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Digital Diagrams: How to Design & Present Statistical Information Effectively
Digital Diagrams: How to Design & Present Statistical Information Effectively
by Trevor Bounford
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check the reviews at amazon.com before purchase, 13 Mar 2007
Here at amazon.co.uk there is currently only one review, and it is very positive. I do not own this book, but there are reviews at amazon.com which warn you against this book. Read them and evaluate their arguments before you purchase.


The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights
The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights
by Raymond M. Smullyan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a single game, 25 Oct 2006
This is a unique book (well, together with "Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes" by the same author) with problems that challenge everyone's ability to think in new ways. Most of the problems a computer would not be able to solve without help, and a human will have to invest a lot of intuition to solve them. Nevertheless, they are all straightforward and there is probably not a single one with an ambiguous solution.

On the other hand, if you look into improving your chess playing skills, this book is nothing for you. It contains hardly any problem that has anything to do with actually winning a game.


How to Cheat in Photoshop: The art of creating photorealistic montages - updated for CS2
How to Cheat in Photoshop: The art of creating photorealistic montages - updated for CS2
by Steve Caplin
Edition: Paperback

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect any aesthetic revelations, 22 Oct 2006
I'm frankly surprised by the number of 5 star reviews for this book. It admittedly contains a lot of great advice how to put together montages in Photoshop, but it also lacks a lot of things. To me it is between 3 and 4 stars, and as most other reviewers give it a 5, I opt for the lower of the values.

The instructions are not always foolproof. This is not necessarily a big problem, as it encourages you to look around in Photoshop and try different things to get to the desired result. However, sometimes you have to look around for a long, long time, and a few of the instructions I am still not sure I have managed to follow correctly.

The included photos on the CD are not top quality. They do not need to be for the purpose of learning, but it is disappointing to have to work with low quality files.

The example pictures are not stylish. The aim is always to produce a specific result - often something that would fit as a newspaper illustration. It is well done, and it does what it says it shall do, but it is not aesthetically pleasing. I am not that familiar with British press, but at least in French and Italian press I have seen much, much more beautiful montages.
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The Complete Ripping Yarns [DVD] [1979] [1976]
The Complete Ripping Yarns [DVD] [1979] [1976]
Dvd ~ Michael Palin
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £24.73

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in Yarns, 19 Oct 2006
This is the Complete Ripping Yarns, something which may not be clear from Amazon's product information. Compared to the incomplete DVD released in the US a few years ago, the difference is just a couple of episodes, but as one of the "new" episodes is 'Murder at Moorstones Manor', I thought this edition was well worth it.

An absolute winner with this edition is sound tracks without laughter for most episodes. A downside is the lack of subtitles, which makes it difficult for the hard of hearing and foreigners with limited English skills to grasp all the details.


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