if the images (there are many) hadn't mostly been cheap-looking clip art, this would have easily been a four-star book. great idea, smart & access...moreif the images (there are many) hadn't mostly been cheap-looking clip art, this would have easily been a four-star book. great idea, smart & accessible, and funny.(less)
this is not my favorite cookbook but it's definitely one i turn to with questions and i've rarely been let down. i tend to work up my own recipes so t...morethis is not my favorite cookbook but it's definitely one i turn to with questions and i've rarely been let down. i tend to work up my own recipes so these tend to be a bit too staid for me but the instruction otherwise is spot-on and reliably thorough.
there's a lot of rubber-necker-type nostalgia in my copy, an old one, due to the advice on how to handle and prepare game and what i would consider offal. i don't need to know how to cook cockscombs or beaver tails, let alone anything to do with tongue--brings back grandma's kitchen--but what if someday i do? no worry, the joy of cooking has it all covered.(less)
"why khaliah ali, you look amazing! have you had gastriclaproscopicbypasssurgery?"
"Of course not, gastric banding. It's safer, lasts longer, makes you...more"why khaliah ali, you look amazing! have you had gastriclaproscopicbypasssurgery?"
"Of course not, gastric banding. It's safer, lasts longer, makes you a better perso--"
"whatever. it's way less fun to say."
this book is as much about her childhood, and how her upbringing encouraged and programmed her to be fat, as it is about her weight loss. as a peek into that world, the world of her father and family, it's sort of entertaining. essentially this is an ad for the procedure, gastric banding, that honestly does sound like a better option than bypass surgery. it's less invasive and certainly it being reversible is a huge boon but it's still really only an option for people who have extraordinarily large amounts of money, very helpful and cash-loose benefactors or who can be on oprah's "Fix my life!" television show.
Khaliah is right in assuming that people think fat girls, and boys, who turn to surgery were just beaten and are taking the easy way out. the urge to call it a quick fix is strong. i hope the people who read her story, which she wrote at the urging of the doctors who performed her 'life-giving' surgery, come away with the knowledge that this is just a tool to help people be healthy. that seems to be her intention.
this was obviously written by someone who does not write books. it reads predictably quickly, it took me about an hour, and doesn't really require anything of its reader. not spectacular but i don't think the writing was ever really the point.(less)
someday sharks and shark-robots will meet in battle and duel to the death. here are some strategies for...more"shark versus robot, may the best predator win
someday sharks and shark-robots will meet in battle and duel to the death. here are some strategies for when that day comes:"
and let me tell you, those were some good strategies. this book is filled with little pearls of wisdom about harnessing the innate, unstoppable killing power of robots and using them to defend the human race. includes tips on facing ninjas, zombie hordes, aliens, extinction level event-sized asteroids, even pirates, "aim for the eyepatch. they'll never see it coming," and is a great read for:
people who fear zombies people who like robots people who fear robots
it's clever, funny and good-looking thanks to richard horne's illustrations and diagrams all worked out in a very eyecatching black, grey, green color scheme. i especially enjoy the love-my-robot icon near the back of the book. it shows you how to trick out your roomba for killing, the best living arrangements for you and your fembot and how to effectively command your robot troops in battle.
"work out a priority structure and emphasize commands with priority levels [instead of shouting or emotion], e.g., 'find my severed arm, priority red.'"
this book is very fun and very cool. give this as a gift along with a build-your-own raptor kit from Brainiac Kid Store and you'll forever go down as the raddest gift giver in history. (less)
"Wait, perhaps you will see some day that I too am an artist, though I do not know beforehand what I can do; I hope I shall be able to make some drawi...more"Wait, perhaps you will see some day that I too am an artist, though I do not know beforehand what I can do; I hope I shall be able to make some drawings in which there is something human."
after i learned to treat this like reading someone else's mail, exactly what it is, i ended up enjoying having such a personal view of vincent's day-to-day. some of the passages about inspiration and how it is to be caught in a fury of creation and "become hopelessly absent-minded and incapable of heaps of ordinary things," and how, "the storm within gets too loud," sounded remarkably familiar. it's a strange way to get to know such an artist, through his own words from a perspective he never enjoyed.
though a lot of this reads more like an inventory of his works, finances and reading material, there's so much in here for anyone who's ever painted but felt not quite a painter. and for romantics who feel they are alone in the world and haven't given up the ghost. (less)