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Stories of Your Life: And Others
Stories of Your Life: And Others
by Ted Chiang
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling and Brilliant, 14 May 2013
This is one of the best books I've stumbled upon for a very long time. Ted's ideas are brilliant, his use of language is exquisite and the stories stick in the mind. It's one of those books you call friends to tell them about, so they can read it. He deserves to be known by a much wider audience! Get it. Read it. You won't regret it.

Westcott 43-inch Optical Satin Collapsible with Removable Black Cover - White
Westcott 43-inch Optical Satin Collapsible with Removable Black Cover - White
Price: £18.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 23 Jan. 2013
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The umbrella was well packaged, arrived before the appointed time and does exactly what it's supposed to do. Now time to get shooting.

Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens
Nikon AF NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D Lens
Price: £369.00

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp prime lense, 10 Nov. 2010
I purchased the 24mm F2.8D AF for my full frame Nikon and have found it to be a wonderful lens. I moved to FX after my DX camera was stolen and the images are very crisp, very sharp. It is small, light and incredibly functional. 24mm FX is the equivalent of 16mm on a DX camera which is pretty wide.

A previous reviewer has mentioned that this lens is not as sharp as the 14-24mm or the 24-70mm lenses. This may or may not be the case, but let's do a comparison in real terms:
1. 14-24mm: Price £1,327.60, Weight approx 1kg, length 13.2cm
2. 24-70mm: Price £1,188.00, Weight approx 0.9kg, length 13.3 cm
3. 24mm: Price £319.22 (new, less secondhand), Weight approx 0.27kg, length 4.6cm

The lenses have very different uses. For getting a sharp, wide angle shot on FX, this is a great lens. Having a prime lens forces you to really think about the composition of your shot and move around your subject to get good framing. If you're going to be walking around all day, the other two lenses get very heavy, very quickly. I took the 14-24 with me to Norway to shoot Northern Lights and although it is a great lens, my neck was always happy when I got to put it down. All 3 are absolutely brilliant lenses, but serve different purposes. One is an ultra wide zoom, one is a wide-mid zoom and one is a prime. Two are very heavy and very expensive, one is much less so. The quality of the optics are outstanding on all three. It all depends on what you want to use it for. I have no regrets in purchasing mine and would recommend it highly.
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All Kooked Out
All Kooked Out

5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Funky, 20 Jan. 2008
This review is from: All Kooked Out (Audio CD)
I found my way to Stanton Moore through Charlie Hunter, as there are one or two free tracks on the Charlie Hunter website, where Stanton is doing the drumming. I listen to a lot of jazz, but was looking for something different with saxophones, which wasn't smooth jazz. Something that non Jazz lovers could get down to and something that could be put on to party to. As the previous reviewer says, this is one seriously funky album, but Charlie Hunter doesn't play sax. He plays the guitar/bass hybrid and there's a full horn section including one of my favourite players - Skerik (funking, honking and general horn madness)
* Stanton Moore - drums, percussion
* Charlie Hunter - eight string guitar
* Skerik - saxophonics, kookification
* Ben Ellman - tenor saxophone
* Matt Perrine - sousaphone
* Brent Rose - tenor and soprano saxophone
* Brian Seeger - guitar

What makes this album so incredible is the fact that it is a fun, funk album with tracks that make you want to put them on repeat. Imagine this: if you were seeing this live, people would already be dancing on the tables after the first track "Tchfunkta". I got this album from, but it is so damn good, I need to get the CD for the best possible audio quality to blast it out and dust off my musical cobwebs from time to time. If you can, get a copy. Get one now

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