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BlueRigger High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet - Ultra-thin and flexible - Supports 3D and Audio Return (6 Feet)
BlueRigger High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet - Ultra-thin and flexible - Supports 3D and Audio Return (6 Feet)
2 used & new from CDN$ 23.73

5.0 out of 5 stars It works and it's not that expensive, March 16 2014
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Just like everyone else, it works fine and I haven't had a single issue with it connecting the PC (bedroom) to my TV (living room). For the price, it's worth it. Cable companies like Monster rip you off because HDMI is simply a signal, there is no "good" or bad quality; it's either it works or it doesn't.

The Little Book of Big Dividends: A Safe Formula for Guaranteed Returns
The Little Book of Big Dividends: A Safe Formula for Guaranteed Returns
by Charles B. Carlson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.59
34 used & new from CDN$ 7.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point, Jan. 11 2012
A short read but a great book that explains both the benefits and flaws of dividends, as well as the different type of products that fall under the dividend category. It is an extremely basic book for those who know the products, but it does give great insight and I like their "scoring" methods for different dividend stocks. It is targeted towards novices and long-term investors, so those with experience under the belt might view the book as redundant. I also don't like the fact it has the word "guaranteed", since stock investments are never guaranteed.

A fair warning though: It is American based though, so Canadians might need to work around a few areas unless you plan on investing in US stocks.

The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One: Microeconomics
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One: Microeconomics
by Yoram Bauman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.96
41 used & new from CDN$ 8.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing introduction to a rather boring subject, Jan. 11 2012
I received this as a gag gift for Christmas and this is probably the best gag gift ever. Somehow, by using a comic layout, this book introduces the basics of microeconomics and uses easy-to-understand scenarios to explain complex economics terms. It covers a good portion of the microeconomics side of things, from the game theory to taxes. Plus, it is written by an economist stand-up comedian, and it shows!

The History of Money
The History of Money
by Jack Weatherford
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.20
39 used & new from CDN$ 7.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Great first impressions, horrible after taste, Jan. 6 2012
This review is from: The History of Money (Paperback)
I'll say this right now: Jack has done his homework. He has listed pages of references to get a good picture on how our economic history looks like.

With that being said, The History of Money is a narrative-style book that starts out with the sacrifices of the Aztecs and ends it with our modern use of electronic money. What separates this book from other historical books is it tries to mix third-person scenarios with historical facts, instead of the typical dry point format that we are used to seeing in other history books. In the end, this concept ends up being a double edged sword for the book.

To give you a brief example of what I mean, there is a chapter that talks about the inflation with the Pesos. Whereas a normal history book will state facts, Jack decided to set the stage by describing the life of a South American country using Pesos during a hyperinflation period. He describes how the locals would constantly struggle and switch between American money and Pesos. He talks about how loans were never given out because the next day they could be useless. With this type of writing style in a history book, we get a better visualization of how these people struggled in tough economic times and see the world in their shoes.

The problem is, Jack takes this unique concept and runs far too long with it. Perhaps if Jack got an editor, this could've been relieved. Some of these stories take far too long to describe simple concepts and near the end of the book, I was getting annoyed with it because of the redundant paragraphs and unorganized thoughts.

However, despite this, this is a book I would recommend if you are interested in the history of money use in human history. Just be prepared for a struggle towards the end with Jack's unabridged thoughts.

How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes
How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes
by Peter D. Schiff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.23
41 used & new from CDN$ 11.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a text book for high school economics, Oct. 30 2011
To say the least, this is a really great book. By simply using a story about a couple of guys on an island trying to catch fish, the Schiff family has managed to explain the complexities of economics with an incredibly simplistic metaphor. The great part about this book is the pacing of the education. It starts out slow, describing the basics, and gradually grows more complex as the reader begins to indulge on this knowledge. The small pieces of "reality check" and end of the chapter commentary help decipher the metaphor in a modern light.

Plus, the illustrations are just hilarious to keep your attention away from what should be a dull subject.

If there is only one thing I have to complain about the book, is it feels too short and can be read in a few hours. While knowledge is a good thing, I'm not sure if the 20 dollar price tag justifies such a short-term read. But despite this, it is a book that everyone should have even if they don't plan on becoming an economic expert.

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