sauce. Broiled Plums with Lemon Sorbet could not be easier and you have to try the honeydew recipe.

    If you are looking for one sexy recipe for honeydew, it is in this cookbook. I made it twice in two days and plan to make it once a week. At first I was skeptical about the combination of rosemary and honeydew melon, but now I'm a believer. The syrupy sauce coating the melon is quite interesting and almost tingles on your tongue. I used vermouth but you can use a sweet white wine of your choice. Honeydew does soak up the syrup rather well, but I also love the syrup with other melons like cantaloupe. Imagine feeding your lover little slices or balls of melon dripping with an intoxicating syrup.

    Late Night Seduction Snacks - Orange slices and Strawberries dipped in chocolate syrup or Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bread with Cream Cheese are two of the ideas.

    The Morning After: Breakfasts to Rekindle the Passion - Want to impress your lover with your "omelet" making skills? There are some delicious fillings too. Do Banana Pancakes with Caramelized Walnuts sound worth waking up for and how about serving breakfast with a seduction smoothie made from mangoes, strawberries and lemon yogurt. Diane even shows you how to make your own Chai Tea. There are also some "quickie" breakfast ideas like warm croissants with preserves.

    Seduction Scenarios: Menus to Make the Mood - You will find Menus for: Valentine's Day, Romance of Italy, Indian Spice, Late Night Fireside Supper, Bewitching Bedroom Brunch and Decadent Dessert Orgy.

    Seduction Staples - Diane shows you how to toast spices, purchase the freshest shellfish and roast peppers. Oh, and the all important... how to whip cream with vanilla and powdered sugar.

    Grow an Erotic Herb Garden - Imagine your garden bursting with fresh herbs, especially rosemary, lavender and basil.

    If you want to end up under the table, somewhere near the table or drifting towards the bedroom after dinner, this is your book. You might even want to eat dinner in bed or while reclining on velvet pillows in a room filled with candles.

    This is one sexy cookbook! I'm in love with Diane's creative writing and sensual recipes. If you love to cook, this is a cookbook you will soon learn to covet.

    ~The Rebecca Review.com ... Read more

    Isbn: 0595169961
    Sales Rank: 555305
    Subjects:  1. Cooking    2. Cooking / Wine    3. Entertaining - General    4. Methods - Cookery for Two    5. Sexuality   


    KISS Guide to the Unexplained (Keep It Simple Series)
    by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Mysteries
    Have you ever been thinking about a friend and they called you? Was this coincidence or ESP? Something that happens to me is that I will at times hear a number someone is thinking before they say it. This once happened twice in one phone call, so there is definitely some way we receive information from one mind to the other without even speaking. They say this is telepathy.

    If you are fascinated by the unexplained, you will find this book to have an overwhelming magnetic force on your mind. I was drawn into the pages and could not stop reading about everything from psychic powers to spontaneous human combustion.

    Joel Levy attempts to give us a new perspective on these common occurrences through revealing incredible stories and exploding a few myths along the way.

    Some of the Mysteries include:

    PSI Phenomena - When a force gives the human mind control over matter, space and even time.

    Hypnosis - A method for changing the normal relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind.

    ESP - Telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition. Did you know there are tests you can take to determine if you are psychic? The author also discusses various occurrences where pets found their owners in almost impossible ways. Is this Animal ESP (anpsi)? Are you fascinated by Nostradamus? You can also read about dreams of doom. However, Joel Levy has a clever way of explaining some events through calculating the probability of an event.

    Psychokinesis (PK) - Can people really start fires just from thinking about them? Thoughtography was also a new idea to me.

    Psychic Healing - Can divine power be channeled at will? The information on "The Placebo Effect" is rather interesting. The information on psychoneuro-immunology (PNI) shows how the mind exerts control over the body and you will be encouraged to know that positive thinking can help your body heal.

    The Spirit World - Want to be freaked out late at night? Read chapter 6-9. Ghosts of the living, now there is an idea. Oh, this is encouraging, ghosts can also be changes in temperature or noises. Want to go Ghost Hunting? The author tells you what you need to take with you. The information on Electronic Voice Phenomena could be comforting or could just be explained by pareidolia. You will be amused by "e-mails" from ghosts.

    OBE - Ever left your body? The author explains why people may get a glimpse of heaven when they have a near-death experience. Ever listened to music by Ravi Shankar? He has a rather interesting story.

    Magic - Want to find out what Madonna is talking about when she says: "kabbalah?" But we always knew she was a witchy woman.

    Religion - Was Jesus also an exorcist? I liked the section on guardian angels.

    Natural Mysteries - Read about anomalies of nature. Some great pictures of creative crop circles. What causes it to rain frogs and fish?

    Mythical Monsters - Sea serpents are still being spotted by mariners in this present age. Reading about hypertrichosis complete with pictures might even explain werewolves.

    Aliens & UFOs - What have people seen through the ages? The picture of an "Avrocar" looks like a UFO to me. Could this explain it all?

    Throughout the book there are green trivia boxes, blue internet boxes with websites you can visit for more information and little yellow boxes give word definitions. If you have an inquiring mind, there are pages of websites to lead you into further exploration of mysterious events and unexplained occurrences.

    Will strange things happen while reading this book? Don't doubt it.

    Now, when I got to the page about the Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On" started playing on the radio. No lies. While those types of things tend to happen to me all the time while reading, the really creepy aspect of the Titanic story was the information about an English journalist named W.T. Stead who was warned by several psychics about a maritime catastrophe in April of 1912. He booked passage on the Titanic and we all know what happened.

    I'm still looking for information on people who see and hear words at the same time. I mean, it happens to me ALL the time and drives me insane. I've only met two people who understand this because it happens to them. I'd love to read about this if anyone knows where I can find the information.

    To explain: I received (saw) the words: flushing, search, bank, January, V (five), Speak, Near or Far, Time Now - while listening to the radio and TV. Either I was typing the word at the time I heard it or I saw it in a book while I heard it. It also happens
    to me while writing letters to friends.

    A friend said this "word message" meant: "Reduce things in your life and search the world for your treasure in the New Year. Don't be silent anywhere, the time is now."

    If you have any experiences with the "unexplained" or are just curious about unsolved mysteries, this book will amuse you. Meeting someone who has similar experiences will make you realize we have a lot to learn about how our minds work.

    ~TheRebeccaReview.com ... Read more

    Isbn: 0789489414
    Sales Rank: 991986
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. New Age    3. New Age / Parapsychology    4. Parapsychology    5. Supernatural    6. UFOs & Extraterrestrials    7. Unexplained Phenomena   


    by Vector Recordings
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    Irish troubadour Damien Rice doesn't so much reinvent the folk genre on this lush, impossibly mature debut album as push its boundaries in several compelling musical directions at once--all the more remarkable considering the album was largely self-produced and home-recorded. His songs revolve around familiar, bittersweet concerns of life, love, and their attendant frustrations, but delivered with conspiratorial intimacy on melodic wings (like on the graceful "Cannonball") that Rice seems almost embarrassed to share. If there's anything like a template here, it's "The Blower's Daughter," the song that first attracted the interest/stewardship of film composer David Arnold (whose guest production provides "Amie" with expansive cinematic elegance) and became a massive Irish hit. His plaintive vocal, embroidered by the mournful solo cello of Vyvienne Long, is suddenly brightened by an instrumental flourish and Lisa Hannigan's vocals--before just as quickly wafting on the breeze. With touches that range from "Day in the Life"-styled string collages to the dizzy, exhilarating neo-operatic excesses of the 16-minute "Eskimo," Rice's musical palate here is as adventurous as his songs are grounded in emotional intimacy. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Can't get past "Blower's Daughter"
    Like I'm sure countless thousands of others, I scrambled to find out who sang the beautiful, haunting song that opens Mike Nichols' adaptation of 'Closer.'I know a bunch of people must have followed the same path, because when I went to Virgin to pick up a copy, there was a large sign that said "If you want the music from the film CLOSER" (last word in about 128 point font on the signage) "then you want Damien Rice's 'O'."

    My problem is that that song ("Blower's Daughter") is so good that the rest of the CD (to my ear, at least) pales in comparison.I've yet to find anything else that resonates with me.Regardless, 'O' deserves at least four stars simply based on the perfection Rice achieves on that one track.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my eskimo friend...
    I have found my favorite album of the year with Damien Rice's "O".I am not afraid to shout that from the top of the tallest mountain or from the bottom of every ocean.When friends ask me, from now on, who I think is one of the best singer/songwriters out there, it will be very easy for me to reply "my friends, it is Damien Rice".Never before have I witnessed such passion, emotion, and consistency as I did with this album.It just oozes sincerity and epitomizes the true meaning of folk music.

    While I am not afraid to admit that I found him when I watched the film Closer, and was pulled in by his song "the blower's daughter", I quickly discovered there was more to him than what this film allowed.While I do think "the blower's daughter" is nothing short of perfection, there are other songs that I think better represent the overall tune of Rice.My favorites on the album are such:

    1) Volcano
    2) Cannonball
    3) Eskimo (with a brilliant orchestra finale)
    4) Cold Water

    In fact, I am not afraid to admit that there isn't one song on this album that I do not like.I have placed this CD into my surround sound system at home and do not intend for it ever to leave.This is the type of music that you can listen to when you need to relax, reflect, or just enjoy the bits and pieces of your life.It is the type of music that forces you to remember that you are alive and to take each moment, each day, and embrace it for everything that it is worth.

    The consistent tone and raw emotion behind Rice's vocals is by far the most impressive.His poetic lyrics remind me of early Dave Matthews moments, while the welcomed intrusion of Lisa Hannigan left my jaw on the ground.Why hasn't his music become more popular here in America?Honestly, I have never been so impressed with an album purchase as I was with this one.The simplistic packaging of the disc and bold artwork only force you to sit on your couch and become engulfed with the intrinsic tunes that Rice offers us.

    I cannot speak any better of this album, if Amazon would allow me to give it more than five stars I would.For those folk music fans that are looking for that quintessential album that fully represents the genre, this is the one for your collection.I am impressed, and cannot wait to see what else Damien has for us in the future.

    Grade: ***** out of *****

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    i love every single song on this CD. i have been in love with this CD since the first time i heard it. the songs are so beautifully filled with emotion that they had me in tears (that is a very hard thing to do considering that i didn't even cry when my grandma died). my friend and i have listened to O 1,000 times and each time it is still as beautiful as it was the first time. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009V7P8
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Folk    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    4. Folk & Traditional    5. Folk-Rock    6. Ireland    7. Pop    8. Post-Grunge   


    Who's Looking Out for You?
    by Broadway
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (23 September, 2003)
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    As he did in his bestselling books The O'Reilly Factor and The No Spin Zone, TV and radio host Bill O'Reilly again blasts a host of selfish and corrupt individuals and institutions for threatening the nation's well-being--no surprise there. What is surprising is the personal tone of Who's Looking Out For You, which is as much self-help as social or political commentary. Is O'Reilly getting soft? Hardly. He still packs a punch, but this time he mixes tales of outrage with practical advice gleaned from his own experiences and mistakes.The underlying theme of the book is trust. If you can identify and associate with those that deserve your trust, he argues, you will get along well in both your personal and professional life. Among those external forces undeserving of trust, according to O'Reilly, are the media (particularly harmful to children, he warns), the legal system, and the government: "Our federal government is not good at helping real people who have real problems, and it doesn't care about the money you give it as long as that revenue train keeps chugging along," he writes. He also hammers the INS for their lax stance on illegal immigrants and the damage it has caused the country, irresponsible parents, secularists, network news executives, ideologues, and minority leaders who foster hatred in order to serve their own interests, to name just a few offenders. Though some of his advice tends toward the obvious, it is hard to argue with his emphasis on self-reliance, especially at a time when the answer to the question posed in his title seems to be "just me." It's a good bet that many readers will also add Bill O'Reilly to this list. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading, but not spectacular
    Bill O'Reilly loves to talk about 'the folks'. He loves to be loved by 'the folks'. Anyone who watches his show knows how frequently he addresses 'the folks' and how frequently he references 'the folks'. I think it's safe to say that Bill has aimed this book at his 'the folks'.

    Don't get me wrong, he makes good points, legitimate points. It's just that, perhaps in an effort at accessibility, he has come off a little light on the analysis here, and a little short of engrossing in his style. The chapters are quick and to the point. The personal anecdotes are almost too on the nose. But he's not wrong. Bill, as usual, gets the basic points correct. He does, in fact, know who is and who is not looking out for you.

    The bottom line for Who's Looking Out for You is that it is no great political or sociological treatise. It is a book with simple points, delivered in straightforward, simple language, in a simple, short and, ultimately, not overly impressive book.

    Nevertheless, I recommend it. If you read a lot of political books, essays and blogs, there is one thing that is certain. You absolutely MUST know what Bill O'Reilly has to say. You can't consider yourself hip to the modern political punditry scene if you aren't hip to Bill. That's true whether you agree with him (as I do) or not.

    Quite simply, he's required reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review from a moderate
    Great book for a plane ride as you can easily read the whole book in a couple hours. Its interesting to read the reviews. Almost immediately, you can tell who voted for Kerry and who voted for Bush based upon their disdain or love of O'Reilly. This book is good, its not 5 stars, but it deserves more than three stars (average). If you know of, and dislike, O'Reilly, you will hate this book. Simple. There's too much of his personlity in there. If you like or don't know O'Reilly, I recommend this book. It's a fast read; He gets to his points...too many books feel the need to be 300+ pages and just end up being boring. O'Reilly porvides perspectives on our legal system, Iraq, religion, journalism, our leaders and offers some sound advice for personal development. He really does. He provides anectdotes about how he grew up and was able to overcome adversity and become succesful in one of the most cut-throat industries in America: journalism. I never knew what "bigfooting" was until I read this book...I can't believe that networks allow that behavior (actually,I can).

    3-0 out of 5 stars New Year's-like resolutions on what to avoid to live better
    Do you get angst just thinking abut your upbringing? Do you get intoxicated regularly? Are any of your friends bad seeds? If you're a parent---do you think of yourself as your child's friend?If you can answer yes to such statements then this is a book for you.Who's looking out for you, thus, is not necessarily for everyone.It's thesis is basically that if you want to live in a nanny state & be coddled, then move to Europe.But, if you live in the USA & like the idea of doing so, then don't expect for many others to be looking out for you.The justice system---O'Reilly states---won't be looking out for you.Neither will lawyers in the USA; nor the Catholic Church; nor the likes of Jesse Jackson types---who only look out for themselves; nor the media; nor schools.Who SHOULD be looking out for you include your parents, as well as--hopefully---some close friends.And as a parent, one should be a Parent, NOT a friend to one's child, because a child has nobody to look after him/her except a parent---and it's not possible to accomplish both in Mr. O'Reilly's opinion.In short, this is a book about disapline: that one must proactively seek one's own motivation; that one ought to seek knowledge/read/and engage one's mind; that one ought to respect one's body (ie., to exercise, control one's weight & forgo smoking); that one ought not to associate with destructive people; that one ought provide a safe & secure refuge for one's children at home (with no abuse, drunkeness, foul language, etc.).If you have children or are contemplating such, Mr. O'Reilly sternly advises that you take the responsibility involved therein extremely seriously---and that you ought be successfully looking out for yourself first before taking this step.His book is a primer on individual self-responsibilty; common sensical at its heart, but also food for thought & worth 6 hours of your time if you are open to---and think you could benefit from---at least a dash of self-improvement.If so, do get the (unabridged) audio version instead, read by Mr. O'Reilly himself; as his words of advice are more pertinent in his own voice. (05Jan) Cheers! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0767913795
    Subjects:  1. 1980-    2. 2001-    3. General    4. Government - U.S. Government    5. Mass media    6. Political Science    7. Politics - Current Events    8. Politics and government    9. Politics/International Relations    10. Responsibility    11. Social History    12. Social aspects    13. Social conditions    14. Social values    15. United States    16. United States - 21st Century    17. Current Events / Political   


    Breaking the Pattern: The 5 Principles You Need to Remodel Your Life
    by Red Mill Press
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (21 December, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Realizing Negative Patterns Requires the First Step
    The first step is buy the book.We all have negative patterns....it's recognizing them, isolating them, and making the conscience effort to CHANGE them that is the challenge.

    The first reward can be knowing that you are moving possitively in the direction you visualize that you want to be in - your life, health, and relationships.The next reward is seeing those goals come into fruition.The last is true self-acceptance (which I am still working on) but I see that reward as being immeasurable.

    I could really identify with his case studies - I felt there was a bit of me in all of them.I also liked his approach to goal setting and how to break it down on a daily/weekly basis so it is more managable.

    The bottom line:if you are looking for some real ephonies in your own life, this is a great tool to get you there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Creating a More Fulfilling Life
    "I can assure you that the successful people in your life who you admire apply many, or all, of the techniques described in this book. Success is no accident, nor is it unconscious. People who achieve their goals are almost always acutely aware of what directions they take in reaching their destinations." ~Charles Stuart Platkin

    If you are tired of spinning in the same circular conversations, walking the same paths to the same unfulfilling destinations or can't seem to implement strategies to reach your goals, "Breaking the Pattern" might encourage you to remodel your life.

    Charles Stuart Platkin has discovered five basic principles you can apply to your life in order to make changes, reach your dreams and finally live the ideal life of your choosing. He used the principles in this book to change his own life.

    What started as a letter to a friend turned into self-reflection and through writing, Charles started to think more clearly. Through further interviews and discussions with friends and professionals the author started to find real answers:

    1. What's a Pattern and How Do I Know What Mine Are? - A study of self-sabotaging and self-paralyzing behavior. Are you choosing the easy path of substance abuse, short cuts or just making bad choices and finding someone else to blame? What are your triggers?

    2. Self-Evaluation and Reflection Workshop - A variety of exercises where you answer questions and then analyze the answers. One of the most important sections in this chapter is "Asking the Right Questions."

    3. Failure Is an Asset Waiting to Be Discovered - Successful people seem to see rejection and failure as a reminder that they are still on the path towards their goals. Sometimes just having the goal and continuing towards that goal, no matter what, is a formula for success. The author explains how you can overcome fear and move beyond failure.

    4. Taking Responsibility Leads to Freedom - An interesting look at blame, being a victim, making excuses, avoiding responsibility and being the martyr. A discussion of why many people surrender their responsibility to a higher power.

    5. What Makes a Goal a Goal?- An interesting section on intrinsic rewards.

    6. If You Can See It,It Can Happen - Do you have the discipline it takes to reach your goals? Ideas on how to set realistic goals and overcome obstacles in your way. There is a place to write down your ideas for short and long-term goals.

    7. Making Change Happen and Transforming Your Life -What are your values? Are you open to possibility? How do you find the positive patterns?

    8. Tactics and Strategies for Changing Your Life -In the final chapter, the author explains how our "internal commentary" can change our lives.

    I loved all the inspirational quotes and stories, the positive and healing environment this book provides, and the idea that short-term failure is no excuse not to achieve long-term success.

    Do you feel imprisoned by the past? Do you desire a more fulfilling future? "Breaking the Pattern" will help to set you free from the disappointments of the past so you can reach for a more positive future.

    "Breaking the Pattern" is a well-written and well-organized collection of empowering ideas to help you modify your own behavior so you can finally leave failure in the dust. This is a book to help you reach your personal, relationship and career goals. It is perhaps one of the most important books you will ever read if you want to break free from destructive patterns of behavior.

    ~The Rebecca Review.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and personally pivotal
    Most would say that I'd be the last person to need a self-help book.In fact, I bought it for a friend who is constantly sabotaging herself and then read it before I gave it to her.Wow!It took me over a month to read it because, I now realise, when it got too close to a nerve I simply walked away.
    Two months later and a good ten pounds lighter, I feel more self-aware and more attuned to the struggles of others, making me less likely to be judgemental and critical.
    Terrific book; well- written and accessible. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0971150303
    Sales Rank: 39749
    Subjects:  1. Applied Psychology    2. Personal Growth - General    3. Personal Growth - Success    4. Psychology    5. Self-Help   


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