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Building ASP.NET Server Controls
Building ASP.NET Server Controls
by Dale Michalk
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 79.12
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, Dec 22 2003
Ever wanted to learn everything and anything about ASP? This is your book. It's a little expensive, as with most Microsoft books, but you get what you pay for. Aspiring web developers looking to bump their game up a notch should read this.

No Lives Forever 2
No Lives Forever 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars a pretty rocking sequel, May 27 2003
This review is from: No Lives Forever 2 (Video Game)
No One Lives Forever 2 is another fun first-person shooter entering a crowded market. Like the original, however, it manages to stand out from the crowd with it's goofy weapons and gadgets, and general sense of Austin-Powers-style humor.
You play as Cate Archer, a James Bond wannabee who goes on a series of varied missions in a struggle against the evil organziation H.A.R.M. Over the course of several missions, you will fight a ninja in a house being carried away by a tornado, shoot at mimes with a tommygun while riding on the back of a tricycle, and avoid certain death in a human-compacting contraption. The whole game is very tounge-and-cheek, while remaining pretty challenging.
A great part about this game is that you can approach it from two angles: sneak around or guns blazing. Often you will have no choice but to take one of the two paths, but generally you can go choose between finding a stealthy means to accomplish your mission or just to hide behind a big tree and fire off bursts from your AK-47. New to the sequel is RPG-style "points", which you accrue by finding secret documents and accomplishing primary and optional mission goals. I think it adds a nice element to the game, as you can improve factors such as your weapons accuracy and sneaking abilities by allocating precious points.
All this sounds great, and it really is. However, if you played the first No One Lives Forever, you're going to be a little disappointed. There are hardly any new weapons or gadgets, and the graphics seem to be about the same. If you loved the original as much as I did, defintely pick this up though, especially since the price has plummeted on it.
If you're new to the series, however, start with the original game. It was longer, and arguably, a little bit better.

Chronic 2001
Chronic 2001
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, May 27 2003
This review is from: Chronic 2001 (Audio CD)
Forget about who?? DRE, that's WHO! No matter how many wannabees or other real deals come up, Dr. Dre will still be listened to years from now as possibly the most influential person the rap industry has ever seen. We all know that Dre has been writing beats for Eminem and others while not doing much rhyming himself, but he is still boss when he spits it himself.
Dre 2001 has been out for awhile now, but for some stupid reason, I did not buy it until recently. No matter how much new rap I buy, Dre 2001 still is in the front row of my CD collection in the car. And it's not just Dre's raps that make this CD great, it's the wonderful compilation of the talent of other rappers joining in on Dre's classic beats that make this album really shine. Xzibit and Eminem highlight my favorite song of the album, "What's the Difference." And of course, Snoop Dogg makes appearances on this album, most excellently in the well-played "Next Episode" and "Still Dre."
There are countless other good songs on this album, including "The Watcher", "Forget about Dre", "Housewife", "Ackrite", ....wait a minute, I'm listing all the songs here.
Then again, that's the incredible final point about Dre 2001: every song on this album is listenable. It's one of those rare albums that you'll pop in your car CD player, and listen to from beginning to end. I sure hope this isn't Dr. Dre's last album, but if it is, he'll at least have convinced the world not to "forget about Dre."

8 Mile (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Advisory)
8 Mile (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Advisory)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic mix, Nov. 8 2002
Eminem continues his red hot career with the 8-mile soundtrack, a mix of Eminem songs and songs by some of his closest friends in the rap industry. It's somewhat of a disappointment that only the first four tracks are actually full-blown Eminem songs, but that's ok because he still makes appearances in a lot of the other tunes, which are great as well.
This album, which is sweetened by the excellent 6-track sampler CD in the limited edition, gives more room to up-and-coming Obie Trice. Remember that song that is scratched out at the beginning of "Without Me" from the Eminem Show? Well, flip to track 2 in the sampler, and you get to hear that whole song. Good, hard rap.
The title track to the album, "Lose Yourself", isn't like "the real slim shady" or "without me", but it is haunting and powerful just the same. The constant, pounding guitar riffs that increase in intensity provide a motivating background for these great rhymes.
This isn't as much of an all-time classic as The Eminem Show, but then again, it's meant to be a varied soundtrack for the movie that is released today. With that in mind, this album is poised to be the first Great Rap Soundtrack. Not quite rubbing shoulders with Saturday Night Fever, but since when has rap been anything like disco? Buy it, and be sure to get the sampler. Obie should release his own album soon.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars For us new fans, a great buy, Aug. 30 2002
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
I was introduced to Bruce Springsteen last year at college by a couple good friends, and of course I was hooked. Somehow, the Boss just always knows how I'm feeling and has great music to satisfy just that. And when it comes time to go for a drive down the open road with the sun blazing, his driving songs are unmatched.
So for a few fan, this CD has all the big ones: Born to Run, Thunder Road, Glory Days, etc. It is, however, not a good comprehensive double-CD collection as you might think. Instead, it's greatest-hits-lite, with just enough hits to snag the new fans like myself.
If you're a new Boss fan, and you don't feel like buying all his individual CD's, then grab this album. Else, steer clear and stick to the individual albums.

Great Milenko
Great Milenko
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5.0 out of 5 stars "First thing, I could NEVER love you...", May 24 2002
This review is from: Great Milenko (Audio CD)
Ohmigosh! Having been anti-rap my entire existence up until college, hearing the Beastie Boys and the Insane Clown Posse has converted me. OK, so ICP isn't really "rap" in the true sense, thank goodness, but is more than worth your while.
Had a bad day? Tough breakup? Need some music to hurt/hate to? Want to get an evil laugh going? Try "hokus pokus", "neden game", "pass me by", or any of the others on this CD. This is my favorite Clown CD, though the Amazing Jekel Brothers is a fairly close second.
"Broken neck with a flickofourwriiiiist..."
Oh, and don't let your parents find this CD lying around. Or your kids. Or your wife/girlfriend. And please, don't listen to it in the cubicle at work...

Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another PJ Triumph, May 22 2002
This is PJ doing what he does best: scampering about the globe and poking insightful fun at everything in sight. When he's not bashing on the French or shuddering at the lifestyle of the Polish, he's wandering around Epcot Center or Heritage USA.
A couple of classic PJ quotes...
"I can understand why mankind hasn't given up war. During a war you get to drive tanks through the sides of buildings and shoot foreigners - two things that are usually frowned on during peacetime."
"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know."
Buy this book! No humor writer does it better, or humorist for that matter.

Give War a Chance
Give War a Chance
by P.J. O'Rourke
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars At his best, May 22 2002
This review is from: Give War a Chance (Paperback)
I have read and re-read this book, and still laugh every time I read it. I giggle uncontrollably reading through O'Rourke's "book reviews" of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's book or Lee Iacocca's book. And who can forget the funniest segment of all, a new "blacklist for the 90's"??
PJ's insightful commentary on his first-hand experience in the Gulf War is great for anyone who lived through that time period.
BUY this book, and while you're at it, buy "All the Trouble in the World." You'll save on shipping :-)

We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Chan
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Chan
by Harold G Moore
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-wrenching, Aug. 23 2001
This IS the definitive non-fiction book to come out of the Vietnam War. COL Moore does a fine job with this tribute to the men under his command who fought so desparately in a WAR that many have tried to forget. May the world never forget what they did there.
Not only is this a great, detailed account of squad-level infantry combat, it goes beyond other accounts in that it gives insight into the enemy's side of the story. The Vietnamese commander adds his perspective and frustrations about the battle into certain areas of the story. What a tragedy this was, and how sad it was to lose so many needlessly in the Tall Grass.
There are plenty of heroes in here, if it's heroes you're looking for. There's even occasional humor, albeit morbid. How can one forget the guy who pressed his body close to the ground while under a hail of enemy gunfire, but then jumped up and danced around when a centipede crawled onto him?
If you're planning on being an infantry officer, add this to your required reading list. We can't repeat the mistakes of the past, nor we can afford to not learn from the experience of the men in this battle.
God bless all chopper pilots!

Air Force One (Bilingual) [Import]
Air Force One (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Harrison Ford
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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but in the wrong way, Aug. 22 2001
This movie was very, very entertaning the first time. Lots of action, tense, and plenty of good gunplay.
Then I watched it a 2nd time, and couldn't stop laughing at the corniness, unrealism, and movie-ruining scenes.
You all know the plot, yadda yadda, Harrison Ford plays a Medal of Honor-winning president, he gets hijacked, saves the day. Ford has a whole heckuva lot of good movies, but this is not one of them. Let me go over several parts of the movie which annoy me or make me guffaw:
--The "escape pod". This is not Star Wars, nor is it Apollo 13. Air Force One does not have an escape pod!!! Or was that just an excuse for the director to have a corny scene where a bunch of soldiers get to open the pod and look at each other in silly disbelief that he's not on board? There's another corny scene where Air Force One lands, keeps rolling, then takes off again. You get to see another corny scene where about 500 soldiers are on the tarmac staring off into space like a bunch of helpless morons.
--The parachuting scene. The whole movie was dragged down at least two stars by the part where you see the fat, giggly secretary parachuting in the darkness down to the ocean with a stupid grin on her face. Haha, hope she keeps her feet and knees together when she hits the water! SPLASH. And why would they have the nice square parachutes in Air Force one?
--The explosion of the refueling plane. TOTALLY unrealistic. Why were sparks generated between the aluminum-on-aluminum contact of the two planes in the first place? Refueling planes are designed for rough handling, and that would NEVER happen.
--Glenn close as the crybaby vice president.
--Don't you think all the bullets flying would, at some point, cause the plane to depressurize and crash?
Actually, there's more. The script is generally cheesy, and the terrorists are completely fake. They seem a little too clean and educated, if you ask me.
Anyhow, watch it, enjoy it for what it is, but don't buy it or rent it.

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