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MEE audio M6 PRO Universal-Fit Noise-Isolating Musician's In-Ear Monitors with Detachable Cables
MEE audio M6 PRO Universal-Fit Noise-Isolating Musician's In-Ear Monitors with Detachable Cables
Price: CDN$ 61.99
27 used & new from CDN$ 50.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective earphones, March 3 2016
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I was prepared to be wowed by these earphones judging from the unanimous praise from reviewers.

The good: nice packaging, sturdy construction, ergonomic design.
The Ugly: The sound quality on the pair that was delivered was not "phenomenal". Far from it. The high-end treble was very tinny. I tried using all the different earpieces as suggested in the manual. No difference. How tinny are we talking about? As tinny as what you would get in the $3.00 earphones they sell you on airplanes. I listened to a rock track and the cymbals on the drum part are unlistenable.
The Ugly outweighed the good. If you can't get the sound right, the packaging is irrelevant.

I can only conclude that the pair I got was defective.


Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Craft
Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Craft
by Robin Scott Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
21 used & new from CDN$ 2.23

5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the strength of these stories, Feb. 2 2016
An underrated hidden gem for sci-fi writers and fiction writers in general!
I liked the strength of these stories, they are darned good yarns. The authors' essays on how they tackled the nuts and bolts of writing are illuminating and surprisingly entertaining.


Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking
Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking
by Thomas E. Kida
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.77
33 used & new from CDN$ 5.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, easy-to-understand, a perfect primer on rational thinking, Jan. 14 2016
This is a perfect book for the young person who is starting out on the long wonderful journey of discovering and understanding the world. The path is not easy and is full of pitfalls, deadends and runs through the occasional swamp. These obstacles Kida tells us are of our own making.
His six basic mistakes are mistakes that everyone, even the wisest of us, make. Being aware of these traps is the first step to avoiding error and this book is an easy-to-read and understand guide to doing that.

Buying a copy as a gift for a teenager is a small but important way of lighting the way for the next generation.


Handel: Messiah (Complete)
Handel: Messiah (Complete)
Price: CDN$ 17.19
18 used & new from CDN$ 11.99

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
17 used & new from CDN$ 2.95

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$ 41.52
22 used & new from CDN$ 19.78

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
17 used & new from CDN$ 2.39

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
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 279.80
7 used & new from CDN$ 73.41

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific TV series, Feb. 19 2009
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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$ 33.99
24 used & new from CDN$ 3.48

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.


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