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Storage Area Networks For Dummies
Storage Area Networks For Dummies
by Christopher Poelker
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent book, 29 April 2005
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This book is very well written and just at the right level for someone new to working with SANs. Covers all the main areas of SAN design, management and maintenance extremely clearly and suggests a number of places to go for more detailed information. Don't expect this to give you all the detailed technical information you need to be a SAN administrator, but then that isn't the purpose of the book.


Rossini: Petite messe solennelle, Stabat Mater
Rossini: Petite messe solennelle, Stabat Mater
Price: £5.99

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent work, magnificent recording, 21 May 2004
Do you like choral work by Handel, Mozart and Bach? Then you will appreciate this pair of superb works by Rossini.
If you are familiar only with his comic operas then you are in for a surprise. The Petite Messe Solemnelle is neither small, nor solemn (75 mins long and accompanied by piano and harmonium). But it is a wonderful work, with a number of fabulous chorus show-pieces and several glorious solos for tenor, soprano and bass. Stabat Mater, though shorter (54 mins), is a much 'bigger' work altogether. Orchestra and organ accompany the choir and soloists in some of the most awe-inspiring choral work you are ever likely to hear - and I include Mozart.
This recording (digitally remastered from the original 70s recording) is a delight, too. The LSO choir are in great form and Pavarotti shows why he became such a star (watch out for his long solo in the Cuius animam in Stabat Mater). All in all, excellent value for these two works together.
Take my advice - get this work!


Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey
Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey
by Sallie Nichols
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights into the Major Arcana, 19 Mar. 2004
Don't be put off by the word 'Jung' in the title. This wonderful book provides a detailed exploration of each of the cards in the major arcana without getting bogged down in Jungian terms. Sallie Nicholls treats the cards as a metaphysical journey of individuation, from the innocence of the Fool, to the spiritual unity of the World. Tarot experts and newcomers alike will gain much from Nicholls' down-to-earth exposition of each of the cards, which includes examination of the mythical origin of the cards as well as a discussion of their relationships to the Jungian archetypes. The book is extremely well written and enjoyable. One note - there is so much information in it that I recommend taking it slowly. I took a whole year to read it, reading a chapter a fortnight, then digesting it slowly. A bargain at the price, too.


Being and Time: Translation of "Sein und Zeit" (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)
Being and Time: Translation of "Sein und Zeit" (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)
by Martin Heidegger
Edition: Hardcover

39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A towering work of philosophy, 25 Jun. 2003
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It is difficult to think of a modern philosopher who wrote as profoundly and originally as Heidegger. In my view Heidegger is the greatest philosopher since Kant, although Nietsche-ites and Wittgenstinians would no doubt disagree. "Being and Time", as anyone who knows anything about philosophy should know, is his magnum opus. He wrote many other works in his long career (mostly lecture transcriptions), but they can all without exception be traced back to concepts originally set out in Being and Time.
Despite that and rather strangley, Being and Time is not the place to start a study of Heidegger. His writing is so idiosyncratic that you really must get used to his language first before diving in to this huge work - otherwise you are likely to give up within the first 100 pages, which is unforgiveable. Start instead with the useful "Introducing Heidegger" (ISBN: 1840460881) or the well-written "Heidegger: a beginner's guide" (ISBN: 034080324X). Then progress to the excellent collection of Heidegger's writings in "Basic Writings" (ISBN: 0415101611). Only then would I recommend diving into Being and Time.
So what is the significance of Being and Time? To me, its importance lies in its questioning of the premises which the rest of philosophy since Plato has taken for granted. What is the nature of human existence? What does it mean to 'be'? But not only does Heidegger ask these questions, but he provides highly original answers too. And bizarrely - although his language is abstruse and difficult - what he has to say fits remarkably well with common sense. We do not exist as isolated, abstract 'individuals' prior to our introduction to society. Instead we exist as beings situated in a societal context, with hopes, aspirations, regrets and relationships with other people and things. Over the course of 250 or so dense pages, Heidegger systematically deconstructs (yes, he invited deconstruction long before Derrida) the concept of what it is to be an individual that has lain beneath 2000 years of philosophizing, including Descarte's 'cogito ergo sum' principle which provided the foundation for Enlightenment ontology. Then, in the last 150 pages he moves on to the concept of time, again demolishing accepted views in order to gain a more 'primordial' understanding of what it means to be a human being living through a series of 'Moments'.
As the blurb to this book says, Being and Time has had a huge influence on fields well beyond philosophy. In particular, his ideas about what it means to live 'authentically' have provided rich pickings for psychology. Discerning readers will also notice resonances with some Eastern philosophical traditions (Taoism and Buddhism in particular), and this particularly interesting line of analysis has been pursued in a number of recent books (see ISBN: 1565181190 and ISBN: 0415140382).
In summary - make time for this towering work. You are unlikely to ever read a more profound piece of extended philosophical writing.


Dancing Girls and Other Stories: And Other Stories
Dancing Girls and Other Stories: And Other Stories
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous short stories from Atwood, 25 April 2003
Atwood is one of the greatest and most prolific living authors in my opinion. This collection of short stories shows why. Generally I'm not a big fan of the short story format - I prefer something that's long and meaty enough to get my teeth into and really get to know the characters. But I enjoyed this collection of gems thoroughly. Each story is like a photograph - a moment in time - from a life or a collection of lives; a small and privileged glimpse into other people's worlds. Atwood's stories are about the little things in lives: noisy bathrooms, weekend trips, stays in hotel rooms, infatuations - little things in the scheme of things, but things that matter to the people involved. Where Atwood excels is in taking us into the life of the protagonist to such an extent that the reader forgets that the story revolves around something as mundane as a birdspotter missing a bird, or a girl's fleeting attachment with a stranger. What's also great about this collection is that each story is the perfect length for a single sitting before bed, or on the train. This book won't change your life, but it will give several hours of pure and simple pleasure - which, after all, is something that a lot of contemporary authors seem strangely unable to do.


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