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beyerdynamic iDX 160 iE In-Ear Headphone
beyerdynamic iDX 160 iE In-Ear Headphone
Price: CDN$ 139.67
4 used & new from CDN$ 105.89

2.0 out of 5 stars I liked the two chord idea, Sept. 13 2015
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The fit is okay but the silicone buds were too thin. The sound quality is decent, but could use a little more bass. I liked the two chord idea, where you could apply a variety of hook-ups. They worked well with my iPhone, but wouldnt work at all when using my Note 5. I don't expect the switch to work since these are specifically made for iPhone and say that, but to not even provide sound with non-iPhone devices is odd.

RHA MA750i Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphone with Remote and Microphone
RHA MA750i Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphone with Remote and Microphone
Price: CDN$ 152.93
63 used & new from CDN$ 142.22

1.0 out of 5 stars Way too heavy and a poor fit, Sept. 13 2015
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While the headphones feel nice and weighty giving them a high-quality look, the fit is abysmal and the weight means they rarely stay in your head. The sound is good, but who cares when you can't keep them in?

SONOS Play 1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music, White
SONOS Play 1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music, White
Price: CDN$ 249.00
43 used & new from CDN$ 244.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying a 2nd one immediately!, Sept. 13 2015
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Can't rave enough about this purchase. While the price can be daunting, the value is there. The sound from this one little speaker is astonishing and the isolated wifi connection is genius. I listen to a ridiculous amount of music now and even use it as my alarm in the morning. And the best part is, I've started small with a Play 1 and as I buy more, I can simply add to the overall set-up - no wasted money, no need for a major purchase all at once.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 19.12
13 used & new from CDN$ 12.34

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murakami in name only, but a decent story, Aug. 27 2014
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The typical Murakami fingerprints are few-and-far between on this one. This is a departure for him in that it's a very linear story told in a straight ahead way. Where Murakami is known for spending pages, sometimes chapters, describing how a park looks at night from a balcony, none of that set-up takes place with Colorless Tsukuru.... Murakami attempts to take us from point A to point B in an efficient manner and let the plot do the work. It works to some extent because the story is about growing up and growing apart - as couched in reality as possible for Murakami - but at the end of it, you're left with little. What's missing is the typical investment Murakami asks of you as he takes his time setting up characters and the world they live in. This approach feels like it would have worked even better with this book, since the main character is rather dull and admits so himself -- spending time teasing out the colour in Tsukuru would worked better than over-indexing on efficient plot.

While nowhere near an 18Q4 or Kafka on the Shore, it's still a good story to read and the book design is great. The plot has some merit because it's relatable, but our protagonist warrants very little sympathy and understanding from the reader.

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
by Josh Kaufman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.18
28 used & new from CDN$ 11.81

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A basic Dictionary for Business, Aug. 24 2014
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Kaufman breaks down a typical business into its workstream components and tells you, from a high-level, what each does. For anyone who works in a somewhat-mature business, none of this will be new.

This would be a good book for a younger high-school student figuring out what to do in school, which is somewhat counter to the intent of the book. While I don't have an MBA nor believe I need one, this book definitely isn't a sub for one. It's more of a dictionary for business and explains the various components of one.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.86
6 used & new from CDN$ 17.86

3.0 out of 5 stars I liked Catmull's approach to creativity, Aug. 24 2014
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I liked Catmull's approach to creativity, but I didnt like the presentation of it in this book. Before even cracking it open, I had bought into the fact that Pixar was a leading organization based on best-in-class creativity. With that in mind, there was a lot of set-up and substantiation to read through before Catmull would get to his points; points which have a lot of substance. It feels like a struggle between a biography and a business book, where I wanted the later. Luckily, at the end of the book he summarizes his approaches to creativity which is all I really needed.

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
by Clayton M. Christensen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.47
49 used & new from CDN$ 11.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone in business., Aug. 24 2014
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This and Everett Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation are two books that should be on everyone's shelves. While Christensen focuses on technology adoption, his message of disruption applies across all business. A lot of marketing and organizational theories and approaches have been built on the back of this book, so its a fundamental starter for anyone involved in creating and marketing new products, services, ideas, etc.

Fosmon Black PU Leather Case with Built-in Stand For Apple iPad 4 / iPad 3 / iPad 2 - (All Models)
Fosmon Black PU Leather Case with Built-in Stand For Apple iPad 4 / iPad 3 / iPad 2 - (All Models)
Offered by theWireless Company
Price: CDN$ 7.44

1.0 out of 5 stars Cutting corners for price doesnt always work, Aug. 24 2014
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Cheap, throw-away case you'll rarely use and regret buying. Spend a bit more to get a case of value

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera Battery Lithium-Ion 1500mAh - Replacement for Canon LP-E8 Battery
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera Battery Lithium-Ion 1500mAh - Replacement for Canon LP-E8 Battery
Offered by DIGIPARTS
Price: CDN$ 15.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Value over Quality, Aug. 24 2014
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They certainly don't hold the same charge as Canon's original does, but at a fraction of the price, who cares?

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.54
69 used & new from CDN$ 17.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible for lean, Aug. 24 2014
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A must-read for anyone interested in the lean thinking. It builds nicely on top of heavy-weight books about innovation like Innovators Dilemma and Crossing the Chasm, but it more of a manual then warning. As companies, big and small, try to be more nimble and start-up-like in order to stay ahead of the competition - read: ahead of disruption - the lean & agile approach helps orient planning and action. A lot of companies are on this path, now it is a matter of how successfully they can implement.

Ries' manual is an easily digestible read. I appreciate him assuming the reader has already bought in to the lean approach, which allows him spend more time on action than on convincing why lean works.

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