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The First Years Disney Princess 3 In 1 Training Potty
The First Years Disney Princess 3 In 1 Training Potty

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars baby loves it!, 11 Aug. 2008
this potty has two virtues: 1. it is so cute and adorable, and my daughter loves sitting on it (holding onto the handy handles). 2. the potty part of it is so small and easy to handle, and has no extra lips or edges or anything that makes it hard to clean. my daughter can dump it into the toilet herself, no problem. ease of cleaning is very important when you have to use it so much. you don't want to have to scrub hard-to-reach corners and ridges every time your child goes to the potty.

other than that, the extra functions have not been any use, and i don't recommend buying the potty for them. obviously, it is no good as a footstool as long as you're using it as a potty, and the moment my daughter saw that it could be taken apart we had to spend a lot of time teaching her not to do so. the footstool part is so low that it doesn't help her reach anything anyway; we have a separate footstool.

the part that is supposed to go on the toilet doesn't comfortably fit either of our toiletseats, and since the footstool is not high enough to offer good support, she won't sit on the wobbly toiletseat. if she were four and tall enough to easily sit on the toilet with a footstool, then the wobblyness wouldn't matter so much. but then if she were four, i'd hope she was already toilet trained.

finally, the little buttons on the side that remove the seat from the footstool section are so small and evidently easily worn that the whole potty is a little loose. you can't lift and move it by the handles without it coming apart.

in short, if you need an inducement for your daughter to sit on the potty, then get this; the colors and the princesses are very seductive. but don't count on being able to use it for the two other functions advertised.

Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finding the movement i want to belong to, 24 Mar. 2008
lehrer's book is a gem; reading it a joyful series of "aha's". trained as a humanist, i have long taken great and guilty pleasure in reading about the brain, its physiology and development, while entertaining a sneaky suspicion that this reading is not so different from perusing "la princesse de clèves" or "the house of mirth".

lehrer connects the dots for me, starting by opening up the possibility that artists - not just the novelists i was thinking of, but painters, composers, poets, you name it - are working on the same topics, with the same legitimacy and epistemological justification and import as scientists.

he may not be the first either artist or scientist to do so, but the comprehensive scope of his book, drawing on so many artists and scientific angles is, in my experience, unique.

his final call for a "fourth culture" that truly seeks to draw on the investigations and insights of both art and science, respecting different approaches, methodologies and epistemologies is most inspiring. all i want to know is, where do i sign up? i suspect the first step is to review this book in greater depth, as soon as time permits: till now, just read it!
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