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The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy
The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy
by Peter Huber
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent ..., 1 Jan 2010
Fascinating and unique book ... growing in influence every year since it was written.

Warning: if you are an enviro or greenie, don't even bother reading it. It will only annoy you.


Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain
Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain
by Chris Stringer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre enviro-socialist rant tacked on end of book?, 4 Jun 2009
Fantastic book, but bizarrely there is a ridiculous "greenie" "warmie" rant stuck on the end in the last chapter - other than that, a super science book.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 14, 2009 10:26 AM BST


The Incredible Human Journey [DVD]
The Incredible Human Journey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alice Roberts
Price: 8.02

18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely totally incredible - buy immediately, 27 May 2009
The best and most important TV show ever made -- full stop. Spectacular, unmissable, priceless.

Summarises the absolutely astonishing recent results in genetics and archaeology.

To know yourself, watch.


Anathem
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Spectacular, 12 May 2009
This review is from: Anathem (Hardcover)
This one book is worth more than the entire cultural output of the planet over the last 30 or so years.

The very nature of the thinness, or thickness, of existence is examined.

If only it was ten times as long, and if only 1000 times more people could "get" it.

If you are sick to the very gills of the world of Pop Idol and franchise food, enjoy Anathem.

Stephenson's stupendous masterpiece ... can the man do anything else now? Or is he (understandably) spent and done?


MacBook Pro 15" 2.53GHz/4GB/320GB/GeForce 9600M GT/SuperDrive
MacBook Pro 15" 2.53GHz/4GB/320GB/GeForce 9600M GT/SuperDrive

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You might as well buy one., 14 Dec 2008
Here is what you will notice:

(1) The screen is INCREDIBLY - I mean, ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY bright. It is so bright it will just totally, I mean, you may actually fall over or something. This screen is: bright. It's just incredibly, unbelievably bright. Apple currently pwned every else in the universe regarding Screen Brightness. If you want a bright screen, and who doesn't, start entering your credit card number. You're going to be wildly happy once you convince yourself you're not hallucinating how amazingly bright the screen is.

(2) Track pad "Look, no buttons!" gimmick. Instead of there being a click-button next to the track pad, the actual track pad itself, is a kind of button - the entire thing actually clicks up and down. (In other words, there's apparently a hinge at the top, and a spring at the bottom.) Whatever.

(3) "It looks like an iMac". The big cosmetic effort is that the screen sort of looks like an iMac. (Around the office we refer to this model as the "glass" laptop, as opposed to the previous "aluminium" "white plastic" "titanium" blah blah models). Sure, it looks great, unimpeachable, it's the most beautifully made beautifully made laptop ever beautifully made.

Other than those three points, there's nothing to mention.

This product is an (excellent, superb, incredibly admirable) EVOLUTIONARY step forward; it's NOT revolutionary.

It's slightly sad in a way - you want each new mac laptop to have something astonishing! The "Air" model is definitely the revolutionary astonishing one, but it's flawed so that product line will take some time.

These new "glass" laptops are the utter opposite of the "Air" models -- the glass ones are very much an evolutionary-not-revolutionary step forward.

They are "just" more and more reliable, more and more better, more and more simple. For instance, the power supply is "12% thicker" (a fact, not a joke) so it's just that much tougher and gives that much better juice - which is all good. There are dozens of incremental improvements like that. It's now incredibly easy to swap the hard drive (which you should do regularly), swap the RAM etc. The machining quality on the speaker holes is easily 125% improved over last time.

There are any number of nuisances designed to specifically enrage certain people, but: that's exactly like the release of any computing product ever released. (Why does the RAM max out at comedy numbers, why is there no XYZ port, what were they thinking changing some function keys, what's this four finger trackpad idiocy, etc etc.)

Once again the STAGGERINGLY BRIGHT SCREEN is the overwhelming unforgettable feature. In 50 years you'll be saying "remember when Apple came out with the incredibly bright screen laptop?"

The critical point: In complete contrast to the AIR, this is a product line you can and should buy immediately, instantly, before you finish reading this sentence. It's as solid a hardware release as you could hope for; you do NOT need to wait for a few revisions.

Be prepared for your screen to be the envy of every person.


Original Rubik's Cube
Original Rubik's Cube
Offered by Lindot
Price: 8.87

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic mathematical puzzle of this planet., 28 Nov 2008
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Original Rubik's Cube (Toy)
Rubik's Cube came out around 1980, about 30 years ago.

People were far more intelligent back then.

There is very little point anyone today bothering with a Rubik's Cube. Just forget it and get back to reality TV and txtng each other.

For people over 40: The physical mechanism of these 2000 era cubes is probably not as good as the old ones: at any rate, they are a little different. Obviously the platonic cube is unchanged.

There are now various idiotic cubes with flashing lights, etc - suitable for Today's People.
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RICOH GR DIGITAL 3 GRD III
RICOH GR DIGITAL 3 GRD III

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular iconoclast camera -- eats the competition. Is it for you?, 25 Nov 2008
This camera is not for everyone:

IT HAS ***NO*** ZOOM LENS.

For anyone who knows anything about photography, that is a blessing. Yes, this is actually a digicam with a superb REAL, FIXED-LENGTH, PRIME LENS. Photography is about the lens, and this lens is fantastic, it blows away the laughable "zoom" lenses fitted to cheapie feature-driven digicams.

Ricoh's old-days film camera, the GR, was an eccentric compact -- fixed lens -- film camera; extremely solidly made and simple. It was the sort of camera a professional photographer might throw in their pocket for taking snapshots when away from their studio equipment.

Really, the digital GR is the same deal. It's not for everyone. But more people should try one. If you use a GR you won't be wasting your brain cells worrying about a stupid, stupid (and low quality) "zoom" lens, you'll be concentrating on making great photos.

Think about it - be eccentric and cool. Don't buy a stupid "zoom-lens" kiddie digital camera. Buy one of these Ricoh GR. Some of your friends will think you're silly because you "don't have a zoom." Your yuppy friends will be bitterly jealous that you have by far the best made camera for snapshots - it's all matte black stealth and hard materials. And if you cross paths with any working professional photographers, they'll know you have a clue.

The only other digicam with a real prime lens for high quality results, is an equally iconoclastic Sigma model.

Enjoy!


ByteStor Pro3 8GB SDHC Class 6 Memory Card with USB Reader
ByteStor Pro3 8GB SDHC Class 6 Memory Card with USB Reader
Price: 12.71

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - buy one immediately - perfect - spectacular price., 25 Nov 2008
Astonishing value -- simply perfect.

They should actually charge double or triple the price, because this price is so low you assume there must be something wrong with it.

In fact, there is nothing wrong with it - the card is perfect.

Perfect for modern HD video cameras, etc etc. Works perfectly with Mac, PC, everything.

YES, THIS CARD WORKS EXACTLY THE SAME AS the branded cards which cost 5x to 10x more.

It is exactly as fast as any other Class 6, "ultra high speed" SDHC card.

(Incredibly at the price, you even DO GET a fantastically useful USB adaptor, so you can plug the card straight in to a laptop -- the only way to go. Never bother with a stupid cable again.)

Fantastic product. So cheap you can buy a few of them. They also make a 16 gb variant.

Amazing - the perfect example of the sort of product where an OEM, non-branded product is identical to the branded products that cost 5x to 10x more. Perfect!!!!!!!!!


HOW TOYOTA BECAME #1: Leadership Lessons from the World's Greatest Car Company
HOW TOYOTA BECAME #1: Leadership Lessons from the World's Greatest Car Company
by David Magee
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing story - buy it., 21 Nov 2008
This is a good book about a fantastic story.

I knew that Toyota (obviously - I'm a Top Gear viewer!) makes by far the best and most reliable cars in the world.

But the whole Toyota story is astonishing.

Buy and enjoy.


Heroes: From Alexander The Great To Mae West
Heroes: From Alexander The Great To Mae West
by Paul Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In brief - if you like Johnson, another must-have., 21 Nov 2008
"Just another" beautifully written book from Paul Johnson.

A personal, slowhand, approach backed by Epic Knowledge ... a perfect example of that "offhand genius" style that you see in great masters (in any field) who are fully matured.

It's sort of like watching BB King or Eric Clapton (as old men) play guitar.


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