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Learning the vi Editor (Nutshell Series)
Learning the vi Editor (Nutshell Series)
by Linda Lamb
Edition: Paperback
3 used & new from CDN$ 31.56

5.0 out of 5 stars This book covers vi, nvi, elvis, vim, and vile, April 24 2016
vi (visual) is probably one of the most flexible editors (notice it is an editor not a word processor) that one can use. There are several ways to accomplish the same common tasks. There are so many ways in fact that most people learn just a subset of commands and string them together to do their editing instead of learning the more exotic commands.

The advantage of an editor besides speed and simplicity is that you will not inadvertently place visually hidden code in the program as you can easily do with a word processor.

People got so used to this editor on dos based environments. You can still use the command line editor after the colon at the foot of the screen. When you find and use the abilities of vi you will wonder what you did without it.

This book is a great starting place and you may never need another.

The Topics include:

- Basic editing
- Moving around in a hurry
- Beyond the basics
- Greater power with ex
- Global search and replacement
- Customizing vi and ex
- Command shortcuts
- Introduction to vi clones' extensions
- The nvi, elvis, vim, and vile editors
- Summary of vi and ex commands
- Vi and the internet

The examples are quite clear and plentiful.

In Search of the Trojan War
In Search of the Trojan War
by Michael Wood
Edition: Paperback
10 used & new from CDN$ 30.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't' find Troy you do not have this book, April 24 2016
Michael Wood is the author of many a great history subject books that eventually turns in to excellent PBS series. There are quite a few people in the world that watch PBS and have no idea what they are missing by not purchasing the companion books.

For the visual people that are plenty of pictures and graphs. Accompanying them are excellent descriptions. Let's go along with Michael as we travel through time and distance. Do not forget to slow down when we get to Schliemann.

Contents:
The Search for Troy
Heinrich Schliemann
The Coming of the Greeks
Homer: The Singer of Tales
Agamemnon's Empire
A Forgotten Empire: The Hittites and the Greeks
The Peoples of the Sea
Conclusions: The end of the Bronze Age

A Question of Honor
A Question of Honor
by Charles Todd
Edition: Hardcover
5 used & new from CDN$ 27.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bess Crawford mystery, April 24 2016
This review is from: A Question of Honor (Hardcover)
This is the fifth in the series. So by now you should be acquainted with the characters, by this unique mother and son team.

We are now in the last year of the war and everyone is speculating what Bess will do now that she is no longer going to be a nurse.

She is working in and aid station where they receive the wended men. There she finds that her history in India allows her to converse with a wounded Indian Sergeant. There he finds that he had seen Lieutenant Wade a person of interest from her father's regiment. The story can get a tad complex to convey on this review. However this person had a nefarious background and was wanted for various deeds. She wants to track him down and find the truth.

I have to admit that my first read form Charles Todd was the Ian Rutledge Mysteries. Guess I'll have to try "the Murder Stone".

The Wasp Woman (1959) Classic Sci-fi and Horror Movie DVD-R
The Wasp Woman (1959) Classic Sci-fi and Horror Movie DVD-R
DVD ~ Anthony Eisley

3.0 out of 5 stars Maintaining that wasp waist, April 24 2016
Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot) head of a cosmetics company was told the she needs to stay young to promote the product. What can she do? Enter garage scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark) with a dubious formula made from wasp royal jelly. He explains that "just a little dab will do you." She gets greedy and shoots up with the extra strong stuff. This gives her a BUZZ and can have biting consequences.

In Search of The Trojan War
In Search of The Trojan War
by Michael Wood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
10 used & new from CDN$ 24.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't' find Troy you do not have this book, April 24 2016
Michael Wood is the author of many a great history subject books that eventually turns in to excellent PBS series. There are quite a few people in the world that watch PBS and have no idea what they are missing by not purchasing the companion books.

For the visual people that are plenty of pictures and graphs. Accompanying them are excellent descriptions. Let's go along with Michael as we travel through time and distance. Do not forget to slow down when we get to Schliemann.

Contents:
The Search for Troy
Heinrich Schliemann
The Coming of the Greeks
Homer: The Singer of Tales
Agamemnon's Empire
A Forgotten Empire: The Hittites and the Greeks
The Peoples of the Sea
Conclusions: The end of the Bronze Age

Hot Blooded Dinosaurs
Hot Blooded Dinosaurs
by Adrian Desmond
Edition: Hardcover
2 used & new from CDN$ 35.92

5.0 out of 5 stars There'll be a hot time on the old veldt tonight, April 24 2016
This review is from: Hot Blooded Dinosaurs (Hardcover)
Our understanding of history and technology is constantly changing. At one time the Maya Indians were thought to be peaceful people and we ignored all their bloody pictures.

This information is a tad dated but the book "the hot-blooded dinosaurs" by Adrian J. Desmond was one of those books that changed our understanding and was a revolution in paleontology.

The premise of this book is the theory that dinosaurs were warm-blooded creatures. It sets out methodically to show why this was so.

Contents:
1 - the crown of creation
2 - the tyrant finds its feet
3 - the race is to the swift, the battle to the strong
4 - the dark ages
5 - stranding of the Titans
6 - a Griffin rescues evolution
7 - phantoms from hell
8 - the coming of Armageddon: a cosmic cataclysm?

The book contains drawings of what the dinosaurs would look like and actually pictures of their skeletons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Go of My Eggo, April 24 2016
A territory is an area of space which an animal guards as its exclusive possession and which it will defend against all members of its kind. Of course we didn't need somebody to tell us that. Yet in 1996 we did need a book, this one as part of popular science of the time to open our eyes to this phenomenon and what it means to us.

Look closer at the subtitle and you too will still be interested "A Personal Inquiry into the Origins of Property and Nations (biological nations)."

Robert Arderey American playwright and screenwriter does what we all do (well most of us) and dives into the anthropology of his day. Therefore this is a great book to see what the general view or at least one person's insight was in the 1960's.

Now of course with hind sight there are plenty of contradictory theories and writings. But we should not overlook this gem.

This book also includes drawings by Berdine Ardrey, an extensive bibliography, and index.

Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
by Donald C. Johanson
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lucy, April 24 2016
Oh no Richard E. Leakey move over for Donald Johanson, who discovered Lucy (AUSTRALOPITHECUS AFARENSIS) opening up a whole new chapter, or book on the History of the human species.

The book its self has a small section of color pictures. There are black and white illustrations of key points and charts. Peppered throughout the book there are monochrome pictures.

I found chapter 3 the most intriguing on what is Lucy. The pull the John the teeth apart put them back together pull them apart again until you know what Lucy really is.

There's an extensive index and a useful bibliography.

You will want to own this book just for technical literacy and to be able to compare and contrast to other writers on the subject.

The Heroes of Asgard - Tales from Scandinavian Mythology - The Original Classic Edition
The Heroes of Asgard - Tales from Scandinavian Mythology - The Original Classic Edition
by Annie Keary
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the English Literature Series, April 24 2016
Evidently, when they wrote the Edda (12thC Norse poem collection) (13thC Norse poem collection compiled by Snorri Sturluson, Containing Norse myths, poems, and treatise on poetry) they were not aware of English. However, there is no excuse for the later translations.

If you want to know the gods and their story, but have no time to cut though exotic lengthy prose, then this is the book for you. The stories are straight forwarded and have a contemporary feel. Still they are of the time and place they should be and not superimposed on today's century.

The illustrations add a dimension to the stories. Being in a sketch form adds to your imagination and helps explain some concepts.

Origins : what new discoveries reveal about the emergence of our species and its possible future by Richard E. Leakey (30-May-1905) Hardcover
Origins : what new discoveries reveal about the emergence of our species and its possible future by Richard E. Leakey (30-May-1905) Hardcover
by Richard E. Leakey
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary when it was first published, April 24 2016
An excellent book on the emergence of our species. Of course I assume that the person reading this review is of the same species. For anyone who has not read this book it still holds some interesting ideas that should not be missed. It is packed with pictures and graphs and as Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame said "What good are books without pictures and conversations?"

This book makes a great addition to your library and worth rereading about once every 10 years to see how things are changed (or haven't.)

Be sure to read Richard E. Leakey's other books on the subject.

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