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Ritual: A Guide to Life, Love and Inspiration
Ritual: A Guide to Life, Love and Inspiration
by Emma Restall Orr
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 3.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look at Druidry and Druid Rituals, May 17 2004
One previous reviewer of this book opined that this is not a book about "textbook rituals." And that is likely true. It is more a book that examines the reasons for having all the various Celtic festival rituals and the traditions surrounding them, along with the framework for having Druid rituals to begin with than it is as a book that "tells you how to hold your ritual." The book at times will be a challenging read if you read it with the assumption it will tell you how to do a Celtic ritual. Yes Orr offers suggestions on holding various holiday rituals, but they are guidelines to go by, not an actual "ritual template."
From the book's beginning, Orr takes time to explain in her words what a ritual is and spends the next several chapters discussing topics like Druidry itself, the language of it, setting, tools and offerings, etc. Towards the book's end, she devotes chapters to the rituals themselves, be it an "everyday ritual," a "holiday ritual," or other assorted ones. She also writes about rituals she has attended, the settings of them, the preparation, what went on and so forth. These examples emphasize points she is trying to make in various parts of the book.
This is a book well worth reading for anyone studying the Celtic path. It's disappointing to note this book is apparently now out of print.

Chosen By The Spirits
Chosen By The Spirits
by Sarangerel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction to Shamanism, April 15 2004
This review is from: Chosen By The Spirits (Paperback)
Using the examples of Mongolian and Siberian shamanism, this book takes a gentle approach in introducing the reader to this topic, one that is attracting more and more interest these days. I liked how in the introduction the author states that if you are reading this book the "spirits" are indeed calling you to become a shaman. And although one book does not make you into a shaman, this book helps you along this path. The introductory chapter gives a good general description of what shamanism is. The next chapter talks about various shamanic spirits, be them power animals, spirit lovers and guides and ways to contact them. There are also chapters describing "the shamanic journey" and what to be aware of and what to be careful of, working with shamanic spirits, and also ways of healing not only other people but the earth as well.
There are also exercises in the book that help you to "welcome the spirits," and visualizing "the world center." The book's last chapter discusses shamanic tools you can use in ritual and the book's appendixes discuss setting up a ritual space, the shamanic pantheon (amazing how many shamanic deities and spirits there are!), and even a glossary of terms. I have to admit at times the terms threw me a little, so having the glossary to refer to was quite helpful for me.
I felt this book was an informative but still gentle introduction on this topic and one that gives an excellent idea of the shaman's life and world.

Linux Pocket Guide
Linux Pocket Guide
by Daniel J. Barrett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.91
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for all Linux users, April 15 2004
This review is from: Linux Pocket Guide (Paperback)
Anyone who uses Linux will benefit from this handy pocket guide which lists general Linux commands for various tasks, ranging from directory operations, file commands, locating files, doing backups, controlling various processes, to working on the Internet (web browsing, Usenet news, email, and network connections). There are lots of commands listed here. No, this is not a general reference book by any means (and there are lots of Linux reference books around), but it is just the thing when you need to look up a specific command fast. All commands are listed with their syntax and a brief explanation of what they do.
The book discusses in a little detail about Fedora, Red Hat's "free Linux OS." It also goes into some descriptions about running a shell, logins and logouts, filesystems, and home and system directories. Again this book covers the basics and it assumes the readers already have a decent knowledge of Linux. Since Linux does so many things and it's next to impossible to remember every single command, a book like this is handy to have on your desk when you can't remember a specific command.

The Toybag Guide to Clips and Clamps
The Toybag Guide to Clips and Clamps
by Jack Rinella
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.91
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick "Clip and clamp toy guide", April 14 2004
You could almost call this handy little book, the 'everything you need to know about clips and clamps guide in a "pinch.' Although that bad pun would take away from the fact that the author Jack Rinella has put together a lot of valuable information in a very small, quickly read (I finished this in under an hour) book. He also includes several photographs of various types of clamps (from clothespins to menacing looking Japanese clover clamps), along with short descriptions of clamp play scenes he's received from various people in emails over the last year or so.
The book as mentioned is a short read and contains just five chapters (you could almost read this before doing this type of scene). Besides an introductory chapter, there are also chapters devoted to "pain management," clothespins, even "advanced clamping." Oh my. I've enjoyed Jack's other books and this one makes it clear he knows a great deal about the art of "clip and clamp play."

The Toybag Guide to Hot Wax and Temperature Play
The Toybag Guide to Hot Wax and Temperature Play
by Spectrum
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.91
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little "wax play handbook", April 14 2004
Greenery Press has come out with a new series of tiny books called "toybag guides" that I recently acquired. They are a sort of "small class in a book" about a specific topic. This one is about wax play and is written by an author with years of experience in this. And one thing I immediately gleaned from it was how to remove wax from a carpet (some candle wax got spilled there in a definitely non kinky moment) amusingly enough. This "mini book" has seven chapters, including an "intro" to this activity, setting up a wax play scene, dealing with a partner with excessive hair, also a rudimentary device to heat and melt the wax you plan to use in a scene ("the vat of hell"), and some information about wax type and color (it turns out different colored candles do not burn hotter than white ones do, at least according to the author).
While this may not be "the definitive guide to wax play (if there even is one)," this "toybag guide" offers some good general information in a quick and easy to read format.

Dancing Barefoot
Dancing Barefoot
by Wil Wheaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.51
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way Cool, March 26 2004
This review is from: Dancing Barefoot (Paperback)
I've read a little of Wil's blog on his web site and found his writing entertaining. This short book (can be read in about an hour) contains a few stories all of which originally appeared on his website; one about losing his aunt (which I immediately identified with, having lost numerous loved ones over the years), his meeting "Captain Kirk" and how poorly "Kirk" treated Wil, to "fear & loathing" at a Star Trek convention, and to not calling a girl he met back when he was 15. All of them are very entertaining, at times funny, at times emotional as Wil relates them all. Wil is a great story teller and good writer and reveals there's much more to him than Wesley Crusher. And best of all, the book was done using Open Office, instead of Word or some other high cost word processing program. All right, Wil is a Linux dood..right on!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom
by Carl McColman
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty Introduction to the Celtic World, March 23 2004
I've always been intrigued by Irish and Welsh culture, not just a lot of famous Irish blessings which I enjoy but also their music (some of my favorite musical artists are Irish and even Welsh in origin). When I found out about this book, I was further intrigued and was very pleased by what I read. This book takes a great overall look at the great amount of information known about "Celtic lore." The book's chapters cover topics like the history of the Celts, the "otherworld," information about bards, ovates, and druids, Irish & Welsh mythology, "Celtic Christianity," revering your ancestors, "befriending the good people," and a lot more. Reading this book brought up some emotion for me in that I felt reading through it I was being transported "back home" in a way, which probably is no surprise given my Celtic heritage.
The book is an excellent introduction to all things Celtic. Anyone like me who has an interest in Celtic lore will definitely enjoy this book and it will likely leave the reader wanting to know much more. In fact the author includes a great number of related book titles throughout the book and at the book's end for that very reason. I'm looking forward now to doing more reading and studying of the Celtic world thanks to this book.

Hardware Hacking: Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty
Hardware Hacking: Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty
by Joe Grand
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from CDN$ 4.58

5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Hacking Your Toys, Feb. 29 2004
This book in effect carries on where the O'Reilly book Hardware Hacking for Geeks leaves off. Not only does it detail a number of interesting products to hack, it also contains detailed instructions, figures and pictures to further illustrate its how to directions.
Among the projects listed here? Hacking your old Atari computers, or the Playstation 2, or replacing the battery on your Apple Ipod, or even turning your old ClueCat into a bar code reader. There's also a chapter on electronics basics. And near the end of the book are chapters on the basics of various operating systems and programming concepts.
This is another excellent book of "hacking" projects for those who enjoy tinkering with products to improve or tailor them for a user's particular needs.

Loose Balls
Loose Balls
by Terry Pluto
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "oral history" about the late, great ABA, Feb. 27 2004
This review is from: Loose Balls (Paperback)
Like many others who grew up in the late 60s/early 70s, I wondered about what was really going on behind the scenes of this "upstart league" that wound up ultimately changing the way pro basketball is played (and not just the 3 pointer either!). Pluto took a great approach with this book, letting the former players, coaches and execs tell their own stories of what really happened.
From the league's start to its ultimate merger with the "enemy," (ie the NBA) it also showcases the successful (Indiana, Denver, Kentucky, San Antonio, NY Nets) and the "flameouts" (Spirits of St Louis, LA/Utah Stars and esp the ill-fated Baltimore Claws and San Diego Sails). It talks about the bidding wars for players, the personalities from each team, and what ultimately led to the merger with the NBA.
This book contains a wealth of humorous and virtually unbeleivable stories about the ABA. What little I did see on TV of the ABA I always enjoyed and finally sitting down to read this book brought back some memories.
There is a "new ABA" now called "ABA 2000," but it's strictly a developmental league. While at times the ABA could be "rinky dink," it was never a "minor league" for the NBA.
If you want to know what the ABA was really like in its heyday, get this book. It's a keeper!

Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks
Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks
by Scott Fullam
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Better Hardware Hacking, Feb. 20 2004
After reading through this book, I have become motivated enough to try some of the "hacks" suggested here. This book is one that appeals to the "mad scientist" in all of us, the one that is always looking for ways to build the better mouse trap or the perfect home "do it all device." There are enough projects listed here to try that even those with little or no hardware experience would find at least a handful of projects doable. Projects like the "Macintosh aquarium" or the laptop PC power supply for example. In fact the book is divided into Basic and Advanced Hacks and techniques, so if you've started off with a couple of the basic projects finished, you can move on to more advanced ones. Very cool.
And for each project, there is a graph for project cost, time and difficulty on the beginning page. For some projects, there's a list of what items you will need. There are also extensive step by step instructions for each "project," along with drawings, photos and diagrams. You'll love this book if you're one of those people who loves taking apart products and trying to "improve" upon their original design.

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