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Dorco Pace 6 Plus- Six Blade Razor System with Trimmer - Value Pack (10 Pack+ 1 Handle)
Dorco Pace 6 Plus- Six Blade Razor System with Trimmer - Value Pack (10 Pack+ 1 Handle)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets The Job Done, Sept. 28 2013
I've used Gillette razors and blades and have generally been very happy with them. However, they keep coming up with the more sophisticated blades every few years, and the cost of those seems to be only increasing over time. So I was curious about other shaving options out there, and decided to give Dorco Pace razor a shot.

At a first glance this looks like a solid, well-designed product. The shaver handle is well-built and sits comfortably in your hand. Both the shave and the blade look and feel slightly bulkier than my Gillette system.

In order to test Dorco Pace in action I decided to do a test. I shaved half of my face with Dorco Pace and the other with my Gillette Proglide (NOT the Fusion type). This literal side-by-side comparison is probably the most fair test I could come up with. My first impression was that the Dorco Pace did not quite get close enough to my face as much as the Gillette system did. It would take me an extra stroke or two for the comparable result. After finishing the shaving both sides of my face felt and looked really smooth, so in terms of the final outcome both of these shavers are comparable. However, when it comes to the amount of effort invested the Gillette system was a clear winner.

If you are looking for a decent, economic razor that gets the job done then Dorco Pace is a great option. However, in my experience it's not quite as good as the Gillette shaver. There is definitely a tradeoff between these two options.

Elephant
Elephant
11 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Real Elephant Noises, Sept. 16 2013
This review is from: Elephant (Hardcover)
This is a small and moderately educational book that will probably amuse your toddler and drive you nuts in the long run. There is not much of a story to this book - it consists of several vignettes in the life of an elephant as she goes around from one set of jungle friends to another. What distinguishes this board book from many others is the prominent protruding button that makes elephant noises when pressed. I can tell you from experience - children (especially the really young ones) really LOVE to press buttons and listen to these noises. The elephant noise is genuine, and in that regard this book has some educational value. However, listening to an elephant noise - over and over and over again - can be taxing on the parents. Just make sure you don't take this book with you on a road trip.

Tiger
Tiger
12 used & new from CDN$ 0.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Real Tiger Noises, Sept. 16 2013
This review is from: Tiger (Hardcover)
This is a small and moderately educational book that will probably amuse your toddler and drive you nuts in the long run. There is not much of a story to this book - it consists of several vignettes in the life of a tiger as he goes around from one set of jungle friends to another. What distinguishes this board book from many others is the prominent protruding button that makes tiger noises when pressed. I can tell you from experience - children (especially the really young ones) really LOVE to press buttons and listen to these noises. The tiger noise is genuine, and in that regard this book has some educational value. However, listening to a tiger noise - over and over and over again - can be taxing on the parents. Just make sure you don't take this book with you on a road trip.

Monkey
Monkey
by Igloo
Edition: Hardcover
22 used & new from CDN$ 0.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Real Monkey Noises, Sept. 16 2013
This review is from: Monkey (Hardcover)
This is a small and moderately educational book that will probably amuse your toddler and drive you nuts in the long run. There is not much of a story to this book - it consists of several vignettes in the life of a monkey as he goes around from one set of jungle friends to another. What distinguishes this board book from many others is the prominent protruding button that makes monkey noises when pressed. I can tell you from experience - children (especially the really young ones) really LOVE to press buttons and listen to these noises. At least that has been my experience. The monkey noise is genuine, and in that regard this book has some educational value. However, listening to a monkey noise - over and over and over again - can be taxing on the parents. Just make sure you don't take this book with you on a road trip.

From Head To Toe
From Head To Toe
by Eric Carle
Edition: Board book
Price: CDN$ 9.49
158 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Educational Board Book But No Brown Bear, Sept. 16 2013
This review is from: From Head To Toe (Board book)
Ever since we came across "Brown Bear" we've become huge fans of Eric Carle's wonderful and deceptively simple illustrated children's books. Now we are well on our way to owning all of his works, and would certainly recommend these educational and quirky books to all parents. However, it's also clear that none of his other books have lived up to the charm of "Brown Bear." This is certainly true of "From Head to Toe." There is no attempt at rhyming in here whatsoever, and reading can feel a bit drab and repetitive as a consequence. Nonetheless, this is still a pretty good children's board book in its own right.

The book is ideally suited for older toddlers (three or four year olds would be my best estimate), but younger and older kids will certainly enjoy it as well. Through a series of parallel and complementary pictures and actions by humans and their animal friends children can easily learn about parts of the body. It's a very carefree and fun educational book, and it has a lot going for it.

Modern War: A Very Short Introduction
Modern War: A Very Short Introduction
by Richard English
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.76
36 used & new from CDN$ 3.09

1.0 out of 5 stars Vacuous and Uninformative, Sept. 15 2013
One of the main reasons why I picked up this book was in order to find out more about what I consider to be the modern wars – wars that were, roughly, waged in the recent few decades, and especially the wars that are going on right now or are about to break out soon. However, this book seems to have taken a much more expanded vision of what modern war means. I say “seems” because, despite dedicating a whole chapter on trying to define its subject matter, this book never quite arrives at a conclusive definition. Judging mostly by the wars that were mentioned throughout the book I conclude that in the author’s view “modern” means happening within the last quarter of a millennium or so.

The biggest problem, however, that I have with this book is that it’s not very informative. Sure, there is a lot of talk within its pages about various wars and war-related events, but most of that talk constitutes not much more than the author’s musings and opinions. There is very little concrete hard analysis in this book, and even less hard data and numbers-driven conclusions. Some of the opinions are interesting, some are not, and some are downright tedious. Even though this is a very short book, it was very hard for me to sustain any level of interest while reading it, and I consider myself a history and international affairs buff.

Things get a bit more interesting in the penultimate chapter that largely deals with the “War on Terror.” In fact, in the light of reading that chapter I get the feeling that most of the previous chapters were a bit of an overdrawn and lazily assembled introduction too this subject. However, even this chapter reads more like a really long op-ed piece rather than a detailed and informative scholarly analytical account. The author presents seven main “lessons” or “recommendations” for how counter-terrorist military activity should be conducted, but aside from the appeal to the authority of various scholars and pseudo-experts on this subject, very little of a concrete evidence or well-thought out argument is offered. This chapter is also incredibly tendentious, presenting only one very critical set of views and opinions on this very contentious subject. Some of these opinions will probably resonate with the majority of the readers of this book (as they do with me too), but again, based on the (lack of) supportive evidence presented here they remain just that – opinions. If you’ve kept up on your news analysis over the last decade or so, then there is very little new information that this chapter will offer you.

As I write this review the dominant headlines on all news sources I consult involve the high-stake diplomacy concerning the possibility of another Western involvement in a Middle Eastern war – Syria. It would have been wonderful if we had a short and accessible book that would present hard objective facts about the nature and limitations of the modern wars. A book like that would go a long way to help inform public opinion on some very important policy discussions that affect all of us. Unfortunately this is not a book that would do the job. As history it is vacuous, as an opinion piece it is unremarkable, and as a policy suggestion it is unhelpful. There is hardly anything positive that I can say about it.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin
Edition: Board book
141 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Followup to Brown bear, Brown Bear, Aug. 31 2013
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one.

The premise of this little book is similar that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they hear, and they point to other animals. All the questions are posed as simple rhymes, and this is one of the main charms of this book. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and kids will definitely find them fascinating. Unlike Brown Bear, Brown Bear, this book eschews some fanciful animal colors (like purple cat and blue horse), and sticks with the "real" animals. This book also features some more exotic animals (like the boa constrictor) and challenges kids to learn about the creatures one can probably only see at the zoo. The book also teaches about animal sounds, something that even most adults are not too familiar with. In fact, it's the educational value of these books that I delight the most in.

I have not taken a look at the other versions of this book, but the board book is definitely well designed and immensely suitable for very young kids. Could not recommend it more.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin
Edition: Board book
Price: CDN$ 8.50
126 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Little Read, Aug. 31 2013
Ever since a first-grade teacher friend of mine introduced us to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? we have been really excited and delighted with these seemingly simple and entertaining little books. We had gone over that book numerous times with our baby boy, and when he started approaching one year of age he *really* got interested in it. So we decided to take a look at some other books in the series, including this one.

The premise of this little book is more or same as that of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: various animals are asked what they see, and they point to other animals. All the questions are posed as simple rhymes, and this is one of the main charms of this book. The illustrations are simple yet interesting, and kids will definitely find them fascinating. Unlike Brown Bear, Brown Bear, this book eschews some fanciful animal colors (like purple cat and blue horse), and sticks with the "real" animals. This book also features more exotic animals (the panda bear of course, as well as spider monkey, macaroni penguin, etc.) and challenges kids to learn about these uncommon creatures. In fact, it's the educational value of these books that I delight the most in.

I have not taken a look at the other versions of this book, but the board book is definitely well designed and immensely suitable for very young kids. Could not recommend it more.

Governance: A Very Short Introduction
Governance: A Very Short Introduction
by Mark Bevir
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.76
38 used & new from CDN$ 2.94

3.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Governance, Aug. 28 2013
“Governance” is one of those phrases that have been featured in the news a lot lately. I most frequently come across it in the context of “corporate governance,” but other usages (public governance, global governance, etc.) have also crept up into my peripheral vision. This word is for the most part pretty self-explanatory, but I wanted to get a bit more of the sense of its overall meaning. So this is one of the main motives behind my decision to read “Governance: A Very Short Introduction.” The book indeed covers this subject relatively thoroughly, but it also leaves something to be desired.

One of this short book’s main theses is that the reason we hear more about governance these days is that the word “government,” with all its implications, has become decidedly less popular. As the popularity of big centralized governing and planning institutions wanes, the process of governing is becoming more and more diffused. Even within any single institution, the decision-making has become more devolved and collegial, as opposed to centralized and hierarchical. This book gives some really interesting examples from the real world and from the recent developments that illustrate various points that the author is trying to make.

Unfortunately, after reading this book I am nowhere closer to understanding what governance really is, how can it be measured, and particularly how can we determine if any given institution is engaging in “good governance” practices. The book is much more discursive and descriptive, and in many ways it reads like a contemporary history book. Furthermore, I also think that many of its points could have been stated much more succinctly.

This is a decent enough book on its subject matter, but I would not recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting a very concrete and practical understanding of governance. I am not sure if such a book exists, but if does I would certainly like to take a look at it.

The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag (2nd Edition)
The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag (2nd Edition)
by Jeff Carlson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.29
28 used & new from CDN$ 13.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Photographers with iPad, Aug. 20 2013
This is a wonderful book that covers one of my favorite devices with one of my favorite activities: iPod and digital photography. Ever since I first started using iPod (the first generation) I was immediately struck with its potential as a tool for digital photographers. Its relatively large screen for a mobile device and a very responsive touch interface make it seem like a product that was created precisely with digital photography in mind. However, due to its many hardware restrictions using it for anything except basic editing of the pictures taken by the iPad itself can be rather tricky. In terms of both its hardware capabilities and the new apps iPad has come a long way since those early days. Nonetheless, it still poses a challenge in terms of a smooth and fully-capable companion for serious and semi-serious photographers.

“The iPad for Photographers” is a great book for anyone interested in getting the best up-to-date advice on how to use iPad for digital photography. It is very clearly and accessibly written, and it has plenty of detailed step-by-step examples aimed at beginners. The book also covers a lot of material that even the seasoned photographers and/or iPad users could find very useful. For instance, it alerted me to several tricks, apps and devices that I didn’t know existed. The book is also very elegantly designed, with very clear color illustrations and photographs. These are both pedagogical as well as artful, adding to this book’s overall value. The author also has a very up-to-date site where all the latest information on this topic can be found. This is already book’s second edition, and it’s fair to assume when in the near future, when Apple comes with an even more advanced version of iPad, we’ll be treated to the third edition. Hopefully there is also a very powerful version of Photoshop in the works for the improved hardware (one that can handle 20 megapixel RAW images for instance) – that is when I’ll seriously consider ditching photo editing on a computer and embrace iPad as the go-to photo companion for good.

Great book that can be a very valuable resource for all photography/iPad enthusiasts.

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