John M. Ford

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 445
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: 445 - Total Helpful Votes: 755 of 809
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.
Yardstick w/Metal Ends- by ACME
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with Numbers, 18 Sep 2014
This is your basic wood yardstick. 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.

It's a good idea to buy several so you can keep one everywhere you need one. Because when you carry one around it gets caught in the screen door and snaps in half. Then your wife is pissed off because she can't finish her sewing project until a new one gets there by next-day shipping. And who needs that?

(Note to self: Don't write Amazon reviews at 4 AM while watching old Philip Marlowe movies.)
Trouble in Paradise (The Jesse Stone Series) by Robert B. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars "Those Poor People", 14 Sep 2014
Trouble in Paradise is the second book in Robert Parker's series about small-town police Chief Jesse Stone. Jesse's drinking problem continues and his relationship with his ex-wife either worsens or improves, depending on how you see it--Jesse himself isn't sure. Jenn has moved to Boston from LA and taken a weatherperson job at a local TV station. She loves Jesse, but doesn't want to recommit to him; sees other people, but doesn't want Jesse to see other people. She's the ex-wife from hell who doesn't stay in hell, but moves in next door.

It's an almost welcome distraction when a gang of thieves targets an island community connected to the town by a single bridge. Their plan… Read more