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Handel: Messiah (Complete)
Handel: Messiah (Complete)
Price: CDN$ 17.49
15 used & new from CDN$ 7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful performance, March 10 2012
Some people criticize Beecham's interpretation of the Messiah as being non-traditional. You would think that the recording was done in the mad epoch of the late 20th century when musical idiosyncracy meant that anything goes. However, this recording was made in 1959. Hardly the era of radical revisionism. For me this performance stands out for its musical clarity and honesty.

Belkin PureAV High-Performance Speaker Wire - 30ft
Belkin PureAV High-Performance Speaker Wire - 30ft

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Requires a little bit of fiddling, Dec 25 2010
This cable has two plastic wires inside a grey plastic insulation jacket. Each wire has copper strands wrapped around a central solid copper core. The core itself is covered in clear plastic.

After you strip the insulation from the two wires, the little strands tend to stick out. You need to strip the clear plastic from the central core, then using pliers wrap those strands around the core. Twisting the strands using your fingers doesn't work, they don't twist well at all and they will stick out, which is a problem.

Other than this missing instruction, this wire seems ok for the job. I got mine for $13 which was a sweet deal.

Financial Institutions Management, 4th Cdn edition
Financial Institutions Management, 4th Cdn edition
by Anthony Saunders
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 144.94
3 used & new from CDN$ 109.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive overview of how banks, insurance companies work, Aug. 8 2010
This is probably the best overview of how financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, credit unions et al) actually work on the inside. It's the Canadian version of the highly-rated American book.

Extensive description of the actual processes involved in day-to-day financial management and the continual struggle to weigh the different types of risk against investment returns. Covers the more recent innovations and their dangers (securitization or off-balance sheet activities anyone?).

Contains news article excerpts, real-life examples of bank management crises e.g. the CIBC and Enron debacle, the torpedoing of Bank of Nova Scotia's Argentinian subsidiary by none other than the Argentine government, and coverage of the 2007 credit crisis.

The Flying Circus of Physics
The Flying Circus of Physics
by Jearl Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 35.10
39 used & new from CDN$ 31.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific fun, June 14 2009
Terrific book that delivers the wonder of physics. The starting point for science is the head-scratching, bewilderment, awe and joy of the way things are in the world. And that's where this book begins - with how-and-why questions (and answers of course).

When you're caught in the rain, is it better to run or walk? Why do high jumpers jump the way they do? Why does snow squeak when you walk on it? Why is wet sand darker than dry sand? Why can we see two rainbows but not three?

Get Real: 26 Canadian Women Share the Secret to Authentic Success
Get Real: 26 Canadian Women Share the Secret to Authentic Success
by Patricia Lovett-Reid
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive life guide, March 12 2009
I'd recommend this as a comprehensive guide to the secrets of success for working women. It's based on the stories of 26 successful Canadian women and how they got there.

The Wire: The Complete Series
The Wire: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Dominic West
5 used & new from CDN$ 114.99

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific TV series, Feb. 19 2009
Great characters (Hey, it's Omar!), great plots and dialogue. The best TV series people haven't heard of.

This is not mindless entertainment. It *is* entertaining but it also makes you think. It doesn't spoon feed you, you have to pay attention to figure out what's going on. In the meantime you end up learning a lot about police procedurals, gang life, inner city life, working on the docks, teaching inner city schools and working in a city newsroom -- because each season takes the core group of characters through different venues.

There are no stereotypes, no plot twists that are put in just to amp up the story line. Instead there are characters that feel real, that you end up caring about.

Check it out!

Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul
by Edward Humes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.41
28 used & new from CDN$ 2.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the 21st century version of the Scopes trial, March 22 2008
A compelling, highly readable story about what happened when creationists took over a school board in Dover, Pennsylvania and the ensuing court battle where they tried to disguise the teaching of creationism as "intelligent design".

Most fascinating are the portraits of the fundamentalists who make no attempt to understand evolutionary theory. Instead they see it as a threat to their beliefs and the root of all of society's ills.

The best part comes in the cross-examination of Michael Behe, one of the scientists behind intelligent design. He ultimately admits that ID is on the same intellectual plane as astrology! Worse, he describes an experiment that he believes would test intelligent design but when asked whether he had gone ahead with it, he replied no, because "it would not have been fruitful".

This is riveting human drama, and along the way this book also takes the reader on a tour of the latest findings in biological science. Highly recommended.

Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe
Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe
by Leon M. Lederman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
34 used & new from CDN$ 13.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great attempt at a tough but rewarding subject, Aug. 7 2007
The wonders of the universe - it's amazing how much we know today about the mysteries that baffled people in the past.

The problem though is that this knowledge was gleaned through the hard work and creativity of mental giants, using abstract tools of higher math on one hand and giant atom smashers on the other.

Pity then the writer who tries to convey the essence of the findings to the reader who has familiarity with neither.

But the two authors here have done a good job. I had some trouble following a few passages. But this is more than made up for in the rest of the book by the lucid descriptions and explanations of how symmetry goes to the core of the latest discoveries in physics. It really is a beautiful universe. And although this book may leave a few mysteries not completely explained, think of it as an invitation to explore further!

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View
Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View
by Richard Tarnas
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.61
39 used & new from CDN$ 14.89

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Academic falls into cognitive trap, July 14 2007
It is sad when an obviously intelligent academic falls into a cognitive trap. There's a word for the fallacy in his approach: data mining. Given a large amount of data, you can always find a pattern that matches any preconceived notion of your choice.

Humans are pattern-matching animals. It's a strength but also a profound weakness because sometimes we see patterns that don't mean anything. Whether its the face on Mars, conspiracy theories of all kinds, patterns by themselves don't mean anything.

Astrologers have been busy for millennia but they're no better than anyone else at forecasting the future - doesn't that tell us something?

The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
by Philip Meyer
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written critique of the newspaper business in the Internet age, May 4 2007
If you're interested in a well-written, thoughtful and informative analysis of the newspaper industry and its challenges in the age of the Net, this is it. Combining many years of experience working in the field, along with some savvy business chops, Meyer lays out the case for a re-emphasis on quality content and social influence as key pillars of good newspaper business. The business insight is especially useful here because it cannot be separated from the social role that newspapers play. Yet the former is too often given short shrift. Also laudable is the author's work in original statistical research on the relationships between newspaper circulation, reputation and profitability. Highly recommended.

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