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Observation Affects the Outcome
Observation Affects the Outcome
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Might be better to buy the CD since MP3 encoding does not ..., 23 Jan. 2015
Dense and continuously interesting texture-scape of processed field recordings, which seems to include even the kitchen sink. Avoids the twin poles of outright noise onslaught and unchanging drone. Might be better to buy the CD since MP3 encoding does not always do kind things to such sonic variety.


Cirque Easy Cat Glidepoint USB Touchpad - Black
Cirque Easy Cat Glidepoint USB Touchpad - Black
Offered by filmandtvstuff
Price: £29.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars little wonder, 30 Aug. 2011
(This review is similar to one I posted for the larger model, since the same concerns apply.)

I can remember when you could walk into a computer retailer and buy a touchpad. Now they are rarer than hen's teeth -- which is an enormous disservice to the millions of people who use computers. Why?

Mice will kill you.

A mouse puts the hand at a poor posture and requires fine motor movements that can result in tendinitis and repetitive strain injury. I know this from sad experience. Later I worked for a while as an adaptive devices consultant, in which capacity I learned exactly how poorly designed many devices we take for granted really are. Scissors. Can openers. Door handles. And, yes, computer keyboards and mice.

You might scoff or even laugh. Until it happens to you!

A touchpad on a laptop is also a horrible thing, since you have to bend your wrists, elbows and shoulders at awkward angles. But a touchpad on a cable you can move around is ideal. If you get tired of using it in one position, simply move it to another. Alternate hands. Use it in your lap. Tap to click or press the button to click - it's your choice. Use it standing up when giving a presentation -- you will get a lot of attention!

I own at least two at any given time -- one for home and one for when I am on the road. Sometimes a third to lend to a friend. Not everyone takes to them, but that is usually because they don't give themselves time to get acclimatised. Once I convert a friend to one of these they never look back. Spend what you have to, but replace your mouse. A touchpad lasts forever, or at least until a cat eats the cable. I have bought four in twenty years and only one has failed.

Cirque touchpads work immediately without a special driver, though if you install one you get some bonus features (which I never use).

P.S. I prefer the medium-sized unit since it is easy to use in the hands. But this smaller one is more compact for portable use. Buy both!
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Cirque Smart Cat Glidepoint USB Touchpad - Black
Cirque Smart Cat Glidepoint USB Touchpad - Black
Offered by filmandtvstuff
Price: £44.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ergonomic heaven, 30 Aug. 2011
I can remember when you could walk into a computer retailer and buy a touchpad. Now they are rarer than hen's teeth -- which is an enormous disservice to the millions of people who use computers. Why?

Mice will kill you.

A mouse puts the hand at a poor posture and requires fine motor movements that can result in tendinitis and repetitive strain injury. I know this from sad experience. Later I worked for a while as an adaptive devices consultant, in which capacity I learned exactly how poorly designed many devices we take for granted really are. Scissors. Can openers. Door handles. And, yes, computer keyboards and mice.

You might scoff or even laugh. Until it happens to you!

A touchpad on a laptop is also a horrible thing, since you have to bend your wrists, elbows and shoulders at awkward angles. But a touchpad on a cable you can move around is ideal. If you get tired of using it in one position, simply move it to another. Alternate hands. Use it in your lap. Tap to click or press the button to click - it's your choice. Use it standing up when giving a presentation -- you will get a lot of attention!

I own at least two at any given time -- one for home and one for when I am on the road. Sometimes a third to lend to a friend. Not everyone takes to them, but that is usually because they don't give themselves time to get acclimatised. Once I convert a friend to one of these they never look back. Spend what you have to, but replace your mouse. A touchpad lasts forever, or at least until a cat eats the cable. I have bought four in twenty years and only one has failed.

Cirque touchpads work immediately without a special driver, though if you install one you get some bonus features (which I never use).

The only thing that might be a nice improvement is a cordless BlueTooth version. And yes, they might slip on your desk once the little rubber feet fall off. So glue them back on! No reason to give a product one star. A product that might save your health! Sheesh!

P.S. I prefer the medium-sized unit since it is easy to use in the hands. The smaller one is more compact for portable use. The largest one costs more to give you some extra soft buttons.


Alphaville [DVD]
Alphaville [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Constantine
Price: £10.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of two great Godard films, 27 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Alphaville [DVD] (DVD)
Godard is often unwatchable, unless you enjoy two hours of Moaist dialogue set in a French flat. This film too could have done with some cutting and pruning, but still hits hard in its portrayal of a computer-controlled future world, apparently a version of Paris that is also another planet. (Which we knew Paris was all along, naturally.) The continuous heavy-handed noir references are a bit much, but the excellent mise-en-scene and ominous tonalities of Alpha 60 are incredible. It's hard to know where the humour begins and ends, but scenes like the assassination by synchronised swimmers manage to be funny and chilling at the same time. I also find it hilarious that it snows in the "nord" but not in the "sud", despite the fact that both are routes across town! And never was a Ford Galaxy put to better use! Karina is lovely as Natacha Von Braun (great name!) but Constantine sometimes irritates as Lemmy Caution (another great name!). Still, it's a classic movie you need to watch, for all I've mentioned and also the coopted Borges dialogue and the best line ever uttered in the history of the world... which closes this very humanist film.
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The Trial [DVD]
The Trial [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Perkins
Offered by deleted-dvds
Price: £13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark, comic, nightmarish, brilliant, 27 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: The Trial [DVD] (DVD)
It might have thought it impossible to bring Kafka's work effectively to the screen, but Welles achieved that wondrous transformation here. Dark and nightmarish, this interpretation does not forget the humour in Kafka, which Perkins delivers while appearing even more like a little starved bird than usual. His ineffectiveness in dealing with his situation is mirrored in the incredible sets and interiors Welles assembled by cutting between scenes shot in buildings in at least three countries. There are some masterful set pieces, like the visit to the court painter, surrounded by leering and giggling children. The strange dis-empowering portrayal of women is matched only by the strange dis-empowering portrayal of men, a necessity in this highly dystopic world view that leaves no-one innocent.

This essential film needs the deluxe treatment, but given the slow rehabilitation of Welles' oeuvre, this seems unlikely to happen any time soon. At least this DVD is in better shape than the many times I have seen The Trial on film. I'll reserve a five-star review until that future release.


New Photo Series 1: Camera
New Photo Series 1: Camera
by Ansel Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still definitive, 27 Nov. 2009
Though dated, this is still the definitive book on how a camera operates and how to use one to best effect. Aspects of view (AKA technical) cameras will not be useful to most people on a day-to-day basis, but are still essential in understanding the geometry of taking a shot. This book covers what all the newer books on digital photography leave out. It provides all the basics without dumbing down the material to the point of uselessness. It is written in a clear and lucid style with excellent examples from Adams' own work. Truly an essential work for anyone interested in the timeless art of photography. (I don't give it five stars for some omissions which are, in fact, covered in the other two books of this series.)


Mouth By Mouth
Mouth By Mouth

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Every Ford, 18 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Mouth By Mouth (Audio CD)
His Name Is Alive are an uncomfortable band and this is one of their more whacked out efforts. Yet it's filled with riffs that catch in your head, melodic beauty and sound textures unheard elsewhere. It's not as downbeat and morbid as their first two releases (Home Is In Your Head and Livonia) nor is it a straight-forward homage to the soul and funk loves of Warn Defever, like some later releases. Rather it constitutes some sort of nightmare trawl through his record collection, all songs twisted inside out so the guts are left hanging. And those lyrics... my god!

I have followed this group since the beginning, but this is their best album.


Break Through in Grey Room
Break Through in Grey Room

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars uneven collection but historically valuable, 18 Dec. 2006
If you remove the low-fi fragments of music recorded in Morocco ("Jojuka") you have here 11 tracks totaling 38 minutes. Some are the famous Burroughs "routines", dark droll comedy that ended up in several of his early novels. "Burroughs Called the Law" is a classic. Others, like "Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups" are lecture snippets that shed light on the structural methods he used. Most are examples of the tape experiments themselves, from as early as 1960. These are historical documents of importance to anyone who was unaware that Burroughs worked in audio as well as written cut-up techniques. Unfortunately, this collection is notably inferior to the out-of-print album "Nothing Here Now But The Recordings". Tracks here like "Working with the Popular Forces" are not a patch on the stunning "We See The Future Through The Binoculars Of The People", for example. That superior album was included in its entirety in the Giorno Poetry Systems boxed set "The Best Of William Burroughs", but that is also out of print! Still, try to track down one or the other.


Dunfermline
Dunfermline
Offered by swankers3
Price: £18.88

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Compilation Available, 17 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Dunfermline (Audio CD)
Issued identically as "The Best of the Skids" and "Sweet Suburbia", this is the best Skids compilation you're going to find, with a strong selection of tracks from all four Skids albums and non-album singles. Unlike the earlier atttempt "Fanfare", it does not ignore the final album "Joy", though I wish the full epic version of "Iona" was included, rather than the truncated single edit. The one thing "Fanfare" did right, though, was include the hilarious live b-side "T.V. Stars". Those two changes aside, I would have created an anthology very much like this one. Devotees will of course prefer the full albums, especially the godlike "Days In Europa", but this is a great starting point.


Days in Europa
Days in Europa
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.35

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demand A New Decree, 14 April 2004
This review is from: Days in Europa (Audio CD)
Full of immediate hooks and sing-along melodies, 'Days in Europa' is also chock-a-block with strange phased sounds, reverb-soaked backing tracks, synth drums, and strange lyrical references. This is one of the strangest rock albums, and one of the most appealing at the same time. Listening to 'The Olympian' my fists pump the air. 'Peaceful Times' has reduced me to tears. I'm trying to think of another album like that, but there isn't one.
Jobson is now a director, and his debut film '16 Years of Alcohol' is brilliant.
Buy this album, listen to this album, and run through the streets shouting for joy.


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