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Invicta Men's 3332 Force Collection Lefty Watch
Invicta Men's 3332 Force Collection Lefty Watch
Price: CDN$ 96.59
4 used & new from CDN$ 96.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who'd a thunk, a watch for us lefties., Nov. 24 2011
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Okay, pardon the poor spelling in the title but I actually found a watch made for left handed people.

I've combined the watch with a Momentum black metal watch bracelet and in spite of at first what seems to be its imposing size and weight after a couple of days of wearing it it feels like a good solid watch. In the past previous watches because of how light they are I'd occasionally have to check to make sure it was still there.

Like another reviewer with age related eyesight I can read this one with my glasses off easily.

All in all a good deal.

Momentum Men's ZC-22STO BLACK Shadow II Shadow II Chrono 22mm PVD Black Ion-Plated Steel Bracelet Black
Momentum Men's ZC-22STO BLACK Shadow II Shadow II Chrono 22mm PVD Black Ion-Plated Steel Bracelet Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice weight, good construction., Nov. 24 2011
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Unlike the other reviewer my strap didn't come with a "Hong Kong" sticker on the clasp but does have "stainless steel" stamped into it. The strap has a nice weight. I bought it for a Invicta Men's 332 Force Collection Lefty watch for which it is a pretty close match. The combination of the two is a little weighty, the watch itself is huge.

On the last two links where they attach to the watch are two tabs which I had to file off in order to get the watch pins to align to the body of the watch. Fortunately the removal of the tabs is on the inside where the links meet the body of the watch so they're not visible. For a smaller watch, i.e. not as thick, minor surgery shouldn't be involved.

Robopocalypse: A Novel
Robopocalypse: A Novel
by Daniel H. Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.16
33 used & new from CDN$ 1.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down., July 5 2011
This review is from: Robopocalypse: A Novel (Hardcover)
Ever had one of those books that's impossible to put down? This one is definitely in that category. The story contains just the right amount of hard, almost plausible, science without becoming too technical and great characterizations.

The story is told from a narrative point of the main character who has survived the war and is chronicling the progress of the war through the records of those who have fought the war including the A.I. that has waged war on humanity. Rather than being a documentary the story is interpreted through the eyes of the characters and allows the author to develop the characters fully.

A great read, non-stop action combined with great story telling, reminds me of the earlier works of William Gibson - "Burning Chrome" or Stephen Neal Stephenson - "Snow Crash."

ASP.NET 3.5 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution
ASP.NET 3.5 Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution
by Chris Love
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 34.01
10 used & new from CDN$ 18.69

1.0 out of 5 stars Wrox red and read no more., July 3 2011
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At one time Wrox books were the publisher that I'd turn to if I wanted to learn about a new technology or needed a solid reference book. The "Programmer to Programmer" trademark meant something to me when I needed to turn to individuals for written advice. I'm sad to say this is no longer the case. Over the last three to five years this publisher's material has shown a steady decline in the quality of the authorship.

This book is the metaphorical straw that has broken this camel's back. The author's writing style lacks any coherence; code segments are dropped in with out any regard to a logical flow or explanation as to how they were developed. Also are the errors typographical and programmatic. I've made it as far as page 46 before tossing in the towel after vainly trying to find the file "Template.master" in the author's provided source code. Hoping for just errors in proof reading and typography I downloaded the author's source code. The error count in Visual Studio when trying to compile the code alone is 109 listed errors.

Unfortunately the last few books I've purchased form Wrox has soured my opinion of their product line and it's going to take some really good unbiased reviews to encourage me to purchase from them again.

Portal 2 - Standard Edition
Portal 2 - Standard Edition
Offered by 1stVideo
Price: CDN$ 17.89
16 used & new from CDN$ 15.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This is just plain fun!, May 25 2011
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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My only complaint with the Portal series is that they're just not long enough. Other than that to echo the other reviewers sentiments "just go out an buy it." The puzzles, graphics, gameplay, and the wonderfully droll humor is great.

Brink - Standard Edition
Brink - Standard Edition
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 10.60
11 used & new from CDN$ 5.60

2.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for single player, May 25 2011
Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Brink - Standard Edition (DVD-ROM)
The game is probably pretty good in a multi-player scenario but as a stand alone game it leaves a lot to be desired. Between endeavoring to remember to switch from soldier to medic to engineer to operative at a station that may or may not be controlled by the enemy where you spend most of the game play flat on your back waiting for a NPC to come along and give you a revival syringe in order to complete the game it quickly becomes tedious.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Standard Edition
Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Standard Edition
Offered by geniusgaming
Price: CDN$ 23.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 19.98

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great game, frustrating reliability, Dec 20 2010
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The graphics, sound, and overall game are great. If I could play it for longer than half an hour at a time before it crashed that would be even better. The game is structured around missions in which you have to complete the objectives as detailed in the mission. So far so good. Where things start to fall apart is that if you can't complete the entire mission and the various objectives before the game crashes you have to start the entire level over again. I've been through the "S.O.G." mission so many times in the last two days that if it weren't for the constant crashes I could complete the level with my eyes closed.

If I wasn't running a fairly hefty system I'd blame my machine, but I don't think that's the case, system specs are as follows; dual Xeon 3.2Ghz processors, 8Gb of ram, 15,000 rpm SCSI hard-drive with 15Gb space available, NVidia Quadro 5000 with 2.5Gb of ram, and a Creative PCI EXpress X-Fi Titanium sound card. I've disabled everything other than the game, tweaked what I could based on various help sites, and the only thing I got for $80.00 is frustration.

The common denominator in the three games I've bought over the last few months is Steam. I don't know if that has any bearing on the problems but I've also purchased "Fallout New Vegas" and "Civilization V" and all three are plagued with the same crashes that make playing them an effort in futility. It would really be nice if the software manufacturers would stop treating their clients as beta testers.

I'd really like to give this and the other two games a five out of five but because of poor software design I can't.

Mass Effect 2 - Standard Edition
Mass Effect 2 - Standard Edition
Offered by GAME SHACK
Price: CDN$ 11.48
25 used & new from CDN$ 6.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Love, honor, and a smoking gun., Feb. 15 2010
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This game has it all and it has to be one of the best RPG's I've played in a while. The first thing I noticed was the graphics, not the backgrounds or the environment, the special effects, but the ingrown hairs on one guys face. The graphics overall are spectacular but the characters in this game are detailed down to the pores.

The story line is good as well. It follows a logical progression and any deviations from that make sense. There's nothing more frustrating than when you're immersed in the game and the aliens you've been battling suddenly introduce a fire breathing, flying dragon from medieval England. In Mass Effect 2 there is the possibility of developing a romantic relationship with some of the characters. I never knew someone with blue skin and tentacles could look so hot. This is where the game designers have done a superb job. The game is an excellent blend between reading a good book or watching a good video and good role playing. The blurring between game play and story is great, when you're standing before you're crew on a radiation hardened chunk of rock on the far side of the galaxy knowing that none of you may come back it brings a tear to your eyes and a surge of adrenalin and pride to your blood. Yeah, it's that good. Action sequences are good and fit the story line well. I did find I wished for a bit better control over my own weapons and how the NPC characters performed.

Production values in the game overall are great. As the credits role by you see voice overs done by notables such as Martin Sheen, Claudia Black, and Carrie Anne-Moss. I can't say I'm familiar with the engineers, designers, or other team members but the game is pure Hollywood all the way from the standpoint of the level of craftsmanship that's gone into it.

On the down side. Whoever came up with introducing sloppy physics into the mouse control on the circuit bypass doors should be slapped. After a while hopping from planet to planet looking for minerals to build things gets a little tedious. The game crashed a few times, most of which we're recoverable, which on my machine isn't unusual, I run Windows 7 64 bit ultimate. One crash that didn't prevent me from finishing the game I could never work through.

Overall though the game is great and worth the money. Auto game saves are logically placed and you don't find yourself slogging through something that took you an hour to do before. Story and action don't get in the way of each other and move the game's progression on nicely. I got about eighty hours worth of play time out of it and couple of very late nights.

Pandorum
Pandorum
DVD ~ Dennis Quaid
Price: CDN$ 6.97
31 used & new from CDN$ 1.28

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival when things go wrong., Jan. 21 2010
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This review is from: Pandorum (DVD)
Limited cast, if you don't count the monsters, that pull off the plot nicely. I have to admit that it's nice to see a few movies come out that rely not only on the cinematography, effects, and story, but also include a limited cast that can act.

Two of the crew of the fifth shift charged with running the Elysium for their two year stint awake from hyper-sleep, their memories ravaged by the prolonged slumber soon come to realize that is the least of their problems. Not only do they have to deal with the major gaps in their memory, their flight training and underlying psychological traits remaining relatively intact, they also have to solve the mystery of what has happened to their vessel. Quaid stays in the sleep chamber/command center and sends Foster off through service ducts in search of a way to open the door to the command center. As with all plans of mice and men that's when their plans have to adapt to what they find along the way.

What they find is a failing ship inhabited by creatures, reminiscent of John Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars", who are fast, intelligent, and possessed of a need to feed on whatever food that presents itself which includes their own wounded. The creatures while being part of the peril they face are minor players while Quaid and Bower work at rediscovering who they are and their roles in relation to each other and themselves as well as the other individuals they meet. The movie revolves around the examination of the range of traits that humanity can express from depravity to hero while trying to survive in adverse circumstances.

On the one hand while being a psychological thriller it also is just plain good sci-fi. The movie is plausible in it's presentation of science as a background to roles of people dealing with that science when it goes wrong. The sets, lighting, and photography, are all handled really well, and does well in the "suspension of disbelief."

Overall it is rich in the visuals, acting, and story line and well worth the watch.

Moon (2009) (Bilingual)
Moon (2009) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sam Rockwell
Price: CDN$ 7.00
20 used & new from CDN$ 2.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent sci-fi and psychology, Jan. 21 2010
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This review is from: Moon (2009) (Bilingual) (DVD)
To add to one of the previous reviewers comments one technical flaw I noticed was that in spite of the reduced gravity on the moon the characters still moved as if on Earth. The other flaw was that Sam takes one of the two rovers out for a jaunt and ends up crashing it. Later in the movie the previously empty bay is now restocked with an undamaged rover. Now, in light of the quality of the movie the couple of small flaws can be overlooked.

The movie presents an interesting twist in which you wonder if Sam is having a mental breakdown caused by his extended isolation or is something more sinister at work.

Moon is well shot and directed, the storyline follows a logical progression which is both involving and entertaining and yet manages not only to be smart science fiction but examines the human condition admirably.

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