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Reviews Written by Joseph Barry Garner (Agassiz, Bc, Canada)





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An excellent but expensive set., June 20 2015
This expensive set was an instant hit with two of my granddaughters, purchased for their 6th and 3rd birthdays, respectively. Beautifully made, with safe screws (already placed) and screwdrivers (NO sharp edges), the models are sturdy and do not fall apart. Their big sister assisted with construction the first time. The children were utterly engrossed in the projects, the youngest went to bed with her model dumptruck. There are six models of typical building site machines described in the instructional sheets, and they were able to make five of them at one time.







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For myself, wheat was the problem!, Jan. 3 2015
This book was a life changer for myself. I ate (whole wheat or sprouted grain) bread at most meals. My weight was stuck at 186lb for the last 16 years even though I jogged and walked every day. I had a small pot belly and suffered bloating. I read this book in Jan 2012 and stopped eating wheat in any form. Within two months I was 170 lb and have remained at that since. If I start eating cookies, pasta or bread, my weight goes up at once. I use rice and quinoa, and rice cakes instead. The remainder of the book is more tentative and not convincing.







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Very good value, lots of fun., Dec 29 2014
Purchased for a grandchild, aged 5.5, previously experienced with Duplo. The instructions are excellent. The little girl sat down, followed the instructions and built the House without any help. The extra, nonstandard pieces such as the toilet and oven make the House very special and very interesting for the children. The Lego set makes up into 5 different houses which adds even more interest.







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Challenging but very rewarding, Dec 29 2014
I purchased this set for a grandchild age 5, father engineer, big sister in 4th year engineering. This set is challenging, but really enjoyable for the little girl The instructions are good and clear. Once helped with a model, she can then rebuild it by herself. She has a real sense of accomplishment when she does so. Photos show us how thrilled she is. My son is full of admiration for this set.







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Absorbing!, Dec 7 2014
My granddaughter 'Loves it!'. A third birthday gift. She played with it all afternoon, ignoring the birthday party and visitors. When her father went to join in, she held up the model red light and said 'Red Light, Daddy!'. Meaning, 'don't interrupt!'. Yet my son tells me the setup is fairly tedious. It didn't matter.







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The basic humanity of the Russian peoples., Oct. 11 2014
This is a very interesting book, full of colour pictures, published at a time when Mr Gorbachov (sp?) was i/c of the Soviet Union. The photos are fascinating and the people and clothes remind me of wartime UK, apart from the fareasterners. It brings home the essential humanity of the Russian, or Soviet, peoples. Most of them have a very hard life. Although almost thirty years outofdate, this book is a bargain.







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Very good, Sept. 28 2014
My grandchild (age 2) started to play immediately. She enjoys it very much.







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Fascinating but frustrating, Aug. 13 2014
Review of 'Struck by Genius', by Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg
My wife and I listened to Jason Padgett being interviewed on CBC radio. He came across as articulate, enthusiastic and personable. As a young adult, Jason had been 'mugged' and had received a brain injury. One bad outcome was that he had become a person with 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder', (OCD), which can be very debilitating. Another outcome was that his vision had changed so that he no longer saw continuity, such as a ball making an arc through the air or the drawing of a circle, but saw events/objects discretely. We disagreed with each other on how he described what he actually saw. So we purchased this book to try to understand what Jason 'sees'. Jason has a coauthor since apparently another outcome of his injury is an inability to express himself in writing, although clearly his conversation could be recorded!
Unfortunately, the book never really defines what Jason 'sees', although there are several careful diagrams, drawn by Jason over many months, of how he sees various items. Apart from the circles, the drawings are not helpful since we do not know how these items appear to ordinary people for comparison.
Jason has become fascinated by some aspects of mathematics and physics, especially quantum mechanics (I think). He is fascinated by the number 'pi', and gives a formula on page 110 to describe 'pi', which is based on subdividing a circle of radius 1 into '2x' equal triangles with lines drawn from the centre of the circle to the perimeter, as an approximation. I assume he uses the simple formula ' ab sin(C) /2' for the area of each triangular portion, which gives the result ' x sin(180/x) ' for the total area of the circle. [This is a simpler version of the formula given by Jason on page 110.] If we take x to be very large, say 100000, then the result gives 'pi' accurate to 8 decimal places. As Jason states, 'As x approached infinity, [the expression] approached pi.' Here, Jason is employing what is called a 'limiting argument', namely, as (1/x) approaches the limit of zero, the area of each triangle approaches zero, but the number of triangles gets larger and larger, in such a way that the total area of all the triangles approaches pi.
However, when one of his instructors in physics attempts to discuss instantaneous velocity by a similar argument, Jason objects. Apparently, in physics there is a length, labelled the 'Planck length', = 1.62 times 10 to the power (35) meters. Below this length, ordinary NewtonEinstein formulas do not work and people have to use quantum mechanics. So Jason objects to the limiting argument, but he has just used it himself in defining pi. No wonder the instructor growled at him, I would too!
The book recounts Jason's life up to the present, but it becomes very repetitive with many retellings of Jason's remarkable story to various interested parties. But, never could I understand what Jason actually 'sees', which was our purpose in purchasing the book.







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ALL of Gary Larson's cartoons  what joy!, Oct. 1 2013
This comes in two, heavy, beautifully bound, tall volumes in an illustrated slipcase; heavy paper, heavy, heavy books. That's the only drawback. It includes every Larson cartoon produced including unpublished cartoons. They are bound in sequential order so one can observe how Larson's drawing improved over the years. Some letters to the editor and comments from Larson are included. If someone likes Larson's cartoons, than this is a marvelous gift. My wife had each volume on the table reading them at every meal time, and in between. Now we can look up ' a discouraging word', or 'there for three points, Rex ' etc. Wonderful fun!







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My granddaughter 'loved it'., Oct. 1 2013
The only Lego Duplo product recommended for 1.5 years old children. I purchased it for my granddaughter of that age. Her father reported that 'she loved it'.


