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Sports Illustrated 2004 Almanac
Sports Illustrated 2004 Almanac
by Warner Books
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book that's past its time, June 16 2004
Back in the day, I used to get the SI Almanac every year for Christmas. It was great for settling late night sports arguments with my friends in college. With the advent of the web, however, it's pretty useless. You can get up-to-date stats for all of the sports covered in this almanac online. The articles are a good read, but they meat of this book - namely the stats - can be found for free online.
Anyone want to buy my copies of previous editions?

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinks worse than limburger, June 15 2004
Over the years, many of my bosses have pontificated at length about this book. As I have no respect of any of them, I never read it. Recently, however, I've been working on a business dictionary that satirizes language in the workplace. Based on the people I know who rave about "Who Moved My Cheese," I figured it'd be chock full 'o fodder for my book.
As usual, I was right. This book provides a simplified, quick way for managers to try to get their subordinates to do what they want, regardless of how asinine the idea may be. Basically, if you need help adapting to change, go home and swallow your gun. It's too late.
While the book is 94 pages, the story itself is only 52 pages. The rest of it is three prefaces and a postscript that's purpose is to get you to buy the book for everyone you know. Don't believe me? Check out the Table of Contents .PDF above. Factor in the 1.5-inch margins, 14-point text, and numerous pictures, and this story could probably fit on an index card.
The most significant thing I learned from "Who Moved My Cheese" was that self-help books exist so that the author can help himself to your money (actually, I already knew that; this book just reinforced it). Check out the back page where the author sells related services: Need the cheese calendar? How about a certification in change management (how cheesy)?
If you're looking for a good laugh, read it, but save your money and just steal it from your boss's desk.

Weekend at Bernie's (Widescreen)
Weekend at Bernie's (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Andrew McCarthy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Can't you see he's dead?", June 9 2004
I got this movie as a birthday gift from my ladyfriend. As I'd never seen it before, I asked her why she chose it. She said she thought it was a favorite of mine, as my friends and I referred to it a lot. While true, we weren't discussing the plot; just how my friend George looks a lot like Bernie when he's passed out. Anyway, one morning while I was nursing a nasty hangover, I deemed myself in the proper state to handle this movie.
To quote Elaine from "Seinfeld," "This is so stupid! Bernie is dead! Just because you put a hat on him isn't going to make him less dead!" This movie is awful. I love 80s comedies - heck, I consider "Bachelor Party" Tom Hanks's best work (just read my review) and eagerly await the next installment of "Police Academy" - but this movie is miserable. The only times I laughed while watching "Weekend at Bernie's" it was at my ladyfriend for actually finding something humorous in the movie.
My friend Dan, knowing of my disdain for "Weekend at Bernie's," got me "Weekend at Bernie's II" (it's voodoo, baby, voodoo). Expect my review of that film to be posted a day or so after the next time I decide to wash down some vodka and Gatorade with a hurricane.

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best business/success books out there, May 27 2004
Unfortunately, during my experience with corporate America I've had several business/success books thrust upon me. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is the only one that was worth reading.
This book, coupled with the First Things First training I received at work has had an enormous impact on me. Five years later, I still organize my life based on my mission statement, roles, and goals. I plan weekly and take time out to Sharpen the Saw. I don't always live up to the seven habits, but at least I'm going in the right direction. Periodically I pull this book out of my bookshelf and flip through it to reinforce the lessons it contains. It's also one of the few books I've ever bought someone as a gift.
My biggest criticism is that Covey has a tendency to beat you over the head with examples. Numerous times as I read the book I thought to myself, I get it, move on. My other big complaint is that this book coined the word "proactive," which is believed to mean the opposite of reactive, but actually means that the person using it is an idiot and needs to resort to using made-up words to appear highly effective.

Bachelor Party (Widescreen)
Bachelor Party (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hanks' best work, May 26 2004
This review is from: Bachelor Party (Widescreen) (DVD)
I'm not big on hyperbole, but Bachelor Party is Tom Hank's best movie. It's all been downhill for him since 1984. Sure, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Apollo 13 are good, but none of them merit watching a few hundred times like Bachelor Party (most viewings took place during the wee hours of the morning while I was in college).
Unless you're an imbecile, HIV-positive lawyer, or astronaut, there's not much you can learn from Hank's more acclaimed movies. The same can not be said for Bachelor Party, however. At some point, most guys will have a bachelor party and this movie serves as a great guide to planning one:
"Let's have a bachelor party with chicks and guns and firetrucks and hookers and drugs and booze!"
"Yeah! Yeah yeah! All the things that make life worth living for!"
There's a lot more you can learn from this movie too. For example, guys, if your in-laws are pressuring you to have kids, just respond as Hank's Rick does:
"Well, there's this 17-year-old Oriental girl I have my eye on. But don't worry, you'll have some American grand kids in no time - I know this pup's fertile."
Buy this movie (and if you do and can figure out exactly what Rick's going to do with that egg beater, please e-mail me).

Rumble Doll
Rumble Doll
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sophisticated debut album with no filler, May 13 2004
This review is from: Rumble Doll (Audio CD)
Ok - I'd ripped on Patti for a while, mainly because she's not Bruce and I figured she just got her record contract because she was a member of the E Street Band (she got it before they were married).
The lesson? I'm a fool. I bought this CD a few weeks ago because Amazon recommended it to me. I can't stop listening to it. I've listened to it at least once a day since I bought it
Patti has a mature and sophisticated sound. Sure, knowing that a lot of the songs pertain to Bruce puts them in a context that probably helps me appreciate them. Come Tomorrow, Spanish Dancer, and Rumble Doll are pretty catch tunes - I listened to Come Tomorrow three times in a row on the way home from work the other day. Perhaps most amazing is that all 12 songs are good - there's no filler on it, as is so often the case (especially on
My only complaint is that while Patti's voice is great, she overdoes the vibrato occasionally.
I'm also looking forward to her upcoming release, 23rd Street Lullaby. I've seen her live at one of Springsteen's Asbury Park Holiday Shows and would recommend catching her if she does any concerts in support of her new album.

Turd Ferguson & the Sausage Party: An Uncensored Guide to College Slang
Turd Ferguson & the Sausage Party: An Uncensored Guide to College Slang
by Ben Applebaum
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, May 12 2004
Ben and Derrick serve up a manure-pile serving of the best college slang dervied from their site - CollegeStories.com. I've been a fan of the site for a while (hey - anything that originates from Wake Forest University has to be pretty damn good). The stories are hilarious and addictive to read. Buy their book for some good laughs.

Superbowl Xxxviii [Import]
Superbowl Xxxviii [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked awesome, Feb. 27 2004
This review is from: Superbowl Xxxviii [Import] (DVD)
Obviously, any DVD that commemorates the Pats winning the Super Bowl is gonna get five stars. This DVD is similar to the Super Bowl XXXVI one, but with much better bonus features. The highlight is the complete Super Bowl, edited to only include the action (it's called the World broadcast feed). It's pretty funny to listen to too, as it's geared towards people outside of the United States (hence the title) and the announcers spend a lot of time explaining the rules.
The other highlight of the bonus features is the post-game Super Bowl interviews. Bob Kraft's is hilarious. I don't want to say he's snookered, but, well watch it for yourself and draw your own conclusion.
As for the regular program, it does a great job of summarizing the entire season. One difference between this DVD and the Super Bowl XXXVI one is that it includes interviews with the players - notably Teddy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison.
Definitely a must-have for any Pats fan.

iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An afternoon and this book means you'll master the program, Feb. 20 2004
I've had iPhoto for about a year, but wasn't familiar with any of the features save importing my photos from my camera. After a few hours with this book, however, I've mastered the program and received a lot of kudos on the improved quality of my shots.
The first section is on how to take better pictures. As I've never taken a photography class, this section was particularly useful for me. It breaks down the different types of pictures (portraits, action shots, close-ups, night shots, etc...) and tells you how to get the best shot.
The meat of the book is in the second section though - that part details how to use iPhoto, from importing pictures to touching them up and eliminating red eye. I primarily use my photos for my website. As such, I wanted to crop them, touch them up, and eliminate red eye. All three of those functions are easy to use after reading this book. It takes me a minute or so to turn my original, off-centered, dark, photo into something worthy of going online.
The Missing Manual goes through each function in order, explains what it does, and what the potential drawbacks are. It also goes into file management - I had no idea that iPhoto stored a copy of the original of any image I altered, even if it was just to rotate it. I followed a suggestion in the book, downloaded a piece of freeware, and was able to open up a lot of space on my hard drive by eliminating these unnecessary duplicates.
The Missing Manual also details how to edit photos in other programs (such as Adobe Photoshop) without causing problems in iPhoto. As I occasionally have to resize pictures based on the DPI, this information was quite useful.
The third section describes how to show off your photos. As I usually just upload them to my website, I only perused this section. It looks to contain some useful information though - how to make a slideshow with a soundtrack, turn the slideshow into a QuickTime video, back up your photos on a DVD, upload them as a photo album to a website, print out a photo album, e-mail them, and more.

The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated
The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated
by Vladimir Nabokov
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great technical novel, with an inferior story, Feb. 10 2004
(Please keep in mind that I gave this book two stars compared to other books considered classics - I'm not saying it's as good as Al Franken's book, which I gave three stars. When rating books, I keep in mind the genre.)
Nabokov is a superior writer for the reasons that Appel mentions in his detailed notes: his allusions to other works, the book being a parody of itself, effective use of foreshadowing, putting the author's fingerprint on the narrative, the double, and all of the other literary techniques. In the end though, the story is lousy. A 13-year-old girl is getting raped and I couldn't care and it's not because I sympathized with her tormentor either. Does that make me a bad person? Perhaps. Does it make Nabokov a lousy storyteller? In this instance, yes.
I just couldn't care about the characters. The book took me two years to read - I kept putting it down to read another novel. I wasn't expecting - and didn't want - an erotic thriller. That's what late-night Showtime is for. If the point of the novel was to make a story about pedophilia mundane, than Nabokov succeed. It still doesn't mean it's a good book. (Some of the other reviews here sound as if they gave the book a good rating just because it's been deemed a classic.)
As a former English major, I've read many classic novels. Read this one if you are interested in the technical aspects of writing. Examining Nabokov's approach will make you a better writer. Don't read it because you are looking for a classic that tells a good story though - check out Joyce, Steinbeck, or Fitzgerald for that need.
Go ahead - say this review wasn't helpful too. God forbid someone actually has a negative opinion of this book.

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