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reviewed Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important. September 21, 2011
posted in Music Matters
Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important
   Trout Fishing in America, four time Grammy nominees and one of the most popular family music bands in the nation, have come out with a second adventure for Chicken Joe, the cat who sleeps …
reviewed Serif WebPlus Essentials. August 26, 2010
Serif WebPlus Essentials
This software isn't going to let you make a totally custom website for yourself with no skills, talent, or training. It absolutely will let you make a nice, functional website with the same level of tech …
reviewed Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on Demand. August 19, 2010
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on Demand
This book doesn't get into aesthetic or content issues at all, but it is an excellent resource for the software. It begins with a very good chapter on preparing and planning your website (I love the part …
reviewed Blogging to Drive Business: Create an.... August 06, 2010
Blogging to Drive Business: Create and Maintain
This book begins by asking why blogs are important to business. I'm a professional blogger, so I suppose it's no surprise that I would have had a much more complex answer than this book (they're basically …
Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch
Russell Wiley works for a newspaper. Through most of the book, the entire company is sliding down into the oblivion that threatens newspapers nowadays, and doing so with a sort of satisfied sense of fatalistic …
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer Spf
Neutrogena is a trusted name, and this lotion is a nice addition to their line. It's lightweight enough to be comfortable on a humid summer day, but it's still an effective moisturizer. In the winter, …
The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin
This book is a pleasure to read, simply as a book. It's well constructed, elegantly written, and erudite without being difficult to follow. It's also a valuable addition to the conversation on evolution.    …
Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small
This book has gotten rave reviews, and I had high expectations for it, but I was very disappointed. The first half of the book is a pep talk, and there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes people need …
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 with 1080p Video
We tried out the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 and we love it. The picture quality is not quite as good as that of our Nikon video camera, and the photo editing software is not as good as the standalone …
Melitta Cafe Collection Blanc et Noir Ground
This is one of the best coffees I've had. It's smooth, rich, and full-bodied. You can brew it up very strong without bitterness or any unpleasant aftertaste. It takes cream and sugar well, but those of …
reviewed Maybe This Time. July 17, 2010
Maybe This Time
Jennifer Crusie is an excellent story teller, and consistently delivers a great beach book. This one adds a ghost story to the formula for something with a bit more depth, but just as much fun as her …
reviewed Stories: All-New Tales. June 17, 2010
Stories: All-New Tales
The introduction to these stories tells how the editor was asked to provide a pithy quote for a library wall. His choice: "And then what happened?"    These stories have been chosen …
A River in the Sky: A Novel (Amelia Peabody
I'm delighted that Elizabeth Peters has decided to tuck more books into the spaces in between the existing books in the Amelia Peabody series. These books are filled with headlong action and suspense, …
reviewed The Gentleman Bug. June 17, 2010
The Gentleman Bug
A gentleman bug (a male ladybug, apparently), a reading teacher, tries to impress a ladybug with some snazzy clothes and a flashy set of wheels, but she spurns him until they discover their mutual love …
French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage
This is a beautiful book, and a pleasure to leaf through even if you don't plan to make things.    However, I made things from it. I had never made jewelry before and I live in a small …
reviewed AutoCAD Freestyle. May 28, 2010
AutoCAD Freestyle
I've been a cheerleader for Google SketchUp in educational contexts, but AutoCAD Freestyle is actually easier to use. When you first open the software, you'll get a welcome screen that leads you to a …
The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes
This book has good, clear explanations of some complex stuff, including dark matter, dark energy, and various particles. It has interesting discussions of the notion of the multiverse, the Big Bang, and …
reviewed The Slammin' Salmon. May 18, 2010
The Slammin' Salmon
This movie is implausible, filled with unpleasant people, and bases its humor on puerile slapstick and vulgar gags.    But you know, sometimes you want a movie like that. For those …
KR Tools 10299 25-Feet Rapid Read Calculator Tape
This is the kind of product that makes you say, "Why didn't someone think of this before?" Instead of having to scratch out your calculations in pencil on the boards or try to keep them in your head, …
Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible
I went into business for myself because I have some specific skills that are best used in that way, not because I had always wanted to be a businessperson. So I can clearly remember the day when I went …
White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide
This is a fun, comfortable little book that includes just about everything you need to know about basic design for web or print.     The first chapter, "What is Design?,"has this excellent …
Sell With Confidence
Paul Vitale is a motivational speaker, and this is a motivational book. Much of the book focuses on having the self-confidence to make a sales pitch.    Many businesspeople feel that …
reviewed How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7:.... April 22, 2010
How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7: Creating
A lot of owners of Photoshop Elements are like me: our work or hobbies require enough basic photo work that it makes sense to have a good photo editing program, but not enough that we've actually bothered …
reviewed PrintMaster Platinum 2.0. April 22, 2010
PrintMaster Platinum 2.0
PrintMaster lets you make greeting cards, calendars, brochures, bookmarks, stickers, CD labels, and all sorts of other stuff with no particular skill or effort, and get great results.     Using …
reviewed Microsoft MapPoint 2009. April 22, 2010
Microsoft MapPoint 2009
MapPoint doesn't really do anything more than online mapping tools. If for some reason you need similar functionality when you're offline,this could be a good option.
reviewed The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel. April 22, 2010
The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel
Nancy Pickard's fast-paced mysteries have always had a depth of character that lifts them out of the run of the mill for the genre. This novel has action and suspense, but it's really about character, …
reviewed Social Networking for Business: Choos.... April 13, 2010
Social Networking for Business: Choosing the Right
This is a well-researched and thorough examination of online social networking as it relates to business. There's lots of data and charts and complex analysis. However, it focuses largely on social networks …
reviewed Norton 360 4.0 1 User (3 PC). April 13, 2010
Norton 360 4.0 1 User (3 PC)
I had a little trouble installing this, frankly, because it required uninstalling another brand of security software, which just didn't want to leave. Between that and my Vista operating system, it was …
reviewed Celsius Calorie Burner, Green Tea Ras.... April 13, 2010
Celsius Calorie Burner, Green Tea Raspberry Acai,
If someone tells you they drink this because they like the taste, they may not be telling the truth. I shared these with quite a few people, and the taste was never one of the good things people said …
reviewed Snapped. April 04, 2010
Snapped
Sara B. is mean and judgmental for a living: she's in charge of DOs and DON'Ts for cutting-edge style mag Snap, even though she's beginning to wonder, as she turns 40, whether she still really knows what …
reviewed Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes. March 18, 2010
Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes
This is a nice, conversational cookbook. Each recipe is introduced with a paragraph on some interesting thing: is the area behind the Gare du Nord really a Hell's Angels hangout? Do Italians love cornmeal …
reviewed Sun Crystals Stevia and Sugar Cane Gr.... March 17, 2010
Sun Crystals Stevia and Sugar Cane Granular
Let's admit first that this stuff doesn't actually taste like sugar. It has a bitter, artificial taste.    So do artificial sweeteners, and plenty of people use those. If you don't …
reviewed The Skinny on Time Management: How to.... March 15, 2010
The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize
This is a fun, friendly book that you can breeze through in an hour, just as it claims. But you might not want to. There are points at which you might like to think more deeply about the questions the …
reviewed Thinking in Systems: A Primer. February 18, 2010
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
If you're trying to grapple with problems or to make predictions in things like a business, a charitable organization, or a classroom, this book can help you see what you're working with as a system. …
reviewed How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. February 18, 2010
How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
If your tolerance for whimsy is limited, you may find this book's device of interlarding chapters with conversations with the author's dog irritating. The dog says things like "Oooohh... a bunny!" much …
reviewed Roxio Creator 2010. February 18, 2010
Roxio Creator 2010
Roxio may be more familiar for dubbing tools, but the Roxio Creator is very nice for putting together videos and photo slideshows.     Creator is set up for speed and ease of use, …
reviewed Savory Baking. February 18, 2010
Savory Baking
Savory Baking is a beautiful book, with tempting photos and an elegant design. The recipes are meticulously laid out: the ingredients are set into columns for the crust, the filling, etc.; the directions …
reviewed Bite Me: A Love Story. February 18, 2010
Bite Me: A Love Story
I'm a fan of Christopher Moore's; his facility with the otherworldly makes him a natural for vampire stories. This one has some drawbacks, it seems to me. The story is told from multiple points of view, …
reviewed Lowepro Volta 30 3.5-Inch and 4.3-Inc.... January 26, 2010
Lowepro Volta 30 3.5-Inch and 4.3-Inch GPS
As we carry more and more little electronic devices around with us, we have to be more and more concerned about the safety of said devices.     This carrying case will safely hold …
Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food
La Carmina looks at food differently from most people. A bagel, for instance, isn't just bread with a hole in it. It is a singing crab -- the hole is the crab's mouth, you see, once you've added the cream …
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