Paul Caira

Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (104 of 137)
Location: London UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,181,473 - Total Helpful Votes: 104 of 137
Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS Compact Camera - Silver (&hellip by Canon
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 22 Sep 2008
I bought this mainly for diving (along with the appropriate housing). I've only had it a few days and I haven't dived with it yet, but there are some magnificent features, and it knocks my old Fuji for six.
First, the LCD screen is 3 inches instead of 2.5. We mathematicians know that means that the area is nearly half again as big, and that makes a big difference at 15m. Second, it is one click to switch from movie mode to "underwater" still mode. The fuji required all sorts of scrolling and messing about.
Less specifically about diving, the direct printing is fantastic, as are the cropping features, the slightly gimmicky but very arty facility to shoot B&W except for one colour,… Read more
The Calculus Wars by Jason Bardi
The Calculus Wars by Jason Bardi
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an editor, 7 April 2008
Bardi writes in a wildly variable style which is infuriating to the discerning reader. There are occasional typographical errors, frequent grammatical solecisms (split infinitives aren't always wrong, but they are here!), the use of ?! and frequent unnecessary references to the author himself eg p29 "I saw a copy of this notebook on display..." followed by an account of the reactions of a woman and her son. He refers to France anachronistically as a "superpower", and refers to "the Brits" in what is an unforgivable colloquiallism and another anachronism, as Britain did not exist at the time writing as anything other than a geographical entity. There is also lots of flabby repetition. No… Read more
Affluenza by Oliver James
Affluenza by Oliver James
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
If this sentiment seems trite to you, you may find little of real substance here, though as a schoolteacher who often wishes he were rich and famous (I answered YES to almost every question on the first page), I certainly need vivid reminders such as this book that the rich and famous aren't significantly happier than the rest of us - or if they are, it may have very little to do with their wealth and fame. From that point of view, it's a soothing balm for the would-be materialist's aching soul. Success, money, fame, houses, yachts, soft-furnishings, shoes - none of these things will make you happy - they can't.
Having said that, James' editor should have sat down with him and forced… Read more

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