John M. Ford

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 439
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (755 of 809)
Location: near DC, MD USA

I like reading, writing, swimming, and walking Jasper. My more respectable interests include text mining, test development and cognitive science.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 439 - Total Helpful Votes: 755 of 809
Organizing For Dummies, Mini Edition by Eileen Roth
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Organization, 22 Sep 2014
This "mini edition" presents frameworks and tips for organizing your time, space, and possessions. Its brevity is perfect for people who don't enjoy the whole concept of organizing, so don't want to spend hours reading about it. For readers who can stand a bit more, there is Organizing and Storage Solutions For Dummies, Pocket Edition.

Things I found useful:

- Moving (or pretending to move) is a way to motivate yourself to get rid of unneeded things.
- Spend 15 minutes at the end of each day putting things away--start tomorrow fresh.
- Sort the things you don't need into three piles: distribute,… Read more
Death in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Mystery (The Jess&hellip by Robert B. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Closer to the Action, 22 Sep 2014
This is the third book in Robert Parker's series about small-town police Chief and big-time alcoholic Jesse Stone. It follows Trouble in Paradise and is followed in turn by Stone Cold. Jesse continues his off-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife Jenn. She is selfish, ambitions, and emotionally toxic. Jesse can't stop loving her and can't stop chasing the possibility that she might start to love him. Tedious.

Fortunately the two major cases Jesse tackles are more interesting, though just as dark. The townie conflict is a recurring domestic abuse… Read more
How to Start a Hobby in Collecting Yardsticks by Sam Enrico
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than Stamps, 18 Sep 2014
This book is about obsessively collecting many variations of your basic wooden yardstick. They are just the thing if you need to measure something slightly longer than a foot, threaten a child, or stir a really big can of paint. Now you can collect them, show them off to your friends, and lock them all up in a stylish 37-inch cabinet. To prevent theft. This book tells you how. The book costs too much, but the yardsticks are cheap. Mostly. And someday they will make you famous.