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Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife, Serrated Edge
Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife, Serrated Edge
Price: CDN$ 68.66
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked!, Sept. 7 2015
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One of the best knives I've ever owned! I was using this knife in environmental field work until I lost it on a site.

Statistics for Censored Environmental Data Using Minitab and R
Statistics for Censored Environmental Data Using Minitab and R
by Dennis R. Helsel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 136.83
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for censored data analysis. Needs errata page., Sept. 7 2015
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As many of the reviews on Amazon.com have indicated, this is a very useful text. For the most part it is very well-written, though there are some very repetitive parts. One gets the distinct impression that there is a better way to analyze censored data than by substituting some fraction of the reporting limit. I have not made it completely through the text as of yet, but the main factor that knocks a star off my rating is the lack of an errata page. I'm using the first printing, and have identified several errors that should be noted in the errata. Some are more serious, having to do with equations or explanations in the text; others are less serious, having to do with typography. Some inline equations and mathematical expressions are formatted as plain text rather than as standard mathematics.

All that said, I have been working nearly four years in environmental consulting and only now have encountered problems that require some actual statistical analysis. After a small amount of research I found this book and a small amount of additional resources on the analysis of censored data. This is one of very few resources available for working with censored *environmental* data. The information and methods that are presented within is invaluable. There are a handful of exercises at the end of most chapters to help reinforce the concepts just discussed.

Quicken 2013 The Official Guide (Quicken Press)
Quicken 2013 The Official Guide (Quicken Press)
Price: CDN$ 17.73

1.0 out of 5 stars Why bother?, July 16 2013
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Quicken is a bloated monstrosity of software. I bought this book because I was looking for help and trying to figure out ways to do things. I quickly found that there was no such help in here.

How do I set up an ESPP? Just do this and this, but I'm not going to tell you what anything means or how to find that information.
How do I set up a personal budget? Just do this and this, then this, go over there and do that, then do this and that. Then go over there and do that. And still you do not have a budget. I found an easier way: get YNAB - software designed specifically for personal budgeting.

This book does nothing to help understand how to do things in Quicken.

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: Fifth Edition
The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: Fifth Edition
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Investing is EASY!?, July 16 2013
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Since when is stock market (or any other kind of) investing so easy? With this book, Jason Kelly explains in relatively simple terms using a basic, simple example (too simple in some cases, but whatever) why stocks and stock markets exist, how they work, and how to use them. Then he goes on to explain how to select companies in which to invest. This is much more difficult and can only be mastered (does anyone ever really master it, other than Warren Buffett?) with practice over time.

Bottom line: Yes, I would recommend this to friends and colleagues.

Blackjack Bluebook II: The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published, 2006
Blackjack Bluebook II: The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published, 2006
by Fred Renzey
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.30
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and handy, but poorly written, Feb. 12 2009
Overall I like this book. It is quite informative and useful to those just learning blackjack as well as seasoned veterans.

My biggest complaint about the book is the typesetting and formatting, as well as some of the writing. I wonder if the editor was sleeping when he/she worked through this book. Having parenthetical remarks in a different font than the rest of the text is at least a little distracting (they are sans-serif, while the main text is in a serif font).

That said, the book is structured in a sensible fashion that would make sense to most readers. I would suggest reading it through once and then using it as a reference after, re-reading what you didn't absorb or understand the first time through.

Over all it's a good, useful guide to blackjack. 4/5.

Songs for Christmas
Songs for Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fabulous!, Dec 23 2007
This review is from: Songs for Christmas (Audio CD)
The music on these discs is simply wonderful and fabulous. If you are not touched by Sufjan's rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel, I don't know what will move you. But then, not everyone likes what I like, so I invite you to give Sufjan a try and see if you like him too.

An Introduction to Applied Geostatistics
An Introduction to Applied Geostatistics
by Edward H. Isaaks
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 110.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was the editor sleeping?, Sept. 1 2007
I took the course a few years ago now, but I still have horrible memories of trying to decipher this text. There is a great number of errors, both factual and typographic. However, I found the typographic errors to be most disturbing and frustrating. Many errors appear in numerous equations, and explanations are not always clear. The example data set used throughout the book is confusing to say the least. If you are stuck for a book to use, then go ahead and use this one. But if you can, try to convince your professor to use a book whose editor wasn't sleeping on the job.

Electronics:  Circuits, Amplifiers and Gates
Electronics: Circuits, Amplifiers and Gates
by D.V. Bugg
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start, June 23 2007
D V Bugg's "Electronics: Circuits, Amplifiers and Gates" may serve as an excellent starting point for people interested in pursuing electronics on their own. It should not be used as a text on fundamental circuit theory, however, as there are a few errors in the figures and formulae (in my version, anyway; hopefully they're corrected in more recent printings, or there is hopefully an errata page somewhere).

Contents:
1. Voltage, Current and Resistance
2. Thevenin and Norton
3. Capacitance
4. Alternating Current; Bandwidth
5. Inductance
6. Complex Numbers and Impedance
7. Operational Amplifiers and Negative Feedback
8. Integration and Differentiation
9. Diodes and Transistors as Switches
10. The Field-Effect Transistor (FET)
11. Gates
12. Combinational Logic
13. Sequential Logic
14. Resonance and Ringing
15. Fourier's Theorem
16. Active Filters
17. Equivalent Circuits for Diodes and Transistors
18. Transistor Amplifiers
19. Oscillators
20. Control Systems and Synchronisation
21. Digital Circuits
22. Transformers and Three-Phase Supplies

Learning GNU Emacs
Learning GNU Emacs
by Debra Cameron
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 48.62
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but frustrating...., June 23 2007
This review is from: Learning GNU Emacs (Paperback)
I find that the book itself is good and informative. Other reviewers have said that it is not advanced enough, but the book description itself says that the book is intended for new Emacs users.

I must say, though, that it is a little frustrating to read. I thought the copy editors at O'Reilly would be more on-the-ball; obviously I was mistaken. Even within the first fifty (50) pages, there are numerous formatting, spelling, and punctuation errors. Also, I have found mis-matched parentheses, something that definitely would have been caught if the authors wrote the manuscript using Emacs. I suppose I expected better from a book that has Eric Raymond as one of the authors.

Overall it is a good book, and a useful reference. I have learned a lot, and will continue learning as I go.

Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics
Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics
by Amir Aczel
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, June 18 2007
"Entanglement" is one of many excellent books produced by Mr Aczel catering to the non-scientist professional. It is quite possible that you won't get everything out of this book in a single reading. Indeed, I hope you don't, because it's definitely worth reading over.

The concepts of quantum mechanics are so complex and yet so simple that they are just mind blasting – not mind blowing, but mind *blasting*! Mr Aczel manages to tie the concepts together with the philosophy and history so cleanly it's easy to get lost in the simplicity. I sincerely hope Mr Aczel will continue writing for a long time to come!

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